UNDER THE SKIN Review – ***½

I actually decided to see Under the Skin a second time before reviewing it. Given the film’s abstract nature and the level of hype I had personally bestowed on it (bolstered by the good reviews), I felt a single viewing wouldn’t do it justice. Seeing it a second time definitely helped solidify my opinion of it, though…

LEONARD PART 6 Review – Utter Shite

  Not all famously bad films are so bad. Pootie Tang offers some absurdist pleasures. The Keanu Reeves 47 Ronin was fun in a B-movie way. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane isn’t very good, but it has its moments. Leonard Part 6, though, is just about as bad as its reputation suggests. Bill Cosby doesn’t only star, but he came up…

Rat Bastard Root Beer Review

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a soda review, and what better way to end this set of acquistions than with the most misanthropic soda I’ve yet to consume: Rat Bastard Root Beer, hailing from…somewhere. The bottle doesn’t say. Who cares, I want to drink this before it gets warm.

25 Overrated Films

Or, “Time to Piss Off a Lot of People”. Just as there are a great many films I think are underrated (here’s a list of 100 of them), so there are quite a few films I think are praised beyond their actual worth. I will only cite 25 films at present, for the following reasons:…

Top 10 Watch: First Trailer For Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD

Well, one of my most anticipated films of the year has finally dropped its first trailer. Linklater, along with Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette, made a film that seems to be the Up series crossed with The Tree of Life (though this was shooting when ToL was a twinkle in Malick’s eye). The ambition, the scope…

THE RAID 2 Review – ***

The Raid 2 is the sort of film that really irritates me. It’s the kind of film that will demand the state of the art in technical terms–the action scenes are astounding to say the least–yet will settle for a story that’s predictable, cliched, and reminiscent of a thousand other films. The Raid: Redemption largely kept the story…

Fizzy Lizzy Pineapple Review

Fizzy Lizzy’s website claims that their pineapple drink inspires “breathless” fan mail. Though I’m no great fan of pineapple, I decided to see if indeed there was something to it. So, for the first return guest in the If You Want the Gravy soda series, it’s Fizzy Lizzy Pineapple, from New York, New York.

Fentimans Ginger Beer Review

Fentimans, based out of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, has a North American branch based out of Burnaby, British Columbia, and today I’m trying their ginger beer. I recently had Goya’s ginger beer (more of a Jamaican-style beer, I’d think), and I tasted a ginger beer years ago when I was in the UK, but my memories…

Fitz’s Coffee Cola Review

I love coffee, and I love coffee in cola–Succotash in KC has a drink called “The Ray Charles”, wherein espresso is poured into a glass of Mexican Coca-Cola (since that uses cane sugar). It’s delicious. So perhaps this soda, made by Fitz’s Bottling Co. in St. Louis, will be equally tasty. The first thing I…

DOM HEMINGWAY Review – ***

Literally minutes after finishing the abstract bleakness (or is bleak abstraction better?) of Under the Skin (which I will discuss in due time), I sat down to watch Dom Hemingway, expecting a light, profane refresher to improve my mood. While I laughed quite a few times, and continue to be impressed by Jude Law’s dedication and versatility, the…