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Panic Room

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Panic Room

Image credit: Panic Room, 2002.

During the initial days of Covid-19 and the ensuing food/supply shortages, I panicked. Not knowing how long I’d be trapped inside my house, or under what conditions, I stocked up on pain reliever, tonic water, and white wine (the essentials). Maybe seeing paper goods and yeast already gone from the shelves made me nervous. Or maybe I’d just seen this week’s film Panic Room (Disc/Download) one too many times.

You see, in this 2002 thriller directed by David Fincher, Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart would have been FINE if only they’d been prepared. Instead, Foster has to open the door of their panic room to a crew of murderous thieves because her daughter didn’t pack her insulin. Which then leads poor K-Stew to be trapped in a tiny room with Forest Whitaker and Dwight Yoakam (the country music star who, after almost twenty years, remains this movie’s greatest casting mystery). Granted, they only moved in a few hours before the break-in. But as someone who saw once saw world order collapse in front of her eyes in the HEB toilet paper aisle, I’m now a firm believer in being ready for anything.

Unfortunately, in this film, alcohol leads to sloppiness. Jodie Foster’s character Meg spends the evening drowning her divorce sorrows with a bottle of red wine, as her hip, androgynous daughter smirks over Diet Coke and pizza. Maybe if she’d had the wine and Coke together, she wouldn’t be so out of it when the robbers arrive. While watching Panic Room, I recommend drinking this Kalimotxo cocktail.


3-4 oz Red Wine (I use Tempranillo)

3-4 oz Mexican Cola with cane sugar

Lemon Slice

Build drink over ice, stirring gently to combine. Garnish with a slice of lemon.


I give Meg a lot of grief for not being prepared, but actually I’m quite impressed by her MacGyver capabilities in a crisis. Hard wiring a phone to call out? Creating a fireball that’ll vent outside the panic room? These are not things I could do myself. But give me alcohol, mixers, and ice, and I promise to make us all a lot more calm. Cheers!

American Psycho

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Image credit: American Psycho, 2000

Image credit: American Psycho, 2000

Technically Literary Adaptation Month was supposed to end in September… but I couldn’t resist one more! American Psycho isn’t exactly a book you’ll find on your high school reading list, anyway (though it should be!). Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (DVD/Download) is a horrifying, marvelous, and sharp tale about 1980’s consumer culture. With pop references on everything from Huey Lewis and the News to “Sussudio”, this film makes me laugh while simultaneously making me scared to ever walk down a dark street alone.

Lead character Patrick Bateman is played superbly by Christian Bale, who fought hard for this role. I fully admit that part of the appeal to this movie is his amazing physique, but past that, Bale does a great job of portraying the character’s cold-hearted disassociation, and later, panic over what he’s become. Director Mary Harron totally captures the New York 80’s era of excess, full of pin-striped suits, moussed hair, cocaine, and lunches at Café Des Artistes. I love that I can be laughing at Patrick Bateman’s obsession with “Hip to be Square” one minute, then cringing as he brings an axe down on Jared Leto’s head the next moment. What’s fascinating is that there are seemingly no consequences for crimes of the wealthy. Bateman can confess a love for murders and executions, and what people hear is his affinity for mergers and acquisitions. Brilliant.

Of course, one doesn’t become a serial killer without leaving little clues here and there. In addition to his disturbing notebook, Bateman keeps a closet full of corpses and has to explain away his bloody sheets to a skeptical dry cleaner. Sure, it’s cran-apple juice. Riiight…… While watching American Psycho, I recommend drinking a Psychokiller.


2oz Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka

.75 oz Calvados Apple Brandy

.5 oz Lime Juice

.5 oz simple syrup

1 oz hard cider

Fresh apple slice

Combine vodka, Calvados, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Top with hard cider, and garnish with an apple slice.


Like Bateman, I too have an irrational fear of dining out without a reservation, and a love for fancy bath products. And yeah, I’m not crazy about cats either. But at least I don’t obsess over the quality of my business card. Yet. Cheers!

Special Edition: Oscars

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It’s finally here!!!!!  My favorite night of the year, the night where beautiful and talented stars line up on the red carpet, answer inane questions from Giuliana Rancic, and pretend to lose gracefully when their name is not called up to the podium.  That’s right- it’s the Oscars!

I’m actually pretty excited about tonight’s line-up because there aren’t a lot of sure bets this year.  Okay, I admit, Jared Leto and Cate Blanchett are probably shoo-ins, but when it comes to the Best Picture category, it’s anybody’s guess.  I have high hopes that I triumphed in my office Oscar pool, but this year it was pretty tough to guess the winners.  Thus I will be sitting on the edge of my seat with all of you Cinema Sips readers, waiting to see if Gravity takes it all, or American Hustle manages some surprise wins.

One thing that I do know for certain however, is that there is bound to be some AMAZING fashion tonight.  With nominees like Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett, the red carpet is going to be quite the show.  I have high hopes that Jennifer Lawrence will triumph over her electrical tape-bedsheet Golden Globes disaster, and my husband has high hopes that he’ll get to see more of Amy Adams’ sternum tonight.  Will Jared Leto leave his Jesus-locks down or pull them into a chic up-do?  How many jokes will be made at the expense of model-izer Leonardo DiCaprio?  These are questions I am dying to find answers to.

My drink tonight is fairly simple because I know we’re going to be far too busy dissecting outfits to bother with complicated drink recipes.  Tonight, I’m planning to get dressed up in my Oscar-finest (aka- an old bridesmaid dress), hit up In-N-Out burger like the real celebrities do, and fix myself a Red Carpet cocktail.

Red Carpet

Pink Champagne (or sparkling Rosé wine)

1/2 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur

Maraschino Cherry

Pour chilled champagne into glass, top with St. Germain, and garnish with Maraschino Cherry.


Enjoy this fizzy drink while you laugh at Ellen Degeneres’ jokes (though who are we kidding- she’s no Tina Fey/Amy Poehler) and wince as the E! hosts subject stars to the Glam Cam 360.  This is Hollywood’s biggest night, and I for one plan to celebrate a great year in cinema.  Cheers!