This week on Alcohollywood, we’re headed back to our roots by tackling a Steven Spielberg film for the first time since our first episode! This time around, we’re doing his very first movie, the made-for-TV thriller Duel, starring Dennis Weaver as a nebbish 1970s wimp dealing with the worst case of road rage imaginable – the unseen driver of a monstrous, murderous semi truck that seems to stop at nothing to terrorize him.
The result is either a wonderfully Expressionistic, abstract look at the nature of the rapidly emasculating man set against the road-trip atmosphere of the American 70s, or a sweet horror movie about man vs. truck, however you want to look at it! Whatever your perspective on the film, we’ve got the drink and the drinking game to spice up the proceedings, so start your engines!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Road Rage
4 parts tequila
4 parts grapefruit juice
3 parts ginger liqueur
Combine and stir.
DRINKING RULES FOR DUEL:
- Anytime you see Dennis Weaver in a mirror (e.g. rear view/side mirrors, bathroom mirrors)
- Anytime Dennis Weaver actually says a line (NOTE: Drink only once for the start of internal monologues)
- Whenever you hear a horn blast from the antagonizing truck
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
The lady at Snakerama (Lucille Benson) says “Take a look at my snakes when you have the time.”
Next week on Alcohollywood, we are finally addressing the Clint Eastwood RNC controversy by checking out a film wherein he talks to chairs with people in them: The Dead Pool, the unfortunate last entry in the Dirty Harry film series, with early roles from Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson and Jim Carrey!
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Love this movie. Looking forward to your take on it.