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"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies." - Steve Martin
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Movies and Series that discuss the joys and failure of alcohol... Disclaimer - This list does not include YouTube or Public Access offerings.
IMDB excluded titles (not sure why): The Story of German Beer (2016) - Jens Niehuss - 6.5/10 / Beer Geeks (2013-2014) - Michael Ferguson - 6/10 / United States of Drinking (2014) - Smithsonian TV - 5.5/10 / Whiskey - The Islay Edition (2010) - Janson Media - 7/10 / The Wine Programme (1983-1986) - Jancis Robinson / Vintners Tales (1997-1998) - Jancis Robinson / The Beer Hunter (1989) - Michael Jackson / A Journey of Discovery - Tasting the Classic Malts (1992) - Michael Jackson / The Green Economy - Green Beer (2014) - 4/10 / Beer is Freedom: When Hops Cross Borders (2018) - 5/10 / Foodstuff: The Science of Sour Beer (2018) - 5/10 / Wine Diamonds; Uncorking America's Heartland (2017) - 6/10 / A Passion for the Vine (2016) - Zan Media / Winemaker: The Beginning (2019) - 5/10 / Tasting Notes (2016) - PlayboyTV - 6/10 / The Brew Show (2010-2011) - Brewshow Productions - 4/10 / Champagne (2005) - RDA Productions - 5/10 / Across the Bar (2015) - Foodable Network - 5/10 / Scotch: The Story of Whiskey (2017) - 6/10 / Beer, Mead, and the Fun of Fermentation (2017) - NatGeo (The Great Courses) - 5/10 / Building a Brewery: Craft Beer Documentary (2016) - 5/10 / Brewing the Republic (2019) / Exploring French Wine Regions (2007) - 6/10 / Brew North: A Beer Story (2017) - 5.5/10 - Thirsty Work (2014) - 6/10 / Discover the Santa Ynez Valley (2020) - 3/10
Qualifications: Content must be viewed intentionally (not just because nothing better was on) / minimum of 3 episodes - goal of at least a full season / youtube content is excluded / shows can have been abandoned (due to lack of quality content over time) / Late Night Talkshows excluded
"I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud." --Stephen King
Slap Shot (1977)
Great Hockey Conundrum...
Let me preface this by saying - I do enjoy the morally devoid film from time to time. Rating and reviewing this film is an interesting challenge because it can be looked at as groundbreaking in some ways (appears to have inspired films such as Semi-Pro) and yet it seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. It attempts to create an atmosphere devoid of hope and yet insists upon being a raunchy Americanized comedy. The comedy does tend to shine through at times but the lack of chemistry and empathy by characters is odd and forces a sense of disconnection.
Another potential issue is that there are an abundance of morally bankrupt characters (such as Wanchuk) that are so deplorable that it nearly begs you to dislike the "heroes". In some ways nearly every character in this flawed so greatly that they are anti-heroes.
Profanity argument aside (that part I take no personal offense to) - this film seems an imperfect time capsule from the late 1970s. I really wanted to enjoy this - so many 9s and 10s and I enjoy hockey as well. To me this has not aged well but likely was quite a gem in the early to mid 80s. Well this may fit into the category of cult classic bear in mind that not all cult classics are great movies.