This week, James Thompson (of Geekspotting and the new Meanwhile… Podcast) joins us to take on Constantine, the comic-book adaptation of DC’s Hellblazer! Transplanting the British supernatural private eye to LA, and turning him from an acerbic Sting lookalike to dour Keanu Reeves, the film nonetheless gives us oodles of visual style, androgynous Tilda Swinton angels, and a veritable bevy of Catholic creepy-crawlies. Thrill as we discuss Shia Labeouf’s stammering (or lack thereof), the fact that Keanu has a vaguely Christian gadget for everything, and more – along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Spearmint of Destiny
We concocted some holy firewater for any wayward spirits looking to drink during this Keanu-powered supernatural thriller. We also honor Keanu’s smoking with one of the smokiest scotches around, and the Central American roots of the films’ MacGuffin with Aztec chocolate bitters, along with an egg white to give it that potion-like froth.
2 parts Ardbeg scotch
1 part spearmint schnapps
3 parts honey tangerine juice
dash, Aztec chocolate bitters
1 egg white
Combine in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the egg white has been broken up and is frothy. Pour in a snifter, neat, and garnish with a tangerine wheel.
DRINKING RULES FOR CONSTANTINE:
1) Drink whenever someone says “Constantine”
2) Drink any time you see a cross in the shot
3) Drink every time you think someone should tell Constantine, “Um, sir, you can’t smoke in here.” (Be sure to say it out loud to Keanu whenever he lights up.)
BONUS: Waterfall, if you like, during Hennessy’s dry-drinking binge that kills him in the convenience store.
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
Gabriel helpfully yells after Constantine, “Look how well you’re doing!”
Join us next week as we check out the high-kickin’ martial arts comedy Kung-Fu Hustle!