Winter 2014 Must-See Movies

winter watch

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}


That’s a Wrap!

tallulahs brunch

Happy Friday! Food and film-wise, this week was pretty great. I mostly went out, or got take-out, to eat, so I’m craving some quality kitchen time. However, I can’t complain, especially when there were potatoes and a huge blueberry pancake involved. That pancake (yes, singular) is literally a cake. It’s that big. This weekend, I’ll be watching a couple of movies from my 100 Films List. Which ones have you seen? For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Elevating dinner for one.

* Meet the young men of UnbrokenCan’t wait for this movie!

Loving Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder.

* This is the coolest water bottle ever! So practical for tucking between planners and notebooks.

* Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S’mores. That’s a (delicious) mouthful to say.

* 6 movies about the magazine industry and what they’ve taught us.

* Shonda Rhimes is awesome.

* Why do women read more novels than men?

* What a funky kitchen backsplash! Here are some others.

* Great food photography tips!

* Scandal‘s costume designer Lyn Paolo talks about dressing Olivia.

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}


That’s a Wrap!

pizza station

Just a heads up, I’ll be going on a brief hiatus for the next couple of weeks. During that time, watch these movies: The Constant Gardner, The English Patient, Thelma and Louise, Cold Mountain, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. I recently watched all of these movies, and I can’t get off this drama kick. I can’t say it enough – ever since I personalized my Netflix account, I have been getting such quality recommendations. Before I would open up Netflix and search forever for something that looked interesting. Now the second I open up the Netflix browser, there are at least three great movies right in front of me. So if there’s one thing you do this weekend, let it be personalizing your Netflix profile. It takes one minute and you won’t regret it. Enough about Netflix, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Can’t wait for this movie. I highly recommend the book ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand. You won’t be able to stop thinking or talking about this story. Truly unbelievable.

* Emmy nominations are out! Happy to see so many Orange is the New Black noms.

* Crumbs Bakeshop is closing down, though there have been talks of it being saved.

* Anthony Bourdain’s theory on the foodie revolution.

* What a cool movie. Not just a slice of life, but a whole pie.

* How good do waffles with vanilla yogurt sound?

* I watched Thelma and Louise last week (finally!) and this reunion is fantastic.

* Traveling this summer? Don’t check your bags without these sushi luggage covers.

* Photos from behind-the-scenes of old movies. Love all of them!

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Read Then Watch: Pre-Movie Release

Read then Watch 5

Lately I have been hearing about books that are soon to be movies, particularly in the fall and winter. Since these movies won’t be out for a while, it’s the perfect time to read all of the books before you are even tempted to just fast forward to watching the movie. These three books look amazing, and it is an understatement to say that I am excited to read (and watch) them. These movies may not be out yet, but I am confident that these books should be read first, then watched.

Read: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, then watch Unbroken in theaters on December 25. An incredible World War II story about a man named Louis Zamperini, who went from running in the Olympics, to flying in World War II, to being captured as a POW in Japan. It’s hard to believe this is a true story.

Read: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, and then watch This is Where I Leave You in theaters on September 19. A novel about love, marriage, divorce, and family, all tied together with humor. Sounds like a captivating read.

Read: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and then watch Wild in theaters on December 5. Cheryl Strayed’s story about hiking more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo after losing her mother and her marriage. An inspirational and empowering read, to be sure.

That’s a Wrap!

pizza for bfast

Hope you all had a nice last week of June! I watched Three Men and a Baby, so yeah, I’d say it was a pretty fantastic week. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last saw that movie, but it brought back some great memories. I definitely didn’t understand what was happening when I first watched it many, many moons ago, but it’s great in every way. I also made delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and this pasta and tomato sauce (eaten separately, of course). Now let’s wrap up the weekend with a recap…

* You know it’s a good morning when you get pizza for breakfast [photo above].

* Excited to see how this partnership between Chelsea Handler and Netflix works out.

* This Marilyn Monroe find is treasure.

* Currently reading this book (Unbroken), and the movie looks pretty spectacular.

* So many movies to watch!

* Nancy Myers’ movie homes are the BEST.

* R.I.P. Union Square Cafe.

* Jane Austen movie locations. Gorgeous!

* I would like to learn how to make spaghetti with this chef, please.

Have a lovely last weekend of June!

{Photo by Lauren}