Love a good bottle of wine? How about a great movie? Cinemavino might just be your jam! Join Todd, Taylor, Travis, and Sean as they pair up booze and cinema into a lively, laid-back discussion.
The Beatles: Get Back (Episode 1)
The Beatles are my all-time favorite band, and I’ve spent my life as a walking encyclopedia of their music and history. Like millions of fans, their music has changed my life. Long story short: This isn’t just another podcast for me.
I’ve been pumped for Peter Jackson’s documentary since I saw his work on They Shall Not Grow Old. In that film, Jackson and his effects team restored rickety WW1 footage into full HD. The result looks so good, it’s easy to forget what we’re seeing is over 100 years old. Once I heard that Jackson was applying this wizardry to the Beatles’ footage, I couldn’t wait.
As a superfan, that wait was absolutely worth it. This is a glorious, fascinating look at the biggest band of all time, as they take turns being burned-out, inspired, crestfallen, and jubilant. My full review of the series will debut tomorrow, but I’ll sum it up like this: If you love the Beatles, the documentary will overload you with information. My brain is still processing it all.
For tonight’s episode, we take a look at the first episode, which covers the first tumultuous week of the Get Back sessions. This is a lively, one-hour discussion, and it’s one of our best.
For le vino, I picked two wines that match the poetry of this series. The Conclusion Pinot Noir from Sonoma County is a light-to-medium red–perfect if your holiday meal has a little more oomph. Also, as this documentary marks the beginning of the end for the Beatles, the name seemed appropriate. That goes ditto for Francis Coppola’s Director’s Cut Pinot Noir, which is a little and brighter by nature. With Get Back, Peter Jackson gives us the definitive cut of the Beatles’ final year together.
Now, kick back, get back, and enjoy another fine episode of Cinemavino.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
Welcome to a very special episode of Cinemavino! We’re all huge Ghostbusters fans, so we were eager to take a look at the latest sequel, Afterlife. Everybody enjoyed it, to varying degrees. In my personal opinion, it’s probably the best Part III they could’ve possibly put together.
If you’d like to read my full, written review of The Last Waltz, click here.
This one’s exclusively in theaters, but it will undoubtedly appear somewhere for streaming, probably early in 2022. As always, this is a judgment call, based on your own personal Covid anxiety and vaccination status.
Also, spoilers will abound. If you love Ghostbusters and feel strongly about seeing it, head to a theater and then get back in here.
As for vino, we went for a classic: The Decoy from Duckhorn. It’s the quintessential California Cabernet. Bold, elegant, and durable for aging. Plus, it’s usually in the $20-30 range, which makes it nice and affordable.
Next week, it’s another double feature, as we take a look at Peter Jackson’s epic documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. I’m a fanatic, so this will be an early Christmas for me. I know Taylor’s right there with me, so this will be a must-listen for Beatles fans. Also, we’ll kick off Christmas with a new look at Hook.
In the meantime, kick back enjoy another hilarious episode of Cinemavino!
The Last Waltz (1978)
Thanksgiving is already here, and we’ve found the perfect movie for the occasion. Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz is often held as the greatest rock documentary every made, and it’s easy to see why: The Band’s farewell concert bottles everything cool, everything tragic, and everything beautiful about being a rock star, all in one magnificent film.
Above all, The Last Waltz has a killer soundtrack. The Band’s greatest hits are all here, including “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “Up on Cripple Creek.” In addition, we hear classics from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and Muddy Waters. If you’re looking for something to counteract the sleepiness of Thanksgiving cuisine, this movie rocks hard, and will likely bring you around.
To read my full, written review, click right here.
As for vino, we went with three classic Thanksgiving pairs. This Rielsing from Dr. Loosen is a great bottle of white that falls somewhere between dry and sweet, but probably a smidge more in the sweet direction. Rich with melon and fig flavors, this is perfect with everything from turkey to salad and even the cranberry sauce pictured. Even better: It runs in the $15-20 range.
When it comes to red wines with Thanksgiving, the most common options are Pinot Noir and Beaujolais. The Grower’s Guild from Oregon is a particularly nice choice. It’s loaded with fresh cherries and even some earthy textures. As with the previous bottle, this one clocks in at around $16–delicious and easy on the wallet.
Finally, Prosecco is wonderful for either before or after the big meal. As for me, I like to pop a bottle afterwards and enjoy with a great movie like The Last Waltz. The Adami is nice, dry, and crisp. It’s lightly toasty, floral, with Anis as a notable flavor. (Prosecco also makes a great mimosa, btw.)
We hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Next time, we talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife, then we plunge into he Christmas season. Enjoy!
Another Round (2021)
For this week’s Cinemavino, it’s one of the more decorated movies we’ve covered in a good long while: Another Round won the Academy Award for Best International Feature, and Thomas Vinterburg was nominated for Best Director. After a steady stream of Halloween flicks, this art house flick was a nice palate cleanser.
The crux of the story has four middle-aged guys testing a (rather dubious) hypothesis that humanity operates better with a blood-alcohol level of .05. So, they buy breathalyzers and try and to maintain a nice buzz. Comedy hijinks, deep philosophical moments, and poignant drama all ensue.
We’ve worked in the booze business, so this film gave us even more to talk about. After the break, we come back a little more activated to see if it enhances our podcasting. Also, we share personal stories of getting blotto that resonate with the events of this film. This is our most personal Cinemavino in a good long while.
As for vino, we kick things off with the Dry Creek Cabernet. It’s bold and dry, much like the humor of this film. To learn a little more, click here.
To read my written review of Another Round, head this way.
Now, kick back and enjoy another fine episode of Cinemavino!
Eternals (2021) *spoilers
Our discussion of Marvel’s Eternals was planned to be a mini-episode, but it turns out that each of us had a lot to say. So, we present you a full episode discussing the MCU’s latest offering. Spoilers abound, so do proceed with caution. This film is only in theaters, so if you haven’t seen it, do so and rejoin us.
As the Eternals are immortal beings, I decided to pair it with a wine that could age gracefully. Cabernets tend to hold up longer than most other wines, and this Dry Creek should be no exception. Its big, dry, with well-balanced tannins. You could cellar it for five years, but it also has enough dried fruit flavor to be accessible right now.
Next week, we talk about Another Round, an award-winning Danish film, starring Mads Mikkelsen. In the meantime, pour a glass, kick back, and enjoy another fine episode of Cinemavino.
Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
Thirteen Ghosts marks the final entry in our Halloween season. Everyone seemed to enjoy this one a little more than me. It does have the cheesy, guilty pleasure factor in its favor, but I also found Ghosts to be jarring, uneven, and poorly executed.
Even the stylized title is confusing: Thir13en Ghosts. It looks kinda like Thirlben Ghosts, which I actually prefer to the original. If you can’t make a movie that makes sense, at least blow people’s minds, right?
To check out my written review, click right here!
I will say that this series of episodes has given me a better appreciate of horror. It’s never been my favorite genre, but they can provide good no-fuss entertainment, especially around the Halloween season. I especially enjoyed Trick r Treat, and it was naturally great to revisit Tremors.
Next week, we’ll take a look at the Danish dramedy Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen. It was nominated for quite a few awards, so it’ll be one of the more highfalutin movies we’ve looked at in a while.
After that, for Thanksgiving, we’ll screen Martin Scorsese’s classic rockumentary, The Last Waltz. If you’re into classic rock, the music in that one is about as good as it gets.
Then, of course, Christmas movies! Enjoy another fine episode of Cinemavino!
Partners N Crime Podcast
Very funny and entertaining podcast. Some of the movies they talk about are childhood favorites so great to reminisce with.
Very fun to listen to
These guys are very entertaining
Rather quite funny, really
These guys are a lot of fun to listen to! Awesome!