GRAND ILLUSION Review – ****

What is the titular illusion in Grand Illusion*? Is it the man-made illusion of borders, as remarked upon in the film’s final scene? Is it the illusion of division between nations, as contrasted against the romance between the French Lt. Maréchal and the German Elsa? Or perhaps it’s the elaborate diversion concocted by Captain de…

THE LION KING Review – ***

I went into the new Lion King with 25 years of experience with the original and full awareness of the lukewarm reviews of this new version in my mind. While I’m not about to say the critics nay, I can’t bash this version as much as the questionable motives behind its creation might deserve. Make…

Cock ‘n Bull Bitter Orange Review

It’s Wednesday, it’s hot, and I don’t want malaria. It’s time for Bitter Orange soda. With quinine. In the same vein as Cock ‘n Bull’s Bitter Lemon. Let’s do this.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros Review

I hope I like these, because I had to get a family-size box of them. Having finished off my box of delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Blasted Shreds, and needing a new cereal to review, I decided to go with one that had been piquing my curiosity for a while—Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros. Cinnamon Toast Crunch…

YESTERDAY Review – **½

Yesterday is a film with a predicament I, as a writer, am sympathetic to; having an idea which doesn’t necessarily translate into a workable story. In this case, the idea was “What if everyone—save one man—forgot who the Beatles were and all of their songs?” Since I personally couldn’t quite see, even from the trailers,…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Blasted Shreds Review

This might be my favorite cereal in the world, and for a moment I thought it was gone forever. A month or two ago, I’d seen it for what seemed to be clearance prices at a local supermarket, and found no trace of it when I’d gone back—and for some reason, no trace of it…

Thoughts on a year half-gone

I published my Six-Month Film Awards sometime around dawn this morning, having come home past 4 a.m., having been at work until almost 3:45 (I only have to work that late once a week, thankfully). I was tempted to push it back a day, or even a week so I could see more movies –…

My Six-Month Film Awards: 2019

With the year half over, it’s time to take stock of what the cinema has offered us so far. And while I haven’t had the time or money to see everything I’d hoped to, I’m actually doing much better than last year; so far I’ve seen 38 films on the year, whereas last year I’d…