Fentimans Rose Lemonade Review

This will be a quick review, as it was unplanned and I wasn’t taking notes during the process. I was at a party last night and a friend brought a four-pack of this (at least partly for mixing purposes, I believe), telling me I was welcome to a bottle. Noting that this was a variety…

MANDY Review – ***½

The Shadow Mountains, 1983: Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) live in a home in the woods in proto-grunge bliss. One day, while walking down the road, Mandy catches the eye of cult leader Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), who determines to possess her. He and his followers break into Red and Mandy’s home with…

The Films of 2018 in Brief: Part I

It was movie reviews what made this blog, and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to review some movies from time to time. Here, in not as much detail as some of my reviews – but usually just a bit more detail than I initially intended – are my thoughts on all of the…

Apple-Beer Review

Digging into my latest set of purchases at KC Soda Co., I find myself wanting to end this long work week with some crisp and refreshing…and preferably without caffeine. Luckily, I had just such a drink on hand, in the form (in the person?) of Apple-Beer, which I had only just heard while reading soda…

Poster Salad: Fall 2018

If it had been a while since my last Trailer Salad, it’s been even longer since my last Poster Salad (it’s been three years? Good God). Luckily, the last third of the year has some intriguing films and intriguing posters to go with them, and I’ve chosen 15 of the most enticing pieces to profile. So…

Sioux City Cherries ‘n Mint: The Soda That Got Away

For all the sodas I’ve tried, and all the sodas I have yet to try, there are a few I’m pretty sure will never touch my taste buds. I’m never going to have Dr. Nut (anyone who’s read A Confederacy of Dunces will know how tragic that is). I’ll never try Aspen Soda (come to think of…

Coca-Cola California Raspberry and Georgia Peach Review

A review in two parts. I’d know for quite some time that Coke had a couple of new specialty products—California Raspberry and Georgia Peach Cokes, respectively, both made with cane sugar rather than corn syrup, and both sold in the iconic glass Coke bottle. As I had been with Pepsi’s 1893 line, I was eager…

FIZ Roc City Root Beer Review

It was a long, hot day at work today, and I figured a nice, cold soda was in order; naturally, I would have to review it as well. Since root beer is traditionally caffeine free, I decided to go with this among the three remaining sodas from my recent haul (I want to review the…

Cock’n Bull Bitter Lemon (with Quinine) Review

In selecting sodas during my most recent trip to the soda shop, I put some weight on choosing flavors which were uncommon while still being palatable. Here was a flavor which, on the face of it, struck an odd balance in both regards: while lemon soda is hardly uncommon, bitter lemon (with quinine, no less)…

My 500th Post: My 10 Best Films—From When I Was 12

I knew my next post on here would be the 500th since I started this blog 4½ years ago, and I thought I should do something special…but I didn’t know what. (It looked like it would end up being yet another soda review.) And then inspiration, as it so often does, fell right in my…