What I Watched: April 2015

What I Watched April

While March was a quiet movie month, April has been packed with a variety of movies and television. I am still trying to get myself out of the house to see Age of Adaline, and I’ll definitely be seeing The Avengers: Age of Ultron (so excited for it!). What did you watch in April?

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How Safe Is Your Food?

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The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safety. As someone who loves food, I consider the safety of our food and where it comes from an important issue. The World Health Organization claims that “over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemical substances.” Pretty scary. From books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Salt, Sugar, Fat to the many documentaries that are being produced, there’s no shortage of resources to educate ourselves. Take some time this World Health Day to learn more about where your food comes from and the issues surrounding our health, the food industry, and what we’re putting into our bodies. Here are 10 documentaries to get started…

1. Food Chains – A group of workers work to overcome corporate greed and end abuse in America’s fields, revealing what actually feeds our country.

2. Forks Over Knives – This documentary examines how degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

3. Food, Inc. – This film takes a look at the food industry’s harmful effects on human health and the environment.

4. Super Size Me – This well-known documentary follows Morgan Spurlock as he explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month.

5. Fed UpThis documentary is an examination of America’s obesity epidemic and the food industry’s role in aggravating it.

6. Farmageddon – Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son was healed from allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk and real food from farms. The documentary reveals how farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities were forced to stop.

7. Hungry for ChangeWhy do you keep coming back for more? This documentary exposes secrets that the diet, weight loss and food industries use.

8. Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead – For those wanting to get healthy, this story should inspire you. Two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity, and illness document their intense healing path in their attempt regain their health.

9. TEDTalks: Chew On This – A collection of TED Talks with master bakers, food scientists, chefs, farmers and foodies for a taste of truth about food. Worth a listen.

10. A Place at the Table – A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans and potential solutions to these problems.

 What food safety documentaries do you recommend?

Spring 2015 Movies

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When you find yourself having a bad day, remember that it’s spring and you’ll feel better. It’s nice to cook while the sun is still out, and then settle in for the evening with a movie on. When the weather gets warmer, the walk to the theater will be much more enjoyable. Good thing, too, because there are some movies coming out this spring that I am excited about. These are the ones I’m willing to leave the house for:

1. The Age of Adaline – April 24, 2015

After an accident, a young woman stays 29-years-old for almost eight decades. Adaline Bowman stays the same while the world changes and those around her grow old. Loaded with drama and romance, I’m curious to see how they’ll portray the passing of time and how that affects her relationships.

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015

Truthfully, I really enjoyed the last Avengers movie. It’s fun to see superhero movies in theaters, especially when they all come together in one.

3. Pitch Perfect 2 – May 15, 2015

Another honest moment: I liked Pitch Perfect. I thought the songs were catchy and it was a light-hearted movie to watch after a long day.

4. Aloha – May 29, 2015

A killer cast (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams) in an amazing location (Hawaii). When revisiting the site of his greatest career triumph, a military contractor falls for the Air Force watchdog assigned to him while also reconnecting with his ex. The movie was written and directed by Cameron Crowe, so I’m expecting great things.

5. Jurassic World – June 12, 2015

One word: dinosaurs.

What movies are you looking forward to watching this spring?

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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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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?

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