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It's a new year so you know what that means. It's time for the annual list of movies I'm most looking forward to in 2015. Surprisingly, I still haven't seen 4 movies from last year's list, but I'll remedy that soon enough.

The Top Ten:

10. Mad Max: Fury Road
Trailer - http://youtu.be/YWNWi-ZWL3c
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt1392190/

9. Terminator: Genisys
Trailer - http://youtu.be/62E4FJTwSuc
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt1340138/

8. Spectre
Trailer - Not Yet Released
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2379713/

7. Mission Impossible 5
Trailer - Not Yet Released
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2381249/

6. Ant-Man
Trailer - http://youtu.be/cY-yoX2put0
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt0478970/  
5. Jurassic World
Trailer - http://youtu.be/RFinNxS5KN4
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt0369610/

4. Furious 7
Trailer - http://youtu.be/Skpu5HaVkOc
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2820852/

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
Trailer - Not Yet Released
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt1951266/

2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Trailer - http://youtu.be/tmeOjFno6Do
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2395427/

1. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Trailer - http://youtu.be/erLk59H86ww
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2395427/


The Honorable Mentions:

Ex Machina
Trailer - http://youtu.be/EoQuVnKhxaM
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt0470752/

The Hateful Eight
Trailer - Not Yet Released
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt3460252/

The Lazarus Effect
Trailer - Not Yet Released
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2918436/

Kingsman: The Secret Service
Trailer - http://youtu.be/kl8F-8tR8to
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2802144/


The Dishonorable Mentions (Don't Judge Me!):

Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Trailer - http://youtu.be/BNJ-UxlKXGY
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2637294/

Pitch Perfect 2
Trailer - http://youtu.be/KBwOYQd21TY
Info - http://imdb.com/title/tt2848292/
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Hell yeah Star Wars is at #1. Look what JJ Abrams did for boring source material like Star Trek.
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So I've been thinking it over and I'm going back to school to further my education.
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All that geekiness and not one Superhero themed item? Travesty.
And we can't believe we weren't invited.
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The choices one makes decides the direction they are headed.
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No orifice is safe from toilet snake.
This is the most horrifying thing I've seen on the Internet today (so far).
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That's just evil... Lights on FORREAL!!
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Dear Science & Technology,

Please try harder.

Sincerely,
Yves
Up until now, anyone hoping to time travel in Google Street View was more or less left at the mercy of the odd, serendipitous glitch. But starting today, Google is rolling out a new Street View feature that lets you travel back in time virtually anywhere.
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Wish I could unhinge my jaw and eat it all at once.
If a pizza and spaghetti had sex their baby would be lasagna. What? It's important to think about these things. If some dude and spaghetti had sex, the spaghetti would not get pregnant, and hopefully the pervert burns his...
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Yves has that skill from his "night" life??
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Dear Hollywood,

I know we've had our differences lately, but this is important. If you make this happen, I'll overlook the fact that you cast Ben Affleck to be Batman.

Sincerely,
An X-Files Groupie
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I usually have too much respect for my digestive system to eat Taco Bell, but I'm definitely intrigued.
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Do it. It's delicious. Halfway through you wonder 'what was I thinking?'... By then, too late. An hour later, your stomach is shaking its fists at you.
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Oh humanity, it's always one step forward and two steps back.
This is apparently a new craze and we think its pretty bizarre.
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Every single parent should be doing this to their baby!
No babies where harmed so STFU!!! Share056010066
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So who wants me to make it rain sandwiches on their birthday?
If your restaurant is on the seventh floor and your customers are down on the street, how do you get them their food quickly and efficiently? Throw it out the window of course.
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Right in the feelings.
Four-year-old Jack Robinson, from Hampshire, died at home last week after completing a bucket list that led to him meeting his heroes Gary Barlow and Matt Smith.
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I have driven by this place a hundred times and never gave it a second thought. However, one day, I finally ate here with some coworkers for breakfast. Food: 5/5 There are good pancakes, and then there are great pancakes. Brownstone serves perfect pancakes. They really are in a league of their own. You often see the word "homemade" thrown around a lot on restaurant menus, but very little hardly ever measure up. Brownstone's pancakes taste homemade in every way. Their eggs and sausage are also very well prepared and can hold their own with the best diners I've been to. Price: 4/5 This is one of those few places where you enjoy your meal so much, you don't care about the cost. You will find pretty standard NJ diner pricing here, but the quality of food you get for that money is more than worthy of that price tag. Environment: 3/5 Jersey City restaurants are always tight on parking and this place is no different. They have a parking lot, but it fills up pretty quick during peak hours. The interior is kept clean, but all the furniture and decor is pretty plain. The crowd is a very mixed demographic. Overall, there's nothing that really sets them apart from the countless other diners in this category. Service: 4/5 The staff are very nice and attentive. The food we ordered came out super quick and as described. There's not really much more you can ask for in a diner. I can definitely see why this establishment was featured on 'Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives'. Their food is top notch and I will be back for more in the future.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Video games and booze. Need I say more? Environment: 4/5 First off, I find it funny that people call this place a pub. I think geeky dive bar would be much more fitting descriptor. It's a pretty social venue and the crowd can be very different on any given night. The ambiance is very chill and relaxed. There's tons of arcades to choose from. Although, if you ask me, it couldn't hurt if they got a Marvel Vs. Capcom machine in there. My only minor gripe about this place is the hygiene. Compared to other bars in the downtown Jersey City area, this place can seem like a dump at times. It just doesn't seem like they clean that regularly. If I place my beer on top of an arcade machine, it shouldn't have a ring of dust at the bottom when I pick it up. Drinks: 3/5 I'm not much a beer connoisseur, but the mixed drinks can be a hit or miss. Some bartenders there make awesomely strong drinks, while others make you wonder if there's some sort of alcohol shortage. Service: 4/5 I've never ordered food from here, but the bartenders are pretty nice. Once you get up to the bar, someone will usually ask you what you want pretty quickly. Even on the busy nights they still manage to be pretty attentive. Price: 4/5 Unlike some places in Jersey City that have based their pricing models on NYC establishments, Barcade keeps things in the realm of reality and doesn't beat your pockets up too much. All in all, Barcade is an alcoholic gamer's utopia.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is one of the smallest liquor stores I've ever been to. They have a pretty limited selection and everything is shelved very close to each other. What small selection they do have to choose from is also a little pricey for Queens. The staff don't seem to be the friendliest bunch in town, but they do ring up your purchases fairly quickly. Unless you're really in a hurry, I would suggest going a little further for something with more selection and better prices.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
From the hype surrounding the original S'MAC location, I had high expectations for this one, but what I actually experienced was pretty average at best. Food: 3/5 While the ingredients do taste fresh, there was something missing that really made it totally enjoyable. I have the feeling it was a lack of salt. Since I chose a build your own option, this may have also been due to the specific combination of cheeses and mix-ins I included. In the end, the meal wasn't terrible, but it was far from memorable. This is a bit of a problem if that's what they specialize in. Price: 3/5 For the size and quality that you get, I was not overly thrilled with their pricing. Unless you are watching your figure, the Nosh portion size is the worst bang for your buck. It's basically a side dish. The Major Munch is about the perfect meal size, but most options will cost you $10+. Service: 3/5 I expect big chains and franchises to slip in this department, but I was expecting a bit more from S'MAC. The cashier I dealt with was pleasant and had patience while we figured out our order, but a few of the other staff were a little rude. One was loudly talking on the phone to someone while cursing right near a family with small children. Needless to say the adults looked visibly annoyed. Another employee was listening to music on their headphones while dancing around as they mopped. It just didn't feel very professional in there at all, but that could be a problem with management more than the workers. Environment: 3/5 Nothing fancy to see here. It's located on a street with not many other well-known businesses. I will even go out on a limb and say that the area looks a bit shady. There's a decent amount of seating inside, but they're all more accommodating to small groups. I'm not sure how often they clean their bathrooms, but it seems I may have gotten there during someone's break. The smell of urine and small remnants of fecal matter were abundant. I've seen much worse in NY, but that doesn't make it any more excusable. Overall, I had a decent experience, but not one I'd be in a hurry to repeat. I am hoping my visit to the original East Village location will be able to change my opinion.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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This review is about the Nightlife Terrace. From the bright pink sign outside, I thought Yotel was going to be cheesy and over the top, but it ended up being nothing like I was expecting. Environment: 5/5 From the minute you walk out of the elevator leading to the terrace, you can tell that they pay very close attention to detail. Everything looks very chic and contemporary. This place is also a lot bigger than I was expecting. There are several interconnecting rooms that span almost the entire floor. Thankfully, it was not crowded on the night that I went, but the venue can hold a considerable amount of people. The lighting is probably the most defining aspect of Yotel. It sets a great overall mood. The grinning glasses-wearing moose statues are the icing on the cake. They will probably get a few smiles out of you too. Service: 5/5 It's hard to find places in NYC where the security personnel are nice, but all the ones I interacted with were actually pretty pleasant to deal with. That type of great attitude is becoming a rarity. It's very fitting that they carry the hospitality vibe over from the hotel. Despite a growing crowd, the bartenders took my order in a decent amount of time and didn't waste time chatting to coworkers between taking other orders. It was like a well oiled-machine behind that counter! To top it all off, they have a complimentary cell phone charging station that is free. Drinks: 5/5 I love it when bartenders give you a strong drink without receiving a big tip first. That's exactly what happened when I went to one of their many bars. The glass sizes were big and they didn't overdo the amount of ice. You can't really ask for more than that. Price: 3/5 Nothing really out of the ordinary here. The drinks are expensive $13-$15, but that's pretty standard pricing for Times Square. My friends got bottle service, but I'm not sure what the price tag was on that. During a time when nightlife choices are all starting to feel the same, Yotel definitely sets itself apart and was the best experience I've had in a long time.
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reviewed a year ago
I can't believe I've lived in the NYC area for this long and only just recently came to know the greatness that is Ippudo NY. Food: 5/5 Let's get right to it, shall we? The food here is on a whole other level of deliciousness. I came to try ramen that didn't come out of plastic packaging for the first time and ended up having an entire 5-course meal. It was a meal that I just did not want to end. Even when I was done, all I could think about was wishing I had bigger stomach so I could keep eating. This place will definitely bring out your inner glutton if you aren't one already. I had the Shishito, Kaisen Garlic, and Hirata Buns as an appetizer, Akamaru Modern as the main course, and a slice of Lady M Mille Crepe Cake for dessert. While everything I just listed was extremely flavorful, the Hirata Buns changed everything I thought I knew about bread and meat sandwiches. You don't know what tasty is until you bite into one of these. Another reviewer Michael S. said it best: "Those pork buns are so good. If they made them pillow size, I'd fall asleep on them and take a few bites throughout the night when I wake up." Yeah, that good. Price: 4/5 Being that this restaurant is in NYC and extremely popular, you would think they'd exert pressure on your wallet, but I'm here to ease your worries. That entire 5-course meal I mentioned earlier? It only cost me a little over $30. Some people may argue that $15 for a bowl of soup is too expensive, but I can guarantee those people have never had Ippudo Ramen. I have paid twice as much for meals that didn't leave me even half as satisfied as I was with Ippudo. Service: 5/5 If you arrive early enough, the wait is not that long. However, by the time I finished my epic meal, there was a large number of people waiting for tables. The staff I interacted with had lots of personality and generally seemed to care that you're having a good experience. They checked in on us regularly throughout our many courses. The dishes come out from the kitchen incredibly quick. I've had McDonald's Drive-Thru orders that took longer. They also make sure your water glasses are always full and even provided some complimentary green tea at the end. They really have this place running like a well-oiled machine. Environment: 4/5 Unlike many of my favorite places in NYC, Ippudo is only a 5-10 minute walk from the nearest PATH station (9th Street). That may not seem important to any New Yorkers reading, but the New Jersey people know how great this is. The decor in the restaurant itself is very color coordinated. The artwork and furniture give off a great Japanese vibe. Even the bowls you eat out of carry the same theme. The lighting is dim, but enough that you can see everything. Everything is also kept very clean, even the bathrooms. The ceilings are pretty high and the tables are spaced nicely, so there's no need to worry about overhearing the next patron's conversation. All in all, they really went out of their way set the atmosphere just right Do yourself a favor, if you just finished reading this and haven't eaten here before, make a point to do so ASAP. Your taste buds will thank you later.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I've been to many car washes over the years and this is one of the worst. From the outside, this establishment looks pretty reputable, but that's where the good ends. I'd say my biggest gripe is their cash only policy. They do not dry your car after exiting the conveyor rails for the external wash. The rotating brushes are also not calibrated properly, so you will not get a thorough cleaning. If you're not looking to spend a lot of money, it's hard to beat their $6 pricing, but if you care about getting a quality wash, there are better places to take your car to.
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