7 Must-See Cinematic Depictions of WWI

It’s ok to admit it, you slept through All Quiet on the Western Front in High School. If we do remember part of it, that was probably all the mud and the rats. Although it is a fact that WWI absolutely had those issues in the trenches, the war was far more complex. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle of Somme let’s Netflix (hold the chill ūüėČ ) and try to understand more about what the Great War really meant. ¬†Check these based-on actual events cinematic depictions of WWI to help you relate and connect to the lives of our relatives over 100 years ago.

Joyeux Noel (2005)

Maybe you remember this classic anecdote from history class; on Christmas Eve 1914 all sides of the military stationed at the Western Front halted fighting and declared a 24 hour truce to celebrate Christmas together and collect their dead. Yeah that last part is creep, but this sentiment is awesome and something you will probably never again hear of as modern war fair becomes more about technology. If you enjoy opera and a little bit of a love story this is the movie for you. PS there are tons of subtitles because the movie has 4 languages (French, Gaelic, German, and English)!

Testament of Youth (2014)

This is a major tear-jerker! My goodness, that trailer made me cry just remembering it all over again! I am so glad I watched this at home and not in theaters! The first time I watched it I cleared out two containers of tissues and freaked my husband out when he came home to find me crying and needing a hug. Seriously, this has numerous beautiful love stories and soul-crushing deaths. This is a cinephiles’s dream and every writers’s true desire, as the BFTA nominated film tells a story which centers around the life of the very real young writer, Vera Brittain.

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

WWI Old-school. This movie is a classic. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway and having since being remade, this film stands the test of time. Unlike novel it is not told in first-person and unlike the cinematic remake, it is not tainted by a post-WWII view. It shows the horror of war via a soundstage, but the stories of the struggles of the soldiers and the loved ones back home shine through the cellude and grayscale.

The Red Baron (2008)

I stumbled on to this gem on Egyptian satellite television. It’s a German production but takes the true and tragic tale to new highs. The cinematography of the flight scenes make you feel like you are part of the action and leave you very happy you’re in the comfort of home while watching it. Experience the evolution of the Freiherr¬†Manfred von Richthofen from a spoiled rich boy to celebrated writer to leader of the WWI flying aces. PS if you enjoed The Peanuts Snoopy as a WWI flying ace this movie will show what it was all about and why Snoopy was so inspired.

Anzac Girls (2014)

I was feeling influenced by my new life in Cairo, so I took a leap of faith and got these dvds. This series focuses on the real lives of female nurses from Australia and New Zealand. The young women find themselves in Suez, Alexandria, and Cairo facing the repercussions of bloody battles at sea. All of the 20-something nurses go through coming-of-age scenarios and travel adventures. This WWI miniseries has the perfect balance of romance and adventure, but will make you tear up…it will probably have you Googling ‘Anzac’ and many other geo-specific terms!

Crimson Field (2014)

If you love ‘Call The Midwife’ than you’ll enjoy Crimson Field. The life of British Nurses along the front is not an easy one. Although this series is not focusing on real characters it depicts many of the real-life difficulties the soldiers, doctors, and nurses faced. It also includes many references to long forgotten real-life events and people. It’s a short one season series that is worth the watch.

Admiral (2008)

I love to explore historical events for different perspectives. This is a Russian biopic of Alexander Kolchak¬†¬†a Vice-Admiral of¬†the Russian Imperial Navy. The movie is told in flash backs with the first taking place during a battle in the Baltic Sea where the German Imperial Navy and the British Royal Navy had previously been having a fearsome battle. ¬†Then we start to see how the Russian Navy reacted and changed the outcome of the battle. This is the perfect movie to end your marathon with because it shadows the lives of the Vice-Admiral. Rather than only focusing on WWI, the story ¬†goes on to depict the Russian Civil War. There’s fighting, lush costumes and sets, and a sexy love-triangle with a married women and a poet. If you like¬†War & Peace, Anna Karenina, and Dr. Zhivago then this movie is for you.

What are you waiting for!?! Go make some of my delicious popcorn and watch history in the best cinematic fashion.

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My Favorite Popcorn Recipes: Sriracha and Nutella

When its 3am and I’m not writing; I just want to cuddle up with hubby and watch a movie. Then we get to talking, next we’re thirsty, which reminds us were hungry and to end this ‘If You Give A Mouse a Cookie’ style vicious cycle, we start scavenging through the kitchen, foraging for just the right snack. I am always wanting naughty foods. I’m usually craving spicy chicken or chocolate, but then he asks if I can just make yummy stove-top popcorn.

That’s how the idea struck and I started making these; Sriracha Flavored Popcorn and Nutella Flavor Popcorn.

pretty popcornIt’s flavored, because sometimes I use hot chili flakes or jalepeno powder instead of sriracha or buy different brands of chocolate nut butter instead of Nutella because the name brand is so popular the Carrefour here in Maadi, Cairo is often sold out. And there was that one time I mixed melt dark chocolate with peanut butter messer but mmmm delicious! Without further adieu:

SRIRACHA FLAVORED POPCORN

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INGREDIENTS

1-2 Tbsp of Sriracha (your favorite hot sauce or hot pepper powder)

2 Tbsp of Butter

1/3 a cup of popcorn

Salt to taste

SUPPLIES

Big pot with lid

Big bowl with lid

Wooden spoon

Mesh spoon/ dotted spoon to remove popcorn from pan but avoid unpopped kernels

DIRECTIONS

  1. After preparing ingredients put the pot on medium heat and butter.
  2. Once the butter melts add the popcorn. Carefully using a wooden spoon to ensure are all the kernels are coated with the butter.
  3.  Place the lid on. As the popping starts take the handle and slide the pot back and forth over the heat to  regulate the temperature and move the kernels around.
  4. Let it pop for 3-5 minutes and then monitor it closely. As the popping slows down to approximately 7 seconds between pops and you kitchen smells of delicious popcorn, turn the heat off. Next is an optional step; put on oven mitts and pinch the lid down while holding the handles. This allows you to flip the pot oven and shake it about to let any remaining kernels have  chance to fall to the bottom, potential hitting a warm spot and popping open.
  5. Put the pot on a trivet and have your bowl and mesh spoon ready. As you open the pot use your lid as a shield and stand back because these babies like to pop up and burn you! Use the spoon to quickly transfer the Popcorn to the bowl. If you have kernels left you can try to pop them using the same Method as above or discard the kernels.
  6. Add salt and sriracha the stir or toss. Pro-tip use a bowl with a lid and shake it up to thoroughly coat it.

sriracha popcorn

Mmm, delicious spicy goodness. Just was you’re reaching for a cold glass of water you’re going to think…I wish I had some chocolaty-goodness to balance this out. Well here’s the perfect thing:

NUTELLA FLAVORED POPCORN

nutella faces

INGREDIENTS

1-2 Tbsp of Nutella (your favorite chocolaty nut spread)

2 Tbsp of Butter

1/3 a cup of popcorn

SUPPLIES

Big pot with lid

Big bowl with lid

Wooden spoon

Mesh spoon/ dotted spoon to remove popcorn from pan but avoid unpopped kernels

DIRECTIONS

*Please note this is repeating the same first five steps as above

  1. After preparing ingredients put the pot on medium heat and butter.
  2. Once the butter melts add the popcorn. Carefully using a wooden spoon to ensure are all the kernels are coated with the butter.
  3.  Place the lid on. As the popping starts take the handle and slide the pot back and forth over the heat to  regulate the temperature and move the kernels around.
  4. Let it pop for 3-5 minutes and then monitor it closely. As the popping slows down to approximately 7 seconds between pops and you kitchen smells of delicious popcorn, turn the heat off. Next is an optional step; put on oven mitts and pinch the lid down while holding the handles. This allows you to flip the pot oven and shake it about to let any remaining kernels have  chance to fall to the bottom, potential hitting a warm spot and popping open.
  5. Put the pot on a trivet and have your bowl and mesh spoon ready. As you open the pot use your lid as a shield and stand back because these babies like to pop up and burn you! Use the spoon to quickly transfer the Popcorn to the bowl. If you have kernels left you can try to pop them using the same Method as above or discard the kernels.
  6. Add Nutella of the chocolate ¬†nut butter of your choice. Then stir or toss. Pro-tip use a bowl with a lid and shake it up to thoroughly coat it. If you like messy melt chocolate stop here and go eat. If you like something neater…
  7. Spread the popcorn out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure the freezer is set on high or the coldest setting.
  8. Once the chocolate firm pour it in a bowl and enjoy!

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I recommend eating the spicy sriracha  popcorn first and let the Nutella popcorn be the dessert of this movie snack feast, but do what you want. My husband likes whichever is done first and one time he even mixed them together!

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Maybe it’s not as gross as I think. I do love mole and spicy aztec chocolate, it’s probably not much different? I’ll give it a try, maybe the next time I make them ūüėČ

He’s starting House of Cards, so I guess it’s time to go! ¬†Let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to share!

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