1942. USA. Dir: Michael Curtiz. With Ingrid Bergman. 102 min. 35mm print.
Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, Bergman had to walk into Bogart’s, with a French resistance leader on her arm and the Nazis on their tail. Beyond the gorgeous cinematography and the quotable screenplay, this film tells an intimate story about the struggle of moving on from lost love that remains stirring 75 years after release.
It’s been four semesters since I’ve had home-cooked Turkish (oh, wow, here’s Melisa talking about being Turkish….again) meal, and to be completely honest, at first it was great. There are only so many times I can manage to “enjoy” kale stew (side note: kale translates to “decoration cabbage” in Turkish) and I was infatuated with the copious amounts of coffee and soft-serve ice cream that I was honestly blind.
It’s been four semesters, and the coffee and soft-serve ice cream can no longer make me complacent. As Wesleyan’s local and very vocal Middle Easterner™, there’s a very serious matter that we need to discuss: the “hummus” that is offered at Usdan. It’s time to call it for what it is, and that certainly isn’t fucking hummus.
If you weren’t aware, Usdan offers hummus on the kosher line, oftentimes paired with some sort of panini. See, I was super fucking excited when I saw this, because I didn’t grow up with ranch or cranberry vinaigrette (?), and I wanted to supplement my bland salads with the spread that is responsible for my sanity. And so, wide-eyed first-year me walks onto the kosher line, excited to get a taste of home. Why I thought that this hummus would remotely resemble home considering the general lack of spices in Usdan (seriously, WHY DON’T WE HAVE RED PEPPER FLAKES ANYWHERE? And don’t tell me about that bullshit red pepper that’s by the pizza) is beyond me. I was hopeful that perhaps Bon App got things right for once.
Oh, was I wrong.
Here are some general notes about the hummus that I have succumbed to time and time again at Usdan, in which each time I have considered just transferring to any school in Turkey based exclusively on food:
Around 4 PM today, President Roth sent out an email update notifying campus that Daniel Handler ’92 hasstepped down from delivering the Commencement Speech for the Class of 2018. Dr. Anita Hill will instead be delivering the address at the event.
2017. USA. Dir: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina. Animated. 109 min.
When an aspiring boy musician rebels against his music-hating family and steals his great-great-grandfather’s guitar, he finds himself pulled into the land of the dead. Heavily inspired by Mexican folklore, Coco’s wild journey about music, memory, and family ends up being one of Pixar’s most heartfelt and visually imaginative films in years.
1967. Japan. Dir: Seijun Suzuki. With Joe Shishido. 91 min.
In this pulpy yakuza yarn, Japan’s third-ranked hit man is recruited by a lover for a mission that fails and soon begins to be hunted by a phantom killer. Suzuki’s (Tokyo Drifter) gorgeous, popping visuals and striking rhythm make the film endlessly enjoyable and memorable.