LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) PODCAST SERIES

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LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) is the weekly craft beer and movie podcast with veteran film critic Cole Smithey. For its first 100 episodes Millennial filmmaker Mike Lacy was Cole's co-host. The podcast now features a different co-host each and every week to copiously consume international politics and culture through the prism of a single film and a different craft beer.

Naturally, Cole chooses a special craft beer appropriate to the film we have chosen to dish about. 

Anchor Steam, Ballast Point, Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head, Empire, Firestone Walker, Flying Dog, Founders, Green Flash, Grim, Industrial Arts, Left Hand, Ommegang, Revolution, Rogue Nation, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Two Brothers, Unibroue, and Victory are just a few of the breweries we've featured on the podcast. 

Former guest co-hosts include Thelma Adams, Neil Rosen, Jack Rico, Anthony Matt, Michael Kimmel, Michael Somerville, and Wilson Morales.

The feast is always big. We break out our best polished silver for the event. Bon appetite!

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May 25, 2018

JAMES HANCOCK — DANGER DIABOLIK!

Wrong Reel Podcast co-host James Hancock joins the Feast to talk about Mario Bava's kooky anti-superhero love fest DANGER DIABOLIK with film critic Cole Smithey over a couple bottles of Bear Republic Racer 5. Bon appetite!

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Diabolik

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May 18, 2018

NEIL COHEN — THE FRENCH CONNECTION / CHEIF ZABU

CHIEF ZABU co-writer & co-director Neil Cohen graces the BIG FEAST to talk about William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION over a mid-day beer. Naturally, Neil brought along some show-and-tell stuff, including Luis Bunuel's drivers license and gun license! Bon appetite!

Cole and Neil

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Chief Zabu

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May 11, 2018

RICK CROM — YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Chicago-born, and NYC stand-up comic legend, Rick Crom (pronounced chrome) joins the Feast to talk about Mel Brooks's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and OH, RICK!, a great documentary about him. No craft beer on this episode, just some chewy chat about funny stuff. Bon appetite. 

Rick Crom

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Young frankenstein

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May 04, 2018

MAI MASRI — THE THICK-WALLED ROOM

Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri discusses Masaki Kobayashi's THE THICK-WALLED ROOM in the context of her own film 3000 NIGHTS, about a Palestinian woman who gives birth while imprisoned inside an Israeli jail. For the occasion we share FIFTH HAMMER'S QUEENS OF THE KETTLE Dry-Hopped Tart Ale.

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April 27, 2018

PERSONAL PROBLEMS — BILL GUNN

Episode #100 gives Mike a send-off with WHAT WE ALL WANT IPA from FOREIGN OBJECTS BEER COMPANY. I suppose the film could have been titled BROKEN PROMISES just because that's what I keep calling it. Either way, it's really two parts of a would-be soap opera celebrating Black culture in early '80s America. We watched the film courtesy of METROGRAPH CINEMA and the fine folks at Kino Lorber, with the film's writer Ishmael Reed in-person introduction. Kewl. Bon appetite Bouffers!

Personal Problems

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April 24, 2018

LA GRAND BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) 2.0

LGB WHITEBig changes are afoot on LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST). Episode #100 will post on Friday (April 27), marking the end of Mike's tenure on the podcast with Bill Gunn's criminally unseen PERSONAL PROBLEMS.

As the old con says in THE GRIFTERS, "You take a partner, you put an apple on your head and hand the other guy a shotgun." Thus, I'll be taking on recording and editing duties to host each new episode with a different surprise guest, and beer, every week. My debut guest for LA GRANDE BOUFFE 2.0 is sure to knock your socks off — a woman filmmaker from Amman, Jordan who grew up in Beirut.

I can't tell you more except to say that THE BIG FEAST is about to get a whole lot bigger. After all, "copiously consuming international politics and culture through the prism of a single film and a different craft beer every week" is the name of the game. Gotta run. The meat truck just pulled up. 

April 20, 2018

LAST TANGO IN PARIS — BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI

Mike broke out Wavy Tropics Guava Pale Ale from Kills Boro Brewing for our discussion of Bertolucci's LAST TANGO IN PARIS even if we had planned to do Lars von Trier's MANDERLAY for this, our 99th episode. Check out my silent shout-out to THE STRYPES if you go to ColeSmithey.com. Bon appetite!

Cole and Mike

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April 13, 2018

1900 — BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI

SIERRA NEVADA'S BOUBLE BULLET DOUBLE IPA gave us the craft beer inspiration needed to dive into Cole's favorite film of all time, Bernardo Bertolucci's epic set in Parma, Italy. Donald Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Burt Lancaster, Robert De Niro, and Dominique Sanda contribute to this undeniable masterpiece.

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1900

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April 09, 2018

PORTRAIT OF JASON — SHIRLEY CLARKE

Cole and Mike dig Shirley Clarke's magnificent cinéma vérité work which showcases a gay black Mark Twain of African American experience up to this film's 1967 filming. Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout Nitro gave us the craft beer delight we desired for our movie chat. Bon appetite!

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