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Have you ever noticed that sometimes your soul craves adventure? Unfortunately, most of us can't just pick up and go somewhere on a whim. These days, traveling takes a lot of consideration and careful planning, along with quite a bit of cash. So what are you to do when you feel like the Girl from Ipanema, but you're stuck working late on a tight deadline?
Well, in this case, you'll just have to whip up a Caipirinha (recipe at the end!) and put on a movie that speaks to your soul. These movie suggestions will help hold you over until you can finally plan your next big trip. Sure, it's just a temporary fix until you're able to really embark on your dream vacation, but sometimes, a little bit really does go a long way.
2 Days in New York
2 Days in New York tells the story of what happens when Marion (Julie Delpy) and Mingus (Chris Rock) host her Parisian family at their Manhattan apartment. This is her most likable onscreen coupling yet, and the two have a chemistry and a style of comedy that just works. Chris Rock is at his best, playing an exasperated but devoted partner, with a level of patience that could be considered saintly as the movie unfolds. His ability to handle Delpy's neuroses is endearing, and when dealing with her crazy family, he effortlessly plays the part of an exasperated American man living through the trials of partnering with a French woman. From her father attempting to smuggle sausage through customs, to Chris Rock's casual conversations with his Barack Obama cut-out, it will leave you with a smile on your face and an appreciation for Delpy's self-deprecating humor.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
What's not to love in this Woody Allen masterpiece? Quality acting, chaotic love triangles, and gorgeous scenery. Not to mention some of Hollywood's most beautiful people. If you haven't been to Spain, you will want to visit soon after watching Javier Bardem win the hearts of three stunning women — Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansen and Rebecca Hall — simply by being his sexy Spanish self. See for yourself what his charms as Juan Antonio, a charismatic artist, can do to these unsuspecting women.
Eat, Pray, Love
This movie, based off Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book, is a heartwarming and empowering story of one woman's journey through her own pain. Julia Roberts stars as a woman who takes off to live abroad while she recovers from a devastating divorce. This is a painfully honest story about heartache and depression, but also the journey towards healing and growth. Plus, you'll get to enjoy a snapshot of what it's like to live in Italy, India and Indonesia, representing each part of the title, respectively.
Midnight in Paris
This is yet another Woody Allen winner, this time starring Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson as an engaged couple on a trip to Paris, along with her uptight parents. The uppity McAdams contrasts jarringly with the dreamy, idealistic writer, played by Wilson, and when he magically finds himself transported to Paris in the 1920s, surrounded by the literary elite of the time, you will fall in love with the stars' portrayal of celebrated literary heroes. From Hemingway (Corey Stoll) to a hilarious Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody) to Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), you will be easily entertained by this literature-infused love story.
The Darjeeling Limited
If you like Wes Anderson, you will love this quirky look at three adult brothers as they travel across India on the Darjeeling Limited, having been coerced into this "bonding experience" as they make their way towards a secret final destination. Owen Wilson does an incredible job of depicting the controlling idiosyncrasies he's developed as the oldest sibling, and the film also includes stellar performances by Jason Schwartzman, and my personal favorite, Adrien Brody.
This heartwarming love story will totally sell you on wanting to go abroad, even if it's only to find the love of your life. But really, when an American woman (Cameron Diaz) and a British woman (Kate Winslet) do a house-swap, they end up transforming their lives in ways they could never have guessed. Jude Law is completely charming and Jack Black is characteristically hilarious.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Sure, this isn't your typical glamorous movie love story, but Renee Zellweger kills it as Bridget Jones, the flawed but oh-so-lovable protagonist. From her quirky family, to her loyal friends, and, of course, her romantic escapades, you will catch yourself giggling but also genuinely charmed by her warmth. The scene that made me want to go to London? Well, when she runs outside in the middle of the night in her underwear, while it's snowing — the scenery looks so cute and picturesque!
This movie really is one of the most romantic movies ever. It focuses on all sorts of different stories about love, with all the characters being elusively connected, and with winning performances from all involved. Plus, the cast is incredible, with stars ranging from Keira Knightley to Liam Neeson. The movie is notably international, taking place mainly in England, and every single time Colin Firth attempts to speak broken Portuguese, I get choked up.
Whimsical? Check. Fanciful? Check. Historically Accurate? Um....
Sofia Coppola's take on the France's most hated queen is far from realistic. Perhaps in a tribute to the queen herself, who was criticized and eventually executed for her luxurious and vapid ways, the film is full of the colorful and fun parts of life as a royal. With vibrant colors, beautiful scenery, and visually stunning costumes and set décor, Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman are the perfect representation of the vanity and excess that helped fuel the French Revolution, adapted to make sense in a modern context.
Clouds of Sils Maria
I enjoyed this film — a lot. It is a unique blend of psychological drama, captivating plot, and spot-on performances by Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. Plus, you'll see the visually captivating view of Sils Maria, which is enough to make you wish you were just about anywhere with natural beauty.
At last, the long-awaited recipe for the Caipirinha, the mojito's Brazilian cousin!
All you need is:
- ½ lime, cut in wedges
- 2.5 ounces cachaca
- 1 tsp sugar
- ice cubes
Then: muddle, combine, mix and enjoy!