Back to the Future (1985) w/Geekspotting & Consequence of Sound

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Great Scott! This week on Alcohollywood, Justin Gerber of Consequence of Sound and James Thompson of Geekspotting stop by to go back in time and learn the power of love with 1985’s Back to the Future! Bob Zemeckis’ 80s sci-fi comedy classic sees slacker Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) jumping in a retrofitted DeLorean created by his creepily-close mad scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and zipping back to 1985, contending with 50s nuclear family politics, the prospect of getting back to his own time, and making sure his parents fuck so they can make him.

For a movie that needs no introduction, we find a surprising amount to talk about, from the fanbase’s crazy conspiracy theories (9/11! Benghazi!) to the intriguing Reagan-era conservative links between Future and Forrest Gump and so much more. Flip on the flux capacitor to 1.21 jiggawatts, crank the engine up to 88 miles per hour, and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

Related Links:
Kooky 9/11/JFK Back to the Future Video
The Power of Love Music Video
The Worlds of Back to the Future (a cool book of critical essays on the films, if you’re into that sort of thing)
B To The F, a Tumblr deconstructing the novelization of the film



back to the future cocktailMan, this Scotch-based drink is heavy! Using the floral and botanical properties of China-China and the fruitiness of pomegranate juice to liven up your favorite scotch, we created a Mr. Fusion of flavor befitting Doc Brown’s sweet-but-unhinged persona.  

3 parts Highland Scotch (or mixable scotch whiskey of your choice)
1 part China-China French liqueur
splash, pomegranate juice
splash, ginger liqueur

Combine in a shaker with ice; pour into martini glass, top with blood orange and cherry.


  1. Clocks (whenever you see a clock)
  2. ‘Doc’s (whenever Marty cries out ‘Doc’!)
  3. ‘rock’s (every time a new rock or pop/licensed song plays – yes, even “Earth Angel” and “Mr. Sandman”)


Doc Brown declares, “Where we’re going, we don’t need…roads.”

Join us next week as we trade a DeLorean for a 1984 Renault Le Car with the 2000 stoner comedy Dude, Where’s My Car?

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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.