Trailers From Hell. The shut-in can't end until you've seen these films, so get moving.
We find ourselves this week pandemically pondering movies which are so far off the radar, air traffic controllers believe them to be gnats in their peripheral vision, not full-scale blips. Holiday hits? Summertime smashes? Not this time, I'm afraid. This week is for movie - and wine - nerds.
The 1970 psychological thriller Road to Salina was taken from a novel entitled, "Sur la Route de Salina." If my high school French still works, I think that translates to, "On the road to Salina," which sounds too much like a Hope/Crosby flick. The book's author, Maurice Cury, is so invisible in a Google search that he appears to be about one step away from witness protection.
The main character is taken to be a man who has been gone four years. He gets to have some skinny dipping and hot sex with the woman who is supposed to be his sister, and it's hard to tell which of them likes that scenario better. Then, things really get weird. Critics of the day blurbed the movie as ranging from "admirably ambitious" to "perversely compelling." Now for a wine to match.
Road to Salina was shot in the Canary Islands and if you can find any, the wines from that Spanish isle off the coast of Africa are ambitiously compelling and admirably perverse. I got to sample a few some years back at a small event in Santa Monica. The Bermejos Malvasia Seco is a worthy pairing with the strange movie.
Patti Cake$ is only a few years old and already the TFH gurus see it obscure enough to justify inclusion in this grouping. A rags-to-better-rags story of the struggle to break into the rap world, Cake$ feels familiar over a number of genres. We've seen movies about how tough it is to navigate into music, acting, comedy, professional sports and certified public accounting, so it's a well-worn shoe by now.
Much like that Hair Club For Men guy, Jay-Z liked Armand de Brignac Champagne so much he bought the company. Nicky Minaj touts MYX Fusions Moscato, Conjure Cognac belongs to Ludacris and Tupac Shakur liked Cristal Champagne so much that he invented a cocktail made from Crissy and Alizé Gold Passion liqueur.
In 1961's The Last Judgment, an international host of movie stars ramble through a movie they might rather forget. Much like Pinot Grigio, the film was universally panned at the time of its release. Today, many come to the defense of director Vittorio De Sica, calling the movie an unheralded masterpiece, a romp prompted by the voice of God. If you are in the right part of the world, you can judge for yourself on Amazon Prime. If you are not in the right zone, well, that may be why you've never heard of it.
The film opens with a voice from above booming that everyone has about twelve hours to get their drink on before the end of the world happens. We then see actors like Jack Palance, Ernest Borgnine, Melina Mercouri and Anouk Aimée playing characters who prepare for the end in different ways.
World's End Cabernet hails from Napa Valley and will run a wine lover a buck-and-a-half at Total Wine. Is it an overpriced, over-saturated wine, or an unheralded masterpiece? Again, you be the judge.
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