Elsewhere Review: Mast Sea Salt Chocolate

From this week’s edition of The Green Man Review. Read the original post here!

Lately, sea salt is in everything I adore. Caramels, brittle, toffee, peanut butter cups.  And, of course, chocolate bars. When I was given a bar of Mast, I figured it’d be the same ol’ same ol; a chocolate bar that headlines sea salt, but only gives nibblers a faint echo of the stuff.

But Mast has found a perfect balance of deep dark chocolate and crisp sea salt goodness.  It’s not overpowering, yet the salt does make its presence known. There are loads of salt crystals scattered throughout, though in order to get the pretty salt sparkle you’ll need to turn the bar over and look at the back. Continue reading

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“Book Club” – boilerplate made beautiful by a great cast

Nutshell: Enjoyable lightweight romantic comedy for Boomers and anyone else interested in seeing characters face romantic challenges rather than simply hopping into the sack. Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and Steenburgen need to be in more movies together; they make a great team. Grade: B

“I’m not even sure this qualifies as a ‘book’.”

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TrailerWatch: “Bohemian Rhapsody” is here!

“I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.”

Yeah, I’m of an age.  Sang “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” in middle-school.  Begged my parents for a copy of “The Game” when it was released. Swooned over the Highlander soundtrack. Banged my head with Wayne and Garth to “Bohemian Rhapsody” (I still want a licorice dispenser in my car, dammit.) And cried my eyes out when Freddie Mercury succumbed to AIDS in 1991.  So now that the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is finally making its way to theaters?  I’m absolutely fired up. In fact, I should have posted this sooner, but I’ve watched it eight times already.  Maybe nine.  Ten.

Behold the trailer! I’m absolutely loving the Queen mashup at the start of this trailer. Like, “want to buy it right freakin’ now please let them have it on the soundtrack” love. It’s wonderful. If the film is even half as good as that mashup, I’m so in. But honestly? I hope it’s even better. Rami Malek seems to be channeling the incouciance of Freddie Mercury’s stage personal, and I look forward to seeing even more of Malek in action. Plus, Aiden Gillen is Queen’s manager John Reid. What’s not to get pumped about?

Bohemian Rhapsody hits theaters Novenber 2nd, 2018. Happy birthday month to me, y’all.

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#SpoilerFreeReview: “Deadpool 2” – not just dialed to 11, but dialed to DEADPOOL 11

Nutshell: Dopinder and the gang are back for more fourth-wall breaking hijinks, and I couldn’t be happier. Not because the story is good (it is) or that the actors are more than down to clown (they are), but because 2 might possibly be better than the first one. Yeah, I’m truthin’ here. Grade: A… Aww hell, let’s go with A+

“You’re welcome, Canada.”

Story: It’s just a boy in a red suit, standing in front of a girl.  Asking her to love him.  And while Wade Wilson and his squeeze Vanessa are gearing up to celebrate an anniversary…well, shit goes down.  Doesn’t it always?  This time, said shit brings a time-travelling cyborg that will stop at nothing to…well, just go see the movie, dammit. Continue reading

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TrailerWatch: Cannes darling “BlacKkKlansman” gets an official trailer

“You ask too many questions.  You undercover or something?”

Ready for the newest Spike Lee joint? Because it looks like a good one. Black officer. Jewish partner. Down to infiltrate the KKK in 1970s Colorado. Did I mention it’s co-produced by a roster of folks including Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions)? Synopsis!

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.  Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.

BlacKkKlansman opens August 10, 2018.

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Hey B’more; wanna see BLACK PANTHER for free?

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Seriously, how many times have you seen Black Panther already?  I’ve gotta admit I’ve shelled out my hard-earned a few times myself (not including the screening I got to check out)…  But there’s always room for one more, right? Well, I’ve got the details on how you can see Black Panther for free this Friday! A huge THANK YOU to both Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Tribeca Film Festival for this great opportunity!!!

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival present a FREE community screening of BLACK PANTHER

Friday, May 18
5:00PM –  Doors open for music, food trucks, and fun!
7:00PM –  Screening beings

WHERE: UA House at Fayette
1100 E Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Tickets are FREE, and available at https://www.tribecafilm.com/baltimore.

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Con News: writer Nick Confalone as BronyCon 2018 Guest of Honor!

That’s right y’all. The writer of The Maud Couple, Party Pooped, and Dungeons and Discords (among many others) is hitting this year’s BronyCon! And not only that, he’s guest of honor y’all!  You know what that means…cool panels of awesomeness!

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