5 Food and Movie Pairings to Delight Your Senses

Pairing the right wine with the right culinary dish is a great way to enhance your dining experience. These pairings got us thinking: why not suggest movie and dinner pairings that will take your movie night to a whole other level?

Check out some of our favorite movies and pairings for a night that will delight at least 4 out of 5 of your senses.

Recommended Food Pairing: Hearty and homey soul food

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The trouble with good ol’ fashioned soul food is that we couldn’t pick just one dish to make to pair with this movie! Instead, Soul Food and Southern Cooking has tons of great dinners, dishes, desserts, and sides for you to create and enjoy.


Recommended Food Pairing: Gourmet Hotdogs

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 Nothing takes you out to the ballgame (while staying nice and comfy-cozy at home!), than a pipin’ hot ballpark frank. And, of course, Martha Stewart has some amazing ideas on hot dog toppings that will help you knock dinner out of the park. CLICK HERE TO VIEW HER RECIPES.


Recommended Food Pairing: Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup

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 Unlike Michael Keaton’s cooking tactic in this movie, we don’t recommend using an iron to make this delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup dish recipe. View the details HERE.


Recommended Food Pairing: Chicken strips and mac and cheese

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 If you’re watching Spy Kids, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got some kiddies in tow for movie night. To make this dinner and movie pairing a hit, we highly recommend MAKING THIS DISH of chicken fingers and mac and cheese.


Recommended Food Pairing: Green gruel

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 We enjoyed finding a cool recipe for this kid-friendly flick. While the sound of gruel may have some of you stopping in your tracks, trust us, this recipe is a fun one. Technically, it isn’t even gruel at all, but a broccoli and cheese soup with a Halloween–and now an Oliver–twist. CLICK HERE to get the recipe.

Behind the Scenes of What I Love About This City: New York: A Feeln Original

This week, we are proud to present the second installment of the Feeln Original Series, What I Love About This City, available exclusively at feeln.com. In each episode, locals share the joys and challenges of living in their city. For our second episode, Film and Animation Editor Mariana Flores (“What I Love About This City: Los Angeles“, “Baby Owl“)  and Film Editor Shane Patterson explore the Big Apple: New York City.

“I lived in New York when I was 5 or 6, but I lived in Long Island,” Mariana said. “Ice skating in Rockefeller Center is my only memory.”

What I Love About This City: New York

Mariana and her fiancé Shane set out to capture the spirit of New York, from Broadway and Times Square to the Bronx Zoo, from the rebuilt Coney Island boardwalk to the Statue of Liberty on Staten Island and the forests of Central Park.

Their guide on this trip was Brandon, an actor who has lived in New York for 10 years. “Brandon helped us plan our trip so we could see most of the boroughs in 4 days,” Mariana said. “As an actor, he was also really good at getting people to talk in front of the camera. I was nervous about that, but people were honest and open and had great things to say. They had a different attitude than people in LA, but not a negative one.”

What I Love About This City: New York

“Central Park was my favorite place in New York,” Mariana said. “I had no idea how big it was. It felt like I was in a forest, a place I could get lost in. Coney Island was another highlight. The beach was gorgeous, completely rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy. And it’s just a 20-minute train ride from Manhattan. Who knew you could live in the city and have such easy access to the beach?”

“The next cities I’d like to visit are Miami, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, and Portland,” Mariana said. “People often focus on the negative aspects of living in a big city, so I want people to see cities through the eyes of the people who live there, the people who know them best. I want to motivate people to explore their own city or others.”

What I Love About This City: New York

What I Love About This City: New York” is available to watch for free for two weeks on Feeln. Want to suggest a city or invite us to explore your city? Email Mariana at lovethiscity@feeln.com to tell us where we should go next!

9 Printable Rainbow Brite Valentine’s Day Cards

In a last-minute rush to get your loved ones some super-cool Valentine’s Day cards? Never fear: Rainbow Brite and the gang are here!

Let your Valentine know you care with one of the 9 character cards below. All you have to do is download the cards (using the link below), print them out and add your name and message to the back.

May you have a colorful and Brite Valentine’s Day!

Download front of Valentine’s Day cards.

Download back of Valentine’s Day cards.

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‘The Breakfast Club’ Turns 30: Where Are The Stars Now?

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Can you believe it’s been 30 years since a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal were forces to spend their Saturday in detention? John Hughes’s high school classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB was released on February 15, 1985, and it turned it’s five young stars into legends. Each one of them is still very active today, so find out what they’re all up to currently, and don’t you forget about them.

Judd Nelson

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Then: John Bender, the Criminal

Now: Nelson has a recurring role as music exec Billy Baretti in the new hit TV drama “Empire” on Fox, and will appear in four films coming this year.

Ally Sheedy

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Then: Allison Reynolds, the Basket Case

Now: Sheedy most recently played the lead in the TV movie “Client Seduction,” and she appeared on several episodes of the series “Psych.”

Emilio Estevez

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Then: Andrew “Andy” Clarke, the Athlete

Now:  Estevez has been acting and directing, including the horse racing drama “Johnny Longshot” and 2010’s “The Way” starring his father Martin Sheen.

Molly Ringwald

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Then: Claire Standish, the Princess

Now: In addition to a second career as a jazz singer, Ringwald continues to act, co-starring in the upcoming “Jem and the Holograms” movie and providing the voice of the Dark Princess in the Feeln Original Series, RAINBOW BRITE.

Anthony Michael Hall

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Then: Brian Ralph Johnson, the Brain

Now: Hall can currently be seen in the film “Foxcatcher,” which has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

“The Breakfast Club” not available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, but you can watch it now only on FEELN. And it’s edited for TV so the entire family can enjoy it. So don’t be a neo maxi zoom dweebie, sign up now and start watching for just $1.99/month!

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Behind the Scenes of Las Memorias: A Feeln Original

This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original documentary “Las Memorias,” available exclusively at feeln.com. For 10 years, Antonio was a prison inmate. As a drug addict, he had lost his freedom and his family. But a kindly and supportive nun helped him realize he still had value as a person. Today, he is the director of Las Memorias, a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico that cares for drug addicts and HIV patients. For the people he has dedicated his life to helping, Antonio is a living example of how everyone has the capacity to turn their lives around.

Las Memorias” marks the directorial debut of Peter King, writer of “The Saint of Auschwitz.” Peter met Antonio in Tijuana, Mexico, while researching for a Feeln Original about a Catholic nun and activist named Mother Antonia who cared for inmates at the notorious maximum-security La Mesa Prison. “Mother Antonia was beloved by all the prisoners,” Peter said. “Antonio met her in prison, and she inspired him to become the man he is today.”

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“Antonio’s memories provide the structure for the film,” Peter said. “It’s really fitting that the clinic he runs is called Las Memorias. For me, the heart of the film was about going into Antonio’s past and following him on the journey that led him from drugs and prison to serving others.”

According to Peter, the most emotional and difficult place to film was at the clinic. “The people at Las Memorias are amazing,” Peter said. “Many of them are living with sickness, and they help each other. There are parties and dancing, and the people who live there do different jobs to earn their keep. It’s so vibrant and alive. On the other hand, the clinic is also a very grave world. People pass away on a regular basis, and it’s heartbreaking.”

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“Antonio is such a personality, and he’s willing to be honest about who he is. He hasn’t been a saint his whole life. But Mother Antonia saw the good in him, saw that he had more to offer. She told him, ‘You have an amazing heart, and you can inspire and take care of people.’ Antonio proves that people can do what seems impossible. He was given hope, and he’s redeemed himself through service. That’s what the clinic does, too. It sees the positive in people, the goodness, and mines that.”

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Follow Antonio on his journey towards redemption in “Las Memorias,” free for two weeks on Feeln.

Behind the Scenes of InspireWire 2.0, Episode 04 – Relationships: A Feeln Original

This week, we are proud to launch a new episode of InspireWire 2.0, our exclusive original series. InspireWire is back and better than ever. Iris Ichishita and Jeffrey Allen are your hosts for this human interest show featuring uplifting “Inspiral Videos” from all corners of the internet, in-depth original features, and a variety of unique voices reporting from across the country.

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Iris and Jeff make deposits into the pun jar.

Relationships make the world go round. In this episode, legendary gameshow host Wink Martindale gives regular people our quiz to find out which types of relationships are truly the closest. A pair of aspiring hip-hop stars use music and dance to help kids realize their potential and donate to others in need. An artist named NODU paints to relieve his social anxiety. And Jeff shares a clever trick to make sure your shoelaces never come untied again.

Do you have a special relationship you’d like to share with Iris and Jeff? Tweet your videos and inspiring moments to @inspirewire with the hashtag #inspiralvideos.

You can watch all previous episodes of InspireWire on Feeln. A new episode of InspireWire airs every month.

Behind the Scenes of Second Chance: A Feeln Original

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This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Second Chance,” available exclusively at feeln.com. As a plane falls from the sky, a husband and father has visions of the future he might never get to experience. The story is inspired by testimonials from passengers aboard US Airways Flight 1549, which took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York on January 15, 2009, and, within minutes, struck a flock of birds and lost power in both engines. “We were really drawn to what people were thinking about in what they believed were their final moments,” said writer and director John Dion (“Superhero,” “Collision“). “Your brain goes into overdrive: people thought about their kids, their futures going on without them. Their what-ifs led us to incorporate surreal sequences that were still very grounded and true to the characters.”

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The plane scenes were shot in a warehouse in Burbank, on a plane cabin set on rollers. “We had a bunch of guys shaking the set, and it worked out great,” John said. “We shot the surreal scenes in slow motion, which was challenging because in slow motion you can focus on every detail of the shot, so all the camera movements had to be timed and perfect. Both the surreal scenes and the plane scenes contained little or no dialogue, so our actors had to communicate their emotions with just their looks.”

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“The characters in the film are all drawn from the wisdom of real people,” John said. “For example, there really was a person who started singing on the flight. For the film, I asked a singer/songwriter to write a song not about the plane crash, but about our protagonist’s regret about missing all these events in his family’s future. We then used an animatic to time the song so that it begins in the surreal scenes and then transitions seamlessly to the plane scene.”

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“It’s really rare for circumstances like these to have a happy ending,” John said. “I hope that people come away from this film feeling appreciative for what they have. Many of the passengers on the flight said the one and only thing they wanted to do was to tell their loved ones that they loved them. I think it’s important not to wait for a big moment. Don’t wait to be prompted. You never know what can happen.”

On the sixth anniversary of US Airways Flight 1549, we invite you to watch “Second Chance,” free for two weeks on Feeln.

3 Films that Will Restore Your Faith — Right in Time for the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, we have a number of uplifting movies that will raise your spirits and restore your faith in mankind. These uplifting films are perfect to watch with your family as holiday movies. Here are three of our most inspirational and faith-based films:

1. Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith

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Bradley Whitford stars as Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie) in this adaptation of the bestselling author’s memoir about his time spent penning his rabbi’s eulogy. Acclaimed actor Laurence Fishburne proves his versatility in his role of a reformed criminal-turned-preacher who gets a second chance in life. Although the film spans many months, there’s a distinct faith-based theme, making it perfect for the holidays.

 

2. Joyeux Noel

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It’s Christmas Eve 1914, and the first World War rages across Europe. Allied and German troops sit huddled in winter weather separated from each other by only a couple dozen yards of bombed out moonscape. Both sides are cold, miserable and longing to be at home with their loved ones. The spirit of the holiday captivates troops on either side of the divide and soon there is an impromptu truce; German, French and British soldiers soon start bonding through celebration and song. This true story was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Contains strong violence and a brief sexual scene. This previously untold story depicts that even in the bleakest days of warfare the warmth of human kindness never goes out.

 

3. Seven Years in Tibet

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Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and reluctant Nazi, leaves his wife and infant son to venture to the Himalayas in 1939, just as WWII breaks out. Once on the subcontinent, he falls into the hands of the Allies. When he and his fellow Austrian mountaineer Peter Aufschnaiter escape the POW camp, they head for Tibet. He and his mate soon discover themselves to be the sole Westerners in Lhasa. He soon develops a friendship with the Western-culture obsessed teenage Dalai Lama, a friendship that changes both of their lives. Contains some adult language and strong violence. A lush, stirring adaptation of the memoir of the actual adventurer who had his entire outlook on life changed by his profoundly spiritual experience.

 

The Educational Benefits of TV Shows for Kids

At Feeln, we offer many kids shows that educate as well as entertain. We have documentaries that teach kids about wildlife, environments, and outer space and foster a sense of wonder and discovery. We have kids shows online that encourage kids to think critically and solve mysteries. Here are five shows available on Feeln that are education focused:

 

1. The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

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Filmed over 5 years in 200 spots around the globe, this series captures the remarkable varieties of life cohabitating in our oceans. The show teaches kids about the underwater world and will fill them with wonder.

 

2. Busytown Mysteries

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Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm and all the busy friends from Busytown use their detective skills to solve many fun mysteries in their neighborhood. This show inspires kids to put on their thinking caps to solve problems in Busytown.

 

3. 24/7 Wild

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Lion, tigers, and bears! This BBC series follows different animals in every episode. This show gives kids an up-close look at the lives of different animals around the planet.

 

4. Liberty’s Kids

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Three kids from different countries learn about friendship and cultural differences as they write about their adventures during the Revolutionary War for Ben Franklin’s newspaper, The Philadelphia Gazette. All the key moments of the revolution are experienced by James, an American newspaper apprentice who writes stories for the paper; Sarah, the British daughter of an explorer who writes to her mother everyday; and Henri, their young French friend who has a charming way of finding trouble. Brush up on your early American history while introducing your kids to one of our nation’s most important periods in this highly acclaimed series.

 

5. Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey

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Take a trip around the sun to discover how the tilt and movement of the Earth creates seasons, tides, and weather disasters. This show gives kids a sense of outer space and explains how the Earth’s movement affects everyday life.

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