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…

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…