Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Julie & Julia
Based on Two True Stories
Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.
Lets get one thing straight, if you have a successful blog or newspaper column it does not mean your story deserves its own film. It happened last year with Marley & Me and now with this soporific piece of crap. Julie Powell's quest to cook all of Child's recipes in a year is a total non-story, there is no character growth, there are no dramatic moments and the only obstacle she must try and overcome is will she de-bone a duck (she does). So how to pad out a non-story for two hours? By combining it with an equally tedious non-event that is Julia Child's time in Paris of course. Neither of these women's lives have anything interesting to say or…
"These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock!"
Had I hated this movie, I would of given it a one-line review of "Cinematic diabeetus." But despite its flaws, I managed to like Julie and Julia, a First World, Oprah-ish, conflict-free sort of picture... but at its center has its titular characters finding meaning and leaping to success in their (really, not too shabby) respective lives by following through on a shared innate passion (cooking - which, actually, never felt like a *passion* for either); Julia Childs by co-penning a successful ''French cookbook for American women without a cook" and later creating a cooking show, and Julie by blogging and cooking her way through her (idol's) book - a…
I always like to say that I like people who have passion, no matter what this passion is. Well, I loved this film because it is all about passion. Passion of two people for cooking.
We start with the fact that the film is based in two different books of two different persons, at two different times! And that's already awesome! Thank you Nora Ephron!
Now, the leading parts are played by two amazing actresses: Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I'm gonna say this a lot of times here, but I LOVE MERYL STREEP! She's just amazing in everything she does, and if I had written a book, I would want her to play my part.
I couldnt forget, of…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sweet, charming and more substantive than your usual run of the mill romcom. Nora Ephron did it again. It's like a spiritual successor to You've Got Mail. Amy Adams does her best Meg Ryan and it works a charm. I didn't know what Meryl Streep was doing. I've heard people say she's not as good as everyone says because she's always putting on a performance. Well you can say that again for this one. It's like she's auditioning for a role in a Margaret Thatcher biopic. It was easy to forget the story here was based on two true stories as it says in the opening credits. But that's the reason for it. The real person clearly exhibited an exuberant…
So the movie for Christmas Day was finally switched to "Julia and Julia", the Meryl Streep film whose marketing seemed barely indistinguishable from her other film "It's Complicated". (Asides from the trailer for It's Complicated being substantially more memorable in it's level of repulsion.)
There are two appealing elements to this movie. Meryl Streep's domineering performance as the food writer "Julia Childs" and Amy Adams heartfelt performance as an aspiring writer and blogger. Both appear in mediocre storylines which are expertly combined. Unfortunately there's a limit to how much the way the two storylines are combined can avoid being undermined by the mediocre level of the two individual storylines. However, this film most definitely reaches the utmost boundaries of that…
I took time to watch some videos of Julia Child's cooking show before sitting down to watch this in order to see how well Meryl Streep handled the role. I never doubted her, not for a minute, but I was surprised at how well she did. She was Julia Child. I will admit I hadn't seen Streep in anything before this (aside from Mamma Mia, but I can hardly count that as a great performance), and despite the fact that the film is lacking in several aspects, I think it was a good introduction to her work. She really was phenomenal. Amy Adams was good as well, as was Stanley Tucci, but they don't compare to Streep.
In all honesty…
Julie is one of the most shallow, whiny, annoying characters I've recently encountered. Not even Amy Adams can make her remotely charming or likeable; her husband leaving Julie (briefly) ended up being one of the only interesting parts. The scenes following Julia through her time spent learning in France were tolerable, but every time Julie was the focus I wanted to smash my laptop in half.
I found Julie to be unlikeable and so I had no interest in her quest. Got bored pretty early on.
Julia sets out to be a cook and write a book. She does.
Julie sets out to do everything in that book. She does.
For a movie starring two great actresses, there is nothing but great disappointment for those expecting something resembling conflict. Not only that, but considering that Julia had a more interesting career as a TV show host following the book, this is an infuriating tale. Instead of showing us why Julia is important, we're only told that she is through Julie's passionate, cliche-filled quest to be a better cook. There is nothing else to make Julia Child seem like the pioneer that she was, just a tall lanky woman (Meryl Streep's defining feature in this role) trying to publish a book. In fact, the two stories feel largely incongruous and destroy the pacing of otherwise decent stories that make me believe that a feature length on Julie OR Julia would have been better than what we saw.
Lacks genuine drama, with any attempts to create dramatic arcs proving mundane (Julia's love for Paris, a political battle over the share of income, threat of dismissal at work), artificially enforced (Julia's argument with her husband resulting in a transformative one day separation) and completely unresolved (Julie's negative comments towards the blog).
But it's easy, enjoyable, lighthearted viewing on a Sunday evening with some good performances.
A second watch for class confirmed that the only reason this movie has any entertainment value is because of Meryl Streep's Julia Child and Stanley Tucci's Paul Child. Amy Adams' character Julie is basically a crybaby with a Peter Pan haircut, and even though they try to make her more likable by casting the lovely Chris Messina as her husband, they just make her look even more whiny.
I'm sorry you're stressed out by cooking lots of tasty food, Julie. I'm eating fucking dorm meals. Get over it.
Excelente filme para quem gosta de culinária
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