What I Watched: June 2015

What I Watched June

I successfully made it to the theaters a couple of times this month, as well as watched some classics at home. Looking back, I’m happy to have stepped outside of my movie comfort zone. These films consist of an Italian romantic dramedy, an old sci-fi movie, and a continuation of successful dinosaur blockbusters. Overall, a great movie month.

What movies did you watch in June?

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The Movie Collection: China – Through the Looking Glass

China Looking Glass Movies

Last month I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit. It was stunning, to say the least. This exhibition houses some of the most beautiful haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear pieces of clothing alongside Chinese art and screens featuring Chinese movies.

The entire exhibit tells a story, and the art, music, film screenings, and fashion draws you in completely. Not only was I completely absorbed with the fashion designs, but I was also captivated by the movies that were chosen to be screened alongside the clothing. These are the movies I took note of while walking through the exhibit, and I plan on watching every single one.

1. Chungking Express

2In the Mood for Love

3. The Last Emperor

4The Shanghai Gesture

5House of Flying Daggers

6Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

7Raise the Red Lantern

8Lady from Chungking

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That’s a Wrap!

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The temperature has started getting into the 90s, and I’m more inclined to hide away in a dark cool theater. Jurassic World is finally out – can’t wait to see that one. In exciting television news, Netflix released Orange is the New Black early, so there’s an early summer present for you. Since that’s what everyone will be doing for the next 14 hours, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

KING OF COMEDY: Louis C.K., obviously.

RIDICULOUS CASTING: Emma Stone as an Asian.

CHIMPS: While chimps can’t make meals, they can understand the basics of heating food and appreciating it.

CANNES: 15 winners and losers from the glam film festival.

COOKBOOK: This old-school Jewish vegetarian cookbook looks so good.

BAR LUCE: Wes Anderson designed a cafe in Milan, and it looks like it could be straight out of a movie.

BOOK TO TV: On location in Scotland where Outlander is filmed.

SEX AN THE CITY: Knows best. Summer in New York is this.

FOOD TRUCK: The legal side of owning a food truck.

SHOW DEBUT: Julie Rottenberg has worked in TV a long time, and now she’s finally a Show Runner.

Have a great weekend!

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That’s a Wrap!

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It was a shorter week, and yet so much still happened. Next week we’ll be in June! Summer is rapidly approaching. I don’t know how we zipped through spring, but I’m not ready for the heat (or humidity). I’m already dreaming of the recipes to make this summer, many of which involve pies and fruity frozen treats.

This weekend I’ll be surrounded by books and book lovers at BookCon – I can’t wait! Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

WILL TRAVEL FOR: Ice cream.

HEALTH MATTERS: Great health tips and a personal background from an Instagram food superstar.

FOOD TRUCKS: That are picture-perfect. Why are these food trucks not in my life?

CLASS ACT: All hail Audrey Hepburn.

NEW ON NETFLIX: All of the movies that you can look forward to in June.

SLEEP IN & EAT WELL: 35 make-ahead breakfasts – I can’t wait to try these.

FAMILY DINNERS: They are a treat – make time for them.

MORE IN ICE CREAM NEWS: The recent listeria outbreak has had a profound effect on Blue Bell ice cream and the Texas town of Brenham.

SUPERHEROES: The secret history of Ultimate Marvel.

DESSERT FOR THE WIN: A family of refugees turned a bakery into a major business.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Movie Collection: 8 Movies for Graduation

Graduation Movies

The time has come for high school and college graduations all around the country. My sister recently graduated from university, so this post is in honor of all that she has accomplished. Whether you are graduating, or your sibling, friend, or family member is earning that hard-earned degree, congratulations! Celebrate with dinner and a movie – these are eight of my favorite graduation films.

Back to School – A rich businessman enrolls in college to help his discouraged son get through school. This movie is both ridiculous and funny.

Legally Blonde – Who can forget the words Elle Woods squeals at the end of her graduation speech: “Congratulations class of 2004, we did it!” 

The GraduateAppropriately named, a disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. You can’t go wrong with a Mike Nichols movie.

Say AnythingHow can you not love this movie? An underachiever and the class valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes to college.

She’s All ThatSerious drama occurs when a high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unpopular girl into the school’s prom queen. The graduation scene at the end is pretty sweet – he has a lot to make up for!

GreaseA classic love story about two high schoolers (who clearly look like they’ve already graduated from college), this is such a fun movie to watch. The carnival at the end of the movie is a way to celebrate all they’ve been through.

Dead Poets Society – If there’s a great message to send in a movie, it’s in this one: Carpe Diem, Seize the Day. Recent graduates: this is your life, make the most of it!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Though you don’t see Ferris Bueller actually graduate, him skipping a day of high schools demonstrates serious senioritis. The struggle is real.

 What’s your favorite graduation movie?

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8 Movies to Watch on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and what better way to celebrate than to spend the afternoon with champagne in hand, a mother-daughter movie on the screen, and your mom by your side. These movies are a variety of heartbreaking, hilarious, and thought-provoking. No two relationships between mother and daughter are alike (in movies and in life!), and it’s interesting to see how the ones in these films develop.

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What are you watching on Mother’s Day?

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Around Town: Empire Diner – New York City

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Sometimes there are days when all you want to eat is diner food. This craving hit late one night so I decided to make my way to the iconic Empire Diner in Chelsea for breakfast the next morning. Empire Diner was built in 1946 and was recently renovated to give the restaurant a more modern feel while maintaining its classic look. Empire Diner has been seen in many television shows and movies over the years, including Manhattan, Home Alone 2, Men in Black II, and Law and Order.

Also, today is Star Wars day (May the fourth be with you), and the Galactic Empire is referred to as ‘the Empire,’ so you see how it all comes full circle.

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I love the painted EAT sign above the diner and the retro look with the silver and old-fashioned interior. The space isn’t too big, so it feels cozy and laid back.

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Empire Pop Tarts were an obvious choice, because who can resist homemade pastry puffs with jelly on the inside and icing on top? The flaky edges were perfect for the first bite of the day. The Buttermilk Pancakes were fluffy while maintaining a crispier edge, and the Chilaquiles, though spicy, tasted fresh and was loaded with cilantro. Next time I’m going for lunch and trying the Classic Grilled Cheese with a Cookies ‘n’ Creme milkshake.

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