Mystery Train (1989)

mystery train

This week on Alcohollywood, we start Mystery Month, where all the movies have ‘mystery’ in the title!  Starting off, we talk about 1989’s Jim Jarmusch film Mystery Train, a strange and hip anthology film featuring three stories of people (both native and tourist) navigating Memphis, Tennessee on the same night.

From a disaffected young Japanese couple seeking the home of rock stars, to a lost Italian woman trying to find her way, to a trio of locals out on a night of crime, the movie is an exercise in effortless meanderings. Throughout, Jim Jarmusch’s underplayed style out in full force, along with a great rock ‘n roll soundtrack. Musicians like Joe Strummer and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins interact with great character actors (Steve Buscemi, Rick Aviles) to create a weird soup of rock history homage and quirky character study. Check out our review and drinking game here!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Memphis Lost

mystery train cocktailPeanut butter
Milk
1 part crème de banana
2 parts spiced rum

Blend peanut butter and milk; combine 2 parts PB-milk and remaining ingredients, stir.

 

 

 

DRINKING RULES FOR MYSTERY TRAIN:

  1. Japanese mispronunciations of American musicians
  2. Whenever any character says “Elvis”
  3. Every time a character takes swigs of alcohol

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins says to his bellhop, “Say, do you have any more of those Japanese plums, or any other exotic fruits from around the globe?”

Join us next week, when we continue Mystery Month with the Chinese historical fantasy Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame!

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2 thoughts on “Mystery Train (1989)

  1. I love Mystery Train! I really want to play this drinking game now, and especially try that drink. It sounds like dessert + booze. What could go wrong?

  2. It’s deceptively delicious – seriously, one of the best flavor combinations ever. Elvis knew what he was doing.

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