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Named so because of the lack of cooking involved!

You will need

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Flan base
Lemon curd
Vanilla full cream yoghurt
Fruits of your choice

Assemble
Smooth a generous portion of lemon curd over the flan base.
Cover with yoghurt.
Adorn with fresh fruit.
Done!

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SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
USA, 2012

Finally – an original concept.  Journo’s looking for a story see an ad for a companion to go time travelling.  The story becomes less about their subject’s kookiness and more about revaluating their own life choices.  And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out – everything is turned upside down.  It was nice to see a film that was quirky, eccentric and not derivative.

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LIBERAL ARTS
USA, 2012

 

This was one of the nicest indi romantic films I’ve seen since Garden State.  Josh Radnor is impressive as writer, director and stars along side the youngest of the Olsen Sisters.  It had a gentle sense of humour and handled the relationship between a 35 year old man in a pre-midlife crisis and the 16 year old girl who is just starting the life that he remembers experiencing so fondly.  It’s predictability was not a criticism but just part and parcle of watching a film like this.  A nice movie for a rainy Sunday afternoon with someone to cuddle up to.

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I Wish

Japan, 2011

Such a gentle little film about two brothers who are separated when their parents split up.  The Older son lives with his wanna-be-rockstar dad, and the Younger son lives with his mother and maternal grandparents.

It is a movie about family dynamics told in a disctincly Japanese way – understated, and with as few words as possible.

The boys adventure to meet half way, where two bullet trains cross at high speed and at that moment they believe their wishes can be granted.  So they set off on an adventure with their friends, to meet in the middle and make their wishes.

The children’s performances are so genuine and sweet, and tug at the heart strings.  Just a lovely little film.

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RUBY SPARKS

USA, 2012

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/rubysparks/

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris brought us the masterpiece  Little Miss Sunshine and now Ruby Sparks.
Midnight in Paris meets Stranger Than Fiction.

I am in love.  I am in love with this film.

I was invested from the first few minutes.  Brilliant casting choices, Paul Dano is amazing as Calvin, and Zoe Kazan as Ruby who are both so natural, understated and most importantly believable.  The supporting cast are all larger than life and include Annette Benning and Antonio Bandaras as his hippy parents.

The dialogue is witty, the costuming is unpretentious with a colorful tweak of Bohemian-ness.  The full orchestral score gives the movie a feeling of epic romance without taking away from the genuine performances by the cast.  There are moments of hilarity, heartbreak, unease, distress, tension, and joyous release that are usually the territory of the Brits.

It’s comedy about writer’s block, fantasy and the unexpected difficulties of getting exactly what you want.  Ruby sparks is one of the smartest, delightful, and wonderfully magical films I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching and doesn’t succumb to the usual Hollywood schmaltz of a romantic comedy.  It is intelligent,  witty, eloquent, and an absolute delight.

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Woody Allen 1969

A Woody Allen film I’d never heard of – of course I’ll grab a ticket – it”s my first MIFF after all.

I expected one of his neurotic dramatic comedies – but this was so much fun! Much more slap stick than his later films, laugh out loud moments.  Such good fun, self-effacing but in a good humored way.  A cellist trying to hold his own in a marching bad, a failed criminal coming unstuck when it rains on him and the gun he’d carved out of soap, a bank robbery gone  wrong due to poor spelling and penmanship, and the unexpected side-effects of medical testing.

Even the soundtrack had a sense of humor and kept things trotting along.  It didn’t drag, we laughed out loud – a really nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Such good fun! I’ve  just ordered the dvd.

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CHICKEN WITH PLUMS

France, 2011

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony/chickenwithplums/

A very gentle, yet deep film about the life of a famous violinist who decides to die? Why?

We work our way backwards through his life, and the lives of the people that he comes in contact with.  The beautiful cinematography and animation add to the magic of the film.

Thought bittersweet, there are moments you laugh out aloud – as his son sings on the endless bus journey causing him nothing but embarrassment, and moments were tears just fall as your heart breaks on his behalf.

Thoughtful, gentle, and full of artistic reminiscence.  Excellent performances, beautiful cinematography, but the show was stolen by his son.   I loved it.

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