The Shining + Redrum Gin Martini

Stanley Kubrick changed a fundamental element in Jack Torrance's personality for his screen adaption of The Shining : the man's preferred drink. Bourbon on the rocks is a solid go-to drink, however, in Stephen King's mind Torrance was a martini guy. In both renditions Torrance gave up drinking. For those who love a stiff cocktail, The Shining … Continue reading The Shining + Redrum Gin Martini

The Florida Project + Orange Pineapple Strawberry Daiquiri 

The Florida Project is social commentary I cannot re-watch with abandon, like Get Out. There's little comedic refreshment, the pacing is sluggish, and as for the plot, there isn't much of one. The Florida Project's hyperrealistic atmosphere is what makes the film intoxicating. Often Hollywood whitewashes poverty or worse, romanticizes it. There's several reasons the cycle … Continue reading The Florida Project + Orange Pineapple Strawberry Daiquiri 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer + Jäger Bomb

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is deeply unsettling. The film pulls at the deep philosophical conundrums of life by placing the protagonist in an unwinnable situation. Don't expect it to give you any answers to the questions it raises, but what it will give you is a night of insomnia. The Murphy's house goes … Continue reading The Killing of a Sacred Deer + Jäger Bomb

Dunkirk + Tropical Rum Grog

I often find war movies tedious. Breaking up depictions of gloomy and depressing landscapes is a tall order for a writer and/or director. Dunkirk is engaging because it flips between three story lines. We're given a good amount of visual variance while each plot is woven together. And the ending is satisfying. The world lost … Continue reading Dunkirk + Tropical Rum Grog

Call Me By Your Name + Rosé

A vibrant Italian setting and emotional soundtrack combine for a beautifully shot film. With names like Sufjan Stevens and Ryuichi Sakamoto adorning the track list, you know you're in for a soothing yet heady listen. And that's how Call Me By Your Name unfolded, a bit dully, but with an intoxicating atmosphere. It's refreshing to … Continue reading Call Me By Your Name + Rosé

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri + 3 Shots of Whiskey

I expected to hate this movie. The trailers made it look like a bland version of a common "scorned woman becomes hard" plot that I wasn't clamoring to see. Even the title, with its meandering pretension (just fucking call it Three Billboards!) turned me off. Luckily, I don't scare off easily because Three Billboards Outside … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri + 3 Shots of Whiskey

Phantom Thread + Mushroom Omelette

There's no surprise that Daniel Day-Lewis perfectly breathes life into eccentric designer Reynolds Woodcock. His Tim Gunn-like judgement, restrained vocal delivery,  and manicured movements create a hectically overly-structured fashion designer. Like many of his previous movies, Day-Lewis was the highlight of Phantom Thread. Cyril, Reynolds' sister, played by Lesley Manville, was a great accompaniment though … Continue reading Phantom Thread + Mushroom Omelette

The Shape of Water + A Salty Dog Cocktail

Guillermo del Toro's strength is his atmospheres. Imagery and Michael Shannon's acting are where my excitement for The Shape of Water ends. Perhaps the hype for this particular film was overblown because it was quite underwhelming. We basically got a regurgitation of the conventional outsider + outsider fall in love plot.  Yawn. The Pairing For … Continue reading The Shape of Water + A Salty Dog Cocktail