Film (with rating): Up (PG)

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


Summary: A cantankerous, 78-year-old balloon salesman
fulfills his lifelong dream of embarking on a grand adventure to South America,
but he unknowingly takes a stowaway along for the ride when balloons carry his
house up, up and away. What results is a journey in life, emotion and


Review: Once again, Pixar hits a homerun–for the tenth
straight time. “Up” is fantastic, not just visually, but poetically
as well. The animated film is beautifully done (which is why you shouldn’t
regret not seeing this theatrically in 3D. It’s gorgeous just as it is, in 2D.)
Academy Award nominee Pete Docter directs this newest installment in the Pixar
Hall of Fame; he’s best know for his absolutely brilliant “WALL*E”
screenplay as well as his writing and directing abilities in one of my all-time
faves, “Monsters, Inc.” “Up” lives up to the high
expectations set by its predecessors. It’s fantasy (a house being lifted by
thousands of balloons? Huh? It totally works) mixed with reality mixed with
adventure mixed with frivolity.


Carl the balloon salesman (voiced to perfection by Ed Asner)
is one of the main characters, and it’s lovely to see a grumpy old man featured
as a film’s hero. While the movie is animated, the subject is not. There are no
sugar-coated morals or sticky-sweet characters in “Up.” Everything
rings true, and is relatable. The beginning montage of Carl and his wife is one
of the best in ANY film ever. The depth of emotions in “Up” is what
sets this film apart from even its successful brethren. While some of the
subject matter is rough (for example, Carl’s loss), the humorous scenes are
plenty. The ones involving dogs (yeah! Dogs!) are nothing shy of hysterical. So
go out and buy–yes, buy–this film. It’s sure to be a family classic, watched
over and over again. It’s simply perfect. It’s a tonic for what ails your soul.


Extra highlight: “Dug’s Special Mission” short and
the “Partly Cloudy” short

What to serve for dinner: Serve up South American cuisine
tonight. Try Ecuadorian Potato Soup 
(www. recipes.wuzzle.org).


4 tablespoons butter

3 medium onion — finely chopped

2 tablespoons flour

3 cups chicken broth

4 medium potatoes — peeled and diced

1/8 teaspoon saffron

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon aji chile powder (or cayenne)

3 cups milk

1/2 cup green peas

3 medium eggs

1/4 pound cream cheese

1 medium avocado, peeled and sliced

Heat butter in large saucepan. Add onions and saut for 10
minutes. Add flour and mix until smooth. Add chicken broth gradually, stirring
constantly until boiling. Add potatoes, saffron, salt and chile powder. Simmer
for 20 minutes. Add milk and peas and continue to cook for five minutes. Beat
the eggs and cream cheese together in a bowl and gradually add two cups of the
hot soup. Beat constantly to avoid curdling. Return the contents ob the bowl to
the saucepan and heat but do not boil. Place a few thin slices of avocado in
each soup bowl and pour soup over them. Serve with a side green salad.

What to talk about over dinner: Have you ever felt like
turning your back on the world after a loss? What is your biggest dream? What
are some favorite hobbies you and your spouse enjoy doing together? Who in your
life has been married the longest? Where is your favorite travel destination?
Where do you dream of going? What are the other movies with grumpy old men as
endearing characters? Ever been up in a hot air balloon? Why does Pixar know
the recipe for success, and how does it do it so well? What is your favorite
Pixar film? How cool are these characters in “Up?” Who was your
favorite? If anyone brings up “Balloon Boy” in connection with
“Up,” her or she automatically has to do the dishes. For a week. 

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About Kyra Kirkwood

Kyra Kirkwood is an award-winning journalist who combines her love of movies and good food in her "Dinner and a DVD" column. Get your week started right with her "Meatless Monday Movies" every Monday, and prepare for the weekend with another "Dinner and a DVD" column on Fridays. "My mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" Forrest Gump

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