I received a party invitation from my friend Brian Haslanger, for Bad Movie night. What a great idea for a get-together! The invitation read:
Prepare yourselves for Bad Movie Night: Disaster Edition. We’ll hang out at my house, drink refreshing beverages, and watch two terrible films. The general plot for these movies: One scientist saw it coming and nobody listened. Now we are all doomed.
Our choices: (one line synposes written by Brian)
- The Core: The core of the Earth
- Daylight: Sylvester Stallone is a taxi driver/EMT stuck in a tunnel collapse.
- The Day After Tomorrow: The next ice age happens overnight.
- Poseidon: Cruise ship turns upside down.
- Armageddon: Asteroid will smash into Earth unless Bruce Willis can dig a hole.
- Volcano: Tommy Lee Jones is a geologist.
- Twister: Bill Paxton chases tornados.
- Firestorm: Howie Long (the football guy) is a firefighter. There is a prison break at some point.
Wow. They all sound terrible. Except for Armageddon, I admit I kind of like that one. I think I voted for The Core and Volcano since they looked the worst to me, but in the end, The Core and Daylight won.
I decided to make Peanut Butter Popcorn to snack on. They came out really well, except it was a bit on the sweeter side for me, and it could have been more crunchy. I would make it again…I love pigging out when I’m watching a movie. I might have to sneak a bag of this popcorn into the theater the next time I go.
I think watching bad movies for the sole purpose of making fun of them is way more fun than just watching a movie, especially with a great group of friends. It was a fun night of laughing at bad acting, over analyzing the plot, and guessing predictable lines. I’m looking forward to the next movie night. I hope it’s Bad Kung-Fu Movies Night…but maybe it will be Bad Comic Book Movie night?
Thanks for everything, Brian!
Peanut Butter Popcorn
makes about 8 cups
From the Kitchen
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (should be free of added sugar)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Prepare a clean paper shopping bag or oversized mixing bowl. Heat a large heavy pan over medium heat and film the bottom with vegetable oil. Add the popcorn, shake to distribute, then put a lid on the pan. Leave a small crack for steam to escape. When the popcorn starts popping, shake vigorously to make sure the kernels pop evenly. When the popping slows, take the pan off the heat.
Pour the popcorn into the paper bag or bowl to cool, being careful to leave any unpopped kernels in the pan. Coated with peanut butter caramel, the unpopped kernels are a serious tooth hazard. Lightly salt the popcorn to taste.
Mix the honey and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for a couple minutes, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla.
Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon until it’s all coated. Once it’s mixed you can put it in a serving bowl. Cover tightly after it’s cooled.
The finished popcorn. It’s warm and sticky, but eventually cools off to be more chewy…but not exactly crunchy. Maybe using less of the peanut butter coating will make it more crunchy? I’ll have to experiment.
Bad Movie Night
Brian had a great idea of giving us disaster nametags. The best ones were “The Scientist Who Figured It Out First”, “A Giant Snake With More Snakes Inside“, and “Sun Burns Out”. My name was “Tornado”. Ha.