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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…
Amy Adams looked gay in this
"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…
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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…
Not enough focus on food. Mostly this seems like a movie for people who enjoy Meryl Streep movies.
Appropriately cheesy for a movie about food. As entertaining as eating.
My headphones broke while I was watching this one a plane five years ago and I missed the last three minutes. Backgrounded while resurrecting old external hard drives, finished at last.
This is a nice movie about a woman with a project that I can relate to, Julie's blog project, and another woman with a greater opus of a project that's at a level I would like to relate to, Julia's cookbook.
Amy Adams looked gay in this
Disjointed but so charming. Nora why did you have to leave us?
Julie & Julia is one of the momiest films I've ever seen. It revolves around two women who don't know what to do so they make food. Seriously. Entirely insignificant, no stakes, no conflict. At least when men have their midlife crisis they buy expensive cars, or try to have sex with minors or something.
When I watch films I often see "inauthentic" as "stylised". I call "overacting" "charming". What I'm getting to is that I loved Amy Adams in her whimsical, cutesy role, and she really saved the film for me. I didn't particularly care about her character, but she had so much charisma that her half of the film became almost good.
Confession time (ha ha, like people read…
By the end of JULIE & JULIA, I found the movie to be a lot stranger than it initially appeared. What begins as a cutesy parallel storyline really starts to breathe in the second half, with an odd narrative made up of a bunch of disconnected bits of drama. The movie flies away on strange tangents that never really come to anything - the McCarthyite subplot, Julie's burned Boeuf Bourguignon, Julia's battle with one of her co-authors, Julie's temper tantrums. In this sense I suppose the structure mimics a blog, and I can add this movie to the list of those built from the impetus of new technology. The movie is also strange in its characters, who are both a…
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!