Top 10 Movies of 2012

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{A behind-the-scenes look at the making of ‘The Intouchables’}

This is the final post of 2012 – I can’t believe how quickly the year flew (as usual). Naturally, to celebrate the coming of 2013, I have rounded up the top 10 movies of 2012 – in no particular order – with 2 words that describe the way I feel about them. I wanted to do Top 12 movies, but when it came time to make this list, I realized I have not seen many of the movies that came out this year. Instead, I watched a lot of movies from the late 1960s to the present. Also, these are only movies that I have actually seen, since it would not make sense to rate a movie I have not watched (yet). I am still playing catch-up on a ton of movies this winter break - crossing off movies on the list every day! What movies did you love in 2012?

1.  The Intouchables (Released in the USA in 2012)
Hilarious and moving.

2. Lincoln
Inspiring and historical.

3. Moonrise Kingdom
Magical and youthful.

4. Argo
Intense and thrilling.

5. Headhunters (Released in USA in 2012 – the book, written by Jo Nesbo, is even better!)
Suspenseful and smart.

6. The Avengers
Exciting and fun.

7. Rust and Bone
Emotional and heavy.

8. Seeking Asian Female
Insightful and a little bit creepy (more than 2 words, but 2 adjectives nonetheless).

9. Looper
Trippy and unexpected.

10. This Means War  (I had to have a romantic comedy on here somewhere!)
Reese Witherspoon. I realize this is a noun, but what can I say, she just makes the movie. Okay…so does Chris Pine.

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Happy Holidays from A Dash of Cinema!

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I hope you all have a lovely final ‘holiday’ weekend! In our transition from Christmas to New Years, now is the time to start thinking of resolutions, goals, and aspirations. It is also a great time to reflect on 2012 and remember all of the important, fun, and life-changing moments. I am looking forward to 2013 as it holds more adventures and change. It is hard to believe Monday will be the last post of 2012. Until then, enjoy the remaining days of the current year, stay safe and warm, and take time to reflect & look forward!

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Food Mood Board: Welcoming Fall

On Saturday, fall officially begins. My countdown for fall has been ticking for a while now, and I am so excited to be in the final countdown. Even though I have already been in the fall mindset, it’s always nice for it to be legitimate. My food mood board is currently full of warm colors: orange, red, yellow, brown. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen to start baking delicious, gooey pastries that perfectly accompany a big mug of apple cider.
What’s inspiring you this week?

1: Caramel Apples with Coconut & Chocolate Drizzle - caramel apples are perfect for this time of year!
2: Baked Pumpkin Autumn Maple Doughnuts - I could eat this for breakfast every morning. With #4.
3: Crunchy leaves - what is fall without them?
4: Apple Cider – the cinnamon stir sticks add a delicious warmth to the drink.
5: Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls - warm rolls on a crisp morning, get in my life.

Flavor of the Month: Coffee

1. Java Chocolate Smoothie Cups | 2. Coffee Jelly with Cream | 3. Cappuccino Brownies |
4. Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Coffee BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe | 5. Chocolate Espresso Black Pepper Cookies

Now that September is well on its way, coffee is an appropriate flavor for the month since with September comes new jobs, new school semesters, and big changes. That being said, coffee will be a necessity in the month of September to both help wake us up and to help keep us awake. Personally, I can’t stand hot coffee, and I won’t drink it unless it is iced. Since I do not want to solely rely on drinking coffee as a way to stay caffeinated, I found some great recipes that seamlessly incorporate coffee into food. Chocolate Espresso Black Pepper Cookies are at the top of my list to make – I also did an interview with the baker herself, Jane from Buttered Up (check it out here)! Cheers to September and staying awake!

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Around Town: Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck

New York City in the summer means inescapable heat and a never-ending desire for ice cream. When I passed a bright pink ice cream truck, I had to stop. Turns out, the truck was Coolhaus Ice Cream, where you construct your own cookie ice cream sandwich.  I chose chocolate chip cookies with the Dirty Mint ice cream (which tastes like a fresh peppermint garden). The ice cream and cookies are delicious individually, and together they are an unbeatable combination. Also, the wrapper that the ice cream sandwich comes in is edible. Coolhaus isn’t just in NYC – they have trucks in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Austin! With flavors like Fried Chicken and Waffles, Lychee Martini Sorbet, and Chocolate Molten Cake, I clearly need to hunt down this truck again for another summer treat.

If you are in NYC and want a different kind of summer treat, try the frrrozen hot chocolates at Serendipity 3!

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Friday’s Features

♥ Quick peek at an HBO film I am so excited for!

I hope you all had a great week, filled with chocolates, romantic comedies, and love! This weekend seems like a good time to go out to dinner with friends and catch a movie afterwards. This Means War is out, and because I am a huge Reese Witherspoon fan, I’ll probably be first in line at the theater (once I complete the loads of work I still have, no thanks to a cold I had to fight throughout the week). Remember to take your vitamin C and drink lots of liquids. Have a warm and productive weekend! Until then, here are the things I am currently watching + craving.

♥ Missing the colorful taste of childhood snow cones

♥ Thoroughly enjoyed watching In Time

♥ Audrey and Grace at the Oscars

♥ Looking forward to spring and all the food that it brings, like cherries!

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Super Food for the Super Bowl

The weekend has finally arrived…Super Bowl weekend! This year the 46th Super Bowl will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium where the New England Patriots and New York Giants will play for the big win. If you plan on watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, there is something you’ll want to have readily available: snacks…and lots of it! In preparation for the big game, get your food and drinks before the crowds and lines start to form at the grocery store. You will want to have snacks that are easy to grab when your eyes are glued to the television. Here are some types of food that will give you enough fuel on game-day – today is no day to worry about carbs!

→ You can’t go wrong with pizza! Convenient and filling.

→ Buffalo wings may be messy, but they are definitely delicious.

→ Salsa, guacamole, and lots of tortilla chips.

→ Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix…need I say more?

→ Churros are warm and covered in sugar – a perfect way to top off the game!

→ If you have time to get fancy, these chocolate covered strawberries made to look like footballs are beyond great.

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