Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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 may contain 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…
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…
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…
Two and a half stars for the somewhat charming comedy-drama story without much comedy, or drama, or… story, and a half star for the cooking.
I really want to buy Julia Child's cookbook and try out every recipe in it
Such a fun movie with a light, funny, easy style that's definitely Ephron-esque (as in slightly cheesy and over-romanticized), but all the good parts of her sensibilities are the ones that stand out.
What's interesting is how this is KINDA a biopic and kinda not -- at all. Streep is awesome as Julia Child, but I really loved Adams as Julie. Charm out the guhzoo. The passion for food, the dual story (part in modern-day US, part in past Europe), the humor and visual style -- I liked it all, sometimes to 5-star levels. But the second half is weaker than the first. Big quality.
This made my wife and I fall in love with Julia Child. It's a good biography of her. I don't know how much of the story about Julie is true, but she was interesting, too. There's one bit late in the film where their stories kind of come together that I don't think helps the film - it's kind of a downer that never gets redeemed - but I guess it happened in real life, so they had to include it. Nevertheless, I'd watch it again.
Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci are so amazing. I just love them both. Their screen chemistry is brilliant. Streeps impersonation of Julia Child is so spot on and perfectly emulates her. She definitely stole the show in every scene she was in and I always found myself smiling ear to ear. Tucci was also such a joy to watch. His whole demeanor on screen is incredibly enjoyable and a treat to watch. Then we have Amy Adams and Chris Messina. Adams was fine but holy shit was Messina unbearable to watch. His character was so generic and I found myself rolling my eyes wherever he had dialogue. I don't know if it was the script, or the performance, but he…
I think this is the one time a film could've done without Amy Adams character.
Again, enjoyable. Again, made me hungry. Still agree with my earlier review.....What a brilliant way to spend a lazy saturday afternoon! A deligthfull story about...food with character and characters with food. Brilliant casting all around. Made me hungry and gave me the thought of maybe actually start cooking something from recipes instead of just making it all up. Hmmmm.
Very enjoyable film, but holy hell, this is one long fucking movie. It's one of those flicks where I will never re-watch in its entirety because I cannot fucking stomach the length (coming from the guy who re-watches Amadeus on a regular basis). If it were just a film on Julia Child I would indefinitely rate this much higher; Meryl, Simca, Dorothy, and Louisette are probably the only reasons why I even enjoyed this thing; which just so happens to be the people not in Julie's snoozefest.
It's a 2 hour and something long film when it should be one.
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