Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A to Z Challenge post - M is for muffineer and Michael Clayton

Howdy and happy Wednesday! One nice thing about working Tuesday-Friday is that this is only my second work day of the week and it's already hump day!
Today's "M" word is: muffineer. A muffineer is a metal cruet or shaker with a perforated top used for sifting sugar onto muffins or other condiments onto food. It can also be defined as a covered dish to keep muffins, etc., warm. So, regardless of how you want to look at it, it definitely involves muffins.
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This is probably what comes to mind.

But this one is really cute.
Muffineers were part of the Victorian tableware along with so many other serving utensils that seem foreign to us now. Many were quite elaborate and they are very collectible today. They were made from china, porcelain, glass and/or silver.

Today's film choice is: Michael Clayton. This taunt legal thriller stars George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe, and Sydney Pollack. Again, a great storyline summary from IMBd: "Michael Clayton, a high-priced law firm's fixer, leaves a late night poker game, gets a call to drive to Westchester, and watches his car blow up as he's taking an impromptu dawn walk through a field. Flash back four days. He owes a loan shark to cover his brother's debts (Michael's own gambling habits have left him virtually broke). His law firm is negotiating a high-stakes merger, and his firm's six year defense of a conglomerate's pesticide use is at risk when one of the firm's top litigators goes off his meds and puts the case in jeopardy. While Michael is trying to fix things someone decides to kill him. Who? Meanwhile his son summarizes the plot of a dark fantasy novel".
This film was the only one at the 2008 Oscars to receive more than one acting nomination; it received three: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (George Clooney), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson), and the Oscar went to Tilda Swinton for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Great acting, great plot, great film all around.
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Well, that's it for today. Hope your week is going well; only two more days 'til Friday!

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