"I'm sorry it's not something more exotic."
Sometimes Sandwich Cinema is about the sandwich, sometimes it's about the movie, and sometimes it's about the surprising realization that an entire year has passed since you updated your blog and there's only a few more days to get something done in 2016 and you'll do whatever you can with what you have on hand to make something happen. Last night was a combination of inspirational factors two and three.
I know that shitting on 2016 has become a popular pastime, but if I'm being honest, I had a pretty great year. Lots of changes, great new job, but sadly, this little blog of mine got lost somewhere in the shuffle. Only when it came up in conversation a few weeks back did I realize how long it had been since I posted, and I decided I didn't want the year to end without an update. So, what does a girl choose for her one and only blog post of the year? Her favorite movie, of course.
I still remember going to see Rushmore in the theaters solely because my friend/classmate, Lance Kramer, was in it. I also remember my bright-eyed, 15-year-old self thinking that I had never seen anything quite like it before (also, how did I get into a rated R movie?). As such, I have a hard time evaluating this movie objectively. Honestly, it could be pretentious garbage, but I can't see it and I don't care. The movie still floods me with pure nostalgia - my single favorite feeling. The crowd was pretty quiet last night -- not a lot of comments or snark -- but that was fine by me, because I loved getting to watch my favorite movie with a wonderful group and laugh along with others, many of whom were seeing it for the first time. Still, a few comments and reflections:
- I'm still giggling at Rebecca's early supposition that this movie was, in some way, tied to Mt. Rushmore.
- This is probably my favorite use of Cat Stevens' "The Wind" in a movie. It's definitely a clichéd soundtrack choice, but it's really lovely here (sorry, Almost Famous).
- In fact, thinking about Wes Anderson movie soundtracks, this could be my favorite (sorry, Royal Tenenbaums and Seu Jorge). The "Making Time" and "Oh Yoko" montages are just wonderful.
- This movie is infinitely quotable, and many of my favorites have made their way into my day to day speech, no credit given, of course (see: "Oh yeah, and with friends like you who needs friends.")
- Finally, it is apparently impossible for Shea to make bullfrogs at a Sandwich Cinema event without someone spilling a blender full of deliciousness. Worth it, though. Worth it.
Now, I'm not going to post any recipes for tuna salad or PB&J, because we all know how to put these sandwiches together, or at least I desperately hope so. So, instead, I present some pictures of the #BYOS sandwich bar, and the resulting sandwiches, from last night.
So that's it for 2016. One post that we snuck in just under the wire. And honestly, I feel great about it. Thank you to the friends who came over last night to make this happen.
And to the two other people out there who read this blog (hi mom and Mary Clare!), Happy New Year. I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and hungry. I resolve to watch more movies, eat more sandwiches, and talk about both more in the upcoming year. Stay tuned.