That’s a Wrap!

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I can hardly believe my absence here, but I am making more of an effort to get more posts up! Though I haven’t been blogging (I’ve been focusing more on my other website), I have been watching a lot of movies and eating a lot of food, as per usual. I recently watched Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Terms of Endearment, and re-watched Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (which I swear gets funnier each time I watch it).

I also recently saw the play Constellations (photo above) with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. It was one of the greatest love stories I’ve seen. It showed the story of these two characters in a variety of ways, demonstrating how in different ‘universes’ we could have several encounters with one another. Our moods, circumstances, timing, location, etc. all play a role in our interactions with one another. The play explored how time is an illusion. It was thought-provoking, heartbreaking, and powerful. Also, very well acted. I was completely absorbed. And now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

*  Larry David is coming to Broadway.

* How movie posters survived the digital age.

* This graphic designer who made all the props for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel did an amazing job.

* The charm of Eataly.

* What does your favorite New York City restaurant say about you?

* In NYC and want to learn how to make macarons?

What are you up to this weekend? Have a lovely one!

{Photo by Lauren}

The Movie Collection: Snow Day Movies

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As you’ve read about or seen on the news (or with your own eyes), the East Coast is experiencing a heavy snowstorm that has shut down many areas of the coast, New York City being one of them. For those living through this blizzard, this represents something we loved so much as children and teenagers: Snow Day. Your office may be closed for the day, public transportation is a no-go, and slipping and sliding all over the icy sidewalks is not ideal. If you decide to sleep in longer, do a little bit of work, and then watch movies for the rest of the day, these films will keep you warm as the blizzard rages outside. For snow days, these movies won’t let you down.

1. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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2. The Grey

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3. Groundhog Day

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4. Frozen

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5. Zoolander

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6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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7. The Day After Tomorrow

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8. An Affair to Remember

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9. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

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10. National Lampoon’s Vacation

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Read Then Watch: Academy Awards Reading List

While all of the Academy Award nominee films are on my list to watch before February 22, I am also determined to read the books that inspired these movies. We’ve got a little over a month until the big night, and in addition to all of the reading and watching I have to still do, I also can’t wait to start planning my mini-Oscars party (even if that does only involve me, champagne, and a large bowl of nachos).

Which of these books and films have you watched or read?

Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything by Jane Hawking

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

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Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

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Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon

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Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold by Mark Schultz

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The Movie Collection: The Grand Canyon

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For the first time in my life I visited the Grand Canyon, and it was everything I thought it would be and more. I arrived to the Grand Canyon by helicopter, so I was able to take these amazing aerial shots. I was constantly in awe of my surroundings, and cherry on top was descending into the bottom of the Canyon. Even when visiting this Natural Wonder, it’s hard to truly comprehend its size. While at the Grand Canyon, I couldn’t help but think of all the movies filmed here (or scenes that were made to look like they were filmed here).

Below I have compiled a list of movies with scenes that take place at the Grand Canyon. The only movie I’ve seen in this list is Thelma & Louise, even though those scenes (and for those of you who’ve seen the movie, you know which ones I’m talking about) weren’t actually filmed at the Grand Canyon; they were actually filmed at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah. I’m adding the rest of the films to my list because even though I had the opportunity to visit, I couldn’t get enough. I can’t wait to visit again (both in real life and on-screen).

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Films to Look Forward to in 2015

The movies that come out in 2015 have a tough act to follow. There were a lot of great movies in 2014, and there are still so many that I have yet to see. There are many sequels expected in 2015, along with a couple of rare gems. These are the ones I am most excited for, but before I can fully commit to my excitement I need to get through Awards Season first. Already on my calendar: the Golden Globes on January 11.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron 

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Pitch Perfect 2

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Jurassic World

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Everest

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Spectre

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The Hateful Eight

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II

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Sisters

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Woven Gingerbread Cookies

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Happy winter! ‘Tis officially the season to get into the spirit, and with Christmas this week, everything feels a bit more festive. I attempted these Woven Gingerbread Cookies (recipe here), and they turned out really well. Weaving the dough is so much fun, but it’s definitely a time commitment. When the dough starts to get soft after chilling, pop it back in the freezer for a short while (10 minutes) so you can roll it out again with ease. Because you’ll need strips of the gingerbread dough, the pieces are a bit more fragile. If you’re attending any holiday parties this week, these cookies will be a sure hit.

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{Photos by Lauren}

Around Town: Zazie – San Francisco

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When visiting my friend in San Francisco, we explored the city and kept our eyes open for a good brunch place. Then we discovered it: Zazie. The menu is incredible, and they let you order single items, such as one or two pancakes along with another item. I wish everyone would just do this because when it comes to brunch, I tend to crave every flavor – potatoes, eggs, meat of some kind, pancakes, waffles, French Toast, you name it. We started off with a sparkling champagne cocktail (naturally), and moved onto our main meals. The highlight: pumpkin spice pancakes with pumpkin topping. With a charming atmosphere and delicious food, Zazie is a must if you’re in SF.

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{Photos by Lauren}