My last post about ‘The Way Way Back’ made me think of another great independent film, ‘In Search Of One-eyed Jimmy’. Partly because of Sam Rockwell who was the very cool and laid back Owen in ‘Way Way Back’ and a completely different person in the second film – the lost and shaken one-eyed Jimmy. There is another thing both films have in common – brilliant cast and superb acting.
The plot is about a film student from California who comes to Brooklyn to shoot a documentary about a place he grew up in.
His idea changes a bit when he finds out that a guy from a neighborhood called One-eyed Jimmy (because of a glass eye) had gone missing. While the plot unravels, we are being introduced to some local characters – Joe Head: Neighborhood Virgin, Colonel Ron: Neighborhood Nut Job, Disco Bean: Neighborhood Legend (self proclaimed Baryshnikov of Brooklyn), etc. The more characters you meet the more bonkers they seem to be (and that’s the way I like it). The whole film is just the craziest, funniest, odd experience you can wish for. It is packed with great actors like mentioned before Sam Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, Samuel Jackson, John Torturro, and many more. I watched it with my sister many years ago and it left us completely in awe and gobsmacked at the same time. It also reminded us of the neighborhood we grew up in…
I tried for years to find it on DVD, but it was quite a challenge. Nevertheless as actors stopped appearing only in independent films and slowly but surely became more and more famous and recognisable, ‘In Search of One-eyed Jimmy’ DVD became easier to find.
If you haven’t watched it yet, now is the time. Just be prepared for an unusual ride with lots of fun.
To pair it with, you will need something as unusual, like millet and cauliflower turned into a patty.
Millet and Cauliflower Patties:
1/2 cup millet
1 cup water
3 -4 spoons quinoa flakes
1 clove garlic. chopped
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped chives
cold pressed rapeseed oil
1. Cut cauliflower into chunks, place in the baking tray, sprinkle with oil, salt and pepper, make sure that every floret is covered. Bake in 170C oven. Leave to cool.
2. In the meantime cook millet. Heat a spoon of oil in the pot. Add millet and roast in the oil for a bit. When it starts smelling nutty, add water and a pinch of salt, simmer until cooked.
3. When everything is cooked and cooled, put cauliflower into a food processor, puree it. Put it into a bowl, add cooked millet and rest of your ingredients. Mix and form patties (the best way to do it is to wet your hands first). Heat the oil in the frying pan, fry your patties on both sides and serve with a salad.