Saturday, November 12, 2011
The decor may not be fabulous, darlings, but the bill-of-fare - mostly consisting of hearty homemade soups and beefed-up sandwiches - is just scrumptious.
Soup Freaks has wisely zeroed in on an oft-neglected menu item or two savored by folks pining for nutritious oompf on their lunch-hour breaks.
I sprang for a sirloin steak sandwich stacked high on wheat bread and was knocked out by how tasty and filling it was.
In spite of the fact, Soup Freaks just threw its doors opens on Castro Street a few weeks ago, the staff have managed to rustle up regulars queuing up for more of the same daily!
The offerings are reasonably-priced, too.
By the way, don't bother trying to reach for a Coke or a Sprite if 'ya want to quench your thirst.
The coolers in the trendy in-spot are only stocked with beverages not normally found elsewhere.
Soup Freaks is obviously on their way to establishing their distinctive "foody" style.
"J. Edgar" - a bio on former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover - has all the look and feel of a big budget feature and has Oscar written all over it.
With the pairing of two consummate professionals - Clint Eastwood at the helm and Leonardo DiCaprio starring in front of the camera - the studio has managed to strike a potential box-office hit.
The economy willing!
The screenwriters have weaved an intriguing tale - at times titillating - that takes a peek into the sacred realms of the FBI (and its original formation) and the corridors of power (behind closed doors) as seen through the sometimes paranoid eyes of J. Edgar Hoover (during his rein of terror over several sitting U.S. Presidents).
The directing is flawless and Eastwood is at the top of his game here.
The fact that "J. Edgar" resonates so soundly is largely attributable to the storytelling gifts of Mr. Eastwood.
The fast-paced flick chronicles - among other things - the investigation of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping (and the subsequent introduction of the "concept" of fingerprinting for the purposes of crime-fighting), and slyly hints at Hoover's clandestine homosexual passion for his long-time assistant at the Bureau in Washington.
Ah, such a cozy affair!
Leonardo DiCaprio is phenomenal in his portrait of a complex multi-layered (muddled?) man at odds with himself in a characterization that is seamless and authentic and something to behold!
The popular star has literally breathed life into every fibre of Hoover's being onscreen.
If there is one flaw in the feature, it is surely the fault of the screenwriters, for failing to fathom what made J. Edgar "tick".
That still remains a mystery here!