SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

life aquatic with steve zissou

Happy Shark Week, everyone! In order to celebrate this hallowed occasion, we’re taking to the high seas with a quirkier brand of marine science with Wes Anderson’s 2004 indie flick The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou! The titular oceanographer (Bill Murray) goes after the fabled (and animated) jaguar shark, with the help of his estranged maybe-son (Owen Wilson), a perniciously pregnant reporter (Cate Blanchett) and a crew of marine biologists, documentary filmmakers and David Bowie cover artists.

With the typical Wes Anderson traits of quirky music, 1970s-era color palettes and deliberately flat acting, The Life Aquatic is deserving of at least a review, if not our signature cocktail and drinking game!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Belafonte

The Belafonte

2 parts whipped cream orange-flavored vodka

1 part cranberry vodka

2 parts spearmint schnapps

2 parts soda water

splash, blue curacao

Combine and stir; serve with Swedish Fish.

DRINKING RULES FOR THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU:

  1. Whenever a shot is made with a fisheye lens (i.e. it looks stretched out, like you’re looking through a peephole or into a fishbowl)
  2. Any time you see an animated, stop-motion creature
  3. Every time the lights turn off/burn out on theĀ Belafonte

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Steve Zissou says, “We’ll give them the reality this time. A washed-up old man with no friends, no distribution deal, wife on the rocks, people laughin’ at him, feelin’ sorry for himself.”

Keep a look out Friday 12PM CST, as we livetweet all the way through a four-movie marathon of Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3D, and Jaws: The Revenge – all on our Twitter feed @alcohollywood!

Join us next week as well, when we tackle our first Nicolas Cage movie by user request – Vampire’s Kiss!

We’ve got our 50th episode coming up, which will air Thursday, August 30; there, we will announce the winner of our Alcohollywood Podcast Drinking Game Contest! All you have to do is either email jared@alcohollywood.com or clint@alcohollywood.com – or you can post on our Facebook or tweet us – with your ideas for a drinking game to play on the podcast. We need:

a) Three rules

b) A “Finish Your Drink” line

The winner, announced on the 50th episode, will receive a $20 Amazon gift card, so get started and we’ll see you then!

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