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10 March 2008 @ 09:34 am
Be Kind Rewind and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day  
Going into it, this weekend was looking like a rather busy affair, but semi-fortunately incoming flights were delayed, dinners postponed, and newborn babies moved to less visitable locales because of suburban blackouts, thus opening up time for some much-needed food shopping, much enjoyed food cooking, and a double feature at the Ritz.

Dinner-wise, I made made some shrimp and veggie quesadillas (with asparagus, mushrooms, onion, jalopeno, and refried beans). Dessert-wise I took my first stab at baking cupcakes from scratch. Vanilla cupcakes with citrus cream cheese icing. Unfortunately, I made the rookie mistake of not sifting my flour and so they're a tad dense, but I haven't heard any complaints yet from the people who have eagerly devoured them.

On Sunday, we saw Michael Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, which was was often hilarious and extremely charming. If you haven't heard of it, it involves Jack Black and Mos Def refilming their own versions of popular movies in order to save Danny Glover's failing VHS rental store after they accidentally erase all the tapes. And just to sweeten the pot, there's also Mia Farrow and lots of great Fats Waller music.

And then since we enjoyed that so much and had a free afternoon, we saw Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, in which Frances McDormand plays a failed nanny who gets swept up in the life of a man-juggling American starlet (Amy Adams) in London on the eve of WWII. Sweet, amusing and energetic, but perhaps a bit too slick and slight, it also stars Shirley Henderson and Lee "The Piemaker" Pace (affecting a surprisingly Clive Ownen-ish accent).

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Listening to: The Polyphonic Spree - "Light & Day"
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on March 10th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Wow what is that belt-y thing she's wearing? Also that handbag is hot--
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red cameraassmonkeydiary on March 10th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
At first I thought there was a clockface on it, but now I'm not so sure. But that would be pretty cool in a Flavor Flav kind of way.
zantimisfit on March 10th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Ugh! You can't tease me about delicious sounding things you've cooked like this! Recipe please! (you really should join our Flickr account)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on March 10th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Joined. I'll see if I can cobble together what do I for the quesadillas. It's kind of a random process for me. And I'm holding out on any cupcake recipes until I get a little better at it.
lollygaggerylollygaggery on March 11th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
If you do cobble it together, I'd love to have it as well.
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 10th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
As much as you cook, it surprises me that you'd never made cupcakes from scratch before.

They sound yummy. The veggie thing, not so much.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ape in icelandassmonkeydiary on March 10th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
I mostly cook savory dishes, so I'm still fairly new to the world of sweet.
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on March 12th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
SIFT! SIFT! SIFT!! sift like there's no tomorrow, then sift once again.

lee pace gives me butterflies.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green grassassmonkeydiary on March 12th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
I shall sift like there's no tomorrow!

Pace is also in that new horror movie with Sarah Michelle Gellar... Possesssion.