Everyone who has spent some time at University has got a different memory of it. To some people it was more like ‘Accepted’, to some more like ’22 Jump Street’ and to some like ‘Educating Rita’. I bet there are films which made a few young souls want to study at university so they could enjoy some of the perks featured in films.
My memory is more like ‘Wonder Boys’. Not because I went on a crazy rampage with my professor and stole some collectable possession from the dean, shot his dog and got high. It’s more the vibe, atmosphere of the film which makes me think of my student life. Long discussions lasting until the middle of the night, witty jokes, campus life. Yes, I had a very boring student life, but I was studying what I wanted, bringing up the Apple of My Eye, earning money by making crochet gloves and meeting a few exceptional people who became my best friends (I blurb about them here from time to time). Also meeting the most fascinating lecturers who inspired many generations of students and made me believe in myself. I met up with one of them years later and we got very, very drunk. Aaah, memories…light the corners of my eyes… But before that he changed my perception of many things and had a massive influence on my philosophical thinking (and detestation of postmodernism).
But back to the film.
‘Wonder Boys’ is filled with an amazing cast. Michael Douglas plays a college professor who smokes weed, doesn’t know who he loves – his 3rd wife who’d just left him or his mistress (breathtaking Francis McDormand), and who’s trying to write his second novel. His first published 7 years ago was a great success, with the second he’s not getting anywhere, although he is on the 2000th something page.
His troubled but talented student is played by Toby Maguire and his agent by the divine Robert Downey Jr. With a good script (based on a book) and magnificent cast you can’t really go wrong.
The film is wonderful, tender and a bit bonkers. If it was a dish, it would be something classy and lipsmacking. But if you watch it, have something wholesome, like:
For the cupcakes:
2 cups spelt flour
1 cup xylitol
1 1/3 vegetable oil
5-6 carrots, grated
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the frosting:
1 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
3 tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
2. Beat eggs, xylitol and oil together until light yellow. Add vanilla. In another bowl sift together flour, cinnamon and baking powder.
3. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, add raisins, pecans and carrots. Mix well.
4. Scoop the batter into the muffin cups. Bake until the toothpick comes out clean. Cool.
5. Mix Greek yoghurt with agave syrup and vanilla extract. When cupcakes are cool, frost them.