VENUS IN FUR – ***

Venus in Fur is, to put it plainly, a trifle. A trifle is hardly the worst thing a film could be, but for a critically-acclaimed outing from an Oscar-winning director, I expected a little more. But let’s break down the Rotten Tomatoes consensus on the film. “Provocative, funny, and brilliantly acted, Venus in Fur finds Roman Polanski in…

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Review – **½

Some films just don’t occasion much comment. The Purge: Anarchy is such a film. It’s not exactly bad, but it’s not especially good. It does at least try (vaguely) to be something more than a standard horror-thriller, and it does make more use of its premise than its predecessor, but it’s stuck with stock characters and mostly…

Taking a break

I’m starting to feel a bit of burn-out. Not that my love for movies has abated–not in the slightest. But I’ve been writing a lengthy (1,500 words or more; Snowpiercer was almost 4,000) review for every new movie I see, and a few older ones. And while it’s refreshing to be able to express my complete thoughts–for…

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Review – ***½

The Planet of the Apes series has to be one of the bleakest franchises out there–of the eight films in the series to date, none has what could be considered a happy ending (the closest we get is the studio-imposed ending to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes; the Blu-Ray restores the original, very, very dark ending),…

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Review – *½

For some cinephiles, Michael Bay is their bête noire, the embodiment of all that is wrong with movies today and a consistent source of over-edited, lowest-common-denominator garbage. I’m not quite one of them. Yes, Bay has made some awful films, but don’t forget that two of his films are in the Criterion Collection–The Rock and Armageddon. And the first Transformers movie was, all…

Malta India Review

Despite the name, Malta India¹ hails from Puerto Rico. I’ve never heard of it, and honestly it stood out to me mostly because of the adorably diminutive bottle. But looking at the label–it’s a non-alcoholic malt beverage. So…I’m not totally sure what’s in store here.

Maine Root Blueberry Soda Review

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’d been waiting for Sioux City’s Cherries n’ Mint (aka Kentucky Nip) to become available again, but it has eluded me. So I decided to waste no more time and jump back into the soda world. After a fairly positive first experience with Maine Root soda, I decided to try…

2014: Most Anticipated Films (REVISED)

It’s time to update the list. First, I’ve removed all the films I’ve seen, purchased, or which have been released already (I’ll be seeing Snowpiercer next week, for example, so I pre-emptively removed it). Films that have been pushed back to 2015 will also come off. And I’ll be re-evaluating each film already on here, taking off…