Dinner and A Movie - Beowulf And Grendel

Saturday, January 05, 2008
Snore fest. With such a great story you'd think they could have done a better job. Not even Stellen Skarsgard could save this , in fact he was sadly one of the worst parts of this for me. And normally he's sooo good. Combined with a wooden Sarah Polley who barely bothered to put any effort into her performance, it didn't make for easy viewing. The positives? Well, it IS a great story (please don't rely on the 13th Warrior for your knowledge of Beowulf...go read the book) and, surprisingly, Gerard Butler was the best part of the cast other than Ingvar Sigurdsson as Grendel the troll who was great. And the scenery. Oh lordy it was gorgeous - shot entirely in Iceland if IMDb.com is correct. Yet another place to add to the places I'd love to visit before I die. I had wanted to see Beowulf and Grendel so badly when I first heard about it but now I'm glad I didn't spend half my paycheck to spend an evening in the theatre. The Captain does NOT recommend wasting your time or money on this one.

Lunch, for me, was equally disappointing. I'm one of those people who love to cook for others and enjoys the planning, preparation, and plating. However, when it comes to sitting down and eating it...nothing. No appetite, no desire. I'm just not interested. Today was another one of those days. The potato salad, which I did try, was pretty good. Instead of arugula, I used a sweet baby lettuce mix, and I amped up the dressing by substituting balsamic vinegar for rice wine vinegar and adding about a tablespoon of President's Choice Memories of Thailand Chili Sauce (I highly recommend you get yourself a bottle if you can, I use it in all kinds of things). Holy crap, the dressing is definately a keeper. I had veggie springrolls and mom had pork dumplings and we topped off the meal with homemade bruschetta and garlic toast. Too bad I wasn't hungry. Afterwards, we did a bit of knitting to keep ourselves awake while trying to watch the film. Ah well. Not every Dinner and a Movie date can be a hit, right?

Mmmm, delicious.

You can see that my mother comes to our dinner/movie dates dressed in her finest attire.

Devil cat asks "Did you get my good side?"

Y'all are in for a treat next time as the captain's momma has offered to host our next "date night". I'll introduce you to her newly adopted family member, Rocky, and give you a different view of our fabulous river valley (she's got a balcony and DOESN'T live in a basement...).


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Mmmm, I can taste it from here. That looks divine.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

While I lke Sarah Polley and that Skarsgard guy, I could tell this one was gonna stink before I even saw it. That lunch looks good thou and your mom is cute. I hope your next one goes better.

sp said...

Despite you not recommending it, I'm going to have to watch it because like you I very much wanted to see it when it was released. I won't say that you didn't warn me if I find it a snooze-fest.
Dinner looks delicious.
Devil cat is gorgeous!

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