Sloshed Cinema: The Magic Serpent

Frightened Ninja Magic SerpentDo you like getting intoxicated and reading subtitles? Boy, I know I sure do!

That’s the precise reason why I’m starting a regular column for the new Heroic Sisterhood site called “Smashed Cinema”. I’ll be periodically sharing with you a film that I love, and a drink that pairs well with it. I’m kicking it off with The Magic Serpent because it’s a super fun film to watch while sloshed.

Kaiju Magic Serpent

There are ninja and kaiju in this film. Let me repeat that for you: there are both kaiju and ninja in this film. How can this be? That’s so exciting to me that my blood pressure has increased just thinking about it. That alone should be reason enough for me to love this movie. However, The Magic Serpent is also the film that introduced me to Ryûtarô Ôtomo, which makes it very dear to me. I’m sure I must have seen him in the past, but not in a large enough role to really appreciate him. I actually kind of fell in love with him after watching this because, I mean, just look at the skull on that man. Like, just the sheer size of it. He’s like a shark, or a pit bull….that I kind of want to make out with, yet makes me sweat nervously.

Ryûtarô Ôtomo Magic Serpent

*Ahem* Also starring in the film is young Hiroki Matsukata who plays a fucking badass, which comes as a surprise to no one.

Hiroki MatsukataThey fight. Their kaiju fight. All the while, you may have to pick your eyeballs off of the floor because it’s so mind-blowingly fantastic.

Fight Magic SerpentThere also just so happens to be a giant, web-shooting spider. What?
I know.

Spider Magic SerpentThere are also in-camera effects aplenty, which are also pretty great. Flying Magic Serpent

For the drink to accompany the film, I chose tequila because I am a lunatic.

The Magic Serpent Shooter

  • 1 shot of tequila
  • 1 tbsp watermelon juice
  • 1 lime, freshly squeezed
  •  sugar for rim

Mix the tequila, watermelon juice and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Serve in a shooter glass. Proceed to get hammered while watching one of the greatest films in history. Regret nothing afterwards.the magic serpentThere you have it. Now go watch The Magic Serpent, and imbibe liberally. You can thank me later. Unless you have a hangover. In which case, I’m truly sorry.

– Amber Skowronski

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