Seeing as both Michelle and I are nearly as obsessed with caffeinated beverages as we are movies, we have been wanting to to do a coffee/tea-themed review column for quite some time. The idea is, we will pair a movie, new or old, with a coffee blend or a specific tea of our choice. The reasoning behind the pairing is up to us. It might be because the flavours of the brew suit our mood while watching the particularly flick . Or maybe the tea we chose is even featured in it. Whatever the case, we’ll steep out the details for ya….
There’s a whole bunch of reasons to be rewatching Psycho right now. First and foremost, we’ve got that Psycho prequel series, Bates Motel, premiered on A&E earlier this month. Then there’s also the fact that Hitchcock, that barely-recognized Alfred Hitchcock biopic starring Anthony Hopkins and centred on the filming of Psycho, recently hit DVD shelves. Most importantly though, it’s the perfect flick to pair with my all-time favourite spring tea.
THE DVD: PSYCHO (1960), Alfred Hitchcock
Although not typically pegged as a tea time movie, this horror masterpiece really is as stylish and slow-burning as a primo high tea. The story starts of simple enough, with a young woman (Janet Leigh) escaping to a roadside motel and getting check by the seemingly harmless Norman (Anthony Perkins). But just as tea gets more heavy and tart with steeping, this drama darkens considerably over time. The end result may not be everyone’s taste, as it will certainly stay with you for quite some time after you’ve finished.
THE TEA: FOREVER NUTS, David’s TEA
This totally herbal refreshment is quite like Psycho‘s main character, homicidal and Oedipal motel owner Norman Bates. With its pink colouring (there’s beetroot in there amongst the almonds, cinnamon and apple), it seems unquestionably sweet. But once take a sip, you’ll see that it’s actually quite robust, even overpowering.
BEST SERVED WITH: An oversized nightgown and a greying wig. Hold the Mother’s milk. But seriously.