Details: Located at 136-45 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. Official site is https://www.alley41.com/
Alley 41 is a somewhat trendy Szechuan restaurant in Flushing. Szechuan is a region in China that mostly focuses on spicy food. Specifically, they have a lot of food that has that numbing type of spicy you get from a kind of peppercorn.
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Details: Released in 2017. Directed and written by Jordan Peele. Stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford. About an hour and forty-four minutes long.
According to imdb.com, this film is officially a film of the horror, mystery, and thriller genres. But what I think makes this film so unique is that it is also very much a dark comedy on race relations in America, specifically between blacks and whites who do not perceive themselves as racist. It is that comedic aspect that takes this film and raises it above most other thrillers in recent memory.
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Details: Aired on Netflix in 2018. Thirteen episodes with each at about fifty minutes long.
You know that feeling you get when you watch a horror movie and the characters keep doing stupid ass shit that is so stupid it kind of yanks you out of the experience. There’s a lot of that in season two of Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones is mostly entertaining. It’s just that the climactic moments can seem kind of ridiculous at times.
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Details: First half aired in 2017 and second half aired in 2018 on Disney XD. Fifteen episode with most episodes at under thirty minutes long. The final episode was around forty-five minutes long.
Star Wars Rebels has come to an end. I am sad to see it go as it has been one of my favorite shows on television.
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Details: Released in 2017. About an hour and forty-five minutes long. Stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron. Songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
If you look up The Greatest Showman on rottentomatoes.com, you’ll find that it scored a 55% from critics while it scored an 89% from non-critic reviewers. And that’s a pretty accurate description of the movie. Technically speaking, The Greatest Showman is a mess. It’s got a flimsy plot and a nonsensical, historically inaccurate story. The segues from dialogue into music are often jarring. However, despite this movie being very fluffy and cheesy, in light of the divisiveness going right now in America, The Greatest Showman had exactly the kind of music, message, and themes that I needed to see. I enjoyed The Greatest Showman quite a bit.
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Details: Released in 2018 on Netflix. About an hour long.
The biggest problem with this show is that I’ve seen this show before. A comedy show from the perspective of a rich, black comedian about race, politics, and relationships. The biggest problem with Tamborine is that Dave Chappelle has already done this show and he did it better.
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Details: Released in 2017. About an hour and forty-five minutes long. Stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt.
I found the vast majority of Coco to be exceedingly predictable and yet, by the end of the movie, I could not help but shed a few tears. Coco is a great, emotional movie that belongs up there with the other great Pixar movies. Whatever secret ingredient it is that makes a Pixar movie great, Coco has it.
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Details: Released in 2017 by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. Spent over forty hours playing through the game. Played mostly using the Joy-Con Grip. Got all the moons except for three, because fuck jump rope/volleyball/bouncy races. I got a day job and I’m not a kid with summer vacation anymore. Ain’t no one got time for that repetitive shit.
The last Mario game I played before playing Super Mario Odyssey was Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. That was over two decades ago. I really enjoyed that game and I came into Odyssey with high expectations. Super Mario Odyssey is a fun game. Unfortunately, it is an imperfect and often times a dated game that made clear to me that since Super Mario 64, I’ve gotten older and my tastes in video games have changed.
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Details: Located at 25 W 56th St., New York NY 10019, among other locations. Official site is http://www.breadbutternyc.com/
Bread and Butter is a place that largely caters to the working crowd in Manhattan. They have a couple of stations that make sandwiches, noodles, baked goods, and a buffet/salad bar.
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Details: Located at 16 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002. Official site is http://www.cocoronandgoemon.com/
Cocoron is a vegan noodle place. They have vegan and non-vegan items. They mostly focus on soba.
The space is small and cramped. Service was okay. The place was severely crowded when I went.
I ordered a bowl of Kake soba for around ten dollars. It was okay. I’m starting to realize that I either don’t like soba or that I’ve never had good soba before.
Overall, Cocoron reminds me of the stereotypical trendy noodle place that is all trendy-ness, no substance. It’s not terrible, but I don’t recommend anyone come here.