The Riddle

English thriller (2007).

When Sadie, a pub owner, finds a hidden unpublished manuscript in her basement penned by Charles Dickens she is mysteriously murdered in a string of seemingly, unrelated, recent deaths in the same area. A journalist, one of Sadie’s dedicated revelers of drink, investigates her death and begins to piece together a plot (what plot you say, ah, you know I can’t reveal that here, watch the movie) behind the murders. He gets help from his new cop girlfriend in unraveling “The Riddle”.  Add a box of Jujubes, and a box of Dots.

You’ll want a sipping wine, likely a Port, for this movie as you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time. Pick any Port or sipping wine you’d like. I’ll go with the 2003 Rodney Strong A True Gentleman’s Port.

Fracture

Legal beagle crime thriller (2007).

Anthony Hopkins puts in a stellar performance as Ted Crawford, who allegedly tried to murder his wife. Ryan Gosling plays the district attorney who engages in a battle of the minds with Ted. There are few twists, turns, and surprises with this movie. Add in a box of everything in the theater case plus a bag of red licorice, oh and you must have butter on the popcorn.

 

Red

Upbeat comedic drama (2010).

Frank Moses seemingly is a normal person and is becoming smitten, via telephone, with an IRS tax clerk. Frank keeps on ripping up his refund check so he can get to talk with his new found love. After the first fifteen minutes of the film we finally realize Frank is no ordinary tax collecting citizen. As a matter of fact, he’s a retired black-ops professional. When it becomes apparent they’re (someone with a grudge) after him and the tax lady, twists and turns abound in this light-hearted feature with a great cast of Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and one of my favorites – Helen Mirren.

This is a great movie to watch on a rainy afternoon with a glass or two of wine – ah, “Red” wine of course. Add a box of Sno-Caps, a box of Goobers, a box of Milk Duds, a box of Raisinets, and a box Junior Mints. And go ahead, put butter on the popcorn if you wish.

The wine pairing for this movie is the 2008 Argento Mendoza Malbec with blackberry fruit, clove, and bacon on the nose. The flavors are of mixed dark berries and fig. Should pair well with the above mentioned chocolate candies.

Archangel

TV Series – British.

This three episode TV series follows British historian, Fluke Kelso, an expert in Stalinist-era Russia as he is approached by a former Stalin bodyguard claiming to possess a journal belonging to Joseph Stalin. This cloak and dagger thriller has some twists and turns. Add in a box of Dots, and a box of Jujubes.

Arn: The Knight Templar

Foreign drama – Swedish.

Based on Jon Guillou’s trilogy, The Road to Jerusalem, The Knight Templar, and The Kingdom at the End of the Road. I didn’t think I would enjoy this, after all, isn’t one Crusade movie like any other one? However, the acting was pretty good and the characters were quite believable. In a nutshell, this Romeo and Juliet saga tells the story of a man and women from different clans fall in love, but their happiness is thwarted by the council’s ruling of banishment for half a life span of twenty years. 3 1/2 popcorn boxes and a box of Goobers if you’d like.

Blood Into Wine

Documentary (2010). Recommended by a winery staff person.

Front man for Puscifer, Tool, and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan gives up the Rock and Roll lifestyle. Leaving the L.A. scene in the Mid 1990’s to start up a vineyard in Arizona, Keenan banks on a dream to produce remarkable wines from an unorthodox wine region.

There are a few slow spots in this documentary but get past them as this depicts a dream come true and some astonishing moments. 3 1/2 popcorn boxes. Do they make wine Raisinets? Be sure to visit their website @ www.caduceus.org  It’s incredible so take time to read the “stories”.

 

 

Yellowstone: Battle For Life

This 3 episode BBC documentary unveils the daily struggle of grey wolves, bison, antelope, grizzly bears, foxes, and other creatures that call Yellowstone National Park Home Sweet Home. Okay, maybe that’s stretching it a bit, but life can be cruel as well as rewarding. The scenery is awesome as well as the trials and tribulations wildlife encounter in their fight for survival. 2 1/2 popcorn boxes.

Opa

Romantic movie – recommended by one of our readers.

On his quest to find the ancient cup of St. John on the Greek Island of Patmos, Eric, becomes smitten with Katerina, a local restaurant and tavern owner. Torn between being the recipient of fame and fortune if he finds the cup, Eric makes a choice about his future and decides to give it all up. Or does he?

If you’re a romantic, then this is a must see movie. It comes complete with music, dance, and gorgeous scenery. You won’t be disappointed! 4 popcorn boxes, a box of Junior Mints, a box of Jujubes, a box of Juicy Fruits, and a box of Goobers. Butter the popcorn if you dare.

Wild China

BBC Documentary.

A BBC documentary consisting of six episodes depicting the Yunnan Forest, the Tibetan Plateau, the Mongol Steppes, the Silk Road, and of course, the Great Wall. The most enchanting aspect of this documentary is the vast natural habitats within China we seldom get to see or hear about. Natural wonders and breathtaking scenery will delight all. 4 1/2 popcorn boxes with butter, a box of Dots, a box of Milk Duds (for the wine you will be drinking), a box of Sno-Caps (for the extra wine you’ll be drinking), and a box of Good & Plenty.