The holiday season is a great time to relax and watch movies with your favorite libation. There are so many movies, it’s hard to know which one to watch. So, here are some of my picks for the holidays paired with the perfect libations:
Scorsese is back with some of his old friends and when I say old, it’s his favorite actors to work with in their 70’s almost hitting 80’s. Some call the movie slow or boring. If you’re a Scorsese fan you know a part of his work is that he loves to see himself tell a story, sometimes a very long story. That being said, it’s fabulous to see De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci (who came out of retirement) do what they do best.
The movie follows the story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro) who gets involved with a crime family. As he becomes a top hit man, he goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). There’s been criticism that younger actors should have played the characters at the beginning. I say a part of the problem is that DeN iro and Pacino have larger than life personalities at this point. It’s a film worth watching. The movie will probably be discussed for years to come.
Pairing: If we are talking about an Irishman, it’s time to break out the Irish whisky. A dram of Lambay Small Batch Blend, is the perfect pairing for this three hour situation. Comes with aromas of citrus, spice, and floral finished in Cognac casks. Lots of character just like this movie.
The fantasy tale of a young lady named Penelope (Christina Ricci) who is cursed with a snout of a pig. With the help of a matchmaker, Pemelope and her mother try to find the perfect person who will fall in love with her to break the curse. A mistaken con man (James McAvoy) is hired to act like he’s in love with her. In a twist of events, Penelope’s curse is broken and she finds out a lot about herself. This continues to be one of my favorite feel good flicks. There’s a message of self-love weaved into the movie that will give you the feels.
Pairing: A lovely pairing with this movie is the Le Charmel Rosé from Provence. This dry wine has aromas of strawberries and wildflowers. Crisp and flirty on the palate. This wine would pair perfectly with any of your movie snacks or just sipping it by itself. Perfect to go with Penelope’s elegance. Rose is always a good choice during the holidays.
This movie is a modern node at Blaxploitation movies since it’s a remake of a movie from 1972 with the same name. Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) is a cocaine dealer who wants to get out of the game after surviving an attack by a rival. There’s got to be one more score, one big enough for him to live large and no worry about money. He convinces his partner and lovers (there’s more than one) to get on board with his plan to get out. As you know, it’s never easy for anyone in a movie who tries to get out of the drug game. Entertaining movie with a very nice shower sex scene. Need I say more?
Pairing: This one has Martell Blue Swift written all over it. It’s the first VSOP by Martell that’s aged in boubon casks. A smooth Cognac with aromas of plum, vanilla, and toasted oak from bourbon casks. As you sip, you will feel superfly!
The African Doctor:
I discovered this gem of a movie late one night on a weekend when I studying French. This comedy-drama is based on the life of the father of the musician, Kamini.
The story follows an African doctor who just graduated from medical school, but wants to get away from corruption in Zaire. He tells his family that they are moving to France. They’re excited, because they believe that means Paris. It’s a big surprise to them all when they arrive in a small village in the middle of nowhere. They are the only brown folks and no one wants to use the services of the doctor. His wife is mad that she isn’t in Paris and the kids aren’t about the country life. While it sounds bleak, things turn around for the family in this very charming movie.
Pairing: To go with this flick, a wine from a small French village is the perfect pairing. That’s why a bottle of Sancerre Rouge produced by Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy in the small village of Verdigny is the way to go. This yummy red is nice and fruity from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and, Pinot Noir. French wine with a French movie is so very oh la la!