Italian Egg Drop Soup: If you are of the 101 ways to use chick peas camp, here is another one. It's chicken broth, chick peas, scallions, and after these get all hot and bubbly, add some noodles for five minutes, then arugula and keep it cranked until it wilts. Then stir in four eggs that have been slightly beaten. A few squirts of lemon juice, and some danger-ranger amounts of salt and you're good to go.
Fantastic Mr. Fox We watched two George Clooney films this week, and no one in this house is even all psycho about George Clooney or anything. I guess my favorite character was probably the rat.
Up in the Air I loved this.
Confessions of a Shopaholic What can I say? I was in the mood to watch a female character whose entire personality was based on compulsive shopping and perfectly-timed wipe outs. If I planned to ever think about this movie again, I would probably point out that the romantic male lead is the poor man's Colin Firth from Bridget Jones.
Beautiful Losers In the best moment of this documentary about a counter culture group of artists -- skateboarders, graffiti, break dancers, hip hop artists, filmmakers -- who were involved with this gallery in the Lower East Side in the 1990s, Harmony Korine is being interviewed at a playground. He stubs out a cigarette, kids are screaming, and he tells the interviewers a story about how years ago his friend's severed head was found in this spot. The now-dead pool shark scammed the wrong guy, or something. A little girl comes up behind Korine, and he turns to her and tells her this same thing. Something like "Hey! They found my friend's head here once." She yells "Cool!" Anyway, this whole thing is a pretty cool documentary about artists, done with pretty broad strokes.
Party Down: Season 1: What. If. What if "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was as funny, less manic, but was the story of unemployed actors who work for a catering company under a Michael Scott-ian character with less hubris. That is "Party Down." It is hilar. And you can stream it on Netflix.
Whip Smart: A Memoir by Melissa Febos: Terry Gross is the voice in my head who indirectly tells me what to do. And this time, the host of NPR's "Fresh Air" introduced me to a young former dominatrix who practiced her craft while juggling heroin and a 3.9 GPA in college -- and then wrote about it in the memoir Whip Smart by Melissa Febos.
Full review will be here, but it looks like it could be awhile ... so suffice to say: If you want to read the story of a woman playing tourist in the land of S&M for about 3 years ... this one is pretty much a doozy.