Recently I stumbled across ‘Suspect’ on TCM. The one directed by Peter Yates with Cher, Denise Quaid and Liam Neeson. Oh, how I love this film…The atmosphere, cinematography and acting was top notch. The cinematographer, Billy Williams, had a small scene in the courtroom actually, as a doctor. I interviewed him ages ago and he said the actor who was supposed to be in the scene didn’t show up so he just filled in.
Have you noticed how many films from the 80s had been shot at night and also in the rain? I absolutely love it. I was brought up on it and I long for those scenes in real life and on the screen. There is nothing more mysterious and thrilling than a scene at night, with wet street reflecting lights from cars and lampposts…
There is another film with the similar atmosphere and plenty of night shots from the exact same year (and what a year that was!) which is also my favorite – ‘House of Games’.
What an absolute gem this masterpiece is. First of all it was a directorial debut of the godly David Mamet. To me he is a God, I love all of his plays, films, scripts and also his talented daughter.
Secondly, you’ve got here a very intelligent, fascinating film with outstanding cinematography. The night scenes I love so much are everywhere and they are perfection. I don’t want to say too much about the plot in case some of you haven’t seen it. Let’s just say, it’s the best psychological con film about betrayal, trust and greed you can watch. Joe Mantegna and Lindsay Crouse are superb as the main characters. It’s just a thrill to watch it.
In the 80s you would watch it with chocolate in hand, but now if you want to be tuned, you have to eat raw, clean and gluten free.
So as a perfect companion I suggest something I’ve called truffles ( because they look and taste like truffles). These are my favorite and they are yummy. I’m as addicted to them as I am to those night, rainy shots…
Sugar Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Truffles:
1 cup almonds
1 cup walnuts or pecans
1 1/2 cup dates
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp lucuma
(to pimp it up you can add 2 tbsp chia seeds and shredded coconut)
1. First put nuts into the food processor and blend it till they turn into a texture similar to breadcrumbs.
2. Add rest of your ingredients, blend well in the food processor until it turns into a soft dough. If you have a sweet tooth add 3-4 spoons of maple or agave syrup.
3. Wet your hands and form truffles. If you like it fancy you can coat them in cocoa or shredded coconut. I can’t see the point, as they will be gone by the end of the film. Keep any leftovers (as if) in the fridge.