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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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