This week on Alcohollywood, we revisit the Coen brothers for the first time since our Big Lebowski episode, watching and drinking to the 2000 joyride O Brother, Where Art Thou? with our buddy Grant (of Chip and Ironicus and Let’s Play Dungeons and Dragons)! A mythic melange of The Odyssey, Southern folklore, the Great Depression, and your standard road movie, the film follows a trio of escaped convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson) who embark on a journey across 1937 Mississippi to find treasure and bring Clooney back to his lady love (Holly Hunter).
Along with the crew of Coen Brothers characters along the way (a one-eyed John Goodman, a blind Stephen Root, Michael Badalucco, and others), O Brother also features fantastic color-corrected cinematography by Roger Deakins, a killer soundtrack by T-Bone Burnett, and the wonderfully offbeat script from the Coens themselves. If you haven’t seen this film, you owe it to yourself to check it out, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Dapper Dan
4 parts white rye whiskey (infuse with carrot, sage and golden raisins)
1 part apple juice
1 part Budweiser
dash, Liquid Hickory Smoke
Combine and stir.
DRINKING RULES FOR O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?:
- Whenever someone exercises superlative verbosity and use of rhetoric (i.e. Everett or someone else uses a word more than three or four syllables – you’ll know them when you hear them)
- Any time a folk song begins
- Each mention or appearance of Dapper Dan pomade
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
Ulysses Everett McGill says after a long silence to Delmar, “….I’m not sure that’s Pete.”
Next week, we run to the end of the rainbow for our St. Patrick’s Day special, where we endure the Hallmark TV movie The Magical Legend of the Leprechaun!