Punch-Drunk Love

by Kristie Robertson

There’s been a quality experience patiently awaiting my TV screen since 2002 and it’s about time for me to say mission accomplished. 

As a gal who at a young age grew disillusioned with movies because of plot predictability, I think a movie renaissance guided by our Set & Co owner and movie guru, Adam, is fulfilling the hopes I’ve always had for great film. Que Punch-Drunk Love and all agreeing film cynics shall say amen. 

In case you’re protective with your movie choices, I have prepared for you a promising guide for productivity, enjoyablitiy, and a little bit of alcohol, 3 variables of a time well spent!

Guide for your perfect Paul Thomas Anderson film experience:

  1. Keep your eyes open at all times. This may seem obvious, but amateurs with untrained eyelids will blink once and perhaps miss the whole enchilada. The beautiful thing about this film, aside from the story of two complex characters unfolding their internal tendencies of loneliness and idealism, is how PTA (Paul Thomas Anderson) visually communicates. Colorful moments of red and blue are the subject of nearly every scene. It’s almost as if he directed this movie as a connect the dots game but instead of using dots, he used color to shape the characters.
  2. Speaking of enchiladas (but sub for shrimp quinoa), don’t forget the punch to go along with it! They don’t call it Punch-Drunk Love for nothing. 
  3. Plot twist! This movie actually has nothing to do with punch. But keep drinking, especially if you coincidentally own blue and red glasses similar to the ones I found antiquing. They pair quite perfectly.

As the two main characters expose their struggles, they grow closer in exposing their emotions for each other. Barry Egan, played by Adam Sandler, is a man seeking to make sense of himself apart from the extreme, and oftentimes erratic, behavior that he’s spent years taming yet consistently been defined by in all of his various circles of life. Sandler truly surpasses the roles of his previous works by demonstrating his ability to become a character defined by detachment yet intimately relatable to viewers in his struggle to make sense of his reality. Through outbursts of relatable yet absurd experiences of Egan and his opposite Lena, played by Emily Watson, I grew an appreciation for their willingness to be honest no matter how irrational they felt. This film is a sincere and beautiful tribute to the idea of how the world impacts us and how we choose to take control. 

Hope you’ve been letting iTune's movie load while reading this post or letting your shrimp cook. Last but not least, save room for dessert for in the words of Barry Egan, "You can go places in the world with pudding”.

Rosemary Gin Punch

  • 1 part gin, 2 parts rosemary simple syrup, lime to taste
  • 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 4 fresh rosemary sprigs on medium-high heat brought to a boil until sugar dissolves. Let stand and cool then drain through strainer. Let chill for 4 hours prior to using.

Cajun Shrimp With Vegatables

  • 1/2 lb fresh shrimp
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/4 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red quinoa
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika 

Toss shrimp in lemon juice, oil and seasonings. Place shrimp in skillet and cook on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, flipping the shrimp until no longer pink. In separate sauce pan cook quinoa. As shrimp begins to look pink toss in the veggies and remove from heat once shrimp is fully cooked. Top with quinoa.


Chocolate Pudding!

Kristie Robertson is an associate and beloved member of Set And Company. She contributes to the @setandco Instagram feed as well as the overall aesthetic and culture of our shop experience.