Summer was a movie! But now, reality is setting in… Uni is getting tougher, routines are back in order, and your relationship may be getting… boring? Are you in your first year of uni, holding on for dear life to that high school romance? Is the summer fling you met on New Years starting to present some red flags? Is your long-term partner slowly drifting into the friendzone? It could be time for a good old fashioned breakup! This can be tough, or it can be empowering! Lucky for you, I have a movie recommendation for both frames of mind!
6 Years (2015)
Dir. Hannah Fidell
6 Years is an uncomfortably realistic depiction of an unravelling long term relationship. Melanie and Dan aren’t ready to come to terms with the fact that their relationship is dying, but when unsavoury decisions are made by both characters, it is clear that they need to distance themselves once and for all. It’s kinda depressing, but real. Toxic behaviour portrayed in the film will remind you of why it ended, and the importance of keeping it that way!
Laughs vs Tears: Tears will be shed, based on the relatability to your own situation. 6/10.
How To Be Single (2016)
Dir. Christian Ditter
How To Be Single follows Alice as she attempts to find happiness and independence in a new city, after having ended things with her long-term college boyfriend. After a brief change of heart and an attempt to rekindle their relationship, Alice is forced to move on and figure out what fulfils her on her own. Left me feeling like a strong independent woman! Will make you wish you had been single earlier, and possibly inspire a hoe-phase and/or a long hike…
Laughs vs Tears: Feel-good movie all the way through! 8/10.
Once making the masochistic decision to even watch a breakup movie in the first place, you must choose which of these two films is best for your post-breakup spirit! The 20 minutes it takes for you to select your film is the perfect time to whip yourself up a comfort meal!
On tonight’s menu: Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup!
- 1 cup cooked pasta
- 1 block firm tofu
- 3 carrots
- 1 large white onion
- 1 tsp tamari sauce
- 4 veggie stock cubes
- Mixed herbs
- Fresh coriander (optional)
- Garlic powder (or fresh)
- Nutritional yeast
- Chilli flakes
- Salt & Pepper
1. Boil pasta as per instructions on the packet.
2. Drain and pat tofu dry, then cut into cubes and drizzle tamari until evenly coated. Add thyme and herb blend, and spread onto the baking tray. Fan bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, tossing occasionally until all cubes are golden brown.
3. In a pot, add diced onion, peeled and chopped carrots, and as much garlic as desired. Crumble in 4 stock cubes with 3.5 cups of boiling water to create a broth, then add broth to the pot. Once combined, add the pasta and tofu. Sprinkle 2 tbsp (or more) of nutritional yeast, then add thyme, herbs, garlic, salt, pepper, and chilli to taste.
4. Top with fresh toppings of your liking, and enjoy!
Serves 4 (or yourself 4x). @ChefXzadz for more recipes!
If, unlike those of us revelling in our singledom, you are happily in a relationship, then I suppose you too can enjoy this refreshing plant-based meal with your *gag* partner.