Welcome to the end of our movie week. I’m so glad you stopped by, because we have a visitor!
Everyone, meet Liz. Liz, meet everyone!
*Liz smiles and waves*
Liz blogs full-time at foodforfun, and she’s a fellow guest-contributor at The Blog of Funny Names. When we offered to help out with a scheduling conflict over at BoFN a few weeks ago, Liz and I discovered that we work really well together. It turns out that she helps me stay focused on my writing (instead of batting my eyelashes at certain other BoFN bloggers) and I help her branch out into other areas of the culinary arts (like learning which tv shows are best paired with popcorn and reese’s pieces).
And since we had such a ball the last time we got together, and since snacks and the silver screen complement each other so well, Liz kindly agreed to come over and help me out today.
I wanted to cap off our film-tastic week with something special. Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite readers and commenters here at Words Become Superfluous. Not only is her thoughtful, beautiful blog a continual source of inspiration to me … but she really knows her movies.
Mimi, thank you for always finding the time to come out and play with me! In honour of your first place finish in last February’s Superfluous Oscar Pool, (and your stellar acceptance speech) today’s post is for you.
amb: Since we’re paying tribute to this year’s Oscars, I thought that instead of a tv show, we could talk about this year’s Best Picture winner: Argo. What do you think Liz? Can you find us some snacks to go with one of the most popular movies of the year?
Liz: I’d be honored to help you out, amb. Thanks for having me. And hello to all you amb-fans out there. So glad to meet you! I also want to congratulate Mimi–what tasty fun we have in store for you 🙂
What to pair with this year’s Best Picture winner? We’re talking about a spy movie based on real-life events of the 1970s. So right away I think fondue, meatballs in chafing dishes, spaghettios, tater tots, and Tang–not a pretty sight, any of it. True, there were winners (pop rocks, Zagnut candy bar, Zingers–glorious all), but foods of the ’70s don’t translate all that deliciously. Consider, for instance, that foods circa 1970s were prepared in kitchens of harvest gold and avocado green. Yikes. Foods of the ’70s seem a bit silly and even tasteless looking back through our filter of 2013.
amb: What do you mean, the ’70s weren’t a tasteful time? What would you call this, if not “tasteful”?
Eek. Never mind, I’m beginning to see what you mean. But you know Liz, as much fun as it is to see contemporary actors in vintage outfits, “Argo” isn’t your typical period piece. Even if, at the beginning, all you can focus on is Ben Affleck’s facial hair, the movie gets at deeper issues than that. Things like patriotism, loyalty, and having the courage to act in the face of grave danger.
Liz: Those are timeless concepts, for sure, amb and much easier to relate to than leisure suits and platform shoes. Underneath the polyester, gold chains, and Aqua Net hairspray, the folks of the ’70s were real people with real issues. No matter if Affleck’s character dressed in mostly browns and yes, he did have overmuch facial hair–he also loved and laughed and cried. (And he certainly must have eaten healthy fare to stay in spy-worthy shape.) So while we may snicker at the styles–and foods–of the ’70s, there are indeed layers to consider.
amb: Layers? I’m losing you here, Liz.
Liz: Well, one of the things I enjoy about cooking and playing with recipes is appreciating how ingredients build on each other to create deep and complex flavors. A dish might look simple on the surface, but once you taste it you realize there’s a lot argoing on…
*amb starts cracking up* “Argoing on” I see what you did there! See, everyone, this is one of the many reasons why Liz and I are friends. You’re going to have to come visit on a Wordful Wednesday sometime Liz!
Now where was I? Right: realizing a story has layers. That delicious little ripple of shock that you feel when you realize that things aren’t what they seem can be a really powerful emotion. I think that capturing that feeling was a big part of Argo’s success. Deception can be thrilling, and when an illusion is successfully carried off, it can be really satisfying for an audience. Especially when it’s a high-stakes illusion where the consequences are literally a matter of life and death, as is the case with Argo.
Liz: Wow–you picked up on a layer I hadn’t even considered, amb: illusion. To pull off their escape, Team U.S.A. had to pretend to be people they were not. They had cover stories. This gives me an idea for the perfect snack to pair with Argo. Since my kitchen is back over at foodforfun, I’ll invite you to click on over to find out what that snack is!