Five Came Back

War, what is it good for, the song asks. Absolutely nothing? Perhaps. But back in the 1940s, it was a nearly essential response to depose an abomination and dismantle his fear machine. American forces quickly learned that other than boots on the ground and bombs in the air, one of the best ways to win…

Dope

Icarus, much like its mythological namesake, starts out openly enough. Writer/director Bryan Fogel, obviously undergoing a mid-life crisis, seeks to rise above his competition and win an long-eluded amateur bike race by subscribing to a doping program ala Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton. His gonzo-ish film about cheating the system then takes a serious turn…

Great with Ice and a Twist of Lime

Daniel Okrent’s Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition novel and Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Prohibition mini-series documentary were separate results from an initial team-up. Together, both provide an extremely-detailed account not only of Prohibition’s place in American history, but the events leading up to such a decision, the results of the repeal, and…