Vimto Review

During my time abroad, I haven’t made the effort I might have to seek out worthy British or Norwegian sodas, but while poking through a shop in Kirkwall, Shetland Islands, a bottle of this popular British drink caught my eye, and I duly obtained it. I didn’t drink it right away; I waited until what…

2018: The Books I’ve Read – Q2

In the second quarter of the year, I managed to boost my rate of consumption by 66%, even as I took longer with at least one book than I had with any of the other seven I’ve read so far this year. That all of the books I’ve read have been fairly short helps (the longest is…

My Six-Month Film Awards: 2018

  I decided to publish this article a week early; I’ll be going out of town and not seeing any new films for a while (sorry, Gotti, you’ll have to wait), and since most of it was written up already, I saw no particular reason to wait. Without further ado, the best films, performances, screenplays, and…

FIRST REFORMED Review – ****

The special brilliance of First Reformed is that, for as much as it confronts us with the ugliness of life, both in an eternal sense and in a sense of the issues we face at this very moment, it repeatedly counters its own arguments by reminding us of the persistence of life, of its simple joys and…

My Top 20 Films of the Decade: v. 0.0

Talking to a friend of mine the other day, we found ourselves musing over what the best films of the decade were. He had his own ideas, and I had at least three which immediately came to mind, which led me to say, off-handedly, that I should compile a list of the decade’s best at…

Old Jamaica Ginger Beer Review

I’m finishing off my recent string of World Market purchases with this Jamaican ginger beer (produced in the UK, but the ginger itself is Jamaican, so…), a beer which, unlike any soda I can recall reviewing, offers me the chance to win prizes! More on the prizes in a bit, but first, courtesy of Cott…

May flowers

One of my more fervent pastimes—which I’ve rarely featured on here—is making memes. Or, if you want to get technical, I make macros. Only by sharing does a macro become a meme. Only by spreading does manure become fertilizer. I want to apologize for the lack of updates; owing to constraints of time and energy…

MWFF: HARVEY MIDDLEMAN, FIREMAN – ***

Taking off from my recently published list of my 50 most wanted films, this is the start of a new series which I’m calling Most Wanted Films Found (MWFF). As some of the films on that list are easier to track down than others, I decided that, once the list was up, I would try…

My 50 Most Wanted Films

There’s something about obscurity that has long appealed to me. Maybe it’s the fear that my own creative works will be overlooked that drives me to seek out and appreciate the overlooked works of others. Maybe I just like the feeling of having discovered something no one else knows about – hell, at one time…

Afri-Cola Review

Normally I wouldn’t be consuming caffeine so late on a weekday. But I had a rough day today and felt like treating myself. Besides, I wanted to get around to this before it went flat, so why not kill two birds with one stone? This is another one of my World Market acquisitions; the wholly…