Popcorn and Pinot

elephant_pinotpopcornPeople love to talk about movies – the talent, the writing, the singing skills of what’s-her-name. They will tweet it, blog it, and small-talk it over drinks. But ask someone to tell you their favorite movie and they’ll freeze up like you just handed them a life vest and an old VCR and shipped them off to the proverbial desert island with a single VHS tape. “My favorite movie?” they will reply incredulously as if the thought never occurred to them. And then they will mount the evidence to find your pointed question completely irrational.

They could give you their top ten, or their favorites from the last decade, or perhaps it would be make more sense to list one per genre, or broken down chronologically by the stages of their life. “There’s no way to pick my favorite movie” they’ll argue.

But once you get them going on their list it becomes very clear that Casablanca is a necessary counter-balance to Pretty Woman and the weight of No Country for Old Men helps offset Dude, Where’s My Car?. I’ve observed the average “favorite” movie list consistently covers the spectrum from blah Oscar contender to green-tomatoed screwball comedy. Turns out sometimes “favorite” is a matter of quality, and sometimes it’s a matter of taste.

My conclusion: one’s favorite movie library is much like one’s wine library. There’s the old standby after a tough day, the favorite you break out at parties, the one you save for when your snobbier friends are in town, and the one you only reach for when nobody’s looking.

Thus, I’ve created my list of “favorites” with my own personal twist – categorized by varietal.

Rose: The guilty pleasure – a little on the sugary side but will always hold a special place in your heart. This is that movie from your younger years you may actually still have “in the box” – much like any self-respecting White Zinfandel should be. For me, it’s Pretty in Pink. And Mannequin. And Serendipity. Or pretty much anything with Andrew McCarthy or John Cusack.

Champagne: The crowd-pleaser. It’s also a great go-to when you need a little pick-me-up. You know every line by heart and it goes straight to your head. Pitch Perfect, Clueless and Elf fit this bill for me – the bubblier the better.

Zinfandel: The outlier. Sometimes you’re in the mood for something with a little bite. American Psycho is my Zin.

Cabernet: The just plain great. It’s hard to argue with a good cab. It’s strong, memorable, and timeless – a true classic. For me, it’s The Breakfast Club. My dad and boyfriend would fill this slot with The Shawshank Redemption. I can’t argue with that either.

Bordeaux: The classic. It’s a little stuffy but key to keep on the shelf – if even just for show. It’s the award-winning, critically-acclaimed, you-know-it’s-a-super-big-deal-but-you-don’t-really-love-it movie. Mine is Schindler’s List.

Pinot Noir: The timeless. Before Sunrise is my Pinot Noir. It’s light and bright with a perfect finish and decanted flawlessly over time. My true favorite.

Port: The sipper. You only whip this one out for special occasions and you really just need a taste. It’s a Wonderful Life is my Port.

White: I don’t love whites so they don’t make the cut – they are my Ben-Stiller-facing-off-with-a-ferret-or-other-equally-inane-animal movies. He seriously does this a lot.

So while you may prefer your Chardonnay over my Pinot, who am I to judge? Next time you’re asked about your favorite movie, don’t be afraid to raise your glass high and just admit it’s Bring it On.

What’s your favorite movie?

About WhiteElephantInTheRoom

I'm an 80s music lover, traveling junkie, mac & cheese connoisseur, amateur wine snob, party-planning priestess and Chicago transplant living in Southern California. I find adventure in the everyday and have a unending compulsion to write about it. Hope you enjoy reading my mind!
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36 Responses to Popcorn and Pinot

  1. tengel265 says:

    An interesting breakdown, and anyone could do it with a variety of potables. I’ve always wanted to match up favorites in one on one cage matches, say start with 50 movies, pair them up, and then see who is the last film standing.

  2. Pinot Noir: Wings of Desire. Fav of all time. Very clever post!

  3. lorieb says:

    I’m a merlot girl, and favorite movie is “pretty woman”, one of the few movies I can watch over and over. Other favorites are “a few good men”, “gone with the wind”, “jerry Maguire”, “pretty in pink” “sound of music”…

  4. Nest Nearly Empty says:

    Reblogged this on Nest Nearly Empty and commented:
    My list would have instantly included Mannequin (love the theme song, it’s even on my wedding video – note VIDEO….that’s how long I’ve been married!), Pretty Woman, absolutely adore Pitch Perfect, love The Grand Budapest Hotel, love love love The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, pretty much anything with Sandra Bullock and recently have dipped my toe into foreign movies. If you check out one single foreign subtitled film it HAS to be: The Intouchables – a truly inspirational and shout ‘yes’ at the screen and laugh out loud film. Rent it, buy it, watch it!

  5. The Professionally Depressed Professional says:

    Awesome post! I would never have connected my love of wine with my movies . . . incidentally, we have very similar tastes, particularly the John Cusack reference and the nod to The Breakfast Club (can’t believe it has been 30 years since it hit theaters – sigh). What’s my favorite? Today it is beer-related and not wine: “Silver Linings Playbook” – gotta have beer to watch this one! Cheers!

  6. LifeLoofah says:

    I admit I was disappointed when the white wines didn’t get the popcorn treatment, but this was still a fun read! And for the most part I’m not a huge fan of those Ben Stiller movies either, except for Zoolander which would be my champagne. 🙂

  7. misslaurel says:

    I love this post like I love The Godfather I & II, my cab & my bordeaux. Godfather III is my white – ew. xoxo

  8. I’m not a wine drinker (or an anything drinker), but I still have a favorite movie: Michael with John Travolta. Just love that film. But If I want to laugh a lot, my go-to film is Best in Show.

  9. My all-time favorite movie of City of God, which I feel like immediately makes me sound pretentious, but it’s an amazing movie! I’ve seen it a billion times and I still love it. But I have a lot of less fancy favorites: Clueless, Mean Girls, Bring It On, etc. You’re totally right, it mostly depends on what you’re in the mood for.

  10. FinickyFeet says:

    Love this post! For wine, it has to be red. For movies, I like a fluffy funny movie. Something that makes me laugh. Charlie’s Angels or Clueless.

  11. Totally awesom on many levels. Sounds like youve stepped up your wine game!

    No way I can pick kne movie, either. But my list would include Superbad, Usual Suspects, Princess Bride and Love Actually.

  12. mathews9977 says:

    Since you have modified your initial Unreasonable question to allow some latitude in choosing our ‘favorite’…
    Let’s start with My Champagne: Pitch Perfect and The King and I make me smile 😊
    Zin: Enemy of the State, In The Line of Fire
    Cab: Back to the Future
    Bordeaux: Les Miserables, and any Foreign Film with subtitles
    Last but not least, my guilty pleasure Rose: Love Actually

  13. thedailydish says:

    Wine and movies? How could I not comment! My favorite film (as here I use that loosely) is a toss up between Blade Runner and Duece Bigalow Male Gigalo (the first, not the sequel. I have standards.)


  14. Blunderdad says:

    Cab and “The Big Lebowski” . . . . although Kahlua and cream might be more appropriate.

  15. Ip Man 2. Seems like I’m a sucker for martial art movies haha. I also like to watch Studio Ghilbi movies, the sound track is beautiful and the stories are modern classics. Too bad some people stray away from foreign “weeaboo” media. They’re missing out on masterpieces.

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  17. My favourite movie would have to be Fight Club. Though something tells me wine isn’t the right alcoholic beverage for that.

  18. Michelle says:

    I never drink wine, actually, though, if I had to, I’d go and recreate your list with cocktails, I guess. My favourite movie (up until now) would be Twelve Years a Slave, because it is the last one that genuinely made me cry (and I also loved the book and they did not ruin it for me, thank you Steve McQueen and crew). 🙂

  19. Jodi says:

    Love the analogies of wines with movies! Brilliant!

  20. Queen Noni says:

    I am kind of obsessed with these metaphors. My roommate and I just spent a solid amount of time putting a movie into each of these wine categories. So here are our top 3 favorites:
    Rose: Our guilty pleasure would have to be 13 Going on 30 because it is silly, girly, and light hearted! Pinot Noir: The Great Gatsby will forever be timeless. This can be proven with the remake possibly being better than the new one…oops! Finally, my Zinfandel would have to be Inception. I don’t care what anyone says this a good movie that gives you a new perception every time.

  21. author1955 says:

    “Nashville” and “Network.” That should tell all lazy liberals a lot. – Hughes

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