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by Erin Darling [20 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Picking Wine At Every Price Point For Idiots

If only all things in life were as versatile as a good bottle of wine. It can make the perfect gift, a classic kitchen staple, a companion for lazy nights in, or a way to impress your date while dining out. But although buying a bottle has never been easier, with all of the options in an over-saturated wine market, picking the right bottle can be tough. Thanks to certified sommelier Brian Kulich, you’ll never pick the wrong bottle again, regardless of budget. As the co-founder of consumer wine site Block122.com, Kulich knows exactly how to find great wine at every price point. Read on for his top recommendations for all types of wine fans whether you’re a baller, or just ballin’ on a budget.

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by Erin Darling [7 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
THE CRITIC: Jon Favreau Serves Up An Indie Revival In “Chef”

Calling all foodies and film fans – if you’re craving an introspective story about family, fear, and finding the strength to follow a dream, Jon Favreau serves it up in “Chef.” Though he’s most recently known for his work helming big budget blockbusters like “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2″ Favreau steps outside the expected with “Chef” – a lighthearted comedy about a man’s personal journey to reignite a passion, and reconnect with his son. “Chef” follows the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who decides to start a food truck business after losing his job at a high profile restaurant. The journey takes Casper across the country, bringing new experiences, challenges, and the opportunity to spend some overdue time with his son, played by Emjay Anthony.

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by Erin Darling [30 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Everyone’s Sexy In A Soderbergh Movie – The Watchlist

I’m in a Soderbergh state of mind this week on The Watchlist. Read on for my thoughts on what I’ve been watching, and leave a comment below to wax poetic on the movies you’ve been loving, loathing, or playing on repeat this week!

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by Erin Darling [25 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Cinematic Support For A Quarter-Life Crisis – The Watchlist

Nobody ever said our 20′s were going to be easy. Sure, they come with their fair share of perks, but not even the blessings of wrinkle-free skin, a fast metabolism, and the freakish ability to function with a hangover can save you from the perils of paying off student loans in a job-less economy. As if weeding out your college drinking buddies isn’t hard enough. In the spirit of the quarter-life crisis, and transitioning into adulthood, I went on a search to find some cinematic support either inspired by, or featuring characters currently experiencing the all-too-familiar trials and tribulations that come along with being a 20-something in this week’s installment of The Watchlist.

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by Erin Darling [23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
How To Score Celeb-Worthy Style For Under $100

There’s no shame in Emmy Rossum’s fashion game. The 27-year-old “Shameless” actress hit the red carpet at an event for Jimmy Choo last week wearing a silver, strapless KaufmanFranco mini-dress. And you can steal her style for under $100.00 in three easy steps. Here’s how…

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by Erin Darling [18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
More Scares The Second Time Around – The Watchlist

Have you ever had an experience where you revisit a movie and the second viewing is somehow very different than how you had originally remembered it? After a recent trip to Blumhouse, I came home with some horror goodies including “Sinister” on Blu-ray. Although I had seen it a few years ago, I couldn’t resist returning for round two on a overly-caffeinated sleepless night. Now I don’t think I’ll ever sleep again…

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by Erin Darling [9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Music & Musings – The Watchlist

What have I been watching? This week I delved into the music of “The Doors” and “The Magic Flute” as well as the comedic ramblings, stories, and musings from Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in Britain’s TV-to-film adaptation of “The Trip.” Read on for information, and insight in this week’s edition of The Watchlist.

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by Erin Darling [7 Apr 2014 | One Comment | ]
Movies That Make Me Want To Pack My Bags

Don’t watch these movies unless you’re ready to pack up your bags and flee to another country! At least that’s the affect they tend to have on me. Which movies make you want to see the world? Click here for my picks, and leave a comment below with yours!