Sunday, December 18, 2016

RtW Cameos: Positivity & Brussel Sprouts!

I've appeared over on Casserole of Disaster a couple times over the last day! Check it out!

First up, Will invited me for a fireside chat, to discuss positivity, the origins of our respective blogs and the friendship between us it birthed, and more! Fifteen minutes of us philosophizing and looking for the good!

Then we're joined by our buddy DJ D to try pickled Brussel sprouts! A jar full of "green dog balls" is devoured.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wasabi Candy Canes

Happy Holidays from Review the World! To celebrate the festive season we're sneaking into Santa's pantry to try some sushi-inspired wasabi candy canes! Green in color and known as Japanese horseradish in some circles this plant of the Brassicaceae family packs a sensation that kicks you in the teeth! How does that translate to beloved Christmas candy canes? Tune in and find out as RtW says farewell to 2016 with a signature seasonal candy review!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2 Boxes of Spicy Candy

As youth growing up we all knew candy to be obviously sweet. What my video presupposes is ... maybe it should be spicy? Sampling boxes of Brach's Chewy Red Hots Kick'n Mango-Lime and Hot Tamales Tropical Heat variety pack. We're going to tango, catch a fever, and get truly picante!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Snapple Fall Spice Tea

As summer comes to an end it’s time for us all to start embracing and celebrating all the things that make Fall time wonderful: pumpkin festivals, haunted hayrides, leaves changing colors, hoodie weather and non-hipster usage of beanies, turkey chompin’, and Tricks or Treats. Today on RtW we choose to celebrate by opening a vintage year-old 2015 bottle of Snapple Fall Spice Tea. What exactly is Fall Spice? Is it clove and cinnamon? Is it citrus and cranberry? Or is it that dish of potpourri atop your grandma’s toilet?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

M&M's Flavor Vote in Old Salem

Brian is joined by blogging buddies Will & David in the ancient environs of Old Salem, North Carolina! Stroll through this historic district built in 1776 as the boys sample Honey Nut, Coffee Nut, and Chili Nut M&M's. That's a lot of nuts. Never before has Moravian culture and junk food been so seamlessly blended!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Slim Jim Flavors Across America

Brian is back visiting North Carolina joined by Will of Casserole of Disaster and DJ D of Dark Entries: Goth Radio for meatstick madness! We sample Slim Jim's limited edition Flavors of America series inc. New York Buffalo, Cali Taco, and Philly Cheesesteak. Was Tacos & Tecmo Bowl the original Netflix & Chill? Watch us put meat in our mouths lakeside, in a cemetery, and other edifying environs!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

RtW Cameo: Ecto Cooler

Ghostbusters is all the buzz right now and at the forefront of this neon green nostalgic wave is the triumphant return of Ecto Cooler! A soft drink birthed in 1987 in conjunction with The Real Ghostbusters cartoon show and lasting well over a decade it's long since been the subject of online petitions and ritual sacrifices. While visiting my buddies down South we were lucky enough to land a couple cases of this nectar of the pop culture Gods.

After watching the video head on over to this article on Will's recently launched Casserole of Disaster where he gives some more background on this adventure that's got all them bloggers out there thirsty.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

RtW Makes "Dark Outries" Snack

In an RtW first Brian is joined by DJ D of Dark Entries: Goth Radio and Retro Ghouls & Shocks and Will of Casserole of Disaster to make a snack! While doing a late night grocery shopping spree we found ourselves pick up seemingly random ingredients for what would appear to be our take on an hors-d'oeuvre snack. Perfect for parties and get-togethers we've created, in honor of DJ D's infamous radio show, the "Dark Outries" a finger food with attitude! The boys get slaphappy. "The (Great) Depression was a bitch!" Tune in and then make your own and share them in the comments below!

= Fan Submissions! =

Yes! If you or anyone you love has attempted to recreate the Dark Outries snack at home please send in a picture to us via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, the comments section, etc. and we'll gladly share it here with the masses!

Submitted by Molly P.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pringles Hot Diggity Dog Chips

A fresh ballpark stadium styled hot dog with mustard is what Pringles attempts to encapsulate in potato chip form with their new Walgreens exclusive flavor Hot Diggity Dog! Brian and Nick walk and talk their way through their initial reactions and personal feelings towards this curious calorific offering. Will it be a home run or a strike out? And do you like mustard on your mustard? Tune in and find out!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ONYS Seltzer Sodas: The Sequel

After our last encounter with Original New York Seltzer beverages the company itself took notice and sent us a few more sodas for our perusal and patented deep dive examinations. This time Brian and Nick hit the streets to sample Root Beer, Concord Grape, and Blueberry seltzer sodas! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Birthday Cake AirHeads taffy

RtW returns to one of our favorite candies AirHeads taffy for a special flavor: Birthday Cake! In celebratory spirits Brian and Nick walk the streets chomping into some icing and empty calories in taffy form. The chewiest cake you'll ever see gets devoured by the world's foremost authorities on sprinkles. Plus an item from a past review reappears in a mysterious way promising a glimpse of things to come in the near future! Tune in fans, friends, and phantoms and join the birthday chorus!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Original New York Seltzer Sodas

Brian and Nick are back hitting the ballpark and Great Miami River to sample some bubbly bliss via five Original New York Seltzer Soda flavors! We've got Lemon & Lime, Vanilla Cream, Raspberry, Black Cherry, and Peach so grab some of your favorite snacks, find a comfortable spot, and settle in for a near half-hour exploration of ONYS offerings. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Brian's Top 50 Films of 2015

As the character Michael Stone says in Anomalisa (which didn't make my list): "What is it to be human? What is it to ache? What is it to be alive?"

Welcome to my Top Films of 2015 list! I would have loved to publish this earlier in the year but I was constantly tracking down or discovering new cinematic blindspots from 2015. Even now there's dozens of films I wanted to watch (and agonized over not being able to) in preparation for this project but I decided I couldn't let this beast bleed over into April. At the end of this post I'll share a few of my regrets i.e. films I wasn't able to squeeze in before this list's publication.

One final note, I watched nearly 800 films last year including several hundreds of 2015 releases. With the exception of movies released exclusively to streaming platforms like Netflix or VOD I watched the majority of these theatrically on the big screen (as I encourage others to do). Many of my selections I revisited multiple times to gain deeper insight toward and to help determine their placement in my list. Without any further adieu here's Brian's Top Films of 2015:

* Revised - 10/1/16


50. Appropriate Behaviour (Akhavan)

49. Aloha (Crowe)

48. Arrêt Pipi (Groen)

47. Knock Knock (Roth)

46. Dope (Fumuyiwa) / Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Gomez-Rejon)

45. The Salt of the Earth (Salgado, Wenders)

44. Ex-Machina (Garland)

43. Cobain: Montage of Heck (Morgen)

43. Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller)

41. The Good Dinosaur (Sohn)

40. Mustang (Ergüven)

39 Carol (Haynes)

38. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Nelson)

37.World of Tomorrow (Hertzfeldt)

36. The Wolfpack (Moselle)

35. Call Me Lucky (Goldthwait) / Seymour: An Introduction (Hawke)

34. Güeros (Ruizpalacios)

33.  Timbuktu (Sissako)

32. Tangerine (Baker)

31. Spring (Benson, Moorhead) / It Follows (Mitchell)

30. Manson Family Vacation (Davis)

29. Beasts of No Nation (Fukunaga)

28. Phoenix (Petzold)

27. Uncle John (Piet)

26. Digging for Fire (Swanberg)


25. The Duke of Burgundy (Strickland)

24. The Stanford Prison Experiment (Alvarez)

23. Horse Money (Costa)

22. When Marnie Was There (Yonebayashi)

21. The End of the Tour (Ponsoldt)

20. Goosebumps (Letterman) / The Peanuts Movie (Martino)

19. The Assassin (Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)

18. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (Lee)

17. Stations of the Cross (Brüggemann)

16. James White (Mond)

15. Sicario (Villeneuve)

14. Straight Outta Compton (Gray)

13. Clouds of Sils Maria (Assayas)

12. Queen of Earth (Perry)

11. Room (Abrahamson)

10. The Mend (Magary)

9. Love & Mercy (Pohlad)

8. Creep (Brice)

7. Chi-Raq (Lee)

6. Mistress America (Baumbach)

5. Hard to Be a God (German)

4. Son of Saul (Nemes)

3. Jauja (Alonso)

2. Inside Out (Docter, Carmen)

1. Heaven Knows What (Safdie, Safdie)


As promised here's a list of ever-growing blindspots I was unable to see before the the publication of this list: Love (Noé), Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Elkabetz, Elkabetz), The Tribe (Slaboshpytskyi), Cartel Land (Heineman), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Amirpour), Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao), Faults (Stearns), Victora (Schipper), Experimenter (Almereyda), Magic Mike XXL (Jacobs), La Sapienza (Green), About Elly (Farhadi), Landmine Goes Click (Bakhia), and so many, many more.