Bigass Star Wars

Oh yeah! Went and saw Star Wars 2 last evening at OMSI on the bigass IMAX theater. It was beautiful. A tear welled in my eye when the Star Wars crashed onto the screen, and then the prologue scrolled past, up and into the screen.

The resolution was fantastic on that huge screen. You could see the pores on Natalie Portman’s shoulder. Had there been a chunk of food in her teeth it would’ve been the size of my head.

It wasn’t all a bed of roses though. While the panoramic scenes and space battles were fantastic, the dialog was often difficult to follow…the characters were often off in the periphery of the huige IMAX screen, making conversations have a tennis feel.

Some scences were cut from the IMAX reel as well. That was fine for me, as I’d already seen the movie and was just there for a cool ride. Go for that.

Cha! Cha! Cha! Review

The Pearl District is finally coming into its own. It has gotten a fantastic Mexican Restaurant. The environment is casual, nicer than a taqueria, but hardly larger. The colors are a subdued fall. You order at the counter when you come in, which is fine.

The menu, which is no longer a large board hanging aboce the front counter is succinct. Most of the standards are there, pastor, pollo, asada, lengua, burritos, tortas, tacos and so on. These are delicious. I particularly love the pastor tacos. There are specialty ingredients as well, from the spicy, tangy Cha, to the spicy cochinita, these are fabulous.

For those who are more cautious about spicy food, stay away from the red sauce. It is cookin, smoky and a rich fresh taste. The green is a nice mild, flavorful and refreshing.

I fear only that they will grow overcrowded. The only problems with the place are limited seating for medium-sized parties, and they dont’ sport limed fried jalapenos. The vegetarian menu leaves a bit to be desired. I found my burrito to be closer to a meatless fajita than the fresh pico de gallo style that I was looking for. The vegi taco was pretty much just a mini-burrito.

Overall, I’ll give Cha!Cha!Cha! an 8.5. The prices are reasonable, the service is good, the food is super.