FIRST LOVE Review – ***½

A sullen young boxer (Masataka Kubota) afflicted with a life-threatening tumor. A drug-addicted prostitute (Sakurako Konishi), selling herself to pay off her father’s debts. A scheming Yakuza (Shōta Sometani), plotting to bring down his boss with the help with a crooked cop (Nao Ohmori). The vengeful girlfriend (Becky) of a murdered criminal. And a Chinese…

GEMINI MAN Review – **½

I didn’t see Gemini Man in any kind of High Frame Rate projection; there wasn’t a 120 FPS screening anywhere near me, and I didn’t especially want to shell out the extra money to see it in 3D at 60 FPS. Not that I think it would’ve made a major difference, although there are a…

HÄXAN Review – ****

Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan lay the groundwork for those films which posed as serious documentaries and docudramas so as to sneak salacious content past the censors of the day; Reefer Madness, The Cocaine Fiends, Mom and Dad, and Sex Madness are a few that come to mind, and just as those films had a second life…

Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll Fillows Review

I’d been quite curious about General Mills’ new Fillows cereals; to my knowledge there are two flavors, this and Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme. Since both were on sale at one of my local Wal-Marts, I thought I’d dip my toe into the Fillows pond. And why did I choose the Cinnamon Roll variety? I dunno….

FOG OVER FRISCO Review – ***

My curiosity about Fog Over Frisco was first piqued by Leslie Halliwell’s review, which described it as Silly whodunnit highly notable for its cinematic style, all dissolves, wipes and quick takes. Probably the fastest moving film ever made, and very entertaining despite its plot inadequacy. He gave it three stars out of four, pretty damned…

Cola Lacaye Fruit Cola Review

This is not my first encounter with Cola Lacaye. Years ago, my friend Ethan and I would sample the stranger sodas for sale at The Better Cheddar (Mass Street Soda and KC Soda Co. still only a twinkle in someone’s eye), and I distinctly remember this being one of them. But I remembered very little…

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA Review – **½

I read The Old Man and the Sea sometime in high school, and I recall thinking it was pretty solid; I didn’t know that it’s generally considered second-tier Hemingway and that if it won the Pulitzer and was specifically mentioned in his Nobel citation, it was because he was incredibly overdue. No matter; it was…

RUSSIAN NIGHTS Review

How you feel about the episode “A City without Name” will likely determine how you’d feel about Vladimir Odoevsky’s Russian Nights, or indeed whether or not it’s the book for you. A group of philosophical travelers happen upon the ruins of a city, inhabited by a single man who spends his time “[wandering] for days…

SLEUTH Review – ****

I write this having seen Sleuth not for the first time but for the third or fourth, and now with it playing yet again in the background, knowing all the details of its infamously twisty plot, still coming back to it as I do Murder on the Orient Express, Anatomy of a Murder, or A…

What Cheer Review

I was going to drink and review this last night to make up for not getting to see Joker, but since I got off work early and saw Joker, it sat in my fridge an extra day, allowing me to cap what hasn’t been the best week of my life (crappy weather, car trouble, etc.)…