Take A Risk

I’ve always been somewhat of a picky eater. As I have gotten older, my palate has stretched, but a part of me will always be a picky eater.

A little more than a year ago, my writing group was looking for a restaurant to host our holiday party. The problem was, and still is that we have a variety of food tastes among the members of the group.

Then someone recommended Budda Bodai Kosher One in New York City’s Chinatown. Kosher food I am used to. Chinese food, I eat once in a while. But that fact that the food is kosher, vegan and Chinese was a combination that made me a little nervous.

Instead of finding an excuse to not go to the party, I swallowed my fear and went to dinner. I walked out of the restaurant not only proud of myself for trying something new, but also with a full stomach.

Take a risk, you never know where the risk will lead you.


The Party Movie Review

A party should be a simple thing: drinks, food, music to add a little ambiance and good friends. But sometimes parties become a little more complicated.

In the new movie, The Party, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just won a hard-fought political election. To celebrate her new role, Janet and her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall) have invited friends over to celebrate. Janet’s BFF, April (Patricia Clarkson), who is very much the realist brings her new age-y boyfriend, Gottfried (Bruno Ganz). Also invited is the married and newly pregnant lesbian couple Martha (Cherry Jones) and Jinny (Emily Mortimer). The last invited guest to arrive is Tom (Cillian Murphy),  one half of a power couple who are known for their physical appearance as much as they are known for their status.

What starts out as an evening to celebrate Janet’s success become an evening of painful reveals that may forever change the course of the character’s lives.

Directed and co-written by Sally Potter, this film looks and sounds like a stage play. I would not be surprised, if at some point, the movie was re-made into a stage play.  Filmed in black and white, the comedy is dark, satirical and hits the perfect note.

This movie is one of the best movies of 2018 so far.

I recommend it.

The Party is presently in theaters. 

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