Movies To Watch

12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men poster Rating: 8.9/10 (367967 votes)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Reginald Rose (story)
Stars: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama
Released: 1 Apr 1957
Plot: A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club poster Rating: 8.9/10 (1124850 votes)
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)
Stars: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf
Runtime: 139 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Released: 15 Oct 1999
Plot: An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...

Her (2013)

Her (2013)
Her poster Rating: 8.0/10 (277317 votes)
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Spike Jonze
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Lynn Adrianna, Lisa Renee Pitts, Gabe Gomez
Runtime: 126 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Released: 10 Jan 2014
Plot: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014)
Interstellar poster Rating: 8.7/10 (573918 votes)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow
Runtime: 169 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Released: 7 Nov 2014
Plot: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Hotel Rwanda poster Rating: 8.2/10 (229539 votes)
Director: Terry George
Writer: Keir Pearson, Terry George
Stars: Xolani Mali, Don Cheadle, Desmond Dube, Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Drama, History, War
Released: 4 Feb 2005
Plot: The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Citizenfour (2014)

Citizenfour (2014)
Citizenfour poster Rating: 8.2/10 (13692 votes)
Director: Laura Poitras
Writer: N/A
Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: R
Genre: Documentary
Released: 23 Feb 2015
Plot: A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

The Lives of Others (2006)

The Lives of Others (2006)
The Lives of Others poster Rating: 8.5/10 (221795 votes)
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Stars: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur
Runtime: 137 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 23 Mar 2006
Plot: In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash (2014)
Whiplash poster Rating: 8.6/10 (208549 votes)
Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist
Runtime: 107 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Music
Released: 15 Oct 2014
Plot: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Good Will Hunting poster Rating: 8.3/10 (509632 votes)
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Stars: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård
Runtime: 126 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Released: 9 Jan 1998
Plot: Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

In the Mood for Love (2000)

In the Mood for Love (2000)
In the Mood for Love poster Rating: 8.1/10 (65441 votes)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Writer: Kar Wai Wong
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 29 Sep 2000
Plot: Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Melancholia (2011)

Melancholia (2011)
Melancholia poster Rating: 7.1/10 (112030 votes)
Director: Lars von Trier
Writer: Lars von Trier
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Released: 26 May 2011
Plot: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Hurt Locker poster Rating: 7.6/10 (285605 votes)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce
Runtime: 131 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Released: 10 Oct 2008
Plot: During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Almost Famous (2000)

Almost Famous (2000)
Almost Famous poster Rating: 7.9/10 (186315 votes)
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee
Runtime: 122 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Released: 22 Sep 2000
Plot: A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

The King’s Speech (2010)

The King's Speech (2010)
The King's Speech poster Rating: 8.1/10 (412538 votes)
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)
Stars: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Robert Portal
Runtime: 118 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 25 Dec 2010
Plot: The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix poster Rating: 8.7/10 (1023621 votes)
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Writer: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
Runtime: 136 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Released: 31 Mar 1999
Plot: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis poster Rating: 8.3/10 (95449 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Thea von Harbou (screenplay), Thea von Harbou (novel)
Stars: Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp
Runtime: 153 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Released: 13 Mar 1927
Plot: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show (1998)
The Truman Show poster Rating: 8.1/10 (560525 votes)
Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
Runtime: 103 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama
Released: 5 Jun 1998
Plot: An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.

City of God (2002)

City of God (2002)
City of God poster Rating: 8.7/10 (459901 votes)
Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Writer: Paulo Lins (novel), Bráulio Mantovani (screenplay)
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 30 Aug 2002
Plot: Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Life is Beautiful (1997)

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Life Is Beautiful poster Rating: 8.6/10 (342133 votes)
Director: Roberto Benigni
Writer: Vincenzo Cerami (story), Roberto Benigni (story)
Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano
Runtime: 116 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 12 Feb 1999
Plot: When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead Poets Society poster Rating: 8.0/10 (246067 votes)
Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Tom Schulman
Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama
Released: 9 Jun 1989
Plot: English teacher John Keating inspires his students to discover their love for poetry and seize the day.

American History X (1998)

American History X (1998)
American History X poster Rating: 8.6/10 (667996 votes)
Director: Tony Kaye
Writer: David McKenna
Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien
Runtime: 119 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 20 Nov 1998
Plot: A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day poster Rating: 8.5/10 (628378 votes)
Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron, William Wisher Jr.
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Runtime: 137 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Released: 3 Jul 1991
Plot: A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.

Memento (2000)

Memento (2000)
Memento poster Rating: 8.5/10 (721795 votes)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (short story "Memento Mori")
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: R
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Released: 25 May 2001
Plot: A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game (2014)
The Imitation Game poster Rating: 8.1/10 (254249 votes)
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges (book)
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Released: 25 Dec 2014
Plot: During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Gandhi (1982)

Gandhi (1982)
Gandhi poster Rating: 8.1/10 (146046 votes)
Director: Richard Attenborough
Writer: John Briley
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud
Runtime: 191 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 25 Feb 1983
Plot: The life of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

 

American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty (1999)
American Beauty poster Rating: 8.4/10 (709269 votes)
Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Alan Ball
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley
Runtime: 122 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 1 Oct 1999
Plot: A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

M (1931)

M (1931)
M poster Rating: 8.4/10 (84941 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Thea von Harbou (script), Fritz Lang (script)
Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 31 Aug 1931
Plot: When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Amélie (2001)

Amélie (2001)
Amélie poster Rating: 8.4/10 (458901 votes)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Guillaume Laurant (scenario), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (scenario), Guillaume Laurant (dialogue)
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta
Runtime: 122 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Released: 8 Feb 2002
Plot: Amelie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus (1984)
Amadeus poster Rating: 8.4/10 (232709 votes)
Director: Milos Forman
Writer: Peter Shaffer (original stage play), Peter Shaffer (original screenplay)
Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice
Runtime: 160 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Released: 5 Apr 1985
Plot: The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey poster Rating: 8.3/10 (357727 votes)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay)
Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
Runtime: 160 min
Rated: G
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 15 May 1968
Plot: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

 

 

Glühwein Recipe

Glühwein

Glühwein is a very common drink in Germany during Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas. You can be sure to get a cup at the infamous German Christmas Markets. You’ll find one anywhere from small villages to large cities throughout the whole country in December. Having some Glühwein is one of the best ways to get into the Holiday spirit and to start winding down for the Holidays.

If you are not in Germany to get a cup at a Glühwein stand, here’s a quick and easy recipe on how to make some from scratch yourself. (Original recipe)

In short: It’s sweetened, warm red wine with winter spices that help fight off the bitter cold while the warm cups makes sure your fingers don’t freeze off.

Ingredients

  • 3 Bottles Dry Red Wein
  • 3 Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Apple
  • 3 Small Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 String of Saffron (pricy but worth it)
  • 4 Cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons Raisins
  • ~ 8 Tablespoons Sugar
  • Rum (optional)

Directions

Pour the red wine into a big pot and heat up slowly. Do not let the wine cook! Wash the apple and one orange. Cut the orange into slices. Remove the core of the apple and cut it into slices. Squeeze the juice out of the remaining oranges and the lemon.  Add the fruits and juices to the pot. Put all remaining ingredients into the pot (except for the sugar) and let them simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste the concoction and slowly add the sugar. Remove the cinnamon sticks and star anise when the spice reaches your desired intensity. The fruit can continue to stew. When serving, the fruit should not be poured into the mugs (strain if needed). Pour the hot Glühwein into pre-warmed glasses or mugs and the cold will be taken from your bones. The fruits should stay in the pot. Serve with a piece of dark chocolate to round out the experience. If you’re really adventurous, add a shot of rum to your cup. Guten Appetit!

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