Tuesday, March 30, 2010

N.I.N.Y. -- Nina reviews some movies.

Hello Fayes readers,

My apologies for not having written in a while. Real life was distracting from what's really
important: internet life.

Anyway, I was thinking the other day about how I miss the constant access to movies that I got through working at Fayes. I'm currently very behind when it comes to what's in theatres, what just came out on DVD, etc. However, I do try and make it to the movie theatre on occassion, and lately I've been watching a fair number of movies online. Illegally. That's right, world. You heard me.

Here's what I've been (or not been) watching lately, and what I think about it:

Check. Very enjoyable, very sad. Kind of a downer, you could say. I stopped in to the Sunshine Cinema on a rainy day and it was a choice between this and another Almodovar movie in all red tones with Penelope Cruz. The choice was easy.

These are the real Runaways. I haven't seen this, and I don't plan to. Yes, The Runaways are deserving of a movie tribute, but a good one. Not one with the Twilight chick and the Cat in the Hat girl. I assume most of us are in agreement on this one?

Whoa, this was a seriously heavy film. I don't know what I was expecting, but it seems like we easily get desensitized to the horrors of the Holocaust because we hear the same stories repeated over and over again. This film really reached out and slapped some awareness back into the viewer. This is an enormous dose of emotion and depressing imagery squeezed into 40 minutes. However, the narration is eloquent and beautiful, even when played over the mix of photographs and film clips from the events and from the filmmaker's visit after the fact.


I had to watch this recently for a class because I was analyzing Metropolitan and I needed another source by the same director. All I can really say for it is, it's not nearly as bad as the cover would lead you to believe.


I was somehow persuaded to see this after watching Tracey Morgan on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It wasn't worth it. I could've done without the extra hour of plot and character development, and instead watched a succession of dumb Tracey Morgan clips. I would've paid to see that.


Excellent. I wish I could dance like that. This movie made me very happy.

A thoroughly mediocre movie, in my opinion. I found it to be unimpressive. It certainly didn't deserve any Academy Awards. I understand that social and political awareness appeals to the public and to the Academy in a film, but watching this movie sweep the Oscars gave me flashbacks to the year Crash won Best Picture. Don't get me wrong, this movie was leaps and bounds ahead of Crash in quality and tolerability levels, but there were faint echoes of an undeserving hot button issue movie winning for subject matter over merit.

I know it was supposed to be exciting to watch Katherine Bigelow become the first ever female recipient of a Best Director award, but ladies, wouldn't it be so much better if she actually deserved it? It just diminishes the value of the award when it's given only to be revolutionary and groundbreaking, not for true, great directing. I am speaking as a female, supportive of other creative females out there.

There you have it, Fayes readers. Your dose of Nina was long overdue. Hope you enjoyed my incredibly insightful reviews and don't feel compelled to harass me over the world wide web for being a lady hater.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

RIP COREY (1971-2010)

The Lost Boys actor Corey Haim has died aged 38, the Los Angeles coroner's office has confirmed.

A spokeswoman said he passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Providence St Joseph Medical Centre.

A post-mortem will determine the cause of death and no other details have been released as yet.

The Canadian-born star's first role was in the 1984 hit Firstborn. In recent years, he appeared in reality TV show The Two Coreys.

The series, which also starred Haim's friend Corey Feldman, was cancelled in 2008 after two series.

The pair, who both have battled drug problems in the past, starred in the 1988 movie License to Drive together and became well known for their on and off screen partnership.

After Firstborn, Haim landed a role in the 1985 TV movie A Time to Live and also appeared in several episodes of the TV show Roomies.

He went on to become a teen heartthrob after starring in the 1986 film Lucas, alongside Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder.

Haim starred alongside Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys, about a group of friends who do battle with a band of teenage vampires.

you can see his filmography here : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000433/

Sunday, March 7, 2010


So today we are conduction experiments at Fayes Video & Espresso Bar.
Today's test is to find out whether or not cup volume has a significant effect on the thermodynamics of liquid contained within said cup.

This test came about when a customer stated that they drink the Huge cup of coffee (20oz.) so that the coffee will stay warm.
They only drink 12oz. of the coffee, but the extra liquid keeps that 12oz. warmer longer.

To test this hypothesis we have filled two cups with water, both at 200°F. One Huge (20oz.) and one Tiny (8oz.). Both cups were given lids and put in a area free from drafts.

Both cups were drained of 0.5oz. every 2 minutes for 10 minutes then the drainage increased to 1oz. every 90 seconds for 5 minutes to simulate a human sipping rate.

This left about 2oz. in the Tiny and about 14oz. in the Huge.

The temperature of remaining liquid in the Tiny at the end of the 15 minutes was significantly lower than the temperature remaining in the Huge cup.

Unfortunately, there was no thermometer to check the end results. So further studies will be needed to determine exact temperatures in each cup.
(the 200°F of the coffee is controlled by an internal thermometer of the machine)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

GET READY TO RUMBLE!!! : soex's 10th annual monster draw.

March 5, 2010 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Southern Exposure's
10th Annual Monster Drawing Rally
A live drawing event and fundraiser

Friday, March 5, 2010
6:00 to 11:00 PM
Donation: $10 & up
Location: Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St.
(between Potrero & Hampshire & 17th & 18th)

Providing the basic necessities of the drawing practice--pencils, charcoal, pens, markers, ink, and paper--Southern Exposure creates the context while the artists create the content of the drawings. The evening will consist of four one-hour shifts with approximately 30 artists drawing simultaneously each hour. As the drawings are completed they will be hung on the walls and available for purchase for $60 each. The Monster Drawing Rally promises to be an action-packed spectacle you won't want to miss!

The Monster Drawing Rally provides a unique opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after it's completion. Proceeds from the event provide direct support for Southern Exposure's Exhibitions and Artists in Education Programs.

Music delivered all night long by DJ Frau Holly.
Curbside tacos for sale and valet bike parking by the SFBC.
Generous donations provided by Nectar Ales; BridgePort Brewery, Portland OR; Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner TX; and Trumer Brauerei Berkeley.

Participating Artists
(as of March 3, 2010):
Seth Armstrong, Mara Baldwin, Mark Benson, Michelle Blade, Brad Borevitz, Sara Bright, Matt Bufford, Charlie Callahan, Monica Canilao, John Casey, Nancy Chan, Iris Charabi-Berggren, Jon Clary, Serena Cole, Richard Colman, Lisa Congdon, Jaime Cortez, Adrian Cotter, Lauren Davies, Ryan De La Hoz, Robin Denevan, Sonya Derman, Inga Dorosz, Lafe Eaves, Christina Empedocles, Rodney Ewing, Kristin Farr, Josh Farrell, Diana Fayt, Matt Furie, Amos Goldbaum, Veronica Graham, Katie Gray, Adam Green, MICHAEL MCCONNELL, Andres Guerrero, Henry Gunderson, Michael Hall, Jeffrey Hantman, Dana Harel, Nicole Hayden, Jesse Hazelip, Terry Hoff, Ian Huebert, Andrew Huerta, Kara Joslyn, David Kasprzak, John Kearns, Helana Keeffee, Kurt Keppeler, Christine Kesler, Michele King, Tashana Kjelland, Mary Anne Kluth, Ryan LaBonte, Dori Latman, Chris Leib, Justin Limoges, Alexis Lopez, Marina Luz, Brett MacFadden, Paul Madonna, Mitch Manitou, Elisheva Marcus,
Vanessa Marsh, Jessica Martin, Monica Martinez, Sofia Mas, Mike McConnell, Anne McGuire, Honey McMoney, Dennis McNulty, Jeff Meadows, Robert Minervini, Yvette Molina, Matt Momchilov, Brendan Nakahara, Haden Nicholl, Juliette Oken, Olivia Park, Erik Parra, Nathaniel Parsons, George Pfau, Genevieve Quick, Kyle Ranson, Lisa Ricci, Lordy Rodriguez, Ariel Roman, Thorina Rose, Zachary Rossman, Jesse Schlessinger, Douglas Schneider, Zachary Royer Scholz, Paul Solis, Miriam Stahl, Kirk Stoller, James Strickland, Debra Stuckgold, Nick Sung, Julie Sutherland, Char Tan, Katy Tanis, Kevin Taylor, Sarah Thibault, Tracy Timmins, Micke Tong, Gina Tuzzi, David Valentin, Jamie Vasta, Ben Venom, Annie Vought, Victoria Wagner, Kathy Warinner, Jess Wheaton, Virginia White, David Wilson, Lena Wolff, Christine Wong Yap, Jesse Wright-Jackson

**See images of some of the 2009 MDR drawings!***