Date Night

where to watch: 2015 oscar-nominated films

Art by: Petra Borner as part of the Oscars 2015: "Imagine What's Possible" Artists Series

Petra Borner “Imagine What’s Possible” Oscars 2015 Artists Series

The Oscars are less than a week away! Normally I’m more on top of my movie game, but this year I’m scrambling to make sure I at least see most of nominees. Award shows and celebrities aren’t even my thing, but I love the Oscars: the hosts are always my favorite personalities, the acceptance speeches and the red carpet is so entertaining and lovely.

I enjoy watching the films from the eye of the nominator. It brings the films to a new level: reasoning why it was nominated, paying attention to camera angles and wardrobe and certain roles in the film. It elevates the story line.

The history of film also gets me. The Academy Awards (rebranded to The Oscars in 2013) is the oldest awards ceremony and was first held in 1929 coming in at 15 minutes long. The after party was a public event with tickets at $5 ($70 in today’s world). I imagine the long list of talent in the room; people like Walt Disney and Bette Davis and the romance that was “going to the movies.” Since, it’s been one of the few awards show to avoid getting overrun with pop culture and onstage star bashing. It remains the prestige of the prestigious.

If like myself, you need to play catch up before this weekend, below are a few on my list to see with a few MN spots to catch them. Check out their website for all showing details. Best Picture films and denoted with (BP).

(BP) American Sniper: Still widely shown in theaters

A Collective Viewing of the Short FilmsAya, Boogaloo and Graham, Butter Lamp, Parvaneh and The Phone Call: Landmark Lagoon Theater

(BP) Birdman: Amazon Instant and iTunes

(BP) Boyhood: Amazon Instant, iTunes, Redbox, On Demand and Netflix DVD

CitizenFour: St. Anthony Main

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1: Amazon Instant and iTunes

Finding Vivian Maier: Amazon and iTunes

Gone Girl: Amazon Instant, Netflix DVD, Redbox, iTunes and On Demand

Ida: Amazon, iTunes and Netflix Streaming

Inherent Vice: St. Anthony Main

Into the Woods: Eden Prairie Mall

Last Days in Vietnam: Amazon Instant and iTunes

(BP) Selma: Regal Brooklyn Center, Showplace Icon at the West End (St. Louis Park), AMC Rosedale 14, Landmark Lagoon Cinema, Regal Eagan Stadium

Still Alice: Landmark Edina Cinema, AMC Rosedale 14, Regal Brooklyn Center, AMC Eden Prairie

The Box Trolls: Amazon Instant, Redbox, iTunes and On Demand

(BP) The Grand Budapest Hotel: Amazon Instant, Netflix DVD, HBO Go and iTunes

(BP) The Imitation Game: Still widely shown in theaters

The Judge: Amazon Instant, On Demand

The Theory of Everything: Released on Feb. 17

Two Days, One Night: Landmark Edina Cinema,

Unbroken: Eden Prairie Mall,

Virunga: Netflix Instant Stream

Wild: Rochester Paragon, Showplace Icon at the West End (St. Louis Park), Regal Eagan Stadium

(BP) Whiplash: St. Anthony Main, Landmark Edina Cinema,

Movie not on my list or not in the SE Minnesota area? Check out this, this, this or Fandango for a better search!


date night idea | grub crawl

As you may have read from my previous life update, I recently moved  to Rochester, MN. I love it here. I grew up here. I have made many memories here and am sure to make many more in the next few years. The most important people in my life live here.

There’s just one thing.

I’m a busy body. I’m familiar with the romantic whim of a large city. As a young, twenty-something, it’s important for me to be able to, at the drop of a dime, check out one of at least seven restaurants I’ve been dying to try, go see a concert or new art exhibit, head to Lake Michigan for a run, or roam one of my favorite vintage spots. Rochester on the other hand loves it’s big box stores and chain everything. I miss the spontaneity of a more local, original, lively scene.

In efforts to crave this hankering, I got creative and designed a “Grub Crawl” for Mr. A and I. An obvious spin off of the ever popular Pub Crawl. If you’re not familiar, the point of a Pub Crawl is to visit and partake in beverages at many different taverns. Similarly, I picked three different restaurants in the area for us to “crawl” to and get our “grub” on. It makes for a fun way to try several different venues and types of food in one night. To make it more than just going out for dinner, I kept where we were going a surprise and made a pseudo scratch card out of card stock and washi tape for Mr. A to reveal before each “course”:

Grub Crawl Rochester MN

Read more for how our date night grub crawl went and tips for planning one yourself!