Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Ramzy’s Cafe: Your answer to Valley nightlife

Forget driving 20 miles to Hollywood and dealing with the ridiculous lines of overplayed celebrity hangouts. Finally, there is a place for those Valley-dwellers seeking a night life close to home and budget. Adorned golden walls carved with statues of pharaohs and sensual red lighting enticed me as I entered Ramzy's Café in Tarzana.

Jack Black and Mos Def join forces

"Be Kind Rewind" was an imaginative and hilarious depiction of what it is like to have an idea and just go for it. Jerry (Jack Black) and Mike (Mos Def) are two opposite people. Mike is a loyal clerk at a video store (no DVDs) called "Be Kind Rewind" and Jerry is the wacky friend who thinks the local power plant is melting his brain.

Students weigh in on Music Games

The video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band have made it possible for everyone to be a rock star in the comfort of their own home. Guitar Hero is a series of music video games released in 2005-2006 worldwide by RedOctane and Activision. Guitar Hero comes with a controller that looks like a guitar and the game itself involves playing the guitar and hitting the right notes in songs that range from "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath to "Fat Lip" by Sum 41.

Lost Odyssey review

"Lost Odyssey" is a Japanese role-playing game, a type that has been slowly slipping towards extinction. This latest spin on an old style of gaming was created by Mistwalker Studios, who also made the recent RPG "Blue Dragon". It was created exclusively for the Xbox 360 and rated M.

Become a rock star on your own time

The video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band have made it possible for everyone to be a rock star in the comfort of their own home. Guitar Hero is a series of music video games released in 2005-2006 worldwide by RedOctane and Activision. Guitar Hero comes with a controller that looks like a guitar and the game itself involves playing the guitar and hitting the right notes in songs that range from "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath to "Fat Lip" by Sum 41.

Not worth the money honey

On Gwen Stefani's sophomore attempt of a solo career, "The Sweet Escape," she fails to do anything except make the listener change the radio station. The charm and cutesy, bubble gum voice that Stefani sang her heart out with on her albums with No Doubt has suddenly become whiney and flat.

‘Apocalypto’ a well done blood bath

Mel Gibson gets to the point in "Apocalypto." He starts out with a fierce hunting scene to get the audience in the film. The savage nature of the warrior comes out in different ways. "Apocalypto" has English subtitles and Gibson does a remarkable job with the Mayan Yucatec language.

‘Deck the Halls’ an unoriginally re-run

It's that time of year again! Shopping sprees, holiday cheer, and, most notorious of them all, holiday movies. "Deck the Halls," starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, fits in perfectly with the mood of other dysfunctional family holiday movies done in the past.

Celebrity hype killed ‘Bobby’

When I heard "Bobby" would be based on a legendary Kennedy brother, I was there, but on Thanksgiving Day no one else was! Unfortunately, Director Emilio Estevez interpretation of Robert F. Kennedy's life was slim to none. The title "Bobby," was not appropriate for the movie.

Mix of ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ worth the $$

If you're into an eclectic mix of drums, guitar, politics and piano then spending nearly twenty bucks on Muse's new album "Black Holes and Revelations," is worth every cent. Their sixth and possibly most bitter album yet is finally completed with lyrics such as "Corrupt, you're corrupt" and "You'll burn in hell," but you'd never notice it by all the appealing and melodic art taking your attention away from the resentful libretto.