Episode Eleven: The LEGO Batman Movie

What happens when you take everyone’s favorite childhood building materials and everyone’s favorite childhood superhero and combine them together for a movie? That’s right! It’s Lincoln Log Superman! What a strange rebirth of the franchise that turned out to be. Anyway, we watched the LEGO Batman movie this week. The second in the line of LEGO animated films and the first to feature music by Harry Nilsson (as far as I can recall). Oh and before we begin…I’M BATMAN (that doesn’t really work unless you can hear the voice).


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Our scores:
John: 4
Glenn: 3.5
Cameron: 3
Total: 10.5 out of 15 (we might hold out for the LEGO Gamera film, but for now you could do worse things with your time than seeing this film)

Beers consumed:
Ma! The Meatloaf by Evil Genius Beer Co.
O’Doyle Rules Almost IPA by Evil Genius Beer Co.
Turtle Power Grapefruit Pale Ale by Evil Genius Beer Co.
Shut Up, Meg! by Evil Genius Beer Co.
***Correction: despite what we said in the podcast, Evil Genius Beer Co. is located in the great city of Philadelphia***

Recommendations:
Glenn: Father Goose (1964 film)
John: Monster Factory (Polygon Youtube series)
Cameron: Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (video game) and Trading Places (1983 film)

Episode Eleven: The LEGO Batman Movie

Episode Ten: Logan

For this episode we watched the film Logan, which scrambled our minds a bit. I suspect a second viewing would improve our scores, as we all went into it with different expectations than the film provided.  But for better or worse, this is what we thought at the time. Oh and we spend a long time talking about Harry Potter at the end. Just warning you ahead of time.


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Our scores:
John: 4
Glenn: 3.5
Alastair: 3.5
Cameron: 3.5

Beers consumed:
All American Oat Pale Ale by Terrapin Beer Co.
Another One by Maine Beer Co.
DaySlayer India Pale Lager by Stone Brewing and Maine Beer Co.

Recommendations:
Alastair: Mr. Show (television show)
Glenn: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954 film)
John: Everything Must Go (2010 film)
Cameron: The Adventure Zone Podcast

 

Episode Ten: Logan

Episode Nine: Sinatra: To Be Frank

Sorry that this episode is a little late getting posted, but we were enjoying our Memorial Day Weekend. But Alastair is back! And alas, Roger Moore is gone. And in honor of Memorial Day, we watch a documentary about the American institution that is Frank Sinatra. A strange collection of talking heads come together to tell you the story of Sinatra that you probably already know. Not without it’s charms, but the whole thing feels a bit slapped together (and the production values are not exactly stunning). Also, Louis Walsh? Seems like a bit of a strange choice for a talking head.


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Our ratings:
John: 3
Glenn: 3
Alastair: 3
Cameron: 3
Total: 12 out of 20 (maybe Doo-bee-doo-bee-don’t)

Beers consumed:
Aphotic Imperial Porter with Cacao Nibs by High Water Brewing Co.
Saison Du Pinacle by Brasserie Dunham
Buzzerkeley by Calicraft Brewing Co.

Recommendations:
Alastair: Tired Hands beers (particularly the sours)
Glenn: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012 film)
John: Moana (2016 film)
Cameron: The Stranger (1946 film)

Episode Nine: Sinatra: To Be Frank

Episode Eight: Carrie Pilby

In this episode of the Better With Booze Film Club Podcast, we come dangerously close to awarding a perfect score to a quirky comedy called Carrie Pilby.  We won’t mention who the spoil sport was (*cough* John *cough*), but it was a remarkable episode indeed! Made even more remarkable by the addition of a first time cohost in the form of Sarah! She’s like the rest of us except she knows more and she’s a woman…although that might be redundant.


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Our ratings:
John: 4
Glenn: 5
Sarah: 5
Cameron: 5
Total: 19 out of 20 (Forget what the critics say…listen to us! We don’t actually know anything, so we must be trustworthy!)

Beers consumed:
Hors Seire Saison Brett by Les Trois Mousquetaires
Grand Cru XVII by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Oude Geuze Boon Black Label by Brouwerij Boon

Recommendations:
John: House of Cards (Netflix series)
Glenn: Death At A Funeral (2007 British film)
Sarah: Griff the Invisible (2010 Australian film)
Cameron: A Lion In Winter (1968 film)

Episode Eight: Carrie Pilby

Episode Seven: Stop Making Sense

We apologize about the lack of episode last week, but everyone’s schedules got the better of them.  As they nearly did this week.  Thankfully John stepped up to the mark and joined Cameron for a two headed episode.  Due to technical difficulties, instead of watching a new film, we watched Stop Making Sense, the concert film from The Talking Heads.  This was John’s first time seeing the film, and the first of three times Cameron watched the film that week.  So join us for a slightly modified episode featuring two people desperate to try to fill an hour…


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Our ratings:
John: 4
Cameron: 4.5
Total: 8.5 out of 10 (Put your big suits on and get ready to dance)

Beers consumed:
Fresh Cut by Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Kettleface by St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. and Columbia Kettle Works

Recommendations:
Seriously, just go watch Stop Making Sense. What are you waiting for?

Episode Seven: Stop Making Sense

Episode Six: Denial

As it turns out it’s difficult to come up with a witty intro when discussing a film about holocaust denial.  So instead I will only point out that this is the highest rated film (by the Better With Booze Film Club) that we have watched so far, so it is certainly worth checking out.  Next time we will do a comedy.  I promise.*

*promises are non-binding as per the Better With Booze Film Club Charter


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Our ratings:
Scott: 4
Glenn: 4.5
John: 4.5
Cameron: 4.5
Total: 17.5 out of 20 (our highest rating yet!)

Beers consumed:
Super Session #2 by Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Scott, Glenn, John)
Napoleon Complex by Wicked Weed (Cameron)
Sprang by Trillium Brewing Co.
Focal Banger by The Alchemist
Heady Topper by The Alchemist

Recommendations:
Scott: The Big Short (2015) and Miller’s Crossing (1990)
John: Green Room (2015)
Glenn: Goodfellas (1990)
Cameron: Margin Call (2011)

 

Episode Six: Denial

Episode Five: The Founder

McDonalds. It’s as American as apple pie. More American than Ted Cruz. Probably less American than a mailbox shaped like a tractor. But how did this global giant start? Well as it turns out, it was just a case of a lot of ingenuity, a lot of hard work and a tiny bit of corporate theft. And it is all laid out for you in The Founder, a biopic of the man who started it all (and by started it, I mean happened into it, took it, made a lot of money from it and screwed the ones who actually started it).  It’s as American as McDonalds! Do you want fries with that?


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Our ratings:
Alastair: 3.5
Scott: 3.5
John: 3
Cameron: 4
Total: 14 out of 20 (frowns, burgers, happy meals?)

Beers consumed:
Dayblazer Easygoing Ale by New Belgium Brewing Co.
Churchville Lager by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.
J.A.W.L. Juicy Ale with Nugget by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.
Solstice diet by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel
(also finished with some Glenfiddich 12 year single malt scotch)

Recommendations:
John: Sicario (2015 film)
Scott: Salvador (1986 film)
Cameron: Stop Making Sense (again), Catch Me If You Can (2002 film), Cane Toad: An Unnatural History (1988)
Alastair: Single Cut (brewery)

Episode Five: The Founder