Luck of the Irish

Janet Allen:

In honour of my upcoming trip to Ireland (among other UK destinations) in T-minus 9 hours and counting, I’m reposting my piece on favourite Irish movies. May it put you all in an Emerald Isle state of mind!

Originally posted on Popcorn Dinner:

It’s been awhile, dear friends, but never fear, Popcorn Dinner is back! Ages ago I did a post about my favourite English movies promising more movie snapshots from the British Isles in the future. The time is now! I dubbed March “Irish Movie Month” (and yes, I recognize it’s now almost May, but that’s sometimes how long these things take) and had loads of fun watching a bunch of films with a distinctly Irish flavour. I’ve never actually been to Ireland – an oversight from my time living in the UK that I hope to rectify someday soon – but here’s an overview of what I’ve learned about the country from the movies, whatever your mood or preferences…

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“Um… who’s Jeff Goldblum?”

Recently, I came across a man in my community who is Jeff Goldblum’s vocal doppelganger. He looks absolutely nothing like him at all, but seriously, if you close your eyes and just listen to him talk, you would swear Jeff Goldblum was in the room. I was quite taken with this phenomenon and mentioned it (with barely contained enthusiasm) to some co-workers who also know this man. They smiled politely and nodded a little, laughing uncomfortably. I said, “You don’t think so?” and after a brief pause one brave soul asked, “Who’s Jeff Goldblum?” He was not the only one – others were equally perplexed. Continue reading

August, Osage County: A Study in Discomfort

Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Julianne Nicholson bring the somber in August: Osage County. (Photo credit)

Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Julia Roberts bring the somber in August: Osage County. (Photo credit)

This is the time of year that I am frantically trying to catch up on all of the year’s best movies. Usually right around the end of January I realize I have seen very little of note and am scrambling to fill in the blanks by Oscar time. With Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts earning Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for their roles, August: Osage County was high on my awards-season must-see list. Continue reading

Best Movie Wedding Scenes

Wow! I realized today it has been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything. Popcorn Dinner has been sadly neglected! But I have a good reason for being absent so long. Recently I’ve been focusing most of my time and energy on preparing for my sister’s wedding, which happened November 9th in Ontario. There was a lovely ceremony, a great party, a fabulous dress, a delicious cake, and lots of happy people. Like something out of a Nora Ephron movie. So of course in honour of my sis and her now husband I thought a Popcorn Dinner list of top 10 movie wedding moments was definitely in order. Continue reading

Where’s Wonder Woman?

My love of Wonder Woman began with the 1970s Saturday morning cartoon, Superfriends. She wielded a magic lasso, flew around in an invisible jet, and wore some pretty kick-ass boots. I mean, what’s not to love?

When I was a kid, superheroes were often the inspiration for my annual Halloween costume and Wonder Woman was a clear, if somewhat obvious choice. If memory serves, I made several repeat performances as Batgirl and Wonder Woman on chilly October nights. Continue reading

I Could Totally Be Friends With Helen Mirren…

Is there anyone cooler than Helen Mirren?

Recently, a friend of mine shared this Vanity Fair piece where Helen Mirren responds to the Proust Questionnaire. In it she responds to revealing personality questions and says lots of interesting and down-to-earth stuff. Apparently the thing she values most in her friends is “their ability to open a bottle of wine”. (I might just have a shot!) Continue reading

Happy Birthday to ME!

Yes, Popcorn Dinner just turned one recently. After 28 posts, 4 blog awards, and approximately 2750 views, I’m quite happy with my little experiment. I’m not sure how I’m “doing” in any objectively measurable standard of hobby blogging (if one exists), but I have my little core group of faithful followers and have settled into a fairly manageable routine of posting about once a month. I recognize that if I was more active, I would probably get more traffic, but I choose not to worry about such things. If I did, I think it would start to feel a little like work instead of the pleasant diversion from the daily grind that it affords. Continue reading