Rocket Fizz The Wizard of Oz Cherry Cola Review

Though I was born and raised in Kansas, the Oz fanatic in my family is my father, who was born and raised in Chicago (following in his father’s footsteps, who was a lifelong Chicagoan himself). But it makes sense. Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard whilst living in Chicago, and his Kansas was really based on…

THE SOUVENIR Review – ****

Manipulation is difficult to portray convincingly, because the act of being manipulated seems so absurd to anyone but the victim, and at any time except the active moment. But The Souvenir does a fine job of showing how a young film student, Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne), from an upper-crust background (“I suppose you don’t have…

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE Review – ****

Dragged Across Concrete took me by surprise in more ways than one. Between its epic length, its dark, provocative choice of subject matter, its choice of star, and the admittedly dubious comments made by the director (“I’m not looking for films to express values”—yet they will, whether you want them to or not), I was…

Cap’n Crunch’s Sprinkled Donut Crunch Review

Cap’n Crunch was never a big part of my cereal-eating life as a kid. Why, I can’t be sure—parental intervention, perhaps—but as it is, I’m not sure I ever so much as owned a box of the stuff until I bought this one. And I did that because Price Chopper was listing it as a…

Red Ribbon Almond Cream Soda Review

It’s been a long day, and a very hot one—it’s a good night for a soda review. And given the sodas I have on hand from my latest trip to KC Soda Co., this seemed like the most enticing. I forget if I’ve tried any of Red Ribbon Soda Works’ products before. No matter; a…