Farewell to a Palace

Peace to the shacks! War on the palaces! – Georg Buchner For the second time in just over a month, I find myself having to eulogize a movie theater, one which I first frequented in those lovely years when my cinephilia first reached its fullest flower, and one remained a regular part of my movie-going…

Kellogg’s Hi! Happy Inside Bold Blueberry Review

Some cereals are completely off my radar until I find myself with a box or bag of them in my pantry. This is a quintessential example, and had my local grocery store not been selling it off for a dollar a bag, I might never have heard of it. But here it is. The price…

Hosmer Red Lightning Review

I don’t really drink energy drinks anymore, and haven’t in many years—I much prefer drinking coffee and tea for my caffeine fix. But while browsing the selection at Mass Street Soda, I came across an intriguing entry in the genre, containing ingredients no less surprising than pomegranate juice and grape skin. It was also made…

Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Orangeade Review

(UPDATE: I didn’t realize it until after the fact, but this is the 600th post I’ve published on this site. So that’s cool.) Canada Dry recently issued a pair of new variants on their iconic dry ale, one with lemonade, the other with orangeade. I’ll probably review the lemonade variant in the future, but I decided…

Like Cola: A Thrift-Store Soda Find

On a recent trip to a local thrift store, I came across a six-pack of a vintage soda, hitherto unknown to me. Usually such sodas date from the 60s or earlier, but from the (very nifty) label design, it was clear this was a soda of more recent vintage. I didn’t buy the six-pack (I…

MWFF: HALF A HOUSE – **

Here it is, the film which inspired the whole Most Wanted Films project, as explained below. I figured it would be a long time before I crossed this one off my list, since the only home video releases seemed to be a Greek videotape and a British Betamax, but a stroke of good luck (more…

The Films of 2019 in Brief: Part I

As we pass the third-way point of the year, it’s time to start taking stock of what I’ve already seen. As is often the case at this point, I haven’t seen that much, since January and February are usually given over to the awards season and any films from the previous year I haven’t yet…