The All-Time Film Awards: The AFI Top 100

In preparation for the ATFAs, I’ll need to watch many canonical films I’ve either never seen or haven’t seen in quite some time in order to encompass what is generally considered to be the cream of cinema–adding, of course, my idiosyncratic candidates. The American Film Institute’s Top 100, while a long, long way from a…

Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda Review

A legit deli classic–“Jewish champagne” it was dubbed, once upon a time–and since I just got my hands on a couple of cans, I thought the time was ripe for a review. That is a celery soda may make it an anomaly, but in terms of quality, it is no mere gimmick.

CHAPPIE Review – **

What hath District 9 wrought? For those who’ve been charting Neill Blomkamp’s painful career trajectory, it’s tempting to say that Chappie makes Elysium look like District 9, but the seeds of Chappie‘s badness are evident in District 9. What were secondary issues there–thin characters, logical gaps–here all but overrun the film’s strengths. It’s hard to explain just how incredibly, consistently stupid Chappie is, but I’ll do my…

FOXCATCHER (****½) and AMERICAN SNIPER (***½) Reviews

I’ve decided to review these films side by side, not least because they complement each other so well thematically; both films tell true stories, of men who believe they are saving America, but do not realize it is themselves who need saving. One film openly displays the absurdity of its protagonists’ hubris, while the other treats…

Introducing the New Rating System

I’ve decided to change things up a bit here. For several years, I’ve been using a four-star system, with **** as the best and “Utter Shite” as the worst. It’s a good system, but it occurred to me that a change might be in order. I’ve decided to switch to a five-star system, where the…

Records Are Shattered

February, 2015 will go down in Gravy history as a moment of triumph. The statistics alone tell an impressive tale: The best month: 3,771 views; the previous best was November 2014, which saw 1,736 views. The best week: The week of Feb. 16-22 saw 1,765 views; this week alone would have made this our best-ever month. The best day: Feb….