FIZ Roc City Root Beer Review

It was a long, hot day at work today, and I figured a nice, cold soda was in order; naturally, I would have to review it as well. Since root beer is traditionally caffeine free, I decided to go with this among the three remaining sodas from my recent haul (I want to review the…

Cock’n Bull Bitter Lemon (with Quinine) Review

In selecting sodas during my most recent trip to the soda shop, I put some weight on choosing flavors which were uncommon while still being palatable. Here was a flavor which, on the face of it, struck an odd balance in both regards: while lemon soda is hardly uncommon, bitter lemon (with quinine, no less)…

My 500th Post: My 10 Best Films—From When I Was 12

I knew my next post on here would be the 500th since I started this blog 4½ years ago, and I thought I should do something special…but I didn’t know what. (It looked like it would end up being yet another soda review.) And then inspiration, as it so often does, fell right in my…

Edgar Wright and Leos Carax bring Sparks to the Big Screen

When it comes to music, I generally prefer listening to individual songs rather than entire albums, let alone a given artist or band’s body of work. (For example, one of my top 10 songs is by a group called The Black Ghosts…and it’s literally the only song I’ve ever heard by them.) So for a long…

Sprecher Diamond Lemongrass Review

The Sprecher Brewing Company, based in Milwaukee, is fairly well known for their root beer and other flavors of soda; I haven’t tried their products before, but I was certainly familiar with the brand. On my recent soda-buying expedition, one of their products caught my eye – a lemongrass-flavored soda! If grapefruit-lime was an unusual…

Jolly Good Sour Pow’r Review

During a recent soda-shop excursion, a particular soda caught my eye – a can of Jolly Good Cream Soda, which drew me in with its simple, yet sharply color-coordinated design and charming tagline “Something Special from Wisconsin™.” Today, I made a dedicated trip to my local soda emporium (during which I got six new sodas – there’ll…

BLACKkKLANSMAN Review – ****

BlacKkKlansman is the kind of film whose trailer prepared me for a rather different film than I ended up getting. I expected a pulpy thrill ride—a blast, you might say—and it took me some time to adapt to the film’s true flavor; while certainly boasting its share of humor and excitement, it’s much more of a…