Recently I found a stack of old cookbooks from my grandmothers. Since Red1 has a successful Tiktok account, my mom gave me the idea to expand Groovy Artichokes past this blog. We now have a Tiktok account linked to this blog called Groovy Artichokes where I will be posting videos of all the recipes I try from those cookbooks, starting today.
My first video: bread crumbs. A classic.
Bread Crumb Recipe
To make bread crumbs, you’ll need one thing – bread. The type of bread doesn’t matter, ends or normal pieces, gluten-free or otherwise. Today I used the ends of bread from many loaves that we save in the freezer. In a pinch, just use a whole loaf of bread.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cut your bread slices into the sized pieces you want.
My best recommendation is to cut the crumbs to the size you need
Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and put in the oven until they are completely dry.
Remove the bread crumbs. At this point, if you cut the crumbs small enough, you’re done, but if you didn’t continue. Place the crumbs in a food processor and pulse until they reach the desired size. Behind the scenes of my video, I tried my food processor but it wasn’t cutting the crumbs. I think the blades need sharpening.
Anyway, I used our NutriBullet, but it powdered the breadcrumbs, so I don’t recommend doing that.
These bread crumbs can be used for anything requiring bread crumbs. I used the powder for meatloaf.
We’re starting an impromptu film series in which we take a look at sets of films that were nominated for Academy Awards. We wanted to explore a random selection of good films from past, and what better way to splash into the history of film than to look at a curated list? In the first season, we’ll look that the nominees for Outstanding Production, or Best Picture from 1939, 1949, 1959, …2019.
Every year, a collection of films are nominated and we’d like to take a closer look, explore what makes a nominated film, and how the voice of film has changed over time.
Access to the films can be limited, so we will use a combination of the Academy site, Wikipedia, and one of our favorite sites, JustWatch.com as our tools for exploration. If we find that we have access to the films, we’ll give them a good watching.
At the Eleventh Academy Awards celebration in 1939, Oscars were awarded to Deanna Durbin and Mickey Rooney for Juvenile Players, Bette Davis for Best Actress in Jezbel, and Walt Disney was awarded the special statuette and seven smaller Oscars for each of the seven dwarfs.
The nominees for Outstanding Production included a few familiar titles, but a good list of surprises. This is why we are here. We’re looking for surprises.
1939 – OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION
WINNER: YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU – Columbia
Frank Capra’s film with Jean Aurthor and James Stewart. It’s on our Watch List, especially after reading a few reviews at Letterboxd.com. It sounds like the modern viewer could enjoy a fresh look at what’s important in life and what’s just – not. Fresh looks for 2021?
NOMINEES THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD – Warner Bros.-First National ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND – 20th Century-Fox BOYS TOWN – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer THE CITADEL – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer FOUR DAUGHTERS – Warner Bros.-First National GRAND ILLUSION – Realization D’Art Cinematographique JEZEBEL – Warner Bros. PYGMALION – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer TEST PILOT – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
None of the nominees are in our DVD collection, so we’ll have to rely on their availability on the streaming platforms.
Five of the films are streaming, but only two of them on services we currently have access to. So let’s discuss THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and PYGMALION which are both streaming on HBO Max.
From this list, most are not streaming at the time of this post. Two are available to cable subscribers who have Turner Classic Movies (TCM). If that’s you, the Watch TCM app will give you access to Jezebel and Four Daughters. Our featured films for this episode will be the two films that are available on HBO Max:
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD – Warner Bros.-First National PYGMALION – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
I was introduced to Robin Hood by Disney’s 1973 animated feature in which the scoundrel/hero lead fox outwits and antagonizes the lion Prince John. This film took some time to grow on me. I admit that the editing in the first scenes was really poorly executed. The scene where a man is about to be arrested for hunting the royal deer was difficult to discern that the characters were even in the same locations. That is usually handled with a wide establishing shot where all or most of the characters are ‘placed’ together. It’s an easy error to make if you don’t have the footage to put the scene together, but I muddled through.
The story moves along a good pace. I was surprised that Marian seemed to be devoted to any man near by, especially when matched up with the villain’s right hand man, Sir Guy. Errol Flynn does what he does, sword fighting, bouncing around the scenery and batting his eyes at the ladies. I have not seen many of his films, so I had higher expectations for the fights and choreography. Remember, this is only 1938, so there are a lot more films to explore for the evolution of the film fight.
This is the film with the large spiral rock staircase, Hood crosses swords up and down. Red1 cringes seeing swords used for fencing. They had a fencing class a few years back and would easily take these imposters out in a blink. Or at least, so I’d like to imagine.
Pygmalion – 2.5 Stars The film of the play that also inspired the musical and film, My Fair Lady (1964), is the story of, Eliza Doolittle, a woman who sells flowers from a basket, getting swooped into a wager by an arrogant man, Henry Higgins, who thinks he can transform the uncultured and unpolished girl into one who could pass as a duchess.
I’ll admit that I’m pretty familiar with the story and the music of My Fair Lady, but I am not sure that I have actually ever seen it. So I’ll react to this film alone and save MFL for another time. Henry is terrible. He is relentless in his verbal attacks on Eliza and even threatens physical beatings often. There are many montages where they pass time when the lessons take place. They look more like nightmares where Eliza is tortured by this man. In its time, I am sure it was not viewed that way, but for me it was hard to watch.
Wendy Hiller’s was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Eliza. What struck me in the transformation and her performance was that she really did remain that unpolished girl even when in polite society, repeating lines she was taught without really understanding the context. Later, when really put on stage to mix with the upper crust, her edginess won everyone over just as much as her beauty.
My consternation with the story was that the characters were destined to fall in love or depend on each other, but the film didn’t spend any time developing that story line, so it was ultimately unsatisfying as whole, but intriguing to see this version of the story to explore how it fits into the legacy of My Fair Lady.
Filmed at Pinewoods Studios, the film’s exterior locations are huge. The opening scenes on the streets of ‘London’ use a technique that I love. A tracking shot passes behind a column on set and allows the editor to use a soft wipe to blend two moving shots together. This allows the camera to move longer distances than physically possible. It’s used widely in films usually to bridge only a handful of shots together, but can be utilized to give a film the feeling of being entirely one long shot like Rope (1948) or 1917 (2019).
Where to Go From Here
Similar or related films suggested by the algorithms: I Married a Witch (1945) and of course, My Fair Lady (1964).
Find these films for rental, purchase, or streaming… (Just Watch)
I used to love getting the new TV Guide in the mail. The listings in the grids in the newspaper just didn’t have enough information for me.
For a while, my dad subscribed to HBO. They’d send out a little movie guide for the month. It listed all the movies you’d be able to see in the next month, but better than that, they’d publish photos and descriptions of the movies.