Since summer is in full flow, we thought we'd share this refreshing and energising recipe, perfect for a warm, hazy evening:
100ml fresh grapefruit juice
35ml cranberry juice
Pour the vodka into an iced highball glass, fill partially with grapefruit juice and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.
50ml blended whisky
2 Dashes of Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
Slice of orange
1 pitted Cherry
Mix the sugar cube, bitters, and 1 tsp. water in an old-fashioned glass. Muddle well, add blended whisky, and stir. Add a twist of lemon peel and ice cubes, garnish with the orange slice and cherry, and serve with a swizzle stick.
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-35ml sugar syrup (water and cane sugar in equal quantities, boiled for a couple of minutes and then left to cool)
-lots of crushed ice
Take the lime, half it, and slice one of the halves into wedges. Place these wedges in your tumbler and muddle (crush) throroughly to release the oils and juices (don't forget to wash the lime first!). Juice the other lime half and add this to the tumbler. Measure in the rum and sugar syrup, add the crushed ice, and stir thoroughly (or shake in a silver cocktail shaker if you want to be REALLY classy). Adjust the sweetness to taste: I don't like it too sweet myself, but it shouldn't make your mouth curl up at the corners! Don't skimp on quality and use granulated sugar instead of the syrup, it just hugs the bottom of the glass.
Sit back, adjust the lighting, stick on some tunes (The 'Shroud is recommended, but not essential), relax, and enjoy. If you dig this cocktail, variations can also be made with other citrus fruits, like lemon or orange.
1. Upper Seven #1 - Bruno Nicolai
2. The Taking of Pelham 123 - David Shire
3. Gangster Story - La Legge Assolve; La Polizia Incrimina
4. Hong Kong Promendade - Big Game
5. New Special Squad - Roma Violenta
6. Il Libanese - La Legge Assolve; La Polizia Incrimina
7. Nucelo Antirapina [Operazionne K-Sparate A Vista] - Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera
8. Incessante - La Poliziotta Fa Carriera
9. Goodbye My Friend [Il Cittadino Si Ribella] - Guido & Maurizio/Guy/Maruizio De Angelis/Susi
10. Twelve by Two - Ken Woodman and His Picadilly Brass
11. Escape [Il Giorno del Cobra] - Paolo Vasile
12. Delitto Sull'autostrada - F.Micalizza
13. La Polizia Sta A Guardare - Stelvio Cipriani
14. Driving All Around [Il Cittadino Si Ribella] - Guido/Guy/Maruizio De Angeleis/Susi
15. The Party - Nicos Mamanqakis
16. Hallucinations [Instrumental] - Roy Budd
If you like this, beg borrow or steal (buy) the following compilations, although they seem to be pretty hard to get a hold of:
I've been particularly enjoying the recent spate of blogs highlighting great movies currently unavailable on Region 1 DVD, and thought I'd kick off our blog properly by making a small contribution to the discussion. However- these choices relate to Region 2 though, as I live in Europe.
5. Suture (Scott McGehee, USA, 1993)
Shot in lustrous black and white by cinematographer Greg Gardiner, this neo-noir made a big impression on me when I first saw it in the cinema. Exploring themes such as the nature of memory and racial identity, whilst remaining in essence a revenge- thriller, this is either an empty exercise in style, or one of the most underrated movies of the 90's, depending on whom you talk to. One things that's incontestable though, is that it features the best use of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire yet put to celluloid.
4. Vamp (Richard Wenk, USA, 1986)
Grace Jones' impossibly sculpted physique finds its perfect cinematic representation in this gaudy cult horror. The movie's cocaine-and-shoulder-pads sheen heightens both the seediness, and the sexiness of the proceedings, aided by a great italo synth score by Johnathan Elias. I absolutely loved this as a kid when it was broadcast on Alex Cox's great cult movie series Moviedrome. Robert Rodrigueuz really plundered the concept with From Dusk Til Dawn, but failed to deliver such an authentically garish atmosphere.
3. Faust (Jan Svankmayer, Czechoslovakia, 1994)
Svankmayer's dizzying blend of stop motion, live action and puppet theatre makes this an excellent and original adaptation of Goethe and Marlowe's tale. Realities collide and merge as the puppets begin to occupy human spaces, and the amorphous clay skull of Mephistopheles pursues Faust to his inevitable demise. A lot more playful and accessible than the Czech surrealist's later works like Little Otik, this is one film I'd love to see again.
2. Yol (Serif Gören, Switzerland, 1982)
Kurdish political prisoner Yilmaz Guney made this film from his Turkish prison cell by smuggling detailed scripts and storyboards to his assistant Gören, who faithfully recreated his anti-authoritarian critique of Turkey in the aftermath of 1980's coup d'etat. As a group of prisoners make their way home to see their families during a brief period of leave, they struggle with the dehumanising effects of both secular and religious law. Despite having the infamy of its 8 year ban in Turkey, and its winning of the Palme D'Or, this is conspicuous by its absence on DVD, and ranks amongst the finest political films ever made.
1. Ich War Neunzehn (Konrad Wolf, DDR, 1968)
Made in East Germany's DEFA studios, this semi-autobiographical film depicts Russian-born German Gregor Hecker serving in the Red Army as it pushes its way towards Berlin in 1945. An intelligent study of violence, patriotism and identity, this film depicts war as an slow, elliptical process, sharply punctuated by surreal episodes, intense fear and horror. I was lucky enough to see it in the cinema at university, as our enterprising tutor had managed to rent a copy from the Goethe Institute, and was enthralled by Wolf's highly original depiction of warfare. Warmly recommended.
Please join the debate over lost films- I'd be very interested to hear about more films of merit that have slipped through the perilous cracks of film distribution.
Until next time...