Saturday, July 22, 2017

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND #56

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He was now coming up on the 3rd month of managing at the steakhouse. He had taken to the challenge rather well. Yet there were some hiccups along the way that seemed to make the transition impossible like dealing with customers face to face. Another slight bump along the way was the dress code for the steakhouse was a bit more high scale requiring he to get more regular hair cuts and shaves. His neighbor in 35 B even came out with him to the mall to advise him on some dresser looks. She thought it was cute he'd asked her to accompany him. Ultimately he purchased a few shirts, ties, a pair of slacks, and a versatile blazer to bring everything together. 
The two continued to draw closer to each other. His plan of working nights and coming home to cook and her taste test also continued when possible. She was seeing his hardwork leading up to something, but as his role at the steakhouse grew it was hard for him to maintain both with the same intensity. 
He had developed a small menu that he felt would knock anyone's socks off if they tried it, but for now it was only between him and his neighbor. One night as he had made it home he was beat so when his neighbor came over happy to taste another new dish they sat on his couch sipping beers and talked. She showed him something she'd been working on on her own. She showed him an ad for a vehicle that could be turned into a food truck with some work. She knew she had been coy, but she revealed to him if he really wanted to go that route she could help him finance the vehicle and get it up to code. The only condition he'd make her a partner and let her try her hand at cooking from time to time on the truck. 
He in no way saw this coming and knew a choice had to be made. The risk loomed large as he was gaining respect at the steakhouse and it felt good, but it even felt better to have someone believe in him and his dream and want to help.

MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEWS #82


Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)  (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

A fan of both Denzel Washington and Mark Walberg I couldn’t imagine 2 GUNS being a film I couldn’t like. Upon seeing it my question was this were the two actors playing characters or were they actors, whom we’ve come to know and love, playing parts as their namesake? Maybe a better way to say that is I felt each actor played their role in the same manner they’ve played it as in other roles. I also wasn’t completely sold on their chemistry in the film, which is based on a graphic novel of the same name. So for 2 GUNS I give it 3 stars for an interesting story.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

MOD MAN #7 Ms. Arguello


Malcolm didn’t know what to think as he politely shook Ms. Arguello’s hand. They all had now been introduced and were looking to get down to business. Nicole took her seat at the table silencing her phone for the moment. Malcolm quickly gathered his thoughts as Ms. Arguello looked at him with nothing but smiles. She seemingly could sense he was thrown for a loop by her presence so she sought to take the tension down by sharing a joke she knew. "A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?" The crow answered, "Sure, why not." So the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow and rested. A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it. Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up." Everyone laughed at the impeccably delivered joke to which seeing the client having a sense of humor made Malcolm more relaxed. As he sought a good segway to enter the business at hand he commented on their like in common for the coffee shop down the block. Part of him was wondering how the innocent glance in passing sat with her as she began speaking on how grabbing an actual bag of coffee beans was more of a souvenir than something she’d actually open and use. Still smiling and being pleasant Ms. Arguello questioned him on his favorite roast to which he explained he truly enjoyed a Peruvian blend which was delicious both hot and cold. She agreed as their commonality made it easy to proceed into the business at hand. 


Ms. Arguello was in great shape physically and stunningly beautiful seemed a bit older than Malcolm whom secretly carried a torch for several older women throughout his life. Upon finally reaching business talks Ms. Arguello explained why she had selected their agency and what she was expecting. Her first request was that their image gets a youthful makeover. What they sold was a family recipe for tequila, which was a robust part of her countries many export to the U.S. Ms. Arguello, also wanted to see her brand Toro Perfecta or “perfect bull” become a bigger player in the market and raise revenue in a matter of months. Malcolm admired her ambition and that her faith in his agency to do what she was asking for. Come to find out she was the eldest daughter of Mr. Arguello and had been around the family business since very young and watching how her father ran the business and now that the business was going to be officially be turned over to her she had the chance to make the changes she wanted to implement. 


All of this began to make sense to both Malcolm and Nicole as this had conspired in only a matter of days before. Malcolm began to get a better understanding and feel for the business, as he was again feeling in control of the situation. The meeting continued and Ms. Arguello and her team liked the possible direction Malcolm discussed in his pitch for the brand. From ad buys targeting a more youthful audience and the marketing strategy focusing on an age appropriate consumer. Ms. Arguello was all ears and a perpetual smile as she watched Malcolm intently. There were some questions Malcolm wanted to ask, but he requested a tour of the company and it’s factory to get a better feel for what he would be getting into, which meant a trip to Peru. So they began to talk dates for this researching trip over the conference table. As this trip would be out of the country the question of an up to date passport was a question to which Nicole had already ventured out on her phone to pull that information up. Malcolm cherished the idea of the trip and the opportunity to meet the man who had started it all. Malcolm then turned to Nicole whom nodded that things were in process and the earliest a trip could be secured would be by the following week. The Arguello team would be heading home the next day so the timing would be worth it as the ideas discussed that day would still be relatively fresh in everyone’s mind. 


As the Arguello team rose from the table and exchanges of handshakes shared Malcolm inquired about their dinner plans to which the lawyer and accountant would be unavailable as they had other business to attend to, which left Ms Arguello whom Malcolm invited her out and would schedule a car to pick her up at 7pm at her hotel. They both smiled as Ms. Arguello gracefully accepted as her and her team walked out of the conference room. Malcolm then had Nicole make reservations for Lavender House a restaurant know for it’s fresh fish served Mediterranean style and then excused her for the remaining of the day. Malcolm then stood in the conference room alone wondering how he should approach this dinner date with his beautiful companion and new client.



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Saturday, July 15, 2017

MY NETFLIX MOVIE REVIEW #81


A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. Written by imran (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

I chose this film because I wanted to see the entire catalog of  David. O. Russell. Not familiar with his work see FLIRTING WITH DISATER, SILVERLININGS PLAYBOOK, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and JOY. The common thread with each of those films is the comedic aspect that for me makes each of those films unique and memorable. Some may even also say the blend of actors he used worked well together like in SILVERLININGS PLAYBOOK, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and JOY. Having said that I don’t know what to think of THREE KINGS as I feel it was a film to make a comment about the Gulf War that basically was a wonderment of why were we even over there. Ultimately I like the cast and even the heist aspect of the film, but it just was a bit hard to really believe this could happen and if was indeed a possibility then I must ask why were we really there? So for THREE KINGS I give it 3 stars.



Friday, July 14, 2017

ART SHARE


Upon inviting his blonde neighbor in 35 B to taste test his concoctions they began spending more time together. He treated her to street style tacos, chicken and waffles, short ribs, and chilli & jalapeno cornbread. She was a willing participant which he liked easy on the eyes yet the most important thing was that he began to like was her articulate, and honest critique. 
Fortunately she liked everything he had prepared for her, which enhanced his confidence in taking the risk of moving on with this cooking thing. 
One night after he had made her jerk chicken salad sliders she questioned him on what his endgame was. With wide eyes sitting accross from him at the kitchen counter he explained how this was a childhood dream to be a chef in his own restaurant and how losing his job found him out job hunting and he came up on the food truck that served gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Then he told her his plan to get himself entrenched in the business and begin to really live that life. The first step in his plan was to find work in the industry where he could learn as he went. While after work into the wee hours he'd perfect his cooking craft get some sleep and repeat. 
The timing would probably take a matter of months, but he'd give himself three. He knew there were people out there with the same dream, more experience, and probably more of everything than him yet he was game for the challenge. 
So upon going back to the steakhouse to humbly take the dishwasher position he was notified it was filled, but a manager position had just come open and without another word he took it. 
Continuing to meet with his neighbor a few times a week still getting to know eachother into the wee hours of the morning she was becoming a real inspiration to him. Yet her greatest help to him was yet to come as she was yet to share that her day job was in financing.