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reviewed Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. January 06, 2012
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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
   “Conventional” called “Boring” and they both emailed the non-mathematical version of “Derivative” and they all decided to see Don’t Be Afraid of …
reviewed The Druggist of Auschwitz. January 06, 2012
The Druggist of Auschwitz
This is part of the editor’s note: “Dieter Schlesak’s The Druggist of Auschwitz is unique for the way it blends the fictional narrative with actual testimony from the Frankfurt Auschwitz …
reviewed LA 31 Biere Pale. December 27, 2011
posted in The Beer Snob
LA 31 Biere Pale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Deep amber color, very clear, slight head that fades quickly How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Though it is a pale ale, the …
reviewed The Devil All the Time. December 27, 2011
The Devil All the Time
   Donald Ray Pollock’s debut novel The Devil All the Time is an exploration of about twenty years (the middle 1940s through the middle 1960s) in the lives of mostly marginal people in …
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel
Geoff Dyer’s Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi is actually two distinct stories linked more by theme and structure than anything else.  Except “Jeff” is central to both stories, …
reviewed The Uncoupling. December 16, 2011
The Uncoupling
Meg Wolitzer’s The Uncoupling is a novel in the suburban frustration vein (a sub genre that includes most novels by writers like Jonathan Franzen, Richard Yates, and Tom Perotta as off the cuff …
reviewed Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner. December 16, 2011
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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Light gold, crystal clear, light head How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? The bottle says it is a Czech style pilsner and that …
reviewed Bison Organic IPA. December 16, 2011
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Bison Organic IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Largely clear and golden, medium head. How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Deceptively sweet -- the label says it "blends …
reviewed Judas Kiss. December 15, 2011
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Judas Kiss
   Judas Kiss commits two narrative sins – apart from being just a sloppy cliché – that make it an unequivocal waste of time.  The first is giving every appearance of …
reviewed Terrapin Top Karma Brown IPA. March 17, 2011
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Terrapin Top Karma Brown IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Pours very dark brown with a mild head How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? It does not have a strong nose but what there is is …
reviewed Poleeko Gold Pale Ale. February 23, 2011
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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Clear, light amber How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? A bit of malty sweetness, but there is a significant perfume quality to …
reviewed Kobo App for iPad (and website). February 16, 2011
Kobo App for iPad (and website)
   This review covers only the Kobo app for the iPad and the Kobo website, not the physical ereader.       The thumbnail recommendation for this app+website is due to …
reviewed Get Motivated! Business Seminar. February 10, 2011
Get Motivated! Business Seminar
Ordinarily, I have a strict rule not to review something I have not finished.  However, the “Get Motivated! Business Seminar” isn’t a movie or book whose plot might right itself …
Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
Relating a general history is difficult enough to maintain, but when you have to educate a lay audience in the arcanna of the underlying topic – that requires a whole other level of attention. In …
reviewed Saranac India Pale Ale. January 24, 2011
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Saranac India Pale Ale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Dark amber, mostly clear, very little head How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Very subtle, it has a malty smell that overrides …
reviewed Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA. January 23, 2011
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Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Dark amber, clear, very little head. How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Though an IPA the overwhelming scent is fruity How …
reviewed All the Devils Are Here. January 21, 2011
All the Devils Are Here
All The Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis (Beverly McLean and Joe Nocera) is a well told “crime drama” about conspiracy and attempted murder. A few dozen men create …
reviewed Who can kill a child?. December 29, 2010
Who Can Kill a Child?
"Who can kill a child?" In the non-rhetorical, horror movie sense … not enough people, clearly.      An English couple, Tom and Evelyn, decide to take a vacation a few months before …
reviewed Beware: Children at Play. December 28, 2010
Beware: Children at Play
In my review for Salo, I said that when a film is labeled as "disturbing" will that be true for even a minority of moviegoers or is it just a marketing ploy? In the case of Beware: Children at Play, which …
reviewed Bettersweet Lenny's Rye Based Double IPA. December 19, 2010
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Bettersweet Lenny's Rye Based Double IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Pours very thick and brown like a standard brown ale, mostly clear and a light head How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? The label …
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great
Noah Feldman’s Scorpions is ultimately unsatisfying because the goals it sets are too broad to cover in less than pages and the structure does not lend itself to those goals. In the spirit of full …
reviewed Loose Cannon IPA. December 10, 2010
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Loose Cannon IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Pours amber and slightly cloudy, very little head. How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Strong hops, moderate malt sweetness and …
reviewed Salo - Criterion Collection (1975). December 04, 2010
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Salo - Criterion Collection (1975)
When a film is labeled as “disturbing” –and particularly “very” disturbing—the cynic in me says: “Is this true for even a minority of film-goers or is it just …
reviewed Red Hook Long Hammer IPA. November 29, 2010
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Red Hook Long Hammer IPA by Curt from www.gamedayeats.com
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Clear, very little head, more golden like a pilsner How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Noticeably grassy, no real malt or citrus …
reviewed Laughing Skull Amber Ale. November 24, 2010
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Laughing Skull Amber Ale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Cloudy and amber, like cider but not quite so cloudy.  It is the most foamy beer I've run into in recent memory, if pouring in a glass …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:.... November 23, 2010
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
   Is anyone going to come to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 who is not aware that it is two unfortunate things: part of a series and a tease? If you’ve been in a coma for …
reviewed Snake Dog India Pale Ale. November 21, 2010
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Snake Dog India Pale Ale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Dark amber in color, clear, very little head How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Strange given the strength of all the flavors, …
reviewed Mukhbiitr. November 11, 2010
Mukhbiitr
            Mukhbiir is not long enough.  It’s just over 2 hours long, does not stop for a standard bollywood type song/dance routine, but it is still …
reviewed Mojo India Pale Ale. November 10, 2010
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Mojo India Pale Ale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Golden and cloudy like a light cider, very little head How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Equal parts malt, citrus (yellow, …
reviewed Reebok ZigTech Shoe. November 09, 2010
Reebok ZigTech Shoe
After some technical info, this is what Reebok says about their ZigTech shoe:      “The combination of energy return and cushioning reduces wear and tear by up to 20% on key …
reviewed Motor Boat Ale. November 08, 2010
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Motot Boat Ale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Dark Amber very little head. How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Malt sweet is the strongest scent but there is citrus below …
reviewed Fida. November 05, 2010
Fida
   What follows in italics is my boilerplate for defining a certain type of Bollywood film; Fida fits this category.  If you have read other reviews that start with this, then skip past.   …
reviewed Saranac. November 02, 2010
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Saranac
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head?      Dark amber, head is slight and settles quickly How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity?      …
reviewed Denver Pale Ale. November 02, 2010
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Denver Pale Ale
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head?      Amber and quite clear, very light head. How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity?      Very …
reviewed White Hawk IPA. October 25, 2010
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White Hawk IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Amber, lightly cloudy, slight head How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Quite sweet, mostly malt but there is something closer …
reviewed 400 Pound Monkey English Style IPA. October 25, 2010
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400 Pound Monkey English Style IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? It pours golden and somewhat cloudy, light head that settles quickly. How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? The nose is extremely …
reviewed Inukshuk IPA. October 23, 2010
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Inukshuk IPA
How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head? Somewhat cloudy, roughly the color of cider. How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity? Far more subtle than IPAs tend to be but a mix …
reviewed Longford. October 13, 2010
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Longford
“Leslie Ann in your pretty white beads; oh, John you’ll never be a man and you’ll never see your home again. Oh Manchester, so much to answer for. Edward, see those alluring lights, …
reviewed One to Another. October 13, 2010
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One to Another
Gregory Read’s film Like Minds was released in the US as Murderous Intent. The original title makes sense, so I will use it—the US title belongs to another movie, not the one I saw.   …
reviewed Antibodies. October 13, 2010
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Antibodies
Christian Alvart’s Antibodies (German title Antikorper) is a film full of potential, containing stunning camera work but destroys itself with the weight of its over-laden and super-obvious imagery.   …
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