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Sunday, July 05, 2009

golden raspberries


These beauties are growing amid the pines at the edge of the orchard where Lesley is getting married in a few weeks. They are a natural variant of red raspberries, which I eat most mornings with other berries in plain yogurt for breakfast. Raspberry preserves with the seeds spread on Monterey Jack cheese is a snack I remember eating in college. Very yum. I just ate a golden raspberry, and it was tart and not very tasty. Maybe it's not quite ready yet. But it wasn't as bad as raspberry flavored cough syrup.

The Golden Raspberries are also "awards" for the worst of Hollywood. Last year's big "winner" was Mike Myers' The Love Guru - worst picture, worst actor and worst screenplay. I didn't see it, did you? And worst actress was Paris Hilton in The Hottie and the Nottie. That last one was actually pretty good, I thought. And the plot is fascinating, about a man who wants to woo a beautiful woman (Paris) but her not-so-hot best friend is an obstacle.

Um, I didn't really see it.

If you have a few minutes, it's fun to browse the Wiki site for the Razzies and see the connections between the Oscars and the Razzies (which are awarded the day before the Oscars). The site shows many actors and filmmakers who won or were nominated for Oscars and Razzies in the same year. For instance, Jack Nicholson was nominated for worst actor in 1992 for his roles in both "Hoffa" and "Man Trouble" but was also nominated for Best Supporting actor that year for "A Few Good Men."

Have you ever walked out of a movie at the theater because it was so bad? We walked out of "Congo" when Tim Curry's character Herkemer Homolka said "Liar, liar pants on fire." Even our kids looked at us in disbelief. Hey, I just looked up "Congo" on the Golden Raspberries site and it got worst picture for 1995, Tim Curry got worst supporting actor and John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of Michael Chrichton's book got the worst screenplay award. Ha!

34 comments:

renaye said...

i have never seen golden raspberries before!

amuse me said...

I have to admit I've fallen asleep in the theater, but so far haven't walked out. I'll have to check the worst pictures though -- that sounds like it would be fun to see which ones were awarded. :) M

Pat said...

GOLDEN raspberries? Who knew? Wow! I learned something new today! Thanks for sharing that gorgeous photo!

Cori said...

We planted golden raspberries back when we started the garden (6 years ago). They were the only variety that didn't do well.

Our red raspberries are just now getting ripe, amazing what a few days of sunshine will do.

"Tulips" with Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back Kotter) is the only movie that I remeber walking out on.

Has anyone else noticed (or not noticed) that the Japanese beetles haven't arrived yet? Not that I'm complaining!

ds said...

Can't say I've ever walked out of a movie in the middle (play, yes, a "good" prize-winner, in fact). But raspberries as fruit? Oh,my! They must like pines, because my grandma's patch was spread among pine trees, and they were sooo delicious--it was an effort to get enough in the pail for her to make jam (and yes, of course, it was the best in the world.)Oh, the memories coming out of this weekend!
Hope yours has been wonderful.

CottageGirl said...

Never knew about golden raspberries!

Also, never walked out of a movie (a concert, yes) ... but sooooo wanted to walk out of American Beauty. I think it was one of those movies people either loved or hated.

Peter said...

I wonder why these nice berries are linked to the worst film performances? I looked at the link. Interesting, funy, reading.

Thess golden raspberries (which you sometimes find on the market here also) look very similar to what is considered as the "utmost berry" in the Nordic countries, but those are cloudberries growing very sparesly in the very Nordic regions ... and costing a fortune!

Ruth said...

Renaye - I hadn't either until the farm.

I have tried to load your blog page, with no luck the last few times.

Ruth said...

Marion - "Congo" was our one and only. I haven't fallen asleep yet (and I won't tell you who has, but he lives very close to me).

J.G. said...

Lucky you, with fresh (homegrown?) berries for breakfast.

I walked out of Zelig, years ago. It may have been a Woody Allen masterpiece, but I just didn't get it. Maybe I'd understand it better now.

Ruth said...

I learned some good Canadian lingo at yours too, Pat.

Thanks!

Ruth said...

Cori - this is our first real garden year, so we didn't know to miss them. But thank you for that bit of joy.

I wonder if the tomatoes will ripen, maybe now it will warm up.

I never heard of "Tulips" before - but the name, and the actor don't bode well.

Ruth said...

DS, I am waiting for our golden raspberries to get delicious. I wonder if they will. We have some black ones that are wonderful.

I loved reading about your memories, especially the Mountain gang's outhouse parade float! Hahahaha, I still want to bust out laughing with those images.

I hope you will tell the story of walking out of a prize-winning play.

Ruth said...

CottageGirl - I was one who loved it. But I can understand not loving it too, it's pretty intense. I did not at all like Mendes' Revolutionary Road, though my best friend loved it.

Ruth said...

Peter - I believe the term "blowing a raspberry" is the origin of the award name. Blowing a raspberry is when you make that sound with your lips to indicate disgust or failure. How do I describe it?

Cloudberries - I never knew. They must be rare and delicious to be so valuable.

Ruth said...

J.G. - I haven't eaten too many home grown berries for breakfast yet. I try to find organic ones in the store. But I sure do hate shipping them from California.

I hadn't heard of Zelig. I really have to be in the mood to watch an Allen movie . . . well depending on which one it is. I enjoyed Annie Hall, and Hannah and Her Sisters.

Susan said...

Hahaha, the only movie I ever walked out on was "Rambo:First Blood". I was disgusted by the sight of Rambo sewing up the gash in his own arm. Never watched another Stallone movie. And I bet he has a couple of Golden Razzies to put on his mantel!

I've never seen golden raspberries growing wild. We have black ones around the edge of our yard. The chickens eat most of the ones in the backyard, surprise, surprise!

Loring Wirbel said...

Are golden raspberries their own subspecies? Do they grow on bushes of their own?

Yeah, The Love Guru was pretty awful. But I'm not sure if the Razzies give careful consideration to some of those "straight to video" stinkers. Seen some pretty horrible ones in that category. What's really bad is when a respected director makes a bomb - Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia with Tom Cruise, for example, was pretty awful.

And this year, I'm sure Transformers 2 would take top honors, but I'd never see it.

Nancy said...

Love the look of the golden raspberries.
I can't remember seeing any of these movies - now I know why!

Christina said...

they look yummy! maybe in a batch of muffins?
xo

Oliag said...

Your golden raspberry photo is yummy! Beautiful! We had heaps of wild wonderful red raspberries in our yard when I first moved here but somehow managed to kill them all off...

I would have given "The Love Guru" a Razzie simply based on the commercials meant to promote it! I can't remember leaving any movies...I must have at least once!

Ruth said...

Susie, eeeewww. I had my eyes closed in the first 15 minutes of The Dark Knight and almost walked out. Peter made me stay, and I was glad I did. Usually movies throw the "worst" at you in the first few minutes. But Rambo - yeah, I can see that. I'm not sure it would have been worth staying. Good ole Stallone.

I don't know that these raspberries started out wild. We're thinking someone planted them a couple decades ago. We have black raspberries too, but they're too high for the chickens. Yay!

Ruth said...

Apparently yes, Loring, about the gold raspberries.

Funny, I had heard so many bad reviews of Magnolia I actually almost liked it when I watched it. Low expectations. It had some moments. But I don't generally cruise with Cruise, he is just too annoying. He got worst actor for War of the Worlds.

Doesn't it drive you crazy to know there is so much fantastic technology going into really bad movies? It does me. I mean they're putting the effort and mullah into it, why not into some good writing too?

Ruth said...

Good on you, Nancy.

Ruth said...

Christina, dear cook that you are, maybe!

Ruth said...

Oliag - I agree, the movie looked so bad I almost wanted to watch it. Almost.

I'm sorry about your raspberries.

Jeanie said...

Ha! Some of those awful flicks are good for grins, if nothing else!

Golden raspberries (the fruit, not the award) do pick up a bit in the later months. But still more tart than their rosy cousins. While in France, I stopped at a market stall and bought the most succulent raspberries I've ever had (and not just because they were in France!). I wish I'd taken a photo...

Ruth said...

Jeanie, true, like our own mistakes, bad movies give us something to laugh at.

I'm glad to hear the goldens get better. I'll try them again. Food is photogenic, especially in France.

Sandy said...

Another luscious looking photo!!

Bob Johnson said...

Never knew about golden raspberries, love the image and I love your frame selection,btw thanks for the frame link, I've used it quite a bit so far.

Ruth said...

Sandy, thank you! The berries did not match the image for taste, but maybe in a few weeks.

Ruth said...

Bob, I'm glad to hear you have used the frames at either picnik or Photoscape. I didn't see them at your blog, must be some other unknown project in the universe. Six more days until you leave.

Chromesthesia said...

Hello
Golden raspberries are delicious. I just picked a bunch by the train station. They grow wild all over my town along with the not as sweet but still good black raspberries and are a mutation of the black raspberries.

As for bad movies, I've never walked out on a movie before. Usually because I paid for it and don't want to lose 6 dollars, though I don't think I liked Harry Potter 4 when i saw it in the theater because they cut so much out of the book ><

Ruth said...

Hello, Chromesthesia, it's nice to see you here. It's delightful picturing you picking raspberries by the train station.

I've heard that when you walk out of a movie before the first 40 minutes you can get your money back. We didn't walk out of "Congo" early enough.