WFC South Africa: Skoonheid

What the fuck did I just watch?

OK, the actors are great, as is the cinematography, but this is the creepiest film ever. I guess it’s a tale of literally literally insane lust.

I loved the scene where he was sitting in the cafeteria staring at the couple, though.

Most memorable line: “No faggots, no coloureds.”

Beauty. Oliver Hermanus. 2011. South Africa.

African Lullaby

  • 1 part coconut milk
  • 4 parts Amarula
  • 8 parts milk
  • nutmeg

Run through a blender with ice. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with a cherry.

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WFC Netherlands: De vierde man

This is a very inventive and somewhat amateurish early from Paul Verhoven. I have a sneaking suspicion that he’d seen films from both Davids Lynch and Cronenberg at this point.

Such a strange film. There are bits I like enormously, but the pacing just seems… off. And most of the actors are pretty dire.

I really enjoyed this, and I was smiling the whole time, but still:

The Fourth Man. Paul Verhoeven. 1983. Netherlands.


  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 part orange juice
  • some dashes of orange bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

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WFC The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Viva Riva!

Love the cinematography and the colours, the actors are pretty good, and it’s an intriguing story line. But there’s something awkward about the way it’s been edited.

Still, a really pleasant surprise.

But, man, those Angolan villains were eeevil. And I didn’t understand why the commander didn’t just shoot them when she met them. I mean, she’s in the military? She must have access to lots of weapons? And subordinates? And why is she such a bad shot? So the plot was a head-scratcher.

Viva Riva. Djo Munga. 2010. The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Paupau Paradise

  • 1 ripe papaya
  • 10cl milk
  • 20cl dark rum
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Run all ingredients in a blender with ice cubes. Pour into cocktail glass and garnish with strawberries.

This was excellent, but I guess it depends on the quality of papaya you find. It’s much more subtle in flavour than the South American batida recipes.

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WFC Bhutan: Phörpa

This is a very original film. The actors (presumably non-professional) are a bit stiff and awkward, but it’s weirdly appropriate. The plot sounds very high concept (it’s about football mad Tibetan monks (in India)), but it’s also about Tibet and China and exile and recurring jokes. It’s both fun and really interesting.

The Cup. Khyentse Norbu. 1999. Bhutan.

Independence Day Mojito

  • 3 parts whisky
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • mint leaves
  • watermelon cubes
  • raspberries
  • soda water

Middle the mint leaves, raspberries and watermelon in a cocktail shaker. Add the other ingredients and ice. Shake and strain into a Highball glassed filled with ice. Top up with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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WFC Canada: Whole New Thing


And this film sort of marks the end of my randomnly-aquired films for this project (at the 25% mark, even). Up until (and including this one) I’ve just been visiting video stores, looking at films and going “huh! this is from a country that lacks coverage!” and then buying it without any consideration for the actual film.

(Oh, and I visited the web sites of Criterion and Second Run and so on and did the same.)

But from now on out, it’s going to be more “I need , so I google ‘best film from ‘ and then buy one that looks nice. So there may be more odd films now, I guess…

Oh, this film? It’s a small budget indie film that’s kinda awkward. There’s a certain charm, but it’s also kinda creepy.

It turns out to be a kinda sweet film, but watching it, it really looked like they were going for the typical direction these films go, and that’s REALLY CREEPY.

It would have helped if they’d made it clear that at the start that this was a creep-free zone.

On the other hand, it’s Canadian, so perhaps they took that for granted.

Whole New Thing. Amnon Buchbinder. 2005. Canada.

The Canadian

  • 2 parts Canadian whiskey
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • simple syrup
  • Angostura bitters

Shake with ice and streain into a glass.

I had originally meant to do the Caesar cocktail (which is like a Bloody Mary but with Clamato Juice), but went to several stores here in Oslo today, and for some reason none of them carry “clamato”. Perhaps because… IT SOUNDS DISGUSTING?!?!?

So I went with this fake-sounding Canadian cocktail instead.

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