Film ~ We Are Your Friends

Directed by Max Joseph, We Are Your Friends features an aspiring DJ, Cole Carter (Zac Efron) who is searching for his path in life for fame and fortune in California.

Among three friends, Carter enters a social scene for music. The music is EDM. It’s about the bass and movement for dance. Connecting to the crowd and making an impression is what matters most. Finding influential sounds from all around him, he’s able to create an original sample. It’s assembled in a creative way evoking emotion. That type of collective conscious that arises often at music festivals. We can all do it when opportunity is presented.

The film captures the essence of the millennial struggle. We are all doing different things in the real world. We each expect to be at a certain point by a particular age. So we hustle and we try. Everyone can find themselves in one of the characters. Are you the DJ, promoter, drug dealer or solid friend?

We all have a dream and often wonder are we doing enough? We can do more. There’s a true message, if you have/can find your skill, just go all in to be successful. Good vibes, I loved this film!

Fashion ~ Cover Stars

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Notable public figures, Beyonce and Emma Watson are seen above as the cover stars of fashion’s bible, US Vogue and British Vogue. Managing forces of fashion, Queen Bey is dressed in Marc Jacobs and on top of her global domination. Fair enough since she’s accumulated over 63 million followers on Facebook. Meanwhile, grown up Granger is the alleged voice of our generation. Personally, I think we are all the voice of our generation, just that no one listens unless you’re famous. It really makes you wonder…

Culture ~ Bar Goto

After devoting a few years at Pegu Club, talented owner Kenta Goto unveiled a new summer destination this week in New York.

The Lower East Side welcomed Bar Goto as a Japanese style cocktail bar accompanied by delicious dishes.

From the moment of arrival, there’s a bouncer checking ID – like you really need it but in we go. Dim lighting and moderate conversations fill the space around the dark furnishings. Bar stools or small tables are the option for seating.

The bar menu consists of quintessential Japanese beers and creative cocktails with an Asian twist including sake, wasabi, shochu and miso. Try the sakura martini or matcha milk punch to cool down. My drink of choice was the watermelon cucumber cooler shown below, a very light and refreshing mix.

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For food, chef Kiyo Shinoki prepares comfort bites such as tasty kobu celery and spiced miso wings. Practice using those chopsticks! Then the okonomiyaki (grilled as you like in English translation) is the highlight of the visit. These savory pancake small plates are offered in five different varieties. My choice was the Fisherman’s (octopus, shrimp and squid) accompanied by ginger and bonito flakes photographed above. To be fair, it was the best I’ve had outside of Tokyo.

If you’re looking for a Friday night lounge, quick drink with a colleague or first date venue, this Japanese restaurant is the place to be. Walk ins are welcome, enjoy!

Address: 245 Eldridge Street bet East Houston and Stanton Street. Tel: 212 475 4411

Culture ~ Humans Finale

The British-American TV series, Humans came to an end this Sunday night in the UK.

Produced by AMC Studios, Channel 4 and Kudos, the science fiction drama explored the depth of interactions between humans and machines set in the London suburbs.

Series poster from Google.

One day, Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) brings home the latest gadget, a synth. His family: wife, Laura Hawkins (Katherine Parkinson), son, Toby (Theo Stevenson) and  daughters, Mattie (Lucy Carless) and Sophie (Pixie Davies) learn to adjust with their new lifestyle. Things are slightly strange as they come to accept the synth.

The so-called synths are android robots who live to serve humans. The way we live is somehow completely transformed in this eight episode seaon. Imagine a world where you never have to lift a finger, you’re never alone and always in control. The synths perform duties but are designed not to comprehend or feel with real emotions.

Then the Hawkins family discovers their synth, Anita/Mia (Gemma Chan) is a bit different and that there are others. These special individuals change it all: Leo (Colin Morgan), Niska (Emily Berrington), Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) and Fred (Sope Dirisu). Relationships develop which make you question the nature of humanity.

The creators, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley trapped me in this parellel present. The performances were authentic enough regarding human and robotic gestures. Quite amusing yet freaky at times for television. Overall, a well entertaining series and a new way to look at the future of technology and artificial intelligence.

Trying not to give away too much to anyone now tuning in, the sci fi details about persona synthetics are highly appealing. Take a look, if you dare.