December 17th, 2007


Mr. Magorium's Secret Butter for SECRET EATING

Saw "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" today. It's a fun yet poignant movie in which Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman with a lisp), the 243-year-old eccentric Willy Wonka-esque owner of a magic toy store tells his assistant Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) that he's leaving her the store. It's got all sorts of clever little visual jokes to watch out for, including a brief early appearance by a Kermit the Frog puppet. This movie is the perfect Christmas movie: it's about a magic toy store, but it has no references to Christmas in it. :}

Before the movie I did something slightly perverse: I sat in the lobby and started reading "The Golden Compass". That's right, READING the BOOK instead of seeing the movie! But it's okay, I'd seen the movie before. Now I wanna see what they left out.

Also, I went there not only to see the movie (and read the book of another movie), but to test a new scheme of mine: sneaking real butter into the theatre to put on my popcorn instead of that icky artificial butter they have. The experiment was a partial success. My method so far:
  • Put an inch or two of butter into a snack-size Ziploc bag, near one end
  • Cut a small hole in the corner at the other end (so I don't have to sneak scissors into the theatre as well)
  • Fold the bag in half and stick it inside another snack-size bag (so in case it leaks, it won't make a mess)
  • Go to the theatre, hoping the butter will be melted or at least softened by the time I get there (this was not a problem, as I was out a few hours before getting there)
  • Put the butter bag in my pocket before entering the theatre lobby, so the ticket taker won't find it (though I doubt he'd mind; he's more intent on keeping out recording devices)
  • Buy popcorn just before showtime
  • Open the outer bag, remove the inner bag, and squeeze the butter through the cut corner onto the popcorn (the butter was soft but not melted at this point)
  • Realize that the popcorn, which has been sitting in the bin for a while, is not hot enough to melt the butter (oops)
This last step is where the plan went awry. I ended up with these ribbons of butter sitting on top of the popcorn. Now I need to figure out a way to either melt the butter at the theatre, or keep it melted on the way there. Maybe if I put the butter bag inside a Thermos with hot water...
  • Current Music
    Mika - Grace Kelly

Life in Cartoon Motion yet again

I've been listening to Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion" several times, and I like the whole thing a lot better than when I first listened to it. (One thing that helps is to skip the bonus track at the end. It's beautiful, but it's *very* slow and somber, and I think it threw off my reviewage of the album the first time around.) In fact, I don't know why I said some of the songs sounded unfinished. So, um, ignore that part!

Also, I was finally able to decipher Raffa Kobeisi's story (the heavily-accented talking bracketing the song "Any Other World"). Raffa is a friend of Mika's mother, and she is Lebanese, and she tells a story in which she was going to get married, but her groom left her for another woman, and then during an attack, she lost an eye in a bomb blast. It's a sad story, though I find I can't help laughing when she says "My eyes gone, and now I have only one eyes".
  • Current Music
    Mika - Love Today