1. Goodfellas/Frank Sinatra/veal parmigiana. Some combinations are so obvious, I probably could have left them off this list. Nonetheless, this combo platter of mob guys, a singing mob guy, and unethically-raised meat slathered in tomato sauce and cheese is a feast for the senses, even if it will leave you feeling a little guilty and sick to your stomach. Here’s a veal recipe and a Frank recommendation. If your conscience bothers you, sub in chicken or Quorn for the veal, Tony Bennett or Brent Spiner for Ol’ Blue Eyes. But don’t try to swap out the mafia guys – you might get stomped on:
2. The Harder They Come/Jimmy Cliff/fried plantains. Another serving of obviousness, but we may as well get it out of the way early. Fried plantains are easy to make and delicious, and you really can’t have tropical island or Latin American cuisine without them. As for the movie and the Jimmy, here’s a ready-made slice of both:
3. Tombs of the Blind Dead/Hooded Menace/paella. This slow, eerie Eurohorror cult classic was made in Spain – hence the paella, a Spanish staple akin to the more familiar (to Americans anyway) jambalaya. As for the Hooded Menace (“Who?” I hear you asking), they’re a new death/doom metal band about to release their debut on Razorback Records, they’re great, and they’re directly inspired by the blind dead movie series. So it was an obvious choice. Anyway, here’s an indifferently edited and voiced trailer for “Tombs of the Blind Dead”:
4. Repo Man/The Sex Pistols/Food. This is nothing but a brazen plea to one of my dear friends: watch “Repo Man,” fucker, it’s funny! “Repo Man” is becoming a lost cult classic – you hear less about it every year, even though it remains Emilio Estevez’s best work (take that, “Young Guns 2!”) and holds what is near the top of the list of must-see Harry Dean Stanton performances. For the Pistols, the obvious choice is the bullocks – but you also can’t go wrong with taking a tangential ride down “My Way” Road (which brings us back to “Goodfellas” territory, coincidentally) ((Special Double Parentheses: that video is well, WELL worth your time)). Finally, if you don’t get the “Food” thing, all I can say is this: put it on a plate, son. You’ll enjoy it more.
5. The double-your-pleasure seafood special: Jaws & Moby Dick/Ahab & Mastodon/shrimp tempura roll & pan-seared tuna. Too… much… linking…. Want… to… kill… self. OK, let’s just run through this real quick:
– “Jaws” is a classic movie by Steven Spielberg that basically created the blockbuster summer movie. It holds up today as (in my opinion) the best of its breed, even better than “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
– “Moby Dick” is of course a book, but it was also a movie a few times, including a decent made-for-TV version with Patrick Stewart as Captain Crazypants (that was his name, right?). Pretty soon it’s going to be a shitty blockbuster with its soul removed (super-spectacular quote: “Our vision isn’t your grandfather’s ‘Moby Dick’… This is an opportunity to take a timeless classic and capitalize on the advances in visual effects to tell what at its core is an action-adventure revenge story.”). So take your pick.
– Ahab and Mastodon are two separate metal bands who decided to turn “Moby Dick” into a concept album. In both cases this works way better than you’d think. Ahab’s album in particular sounds exactly like what I imagine you’d hear after a whale mauled you and you were drifting to the bottom of the ocean, many dark fathoms deep.
Now here’s the 50s “Moby Dick” with Gregory Peck, which I have never seen, but looks pretty good:
6. The Lord of the Rings trilogy/Led Zeppelin/bread with butter and honey, cheese, apples, cold cured meats. A movie about hobbits, some music about Mordor, and an array of simple Shire food. Definitely a good plan for whiling away an entire Saturday one week.