Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hidden Houston: Taqueria LuLu

The Place: Taqueria LuLu

Address: corner of Wheeler & Almeda (4320 Almeda Rd, 77004)

Hours: 7a - 3:30p

Hidden Beauty: low-cost Mexican food

This place was "Opening Soon!" for what seemed like a long, long time. They're open now, though, and offering some excellent food for breakfast & lunch. I stopped in for lunch yesterday and, after a look at the various menu blackboards, decided to have a beef fajita quesadilla. V. went with the veggie quesadilla, and E. had a fajita beef taco. The woman who took our order was very friendly and made sure to ask questions so we'd get things just as we wanted.

We sat down at one of the tables outside and, after a short wait, our food came out to us. It was delicious. This was one of those meals where conversation dies because everyone is busy filling their bellies! The quesadillas came with a bit of sour cream, shredded lettuce, and a little more. I didn't take too much notice because my quesadilla was wonderful as-is. The beef inside was super tasty and cooked just right, nice and tender and juicy. V. was very happy with her veggie quesadilla, too, and I even think E. ate all of her taco. That's really saying something.

A simple lunch for three cost us about $15, and the presentation and service were more than we expected from a simple little taco shack. We need to go back some morning and give their breakfast tacos a try - I'm sure they'll be excellent.

Monday, September 21, 2009

So Many Movies.

I realized last night that, if my plans all work out, I'll be seeing five movies in the next eight days, most of them free screenings. My schedule looks about like this:
  1. a matinee of "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" on Wednesday
  2. a screening of "Surrogates" Thursday evening
  3. double feature of "Toy Story & Toy Story 2 3-D" on Saturday
  4. a screening of "The Invention of Lying" next Tuesday
In addition, Gofobo REALLY wants me to see "Bright Star" Wednesday evening; it's too bad I have no desire whatsoever to watch a romance about John Keats and Fanny Brawne. That's just not up my alley. (I just watched part of the trailer; holy cow, not my thing.)

The nice thing about seeing all of these movies? Well, aside from seeing all but "Cloudy" for free, it's that I've signed on with Dad Blogs to write a movie review column! I won't get pay, sadly, but I will get a bit more blog exposure, and I might be able to sit in the nice press sections at screenings. (Those seats are almost always empty.) The reviews I post at Dad Blogs will be longer, so I'll probably continue posting my terribly short reviews here.

I'm excited about writing a weekly (or so) column, and about seeing so many free movies in quick succession. I'm really looking forward to this week.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"District 9": A Brief Review

People, at heart, tend to be weak and afraid. If they can take advantage of someone or something, they will. Give a man a big gun and he'll be brave for as long as it takes to get what he wants. In the end, though, it IS about what he wants, not about some sort of noble, higher purpose.

Also, let's set a movie in Johannesburg and not mention apartheid at all, . . . aside from totally using aliens in place of blacks. Like I said, just don't mention it.

"District 9" is easy to like if you don't ask any questions about the technology, the characters, motives, circumstances, instead opting to view it as a morality tale with big guns. It's pretty frustrating if you DO ask questions about any of the things I mentioned.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"The Informant!": A Brief Review

"Well, hold on and let's talk about what I said earlier." That's not a teenager having their explanation of what happened while you were away cross-examined; that's Matt Damon's character in "The Informant!". It's two funny hours of watching someone wave a scrap of truth in your face while sheets of liepaper peel from the walls. There are some beautiful open-mouth takes and a string of B- and C-list celebrities.

It was a funny movie; I liked it. A lot of people left the theater slightly bewildered at the twists & turns.

"The Informant!" opens in theaters September 18th.

"9": A Brief Review

Take a short film. Make the mute characters talk. Give them a bit of personality. Make the piece's conflict a bit larger. Add grandeur to the ending scene, but don't extend the story; leave off in the same place. Attach a few big-name producers.

I liked it, but it didn't add much.