Archive for March 18th, 2009

Movie Round-Up

Delicatessen (1991)

One of my favorite films which I saw on the big screen at Brattle Theatre a few years back.  This was the first time Susan saw it and I was surprised that I’d forgotten how dark and gory this post-apocalyptic cannibalistic black comedy was.  Still, it is funny and amazing creative with possibly the best opening titles sequence ever as well as a couple of masterful set pieces.

Delicatessen title sequence:

Classic scene from Delicatessen used in trailer:

Mark Twain (2001)

A Ken Burns documentary about America’s great celebrity author, a man of many contradictions who lead a life both charmed and tragic.  I didn’t know much about Mark Twain’s life beyond a few famous fables so I enjoyed learning about the man and his work in this well-filmed, well-narrated, and well-illustrated documentary.

The Great Escape (1963)

The ultimate WWII prisoner of war film is entertaining if a bit long.  The Germans round up the most troublesome prisoners into one high-security camp and the Allied prisoners respond by planning the most daring escape ever.  The film claims to be based on actual events although a lot of what happens is dramatized, compressed, and composite-ized beyond reality, so it’s best to watch this for it entertainment and symbolic value rather than for a history lesson.

Of course, I couldn’t help but think of the Eddie Izzard routine on The Great Escape while watching this:

The Historic Pubs of Dublin (2008)

For St. Patrick’s Day, I enjoyed this hour-long journey through the best pubs in Dublin with writer Frank McCourt.  Pubs patronized by writers and revolutionaries are visited as well as good places to enjoy a pint, a whiskey, Irish trad, and some good craic are all visited.  McCourt also leads the viewer to some of the top tourist attractions in Dublin, often conveniently proximite to a pub.

Beer Review: Radeberger Pilsener

Beer: Radeberger Pilsener
Brewer: Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
Source:  Draft
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments:  On-tap at Emmet’s pub in Beacon Hill, Radeberger is served in a tall, slender mug that displays it’s golden color, bubbly carbonation, and frothy head.  It has kind of a grassy/grainy aroma and flavor with a nice aftertaste you can chew on for a while.  Everything about it is kind of smooth and subtle, so one would might find it a little flavorless if one drinks it too fast.

Beer Review: Magic Hat #9

Beer: Magic Hat #9
Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company
Source:  Draft
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this potion at Doyle’s over the weekend and found it an agreeable if not remarkable beer.  The aroma and taste are sweetened by apricot, making it yet another in a parade of fruity beers I’ve been sampling lately. The apricot is balanced by a hoppy flavor so it’s not overwhelmingly sweet.  The beer is a nice amber color with a good sized head and decent lacing on the glass.  I think I’ve had this beer in a bottle before and not been all to impressed but the on-tap version is more palatable.  Magic Hat Brewing Company is in Burlington, VT so I’m calling for another road trip.

Previously: Magic Hat “Jinx”

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