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Past articles by Victorino:


There are people for whom eating is no more special than brushing teeth. It’s just a necessity—sustaining the body with nutrients to get through the rest of the day. And then there are those whose lives revolve around food. A considerable portion of the day is spent thinking about the next meal, whether it be planning what to cook or planning what to order. Eating is an experience, every bite to… → Read More

Wild Turkey’s Wild Ride

Let me preface that I didn't write about whiskey in order to get a free bottle of whiskey. Although I tried. Russell's Reserve 13 Year Old Bourbon is, according to the press release, "one of the boldest, yet smooth, limited-edition bourbons ever." Ever! Alas, a publicist informs me there were only a few bottles available for sampling, all of them gone. And I'm not about to expense a $70 bottle… → Read More

The Case for London Broil

As states begin to lift their remaining COVID restrictions, Americans are dealing with a new dilemma—what to grill at the big summer cookout. Sure it’s great to have large gatherings in the backyard again. You might even mark the occasion by grilling steaks. That is, until you add up those meat prices, which are high enough to send you running back indoors. → Read More

A Year of Homecooking Led Me To Make Mac & Cheetos and Mountain Dew Chicken on the Same Day

About a year ago, food sections and foodie sites began to offer tips on cooking amid a pandemic. "You’ll be surprised (and relieved) to find how many different meals you can get from a trio of foods you like," the Wall Street Journal assured us. Eater featured "Pantry Cooking 101: Everything you need to know about relying on kitchen staples to do more cooking than ever before." → Read More

Capone, Casinos, and the Problem with Beach Badges

In this latest episode sponsored by Tommy John, we discuss the new movie Capone starring Tom Hardy, and for once we all agree: It stinks! → Read More

Flash Gordon, ZZ Top Lyrics Explained, and Vic's Basement

In this latest episode sponsored by DoorDash, we discuss the soon-to-be-rereleased Flash Gordon. JVL calls it a psycho-sexual masterpiece. → Read More

Solving the Beer Crisis

There was an outpouring of grief when the Wall Street Journal ran the headline: "A $1 Billion Problem Is Brewing." → Read More

The Best of Val Kilmer, Netflix Numbers, and Listeners Send Us Swag!

In this latest episode, we discuss Val Kilmer, who has a new memoir. We haven't read it yet but that doesn't stop us from discussing his films! → Read More

Extraction, Chris Hemsworth, and Graphing Calculators!

In this latest episode, we discuss the new Netflix movie Extraction starring Chris Hemsworth—compelling action drama or just derivative? → Read More

The Michael Jordan Documentary, The Batman, and Cassette Tapes!

On this latest episode sponsored by DoorDash, we discuss the new Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance—is it just hagiography? → Read More

Tiger King, Cinema in Crisis, and Family Blackjack

On this latest episode sponsored by Warby Parker and DoorDash, we break down the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. → Read More

Hunters, Hoyas, and Hollywood Goes Viral

In this latest episode of the Sub-Beacon, we discuss the Amazon Prime Holocaust revenge series Hunters—in bad taste or just derivative? → Read More

Birds of Prey, the Oscars, and Gym Fees!

In this latest episode sponsored by DoorDash, we discuss Birds of Prey, plus Oscar talk and that new trailer for The French Dispatch! → Read More

The Gentlemen, Big Plungers, and Sonny's Return

In this latest episode sponsored by Calm, we discuss The Gentlemen. Sonny hates cable. JVL buys a new plunger. Vic confuses Spectrum with Spectravision. → Read More

Amazing Movies, Coaching, and Hoya Saxa!

In this latest episode sponsored by Calm and DoorDash, we discuss the box office and some of our favorite movies. Cillizza can't say enough about Sucker Punch. → Read More

Zombieland, Star Wars, and Hospital Cafeterias!

In this latest episode of the Sub-Beacon sponsored by Calm and Ethos life insurance, we discuss Zombieland 2: Double Tap. → Read More

Former College Tour Guide Reveals All

There's a very interesting piece in the Atlantic by Adam Harris on the college tour guide experience. → Read More

The Case of the Disappearing Editors

A few years after I joined the Weekly Standard, then-literary editor Joseph Bottum asked if I was more interested in writing or editing. → Read More

Review: Ruth Reichl's 'Save Me the Plums'

For Ruth Reichl, one memoir is not enough. → Read More

In Defense of Fredo

The Internet has erupted like Mount Vesuvius (oh!) over the viral video of a guy calling Chris Cuomo “Fredo.” → Read More