June 3, 2019

Casablanca / Elijah Craig Small Batch

Casablanca / Elijah Craig Small Batch

Brad and Bob decide to watch what is probably Bob's all-time favorite movie. He loves this movie like a child. Will Brad feel the same way?

Along the way, they discuss star Humphrey Bogart's nuanced and layered performance and how he doesn't get enough credit for his range. In other news, Ingrid Bergman is incredible, and director Michael Curtiz's decision to let the camera just sit on her face for long periods of time pays off, and then some. They round out their discussion of the cast talking about Peter Lorre and Claude Rains, one of Hollywood's unsung acting heroes.

Then, they open a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch, a bourbon Brad has been especially psyched to try. Will it live up to his expectations? Could it possibly live up to Casablanca?

After the whiskey review, the guys discuss whether the film punishes Bergman's character, the very much married Ilsa, for her desire for Bogart, while the reverse isn't true.

0:00 - Intro and Initial Thoughts
30:50 - Elijah Craig Review
40:00 - Analysis and Final Thoughts

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