"Everyone's in on a scam, or creating something nobody really needs, to sell to people who are too stupid to care or notice. Whatever happened to just being real. Why aren't we content to just be middle class."
Ryan is a corporate underling, cubical jockey, but loses that job around the same time he hears news of his parents winning the lottery. Ryan calls in the winning lottery ticket, only to find out that his parents mistook the numbers and didn't win after all. On the bright side, Ryan gets offered a job at the lottery bureau interviewing and photographing new lottery winners. Through his new job, he's tempted by a shady offer and gets caught up in a Japanese mafia money laundering scheme. As he acquires more and more money, he becomes less and less desirable, especially to the woman of his affection.
I love this movie, I've seen it at least a dozen times now. And it's the perfect time to recommend it. The movie has such an accurate depiction of the affluence of money and what it does to the spirit. I love how it illustrates money as a curse, which is why I think it's a great topical post to do right now. Occupy Cinegrub!
From Canada, Everything's Gone Green- 2006, currently streaming on Netflix!
A Piece of the Green Pie, otherwise known as Spanakopita...
Phyllo dough (thawed) - (freezer section, read the ingredients to make sure it's vegan! They usually are though.)
2 lbs frozen spinach
1/4 cup fresh chopped dill
1/4 fresh chopped parsley
1 bunch chopped green onion
3 chopped garlic cloves
2 tsp salt (to taste)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tsp nutritional yeast
pinch of salt
Thaw and sqeeze out water from the spinach. saute the spinach in the olive oil with the green onion, add garlic, salt and nutmeg. Stir in about 1 and 1/2 cups of cashew chz until blended. Remove from heat and allow to cool off. Add the dill and parsley. In a mini food processor (or crush with the back of your spoon), grind the pine nuts, nutritional yeast and salt, with a bit of fresh squeezed lemon if you have it on hand.
To fill your pies, first brush your sheet of phyllo dough with olive oil, then place a scoop of spinach mixture on the bottom right corner, top with a few pieces of cashew chz, sprinkle with pine nut mixture and fold. To fold your pies- look to diagram for instructions. Bake 350 for 20-25 minutes.
"Yesterday, life was so average and boring. Now today it's like a mystical experience. It's like life is somehow better."