Movies That Rock

The chef has taken a few days off from the restaurant and I must say it has been ultra fantastic. I have been able to run errands sans Catcher & Lou which is awesome. Instead of the grocery store taking a whooping three hours I can do it in 30 minutes. I have also gotten to use some of the gift cards I got from xmas. I went to H & M in hopes of finding some sweet new digs but all I could do was buy the coolest gear ever (a rubber skull rain coat & a super cute pink skull puffy coat) for the boy & girl. Having the chef at home also means that we watch tons of flicks. This week alone we have seen three great films. We started with:

Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, listens to old Joe's wisdom, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. As the pregnancy advances, life with Earl seems less tolerable, a way out less clear, and the affair with the doctor complicated by his marriage. What options does a waitress have?
A very cute movie directed by Adrianne Shelley (who was brutally murdered 2 weeks before her film was released). A great story with a focus on food. Always a plus in our household. And she named her baby the best name ever.

The next movie we watched was Eastern Promises
The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby's lineage and relatives. The girl's personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. Anna's mother Helen does not discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan urges caution. He is right to do so; by delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives - including his own - hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.

A crazy film directed by David
Cronenberg. One thing you should know about this flick whether you are male or female. Viggo Mortensen gets butt ass nekkid and has a fight scene. He does high kicks with no undies on. Let's just say that at this point in the film, the chef had to leave the room. I, however, did not.

And last but not least:

The film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Domn Barber of Fleet Street, the Broadway show that the Chef took me to for valentines Day 2007.

Sweeney Todd a.k.a Benjamin Barker returns to London after being sent away by Judge Turpin with the help of a sailor, Anthony Hope. He opens a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pie Shop were she sells "the worst pies in London." With the help of Mrs. Lovett, Todd tries to rid of all the people who have ever done him wrong and hopes to be reunited with his daughter, Joanna, who is now Judge Turpin's ward.

I have to say that we both enjoyed the Tim Burton film. Johnny Depp kicks ass as always and Helena Bonham Carter does a great job. Although I must say that Patti LuPone was so much more amazing as Mrs. Lovett. The one thing that was disappointing was the mysterious disappearance of the main theme song. "Sweeney Sweeney Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Although after the show last year the chef & I sang it over & over again for about two weeks. Which eventually made us insane so we started murdering people and putting them in pies.

It's been a good week.