Shirley Temple Soda Pop Review

Met up in Portland with my friends Mountain Was Here and his roommate, and we went bopping around, eating at a food truck and happening upon a store which, I was informed, had a fine soda selection. Perusing it, I didn’t find the soda I was looking for, but I saw “Hollywood’s Original Shirley Temple Soda Pop”…

Onward and Upward

As of this writing, If You Want the Gravy… has seen 8,504 views for calendar year 2015, officially topping the 8,498 views we received in all of 2014 (though we didn’t start until late January). To be fair, some of those views were me indvartently clocking views while reveling in my accomplishments, but barring a…

Rachel’s Ginger Beer Review

I’ve been on a trip to the PNW, and while in Seattle made a trip down to the Pike’s Place market, and came across the RGB store. Returning the following day, I decided the time was ripe for another soda review–I always like to highlight beverages that most of the world hasn’t heard of, and…

Dewshine Review

   Mountain Dew being infamously sugary (46 grams a serving, is it?), I was rather curious when this clear, real sugar-based variant became available. And while the Dew has never been one of my favorites, I figured this was worth adding to my list. It’s been properly chilled–let’s see if they reinvented themselves or basically…

MAD MAX FURY ROAD: Oscar contender?

I’ve shared this elsewhere online and figured I’d put it up here. Once upon a time I’d have thought it a fantasy. A genre film in the tradition of a cult series known as much for its punkish aesthetic as for its action? Not bloody likely. That was then. This is now.

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Review – ***½

Clouds of Sils Maria, if nothing else, is a superb acting showcase for one actress long regarded as brilliant and one long dismissed as a lightweight, but who is reinventing herself as an accomplished performer. It provides less and more problematic material for a third actress who has done consistently solid work, but whose treatment…

MAD MAX FURY ROAD Final Review – *****

When I first came out of Fury Road, I wasn’t sure what to think, nor did I know how the critics would respond to it. The critics spoke–and were nearly unanimous in their praise. But I knew I had to see it again for myself, to see if I would be swept up in the chorus…

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Review – **** (REVISED)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (why Hollywood has decided to start dropping “The” from movie titles on a regular basis is beyond me, but it’s getting annoying; hell, THE Silver Linings Playbook was the name of the fucking NOVEL!) has an external disadvantage hanging over it from the start, namely its predecessor. The Avengers felt like an event at the time–indeed,…