movie buff

saturday night my husband and i decided to go see a movie in an actual theater while the movie was still considered “hot” and very  much talked about.  if there is something we really want to see we typically wait until it makes its way to dvd. we then get it through netflix and watch it at home on our laptop in the comfort of our living room propped up on the sofa.   usually it takes us a while to get around to seeing things that are relevant – by the time we watch relevant films, society is through talking about them and has moved on to something else.  case in point: we just saw “the king’s speech” last friday night for the very first time.  we’ve only recently discussed that perhaps we should rent harry potter sometime and see what all that is about.  now, lest anyone think we are totally out of it, in my defense, i would like to say that we spend a good amount of time watching nitpicky, educational documentaries that do make us very interesting people (in certain circles).   i may not know a whole lot about harry potter, but i can tell you exactly how some of george bananchine’s muses felt about dancing for him, and how tupperware came to be sold at house parties.

back to the relevant movies….

last fall (?? i think it was?) i read the help.  i loved it.  it was the best book i have read in a very long time.  it was one of those books that was so good, i put everything on hold until i had a chance to finish it.  when i learned that it was to be made into a movie, i told my husband i wanted to see it.  right away.  in a theater.  just like everyone else. so i could talk about it just like everyone else.  so saturday we hit the matinee.

this post is not a review of the film.  you can read those elsewhere.  i would recommend though, that you read the book first, as the book, in my honest opinion, is far superior to the movie.  if you put the laundry and cooking aside to read it like i did, it won’t take long to get through it and you can still go see the movie while it is big stuff.

this post is about how i was reminded of why we do things the way we do.  why we wait until the movie is available on dvd and watch it at home, just the two of us.

as i said, we decided to catch a matinee showing.  not only is a matinee less expensive, there are fewer noisy people in the theater to contend with.  or so we thought.  unfortunately, several other people had the same idea for a saturday afternoon, enough people to fill nearly every seat of the theater.  people who eat popcorn, slurp drinks, rattle candy wrappers, forget to turn off their phones, and laugh in all the wrong places.  i sat next to a gangly youth who was obviously dragged along and only there because he had to be.  i don’t think he’d read the book.  i endured his popcorn eating for forty-five minutes only to listen to forty-five minutes more of him slowly digesting his bottled drink.

then there was the movie itself.  my husband and i decided that we will in fact rent this later anyway because we missed half the lines.  not so much because of the hungry youth beside me but because we were so enamored with the scenery we forgot to listen.  i’m not talking about oceans and mountains, i’m talking about glorious old plantation houses and a beautiful mid-century  modern ranch style.  i’m talking about vintage drainboard sinks, yards of beadboard, an incredible old stove, woodwork painted robin’s egg blue, and kitchen cupboards with layers of cracked paint and exposed hinges.  every other scene my husband and i would turn to each other pop-eyed and exclaim “oooohh! did you see that!?” “look at the pine cabinets!!”  then something important or funny would happen and we would miss it.  there was no opportunity to hit pause, discuss the way the kitchen was laid out, and then resume the film.

then of course there was the food “scenery” that only a foodie would catch and truly appreciate.  fried chicken made with crisco in a cast iron skillet and all those vintage goodies shown in my mother’s old betty crocker cookbook: sunshine jello salad, ambrosia, deviled eggs served with pickles, fluted orange cups, and chicken salad with white grapes.   i’m not one for lots of corresponding merchandise but i did come away thinking it would be cool if there was a cookbook from “the help” offered later.  minus of course a recipe for the chocolate pie.

perhaps i was just starving because our dinner afterwards at a pub (reminiscent of places we visited on our honeymoon) was the highlight of our afternoon.

missed moments aside the movie was very good and worth seeing.  the scene portraying celia foote planting her memorial rose bush was a poignant one for both of us, and one that hit very close to home.

we eagerly anticipate the dvd release so we can find out what it was everyone was laughing at while we were ogling over those blue chintz curtains.

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5 Comments to “movie buff”

  1. I am looking forward to the book; I (along with half of SA) have requested from the library. =) But now you have me curious–why *is* Tupperware sold at house parties?

  2. LOL. American Experience has an episode on Tupperware. If you rend dvds through Netflix it is available but currently not available through streaming online. I think I actually found it at my library. Anyhow the jist of it is this: Tupperware was invented in the 50’s. This guy found that melted plastic pellets created a superior plastic product perfect for housewares. He invented the seal and all that but he needed a way to market his invention. At that time all women stayed at home and were (supposedly) bored and looking for something to do. They found that these homemakers were the perfect salespeople for this product. If they could get them to invite their other stay at home friends over for a party and show off the product – then they would buy and want to sell as well. The idea caught on, husbands got involved and Tupperware sales people became a whole American subculture in and of themselves. As far as I can tell it was the first time house parties and the “pyramid sales scheme” was used to sell a product.

  3. I Too would probably enjoy the beauty of the era, and the simpler life. Alot of people say the books can be slightly better than the movies. Our home has plenty of rose bushes, wish you could see my garden talent, with pride , people ask if they could see our back yard when they walk down the street ,because they can see some roses but not all the flowers. I may not have the biggest home in the world, but the park like setting is soo nice if I dont mind bragging myself! Tupperware parties were a big thing when I was a kid. I think you still can have parties.

    • i would love to see your yard. we had such a difficult summer this year and my roses just didn’t do very well at all. they look horrible.

  4. Goodness, The gelatin molds you have posted above remind me of my great grandmother and her era. I think everything was so much more classier back then. She was an absolute lady. Thanks for your post. It brought back great memories.

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