The Terrible Twos Commence

I was reminded (I had actually completely forgotten) that today is the second anniversary of this blog. Time flies, no? Except when it doesn’t. A few stats for you, because WordPress helpfully keeps track of those: The blog has received 25,481 views from 16,997 visitors (well, “visits” might be more accurate); I’ve published 360 posts…

2016 Rising, Actus Secundus: Most Anticipated Films

As I make my way through the remaining films of 2015, I must turn my attention to the new year and what it has to offer. If 2015 was a year where most of my top films were more or less in the mainstream, this looks to be more like 2014–a year where most of…

Fest Bourbon Cream Soda Review

Fest Cola first caught my attention with the nifty, semi-retro design on its bottles—no surprise to anyone who knows my fascination with commercial graphic design. And when I decided to review it for the first time, I had several intriguing flavors to choose from: Almond Cola, Pecan Root Beer, and  Satsuma Mint (satsumas are a…

LAMB Review – ***½

It’s not always clear whether Lamb really is a tale of a Love Too Pure For This World, or whether its protagonists merely think they’re acting one out, but that’s all part of its troubling fascination. It’s a film where the context and given circumstances are everything; scenes which would otherwise be charming and tender are instead…

Original New York Seltzer Raspberry Soda Review

I’ve been curious about Original New York Seltzer’s sodas for a while. Initially, I assumed they were merely flavored seltzer waters, but in fact, they’re full-on sodas (with cane sugar, which I appreciate). The relatively high sugar content–31 grams per 10 oz. bottle–led me to put off trying it, but a good price at the…

The Most Overrated/Underrated Films of 2015

This was a tough pair of lists to compile. Some years, the choices are ample. This year, though, there weren’t many films I found significantly overrated (though there are always a few), and fewer which I found truly underrated. But, by dint of effort and with a little (which is to say a lot) of stretching,…

Critics Choice Awards (BFCA) Results

Just gonna go over these real quick. They tend not to get as much press as other awards, but they should be respected as a precursor. Best Picture: Spotlight At first glance, not too surprising. It’s more or less been the front-runner despite not winning quite as consistently (in this category, at least) as that status…

The Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards

Well, my heart was pounding for a minute there. And now that the dust is settling, there’s a strange set of nominees to sift through. Because they didn’t quite do what I expected. And in a couple of cases…they did what no one expected.