"Lights Camera Booze" Book Review

Written by John Colianni

Published by Ulysses Press

Written by Kourtney Jason and Lauren Metz and illustrated by Amanda Lanzone
2013, 144 pages, Reference
Released on September 24th, 2013


Growing up, there were few things that were the perfect complements to an amazing movie. Close friends, Mountain Dew and enough popcorn to feed a third world country were usually enough to keep even the most attention deficit-riddled adolescent at bay. As people have gotten older, it isn't enough to enjoy a night in with one of your favorite cinematic adventures. With every one-liner said by your most loved character or every situational mishap, a swig of your alcoholic beverage of choice has become the new norm and I am completely okay with this. Unfortunately, due to extreme laziness and drunken misadventures, these occurrences are few and far between. However, much to my amazement, I got my copy on my hands of Lights Camera Booze, written by Kourtney Jason and Lauren Metz and illustrated by Amanda Lanzone. Now, instead of wandering the annals of the internet in a half-intoxicated stupor, I can conveniently refer to a plethora of drinking games based off of over thirty iconic and memorable movies scattered over a wide variety of genres.

This book is just plain fun for a number of different reasons. First off, it isn't just a mindless list of movie quotes and situations inside a specific movie that you would drink to. If that happens to be what you're looking for, you should probably go read another shitty Buzz Feed article and call it a night. Lights Camera Booze offers up options for the everyday drunkard-turned-movieviewer. The list to drink to is there for the films they've featured. However, instead of just being numbered with a font that looks like a half-assed version of Comic Sans, Lanzone to brings these lists to life. If that wasn't enough to grab your attention, each movie has a trivia and hot topics section as well as a little party game for you and your friends to make complete asses out of each other (the faking orgasm game for American Pie comes to mind). Instead of watching Magic Mike with your girlfriend(s) or by yourself (weirdo), you can now ensure that you are properly inebriated before you watch Channing Tatum shake his ass, much against your will.

The one thing that was a bit of a letdown is the lack of horror movies Lights Camera Booze has for me to enjoy. This being a horror site and all, I gave it my all to see how long it would take me to get trashed or go blind (whichever came first) while enjoying Wes Craven's Scream, since it was the only genre-appropriate film for review purposes. Unless you consider Ving Rhames taking on the gimp in Pulp Fiction horror, then by all means, drink to that. Accompanying each movie is also a "Drink of the Game". I respectfully declined Scream's supporting drink, the Bloody Mary because I'm not a chain-smoking, 50-something-year-old cougar at a dive bar. Seriously, who else would enjoy the taste of vodka, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce? Instead, I kept to some rum and a six-pack. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good by the time Henry Winkler met his untimely demise and passed out well before Matthew Lillard was offed by a '90s-style table top television set. My work there was done.

Lights Camera Booze is a great table top companion to some of the most iconic movies from the '80s, '90s and a few modern loves thrown into the mix. Although there is only one horror flick thrown into the mix, I am eager to see if Jason, Metz and Lanzone can team up for another compilation of our favorite movies, or better yet, get into genre-specific follow-ups to the best that action, scifi and horror have to offer. I'll definitely drink to that.


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