Winter is coming, whether you’re a “Game of Thrones” fan or not. By now, you should have finished all of your holiday shopping. If you haven’t, you were probably too busy streaming all the best movies and shows that came out the last two weeks. Cold weather means more movie watching and more drinking at home, though, regardless of where you’re at on your shopping schedule.
VinePair is here to provide you with the best new movies and shows to stream (and a couple you shouldn’t miss before they leave), and what to drink while watching them.
Barack Hussein Obama’s time as president is ending and his legacy is being decided. Before you make any judgments on what his legacy should be — good or bad — you should watch “Barry.” The movie is a look into the early life of the U.S.’s first black president as he moves to New York for his first year at Columbia University. Drink pairing: A nice Winter Warmer, because Obama is truly the president you’d want to sit and have a beer with — and because the guy bought a home brew kit to make ales back in 2011.
2. “Versailles” Season 1
“Versailles” takes place while the Versailles Palace is built in France in the mid-1600s. It’s got royalty and turmoil, and it’s an interesting look into the balance of the upper class’s brutality. Drink pairing: Bordeaux wine.
3. “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” Season 4
You’re probably not caught up on this series unless you have kids. But if you do have kids, why not sit and have a drink while watching with your little one? Drink pairing: Coffee and Baileys. The coffee for handling your kid, and the Baileys for the same.
1. “The Love Guru”
Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, and John Oliver are all in this movie. How did it go so wrong? Don’t think about that! Watch it for the love of bad movies. Drink pairing: A twist on the Arnold Palmer with Deep Eddy Vodka instead of lemonade, and whatever herbal remedy tea you prefer.
2. “Beyond the Hills”
This indie movie tells the story of two women after life in an orphanage in Romania. One stays in Romania while the other moves to Germany. There are some dark scenes here, but the concept is important and the execution well done. Drink pairing: Romanian wine if you can find it (Romania is the sixth-largest European wine producer), but if not, drink a nice Riesling from the German Mosel region.
3. “Valkyrie” (Leaving)
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. “Valkyrie” is a thriller about a German general who is scared that Adolf Hitler will destroy his country if he’s allowed to do whatever he wants. So he tries to assassinate him. Drink pairing: German beer that still follows the German Purity Law.
1. “High Fidelity” (Leaving)
This rom-com turned classic from 2000 is leaving HBO, meaning you only have two weeks before you have to go and find it elsewhere online. Relive it in all it’s witty vinyl glory before it leaves. Drink pairing: PBR.
2. “Bad Santa” (Leaving)
Not into Christmas movies? Too bad. ’Tis the season. Sit your ass down and watch some Billy Bob Thornton. Drink pairing: Whiskey, preferably out of a flask.
3. “Ocean’s Thirteen” (Leaving)
All of the “Ocean’s” movies can be watched on repeat without getting old. “Thirteen” has all the twists, turns, and wit that you expect and is one of the best crime comedies out there, featuring George Clooney, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, and so many more. Drink pairing: Champagne or something sparkly — because nothing pairs better with success (just pretend their success is also your success).