The Film: Sound of Noise – Sweden
What is it? Creative. Creative. Creative. With all of the remakes and rewrites and reimagings coming from Hollywood, it’s truly, refreshingly exciting to see such an original film. It’s so original if I told you the plot you might not watch it. But the plot isn’t the point of watching — it’s just such a unique experience.
Now most of the time when someone says that it means the movie isn’t good and I’m not sure sure I could say this is good I just know it’s not bad. It’s incredibly watchable.
IndieWire named the film Bonnie and Clyde on drums, Alissa Simon in Variety called it a delightful comic cocktail of modern city symphony, police procedural and love story. Words like bohemian, absurdist, and avant-garde are aren’t quite enough to capture what is really likeable about this film — which I think is that the filmmakers are having fun.
I’m not going to lie and tell you there is some great meaning you will find, unless choose you make one. Although the ending makes sense, it’s not really going somewhere that’s incredibly satisfying in a traditional sense. What’s unique is that it presents both sides of an idea without presenting one is right. I’m refraining from stating much here because it’s not about what happens — it’s about watching something unbelievably entertaining.
There are good films and bad films, and some in between but it’s not often you can release your desire for traditional narrative filmmaking and just watch get into a whole new genre.
What more can I say without giving anything away?
It’s fun, easy-going, enjoyable — it will make you smile and tap your toes. When’s the last time a remake did that? If you have a sense of humor, if you’re tired of traditional but you’re not pretentious enough for most art house see Sound Of Noise.
The Food: Cardamom Almond Popcorn
Cardamom is so warm, it really fills the taste buds with a cozy feeling that we crave in the winter. This flavor goes perfectly with Scandinavian films and is the sweet opposite of yesterday’s caraway dill and just like that recipe, it’s best served with a deep cup of coffee.
I made a larger batch this time, which was smart thinking because this stuff is awesome. As I knew the amount I was looking for to share with guests, I made popcorn in 1/3 cup batches until the popped corn equaled the volume I was looking for.
- 16 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cup chopped slivered almonds
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 250°.
Grease a baking sheet and set aside. Make the popcorn according to your favorite method. Remove unpopped kernels and place the popcorn in a large metal mixing bowl with the almonds.
In a saucepan on medium heat combine brown sugar, butter, water, vanilla, and salt. Bring it to a boil then continue cooking for about 5 minutes as the mixture foams.
Remove from heat and stir in the cardamom and baking soda. Stir it as the mixture puffs up. Pour it over your popped popcorn and almonds, stirring to coat.
Pour onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes stirring several times during baking. ENJOY!
For an extra Christmassy flavour add some orange zest to the caramel before you bake. God Jul!