Words and Pictures (2013)

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche portray two teachers at a high school where they strike up a rivalry of their respective passions – art & literature. Owens plays a one-time lit phenom, Jack Marcus, but hasn’t published in a long time. This, along with his alcoholism, may just be his demise and get him fired from the prep school.

Dina Delsanto (Binoche) is an abstract artist debilitated by rheumatoid arthritis and is the new teacher on campus. Jack quickly starts the flirting game by challenging Delsanto to a word game by increasing the number of syllables of words. The flirting then leads to romance but is soon dissolved by Jack’s alcoholic blunder.

Although it appears bleak that Jack and Dina will repair their relationship, the students are engaged in a competition as to whether words are more important than pictures. Is a picture really worth a thousand words?

While watching the movie I enjoyed a red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Sirah produced by Bota Box called RedVolution.








I know, I know it’s a box wine but for some reason I really enjoyed this with the movie along with some chips & pretzels. I found aromas of plum, blackberry and black cherry. This wine was quite jammy with similar tastes that I found on the nose. And for $19.99 for a 3 Liter box it’s pretty easy on the budget so it gets 7 1/2 wine glasses.




Cop Out

Crime thriller comedy (2010).

Partners Jimmy and Paul get involved with drug lords over a vintage 1950’s baseball card. Jimmy was in the process of selling the precious card to help pay for his daughter’s $48,000 plus big wedding when he is rendered helpless by two amateur thieves with tasers. This zany movie follows the antics of two suspended cops played by Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Add in a box of Good and Plenty, and a box of Juicy Fruits.

The perfect wine for this screwball zany movie is the 2009 Wrongo Dongo Monastrell with a red cherry cough drop aroma mixed with tobacco and earth aromas. Flavors abound with cherry, blueberry, and spice with a mocha finish. Zany…


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When Sadie, a pub owner, finds a hidden unpublished manuscript in her basement penned by Charles Dickens she is mysteriously murdered in a string of seemingly, unrelated, recent deaths in the same area.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.


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.