THE SOUVENIR Review – ****

Manipulation is difficult to portray convincingly, because the act of being manipulated seems so absurd to anyone but the victim, and at any time except the active moment. But The Souvenir does a fine job of showing how a young film student, Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne), from an upper-crust background (“I suppose you don’t have…

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE Review – ****

Dragged Across Concrete took me by surprise in more ways than one. Between its epic length, its dark, provocative choice of subject matter, its choice of star, and the admittedly dubious comments made by the director (“I’m not looking for films to express values”—yet they will, whether you want them to or not), I was…

Cap’n Crunch’s Sprinkled Donut Crunch Review

Cap’n Crunch was never a big part of my cereal-eating life as a kid. Why, I can’t be sure—parental intervention, perhaps—but as it is, I’m not sure I ever so much as owned a box of the stuff until I bought this one. And I did that because Price Chopper was listing it as a…

Red Ribbon Almond Cream Soda Review

It’s been a long day, and a very hot one—it’s a good night for a soda review. And given the sodas I have on hand from my latest trip to KC Soda Co., this seemed like the most enticing. I forget if I’ve tried any of Red Ribbon Soda Works’ products before. No matter; a…

Farewell to a Palace

Peace to the shacks! War on the palaces! – Georg Buchner For the second time in just over a month, I find myself having to eulogize a movie theater, one which I first frequented in those lovely years when my cinephilia first reached its fullest flower, and one remained a regular part of my movie-going…

Kellogg’s Hi! Happy Inside Bold Blueberry Review

Some cereals are completely off my radar until I find myself with a box or bag of them in my pantry. This is a quintessential example, and had my local grocery store not been selling it off for a dollar a bag, I might never have heard of it. But here it is. The price…

Hosmer Red Lightning Review

I don’t really drink energy drinks anymore, and haven’t in many years—I much prefer drinking coffee and tea for my caffeine fix. But while browsing the selection at Mass Street Soda, I came across an intriguing entry in the genre, containing ingredients no less surprising than pomegranate juice and grape skin. It was also made…

Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Orangeade Review

(UPDATE: I didn’t realize it until after the fact, but this is the 600th post I’ve published on this site. So that’s cool.) Canada Dry recently issued a pair of new variants on their iconic dry ale, one with lemonade, the other with orangeade. I’ll probably review the lemonade variant in the future, but I decided…

Like Cola: A Thrift-Store Soda Find

On a recent trip to a local thrift store, I came across a six-pack of a vintage soda, hitherto unknown to me. Usually such sodas date from the 60s or earlier, but from the (very nifty) label design, it was clear this was a soda of more recent vintage. I didn’t buy the six-pack (I…

MWFF: HALF A HOUSE – **

Here it is, the film which inspired the whole Most Wanted Films project, as explained below. I figured it would be a long time before I crossed this one off my list, since the only home video releases seemed to be a Greek videotape and a British Betamax, but a stroke of good luck (more…