Of Note – January 25

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Happy Saturday! How was your week? For me this week was a return to routines. Have I said how much I love a good routine? I went to the gym four times — the first time since before the holidays. I meal prepped and made delicious, healthy meals, one of which I talk about below. And we got back into some shows and found new shows to enjoy. Oh and we’re planning like crazy for the big day! It’s ok though — we’ve got this! Here are some recipes, TV shows, movies, and podcasts of note from this week. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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My Quintessential List of Halloween Movies

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the season of Halloween (which lasts all October, according to me), is to turn down the lights, get under a blanket, cuddle close to my man, and watch a scary movie. If it’s creepy, whimsical, or includes sister witches, it’s a movie I’m all about this time of year. It’s a tradition that I can remember starting as early as grade school sleepover parties. I still remember screaming with my friends while watching the original House on Haunted Hill. There will always be something so creepy and sinister about Vincent Price in that movie that perfectly captures the spirit of Halloween.

To help you with your spooky movie marathon this year, I’ve compiled my quintessential list of movies that puts me in the mood for Halloween. These include everything from children’s classics to gory slashers. They are listed from least to most scary/gory. Most are available to rent on Prime, but some are free with a streaming subscription.

I would highly recommend watching the 1960s version of Psycho so you can listen to a discussion about the movie on Unspooled, a podcast featuring Paul Scheer (from How Did This Get Made?) and film critic Amy Nicholson as they watch the American Film Institute’s top 100 movies. Although this is not on my list, you might also want to consider watching or rewatching the original Halloween so you can listen to another podcast featuring Amy Nicholson: Halloween Unmasked.

What’s on your list? 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)The Shining (Free with Netflix)

The Oscars: Best Picture-Inspired Style

The Academy Awards will be returning to the Hollywood Kodak Theater for its 84th year. I always love watching to find out who will wear what, was the host funny, and which film will take home Best Picture. To honor the awards, I will be wearing three outfits this week inspired by Best Picture nominees. After aggregating what were determined to be the best films of the year, I was able to identify one common theme among three of them. Stay tuned to see what that is! And if you haven’t already, get your butt to the movie theater!

The Kids Are All Right

I saw the The Kids Are All Right over the weekend. It’s the story of two children played by Mia Wiakowska and Josh Hutcherson, who were conceived by artificial insemination, reaching out to their sperm-donor dad, Mark Ruffalo. The mothers, characterized as the control freak (Annette Bening) and the stay-at-home-mom and artsy free spirit (Julianne Moore), struggle to stay on the same page. It is endearing, touching, genuine, and hilarious. I would highly recommend it.