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It was great to see everyone who came to last week’s Dinner & a Movie screening! It was a small crowd, but those who attended had a lovely time—and great conversation was had even after the movie ended. Mark McClees, our film curator extraordinaire, gave a short talk at the conclusion of the evening, and things just took off from there. We’re looking forward to the next installment on December 22nd!
And speaking of which, here’s the info on the next two events. December’s is (as is appropriate!) in the spirit of the holiday season, and the January event celebrates two different sides of Scotland. Both are outlined in more detail below, but if you’re interested in what will be shown over the next 6 months, check out the scheduled lineup.
December 22nd: Holiday Inn and Bad Santa
Mark Sandrich’s 1942 classic Holiday Inn features, among others, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds. Crosby and Astaire star as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public only on the holidays. Irving Berlin composed twelve songs, including the ever-so-famous “White Christmas,” for the film.
We’ll finish off the evening with a more recent film: director Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa from 2003. This comedy stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, and Bernie Mac. Thornton plays Willie T. Stokes, a confidence man and a thief who teams up with his friend (Cox) for a very special scam each year during the holiday season. Willie gets a job as Santa Claus at a shopping mall and the story progresses from there until an 8-year-old teaches them the meaning of Christmas.
Update: the menu for the December 22nd event has been released! Enjoy popcorn with holiday spices; a cranberry, apple, and walnut salad; baked Pork & Plants ham with mashed potatoes and market vegetables; and bread pudding for dessert.
January 26: Rob Roy and American Cousins
The 18th-Century Scottish legend of Robert Roy MacGregor comes to life in Rob Roy, a stylish adaptation of the swashbuckling novel by Sir Walter Scott. Liam Neeson stars as the title character, the head of a Highlands clan, who takes a £1,000 loan from the Marquis de Montrose (John Hurt) in order to make a profit on some livestock that will keep his struggling people alive through the coming winter. This Academy Award-nominated film is directed by Michael Canton-Jones and also features Jessica Lange and Tim Roth.
The Scottish film American Cousins is directed by Don Coutts and stars Danny Nucci, Dan Hedaya, Gerard Lepkowski, and Shirley Henderson. When a deal in Kiev goes bad for American mobsters (Nucci and Hedaya), they make their way to Glasgow to seek shelter in the home of Cousin Bobby (Lepkowski). A kindly stamp collector who runs a small café, Bobby believes that his American cousins are a pair of public relations consultants until they re-pay his hospitality by strong-arming a persistent bill collector. This movie is rated as one of the top three most popular Scottish films.
Update: the Scottish menu for 1/26 has been released!
And we’re throwing in an extra course! The four-course meal will include:
- Caulders & lox
- Scotch eggs with blue cheese mousse
- Fish & chips
- Hot oats with whiskey, honey, and cream for dessert!
Call us at 507.292.1628 to reserve your ticket! The $35 ticket price includes the movies for the evening and a three-course dinner specially designed to reflect the spirit of the film.