April 25, 2023

Sunset Boulevard / Benchmark Bonded Bourbon

Sunset Boulevard / Benchmark Bonded Bourbon

In this episode of Film & Whiskey, Bob and Brad begin a mini-series of films directed by Billy Wilder with his 1950 classic "Sunset Blvd." They pair it up with the fourth in their lineup of five Benchmark bourbons, this time the Benchmark Bonded. They explore the themes of the film, analyzing the performances of the lead actors, and discussing the iconic scenes that have made the film a classic.

Bob and Brad also provide their detailed review of Benchmark Bonded bourbon, discussing the flavor profile and what sets it apart from the other Benchmark bourbons they've tasted so far. The two hosts also engage in their usual games and segments, including Two Facts and a Falsehood and Let's Make it a Double.

If you're a fan of classic cinema, or just looking for a new bourbon to try, this episode is not to be missed!


0:00 - Introduction

08:57 - Brad Explains

11:20 - Themes and Performances

35:02 - Benchmark Bonded Bourbon Review

44:05 - Two Facts and a Falsehood

49:00 - Final Analysis

54:40 - Let's Make it a Double

58:50 - Final Scores

Bob and Brad begin their Billy Wilder mini-series with his iconic 1950 film, "Sunset Blvd." The movie follows the story of Norma Desmond, a former silent film star who lives in seclusion with her butler, played by Erich von Stroheim. When struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles upon her mansion, Norma recruits him to help her stage a comeback.

The hosts delve into the themes of the film, discussing its commentary on Hollywood's obsession with youth and beauty, as well as the power dynamics at play in the relationship between Norma and Joe. They analyze the performances of the lead actors, including Gloria Swanson's iconic portrayal of Norma Desmond and William Holden's performance as Joe Gillis.

As always, Bob and Brad also bring their expertise in bourbon to the table with their review of Benchmark Bonded bourbon. This fourth installment in their series of five Benchmark bourbons impresses with its price point, but how does it taste?

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