Return to the Babette Cave

Years ago, when I lived in Columbia, SC (my hometown), I used to spend my weekends (as I do now) playing guitar, listening to music … and watching films.

My Dad's a film buff, so he got me interested in stuff other than Hollywood/Bollywood movies. And he also had the Facets newsletter/catalog, so I was able to see what was "out there". I watched a lot of Scandinavian films, in no small part because I was really into Norse mythology. Mortal gods always seemed like a cool thing to me.

Anyway, one film I always remember renting but not being able to sit through was Babette's Feast, but I never forgot that I was supposed to have watched it.

Well, thanks to the Criterion Film Collection on Hulu, I recently did.

And I'm glad I waited all those years. I simply wouldn't have been able to take anything away from the film all those years ago, a teenager in South Carolina. What would I have known then about how afraid people are of different customs – especially as represented by one of the sisters renouncing a promising singing career … and even more-so by a dinner menu!

Babette's Feast

Unfortunately, I have to move today so I need to cut this short … but what of this blog post's title?

Well, also recently I saw Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt while at a friend's house – a few hours away from Columbia.

Return to the Batcave

You can never go wrong with that old, campy Batman series.


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