Podcast: ‘Lost in Translation’ Yielded a Defining Role From Bill Murray

In case you missed it, pour up an Old Fashioned and join the Drinking With crew for a discussion on 2003's 'Lost in Translation.'

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2003 was a hell of a year at the movies, and our slate of shows for this season of ‘Drinking With…’ reflects just that. This month, the hits roll on with Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. I hadn’t seen this film prior to our recording. I’d only known it as “the movie that got Bill Murray a ‘Best Actor’ nomination at the Oscars.” But, in taking the time to really sit with this film, I enjoyed it tremendously. Every year, I keep a bit of a film journal…at the very least, I list and rank all of films I see for the first time that year…to post here on SoBros Network at year’s end. As of this writing in May of 2024, it remains the best film I’ve seen for the first time this year.

Coppola does a fantastic job of letting emotions expressed and not expressed permeate in the atmosphere in this film. The cinematography is fantastic, but it’s the real heart of the story that made Lost in Translation resonate with me so deeply. It’s my kind of movie, touching on the fleeting nature of time, what it means to be truly happy, the random places you may find a spark, and many other themes that accurately reflect human nature when it finds itself at a bit of a crossroads. And, yeah – Murray was fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in anything that even remotely touches this performance. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to call it a defining performance of his. All of this made it such a fun movie to talk about, and you haven’t even heard McCash and Brandon give their thoughts on it too! Smash that play button on the embed below and prop your feet up for an hour with this one.

For those of you who may be new to ‘Drinking With…’, every month, we make a themed cocktail to along with the movie we’re discussing. This month, McCash opted to go with the classic, the Old Fashioned, given how many Murray’s character went through at the hotel bar. To make the Old Fashioned, you’ll need:

-1.5 oz whiskey
-2 tsp simple syrup
-1 tsp water
-A couple dashes of bitters
-An orange slice
-A maraschino cherry

Pour simple syrup, water, and bitters into a whiskey glass and stir. Add ice, then pour in the whiskey on top. Garnish with your orange slice and cherry.

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Listen to “Ep. 53: Drinking With… Lost In Translation” on Spreaker.

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley.

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