2003 Gore Verbinski
OK … after spending half an hour by trying to write intellectually sound explanation of why on Earth we are showing this film on Easter Monday – I’m giving up and I must simply admit that..I never seen Pirates of the Caribbean before and then ..well ..it’s spring and there is this Jonny Depp thing.., you know… But there is also Keira Knightley in the film and yes let’s call it The Night of a Film Decadence (which we will balance the next screening by much more conceptually profound film!)
Cocktail – Bumboo
2 oz Navy Rum (or amber rum)
1 oz Chilled Water , Coconut or tropical fruit juice
2 Sugar Cubes (brown or cane sugar)
Combine all ingredients and stir. Bumboo doesn’t take ice so it is served only slightly cooled. But if you want you can add ice, the modern preference if for drinks to contain ice.
Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew, Team Zissou, set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline copilot (Owen Wilson), a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett), and Zissou’s estranged wife (Anjelica Huston). Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Seu Jorge, and Bud Cort for this wildly original adventure-comedy.
(Criterion Collection synopsis)
Cocktail – The Rum Cannoball
At the monsoon-destroyed ruins of Hotel Citroan on the island of Little Ping, Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) notes:
“What a shame. They had a bartender here, Kino, made the best Rum Cannonball I’ve ever tasted.”
The question comes to mind: Is this a real drink, or something invented by Wes Anderson? From internet discussions and references, it’s hard to tell if this drink actually existed before the movie. Based on an average of posted recipes, the folloving Rum Cannonball was made (actual photo).
1 part white rum
1 part gin
1 part orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
1 part lemon-lime soda
1 part strawberry soda
Serve over ice with a key lime, pineapple, or tropical orchid garnish.
Special screening made for captain Xav(who at the end couldn’t come again) and other who missed the film before!
A film stacked with great scenes and fantastically subversive comedy of the anti-authority kind, “excellent ,even when it is a bit dry” British humour and , well, 50,000 cases of whisky!
… On the remote Scottish island of Todday people are seriously depressed – there is not enough whisky and life without it isn’t worth living. One day a miracle happens. The SS Cabinet Minister, a large ship carrying 50,000 cases of whisky, is wrecked on the coastline! The locals quickly discover what the ship’s cargo is and rush to salvage as much of it as possible. Soon after, English authorities dispatch a few agents to reclaim the whiskey from the locals. However, instead of giving back the precious whisky, they decide to hide it all over the island and frustrate the agents so that they leave them alone….
This time not a special cocktail was made see Whisky Dissaster Warning
..There was no Whisky left on the island… all the man went into moaning…
Directed by Jean Vigo
… In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean’s boat, the L’Atalante—otherwise populated by an earthy first mate (Michel Simon) and a multitude of mangy cats—and embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, L’Atalante, Vigo’s only feature-length work, is a film like no other. …
(The Criterion Collection Synopsis)
After “Le Quai Des Brumes”(3rd Film Boudoir), this is a second film of Poetic Realism style we will watch aboard Eleonore. There might again be no happy ending, I’m afraid, but L’Atalante is claimed to be the “greatest film of all times”by many critics and we shall not miss out on it.
Johnny Mitta, Chatham Hotel, Paris, 1920s
The Rose Cocktail
2 ounces Noilly Prat dry vermouth.
1 ounce kirschwasser.
1 teaspoon raspberry syrup (or red currant syrup if you can find it).
Combine with cracked ice in a shaker or mixing glass. Stir for no less than 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass.
No garnish specified, although I’d use a washed organic rose petal.
1st Short animated film by Aleksandr Petrov (1999)
2nd Feature Film by John Sturges (1958)
A film adaptations of a novel by Ernest Hemingway.
At first glance, this appears to be an extremely simple story of an old Cuban fisherman (Santiago), who catches an enormously large fish then loses it again. But, there’s much more to the story than that…
1st Film by Aleksandr Petrov : Paint-on-glass animated short film. The film won many awards, including the Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
2nd Film by John Sturges : Spencer Tracy was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role in this film. Dimitri Tiomkin won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the film. It was also nominated for best color cinematography.
Josie Russel Cocktail
The recipe for this drink came from Ernest Hemingway’s fishing log handwritten in June of 1933, where its ingredients were listed under the simple heading “Cocktail.” The name pays tribute to Joe “Josie Grunts” Russell, a close friend of Hemingway’s who ran liquor from Cuba to Florida during Prohibition and, immediately following its repeal, opened Key West mainstay Sloppy Joe’s. Hemingway was fishing on Russell’s boat when he wrote down the recipe for this drink, a potent blend of rum, hard apple cider, lime, and sugar.
For a pitcher:
4 ½ oz. rum
12 oz. hard apple cider
2 oz. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
Fill a pitcher with ice, add all ingredients, and stir well. Serve on ice in Collins or highball glasses, garnished with lime wedge or peel. Serves two to three.
From Garden & Gun.
Photo courtesy: Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidentail Library and Museum, Boston