Episode Twenty: Emperor Of the North (1973)

Having firmly established the rule of thumb that any movie with more than one title is tempting fate in the quality department, we forge ahead anyway with Emperor Of the North, or as it was originally titled Emperor Of the North Pole (which, by the way, is the correct title for this film…dropping the word “Pole” renders the title pretty meaningless). Much of this film takes place during a train journey undertaken by Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Keith Carradine. But is it a journey worth taking? Have a listen and see what we think. We also enjoy liquid libations from the city of Asheville and we make a list of comedies we feel you should probably see.


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Sarah: Skip
Glenn: Solid Skip
Cameron: Skip

Beers consumed:
Ceremonial Session IPA by Burial Beer Co.
Hawkbill IPA by Burial Beer Co.
Napoleon Complex by Wicked Weed Brewing

Recommendations:
Sarah: Snowpiercer (2013 film)
Glenn: Silver Streak (1976 film)
Cameron: Chef (2014 film)

Episode Twenty: Emperor Of the North (1973)

Episode Nineteen: Elvis and Nixon

The King meets The Crook in this film based on the single most requested photo in the National Archives. Kevin Spacey once again flexes his chameleon talents in order to play our 37th and trickiest (some would say Dickiest) president, Richard Milhous Nixon. And Michael Shannon takes on the unenviable task of portraying a global superstar on the cusp of becoming a parody of himself. But can these heavyweights find something interesting to say about two of the most analyzed figures of the twentieth century? Listen below and see what we think!


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Sarah: Solid See
Glenn: Solid See
Cameron: Solid See

Alcohol consumed:
Biscuit Bitter by 2SP Brewing Co.
Windows Up by Alpine Beer Co.
Flesh & Blood by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Recommendations:
Sarah: Walk the Line (2005 film)
Glenn: All Creatures Great and Small (TV series and books on which it is based by James Herriot)
Cameron: Nixon (1995 film)

Episode Nineteen: Elvis and Nixon

Episode Eighteen: Chimes At Midnight

It’s Shakespeare Week here at the Better With Booze Film Club, and in honor of that, we watched Orson Welles’ 1965 adaptation of the tale of Falstaff. The film also stars Welles as the definitive screen representation of Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s great tragic clown. Seems like an ideal match. What could go wrong? That’s what we’re here to tell you…


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Sarah: Skip
Glenn: Skip
Cameron: See

Alcohol consumed:
Zitrone Lemon Radler by Stiegl
Rock Oyster Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ledaig 10 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Broadbent Madeira Reserve 5 Years

Recommendations:
Sarah: Much Ado About Nothing (2012 film) and Get Out (2017 film)
Glenn: Rocky (1976 film)
Cameron: National Treasure film series (I know, I know)

Episode Eighteen: Chimes At Midnight

Episode Seventeen: Dunkirk (2017)

Yes that’s right boys and girls. For this episode of the Better With Booze Film Club podcast, we took a field trip to the theaters (separately…none of the hosts actually wish to be seen in public with any of the others) to see the new blockbuster Christopher Nolan WWII film Dunkirk. We are nothing if not topical and trendy. We are also joined by a special(ish) guest and a cat named Morecambe. Oh and some beers. And the Dunkirk spirit! Onward!


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Sarah: Solid See
Glenn: Solid See
Cameron: Solid See
Alastair: Is Going To See

Alcohol consumed:
Virgil 2017 by South County Brewing Co.
Oyster Stout by The Porterhouse Brewing Co.

Recommendations:
Sarah: Goon (2011 film)
Glenn: Forbidden Planet (1956 film)
Alastair: Hunger and Thirst (restaurant)
Cameron: Taking Sides (2001 film)

Episode Seventeen: Dunkirk (2017)

Episode Sixteen: The April Fools (1969)

Jack Lemmon as you’ve always seen him in a comedy that is so 1969-ish that I’m surprised it didn’t interrupt itself half way through to announce that we had landed on the moon. Come for beautiful and classy Catherine Deneuve and Myrna Loy, stay to count the number of times Kenneth Mars hits a woman! Also Harvey Korman as a drunk with a fetish for foreign women. What more could you ask for?


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Sarah: Solid See
Glenn: See
Cameron: See

Alcohol consumed:
Wolters Pilsener by Hofbrauhaus Wolters
Floating Fire by Futhermore Beer
Sweet Baby Java by DuClaw Brewing Co.

Recommendations:
Sarah: Arrival (2016 film)
Glenn: Congo (1995 film) and Enter the Dragon (1973 film)
Cameron: Becket (1964 film)

 

Episode Sixteen: The April Fools (1969)

Episode Fifteen: Warlock (1959)

A new era begins for the Better With Booze Film Club as Sarah officially comes on board as host.  And because Sarah has the tendency to see all the new films that have come out over the last year, we’ve decided to once again take off the age of film requirement and open it up to any contenders. Speaking of which, this week we watched Warlock, which stars Henry Fonda in a Henry Fonda role and Anthony Quinn as his creepily dedicated agent. A western for those of you who like a healthy portion of deep psychological intrigue added to your horse operas. Oh yeah, and Richard Widmark is pretty good too.


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Note: Our new scoring system is based on Solid See, See, Skip or Solid Skip…confusing? Probably
Sarah: Solid See
Glenn: Solid See
Cameron: Solid See

Alcohol consumed:
Sheephead Ale by Brau Brothers Brewing Co.
Wheat by Wooha Brewing Co.
IPA by Wooha Brewing Co.
Devil’s Advocate by Church Street Brewing Co.

Recommendations:
Sarah: The Bletchley Circle (Television Show)
Glenn: Ready Player One (Novel)
Cameron: Youtuber Jacksepticeye

Episode Fifteen: Warlock (1959)

Episode Fourteen: The Love Punch

Not technically a new release, but as it turns out, our soon to be official new co-host Sarah has seen every movie that has come out in the last two years, so we may have to go back to doing older films. But we stumbled upon this cheerful comedy starting Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson and none of us had even heard about it. It gets a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, which we think is a bit harsh. So join us as we welcome Sarah into the fold and we continue to try to sort out audio issues! By the way, the contest is still open. If you want to pick a film for us to watch, just write in to bwbfilmclub@gmail.com. We will pick a winner at random from the ones of entries.


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Our scores:
Sarah: 3.5
Glenn: 3.5
Cameron: 4
Total: 11 out of 15 (Cats! Lots of cats!)

Alcohol consumed:
W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin
El Dorado 15 Year Old Rum

Recommendations:
Sarah: Open Range (2003 film)
Glenn: Secondhand Lions (2003 film)
Cameron: Rio Bravo (1959 film)

 

Episode Fourteen: The Love Punch