Archives for the month of: October, 2010

As an alternative for those who prefer close encounters with the supernatural to an object lesson in social awkwardness, take a look at an Australian film entitled Lake Mungo. Like Catfish, Lake Mungo has a litany of revelations and twists that it springs on the viewer as this creepy-as-hell ghost mockumentary inches along. The film centers on the drowning of a 16-year-old daughter and the dread, nightmares, apparitions, and epiphanies that ensue. My own sensibilities were honed at the tender age of 12 by David Lynch’s masterful series Twin Peaks, and I felt the spirit of Laura Palmer haunting this movie’s seedy and unexpected underside. To wet your appetite, consider this evocative fact: the dead daughter’s name is Alice Palmer and she had secrets… .

Warning: Spoiler Alert

This week I made two discoveries that revel in fortifications: Catfish by Henry Joost and Arial Schulman and Predroncelli Vintage Port from the Dry Creek Valley. Catfish explores the possibilities and sparkle that online social networking (i.e., Facebook) has injected into our relationships. More importantly, though, this surprising little documentary or mocumentary (who knows) displays and deconstructs a life so unlived and unrealized that this individual must fortify her life with a virtual fairy tale. Meanwhile, the Predroncelli Vintage port, like all ports, stews its own essence. It’s wine with extra sauce. It’s juice with added sweet. Having started life in the same fashion as its unfortified peers, additional sugars and alcohol boost its charisma beyond nature’s measured intentions. This port is akin to liquid chocolate. Predroncelli employs four grapes to orchestrate a silky (but hardly subtle) digestive—one suited for Catfish’s twist and turns in addition to any chocolate or other sugary treats you may be enjoying.

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