Shakespeare. He's the guy you had to read in school. And everyone loved to hate. But secretly kind of loved. The BWB Film Club tackles its second offering based on the works of the playwright. This time, it's Anthony Hopkins' take on the elderly, drunken, angry, violent and seemingly quite mad King Lear. And the rest of the family...well let's just say the apple doesn't fall far from the old tree (not actually a Shakespeare expression). Did we enjoy this take on the bard's tale? Tune in and find out! 

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November 1, 2018

Episode 102: Little Evil

Hey everybody! Welcome to our Halloween episode! As you come down from your sugar highs and desperately wonder why you decided to go as sexy Mitch McConnell this year, tune in to hear our review of the Netflix movie Little Evil. It turns out we have one of our rare disagreements among hosts over a film! Also stay tuned for an exclusive first play of a new song by our friend Dan Zdilla, who also allowed us to use one of his songs as our theme song. Thanks Dan!

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It is true to say that a lot of film and television programming for children contain a small (or sometimes large) measure of good old fashioned nightmare fuel. That is certainly true of the offering for this episode. Here we have a children's film that LITERALLY begins with a nightmare. But is that enough to put us off it? Tune in and find out. A special thanks to our Podcast Patron Nate for suggestion this film!

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That's right! It's our 100th episode! Sorry it took so long. There were some health issues, some scheduling difficulties and some technical frustrations. We had recorded a throwback episode where we went back and did a bad(ish) movie and then did a look back on our 100 episodes, but alas Sarah's mic didn't record for some reason, so the results, while entertaining, were also unusable. So instead we have this. A relatively normal episode. But by all means, enjoy our time spent with four lovely ladies (I suppose five if you include Sarah).

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For this episode we are joined by Friend Of the Podcast Josh Cagno, filling in for Sarah who is on assignment. We watch An Actor Prepares, a new film by the always delightful Jeremy Irons. But is the film delightful? Tune in to find out what we think. And you should probably start mentally preparing yourself now for Episode 100 in one week!

Drinks consumed:
Golden Prairie Ale by Argus Brewery
Sky High Rye by Arcadia Brewing Co.
Trappist Ale by The Spencer Brewery

Recommendations:
Josh: Redshirts: A Novel With Three Codas (2012 book and audiobook as read by Wil Weaton)
Glenn: Tron (1982 film)
Cameron: The Night Of the Hunter (1955 film)

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A pair of British offerings for you this week. The first happens to be the first sitcom starring the legendary John Cleese since Fawlty Towers way back in the seventies. For those of you who don't know who John Cleese is...well frankly we don't have time for you. We here at the Better With Booze Film Club love John Cleese. A lot. But do we love this new offering? Find out by listening! We also take a look at a new offering based on an old offering by our friends at the Rex Factor podcast. Here's a hint: Rex Factor isn't just for your ears anymore! So join us as take a look at two major historical figures in the history of Britain. 

Gins tasted:
Plymoth Sloe Gin
Ransom Old Tom Barrel Aged Gin
Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin
St. George Botanivore Gin
Drumshanbo Gunpower Gin

Recommendations:
Sarah: Girls and Boys (a play as listened to on Audible.com)
Glenn: Kung Fu Hustle (2004 film)
Cameron: The Late Shift (1996 film)

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For this episode we watched a...comedy? Timothy Spall, Kristen Scott Thomas, et al. star in The Party, a black and white film that never quite lives up to its title. But did we like it? Tune in to find out!

Beers consumed:
C Is For Cherry by Evil Twin Brewing
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale by Half Acre Beer Co.
Stout by R Brewing (by our very own Alastair!)

Recommendations:
Glenn: The Glass Bottom Boat (1966 film)
Sarah: Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018 film) 
Cameron: Night Court (TV show)

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September 4, 2018

Episode Ninety Six: RBG (2018)

You want excitement? How about a documentary about an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court? No really. We totally mean it. Tune in this week as we trip over ourselves trying to talk about an American judicial icon, the innimitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the hit documentary film she has inspired.  Also we take a look at some other interesting documentaries about extraordinary people. And we drink beer (natch). What more could you want?

Beers consumed (all by Half Acre Beer Co.)
Pony
Tuna
Navaja

Recommendations:
Sarah: Fantasia (1940 film)
Glenn: The African Queen (1951 film)
Cameron: Primary (1960 film)

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Alastair's back! That's right, founding cohost of the BWB Film Club and dad to the official podbaby Elliott is sitting in the host seat once more as Glenn is on a leave of absence. And in Alastair's honor, we have something of a fine arts themed episode. We take a look at the Timothy Spall acting tour de force that is Mr. Turner. We also drink some great beer and generally have a fond reunion. So tune in and welcome Alastair back, if only briefly. We're sure Glenn's around here somewhere.

 

Beers consumed:
Blood Orange Wheat by Jack's Abby Brewing
Shadowclock Pilsner by Burial Beer Co.
Two Juicy by Two Roads Brewing Co.

Recommendations:
Alastair: recommends someone help him find a way to view Edwin Parker (2011 film)
Sarah: Mudbound (2017 film)
Cameron: Topsy Turvy (1999 film)

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Remember that time that Queen Elizabeth went AWOL? And by Queen Elizabeth I mean Princess Elizabeth and by AWOL I mean she was given permission by the King to leave? You don't? Well this movie will jog your memory! We also discuss our favorite Royal movies (with help from the guys at the Rex Factor podcast!) and we drink beers and talk about movies that could have been and some that shouldn't have been. Enjoy!

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