Beer TalkAlso been trying some new beers. Right now I am enjoying a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Very tasty. It's what it says on the tin and what it is is damn good. Also tried a Wells Banana Bread beer which again, is what it says on the tin, and that's just odd to taste in liquid form. Of course beer is liquid bread anyway but still. Not bad, not something I would go out of my way for. Also yesterday I had a Rascal's Wild Red lager which was delicious. I love raspberries anyway but the added spicy kick made it all the more pleasurable drinking experience. Definitely will buy it again. The Rascal brand also makes Wild Blue and Wild Black. Wild Blue sounds great but I'm a bit iffy on the Black since like Giamatti's character in Sideways, I hate Merlot. KBBA also makes a Stout which I'm going to try one of these days. I also saw a Maple Bock which looks like it could be really bad or really good so we'll see when that happens.
Django Unchained First Thoughts ReviewSo just got back from Django, and damn if that wasn't one of the best (if not the best) movies I saw all year. Christoph Waltz is simply amazing and deserves all of the Best Supporting Actors. Samuel L. Jackson was a perfect villain. More than once I said, "So this is what uncle Ruckus would be like in live-action film." And Leo... gawddamn. Good ass shit. Hope he works again with Tarantino in the future. As great as Jamie Foxx was and as central to the story he was (and as bullshit as the Oscar snub is), it didn't quite feel like his story. The story felt bigger than one man. Then again, both blaxspoitation films and spaghetti westerns revolve around myths and larger than life characters, and this movie is the best of both worlds (with a good, healthy dash of schadenfreude and Blazing Saddles-style satirical humor to boot--the "bag" scene was one of the most spectacular things in the film poor Fritz :( ). There's a couple things I could make small gripes about--Neil Young? Really?--but the thing that really bugged me was Zoe Bell's red bandana'd character that seemed to have some sort of importance aaand just didn't. I'm not sure if she was to poke fun at blaxspoitation films' tendency to leave B stories on the cutting room floor or the same genre's tendency to have side characters almost as captivating as the main character... and then kill them off without so much as a by-your-leave. Definitely worth multiple viewings. Oh, and heavy Jonah Hill cameo, wtf?