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The Top Earning Restaurants in the Country

Looking at restaurant ratings is always entertaining, and RESTAURANTS & INSTITUTIONS magazine has posted a few of their “top” lists for 2007.

TOP INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS: Sure, the Tao nightclub at the Venetian in Las Vegas would rank number one – they have all those celebrities coming in at all hours of the night, dropping $55m in food and beverage sales (600,000 meals at an average $70 ticket does that). Tavern on the Green in New York comes in 2nd, followed by Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. Yes, there are the usual New York, Las Vegas, and Washington DC suspects… but here’s where it gets interesting:

Disney Movie Review

Movie Review: Ratatouille

Rated G for nothing overly offensive.  A bit of cartoon violence, some kissing, and perhaps a double-entrendre or two for the parents’ amusement.

Rating:  A+

I expected this to be good.  I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is.  Believe all the advance hype it’s getting — Pixar/Disney has outdone themselves.  The water and fur effects are utterly amazing.  The story, for me, dragged in some places, but that’s okay as the rest of the film more than made up for it.

Good laughs, especially if you’re a foodie.  Have I mentioned how amazing the film looks?  I think the last 15 minutes of the film wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly; it probably could have used another 5 minutes.  

On the bright side, for those of you looking to get out of the theater with the kiddies as soon as possible, there’s no need to stay through the end credits any longer than you feel necessary.

So, as of right now, here’s my Pixar Rankings List.  As always, it’s subjective and subject to change any time I feel like it:

  1. The Incredibles 
  2. Ratatouille
  3. Finding Nemo
  4. Toy Story 2
  5. Monsters Inc
  6. Toy Story
  7. Cars
  8. A Bugs Life
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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean 3

Rated PG-13 for swashbuckling violence.  And a little bit of a darker tone than the first two films.

Rating:  B+.  Good action, a handful of amusement.  Good all around wrapup of the stories (it’ll help if you remember the plotline for PotC 2)

Some quick thoughts, in no particular order:

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Movie Review: Meet the Robinsons

Rated G for GREAT!

Rating:  A- for the 3D version.  B+ for the flat regular version.

Definitely go see the 3D version if you have it nearby.  It’s incredible and well done.  The movie is good too, if a little sappy at times.  Good laughs at certain parts, and the commercial does not show what I think is a funnier line in a specific scene.  

Which is good, for those of you who hate commercials that ruin all the best parts.

It does get a little predictable in some places, but considering what the plot is, that is to be expected.

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean

Rating:  see below for explanation
Rated:  PG-13 for action movie violence, really creepy evil undead skeletons/zombies, a whole lot of drinking, some blood, and a wee bit of pirate sexual innuendo.  Basically, all the stuff that pirates do best.

This Jerry Bruckheimer film is based on the beloved Disney ride of the same name.  It happens to be the last ride that Walt worked on before he died, and is considered by many to be the best ride at the Disney parks.  Would Walt be happy with this film?  I’d say…. yes.  There are enough homages to the ride that fit in context with the film without being cheesy, and yet the film stands alone.  Will it make the ride a bit more… interesting?  understandable?  Perhaps… and therein lies the fun.