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Monday Movie Bars: Short and Sweet… and Very Japanese

Monday Movie Bars: Short and Sweet… and Very Japanese

The idea of something being lost in translation simply means that the full meaning of a word or phrase can sometimes be impossible to capture when translating from one language to the next. In the 2003 movie of the same name, directed by Sofia Coppola, there are a number of things that are actually lost in translation. There is a scene early on in the movie that I find to be hysterical, where Bob Harris, played by Bill Murray, is filming a commercial for Suntory whiskey in Tokyo. The director rattles off an

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Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Peanut Butter Cup Negroni?

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Peanut Butter Cup Negroni?

There are certain matches that are made in heaven: Lucy and Ethel, Sonny and Cher, dark beers and me… Yes yes, I have become a huge fan of brown ales, porters, and stouts during this learning process. I find them to be super smooth and very easy to drink, unlike IPAs (dare I say it?) that often end up giving me the hiccups. Is that an indication that I’m an amateur beer drinker? Quite possibly. Does that mean I get thrown out of the club? I really hope not. Although I kicked off this series with a

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Monday Movie Bars: She’s a Game Changer

Monday Movie Bars: She’s a Game Changer

I have always loved a square bar. There is something about the openness that creates a different kind of ambience and the perfect opportunity for people watching, or for meeting someone new if that’s what you’re looking for. In the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love, there is a beautifully sleek and distinctly modern square bar that sees lots of action. It’s where Ryan Gosling’s character, Jacob, does some of his best work. And it’s where he happens to meet Steve Carell’s character, Cal, who is newly single,

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Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Blue Rush

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Blue Rush

Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, NJ has a beer series based on the exits along the New Jersey Turnpike. As I was considering options for this week’s cocktail, I came upon their offering for Exit Three, which just so happened to be the exit closest to my house while growing up. Now I will readily admit to having a fascination with the Jersey Turnpike as a child. It’s okay if you’re thinking that’s a bit strange; I think it is too. I’m fairly certain that it comes from my love for maps, especially the

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Monday Movie Bars: Of All the Gin Joints…

Monday Movie Bars: Of All the Gin Joints…

As of today, I’m going to be taking my Monday posts in a different direction. If you are a fan of the Coen brothers, then you know the way in which the setting in their films is often as important as one of the main characters. Think about the movie Fargo, for example. What would it be without all of those open snowy landscapes? I love movies. I love going to see them in theaters and I love watching them at home. I’ve wrapped quite a few of my more personal blog posts around them. So my wheels were

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