Winter 2014 Must-See Movies

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We have reached the final week of fall (winter officially begins on Sunday, December 21). When the temperatures are below zero and the snow is falling, spending the day watching movies at your local cinema can’t be beat. There were some great movies this fall, and there are still many more to come. I fell in love with the book Unbrokenso I’m eager to see how the movie plays out. Louis Zamperini’s life story is nothing short of incredible, and if you haven’t read the book yet, I highly encourage you to do so. This American Sniper trailer really got me, and I will undoubtedly be seeing it as soon as it comes out. I love watching movies this time of year because we’re getting into Awards Season, and many of these movies will be in the running for top awards.

1. Unbroken – December 25, 2014

2. Into the Woods – December 25, 2014

3. A Most Violent Year – December 31, 2014

4. Selma – January 9, 2015

5. American Sniper – January 16, 2015

What movies are you looking forward to this winter?

{Image via Laura Ashley}

Film History: Movie Theater Etiquette

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These movie theater etiquette lantern slides from 1912 are fantastic. All the same rules apply today, with the addition of no talking or texting on cell phones. Also, you’re unlikely to see someone wearing a large hat at the movie theater, but doesn’t that make you just a bit sad that dressing up for a night on the town to see a ‘picture’ no longer exists?

These slides were shown during what are now previews, trailers for upcoming movies, and trivia quizzes. They were also sometimes used during intermission. Multiple films used to be shown at one time since they were much shorter than movies are now. To read more about these cool pieces of film history, here are two great articles: Etiquette Lessons for the Annoying Moviegoers of Early Cinema and Lantern Slides That Advertised Coming Attractions in the Silent Film Era.

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Images via SlateBack Story Radio

Paris, je t’aime

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Last September, I was walking down the streets of Paris and loving every minute of it. I’d wander down side streets in search of fresh baguettes, head out to the main road to get a good look at the Eiffel Tower, and just absorb Paris and the culture. It’s hard to believe that was one year ago this month as it feels like it was just yesterday when I was sipping on Moroccan mint tea and drinking thick hot chocolate.

When I start missing France and all of its charm, I simply turn to movies set in Paris. Movies capture some of the most beautiful parts of the city on-screen, can be both enjoyable and challenging in thought and topic, and movies are the easiest (and cheapest!) way to experience a couple of hours in the City of Light. These are 15 great options:

1. Gigi

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2. Sabrina

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3. An American in Paris

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4. Everyone Says I Love You

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5. Midnight in Paris

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6. Charade

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7. Funny Face

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8. Marie Antoinette

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9. Amélie

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10. Moulin Rouge!

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11. Something’s Gotta Give during this scene

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12. Hugo

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13. Caché

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14. Paris When It Sizzles

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15. Paris, je t’aime

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Which Paris-based movies are your favorite to watch?

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That’s a Wrap!

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I’ve gotten back into my reading groove and have finished up a couple of great books this month. The most recent book I read is the one you see in the photo above. It’s very rare when I read paranormal fiction, but I can’t resist a good witch story (getting ready for October, perhaps?). Already on a roll with witches and magic, I jumped right into the show Witches of East End. I’ll admit I was hooked, but it’s such a fun world to live in for a couple of hours.

I also watched The Longest Week and honestly the best parts of the movie were the stacks of books in the apartments and the jazz soundtrack. Olivia Wilde is also gorgeous in it, but otherwise the movie is slow and a boring plot-wise. My weekend movie time will now be occupied with Seahawks games (1-0!), but we’ll see what I can sneak in every now and then. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Yesterday was an emotional day for obvious reasons. It is with a very heavy heart that we remember the lost loved ones and heroes. Never forget.

* Having serious #travelenvy! The 12 best travel Instagram accounts.

* The United Sweets of America

* Interesting read about the psychology behind how see-through food packaging boosts sales.

* My Life with Piper: From Big House to Small Screen

* Life and work lessons from Joss Whedon.

* Discovering Nancy Meyers’s Instagram was awesome, so say the least.

* Female cartoon characters ahead of their time. Love this list!

* I want to eat every meal in this dining room. Gorgeous.

* The making of ‘Gone with the Wind.”

Have a great weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Eat & Watch: Eggs and Bacon & Love Story

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A few months ago, I finally watched the classic Love StoryI absolutely loved it and I adore Jenny, Ali MacGraw’s character. Jenny and Oliver together are an unstoppable couple, and their romance felt genuine and light. It is one of the best romantic movies I’ve seen. There are a couple of eating scenes in the movie, but this one stuck out to me because of how simple it is: eggs and bacon. There’s not even anything else on the plate. Plain, simple, and delicious. The recipe for this Eat & Watch? Simple: scramble two eggs and add salt and pepper; cook bacon. Voila! The next time you are having a lazy Sunday morning, cook up some eggs and bacon and fall in love all over again with Love Story.

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{Photo via Paramount Pictures; food photos by Lauren}

Fall Must-See Movies

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Happy September! The rain has started falling and mornings have been greeting me with overcast skies. I couldn’t be happier that fall is so close I can quite literally feel it. Another great thing about fall: amazing movies! While summer blockbusters are great every now and then, I am partial to the movies that will soon be hitting theaters, such as The Theory of Everything, the British biopic drama about Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his wife Jane. I am also really excited to see The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The trailer makes me tear up, so I’m expecting a full-on heartache in the theater. When I read Gone Girl, I imagined the story playing out a little differently than what the trailer portrays, so I’m interested in seeing it more out of curiosity than anything else. I’m ready to be entertained this fall, to say the least.

What movies are you looking forward to this autumn?

1. The Longest WeekSeptember 5, 2014

2. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – September 12, 2014

3. Gone Girl – October 3, 2014

4. Birdman – October 16, 2014

5. The Theory of Everything – November 7, 2014

6. Foxcatcher – November 14, 2014

Apartment Envy

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There are certain homes in television and movies that give me serious apartment envy. I am partial to cozy, eclectic apartments that depict the characters’ personalities, such as Carrie Bradshaw and Mindy Lahiri’s apartments. It’s always interesting to see how characters in movies and on television live, and getting a glimpse into their homes gives you a great sense of who they are. Notice Holly Golightly’s couch, which is half of a bathtub. Awesome.

P.S. Movie kitchens I adore.

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 {Breakfast At Tiffany’s}

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{Melinda and Melinda}

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{How to Marry a Millionaire}

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{The Mindy Project}

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{Friends With Benefits}

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