What’s not to love about movies? Who doesn’t like movies? Okay, okay. Granted, there are a few souls in this seemingly small world that have no attachments, neither affections, for movies. But for those of us who really enjoy movies, what’s more relaxing that curling up on the sofa with a plate of delicious food and a good story unfolding before our eyes on the television screen?
For the most part when evening descends and it’s only me, I’ve already planned a menu in preparation for a night of DVD watching. The menu can range from something succulent as fresh lobster or rich as a New York strip steak or cheesy goodness as a lasagna with meat sauce or simple as fried eggs and pancakes or easy as linguine with tuna and lemons. It all depends on how much time I want to spend in the kitchen.
My movie preference of late has been murder mysteries, most usually of the BBC variety. I love Inspector Lewis and his partner Sergeant Hathaway as they work to solve murders in Oxford. I love watching Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes–the wit, the sarcasm, the cleverness of it all. And there’s 007–the Daniel Craig series.
For a good laugh and warm fuzzies, I turn to Something’s Got to Give and Spanglish. For blood and gore, it’s Gladiator and the gorgeous voice of Russell Crowe. For patriotism and tears, it’s Band of Brothers. For mindless entertainment it’s The Devil Wears Prada and Pirates of the Carribean (oh that Johnny Depp). For love of England and Julian Fellowes it’s Gosford Park and Downton Abby. And for sentimentality, the stories that always tug on my heart strings, the ones I revisit over and over and over again (and have the soundtracks): Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion (Rupert Penry Jones version), Emma (both the Gwyneth Paltrow and Ramola Garai versions), Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. Yes, I love Jane Austen.
In the comfort of my own home and in the security of my own company, I can laugh out loud like nobody’s watching (because no one is), I can cry until puffy-eyed, and I can beam contentedly (when Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson finally get together or when Emma and Mr. Knightly finally unite or when Matthew Crawley finally proposes to Mary).
An evening alone on the sofa with a movie is always a good time.
Recipe for Linguine with Tuna & Lemons
1 box of good linguine
1 large can of tuna in water
2 plump lemons with beautiful skins
6 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
Boil the linguine as directed on the box. Drain tuna. Zest lemons. Rinse and chop scallions. Peel and dice garlic. Once the noodles are done, drain and put into large serving dish. Generously douse with oil olive–not too much that the noodles are swimming in oil but lavish enough so that the noodles glisten and are well coated. Toss linguine with tuna, zest, garlic and scallions. Squeeze lemon juice onto linguine and salt and pepper to taste. Toss some more. Serve and enjoy!
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