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With movie theaters around the country still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people continue to turn to different streaming services like Netflix to provide them with films and TV shows that they can watch from the comfort of their homes. While the pandemic has slowed down film and TV production, streaming services like Netflix also allow people to watch past films and shows to fulfill their need for entertainment.
And what better way to enjoy these films and series than to pair them with alcoholic drinks from Boozy’s wide selection? Here are some past and present films and shows on Netflix and the drinks that you can pair them the next time you binge-watch a series or go on a movie marathon:
1. Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway - Don Papa Rum 7yo 700ml
Gundam is one of the most enduring and beloved anime franchises, and Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway is its latest entry. However, it is a movie adaptation of the first of three novels made by creator Yoshiyuki Tomino and not a new series. The film is set 12 years after the events of the 1988 film Gundam Char’s Counterattack, and features lead character Hathaway Noa landing in a futuristic version of Davao City.
Filipino viewers of the show would be surprised to see familiar sights in Davao City rendered in beautiful animation, such as a tropical garden, a wet market, and even a branch of Jollibee. It’s only fitting that an anime set in the Philippines is paired with a drink that has Filipino flavor and Don Papa Rum is a fitting companion for this latest Gundam installment. This drink is made from the finest sugarcane and also has notes to vanilla, honey, and candied fruit. The Don Papa Rum is light and fruity on the nose and smooth and delicate on the palate with a long and textured finish, and is just right to pair with the thrilling battles that this latest Gundam film is sure to provide.
2. American Assassin - Kraken Black Spiced Rum 700ml
If you’re up for some heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat action, then you could give the film American Assassin a try in your next movie marathon. The film, which stars Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien, is about a young CIA recruit teaming up with a veteran to try to prevent the detonation of a nuclear weapon. The stakes are high in this action-packed film, with the literal fate of the world hanging in the balance.
And there’s no better way to watch this than by having a drink that promises a similar excitement in the Kraken Black Spiced Rum. From its eye-catching packaging to its rich and spicy flavor, this rum is a perfect companion for action films and it comes as no surprise that it’s named after the legendary sea creature. With flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, and a lingering spicy finish, the Kraken Black Spiced Rum is a perfect blend of Caribbean rums that is just perfect for watching exciting films like American Assassin.
3. The Matrix - Plantation Original Dark Rum 700ml
The Plantation Original Dark Rum has been described as a versatile rum. It is made from a three-year rum from Barbados and enhanced by a unique and meticulous process that takes place over 15-20 years. It combines the rich and intense style of Barbados and Jamaica with the blending and maturation process of France. This premium rum has notes of plum, banana, and vanilla, and is spiced by notes of cinnamon and clove to add to its texture.
A film that was also released decades ago and yet retains its place as among the greatest ever made is The Matrix. Like the Plantation Original Dark Rum, it can also be described as versatile and dark, as it seamlessly blends science fiction and action. A hacker named Neo finds out that machines have trapped humanity in a simulated reality called The Matrix, and is forced to make a choice to go back to his old life or confront this new reality. His journey over the course of the film is an exciting one, made better by having a drink like the Plantation Original Dark Rum in hand.
4. No Strings Attached - Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva 700ml
As its title suggests, the 2011 film No Strings Attached is about two friends, played by Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, who enter into a sexual relationship without falling in love with each other. Whoever, their pact is soon jeopardized when one of them develops feelings for the other.
This romantic comedy is one of the lighter entries on this list, and Portman and Kucher’s sugary-sweet romance will go well with a drink like the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. This rum is described as elegant and complex and carefully crafted from the purest sugar cane honey and distilled in copper pot stills and aged in small oak casks. A romantic comedy like No Strings Attached and a sweet-tasting rum like the Diplomatic Reserva Exclusiva go well together just like the charming leads of this film.
5. Audible - Zabana Small Batch Sherry Oak 700ml
If you’re a fan of sports documentaries like Last Chance U or ESPN’s 30 for 30, then you may want to consider watching Audible, a short documentary that focuses on Amaree, a deaf high school athlete. The documentary is less than 40 minutes, but it contains enough story about Amaree and his friends to be reminiscent of full-length sports or drama films.
This documentary is well-made and tackles a bold subject, and can be paired with a quality rum that can also be described as having a bold flavor. The Zabana Small Batch Sherry Oak is a handcrafted premium rum produced locally and aged in Spain. This rum contains a bold flavor, together with notes of maple, toffee, honey, and vanilla. It is this aging process that adds richness to the rum to create a memorable blend that goes well with a quality sports documentary such as Audible.
6. Charlie’s Angels - Havana Club 3yo 700ml
The Havana Club 3 Años has been described as perfectly balanced, especially when it comes to its lightness and flavor. It derives its name from the Cuban rum’s bases, which are each aged for three years in white oak barrels. This rum has a pale gold color and a bouquet of smooth aromas with hints of oak, molasses, and sugar cane and a well-balanced and complex taste with notes of citrus, vanilla, and chocolate.
Similarly, a film that is perfectly balanced in some aspects is the 2000 film Charlie’s Angels, as it has equal parts of comedy, action, and romance. The cast of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as the Angels is likewise a perfect choice, as they all had memorable performances in the film, which also spawned a sequel and a remake in 2019. Charlie’s Angels is a light film that provides action and comedy, gaming it a fitting film to watch while having a glass of the Havana Club 3 Años.
An original coconut rum sourced from the Caribbean islands, the Malibu Rum was developed to simplify the Pina Colada and mixes well with fruit juices and citrus. It is light and creamy on the nose, with notes of vanilla and coconut, and is well-balanced on the palate. To provide a little contrast, a light drink like this rum may be paired with a more serious film like Warcraft, which was released in 2016 and is based on the popular video game series.
Warcraft is a film that mixes action and fantasy, and is about the relationship between the races of the orcs led by Durotan and Garona, humans led by Lothar and Medivh, and the undead led by the necromancer Gul’dan in the world of Azeroth. The film’s intense action scenes and detailed world-building should provide a nice contrast to the light and well-balanced aromas and flavor of the Malibu Rum.
From romantic comedies to sports documentaries to science fiction, there are many types of films and TV shows to choose from Netflix’s large catalog. But the experience of watching a show or series after a long day of work can be improved by having a drink from one of Boozy’s top rums to make your movie night even better.