I recently came across Wendell Jamieson's piece in the New York times about picking the perfect drinks to complement DVD's, and I have to admit I got a little jealous. It's not that he came up with the idea for his piece before I did. Rather, I had a similar blog entry idea for quite some time but never got around to writing it. Damn, why'd he have to write it first? I can't write this piece now. It's gonna look like I bit his shit.
Then again there is always the rule of fuck it, I'm gonna write this anyway. Besides, I'll hardly be treading the same ground, as Jamieson failed to highlight so many obvious drink and DVD combinations. Mine will be more of a corrective piece.
Although some might call such attempts to link film and drink connoisseurism (fuck you, I'm making this a word) the last ditch attempt of a sad, pathetic wino to justify his problem by cloaking it in the veil of intellectual curiosity; as Jamieson stated in his piece, drinking while watching movies is a true art. [i.e. I don't have problem.] This skill is honed over many years of careful movie watching and drink experimentation. Not just any beverage can be consumed with any movie. Make a wrong move and the results can be disastrous. This is a delicate balancing act. It is a skill, incidentally, I didn't decide to perfect until recently.
As much as I like the occasional drink, I used to be adamantly opposed to drinking while watching movies. When slapping down twelve dollars for a movie, I want to remember the fucking thing. Although my rule made sense for theatrical movies, for some reason I used to also extend it to my home-viewing. This was just foolishness. I can re-watch DVD's. Why not indulge in some spirits while enjoying the occasional flick.
Of course, after I started drinking while watching DVD's I soon began to extend the hobby to theatrical viewings as well. I swear I only do this when it will enhance such midnight movie fare as The Room and Birdemic. [Who am I kidding, everything's better with alcohol.]
The Wire - Jameson
The show that freed me of my sober viewing rule. What better way to enjoy the institutional decay of the post-industrial city than with a nice glass of aged Irish whiskey. I guess it says something about me that when I watch a show filled with drug dealers, addicts, and functioning alcoholics, my first reaction isn't revulsion but rather, "that Jameson looks mighty tasty."
Although I have some other standard Movie and TV/drink combinations in my repertoire I decided to experiment a little for this piece. I needed some new shit. Here is but a partial list of the many important new, sure to be future movie/drink fixtures that I discovered.
Satan’s Sadist’s - Chateau Le Pin Pomerol 1999
The proper way to celebrate this revenge opus is with some fancy-ass wine. The subtle blend of savagery and unrelentingly amoral violence in Adamson's picture is perfectly complemented by the alcohol in this wine.
Gerry - Mad Dog 20/20
MD’s aromatic blend of Kool-Aid and rubbing alcohol is the perfect compliment to Gus Van Sant’s hour-and-a-half-of-footage-of-two-people-walking-through-the-desert film.
The Hours - Scotch, scotch, scotch. I love scotch.
Damn, I'm starting to sober up.
You know what’s awesome? More Alcohol. I better get more alcohol.
Letters to Juliet - whatever it was the kind man at the bodega sold to me in the brown paper bag
No, you're not kicking me out. I'm a grown-ass man. I'll be damned if I'm told I can't enjoy a beverage in the comfort of the movie theater seat I paid twelve goddamn dollars to sit in. Get the fucking manager. See what I care. This is America. You're not gonna take-
Daddy Day Camp - I wonder if I have any paint thinner in the apartment.
You wanna know what the problem with today's kids is, I (hiccup),...no, I'm not drunk...
...and that's why you don't ...
...oh shit, I'll clean that up in the morning...
I wonder if there's anything else under the sink to drink.