SEVEN SAMURAI Review – ****

This is less an extended, in-depth review and more of a general reflection. That’s because trying to evaluate Seven Samurai on its own is like to trying to evaluate one of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s so profoundly influential, so much the foundation of so many archetypes, that you have to remind yourself that if it feels…

SNOW COUNTRY Review

What does it say that it took me so long (a month) to read a book that, by itself, runs just 130 pages? For that matter, what does it say that I began it earlier this year, decided to table it a third of the way through, and only after reading two other books began…

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Review – ***½

  On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 4:30 in the afternoon, I saw Iron Man with two of my friends at the local cinema at the local mall. We were seniors in high school. On Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 11:30 in the evening, I saw Avengers: Endgame by myself at a suburban cinema not…

The All-Time Film Awards: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies

I did a first pass on this list four years ago. This time around I’ll try and keep my thoughts relatively brisk, so you might want to check out that list for my more detailed thoughts on each film. In any case, I’m doing this post at the outset of my All-Time Film Awards project…

The All-Time Film Awards: Overture

Four years ago, I set myself a rather vaguely defined project; to create a single set of film awards that would encompass the entirety of cinematic history. I didn’t make that much progress on it, in part because I had no real framework to give focus to my enthusiasm. After a couple of early posts…

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Maple Bacon Donut Review

After the pleasant if almost disappointingly palatable experience I had with Post’s Chicken & Waffles cereal, I figured it was time to give its sibling, Maple Bacon Donut, a chance. I bought them both simultaneously for that very reason. A donut-styled cereal seems at least within the realm of logic, no?

The Films of 2018 in Brief: Part III

Again, apologies for this coming so late. I wanted to wait until I’d seen Never Look Away, but after I had, other considerations kept getting in the way. No matter: this is the final clearing of the books for 2018, and if/when I see other 2018 films henceforth, my thoughts will be added to this post….

Elegy for the Tivoli

Today, for the first time since 1983 – six years before I was even born – the sun rises on a Tivoli-less Kansas City. For nine years, that little three-screen art-house was my favorite movie theater in the world, cozily nestled in the Manor Square building in the now-rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Westport . For nine years,…

5 Years of Soda Reviews

On April 9, 2014, I published my first soda review, of Empire Spruce Beer, a dreadful drink (“like a f***ing air freshener”), an auspicious beginning to a journey which, I hope, is far from over. As of today, I’ve published 95 soda reviews, and some of them are among the most popular posts I’ve ever…

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Chicken & Waffles Review

You know the feeling. You’re at the store, poking around, when something catches your eye. And you might think, “Was that what I thought it was? Or was I mistaken? And if I wasn’t…is it a joke?” That’s how I felt when, at Walmart, I saw a display of two brand new, “Limited Edition” cereals,…