Finally made it to the new #WorldTradeCenter. So tall…but not as tall as I thought it would be. | #NYC #911 #NewYork #2001 (at One World Trade Center)
NOS4A2 (novel) - Joe Hill | Rating: 4/5 (No Major Spoilers)
"NOS4A2" tells the story of Victoria "the brat" McQueen, a Massachusetts teen who has a knack for finding lost things. This gift can only be triggered on her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike and a trip across an imaginary (but once real) bridge named "The Shorter Way." Each journey across the bridge takes a little something away from Vic but one trek almost ends her life. After a fight with her parents, Vic goes looking for trouble on her Raleigh and finds it in Charles Manx, an 100+ year old serial killer with a similar gift but instead of a bike, Manx uses his vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith to find (kidnap) children and take them to his pseudo paradise, Christmasland. The day Vic and Manx meet, they forge a rivalry that will span 20 years and culminate with Vic fighting not only her life, but the life of her son.
I really enjoyed this book and it’s characters. The detail and imagination that went into creating this work is amazing. Joe Hill is, like his father, a great writer but I’ve had one similar problem with all of his stories: I hate the endings. Granted, I’m not looking for happily ever after but I never seem to get any kind of closure from the epilogues of Hill’s novels. Besides this little annoyance, “NOS4A2” is a superior horror-drama and an easy read. I definitely recommend it.
Life is but a dream.
Song of the Day | Stevie Nicks “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You”
This song. Man.
Good Fucking Design Advice | “Because Sometimes, Being Your Own Worst Critic Is Not Enough”
Music Video | “I Got It” - Ashanti (feat. Rick Ross)
First single from her new album “Braveheart,” due out March 4th. Listen to album snippets here on iTunes. Tracklisting below:
5. Early In The Morning feat. French Montana
6. 3 Words
7. Love Games feat. Jeremih
9. Never Should Have
10. She Can’t
11. Don’t Tell Me No
12. I Got It feat. Rick Ross
13. First Real Love feat. Beenie Man/Outro
14. Bonafide Survivor (Target Exclusive)
15. RIP (Target Exclusive)
buster, you’re 8 years old. stop having an existential crisis.
You’d have one too if you were 8 for 14 seasons.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Film) | Rating: 3.5/5 (May contain spoilers)
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
"Sell me this pen."
Let me start off by saying this: I feel like Leonardo DiCaprio has been cheated out of winning an Oscar numerous times (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” / “Shutter Island”). Dicaprio does a great job in this film, however, considering the “Best Actor” competition this year, if he finally wins the Oscar for this, I’d be surprised + honestly, a little disappointed.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" tells the story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), who starts off as a low-level stockbroker on Wall Street in the 1980’s, right before the stock-market crash of 1987 (Black Monday). Through the encouragement of his then wife Teresa, Belfort takes a lesser job selling penny stocks in a Long Island boiler room. Due to his aggressive selling technique + charisma, Jordan makes a small fortune off commission using the "Pump & Dump" scam (artificially inflating the price of an owned stock through false/misleading positive statements in order to sell the cheaply purchased stock at a higher price). Due to his success, Belfort decides to open up a firm of his own with a group of shady friends he’s taught the tricks of the trade. The group quickly become millionaires + lots of sex, drugs (aka tomfoolery) + the FBI follow.
All in all, this movie was just okay to me. It’s very much a “bros” film. I can see a lot of 20 something college frat guys, ivy leaguers, or NYC financial district yuppies loving this but I couldn’t get into it due to the subject manner and all of the characters being scumbags. The cast did a great job…maybe too great because I just really didn’t have anyone to root for.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" makes for good entertainment but I can’t say I’ll be eager to see it again any time soon.
Totto Spicy Ramen: Chicken + paitan ramen with spicy sesame oil, chicken broth, scallion, bean sprouts + nori. I will definitely be going back! | #Japanese #NYC #HellsKitchen #Food #Ramen at Totto Ramen 51 (at Totto Ramen 51)
The perks of advertising. #SleeperAgent performing a few songs here at #PKT. Sounding good! Support on iTunes. (at Publicis Kaplan Thaler)
#CookingForBae. Lol jk. Got a free trial of #BlueApron from a coworker. I made the Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup with Lemongrass & Red Curry. So good! | #FoodPorn #Foodgasm
🎄Rockefeller Center. Pretty but not as big as I thought. I blame #HomeAlone2 for my false assumption! | #NYC #NewYork #Christmas #Colorful #Winter #RockefellerCenter (at Rockefeller Center)