Welcome to The Munch in FilmMunch 4! Amy Le Creations and FilmMunch have returned to bring you an EPIC pairing of a great FilmSnack and entertaining Film.
One of my friends in high school used to always bring an apple as a snack, and he loved saying, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” I have no idea why he loved repeating that line, but he did, and it stuck with me, so one of my favourite fruits is, the apple. It’s easy to hold and munch on, and it’s also very nutritious. Someone later on told me that apples will keep you awake more than coffee. So I believed in the myth that apples had caffeine for a while, till I did my research. Turns out apples DO NOT have caffeine, but they do have a high content of sugar. Maybe that’s why I love them so much! Anyway, apples do give you energy, and although their sugar content is high, the sugar is unprocessed, so your body will digest it easier.
Amy Le Creations has given us a simple but EPIC FilmSnack to enjoy. FilmMunch has chosen an EPIC Film, entitled Ben-Hur. We’ve chosen to pair these two, because the apples take a considerable amount of time to cook in the oven, so if you start cooking them, before you start watching Ben-Hur, you will have a great boost of a snack, to keep you going! You will need this EPIC FilmSnack to complete this EPIC Film in one sitting!
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These Oven Baked Apple Chips are crunchy and sweet, strangely enough it’s like biting into apple juice. They’re also healthy and really easy to make, just slice and bake! Feel free to sprinkle some cinnamon just before you pop them into the oven, but they really are delicious, on their own.
OVEN BAKED APPLE CHIPS
Makes around 30 Apple Chips
You need: 2 Apples
1. Preheat oven to 100C/212F and line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Core Apples or leave, for a pretty star shape in the center. Slice apples with a knife or mandolin to 2mm thick. If you left the core in, the seed will start to show when slicing. Use a knife to slide the seeds out and continue.
3. Place apple slices on baking paper, making sure no slices are touching. Place the trays into the oven and bake for one hour.
4. Turn each slice over and bake for a further hour.
To test if they’re ready, take one out and let it cool slightly. If it becomes crunchy, they’re ready! Take them out and let them all cool before eating. Best eaten NOW!
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When I think EPIC, truly EPIC, three films comes to mind. Ben-Hur, Titanic and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. Yes these three films have EPIC runtimes, but they are also, the only three films in history that have won a record-breaking 11 Oscars! Ben-Hur was the very first film to achieve this almost un-achievabvle feat. It would take Hollywood 38 years before this could happen again. James Cameron gave us Titanic, and it’s at this moment that we would like to remember James Horner, and we extend our condolences to his family as they mourn his tragic death. James Horner won 2 of those 11 Oscars for his musical work on Titanic.
So, let’s talk about Ben-Hur. If you haven’t seen it, you will most likely start to hear about it more and more as we draw closer to the planned re-make due to be released in 2016. If you have seen it, then hopefully you agree that Ben-Hur is truly an EPIC. The first time I even heard about this film, I was very young. We were visiting a family friend who had a fancy projector, they were rare at the time, and he would project iconic films for us, like Princess Bride and The Never Ending Story. One day, I recall, he said, ‘do you want to watch the longest film ever!?’ I was keen as Dijon Mustard! At the time I remember him saying that the film was so long that it was split in two parts and that it was something like 6 hours long. Excited, I most definitely was. Turns out the film is 222 minutes long, so just over 3 hours and a half. So either our family friend exaggerated, or my memory exaggerated the events! Regardless, that was the first time I watched Ben-Hur. I’ve watched it in all it’s epic glory about 9 times. How many times have you seem it? Please tell us!
The story and premise is set in Bible times, during the time of Jesus Christ. Although the film is not technically about Jesus Christ, it does have religious tones. Interestingly the director, William Wyler was a Jew, and this film is mostly Christian in nature. He would joke that it took a ‘Jew to make a great film about Jesus’. William Wyler won 3 Oscars for Best Director during his amazing career, and received an amazing 12 nominations for the same award. By these ‘technical’ terms, you could argue that he was the ‘best’ director. We won’t go into that, but I think it is clear to us that Willian Wyler is most certainly a pillar director, and his films have had substantial impact on cinema, as we know it. He had worked as an assistant director in the original Ben-Hur: A Tale Of Christ back in 1925. And yes, Ben-Hur is a remake! It was the first remake ever, to win Best Picture, The Departed has been the only other to date.
With about a million props, hundreds of sets and the extravagant use of 15,000 extras to film the Chariot Race Scene, Ben-Hur was the most expensive film ever made at the time. The scale of everything done on this film was EPIC indeed. Along with an EPIC film, must come an EPIC story, and EPIC characters. Charlton Heston plays Judah Ben-Hur the main protagonist of the film, and it’s his story that we follow, there are twists and turns, that eventually make this film an emotional ride too.
In technical terms, this film is still a marvel, and you will find this Biblical-saga being listed as one of the best films of all time. In order to make it through to the end, we recommend Amy’s EPIC Oven Baked Apple Chips as a source of energy and a tasty snack as you are entertained by the EPICNESS of Ben-Hur!
TRIVIA COOKIES: At the time, the Academy Awards had only 12 categories. Ben-Hur was nominated for all 12, and won 11 of them, making it the most Oscar garnished film of all time. percentage-wise.
There was a long standing belief that one of the stunt doubles in the film was actually killed on screen, this being due to the realism in which the scene is shot. This wasn’t true, they used life-like dummies for on screen ‘death’ sequences.
We sure hope you have enjoyed Part 4 of The Munch in FilmMunch. For more of Amy Le Creations yummy recipes, please visit her Instagram. We Will Be Back for instalment 5! FilmMunch will continue with The Terminator Series, stay tuned!