Something Wild

Summer has officially begun here in Dallas, TX. We know this because as early as 730A the cicadas are in full chorus. We love summer for many reasons but my favorite summer time activity is movie night.

Jennifer and I love film. The reason we are together is because of a simple question: 'What is your favorite movie?' We create movie night year round but there is something about summer that feels like we are playing hooky. One of my favorite movies that is a great summer time watch is Something Wild directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta. 

Something Wild was released in 1986 and features music by David Byrne, New Order and an amazing live performance by The Feelies. Cinematographer Tak Fujimoto creates a vivid pallete that is somewhat reminiscent of his later work in another Demme directed film, The Silence Of The Lambs.

Something Wild features elements of a road movie and romantic comedy but what I love most about this little film is how well it mixes genres. The plot begins simply when banker Charlie Driggs (Daniels) meets Lulu (Griffith) in a NYC cafe. Charlie and Lulu then embark on a random adventure, including crashing a car, stealing from a liquor store and leaving a diner without paying the check, all things Charlie would've never done before Lulu. The story then takes an odd turn when Lulu's ex-convict husband, Ray Sinclair (Liotta) turns up. This is when the movie bends into a heart pulsing thriller. It's truly a work of art to switch genres mid movie. Something that is never done and with so much art and grace. It's a must watch.

The Criterion Collection offers Something Wild in a beautifully packaged Blu-ray with features galore.

Menu: Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

- 1 7-8 lb. seedless watermelon, chilled

- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 3 limes, juiced

- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

- 1 cup fresh chopped mint leaves

- 1/2 cup crumbled crumbled feta cheese (goat or sheep milk feta is best)