August 26th, 2007

Dream of Bingo

movie night roundup, staring mint-walnut pesto

For dinner tonight I made a green bean salad that turned out surprisingly well. It's basically just green beans and new potatoes with a mint-walnut pesto. (Recipe) Made mostly because I had a bunch of mint leftover from last weekend, and poked around looking for recipes on teh inatrwebs. I didn't measure very precisely, and I probably used more nuts and mint+parsley than it called for, but it was really good. The mint is subtle and everything blends well. And it's vegan, even!

Tonight we watched Gosford Park. It was good that we had Greg & Mel, who have both seen it several times, so that we could stop a couple times to get the rundown on how all the characters were related and who was that again? Because man, is it complicated. But it's a great murder mystery. The ending is not resolved traditionally, but I still found it satisfying.

Oh, and last weekend we watched Ladies in Lavendar, the last of the Maggie Smith movies, also starring Judi Dench. (Gosford Park is our transition to murder mysteries.) Sorry, Dame Judi Dench. It solidified something for me: I really like it when movies don't feel it necessary to spell everything out, but let the audience figure it out. And it's another one where if you just wrote down what the characters said, it wouldn't capture at all what had actually happened in the scene, which I'm thinking is really the sign of a great movie actor.