It’s been a while since my last post, but I decided to upload a gallery of my snaps from my latest trips to Portland and New York. Hopefully that quenches your thirst. I’m keeping busy right now, but check back for more from San Francisco!
I’m proud to call San Francisco my home. After 25 years of walking around the streets, mingling with the people, and eating the food, I’d like to think that I’m pretty well-versed in San Franciscan culture, although I’m not entirely sure if San Francisco culture is something you inherit or just pick up. Maybe it oozes off on you after you’ve been here a few years.
…but some days I wake up and I don’t recognize my own city
This isn’t to say that I know what’s going on in my own city though, especially in these current times. Just because I remember and know it in my way as a San Francisco native who has seen his fair share of change doesn’t mean I can describe the huge shift in things right now as they unfold. I’m not even sure what to call it, but some days I wake up and I don’t recognize my own city. Call it what you want – gentrification, entitlement, tech empires rising, the millennial invasion – San Francisco just doesn’t feel the same and it’s pretty confused as to what it wants to become.
I learned about this movie through an email I received. I had, after watching several indie films over at the Roxie Theater, decided that I wanted to immerse myself in different genres and expand my severely limited palate. I’m happy I signed up for the newsletter because to date, I’ve been back to Embarcadero Center Cinemas on numerous occasions. Posh, reclining seats in the roughly 20-seater screening lounges, real food, alcohol, a polite crowd, and indie films. What’s not to like? I especially love the fact that people frequent the bigger chain theaters for popular films and leave the Embarcadero Center for folks who want to step outside their comfort zone a little bit and watch something different.
I’ve fallen in love with the Embarcadero Center Cinema as of late. In just a period of a week, I’ve been there about 4 times. Originally, I went on a Sunday to watch Obvious Child, because I loved the trailer and found that dark humor super appealing, but ended up watching Belle because the screening lounge was already full. Pro tip: buy your tickets in advance, especially for movie times that are in the screening lounges because they’ll sell out and then you’ll have to watch a different movie!
I went to the Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco yesterday to catch a showing of The Grand Seduction. I like to peruse the film selection at this theater just because most of the films are really good and the theater is quite luxurious. The last couple of times I went to catch films, I was in the big theater, but when I went to watch The Grand Seduction, it was showing in the screening lounge. YES. The reclined seats gave it that pop. The film itself was very entertaining. I had watched the trailer a few weeks beforehand, but it had a certain kind of charm to it. A comedy, yes, but one that doesn’t resort to vulgar insults and jokes. I laughed pretty much the entire time because it was good-natured humor. The location? BEAUTIFUL. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I highly recommend it. That said, after I watched it and did my research, I found out that it’s a remake of the 2003 La grande séduction or the English title Seducing Doctor Lewis. It’s an updated, more modern version and it makes me want to watch the original. Here are the trailers:
I’ve never been one to think on and on about the direction of my life. It’s not that I don’t have ambitions, desires, dreams, or goals, but that I like to focus on the present. I’ve found that when you’re standing in the middle of an empty road and lost, your best option is to stay there for a while. Turning tail and running back into the past does nothing for you. You’ve already seen and experienced that. Trudging on is not truly an option either, especially when you haven’t fully experienced the present moment. I like to stand in one spot and look around until I am ready to see something else, but keep in mind that life is a constant move forward. Even if I don’t feel like moving, I let the road move from underneath me. Staying in one spot for too long, you take the risk of getting run over by a speeding vehicle when you least expect it.
There’s nothing quite like the current moment.
As time ticks by, things start to change. That cloud that looks like a unicorn won’t stay looking like a unicorn for long. It’s something that I’ve noticed from my time taking pictures. Things don’t like to stagnate, and so, they’re always in a constant state of flux. Perhaps this is why people stand behind grabbing life by the horns. If you don’t take the chance now, there may not be another chance for you to take in the future. I’ve come to realize that it might be my time to move on from where I am now, after having several enlightening talks with two different people. As always, I take what they have to say with a few sprinkles of salt, because in the end, it will be my own choices that shape my future existence.
On June 3rd, I found myself amongst a vast sea of assorted button-ups, coffee cups, and mustaches. I never thought that the smell of popcorn and the smell of coffee would work together, but for some reason, it left me with a supreme hunger for both of them at the same time.
I had the pleasure of settling down on the balcony of the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco to watch A Film About Coffee. I had caught wind of the trailer about three or four months ago and immediately knew I wanted to watch this film, regardless of format. I signed up for their newsletter, which you should also do here, and right when they announced a screening in San Francisco about a month ago, I jumped online and bought a pair of tickets. The first trailer I watched had reeled me in with it’s intense imagery of a beverage I love so much. On a slow day, I drink about two cups, so it really has become a ritual – that’s why I looked forward to it and had relatively high expectations for it. As a plus, the film features a lot of my beloved San Francisco roasters. I’m glad I made it to the showing, because it not only met my expectations, but exceeded them across the board, leaving me with a greater appreciation and understanding of coffee.