Saturday, 31 December 2011

Ralfy's Whisky of the year!

     Just wanted to say happy new year to everyone who has visited this page since I started it back in April.  The overwhelmingly positive response from the whisky community has been...well...overwhelming.  I look forward to many more sightings and interactions with you fine folks in 2012.  I'll leave you with the latest video from www.ralfy.com which features his pick for whisky of the year.  The photo below would show that I tend to agree with him.  Cheers!

-Curtis



Friday, 30 December 2011

Bruce Willis + Black Label = "Striking Distance"


    Here's a quick clip from the 1993 action thriller Striking Distance starring Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker.  Nothing more frustrating in movies than when someone wastes perfectly good scotch and you can kind of see Detective Tom Hardy (Willis) cringe in this scene because he has to to just that.

    After pulling over a group of teens for speeding in their boat, Det. Hardy confiscates the Johnny Walker and reluctantly dumps it in the river.  The scene takes place at the 30 minute mark in the film.

Click here for our previous Black Label sightings.






Thursday, 29 December 2011

Jack Nicholoson Drinks Glenfiddich in "The Pledge"


     Jack Nicholson turns in yet another great performance in this 2001 thriller directed by Sean Penn.  Glad to finally add Jack to our growing list of on-screen scotch drinkers.  Though this scene is probably a good example of how NOT to drink scotch.

     Didn't take long to spot the Glenfiddich Special Reserve in this particular film.  The close-up of the bottle being drunk by detective Jerry Black (Nicholson) shows up during the opening title sequence.  Check out the video below for a condensed version of the opening scene.

Click here for our previous Glenfiddich sightings.





Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Lagavulin Sighting from "The West Wing"


     It has been nearly six months since we've come across an honest-to-goodness Lagavulin sighting.  Seems like an eternity, doesn't it?  Well the wait is over because the powerful peaty Islay* malt has shown up in an episode from season three of The West Wing entitled "Dead Irish Writers".  It is one of the typically well-written, well-acted scenes one would expect from a series of this caliber.  The scene involving the Lagavulin takes place at the 14:50 mark in the episode.  Check out the video below...

*Please try not to cringe at British Ambassador Lord John Marbury's (Roger Rees) pronunciation of "Islay".


Thursday, 15 December 2011

The Fourth Hennigan's Episode From Seinfeld

     Finally!  After months of searching the wait is over.  Here is the clip from the fourth episode from Seinfeld.  The episode aired a full four years (nearly a hundred episodes) after the previous one.  The sighting itself is very brief however.  The entire scene clocks in at just over 30 seconds.  We spotted the bottle at the 19:52 mark in the film.

     All thanks and praise goes out to the one and only Simon Seaton over at www.somanywhiskies.com.  Click here to follow Simon on twitter and be sure to check out his site.

     Check out the clip below and click here for the previous Hennigan's sightings.



Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Scarlett Johansson Talks Scotch With Letterman


     Just a quick clip of Scarlett Johansson discussing scotch on The Late Show with David Letterman this past Monday.  Johansson actually appeared in two interview segments during the show and discussed many topics but we cut it down to just the important stuff.

     No need to build it up too much as the mention is very brief.  Click below to watch the video and click here for the previous Scarlett Johansson sighting.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christina Hendricks' Johnnie Walker Holiday Party

     Christina Hendricks served up a few Johnnie Walker drinks at her annual holiday party. The busty Mad Men star decked the halls as she celebrated at a private residence in Los Angeles, California.

     The redheaded bombshell flaunted her assets in a cleavage-baring holiday dress and kept all her guests’ glasses full at the soiree.

     A few weeks ago, the actress dished about the fifth season of Mad Men, revealing it’ll be worth the wait.
     “I know it’s been a little bit of a wait, but it will be worth it,” the actress said on Access Hollywood. “We’re already shooting our tenth episode.”
Article courtesy of Celebuzz.com










Sunday, 11 December 2011

Ryan Reynolds Drinks Red Label in "Definitely, Maybe"


     One might assume that there have been countless Johnnie Walker Red Label sightings on this site but a quick search would reveal quite the opposite.  Even though it is a very popular blend there has been only one appearance prior to today.  We make an effort not to overdose on the more popular brands if possible but it has been six months since the previous Red Label video so here goes.  The scene takes place 23 minutes into the film.

     A second scene has been added after the Red Label sighting.  Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) orders a "scotch rocks" and a bottle of Glenlivet & Glenfiddich can be clearly seen behind the bar.














Thursday, 1 December 2011

Every Suntory Scene From "Lost In Translation"


     Let us begin by apologizing for "taking so f--king long" to post the Suntory scenes from Lost in Translation.  After all, a film like this is perfect for Scotch Cinema.  The whisky is prominently featured in several scenes and it is actually the primary reason why Bill Murray's character embarked on his journey in the first place.  It is a movie about a cinema legend who is selling whisky on celluloid.  What more could we ask for?

     There are a few reasons why it is only being posted now.  The first is because Suntory isn't even scotch.  Let's not forget that important detail.  Before now Japanese whiskies have only been featured here in goofy retro commercials like these as opposed to films and TV shows with the exception of the mystery malt in Training Day.  Another reason is because there were many other scenes to get to first.  But the most important reason is because it is such a great clip that after a while it seemed more appropriate to save it for a special occasion.  Since this is our official 100th post here at SC there is no better time than now to present it.

     On a side note, the first scene in the video below is actually the inspiration for the films title because a lot of the direction being given to Bob Harris (Murray) is literally getting lost in translation*.  Can't say enough about Murray's performance here.  He clearly showed range that we've never seen from him in the past and it paid off with an Oscar nod.  Damn you Sean Penn!
 



*Thanks to Allison (aka The Whisky Woman) for breaking down the actual Japanese/English translation for us over at her site.   Check it out here and click here to follow her on Twitter.