To those who read this blog often, know I am a big fan of the Sierra Nevada Brewery. After drinking their Pale Ale for so long, and having a delicious experience with their Flipside, I was pretty excited when I finally had the chance to try their seasonal Celebration Ale.
With the cult-like following The Hunger Games series has garnered for the books, I must first admit I have not read a sing one of the books. It’s not that I’ve refused, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. So this review will be free from book-to-movie comparisons.
Alright everyone, let me save you some time and tell you right now you should not watch King of New York. I saw this on Netflix, and being a huge fan of Christopher Walken, I excitedly added it to the queue. When finally getting around to watching it, ever the optimist, I kept thinking “Okay it’ll pick up and get good any moment now.” But it never does. It’s a ‘serious’ movie about a drug lord (Walken) who comes back from prison and takes over New York’s cocaine business by force.
However what happens is the movie really plays like a parody of itself. The acting is fine, but the over-the-top violence, and the ridiculously stupid gun-battle scenes are nearly offensive. The dialogue is trite and sparse, and the plot is thin. Larry (now Laurence) Fishburne and Christopher Walken play their respective characters fantastically, but that doesn’t make up for the downsides of the rest of the movie.
I’m going to say upfront, I think Thor: The Dark World is even better than its predecessor. The hammer wielding god we know and love as Thor is back, and this time he truly knows the consequence of war. He battle-hardened, and battle-weary, after destroying the Bifröst in Thor war broke out in the separate realms and he and his companions had to restore order.
There’s a lot more going on in the new Thor film, the action is better, and the plot is denser and more engaging. The film also goes into the history and lore surrounding Thor and his universe which is always exciting. If you’re due for a refresher on your Marvel, I would suggest watching Thor and The Avengers (in that order) before watching The Dark World. It picks up after The Avengers, and Loki is being imprisoned for his actions on Earth.
Ain’t no party like an old man party because an old man party don’t STOP!
That is the theme to the movie. Well okay, there’s a little more to it than that, but that’s why I saw it over the weekend. Who could pass up an opportunity to watch Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, and Michael Douglas getting wasted together in Vegas?! Not I.
Alright, so the premise of the movie is Billy (Michael Douglas) is getting married to a woman half his age, so the boys are leaving their mundane lives behind for a weekend and throwing him a bachelor party in Vegas. Imagine The Hangover for old people.
I was in Chico for my birthday last weekend when I had heard Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was doing free tours. Sierra Nevada being one of my favorite breweries, I jumped at the opportunity.
They say the tour is about an hour and a half, but it ended up being closer to the two-hour mark. It. Was. Fantastic! Sierra Nevada is the second largest craft brewery right behind Samuel Adams. Right now, every beer you see from Sierra Nevada comes from the brewery in Chico. However that may soon change, as Sierra Nevada is getting ready to expand along the East Coast with by opening a second brewery in North Carolina.
It’s October, and you know what that means, it’s time for Oktoberfest! I found a great deal at Costco of a 24 pack of Pyramid with four different types of beers for only $20. So these next few beer reviews will be Pyramid based. So lets get to it.
The Oktoberfest has a great copper, dark brown color and a low white head. It’s not too aromatic, has a small floral and malty bouquet.