Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe star in a movie directed by and co-written by one of my favorites, Shane Black. This is a comedy/crime drama centering around the murder of a porn star in 1970’s Los Angeles. Gosling plays Holland, a private detective with a young daughter and possibly a drinking problem. Crowe is Jackson Healy, a thug that’s got a good streak in him. The murder and then the bigger mystery reveal themselves to the duo during their (sorta) random encounter while both are doing their jobs.
Black, who has written movies like Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight and the very underrated Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, brings his usual ear for snappy patter amongst lowlifes, interesting twists and mystery. Buck Rogers, Gil Gerard, makes a cameo as well as character actor favorite, David Keith in a supporting bad guy role.
The movie is a fun trip back to the 70’s without getting all in your face about the 70’s, if you know what I mean. Yet the plot and the bigger mystery could not have taken place in any other time period really. Kim Basinger is also in this, but to be honest, I didn’t recognize her right away. Val Kilmer’s son plays Chet, the projectionist.
Can’t really talk too much about it, without giving the plot away. Funny stuff, good action and boobies galore! Would love to see a sequel. What more can you ask, bros?
I give The Nice Guys 9 out of 10 keggers.
If your birthday is this week: Your birthday cake will be shaped like a giant hotdog, but the relish on it will be real.
Aries: Fireworks bring you a great reward from the insurance company and the car you set on fire.
Taurus: The stars say, turn over those burgers once but don’t press them down on the grill. They’ll get dry.
Gemini: Your barbecue host will get a deal on hotdogs that are nearly squirrel meat-free.
Lemini: Your trip to the beach ends as it always does, with the cops asking you to stop living under the boardwalk.
Cancer: You will fall asleep during your Memorial Day barbecue and get tagged by mustard.
Leo: You’ll miss out on a block party in your neighborhood because your neighbors convinced you it was being held in Alberta.
Virgo: Your makeshift Iwo Jima memorial made from hotdogs attracts a record number of flies in the heat, but few actual veterans.
Libra: You will reach your yearly quota of pork consumed by Sunday night.
Scorpio: Having sex with an entire battalion is technically not supporting the troops with your STD’s.
Sagittarius: You will cut off a Memorial Day parade in your rush to get to a beer store.
Capricorn: Making hamburgers by using other hamburgers as buns is technically healthier only if you don’t count the burns on your hands.
Aquarius: The ghost of General Patton will appear at your barbecue and demand you give him 20.
Pisces: Windows 10 will update your fucking computer without your fucking permission ruining your fucking weekend.
Restaurant: Schileen’s Pub
Address: 32 Delsea Drive Westville, NJ
Price: Above Average
Portions: Below Average
Taste: Pretty good
Atmosphere: Loud Bar
So it’s Friday. Blazing hot and there’s no way I’m going to grill. The house has taken all day to cool off via AC, so I’m anxious to go to a commercial building where the air has been cranked that I’m actually a little chilly. I had read online that Schileen’s Pub had some awesome roast beef sandwiches and I figure, tonight’s the night.
Schileen’s is located in Westville, which is kind of like New Jersey’s tiny version of Detroit light: a rough little town off of Route 130 with tons of bars, railroad tracks, cement medians and very little parking. Schileen’s has a nice lot in the back though and some outside seating, but again, blazing hot.
Inside is mostly a bar and some restaurant tables. The seating is kind of okay, not great, but okay. The music was oldies, which was fine with me, but it was kind of loud. We were positioned under a speaker, but it was the only free booth. The volume was just under too loud, but I still had to shout to the waitress.
I give the waitress props for being friendly, efficient and attentive, but I felt she kind of rushed my order. Plus, what I ordered was kind of messy and I had to ask for napkins. Otherwise, she was fine. The Missus got fish and chips, I got a salad, the sandwich sampler and a side of fries that were not included.
I got my salad. It was good. I liked the house dressing which was a balsamic vinegar derivative. The fish and chips included actual homemade chips, which were nice. The fish was cooked right, but the pieces were a little small. Good, but the Missus suspected it was frozen. My fries came, but I had to wait a while for the sandwich sampler.
About 20 minutes later it came. Three slider-sized sandwiches of pork, ham and roast beef. Each came with it’s own dipping sauce. All three sandwiches were excellent. I would rate them pork, roast beef and then the ham. Not a ham fan.
Overall, the place was just too loud. Too much of a bar for me. They seem to be on top of their beers though. I would totally do take out here or grab a sandwich if I was in the area. I think their restaurant area could use a bit of a touch up. The table was a little sticky and I wished the music wasn’t so loud. Guess the outside deck would’ve been okay if it wasn’t so hot.
I give Schileen’s Pub 6 out of 10 keggers.