SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review – **

I didn’t get to see the original Sin City in theaters, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it beginning to end–but I know of its painstaking stylization, its grotesque violence, its gruesomely tragic characters. I liked it. But when the sequel was announced, and delayed and delayed, finally being pushed back from last October to last…

Jolt Cola Review – With “Before and After” Comparisons!

Yes, they still make Jolt. I remember it being only intermittently available when I was younger, and when I was probably of middle-school age I eagerly obtained a bottle (the first furore of my obscure-soda fascination?) and drank it, only to find myself disappointingly unbuzzed. And then, when the soda shop opened up, they had…

Trailer Salad: BANG BANG BABY, FOXCATCHER (#3), ’71, WETLANDS (NSFW), AUTOMATA, SAVING CHRISTMAS, TRASH, WHIPLASH (French trailer), MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, and ROSEWATER

First up, the trailer I tried to share yesterday and was unable to for tech reasons, Bang Bang Baby: I hadn’t even heard of this until I saw the trailer on IndieWire. (I found this link at Awards Daily.) I’m digging it. It looks kind of like a blend of David Lynch and John Waters (especially Hairspray John Waters)….

Sioux City Berry Berry Review

This stuff is blue. Like, Scrubbing Bubble toilet water blue. My previous experience with Sioux City soda was quite satisfactory, so let’s see if BERRY BERRY lives up to that standard. Damn, this stuff is blue.

MOOD INDIGO Review – **

I confess I’m at a disadvantage here. I’ve only seen the shortened North American release version; it was cut from around 130 minutes in France to around 90 minutes here. This was apparently in response to mixed reviews from the French release, and according to some, especially Boyd van Hoeij at Indiewire, the film is…

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

Fresh off a delightful experience with Blenheim Ginger Ale, I’m trying this, a ginger ale with chunks of real ginger in it! And only 66 calories! It’s not quite photogenic; there’s a lot of gingery sediment at the bottom one must shake up, and it’s rather cloudy having done so. But more importantly, is it…

CALVARY Review – ****

Talking about Calvary is hard, because so much of what makes it work is either in its own words, or in its tone, of dark humor mixed with dark drama in such a way that you’re never sure if you meant to be devastated, amused, or baffled. It has a protagonist who resists easy interpretation, a story…

MacFuddy Pepper Elixir Review

Dr. Pepper has long been one of my favorite sodas–it’s easily my favorite of the “big” sodas–and so the idea of another pepper-style soda, which I have told is exceptionally peppery, appeals to me. And since the bottle claims “12 oz for 24 Hours of Favorable Outcomes”, how could I lose?! Without further ado, from…

BOYHOOD Review – ***½

Being a dissenter is never easy. One always runs the risk of being labelled a contrarian. And I certainly am not trying to outright refute the praises sung by so many of this film. But I am not going to add to them, at least not unreservedly. Boyhood is a good film. It’s a great experiment,…