I may be “bad” and not watch any new films all the way through to September 29th. There’s nothing I’m super excited about, and it was sooooooooo nice to have a real honest to goodness movie night last night with friends over and all! Anyway, to make up for no new review (or podcast), I will tell you how I spent my evening on Friday while not at the movie theater.
This was my first “real” movie night in my new apartment. I’ve had friends over to watch movies about half a dozen times, but that was just friends over to watch movies. Not the full movie night ritual as has been laid down low these many years (8) that I have been doing them.
So, first, real food! I made pizza for the first time in ages, and am thrilled to report that it turned out great! The secret is lots of cheese.
(Pizza! no ghosts in my version)
Even though I ran out of flour in the middle and had to rush to the store and back.
And then Friend Number One arrived, her first time in my new apartment, I gave her the whole tour while the pizza dough was “resting” (why it has to rest, I do not know, but it does taste better if I put in that step!). And then Dina arrived and I gave her control of the remote while I rolled out the dough. Which turned into a massive shouting fight over Tiger Shroff (again. Listen to the first one here!), and we pulled poor Friend Number One into it. Dina argues that her inability to find a “good” Tiger song is the only reason Friend Number One wasn’t converted, my argument is that her inability to find a “good” Tiger song is because there IS NO “GOOD” TIGER SONG!!!!
(This is the one we settled for)
And then Friend Number Two arrived, which was cool because she and Friend Number One were also the guests at my very first ever movie night 8 years ago. Anyway, Friend Number Two is also now very pregnant, which is super exciting because this is our first movie night baby, so we all fussed over her and made her take the good chair and eat a lot of food.
(And then we did an elaborate song and dance number for her! NOT)
Anyway, now that everyone was here, we started the traditional massive argument over which film to watch. See, the key is to make them feel like they have a choice, and then they will be more committed than if I just pick something for them. Anyway, we went round and round and round and finally landed on, my favorite, Running Shaadi.
Only by the time we were 20 minutes in, it became clear that Friend Number Two (the pregnant one) was really not feeling it. And since she was pregnant and we were all feeling indulgent, we switched to Ohm Shaanti Oshaana, the guaranteed winner.
Of course, everyone loved Ohm Shanti Oshaana! But also got very stressed towards the middle, so I brought out the chocolate cake I made a couple of days ago and everyone said “no no! well, maybe just a little bit” and then ate it all as we waited for the happy ending to work itself out.
(How is this the only cake song I can remember? What am I forgetting?)
And then we finished Ohm Shaanti Oshana, and arranged who was giving who a ride home, and I took Dina home, and then returned to look at my destroyed living room with pizza and cake crumbs everywhere and chairs moved around and dirty dishes somehow multiplying like rabbits, and my kitchen with even more dirty dishes and pizza dough crumbs everywhere and thought “oh yes, a good night!” Much better than my “not really” movie nights when I just open up a bag of chips and we don’t get into any fights because there aren’t enough people to fight with each other.
(and then I had an emotional fight with Shahrukh because all the party stress just came rushing back to me. Not really, I washed my hair and loaded the dishwasher and decided to leave the rest for tomorrow)