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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 of a forerunner of root beer (they use common flavoring agents). Kind of the chimpanzee to root beer’s homo sapien.

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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 something.

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

days of future past poster 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 I like it? Sure–*** is hardly a bad score, even if it puts it below Captain America and the Muppets. But I didn’t go crazy over it, and rather do my normal synopsis-and-analysis review (which, in this case, would be monstrously tedious), I’m just going to rattle off the reasons why. Continue reading


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BELLE Review – ***½

Not a history lesson, but a worthy drama.

Not a history lesson, but a worthy drama.

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. On its own, the film is quite good–not great, for various reasons, but compelling and very well-acted–and tells an intriguing based-on-fact (though highly fictionalized) story, of a biracial woman living free and wealthy at a time when she normally would have had neither freedom nor wealth.

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Cannes 2014 Awards

Ceylan wins the big one.

Ceylan wins the big one.

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, I might get to do so sooner rather than later. I wonder if we’ll have our first Turkish Best Picture nominee. (Probably not, but let me dream.)

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