Gripe Soda

Gripe Soda

We’re changing up the format a bit this week. Instead of a chart or list filed under headers, I’m just going to give you a list each week of 10 or less titles coming this week that look interesting and give you my quick thoughts. If I get stuff in advance I may even review it here.

This week’s column sees only a handful of titles but they are all great! I’m just going to go in alphabetical order and start the hit parade.

First up is the Keanu Reeves green screen chopsockey epic... [Read on here…]


Welcome to Todd Doogan's Gripe Soda!

May 22, 2013 - 12:56 pm   |   by

What the hell is Gripe Soda – besides sounding utterly delicious and featuring the Kirby-est banner ever made?  It’s me rebranding myself because I was bored with my old Doogan’s Views column.  So yeah.  Is it any different?  Probably not.  It will most likely be updated about as much, honestly.  But Bill is a stubborn man and he’s a master at Jewish Guilt-Fu, so he’s likely to make me write something here at least once a month, if not more.


May's Criterion Newsletter is in!

May 30, 2013 - 11:47 am   |   by

Quick update for you Criterion fans:  May’s Criterion Newsletter hit our e-mail in-boxes this week.  Head on over to the Criterion site and check out all of their fresh wares.  Medium Cool’s director Haskell Wexler gives his Top 10, Criterion producer Abbey Lustgarten informs us of the 10 Things (She) Learned working on the new Medium Cool set, there’s a couple new Three Reasons focused on Band of Outsiders and Life Is Sweet, a really cool one-sheet poster for Safety Last is up for sale and… of course… there’s plenty of information on all their upcoming releases and essays on previous ones.


Hey-hey, my-my, physical media will never die – stick a pencil in my eye, let’s rhyme a bunch of words up.

I used to do this a few years back, and I found the column to be beneficial because – like the philosophy many porn stars have – I do it anyway, might as well get paid for it. Since I still keep track of these new releases for rent and purchase on my own, Bill thought it would be good to bring this back to The Bits. Let him know if he was right or wrong.

With that, here’s a listing of everything (of note) that will be available in stores/online for purchase on Tuesday. Many have already been available on digital demand (iTunes, satellite/cable VOD, Sony Network, Vudu, etc) so if that’s how you consume, you most likely already know they are out. [Read on here…]


Well look at that – you guys actually want to hear from me once a week. Your wish is my command. Unless Bill lied to me, and only HE wants to hear from me. In that case... because you didn’t ask for it: here’s a rundown of all sorts of things you can buy to own or rent to watch on Blu/DVD/download/MOD – no promises it’ll be available everywhere, but that’s life for you, right?  [Read on here…]


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