Trailers From Hell. What else are you doing while stuck at home?
We have three films this week which were directed by John Frankenheimer and starred Burt Lancaster, starting with 1969's The Gypsy Moths.
The movie in a nutshell: three skydivers go to the Midwest to put on a show, and only two come back. People apparently go to aerial thrill performances for the same reason they go to car races - to see some carnage. When the show ends with a splat, everybody in the first three rows of the grandstands gets a free souvenir.
Gotta wonder how the cast and crew felt about shooting on location in Kansas. Hollywood types might think, "Sure, it's a pretty town... but it's still in Kansas. Where do they hide the liquor around here?"
Skydivers, eh? Well, hello there Mr. Easy Wine Pairing! Liquid Altitude is based somewhere around Poughkeepsie, where they make Freefall Sangria. Yes, they're parachute buffs. Please skydive responsibly.
From 1964, The Train has Lancaster masterminding a ruse to keep the Germans from absconding with artwork looted from France during World War Two. The movie makes the real-life story a lot more interesting than it actually was. In reality, the art train was merely derailed by endless paperwork. Life may imitate art, but art jazzes up life so we'll pay to see it.
As it happens, the Nazis also tried to make off with wine from the best French vineyards. A similar ruse kept the wine safe in République française. All this has me wondering why the war lasted as long as it did if Hitler's boys were so easily outsmarted.
All this spy-type activity points directly to Cloak and Dagger Wines and their Paso Robles red blend, Subterfuge. It's a mix of grapes that would feel right at home in Bordeaux: Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
Seven Days in May is a 1964 polit-boiler about a planned coup against the U.S. President. Back then, that was considered a bad idea. Lancaster plays a heavy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who wants to wrest away the reins of the country in a week. Promise that you won't have daily briefings about it, and we may be able to work out a deal.
Presidential intrigue calls for a Presidential Porto, straight outta the Douro Valley in Ruby, tawny, white and vintage. There is not enough alcohol for the wine to also serve as a disinfectant, but a bottle or two will get you through this movie… or a COVID briefing.
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