Daily Archives: 11 August 2018

Old Boys — International Trailer

Alex Lawther, who played Alan Turing as a schoolboy in The Imitation Game, is apparently still in Sixth Form, 90 years later. In Old Boys, he plays a character named Cyrano Amberson, who meets and falls in love with Roxane Agnes, played by Belgian actress Pauline Étienne. But Agnes is in love with the inarticulate Christian Winchester, who is unable to express his love in return. So Amberson becomes his ghostwriter,  writing love letters to Agnes in Winchester’s name.

There’s something familiar about this story, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Anyhow, it’s another British boarding school movie, the latest addition to a long line of varied and often luminous films. Films like The History Boys, if…., The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Happiest Days of Your Life, Another Country, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.*

And don’t forget two film franchises set in two very different schools: The seven St Trinian’s movies and the eight Hogwarts films.

British Boarding School Movies—Quite a genre there.

Old Boys has played at a couple of festivals, but has not yet been given a general release date.


Gratuitous Breaking Bad Comment, Because I’m a Little Obsessed

*”I originally pitched it to the studio with one line,” says Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad. “I told them: ‘This is a story about a man who transforms himself from Mr Chips into Scarface.'” —The Guardian, in an excellent article about Breaking Bad.

Can’t pass up a chance to mention the best TV series ever, even if it really has nothing to do with British boarding schools.

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Duck Duck Goose — Lunch on 25 July 2018

Duck Duck Goose

Duck Duck Goose

Duck Duck Goose has been on my Restaurants to Try list for a long time. It just got a very favourable write-up in the Washington Post, which prompted me to metro up to Bethesda, Maryland, to check it out.

The restaurant occupies the building that used to house Brasserie Monte Carlo, a nice little French place that was one of my frequent stops when I was in Bethesda. I still miss their onion tarts.

Lamb Bolognese

Lamb Bolognese

Duck Duck Goose’s online menu is a bit tricky. It doesn’t differentiate between starters and mains, and the prices aren’t much help in figuring out which is which, so estimating the size of the portions is just a guess. Lamb Bolognese, my starter, had the same price as Steak Frites, my main.

The lamb dish, with Elysian Fields lamb, spaghettini, and heirloom tomatoes, was a knock-out. I started searching for Lamb Bolognese recipes as soon as I got home.

Steak Frites

Steak Frites

The Steak Frites were…Steak Frites. Good, as steak frites usually are, but not as memorable as the lamb dish.

I can see why Duck Duck Goose has become a neighbourhood favourite.