Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hey Bartender/Red Obsession

I'm not much of a drinker. My beverages of choice are iced coffee, tepid tap water, and the occasional Ovaltine. 

However, I did enjoy these two documentaries about booze, and I've half-assed them below for your enjoyment. Cheers!

Hey Bartender

Elitist bartenders create alcoholic art in this well-shot, intriguing documentary. As ironically dressed hipsters, stylish trendsetters, wealthy businessmen, and tattooed strippers make your night out seem bland in comparison, Hey Bartender also shows the struggle of one bar owner trying to keep his business afloat as he learns the art of cocktails and a former marine who was savagely beaten trying to become one of the best bartenders in the best bar in the world. I enjoyed Hey Bartender, but would have liked to see more moments of bartenders demonstrating their craft.

Red Obsession

The speculative ultra-upscale wine market is explored in this dry, overlong, but well-shot documentary. Touching briefly on the history of the wines of the French Bordeaux region, the documentary discusses the burgeoning Asian obsession with wine for the majority of the film, as Americans have become priced out of the market for the exceptional vintages of legendary producers like Chateau Lafite and Chateau Latour. The film also briefly discusses the counterfeit wine market, which was very interesting. Unfortunately very little time is spent on this area, which is a shame, and an opportunity lost.

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