While waiting for her to show up, I had a snack and discovered a new favourite bun: dried pork. This is a sweet Chinese bun with dried smoked pork powder on top. Basically, bread with meat topping. Delicious!
When she arrived, kteeski phoned; she was sick! Aw...We told her to get lots of rest so she'd be able to join us tomorrow. We went back to Brooklyn to drop off my stuff, regroup, and go back out. The new apartment? Incredible! I am so very envious of it and her new neighbourhood.
We headed towards the Village for dinner at Kiev. Mmmmm...Pierogies! Then a quick trip to Toy Tokyo (Where I got my traditional Homie and a Palmboy), then we had a couple of drinks at a bar called KGB ("We're not alcoholics - we're connisseurs"), and then we headed off to see...Down with Love.
This movie is wonderful! It's such a brilliant tribute to all those Doris Day movies...intentionally over-the-top, but very intelligently so. The people involved really did their homework. The clothes, the furniture, the hair and make-up...perfect. It starts out with the "CinemaScope" logo, so you're charmed and drawn into 1962 from the start. Renee Zellweger and Ewan MacGregor sing, too! David Hyde Pierce is dead on perfect as the Tony Randall. There's one bit that's a bit flat, but...really, it all works wonderfully. What's more...I saw it in a theatre scant blocks from where the World Trade Center stood; you can see the hole from the window as you travel the escalators to the theatre. I saw it at 11:30pm on the weekend Matrix Reloaded came out, with jaded Manhattan moviegoers. I saw it with a room full of people who were cheering and clapping when things happened. They liked the characters. They liked this movie. There was a giddy feeling of fun in the room (we like fun). I haven't been to a movie where that's happened in a very long time.
It was also fascinating to see this love letter to a New York that no longer exists, a Manhattan with a PanAm building but no WTC yet, where the plays on Broadway are How to Succeed in Business and Camelot, where Ed Sullivan is still filming in the Ed Sullivan Theatre and where "Profiles in Courage" is #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, in the city itself. You can still see bits of that other Manhattan if you look carefully...
This cannot come out on DVD fast enough.
Crikey. It's nearly 3am...I've been on the go all day. This was meant to be quick, too...Ah well. I'll sleep when I'm dead. Or on the bus home.