Kutztown Sarsaparilla Review

I’ve got three movie reviews to write (The Immigrant, Locke, and A Million Ways to Die in the West) that probably won’t start popping up until tomorrow, so in the meantime, here’s a soda review! A sarsaparilla, courtesy of the Kutztown Soda Works in Kutztown (duh), Pennsylvania. I’ve never had sarsaparilla before, but I’ve heard it’s kind…

Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda Review

After my recent debacle involving a peanut butter-flavored soda, I was understandably a bit wary about future excursions into, shall we say, unconventionally flavored sodas. But since I already had this soda on hand, I was going to have to drink it. And hey, it’s Fair Trade certified–so at least I can feel good about…

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Review – ***

A lot of people really liked this movie–with a 91% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes and an IMDb user score of 8.6 out of 10, it’s one of the most acclaimed superhero films to date. If you know me, you probably know why I began this review this way. I didn’t love this movie. Did…

BELLE Review – ***½

There are few people of color, few women, and very few women of color directing films nowadays, so the fact that Amma Asante was able to make a film, with a big-name cast and a healthy budget, and that film features a woman of color as its protagonist, is to be applauded in of itself….

Inca Kola Review

Coming in a snazzy gold can that looks like an 80s beer can, Inca Kola is Peruvian in origin, and reputedly tastes like bubblegum. I’ve heard about it, but this was the first time I’d so much as seen it. So naturally, I have to give it a shot.

Cannes 2014 Awards

Another Cannes is over, and the awards have gone, it seems, to a very interesting selection of films. Let’s dig in. In Competition: Palme d’Or – Winter Sleep Good. Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Grand Prix three years ago for an incredible film, and this sounds equally intriguing. I’ll be seeing this, and since it won,…

Vernors Ginger Soda Review

Vernors is ginger ale royalty. It’s been around for nearly 150 years, and while there have apparently been changes in the formula (and, as Wikipedia, complaints of a decline in the drink’s quality), it appears to be going strong. But is it good? Well, since I’ve got the opportunity to drink it out of a well-chilled…

A New Development

I’ve been given the opportunity to do a radio show on station The Voice of Lawrence, a half-hour show to be aired at noon CST on Saturdays. You can listen to it on the station’s website, or, I anticipate, the station’s SoundCloud account. The show will be called If You Want the Gravy…, in keeping with the…

100 Films I Most Need to See (UPDATED – 2017 Edition)

As many films as I’ve seen, there are a lot I have yet to watch. And this list is by no means a definitive record of the films I need to see, so much as an overview of some of the biggest gaps in my cinematic education. I’m sure there are films I left off, and some…