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DVD reviews

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0
 

Vines so fine


Confession time: I. Love. Black. Licorice!

By Rod Lott August 8th, 2011
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Just as I am about the only American who doesn’t like Harry Potter, I am about the only American who loves black licorice.

Whenever I go to any of our local theaters and see people gnawing on bags of strawberry Twizzlers from the concession stand, I long for the black licorice they do not carry. (And that’s OK, because concession prices are so through-the-roof, you have to take out a second home mortgage to acquire anything there.) I’m the guy who keeps Good & Plenty in business.

That’s why Natural Vines made my day last week by sending over two bags of its “gourmet licorice” — one bag o’ black, one red — to try. Rather than sneak them into Kickingbird Cinema’s Saturday matinee of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” — because that would break theater policy — I sampled both over the weekend while watching DVDs

First, just to get it out of the way, I sampled the strawberry flavor of Natural Vines before passing off to my Twizzler-loving family, who scarfed these up. I’ll admit it was far superior to Twizzlers, with a taste that’s more tart than sweet.

But the black licorice flavor was the amazing one. It carried a taste that grows in sweet strength the more you chew it. Also, it was softer than what we’re used to, because instead of appearing in long, thin strands, Natural Vines’ licorice is cut into short, thick nubs, like the size of gumballs.

To summarize: They tasted awesome and have my mouth’s eternal love. That’s because, true to the brand’s name, they’re made with all-natural ingredients — you’re not missed at all, high-fructose corn syrup! — and real licorice extract. Bonus: Low in fat and sodium, the candies are less than 17 calories per piece. —Rod Lott

 
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