Movie Review: Sleepwalk With Me

Title:  Sleepwalk With Me
Release Date: 18 November 2012
Director: Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish
Production Co: Sleepwalkers Anonymous
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Rating: **1/2

Summary/Review:  Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings the story of his sleepwalking disorder (specifically rapid eye movement behavior disorder) to another medium after sharing the story in stand-up, storytelling, radio, and a book.   The movie depicts a more complex confluence of events as Birbiglia’s semi-autobiographical character (a doppelganger named Matt Pandamiglio) tries to establish a career as a stand-up comedian while dealing with parental disapproval and fear of commitment to his longtime girlfriend.  For a comedy, this is a dreary and depressing movie.  Not that the ennui shouldn’t be depicted but I’d be interested in why this character puts so much on the line to become a comedian when there seems to be no passion or joy in anything.  Lauren Ambrose is great in her role as the long-suffering girlfriend Abby who seems to be the only character able to enjoy herself despite all of that.  Lots of This American Life regulars appear as supporting cast and it’s fun to play match the voice with the face.  This is an okay movie, but if you’ve heard the story on The Moth or This American Life, you need not venture further out.

Beer Review: Harpoon Winter Warmer

Beer: Winter Warmer
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.4 of 10)
Comments: Boston’s best brewery presents this seasonal beer each winter.  The beer pours a deep copper color and gives off a musty caramel aroma with a hint of spice.  The taste is malty sweet with a whiskey finish.  The dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.  Otherwise a nice, warming beer for the season

Beer Review: The People’s Pint Farmer Brown

Beer: Farmer Brown
Brewer: The People’s Pint
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.2 of 10)
Comments: Yet another Massachusetts’ beer, a brown ale from a Greenfield, MA brewpub.  The beer presents a deep amber with a thick head.  It gives off a creamy chocolate aroma and there’s a chocolate hoppiness to the taste as well.  The only downside is that the flavor gets a little weak and watery at the finish.

Beer Review: Harpoon White IPA

Beer: Harpoon White IPA
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments: Boston’s Harpoon Brewery continues their 100 Barrel Series with this Belgian IPA, a blend of a Belgian Wit with an American IPA.    The beer is cloudy and golden in appearance with a thick golden head.  It gives off a floral aroma and the taste is of bitter spice with orange and citrus flavors.  Another good beer from the Bay State.

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Jabby Brau

Beer: Jabby Brau
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating:  ** (6.3 of 10)
Comments:  Yet another new Massachusetts’ brewery, this one from Framingham, created this session lager.  The deep golden lager has a floral hoppy scent and offers a dry, bitter taste.  It has a malty finish to wash away the bitter hops and is a nice, drinkable beer.