DRINK WHILE WATCHING: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia(1974), the best piano-player-turned-hit-man movie ever. Fueled by a giant jug of booze in 1970s Mexico, Warren Oates becomes a desperado with an itchy trigger finger in order to recover the head of a deceased gigolo.
NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: A bottle of great, affordable tequila. We recommend Patrón, Milagro or Cabo Wabo. Make it blanco, baby.
OR TAKE A SHOT OF: Caddyshack (1980), for its unforgettable scene of Chevy Chase and Lacey Underall doing lines and tossing back Cuervo.
DRINK WHILE WATCHING: The original college party flick, National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). Today delta punch is a generic term for frat-house jungle juice strong enough to get everyone Blutarskied but fruity enough that girls will partake.
NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: Mix to these time-tested proportions: one part sour (lime juice), two parts sweet (simple syrup), three parts strong (rum) and four parts weak (ice and juice). Serve in a (new) trash can.
OR LADLE UP SOME: Eggnog, as Chevy Chase does before his climactic tirade in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). Technically it’s not punch, but since it’s served in a bowl we’ll count it.
DRINK WHILE WATCHING: The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983). Like Molson Golden, it’s cheap, it’s Canadian, and it goes down easy. Rick Moranis launched his film career with this bizarre tale of two boozed-up brothers who will do anything for free beer.
NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: A case of Molson. A toque.
ALSO ON TAP: Add a raw egg to your beer and you have Paul Newman’s breakfast in The Verdict (1982). Add bourbon and you’re Walter Matthau as coach “Boilermaker” in The Bad News Bears (1976).
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DRINK WHILE WATCHING: The one and only Arthur (1981). Packed with A-list stars (Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, Sir John Gielgud), crackling comic dialogue and rivers of high-end booze, this is the movie that puts a happy face on alcoholism (we never even see Arthur Bach hungover) and seems to imply that not only can a man make the right choices about life-altering matters when blind drunk but that sometimes it actually helps. Plus, in one moment of clarity and pathos Arthur distills drinking as an avocation down to its core: “Not all of us who drink are poets. Some of us drink because we’re not poets.”
NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: The contents of a medium-size liquor store, a steel liver, plenty of friends, no regrets.
YOU’LL ALSO WANT TO SUCK DOWN: Old School (2003), for the force of nature that is Frank the Tank.