April 18, 2023

Gran Torino / Benchmark Single Barrel ft. Noah Gittell

Gran Torino / Benchmark Single Barrel ft. Noah Gittell

Bob and Brad are joined by special guest Noah Gittell, a film critic and journalist, to discuss Clint Eastwood's 2008 drama "Gran Torino." The movie follows an aging Korean War veteran named Walt Kowalski, played by Eastwood himself, who becomes involved with a Hmong family in his neighborhood after witnessing a gang initiation ritual.

Meanwhile, they sip on Benchmark Single Barrel, a new $25 whiskey from Buffalo Trace. They review the bourbon and share their tasting notes, as well as some interesting information about its production and aging process.


  • 0:00 - Introduction to the episode
  • 12:15 - Brad Explains the plot of "Gran Torino"
  • 14:15 - Analysis of themes and performances
  • 36:20 - Review of Benchmark Single Barrel
  • 47:00 - Two Facts and a Falsehood
  • 52:30 - Discussion of Clint Eastwood's direction
  • 1:06:45 - Let's Make it a Double
  • 1:11:00 - Final Scores

Bob, Brad, and Noah have a lively and engaging conversation about "Gran Torino," delving into the movie's exploration of racism and cultural differences. They discuss the complex character of Walt Kowalski and Eastwood's performance in the role, as well as the supporting cast.

The Benchmark Single Barrel whiskey proves to be a perfect match for the film, with its rich flavors and smooth finish. The hosts and their guest describe the whiskey in detail and offer their opinions on its quality.

Listeners will also enjoy the fun segments of the episode, such as the trivia game "Two Facts and a Falsehood" and the recommendations of other great movies and whiskies to try. The hosts and their guest provide insightful analysis and witty banter throughout the episode, making it a must-listen for fans of Eastwood or thought-provoking dramas.


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