Tasty Trailers: Music, Wrists, Streams

MUSIC WITHIN – This looks important. Not in a filmic sense but in a societal sense.

WRISTCUTTERS – I keep seeing billboard for this movie all over town. It’s not as SAW-5 as the posters make it look!

SLIPSTREAM – But oooh golly! This looks phenomenal!

P.S. This also looks fun!

P.P.S. What is up with the Irish brunettes?!  UPDATE: I have a friend who’s seen this movie at a festival.  The word on the street is that it’s a “fantastic family movie.” 🙂

P.P.P.S. Finally, my friend Darren sent me this link to a youtube video about Yiddish Theatre: A Love Story. It looks quite batampte.


Here A Strike, There A Strike

…everywhere a strike-strike. As the time draws near for the WGA (Nov 1st), the local Broadway IATSE union in New York is set to follow suit. Or should I say, precede accordingly.

This news has a special place in my heart because I spent some time managing a professional theatre in Vancouver, Canada. I hit my head on those vom doors more times than I can count, and yet, I loath unions (except you Equity! Everybody loves Equity! Wink, wink.). However, I absolutely support supporting the technicians that make the magic of theatre possible.

I admit to ignorance of the Broadway ways; but still, I’m not sure that in NY striking will be the best solution for IATSE. There are ways to avoid the technicians’ necessity. However, back on the left coast, WGA is counting on their members’ products as being foundationally necessary. The American public cannot subsist on a solely reality television diet for too long! Yet, with the sneaky advent of non-guild production companies by many of the major studios and networks, many non-union writers are getting their chance! It’s hard for starving artists to show solidarity when a “chance” or a “big break” is carrot-ed in their faces.

What would I do? Take the chance to be abused by the big boys? Or eat ramen, while the storm passes? Thankfully, I’m not purporting to be a working writer yet. So I’ll cross that bridge once the canyon appears…

UPDATE: 90.3% of the 6000 WGA members that voted recently will support a strike.

Tasty Trailers: Juno, King Corn, & More

“This is one doodle that can’t be undid, homeskillet.”

Juno – you must see this. December 14th, 2007.

King Corn – this looks important.

When Did You Last See Your Father? – two very fine actors.

Grace is Gone – a socially relevant drama.

The Bucket List – Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Wow.

Happy T-Day Canada!

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

I got in my head that I wanted to cook a turkey dinner! I’ve got two under my belt. One of them without my mother’s supervision! So I thought I’d give ‘er a try. But there were no appropriately sized turkeys to be had! Whole Foods and Gelson’s both had turkeys but they were huge!! Too expensive and too much bird.

So I bought a chicken.

Calling it a “churckey dinner” I forged ahead.

I arrived home at 6:15 PM this evening with the final ingredients necessary. Yes! 6:15 PM. “Shouldn’t you be EATING by that time, Gillian?” you might ask. “Oh well!” say I, and march ever forward. I got the stuffing made (genuine Mt Scio savory!) and the bird in the oven by 6:45 PM. It was a small bird so 1h 30m would do ‘er. Then I put the veggies on.

While I was waiting, I thought it might be nice to have some Yorkshire Pudding like my Aunt Sylvia makes! So I went online and found a recipe. I also looked up a recipe for gravy… because, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember how to make it. Water, drippings, flour… but what proportions!? I love the internet.

Fast forward to 8:00 PM. The bird is out, the Yorkshire pudding is in, and I’m mixing flour into water and drippings. Some salt; a little pepper. We were ready to eat by 8:15 PM.

The chicken was JUICY! Yum yum yum. The gravy was a little bland (not much bird juice) tho’ still pleasantly tasty. The carrots and cabbage were perfectly done.  Also, except for being whole wheat, the Yorkshire Puddings turned out exactly as they were intended. And finally, the stuffing was perfecto! It’s the same recipe I learned from my mother, my nanny, and my aunt. I will never be satisfied with another stuffing recipe.

So I exercised my cooking genes. And the results were very happy!

Anyone for leftovers?