This weekend was crazy. On Friday, Andrew and I drove down to Pasadena. While I do get bored of taking Highway 101 sometimes, I have to say it’s much prettier than driving I-5 through the central valley. It was also incredibly hot and dusty. Thank god for air conditioning.
We met up with some people from the movie forum board on Mediasaurs (our friend Peter’s movie review website) that we were sharing a hotel room with. Then we went out for dinner at an Argentinian restaurant called Malbec. Andrew and I did not really enjoy our food. I got seafood pasta. The baby octopus were very well done but I did not like the sauce and the shellfish were not fresh tasting. Andrew thought his salmon was good but that he could have executed the same thing at home.
The next day we walked around Old Town Pasadena and then met up with Kely McClung for lunch. He was premiering his film Kerberos at the Action on Film festival in Pasadena (great independent film). We went to an Indian buffet which was mediocre. Then we went back to the hotel room where I worked on my paper and the rest of the group slept. Then we met up with Peter, Susannah, and Matt at the theater for a series of shorts and one almost feature length. They were terrible and I can’t remember the names. After the movie was out we went to a sushi restaurant because we thought we would doing Mexican food for the after party. I just got some miso soup and shared gyoza with Andrew. They banged a drum every time someone came in and drove Susannah crazy.
Then we went to see Kerberos. Before Kerberos played, they played two shorts: Poker Night and Hacked to the Future. Poker Night was very well done for a short, independent feature. Great tension, good camera work, and fairly good acting. Hacked to the Future was a read through but funny. Kerberos turned out great (I had seen it before but I was plastered and fell asleep), though the sound was loud and some of the camera work was shaky.
The after party was supposed to be Mexican food but ended up being at a sushi bar. We got sake bombs and that was pretty much it. Not much in the way of great food this weekend. Not that I was expecting much out of Pasadena.