Poster of the Week

by robbiefreeling
April 10, 2008 9:25 AM
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Speaks for itself. So instead I'll tell you about this delicious grilled-cheese sandwich I had yesterday. I was generously treated to a lunch at a new restaurant with a Belgian bent on 29th street and Lexington Avenue called Resto. Though resolutely non-vegetarian (even the tables I think were whittled from some kind of pork flank), Resto was an upbeat, sunny, unpretentious place with friendly staff. One of its "small plates" was the grilled cheese sandwich: with its mix of cheddar, gruyere, and pork belly (now turn that frown upside-down, it was just a flat, crispy variation on bacon), and thick, substantial slabs of buttery bread, this was one of the most delightful sandwiches I've eaten in some time (second place, an innocuous-seeming little Chinese fusion place on 16th and 3rd or so, called Chinos; the offensiveness of its retro font is commendably countered by its delicious Mahi-Mahi sandwich, served with pickled onions, I think, and cilantro on a puffy, slippery bun, with light dijon mayo).


  • Travis Hoover | April 12, 2008 6:13 AMReply

    Have hazy memories of seeing this as a moppet. Nothing distinct beyond a piquant sense of discomfort and the nightmare-inducing image of Coleman running around wearing tights and a cardboard box. I think I had to choose between seeing this and getting a new Star Wars action figure, and made the wrong damn choice, Monty.

  • robbiefreeling | April 11, 2008 7:57 AMReply

    Hey thanks, Kensington, for that much-needed summary. Also noteworthy: this film predates The Muppets Take Manhattan by about three, you know, that one didn't corner the market on adorable moppets living in bus depot lockers.


  • Kensington | April 11, 2008 6:03 AMReply

    I was 12 years old when this film came out, roughly the same age as Gary Coleman, and remember seeing it several times at the Ford City Cinemas in Chicago. To my youthful sensibilities it was a lot of fun.

    It's a little eerie in retrospect, given how the plot (charming little kid with the ability to generate lots of cash) starts to parallel the abuses heaped upon Coleman by his worthless parents. In the film, little Gary is surrounded by a bunch of adults who turn a blind eye to the fact that this little boy LIVES IN A LOCKER AT THE BUS DEPOT as long as he uses his innate talents to provide them with access to large sums of cash that none of them actually earns. When late in the film he loses the ability to produce money, the adults turn their back on him.

    At the film's climax, two good-hearted and responsible adults finally step up and take care of him.

    Unfortunately, it didn't work out that well in reality once the Diff'rent Strokes gravy train dried up.

  • clarencecarter | April 10, 2008 12:09 PMReply

    Please, please, please can we turn back the clock and relive this era? Things were so much simpler then.

  • Keith Uhlich | April 10, 2008 11:09 AMReply

    With a cast that includes Maureen Stapleton, Norman Fell, and Herb "Stan from The Golden Girls" Edelman, I hope you might provide a little post-luncheon mortem on the film, Robbie. :-)