the munch in filmmunch 3As the name suggests, these bites are full of energy and of course deliciousness! With the chocolate from cocoa powder, the caramel like dates, the additions of both peanuts and peanut butter, all add up to the flavours of a snickers bar, except without the bad stuff, instead, full of the good stuff.

You can coat these in so many different options like cocoa powder, chopped peanuts or even chocolate for dessert, so go nuts! (see what I did there? Haha…)

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SNICKERS INSPIRED ENERGY BITES

 Makes 21 bites

1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 12 dates)

1 cup of nut(s) of your choice

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp oats

1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp peanuts

  1. Add all ingredients except peanuts into a food processor, and process until everything is chopped. You may have to stop and stir the ingredients around a few times. It’s ready when the mixture sticks together when pressed.
  2. Add peanuts, and pulse until a couple of times.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Roll the mixture into balls and coat with a topping if desired. Place each bite onto the baking paper, and refrigerate for about an hour to firm up. These can also be kept in the freezer.

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Over to Mr. FilmMunch –>

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What motivates you? What drives you? We all have different things we strive for and try to achieve, and typically there is an underlying force, a source of energy that urges us on! Other times Amy’s Energy Bites can give us extra boost to run for it! Run Lola Run is a perfect pairing for Amy’s Energy Bites, and here is why…

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The premise is simple, 100,000 marks, in 20 minutes. Lola must run! You’re probably wandering why she needs to run? Do not fret, all is revealed! This story is told is such a unique way, that it actually will make you feel energised! The pacing is set by the music and the extra quick editing, in fact most cuts only last an average of 2 seconds or less! Add the Energy Bites and 81 minutes of Run Lola Run and you’ll be buzzing!

Tom Tykwer is a multi-talented German born director. In addition to directing and writing this adrenaline level raising film, he was involved in the music composition. FilmMunch is of the belief that music is sometimes as powerful as the moving image, in not only telling a story and setting the mood/pace but also enhancing the entire experience. When a director is able to actively engage in the composition of the music, then rest assured, the experience will be exactly what the director is intending. I am certain Tom Tykwer wants us to feel a sense of urgency, and to grapple with the thought of chance and the consequences that mere moments can have on our futures. The music is fun and engaging!

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The star of this film is Franka Potente. Her performance as Lola is nothing short of electric and mythical. Lola is the main reason why this film is so gripping, and has earned it’s spot as a nineties classic. Lola is no ordinary character, and her drive is phenomenal! Lola is an inspirational character, not only do we want to have her energy and velocity, but we want to share in her individual spirit. She is the ‘hipster’ we all secretly want to be. Clearly Lola doesn’t need Amy’s Energy Bites, imagine if she ate them!? Her hair would turn into flames!

Another great aspect of this film is the great use of colour to give us warnings. For example, Lola’s scenes are scattered with reds and Manni’s with yellow, each time these colours appear, warnings! Artistic value indeed!

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The editing is king here. This film honestly contains the best use of split screens I’ve seen. Tom Tykwer has cleverly used these devices to generate great suspense, giving this film an edge-of-your-seat feel. A must see indeed!

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Perhaps the most innovative use of editing is the opening title sequence. Each letter is composed of about 300 extra’s. Unfortunately due to the budgetary constants, not all letters could be orchestrated simultaneasly, so each letter had to be ‘stitched’ together, an arduous task that took about a month to complete!

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I’ve always been fascinated by moments. Moments can be small and seem unimportant, but as Run Lola Run illustrates, the minutest moments can have dramatic outcomes. The premise for this film will fascinate you and undoubtedly energise you. So, FilmMunchers, Amy’s Energy Bites plus this great German film of a masterpiece is the perfect paring for an adrenaline infused experience!

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Run Lola Run available for purchase here.

TRIVIA COOKIES: Tom Tykwer is a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. There are various references to it in this film, including a number of spiral shapes, like the staircases. There are spiral shapes on the pillow cases that Lola and Manni lie on.

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Lola wears a ring, that has a small photo of non other than Bruce Lee! No doubt a source of inspiration, and source of motivational drive.

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We hope you have enjoyed this paring, brought to you by the lovely Amy Le! For more of her great recipes, please check out her Instagram page. Amy Le and FIlmMunch will team up again in The Munch in FilmMunch IV!

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