Sunday, October 6, 2013

Brownies or a Boyfriend?

Code cracked. I am single because having brownies and watching Kill Bill while drinking margaritas at my house with my friends is infinitely more fun than going out. That's true folks, I am spending my Saturday night watching tv and eating brownies....and I have no shame in that. Sitting on the couch in yoga pants, hot brownie with greek fro-yo in one hand and my 3rd margarita in the other, 
I am reminded how much I love Kill Bill!
I mean, its the ultimate breakup movie! Look, I know its a Tarantino film and I know that its gory gory gory, 
but man is it good! I don't know how you handle breakups but I usually watch a movie over and over again when I'm going through one. I assign a film to the breakup. There was the guy I dated that I watched 'ZombieLand' over and over. Then there was 'Someone Like You'. Once I watched 'Hope Floats' over and over. Movies fix everything. They make everything better. The last breakup, I watched 'Sex and the City' over and over again. The tv series, not the movie. My favorite breakup movie of all time though, I will never assign. It's timeless, its classic, it works for everything. 
Kill Bill
Well...and Kill Bill 2. 

Look,art is open to interpretation. This I know. Its a Rorschach test into how we feel. What we see is a reflection of how we feel. In essence we project our thoughts, feelings and desires onto the piece of art we are looking at. So I know that my views might be a little tainted by current feelings. 
The poor bride. She was beaten, she was brutizlized, she was shot in the head, she was left for dead. She was raped in the hospital, she got her ass kicked, she got cut by a samuri sword, she was buried alive. 
Her best friends turned on her. 

And she kept coming. 

She never gave up. 

She kept going after Bill for what he did to her. 
Pure revenge driving her on. 
Uma Thurman is is incredibly beautiful and wonderfully insane with rage. Hence why women love it. 
Men can make us nuts. 
I'm sure as hell not going to go on a rampage, at most I'll cry into my pillow and run harder on the treadmill. 
But I can admire her anger and absolute drive for what she wants. Which just happens to be (well deserved) revenge.  

Look, I could wax poetic about this movie so much.  
This movie is the about your great, psychotic love. Everyone has/had one. The one that makes you crazy, 
You know what I always find amazing? Or funny I guess I could say. 
She finally got Bill. She chased him down through two movies and countless murders and she finally caught him. She walked in on him. And she found what she had been looking for. 
I find it incredibly sad. We try and we try. We hurt and we hurt. 
We act out and we do things to numb the pain. 
We try to make it go away and we try to make it end.
And when we finally get where we though we wanted to be, it was so different from what we had thought it should have been.

In the end. She kills Bill. She uses Pai Mei, the 
"Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique", which you quickly strike five pressure points around the heart with the fingertips, the victim takes five steps, the heart explodes and he/she falls dead. 
She does this to Bill and then he sits and just looks at her. 
Its in that moment when its too late, when Bill and she both know he is going to die that they both realize how far its actually gone. 
I'm sure Bill realized it when he shot her in the head.
At least I hope so but he is sociopathic bastard after all. 

Saturday Night Brownies
What you need:
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup) or coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate 
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into 8 pieces 
2 large eggs, at room temperature 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon fine salt 
1 cup all-purpose flour

What you do:
Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. 
Line an 8-by-8-inch metal baking pan with aluminum foil. 
Combine the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, 
stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. 
Remove from the heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. 
(Alternatively, melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.) 
Combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and stir with a rubber spatula until just evenly incorporated. 
Add the chocolate mixture and stir until evenly combined. 
Add the flour and fold in until just incorporated, about 20 strokes (no white streaks should remain). 
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, push it to the edges in an even layer, and smooth the top. 
Bake until a cake tester or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. 
Remove to a wire rack and let the brownies cool for at least 20 minutes. 
To remove the brownies, grip the excess foil and pull it out of the baking pan. 
Transfer to a cutting board and cut the brownies into 2-inch square

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