Virtuosity (1995) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus

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Greetings, listeners! Grant from Chip & Ironicus and the Six Feats Under podcast network joins us in our new and improved Alcohollywood Labs 2.0 to talk the 1995 cyber-thriller Virtuosity! Years before they’d meet up in American Gangster, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe face off in this cyber-thriller that sees an ex-cop convict with a robot arm (Washington) tracking down the anthropomorphized version of an AI serial killer named Sid 6.7 (Crowe, hamming it the hell up). What follows is all of the best, misguided clichés about virtual reality and future technology, wrapped up in an loud neon bow of explosions and techno music. It has to be seen to be believed, but we do our best to sum it up for you, along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

(This episode was sponsored by Busy Beaver Button Co. as part of the Chicago Podcast Cooperative.)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Vicious Sid 6.7

virtuosity cocktailA new upgrade to the classic Vicious Sid cocktail, we swapped out most of the previous parts and replaced them with radical 90s neon-blue fruitiness, topped with a bit of Mountain Dew Baja Blast for all you gamers out there. It looks just like Russell Crowe’s cyber-blood, but we promise you it tastes much better.

3 parts Honeydew melon-infused rum
2 parts Meyer Lemon-infused vodka
1 part blueberry schnapps
Dash, orange bitters
2 parts Mountain Dew Baja Blast
1 lemon slice

1) Soak or place the lemon in about a shot’s worth of the blueberry schnapps to stain it.
2) Combine rum, vodka, schnapps and bitters in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
3) Pour into a rocks glass over ice, then top with the Baja Blast. Garnish with stained lemon.

DRINKING RULES FOR VIRTUOSITY:

  1. Whenever someone says “Parker!”
  2. Anytime you see rubbery CG faces or skin
  3. Every time glass is broken or used to repair Sid

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Sid 6.7 shouts, “YOU’RE IN MY WORLD NOW!”

Join us next week as we top off our mornings with our St. Patrick’s Day special, in which we drink to Darby O’Gill and the Little People!

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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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