Film and Foodie: Beauty & the Beast

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Int. Dream Sequence- Movie Theater

All the movie staff singing “Be Our Guest” as you enter the theatre like a Caberet.  Wouldn’t that be a treat?  Well, that probably not happen but seeing Beauty and the Beast is a treat.  Let me get my one issue over with and that is the CGI for the Beast as it moves.   It so fake looking. It was way too distracting but on almost every other account I really enjoyed the film.   I actually found myself thinking that I would like to see it again, matinee of course.  But the cast is enchanting from the lead the supporting characters.  Unless you’ve read up about the film or recognize the voices, many of animated household items and furniture characters will be a big reveal when you find out who they are played by.

Although many fans of Dan Stevens knew he was the beautiful prince transformed into a beast,  Disney make up artist did a great job of doing make up in the opening party scene that allows a reveal of what he looks like  by  the end of the film. Yes,  there are people who don’t know the actor’s work, afterall is he is still somewhat a rising celeb if you aren’t a Downton Abbey fan or Legion fan.

Then their is the other cult following actor, Ms. Emma Watson of the Harry Potter franchise who play Belle.   She does a fine job but it is the supporting actors that are scene stealers whether it be Luke Evans as Gaston or Josh Gad as Lefou.   You’ll engaged in caring for   a candle stick, a clock, a pot or a chipped cup.

 

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Film and Foodie: Hacksaw Ridge

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The critic rises to her feet teary eyed as she says, “Bravo!, Bravo!”  Hacksaw Ridge is a great true story made into a splendid film.  It is the story of Desmond Doss, a Seven Day Adventist who refuses to bear arms in battle of Okinawa.   He was a conscientious objector, he refused to kill or carry  a weapon.  He opted to serve his country as medic.  While in service as a medic he would go into battlefield saving 75 men.  With each person he set out to save, he spoke to the Lord.   The quote for ages shall be, “Lord, let me get one more.”

Mel Gibson is the director.  The cinematography is beautiful.   The story is well executed.  You are allowed to know the characters in a way that allows you to care about what happens.  You see character arcs not only in the leading man but in a few of the supporting characters.     Andrew Garfield convincingly provides a wide array of emotions.  Despite Garfield Oscar worthy performance.  He is not carrying this film alone. The acting is top notch.  You connect with the characters whether they are the nice guys are not.  It is really good to see  Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in these roles.The stand out newbie is Luke Bracey, kind of the tough shell character.  The leading lady to Andrew Garfield is Teresa Palmer.  She actually played the romantic lead to Luke Bracey in the remake of Point Break.  The hugely talented cast helps to flesh out a heart-warming movie.

Hacksaw Ridge has powerful messages of conviction, patriotism and courage which touch the soul.

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The Foodie picks:   After being flustered by the raw emotion of the film, I drew a blank about what to pair.  I can see clearly now, the rain has gone.   Okay, so Doss is a southern guy from Virginia.  I am a New York gal with Virginian parents so I know a thing or two about southern cooking.   What kind of heroes welcome home dinner would our southern gentleman like to come home to.    While in theaters go to a Southern style cooking restaurant.  Think cornbread, fried chicken and mashed potato comfort food.   Let’s get a little more elegant for watching this movie with friends at home.   When on DVD then opt for southern cuisine finger foods like baby back ribs, macaroni & cheese balls, deep fried pickle chips  and happy ending of peach cobbler.   Then raise a glass to the soldiers with a blue martini but if you are conscientious objector to drinking then don’t.

Film Review of Deepwater Horizon

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Deepwater Horizon is a true story filled with the greed of the oil business and how it leads to  tragedy.   Yet in the midst of tragedy there are heroic true stories.   It features Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich.   And the trio all put in fine performances.   I was especially drawn to John Malkovich performance.   Honestly, it was lost on me until this moment that father and daughter  were in this film, Kate Hudson and stepdad Kurt Russell.   Kate has a quiet supporting role.  Find out  a bit more about this film by watching the review below.

Film and Foodie Review: The Accountant

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Don’t believe the critical bad hype about “The Accountant”,  go with the audience reaction which is very positive.   Although, the movie is evidently flawed in some areas like contrived coincidence.   The second plot point twist toward the ending is way too verbally expository rather than executed ins .   Despite these two factors.  I would lean to what is positive more than what is negative.

For those excited about the pairing of JK Simmons and Ben Affleck together in this film, you really will not get to see them play opposite each other.   If you don’t know, these will play opposite each other Ben Affleck’s version of Batman and JK Simmons will play Commissioner Gordan.    As for Anna Kendrick, she is likeable.  I was concerned about the age difference but Affleck looks rather young in this film contrary to the mature slightly grey look he has been celebrating in other films.

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Film and Foodie: St. Patrick’s Day Movie List

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This March 17th celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an assortment of great Irish films and food:

Bloody Sunday: Director of he last two Bourne films, Paul Greengrass, gives a harrowing account of a protest and massacre on January 30th, 1972. If you like Greengrass’ style then this is the film for you.

Food Match: Try some Coddle, a dish made with bacon, sausage, sliced potatoes and onions. Dublin-Coddle

Michael Collins A tale about an Irish political leader in the 1910’s who forged forward for Ireland’s freedom and starring Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts and Aiden Quinn.A powerful film from Neil Jordan that will have you enraptured until the last frame.

Food Match: Fix up a bit of Bacon and Cabbage, which is back bacon and cabbage served in a buttermilk sauce.

The Quiet Man: This classic John Wayne film with the lovely Marueen O’Hara is about a boxer retiring to Ireland and finding love.

Food Match: Have some Irish stew with lamb, beef, or mutton and an assortment of vegetables from potatoes to parsley.

My Left Foot: Daniel Day-Lewis’ amazing performance as poet Christy Brown is fascinating to see and heartwarming to experience. This film is where Day-Lewis got his notoriety as a method actor as he stayed in character throughout the filming.

Food Match: Try the traditional corn beef and cabbage with your favorite Irish beer.

In the Name of the Father: Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance as a son falsely imprisoned after a forced confession that ends up jailing his father as well is powerful and compelling. An overlooked film of Day-Lewis’ career.

Food Match: Have some Dublin Lawyer, Lobster cooked in whisky and cream.

Departed: The film takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, where Irish Mob boss Francis “Frank” Costello plants Colin Sullivan as an informant within the Massachusetts State Police. Simultaneously, the police assign undercover cop William “Billy” Costigan to infiltrate Costello’s crew. When both sides realize the situation, each man attempts to discover the other’s true identity before his own cover is blown. Stars Leo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Martin Scorsese. There is plenty of bagpipe music throughout the film.

Drink Match: Pull out the green beer tough guys as you watch this flick.

Review and Food suggestions by Michael Fusco

 

Addition  by MCCN Editor, Crystal Johnson AKA CrystalJFilmdiva-  Editor’s Choice-Brooklyn which came out in 2015.