Lion of the Blogosphere

The farce is awake

In theater waiting for this to start. I think the volume is too loud. This can’t be good for long-term hearing health.

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3 hours later

On the way back, I picked up a rasin walnut “snail” from Amy’s Bread in Hell’s Kitchen. I am going to enjoy it with a cup of Kicking Horse organic coffee, and ponder writing a review of the movie.

But the short review is that it’s better than any of the previous three Star Wars movies, not because it’s good, but because it lacks the badness of the previous three movies. Plus it stars Harrison Ford, and Harrison Ford–even a senior citizen Harrison Ford–can make an extraordinarily unoriginal movie sort of fun to watch.

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So how was the snail? I like that it has less sugar in it than a crappy pastry purchased from a prole suburban supermarket. But otherwise it was unexceptional. I think that the Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center (and a few other locations) has the best pastries. Although Amy’s Bread is one of America’s top 10 bakeries according to some people. And Veniero’s didn’t even make that list. (This review at Chowhound no doubt explains why Veniero’s is not on the list.)

So we see that eight of the top ten bakeries are in New York City, with Boston and San Francisco both earning one consolation prize. The rest of the nation is devoid of any decent baked goods. My parents recently brought me a cake from Alfonso’s, which I had thought was the best bakery in Staten Island, but it tasted like over-sweetened crap.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

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  1. Oh my, can we expect a liveblogging?


    December 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

  2. Watched it online last night. Thought it sucked.

    Movie theaters are always ridiculously loud. Invest in a pair of noise reduction earplugs. The kind with ceramic filters. They come in handy.


    December 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

  3. Loud volume – that’s the real people drift! I hate it! What are you seeing?


    December 22, 2015 at 11:29 am

    • Oh! I didn’t realise you were going to a movie. I was thinking of something more refined. Obviously, this’s for morons and is very loud. My bad, but I keep expecting more from you, I should stop.


      December 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  4. Evan Luthra is a fraud. Reporters don’t even pretend to fact check.


    December 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

  5. Love the deadpan.


    December 22, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  6. Screeners for most Oscar contenders are out now. How about a review of ‘Carol,’ Lion?


    December 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    • I don’t go to the movies anymore. I haven’t seen a movie in the theater since Les Misérables which was three years ago (and it was a much better movie than The Force Awakens).

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      • *screeners

        Most Oscar contenders are available to download.


        December 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  7. “On the way back, I picked up a rasin walnut “snail” from Amy’s Bread in Hell’s Kitchen. I am going to enjoy it with a cup of Kicking Horse organic coffee, and ponder writing a review of the movie.”

    Do you realize you’re living a gay lifestyle w/o the sex? Who else does this in HK on a Tuesday?


    December 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    • I wasn’t the only person at Amy’s Bread. Should I buy food from 7-11 in order to prove that I’m heterosexual?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      • Wearing dad jeans will suffice.


        December 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      • Walking around with a girl is probably a more enjoyable way to prove your heterosexual. Maybe we can get a Tinder review out of it.


        December 22, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      • agreed that supermarkets put way too much sugar in their pastries, to appeal to the prole set


        December 23, 2015 at 5:54 am

  8. “The rest of the nation is devoid of self-important food critics.”

    Fixed it for you.


    December 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    • When Lion went to Reno, he noted that cowhide was being used as a yeast extender in some bakeries. We flyovers are going to have to call out these practices if we want to get some respect, and you know it.


      December 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    • oh no you dit’nt


      December 23, 2015 at 5:56 am

  9. Did your parents call food crap? This is beyond prole, this is beastly.


    December 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

  10. This Star Wars is geared for race cucks.


    December 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

  11. Did you know you were cited in a Derbyshire article on UNZ?

    “The blogger who calls himself “Lion of the Blogosphere” had an interesting post . . .”


    December 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  12. What a disappointment.

    1) Not one interesting spaceship. Not one.

    2) The sun thing was unbelievably stupid. You can unthinkingly accept a lot of things while watching Star Wars, but with this the writers revealed their contempt for the intelligence of the audience.

    3) They showed their contempt again in rehashing the first film. This was not an homage; the writers treated the original film as a crutch.

    4) The music. How did they screw that up? One of the best things about the franchise was barely noticeable.

    5) Adam Driver: The actor. The character. There’s nothing there.

    6) Oscar Isaac is an amazing actor, so why did he look so bored in this movie?

    I could go on…

    Bright spots:

    1) Han Solo. Even when Harrison Ford is phoning it in, he’s cool.

    2) Daisy Ridley (the actress, not her character).


    December 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    • Yeah, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac seemed to be phoning it in. Their performances were flat. A huge contrast to the actor who played Lor San Tekka (the old guy at the beginning), who didn’t overplay it (like Daisy Ridley did with her character, IMO).
      Harrison Ford’s appearance worked surprisingly well, better than Carrie Fisher’s.
      But face it, the acting in the original was uneven, but good enough.
      The ‘sun thing’ was stupid, beyond stupid. I hope that they drop the whole super weapon notion going forward. Three have been built, and none have gone on longer than a month after they first fire.

      Half Canadian

      December 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

  13. Lion, what would you say to old time Star Wars fans who are angry about having a female protagonist and the inclusion of more SJW elements into the story? Is the movie still worth seeing?


    December 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  14. Italian Pastries are generally meh. For some reason, desserts aren’t a forte among guidos. Anyone who lives in the East Village understands Veniero’s is a tourist trap. And they have bad customer service, because they hire mostly NAMs as the front end staff, who either don’t fully understand English or dislike white privileged people. I used to go to De Robertis Pasticceria across the street, at least they had cute guidettes serving you at the counter.


    December 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    • And Lion, I would have admiration for Jews, had they gone into the fine food business like the Italians for their numbers. Why do prole pastries eaten by Lower East Side Orthodox types remain in their current state? All it takes, is a SWPL Jew making artisanal baked goods like William Greenberg. They aren’t many of them.


      December 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm

  15. This is why I never leave home without a pair of earplugs. You should also consider wearing earplugs on the subway as decibel levels can spike up to the 100+ range. Also, does it seem like the volume of the music is getting louder at restaurants? Does no one care about their hearing?


    December 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    • Yes, it’s getting harder to enjoy a meal and a conversation without raising your voice. Very annoying.


      December 22, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    • Two things I hate, hate, hate:
      1. Muzak at outside strip malls.
      2. The TV on the gas pump that plays nothing but commercials. And it’s always LOUD.


      December 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm

  16. Do you really think that only NYC has good food?


    December 22, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    • Not really. Arizona had better Mexican food and DC had better Vietnamese food.

      There was even a place in Tempe that had good pizza (although most pizza in AZ was horrible). But it takes more effort to find the good food in flyover country, while the good food is all over in Manhattan.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      • And where are you heading for your X’mas fare?

        Chop Suey and Chinese slop in general, are certainly not any White person’s definition of “good food” in Manhattan (besides homegrown proles).


        December 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

  17. You should consider watching the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Good show on both food prep and figuring out good places to eat in New York.


    December 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm

  18. I think the volume is too loud. This can’t be good for long-term hearing health.

    Isn’t the ambient noise in NYC overly loud all the time?

    Shortly after a 1990 Guns N’ Roses concert I developed ringing in my right ear and it’s never gone away.

    E. Rekshun

    December 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

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