review


V.29 No.34 | 8/20/2020
Talking Animals
Courtesy Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Book Review

Joni Murphy’s Talking Animals

An Orwellian satire about the revolution that’s already here

Talking Animals

Joni Murphy’s novel Talking Animals is a modern-day political satire that cuts almost too close to the bone, with echoes of Orwell’s Animal Farm that reverberate throughout the subways and endless numbered streets of her not-so-fictional New York City.
V.29 No.28 | 7/9/2020
Melted cheese is always a win.
Dan Pennington

Restaurant Review

Familiar and Forgotten

La Placita Dining Rooms offers comfort and nostalgia

Dining in the time of corona means social distancing, which is something La Placita Dining Rooms pulls off with ease. The amount of space they have means that you could have 50 people dining in the same building and you might not ever see them.
Feasting Wild
courtesy of Gina Rae La Cerva

Book Review

Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food

NM-born writer Gina Rae La Cerva writes about our obsession with—and destruction of—wild foods

Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food

It is slightly ironic, given the state of our wildlands, that we are seeing a recent cultural fascination with foraging and wild foods. One of the things Gina Rae La Cerva touches on often in her new book, Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food, is why the trend has entrenched itself in the cultural subconscious now, when true wilderness is all but nonexistent.
V.29 No.11 | 3/12/2020
Wendy

Film Review

Wendy

Arty reimagining of Peter Pan grows up fast

Wendy is a fantastical and wholly original work of art but its mixture of gritty, down-to-earth realism and dreamy childhood reverie are two strong flavors that aren’t always easy to swallow together. If you prefer your fairy tales fractured, however, Wendy definitely fits the bill.
One of the many things you can choose to chow down on at Sawmill Market.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Food Hall For All

Sawmill Market is set to be the next big thing in eating

Locally owned businesses growing into huge spaces is fantastic, but isn’t it more fun to have a location with a little bit of everything for everyone? Smaller local businesses can finally get a foothold and step up with a new place called Sawmill Market, New Mexico’s first food hall.
V.29 No.10 | 3/5/2020
Greed

Film Review

Greed

Steve Coogan fiddles while Rome burns in broad satire

Greed has definite moments of pointed humor, but the target of the film’s humor and outrage is just too broad. We don’t need a comedy to tell us the Kardashians are stupid or a drama to tell us that billionaires don’t care about the 99 percent.
Not one part of this meal is bad.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Let’s Roll, S-A

S-A BBQ brings the smoke to Green Jeans

S-A BBQ is still fresh, having been open for just over three months and they’ve hit the mark with good food, carving out a unique identity at Green Jeans.
V.29 No.9 | 2/27/2020
Impractical Jokers: The Movie

Film Review

Impractical Jokers: The Movie

Why, God, why?

The guys in Impractical Jokers: The Movie are clearly having some stupid fun. Unlike the Coronavirus, however, the fun is not all that infectious.
tacos
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Danny Loves Choche

Don Choche brings authentic Mexican to Nob Hill

Don Choche has brought their style to Nob Hill in a location brimming with restaurants and they’ve found a niche that allows them to stand uniquely above others with their immense servings and incredibly affordable pricing structure. You owe it to yourself to get in there now, before it becomes the next go-to spot that has you waiting outside for a chance to sneak in for a bite.
V.29 No.8 | 2/20/2020
The Assistant

Film Review

The Assistant

Low-key drama examines office politics in #MeToo era

If The Assistant were a documentary, it would be deadly dull. As a drama it’s … well, it’s still pretty dull.
V.29 No.7 | 2/13/2020
Downhill

Film Review

Downhill

Icy European dramedy gets watered down stateside

Downhill is an English language reshoot of Ruben Östlund’s 2014 film Force Majeure, by the writing-directing team of Nat Faxon & Jim Rash. Yet where Östlund’s packed a primal punch, Faxon & Rash’s offers only a light slap.
Beauty and flavor, together as one.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Tonari No Mise Brings Unique Flavor to City

The store next door is amazing for sure

This is the ice cream that genuinely stops you in your tracks to take a minute and appreciate all that it is. There is probably a long and complicated German word for that feeling, but in that moment of trying it, only one simple word came to mind: Bliss.
V.29 No.6 | 2/6/2020
Wing It Up chicken
Dan Pennington

Restaurant Review

WInging It As We Go

Wing It Up brings chicken and waffles to the street

Wing It Up has genuinely refreshing takes on wing sauces that break the mold and try something a little different. Hunt them down, don’t wait for their magic to find you. This is the food truck your life has been missing.
V.29 No.5 | 1/30/2020
Mackenzie Davis faces creepy kids, murderous ghosts and a bad hair day.

Film Review

The Turning

Historic haunted house drama is a ghost of its former self

If you’re looking for cheap PG-13 scares, you could—theoretically anyway—do worse than The Turning. But dragging a classic like The Turn of the Screw into this generic haunted house mess feels, at best, like a missed opportunity and, at worst, like an insult to English literature.
food from Urban Taqueria
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Talking Tacos

Urban Taqueria starts a political conversation

Urban Taqueria offers a mesh of tradition with Modernism allows them to exist in that sweet spot that hipsters love to blog about while still appealing to casual diners.