Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Night Out; my Foray into Local Culture

I was just wondering, do you ever finish your breakfast and still feel hungry, which makes you wish that really great Everything bagel you just ate came with a third half because you sure as hell aren't the kind of person to go make ANOTHER bagel but you ARE the kind of person who will finish off the last brownie after you eat your completely insufficient bagel because brownies go so well with coffee??? Tell me it's not just me.

Saying a bagel should have a third half really doesn't make sense. I mention that because it would bug me if I read it somewhere, so all you Grammar Queens should now be satisfied.

This isn't a post about food, though. Last night, I went to a movie at Bend's Tower Theatre. For the next few months, a series of classic and independent films are scheduled to play once a week. Or twice a month. Something. Last night's film was an independent called Sweet Land.

To begin with, the Tower Theatre is a restored movie house in downtown Bend. There is a stage and a screen so the offerings are as diverse as live Irish music to Warren Miller films.

I arrived early, but not early enough to go have a cocktail at a nearby pub or restaurant. After I bought my ticket ($6) I learned that beer and wine were served in the Tower Theatre lobby. Happiness! I drank my beer and then ordered popcorn to take inside. Onstage walked a man with a microphone, a spotlight trained upon him as he announced the evening's program.

About mid-movie, the screen went dark. Someone said, "intermission" but it obviously wasn't meant to happen. I was thinking of Cinema Paradiso, the scene where the film catches fire.

There was no fire, and soon the movie was rolling again. Set in 1920's midwest, it was shot on location in southern Minnesota. A German woman named Inga travels to the US to marry a Norwegian farmer, Olaf, whom she has never met. Inga encounters many instances of prejudice for being German from the locals who, having just gone through WWI, have strong feelings in the pejorative about Germans. The two run into hurdles trying to get married, since she has some papers but not the right papers with her. Being German, the officials are reluctant to help.

It was well-done, not over the top on the romance or the prejudice, just well-done all around. There were funny moments as well. Alan Cumming plays the neighboring farmer, Alex Kingston (from ER, way back when) plays his wife. Lois Smith, one of my favorite actresses, played Inge as an older woman. I love Lois Smith. She was in How to Make an American Quilt, Twister, and many others. Do you know who I mean? She's great. I swear it was Ryan O'Neal as the minister, but the credits do not agree. The Inga and Olaf characters are played by relatively anonymous actors, I think. Although the woman appeared on Grey's Anatomy. They were both wonderful in this film.

I went out, I did something fun and really enjoyed it. I couldn't help myself, as I looked at the many women who were there with their friends, but wish that I had a friend with me as well. You can't have everything....


Live on the Fly Studio said...

I know exactly what you mean by "a third half bagel." I wish there was "a third half beer" when I'm drinking a yummy stout or porter. Sometimes a girl just wants a bit more beer, not another whole one.

Occidental Girl said...

Thanks for the beer example. That's it, exactly!

Lady M said...

Whenever we have bagels in the house, there is always a half leftover in a ziplock bag, awaiting the next snacking opportunity.

I'm glad you got to go see an interesting movie. When I travel, I go to the theater alone. It's wonderful in some ways because I can choose exactly what I want to see, but mostly it's nice to have company instead.

Bob said...

Keep spreading the word on the wonderful SWEET LAND. Love love love that film.