no, Elvis is not in the king cake

This weekend I saw the best-looking king cake I’d seen in years. I wish I could say I bought it, but we had so much sweet stuff back at the house that it seemed unnecessary. I regret this now.
Let me explain about the king cake. It’s a New Orleans thing mostly. Between Epiphany and Mardi Gras, New Orleans bakeries make king cakes, which are very similar to coffee cake rings except they have purple, green, and yellow (Mardi Gras colors) sugar sprinkled on the top. Somewhere inside the king cake is concealed a little plastic baby.

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Citizen Ruth (1996)

Citizen Ruth: 1996, dir. Alexander Payne. Seen on DVD (Feb. 22).
Blanket announcement here: Every time I write one of these entries about a specific movie, with the movie/year as the title, it’s likely to include detailed plot information. If you feel this might spoil your enjoyment of the movie, don’t read it. The “spoiler” info won’t appear on the site index page, but I reserve the right to mention exactly what happens in the damn movie. I am tired of putting those little “spoilers to follow” tags all over the entries, so there.
Citizen Ruth is not a movie I can say I liked, really. I can say it was a good movie, and that I’m glad I saw it, but it wasn’t particularly enjoyable. It was disturbing and sometimes difficult to watch.

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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Intolerable Cruelty: 2003, dir. Joel and Ethan Coen. Seen on DVD (Feb. 21).
[blah blah blah spoilers included blah]
People have been bugging me to see Intolerable Cruelty since it was released, because they said they were eager to hear my opinion on this reworking of the Thirties screwball comedy genre. (I am very very fond of Thirties comedies, in case you were not aware.)
But the thing is, y’all, this isn’t a reworking of a Thirties comedy. I think you have your decades confused.

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hearts and flowers and really weird things

Valentine’s Day has never been a very big holiday for me. In the past few years, I’ve treated it like a holiday that other people celebrate. Like Hanukkah or Boxing Day or Easter. I don’t mind coworkers passing around candy and things because, hey, free chocolate. My only gripe has been that it is impossible to dine out that night, but then it’s difficult to eat out on Thanksgiving and Easter too.
I know lots of people like to view Valentine’s Day as a day to shower their relatives, platonic friends, and even coworkers with little presents and cards and things, but I haven’t viewed the day in that way since I was a little girl. Valentine’s Day is for couples to get schmoopy with each other and hopefully the rest of us can let them do that and go along with our business without too much disruption.

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The Return of the King (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: 2003, dir. Peter Jackson. Seen at Gateway (Feb. 7).
[warning: review allegedly contains plot spoilers.]
Note to self: call sister today and tell her I finally saw the damn movie so she’ll stop pestering me and my boyfriend about it. I think she’s seen it three or four times herself, but she does have that little obsession with Orlando Bloom-as-Legolas.
Second note to self: I haaaaaate seeing movies at Gateway. Must write frothing rant about loud/migraine-inducing commercials and trailers later.

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