TRAILER SALAD VII: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, COMET, TOP FIVE, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, THE GAMBLER, EX MACHINA, SUITE FRANÇAISE

Well, you’ve probably already seen this trailer, so let me just say: yeah, it looks pretty good. More directorial flair than the first Avengers (the shot of the ballerinas; the shot of the gurney wheel), a more interesting antagonist (because James Spader is a beast), and overall seemingly higher stakes. It’s a given I’ll see this, so…I…

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE Review – ****

In the midst of a tense confrontation under the guise of an academic warning, President Hutchinson (Peter Syvertsen) tells campus firebrand Sam White (Tessa Thompson) that she longs for the days of lynchings and Jim Crow, because that would give her something to truly fight against. As ignorant and hateful as Hutchinson, he’s more right…

IKEA Julmust Review

An IKEA recently opened up near me, and since I can’t really afford to furnish my apartment with their goods, I focused on the next best thing: their food! Meatballs, vegetable cakes, those little dome-shaped marzipan desserts…you name it. And I’d heard from an acquaintance in Sweden that IKEA carried julmust, a holiday beverage, around the…

TENDER MERCIES: A Tribute in the Form of a Review

I haven’t delved into my personal life much on this blog, yet as sure as I’ve written every word myself, you can be sure each word came from sensibility as unique as yours, shaped, as all sensibilities are, by the people and places and experiences which make up a life. One’s mother, it is often…

Rummy Review

For a long time, I wanted little to do with grapefruit. I found it far too tart for my unrefined palate. Having since become quite fond of grapefruit juice, it seemed meet that I should try a grapefruit soda. From the Excel Bottling Company (whose work I’ve tried before), it’s Rummy, the inexplicably named grapefruit…

Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer Review

I keep on forgetting this technically isn’t a Harry Potter product. I must have seen this on the shelf a hundred times before I finally bought a bottle. It’s actually made by Reed’s. Of Ginger Brew fame. Huh.

THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM Review – ****

Rarely do I have the pleasure of truly having to interpret a film. Usually, it’s just straightforward enough that I can get the gist of it, or it’s obvious there is no gist to get, or others have already written so copiously about the film that the job is done for me. But not this time. This…

Reed’s Raspberry Ginger Brew Review

Reed’s Ginger Brews are pretty nice. I had a couple recently (no review, I’m afraid), but their Raspberry variant had long intrigued me, and I decided it was time. I’m not sure what to expect, but the bottle does promise a “STRONG GINGER BITE”. So, bite me.

Fentimans Cherrytree Cola Review

I had this once, several years ago, but as I faintly recall, it was enjoyable, and so why not make it my next subject? (I’d review Surge, but I’m not about to order a whole case of a soda I don’t even have any nostalgia for.) After all, it’s not every day you have a…