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Six Pack of Winter Films

By: Movie Snurb –

For January, I was thinking for a while of a theme, and then I decided to do one that I thought about last year. I’m doing a six pack of films that place in the cold and snow. I thought this would be the perfect time to curl up under the blanket with your favorite brew and watch some very cold films.

Doctor Zhivago

A sweeping epic about a Russian doctor and poet who, although married, finds love with a nurse during WWI and the October Russian Revolution. It’s another massive film from David Lean and again he shows why he is one of the greatest directors ever. His control of the camera, actors, massive sets, and budgets are second to almost none. Omar Sharif is excellent as Doctor Zhivago, and Julie Christie is sublime as always as Zhivago’s love interest Lara. It’s a long film and it does have its issues, but it’s definitely worth a watch. Especially perfect for a snow day; snowed in, fireplace roaring, grab some beers, sit back, and enjoy this ride.

North Coast Brewing Co. – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

This dark and rich stout is full of complex flavors, perfect for the wintertime and to pair with an epic film that also takes place in Russia.

Frozen

I was contemplating picking the animated film or the lesser-known horror film from a few years ago. I decided to go with the animation, but you should check the other film out- it’ll probably pop up on another six-pack. I waited almost a year to watch this film for no reason specifically, just never got around to it. However, once I did watch it I understood the hype. It’s a great Disney film with a strong message for women. It’s a perfect film to show your little girl that instead of finding a man to help “rescue you”, you can be a powerful independent person. I just recently watched the second film and it is a worthy sequel to the monumental original, adding depth to Elsa and Anna.

New Belgium Brewing Company – Tartasic Raspberry Lime

I figured with a children’s film I should pick a lighter beer. This delicious fruit beer is in the style of a Weiss with flavors of raspberry and lime.  I also will say to pair a blue cream soda with this film for kids, and for fun make it a float!

The Snowman

This is such an amazingly bad film. It’s one of those rare instances where there is great talent all around and none of it works. Fassbender plays a detective named Harry Hole (yes, that is his actual name). He is investigating the disappearance of a woman whose scarf was found on a snowman. Harry believes there is a serial killer who has returned and begun killing again. If only the movie was this straightforward and understandable. At one point, Martin Scorsese was tapped to direct and he promptly dropped out. His longtime collaborator and editor Thelma Schoonmaker agreed to do the film when Scorsese was attached but I guess was not as lucky to get out of the movie. Allegedly 40 pages of the script were not filmed, which probably accounts for most of the film’s mess. This one has to be seen to be believed.

Boulevard Brewing Co. – Brandy Land

A new brew from Boulevard, it’s part of their Smokestack series, so it has a higher alcohol content.  It also has flavors of chocolate/espresso and oak from the apple brandy barrels. I hope that you enjoy this more than the movie.

Force Majeure

A family is vacationing in the French Alps on a ski trip. On the second day a controlled avalanche is set off as the family is eating lunch at a restaurant on the side of a mountain.  Seeing the avalanche coming they know there’s no need to freak out. It begins to build and everyone panics. As the mother Ebba grabs their two children, the father Tomas grabs his gloves and phone and runs away. After the chaos subsides and everyone realizes that the avalanche was under control and missed the restaurant, the family must deal with the fact that their husband and father left them in time of emergency.  As you can guess, this puts a damper on the rest of the vacation and opens a rift between everyone. It’s hilarious, uncomfortable, and poses some interesting questions. So, if you and your significant other are on the rocks, I wouldn’t watch this together. Also, watch this before the American remake comes out in early 2020.

Nogne O – Imperial Brown Ale

I went with a location pairing for this film. Though it takes place in France, the family is from Sweden and I decided to go with a Scandinavian beer. This one sounds like the perfect beer to drink while you’re trapped inside with your family for six days.

Fargo

This film needs no plot explanation, or introduction. It’s easily one of the Coen Brothers’ greatest films, which is saying a lot since their entire filmography is so exquisite. Their script is darkly comedic, in a way that many filmmakers try to imitate but there’s only 1 (2 technically) Coens. Their longtime composer Carter Burwell creates an absolute classic piece of music with the Fargo theme. Anyone who hears it will immediately think of large winter landscapes and wood chippers. The acting is brilliant, and France McDormand helps create one of the most iconic heroes in film. It stills holds up to this day, and is perfect for a snowy day in January.

New Glarus Brewing Co. – Cabin Fever

A seasonal brew from a brewery in Wisconsin; it’s a great winter brew perfect for sitting inside while it snows outside. You cozy up with your loved one, start the fire, and crack open a couple of these while you watch this darkly funny movie filled with murder.

Everest

A harrowing film about the true disaster that occurred on May 10, 1996. Through a series of events including the overcrowding of tourists attempting to summit Everest, fix lines not being placed, and a blizzard that trapped several climbers near the summit, 12 people died overnight in the single worst disaster on Everest until an avalanche in 2014 killed 22 climbers. It has a brilliant cast and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even though you know the outcome, the film sucks you in and you still hope and think that maybe a different outcome will happen. Just know that you will need to keep some tissues on hand. In addition, if you like the film you should read John Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air. He happened to be on an assignment for Outside Magazine and lived through the event to write about his experience.

Great Divide Brewing Co. – Chai Yeti

A beer from Colorado with a Himalayan-inspired variation. There are several different spices in this one including: Chai, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and several others. It sounds delicious and like another perfect beer for winter. Just try not to cry into the beer.

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