Saturday, March 6, 2010

Thumbs Down: Ghost Writer plot

When Ewan McGregor solves the mystery in Ghost Writer the same way Homer Simpson figures out his mom is still alive, that's two hours wasted.

Friday, February 19, 2010


That picture? REALLY?

Thumbs Down (or Thumbs Up): Anish Kapoor's Guggenheim "Intervention"

Smoke Monster,

Just take John Locke and leave the Guggenheim alone.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thumbs Down: this G&M reader

Holy shit, Tula: I can't wait to read your obituary for all the yuks. I'm looking in the mirror and seeing someone sick of reading this cynical bullshit.

(Yes, I understand the irony of that last sentence.)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thumbs Down: that dude in town that dresses exactly like Dan Deacon

To the hipster dude that shows up at the same events we attend that looks like Dan Deacon and even dresses like the guy too,

That ain't helping no one.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thumbs Down: Vancouver Sun

You'd think that one could flip to the local newspaper to get updates on yet another story of VPD officers beating up an innocent civilian (not to mention yet another innocent civilian of colour). Nope. You gots to go to the Globe and Mail for that. Geesh.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thumbs Down: iPod Whole Foods Lady

Lady who totally threw her bread in my face and asked the bakery person at Whole Foods to slice it for her even though I clearly was already ordering cookies from said bakery person (who even looked back at me with a "WTF?" look on her face)(like, totally!), all because said lady would not take her iPod earphones out,

What exactly are you listening to? Because I apparently haven't heard anything that good in awhile.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thumbs Down: Bao Bei


When the venerable Vancouver Slop posts are giving me props instead of giving me the proper piss-off, I've gots to worry. So who's to blame?

Bao Bei. Food aside, my general worry is that the place will end up filled with hipster folks that like the kitsch of drinking in Chinatown, under that same sort of logic that finds a LUXURY HOTEL halfway down the block. Does it make that Chinese beer go down easier if you're having it in a once thriving community that is at death's door and on it's way to gentrification?

But back on the food: I was hoping for some proper, upscale Chinese grub. It isn't a far-fetched idea that the people that invented paper, fireworks and the compass could somehow evolve past the point of eating only in overly bright, noisy and claustrophobic health hazards. So when you serve me sub-standard tea eggs - which you don't even really have to cook, so much as they just need to SOAK - and try to charge me $15 for a BBQ pork noodle, I've got to wonder who you're trying to kid. I'll pay $15 for a bowl of noodles if I can see that you've put some innovation and careful thought behind it (see BO Innovation in HK), but this ain't it.

The service ain't it either. When you've got a Caucasian server trying to correct my Chinese pronunciation (disclaimer: I am Chinese) and reminding me that congee is more of a 'breakfast thing,' and another server constantly bringing the wrong orders and giving me the stink-eye like it was my fault that I SAT SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN WHERE SHE TOOK HER OTHER FUCKING ORDER, that high price point just adds insult to injury.

So, I'm hoping it's all opening jitters or what not, because if this is what causes a rift between me and Vancouver Slop - a blog I adore so dearly - than I've got 99 problems and Bao Bei is at least 98 of them.

All Thumbs Down: Avatar

Mr. Cameron,
After all the hype, alls I can say is this: those fucking glasses are hella uncomfortable. I don't need to see flora and fauna coming out at the screen at me, I need you to explain why this isn't different from Ferngully. When all I can do is snicker at the ponytail genital thing while your movie takes in more than Star Wars (which I think you did with that iceberg movie anyway), I have to wonder what the world is coming to...until I remember all those shitty Star Wars prequels.

All Thumbs Down: Post-Holiday Hangover


My thumbs have been extra sore after the suckfest known as 2009, so bear with me during this first month of 2010. Things will be slow, but that's because I'm more tired than cranky...for now.