Boylan Heritage Ginger Review

  I’m quite familiar with Boylan’s soda, but I’m not entirely sure what this drink is. I would assume some type of ginger ale or beer, but who can say…taste untasted? (I guess “sight unseen” doesn’t really translate to the other senses.) Cracking it open, I’m getting a sharp, ginger beery smell. The first taste…

Season’s Greetings from the Gravy!

I was hoping to have my Force Awakens review ready for you today, but it’ll probably have to wait until Saturday or Sunday. I want to make it a good one. Just a few thoughts and notes to tide you over: I saw The Big Short and The Good Dinosaur yesterday. The former was very,…

SPOTLIGHT Review – ***½

Spotlight is the kind of film I would probably review as part of a 8- or 10-review package, but for the fact that, as it stands now, it’s a solid front-runner for Best Picture and the overwhelming front-runner for Best Original Screenplay. And for that, I need to discuss it in greater detail. Because I don’t totally agree…

AFI Top 10 List: 2015

The American Film Institute announced their Top 10 list today. They delayed the announcement so the members would be able to factor in Star Wars, and…you’ll see how that panned out. I’m gonna go over the list and consider what each film’s Oscar chances are at the moment. Although this is still one of the more open…

Proper Soda Co. Hibiscus Soda Review

Let me start by apologizing for not having put out more content lately. I’ve been increasingly busy with work (at a movie theater, no less!), and with awards season heating up I’ve been more focused on that than on the comparatively grueling process of writing reviews (and I feel like my recent reviews, Chi-Raq especially, have not…

Screen Actors Guild Nominations: 2015

SAG announced their nominations today. Historically, the film that wins Best Ensemble here has to be considered the Best Picture frontrunner. Looking at that category, it seems pretty likely. But as far as the individual acting categories are concerned…things can get strange. Sometimes SAG nominates actors who seemed primed for an Oscar nod and failed…

CHI-RAQ Review – ***

When I was in Chicago for Thanksgiving, the subject of Chi-Raq came up at dinner, and my uncle’s girlfriend dropped her voice to a whisper, noting that the city fathers of Chicago had condemned the film, starting with its title, a damning nickname for a city long infamous for violence and crime, which Spike Lee…

Reversion

Just a quick note to say that I’m reverting to the 4-star scale which I used for the first year or so of the blog. I have a number of reasons for this, but most fundamental is the simple fact that I still find myself thinking in terms of the old scale. It reflects my…

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 2015

The NYFCC has been around for 80 years. Moreover, at one time they were supposedly regarded in some circles as the superior award to the Oscar. So they must be regarded as a fairly major precursor. They have spoken–and there are a few surprises.