A couple years ago, I decided I wanted to get rid of all my CDs and DVDs, because they just take up too much space. I gave all my DVDs to my sister, knowing that I could always borrow them if I wanted to watch one of my favorite movies. Most of them are on Netflix now, anyway.
Recently, my sister, like me, decided she had too much “stuff” and was going to get rid of all her DVDs, so I asked her to give me back mine. I haven’t purchased a movie since I was probably 18 or 19, so I was curious what would come back to me. She kept Amélie, not that I can blame her, because that movie is beautiful and touching and has a sweet piano-and-accordion-laden soundtrack. I’m listening to it now, and I want to eat a baguette.
I feel like a person’s DVD collection is a great way to get a read on her personality, and while mine is a little outdated, I’m not ashamed to say that my teenage movies still do reflect my personality quite a bit. First, we’ve got the musicals. I own Chicago, Newsies, Moulin Rouge, Sweeney Todd, and Rent. Once, I watched Newsies 29 times in 28 days. In a row. My sister and I dressed up like characters in the movie (Jack and Crutchy, thanks to my mom being on crutches that summer), and I could (and did) recite the entire movie from start to finish, dialogue and songs. When I’m baking, it is totally not uncommon for me to sing showtunes. I’ve got the music in me, okay?
Then we get to the “sad movie” collection. I am not a sad person, but man do I love sad things. Sad music, sad books, sad poetry, and, of course, sad movies. If you want a CryFest, just watch any of these movies: The Good Girl, Little Miss Sunshine (sad and funny, too), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Hours, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Last Kiss, Garden State, Big Fish. I bawled uncontrollably after watching Big Fish the last time. The final scene just got me all choked up about my own dad and I lost it.
I’ve got a few miscellaneous movies: A Beautiful Mind, 28 Days Later, War of the Worlds, Donnie Darko, The Devil Wears Prada, Ever After, Love Actually. I’m lumping all of these in together because there’s not enough of any one type of movie (romance, horror, action) to really flesh out a collection. I’m choosy over romances, I normally hate action, and I never buy horror because they aren’t scary the second time around. I watch Ever After every couple of years because I need to “just breathe.” Also, I am a little obsessed with The Devil Wears Prada.
And that brings us to comedies. I’m actually incredibly picky over comedies, and I prefer the comedic elements of lots of darker movies (I think there are comedic moments to all of the movies listed above), but these ones better fit under the “comedy” genre, in my opinion: The Mask, Zoolander, Heavyweights, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Truman Show, A Knight’s Tale, Thank You For Smoking, Miss Congeniality, Superstar. I can’t explain why Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller have recurring roles. Just kidding, I can, and it’s because they are fantastic (except I’m not a fan of Ben Stiller’s rom-coms). If I had bothered to expand on my DVD collection in recent years, I would have added Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, and I Love You Man. Judd Apatow knows what’s up. If I’m not quoting one of these movies, you might want to check my pulse.
I’m not sure what conclusions you can draw from my old movie collection. Hopefully, it’s just that I have excellent taste in movies. I also have great taste in dessert, which is why I made these crazeballs awesome cobbler. And they’re in miniature cast iron pans, so you could definitely cuddle up with one of these bad boys while watching movies all day.
- 3 firm-ripe pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 cup whole cranberries, fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for sprinkling
- ¾ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
- ⅓ cup (75 grams) lowfat plain yogurt
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine pears, cranberries, honey, and orange juice in a large mixing bowl and stir to coat. In a small bowl, whisk together cinnamon, cloves, orange zest, and cornstarch. Add to fruit and toss to coat. Let rest for 20 minutes. Distribute between two 6-inch cast iron skillets (or one 8x8-inch baking pan) and bake for 10 minutes, then cool on a wire rack while you make the biscuits.
- In a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sprinkle butter cubes over the top of the flour mixture and pulse 10 times. Pour out into a mixing bowl and fold in yogurt until the dough comes together.
- Using a disher or a spoon, scoop five biscuits on top of each skillet (or 10-12 biscuits to cover the 8x8-inch baking pan). Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over the top of each skillet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown, and cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.
- Biscuits adapted from Cook's Illustrated