Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1997)

fear and loathing in las vegas

Load up your red Caddy with booze, guns and a suitcase full of drugs, because we’re headed to The City of Lights with Blastropodcast‘s Mark Soloff to talk about Terry Gilliam’s bizarro Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas!

Based on Thompson’s free-wheeling quest for the American Dream in the early 70s, the film follows Thompson surrogate Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp, chewing as much scenery as he does cigarette filters) and his “attorney” Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) through casinos, acid trips, and the odd encounter with a dwarf. It’s a kaleidoscopic tale perfectly suited to Gilliam’s eccentricities, and we love it so very much!

Take a listen to our episode and enjoy our drinking game and cocktail – lovingly rendered below in a beautiful Steadman-esque drawing by Jared Latore himself!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK:

fear and loathing in las vegas cocktail

BAT COUNTRY

In a chilled glass rimmed with lime juice and red chile flakes, combine equal parts Bacardi gold rum, gold tequila, creme de pamplemousse, and lime juice. Top with an equal amount of soda water and a dash of Mexican mole bitters.
(Pledge to our Patreon to get a printable hi-res version of Jared’s Steadman-esque rendering of the recipe!)

DRINKING RULES FOR FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS:

  1. Any time you see a different one-scene cameo from a prominent character actor (Gary Busey, Christopher Meloni, Cameron Diaz, etc.)
  2. Every time an American flag comes on screen
  3. Whenever Duke or Gonzo express extreme paranoia

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Duke summarizes Dr. Gonzo in voiceover: “He was one of God’s own prototypes. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

Join us next week as we celebrate our 300th episode with the classic 1980s anime Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise!

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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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