What I Watched: July 2015

What I Watched July

There were more homemade meals this month than actual movie-watching, though I did manage to start off the month with a couple of new ones. If you haven’t already seen Saving Private Ryan, you absolutely must. During the second half of the month I gravitated toward movies I love but haven’t seen in a while. It’s fun to revisit a movie you haven’t watched in years – it either makes you remember why you loved it so much, or you question why you liked it at all and analyze how your movie preferences have changed.

What movies did you watch this July?

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Movie Soundtracks To Cook To: French Inspired

French Inspired

When I cook, I like to have music playing softly in the background. Depending on the dish (and my mood), the music will vary each time. In this new series, Movie Soundtracks To Cook To, I will share with you the movies that inspire my cooking playlists. Movies are filled with great music, and I like to mix up my playlists with songs that are both lyrical and instrumental/orchestral. Movie soundtracks are the next best thing to the motion pictures themselves, but when you’re cooking or baking, having a movie going in the background could be a bit distracting and potentially dangerous (unless you have amazing knife skills)!

My first playlist is French inspired and would be a great musical companion to a French dish or pastry that you are attempting. Happy cooking and listening!

1. Midnight in Paris
2. Amelie
3. Moulin Rouge
4. The Pink Panther
5. An American in Paris
6. Funny Face
7. Gigi

Happy Birthday, Woody!

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Yesterday, December 1, was Woody Allen’s birthday. He turned 78 years old. I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’m a huge Woody Allen fan. It all started halfway through college when I wrote about him for one of my film classes. I quickly became hooked on his writing, films, and humor, and I ended up writing a 50+ page paper about him, his life, and his films and writing. It was one of my favorite papers to write, and it never once felt like ‘work.’ He is a fascinating man and if you haven’t seen one of his movies, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Get started! I’m almost jealous if you haven’t seen any of his work because that just means you get to discover and watch his talent for the first time. With over 50 films, there are so many to enjoy. Having thoroughly enjoyed his recent films (Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine, in particular), I can’t wait to see his next film, Magic in the MoonlightHappy birthday, Woody!

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That’s a Wrap!

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I finally saw Blue Jasmine this week, and having seen every single one of his films, I can confidently say that this was one of Woody Allen’s best. The film takes place in San Francisco, first of all. Then there’s Cate Blanchett, who absolutely deserves to be nominated (at least!) for an Oscar for this role. If you’re going to the movie theater this long Labor Day weekend, that’s one movie I totally recommend. For now, let’s wrap-up the week with a recap…

* Hank and Marie watch the VMAs. So perfect.

* Scandal Season 3 promo…October 3 can’t get here soon enough.

* I am officially hooked on Orange is the New Black. If you haven’t yet seen, you know what you should be doing this weekend.

* Woody Allen’s films not only portray strong women, but these strong women have pretty fabulous outfits (hello…Inez in Midnight in Paris)! In Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett rocked some serious Chanel and Fendi.

* So glad Roger Federer is still in the U.S. Open – here’s hoping he makes it to the finals!

* Fun facts you might not have known about ’90’s rom-coms.

* Halloween candy is already on the shelves. Part of me feels like it is too soon, but the other part of me has already purchased 2 bags to devour [photo above].

* Fred Astaire dancing.

Have a happy Labor Day weekend!

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That’s a Wrap!

Happy Friday! Wrapping up the week with a recap…

· Started watching Wilfred. It’s quite funny and incredibly bizarre.

· Watched all 4 season of Breaking Bad in 1.5 weeks (obsessed, much?). I’ve only bought Rolling Stone twice…this cover was enough incentive [1st photo].

· Attempted to make an ombre cake but failed miserably. Take 2 will happen shortly.

· Craving some warm potatoes and eggs from ABC Kitchen.

· Indulged in delicious gelato: stracciatella and coffee [2nd photo].

· Bought Midnight in Paris on DVD…now I can watch it all the time.

There won’t be any new posts next week, but expect posts up and running the following Monday! Have a great weekend and week!

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Friday Features

This was an incredible week of learning for me, and I am inspired to keep busy in more creative ways. The week was off to a great start after a fun weekend when I attended an event at Culver Studios (in the Gone with the Wind mansion). The mansion was pretty stunning and it was exciting (and an absolute pleasure) just to be on the lot. I had the great pleasure of hearing the creator of MTV’s Awkward, Lauren Iungerich, speak about her experiences and meet and talk with her afterwards. I haven’t had such a busy week in the longest time, but I am looking forward to one more trip to Los Angeles and then back to school to get work done. Meanwhile, here is what I have been craving and watching.

♥ Movie of the week: Midnight in Paris

♥ Metallic fondants are a unique way to make a cake classy – here are some great tips!

♥ Culver Studios – Gone with the Wind mansion

The Ides of March trailer

Awkwardly awesome

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