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BLADE RUNNER 2049: First Impressions

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Orange and teal. Human and replicant. Real and unreal.

I’m going to echo my response to Mad Max: Fury Road and share my initial thoughts on the film now; once I have seen the film a second time, I will write up my final thoughts and interweave them with my initial responses, allowing for an in-depth response not only to the film, but to my own critique of it.

(I will attempt to avoid spoilers, but if you wish to go into the film knowing as little as possible—and I would recommend you do—now is the time to leave.)

Going in, I knew I’d need to see this twice. It was the same way with the original—there, I needed a second viewing to overcome the weight of its reputation, and here I need a second viewing to overcome the weight of the original.

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Ramblin’ Rose Cream Soda Review

A new soda shop (or rather, a new branch of the soda shop I’ve been patronizing since I began writing these articles) just opened up quite near to me, which ideally means I’ll be reviewing sodas on a more regular basis henceforth.

Paying the new shop my first visit over the weekend, I looked around for something I hadn’t tried before (happy as I would’ve been just to drink another Inca Kola), and hit upon this: a rose soda! A rose cream soda, to be exact. The proprietor suggested it tasted somewhat like bubblegum (shades of I.K.), and I settled on it. I drank it immediately after and recorded my impressions as I did so; this review is compiled from them.

From Ramblin’ (a well-established brand, it would seem), Rose Cream Soda!

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THE LIGHTSHIP Review – **

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“In a world of vagaries and inconstancy, Captain, it amuses me to set a course and to stick to it.” (Source)

The following review was originally written in 2011. Aside from some minor re-editing, it is presented in its original form.

The Lightship is another entry in the “foreign filmmaker goes Hollywood” cycle, mitigated somewhat by the fact that director Jerzy Skolimowski had worked in British cinema for about 15 years prior to this, and that the film was shot near the German island of Sylt (it’s meant to take place off Cape Hatteras)…but it nonetheless fits into the mold of such films frequently being pretentious duds. Not that The Lightship is without its flashes of interest, but for the most part it feels like a self-conscious attempt at profundity, made memorable largely by an intriguing central performance from Robert Duvall.

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THE FALLS Review – ****

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This review was originally written and posted on August 29, 2014. Save for some minor re-editing, it is presented here verbatim.

Imagine a cinematic dictionary in 92 parts, dealing with a fictitious (so far) event, full of absurdities and the driest humor you could imagine, about a Violent Unexplained Event which affected 19 million people. Imagine that these people began to mutate, began to dream of water, became obsessed with birds in a thousand different ways that no one–yet–has been obsessed with them. Imagine that somewhere in the middle of all this is Tulse Luper.

And who is Tulse Luper? Don’t ask if you don’t have the time to hear the answer.

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Looking Forward to the Fall and My Awards Wishlist

Heading into the fall, we’ve got a lot to look forward to, film-wise. I’ve spent a lot of time going over what’s coming out, watching trailers, and weighing my options, and I’ve put together a list of what I think are the most exciting and important films of the coming months.

Some I can’t wait to see. Some I’m trepidatious about. Some I’m sure will be full of bad laughs. But I weigh them all here. And, at the end, as a bonus, I’ve put together my personal dream ballot for this year’s film awards; throughout the article, you’ll see my predictions for what I think I’ll likely nominate, or what I think stands a fighting chance of getting on.

Obviously, there’s at least one film every year – and usually more than one – that doesn’t measure up. But on the other hand, there’s usually a film or two that proves to be far better than I expected. So with that in mind, let’s take a trip through the next four months. (Apologies, by the way, if you have difficulties viewing this post on a mobile device; the sheer number of trailers may prove problematic.)

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The Films of 2017 in 150 Words or Less: Part I

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“$7.50 an hour!” “But he has a million dollar heart!”

I’ve seen far fewer films this year than in previous years; tight finances are partially to blame, and a comparative lack of “must-see” films hasn’t helped. But for the most part, I’ve been pretty lucky with the films I have seen, and so I offer my thoughts on the 22 films I haven’t already reviewed…

I have already made my feelings about The Book of Henry very clear indeed.

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Tizer Review


Whilst on a recent day-trip back to a former hometown of mine, I happened to stop in at a shop specializing in goods – mostly edible – from the British Isles. I wasn’t especially inclined to get anything until, in the cooler, I saw a brightly colored can of soda – a soda I’d never had before, and didn’t even know existed.

For $1.50 (though rather more than the native price of 49p; at present exchange rate that would be about 63¢), on a hot summer day as this was, the prospect was too tempting to resist. I bought a can and drank whiles sitting outside in the shade. The result is this review. From A.G. Barr plc, it’s the Great British Pop, Tizer!

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