Thursday, November 3, 2016

Movie Night No.1 - You've Got Mail

"What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you." - Kathleen Kelly

You've Got Mail DVD, pencils, coffee, popcorn
Halo Espresso Cups & Saucers (c/o Denby Pottery) / Popcorn Shed Popcorn (c/o Popcorn Shed)
Welcome to the first Movie Night on Pink Julep, inspired by one of my favorite spare time activities... I will almost never turn down the opportunity to stay home, eat something delicious and watch a movie. I love to go out to the cinema too, but there's something so great about staying in and enjoying a film. Old, new or obscure - it doesn't really matter and I've been known to watch the same film time and again if I love it. The movie I've been watching a lot of lately is You've Got Mail and it's so appropriate for this time of year as it begins in the Autumn. It also strikes me as I've come to love this film nearly 20 years after its release, how funny it is that we once snarled at email as though it were a passing fad and here we are now, completely dependent on it, checking our messages on smartphones or tablets that are attached to our bodies at all times, using the internet every single day. Given the storyline is heavy with early internet subject matter, I still don't find it dated... In fact, it's as charming as ever and makes me miss New York a little bit... It makes me miss the 90's a little bit too! 

Pencils & leaves
"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." - Joe Fox

You've Got Mail tells the story of Kathleen Kelly played by Meg Ryan, a small independent bookstore owner and Joe Fox played by Tom Hanks, a major corporate bookstore owner who regularly puts his independent competitors out of business with his gigantic low-priced superstores. They are of course professional enemies, however they've both developed a flirtation in their personal lives with a stranger online and neither of them knows they've actually befriended each other. The cast of You've Got Mail is incredible and also includes Greg Kinnear, Parker Posy, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn, Heather Burns, Dave Chapelle and even Sara Ramirez from Grey's Anatomy has a small part in the film.

popcorn, cups and saucers, autumn leaves, coffee maker
Halo Espresso Cups & Saucers (c/o Denby PotteryPopcorn Shed Popcorn (c/o Popcorn Shed)
"Well, as far as I'm concerned, the Internet is just another way of being rejected by women." 
- George Pappas

As far as I'm concerned, You've Got Mail has everything you need for a great night in. It's funny, but romantic, it's nostalgic and yet still timely... The film itself is beautiful, filled with gorgeous scenery and plenty of 90's style inspiration. If this film were made now, Joe Fox would be an internet mogul and Kathleen Kelly would still be an independent bricks & mortar bookstore owner competing for her place in the ever-changing shopping habits of consumers. Joe Fox would probably be a champion of Kindle and digital books, while Kathleen Kelly would insist that there's something special about a tangible book, how it becomes like an old friend and how it holds more memories the longer you keep it. Instead of waxing lyrical on the absurdities of corporate designer coffee shops, they would probably engage in some dialogue on the Pumpkin Spice Latte phenomenon and the ever-growing gluten-free craze.  Frank, played by Greg Kinnear would probably still be a journalist, although there's a chance that he might be a blogger or even a YouTube sensation. Any way you slice, it this story and these characters are still relevant and great for spending an evening at home with. Here are my suggestions for everything you need to make a night of it!

1. The Film
You've Got Mail is available to rent or buy digitally from Amazon, where you can also get it on DVD and it's also available for digital purchase on iTunes.

"The odd thing about this form of communication is that you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings." - Kathleen Kelly

2. The Playlist
The music in You've Got Mail is absolutely brilliant, so put it on during dinner before you snuggle in for the film or play it afterwards while you engage in an intellectual conversation over too much coffee with a friend or sweetheart about the movie and how the internet has taken over the world.

Coffee and popcorn
Halo Espresso Cups & Saucers (c/o Denby PotteryPopcorn Shed Popcorn (c/o Popcorn Shed)
"The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino." - Joe Fox

3. Drinks
For a You've Got Mail viewing, it's gotta be coffee... Make a Starbucks run or put on a pot of brew at home. Either way, watching this movie will make you want to guzzle the good stuff, so if you can't sleep after a cuppa, be sure to get decaf.

Popcorn Shed
Popcorn Shed Popcorn (c/o Popcorn Shed)

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question into the void. So good night, dear void." - Kathleen Kelly

4. Snacks
Make like the stylish, intellectual New York City literati in the book and settle for nothing but the best... Popcorn is the perfect option, but this isn't just any old popcorn - it's special. Popcorn Shed is handmade popcorn that uses all-natural, carefully sourced ingredients. It's free from preservatives or additives, suitable for vegetarians and it's completely gluten-free. Manufactured in small batches, this brand chooses quality over quantity and rejects mass production for the perfect, delicious product. It's like The Shop Around the Corner of popcorn and you can taste it in every scrumptious bite! The sweet flavors are the perfect complement to a great cup of coffee. It's hard to choose a favorite flavor because they're all incredible, but I'm partial to the Pecan Pie. That said, the Rich Chocolate is perfect for days when I'm craving the dark stuff and the Salted Caramel really hits the spot when I'm feeling a salty-sweet moment coming on.

Chocolate Popcorn
Popcorn Shed Popcorn (c/o Popcorn Shed)

Popcorn Shed is available to buy online. One shed is £3.33, however they also do bundles. Mix and match or buy tons of just one flavor - it's up to you, but either way you won't be disappointed. For more information or to shop, visit

Well, that's everything you need for the perfect Movie Night at home with You've Got Mail! Stay tuned for next week's Movie Night featuring the perfect film for foodies & social media enthusiasts... Can you guess what's coming next week?


  1. You've Got Mail is one of my favorite movies! I always watch it in the fall when school starts because of the bouquet of sharpened pencils line. Jess at Just Jess

    1. It's such a great movie - I love it this time of year too!


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