Popcorn and a Movie: Revisiting a ‘Big Night’

“To eat good food,” says Italian chef Primo in the 1996 film, “Big Night,” “is to be close to God.”

And truthfully, over the 20 years since I first saw this movie, I have said, again and again, that my idea of heaven was the kitchen where Primo, played by Tony Shaloub and his brother, . . . → Read More: Popcorn and a Movie: Revisiting a ‘Big Night’

Popcorn and a Movie: Living in a big heart story

I’ve been asked what my favorite movie is. I don’t answer right away. When your favorite movie (or, at least one of the top three) is “Sling Blade,” you hold off telling because people will react in a couple of ways. They will either stare at you as if you are deeply disturbed and/or they . . . → Read More: Popcorn and a Movie: Living in a big heart story

Popcorn and a movie: Lauding little big corn

I have complete respect for the days set aside to honor, including Jan. 19, which is also National Popcorn Day. That being said, it occurs to me there is no day set aside to honor the First Americans.

Some of us choose not to forget. In so doing, I honor not only a day . . . → Read More: Popcorn and a movie: Lauding little big corn

Popcorn and a Movie: Finding hope in horror

One dark night, a long time ago, I sat down on the couch by myself after a very rough day, probably one of the worst in my life. I’d been handed down some news so devastating that it seemed insurmountable. My life was different from that point on. I no longer knew myself. Whatever rug . . . → Read More: Popcorn and a Movie: Finding hope in horror