15 Minutes (2001)

15 minutes

Happy New Year, listeners! We’re breaking in 2015 with 15 Minutes – a poorly-timed, mediocre cop thriller from 2001 starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. The two play a homicide and arson cop, respectively, who have to track down two crazy Eastern Europeans who commit a series of serial murders in order to cater to the Jerry Springer-heavy nature of American notoriety and fame. The movie tries to juggle Michael Mann-esque high-octane cop action with Network-like satire of media, but becomes a bit too pulpy and conservative to make it work. Still, we (along with guests – and old friends – Todd Kuhns and Meredith Sladek) dig into the myriad problems of this interesting failure, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game*!

We had an awesome year in 2014, from contributing to another book, having at least another 25,000 downloads, getting awesome guests like Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve and Justin Gerber and Randall Colburn of Consequence of Sound, and more. Thanks so much for everyone who’s been listening and supporting us, and we plan on making 2015 better than ever!

*If you want to see pictures of the boozy Russian-inspired pastrami on rye Clint made for the recording session, be sure to check out our Instagram page!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Almost Flame-us

15 minutes cocktailIn a holiday season full of complicated drinks, we decided to take ‘er easy and give you a nice, simple drink to usher in 2015! Combining the wintery taste of persimmon with the flavors of RumChata (and, natch, Russian vodka), we’ve got a nice, simple drink to wash down the film’s hamfisted social commentary and limp characters. 

1 part cinnamon-infused vodka
3 parts persimmon juice
1 part RumChata
dash, nutmeg

Combine in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour over ice into rocks glass. Top with nutmeg. Enjoy!

 

DRINKING RULES FOR 15 MINUTES:

  1. Whenever someone says the word ‘movie’
  2. Any time you see footage through screens or cameras
  3. Every time you see New York City landmarks/hallmarks of NYC

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Avery Brooks says to Ed Burns, “All right kid…you can have your fifteen minutes!”

Join us next week as we storm the castle with our review, cocktail and drinking game for The Princess Bride!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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