Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dinner and a Movie: Farrelli's Pizza & the Grand Cinema

1) Farelli's Server 2) Wood Fire Pizza 3) Farelli's Tiramisu. Delicioso! 4)"Lucky Row" tickets! 5) The Grand Cinema, Tacoma WA. (photo credit : google). 6) The Artist starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo

Just recently, my Mom went with a couple friends to watch the Grammy's on the big screen at, I want to say, the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma. During the show they had a few contests and giveaways and fortunately for my Mom and her whole row- they won free "Date Night" Passes! Date night is sponsored by the Grand Cinema & Farelli's Pizza. I feel like my Mom is a pretty luck person because she frequently wins these kind of things (I just wish she'd buy a lotto ticket!).

It was a rainy, quite usual, Tuesday afternoon that we decided to redeem the tickets. First, we went over to Farelli's for dinner- a simple but delicious caesar salad and a 12 inch wood fire pizza. Our choice of 2 toppings along with goat cheese (sub. for mozzarella) were fresh basil and prosciutto. Yum!  We talked mostly about nursing stuff, a little about love and also plans for the future in between bites of heavenly goodness. As for dessert, Farelli's own take on Tiramisu. After dinner we headed down to the Grand

** I must add a little disclaimer, that is- that I love the Grand! Because I always leave feeling like my money was well spent (movie tickets are pricey!).

Though it was the movie poster for Pina that had caught my eye first, we decided to go with my mom's choice, The Artist, since she doesn't care much for documentaries. Also because she'd heard great reviews. Ironically enough, she ended up dozing off in the movie theater anyways hahaha... On the other hand, I was engrossed all throughout the whole movie. But I must admit, although I love old films, I was a bit skeptical in the few moments of the opening scene when I came to find that the movie was __________.

Yes, silent.

Those that claim the The Artist is simply "a nostalgic homage to the silent film era", "a faux silent film", "a stunt" even - have so far as even missed the moon on this one. It was no way, even a bit pretentious. The intention was not to imitate. The approach was but only raw acting and pure artistry. Just as Hitchcock's use of score brought emphasis and Aronofsky's body mount shots gave perspective- Thomas Langmann's The Artist is all that it is, because of the finer details. Well casted and a wardrobe to articulate- no computer-generated authenticity was necessary here. It was absolutely heartwarming and delightful!

xoxo Lucy

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