Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Ringing out 2018 with Pizza, Beer and THE THIN MAN (1934)

We rang out 2018 with pizza and beer at Joe Squared before trekking through the rain (discussing the rolls and dubious health benefits of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish) to The Charles Theater to see a 35mm print of 1934's excellent THE THIN MAN starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.

The first in the popular series finds retired detective Nick Charles interrupting his wife's Manhattan vacation to solve the case of a missing inventor friend suspected of murder. Lots of screwball antics, snappy banter, copious on-screen libations and great chemistry between the leads make this a standout of the genre. The flicks pop up regularly on Turner Classic Movies so be sure to "have a cocktail!" and tune in.

Today it's getting ready to go back to work after taking over a week "off" (I'm self-employed so I'm never really "off"), helping my daughter with her science project for school, watching the Winter Classic and the Flyers/Predators game, eating leftovers, diving into some homemade chili and enjoying a beer or two from the generous holiday contributions from friends and family.

Here's hoping your 2018 ended on a high note and 2019 is off to a rousing start. Remember, it is National Hangover Day and National Bloody Mary Day so if you need to cure the former before enjoying the latter be sure to visit our popular hangover cures post from a few years ago.

Thanks to all our friends and readers and we look forward to sharing more food, drink, travel and fun in the new year. Cheers! – Dan Taylor

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