I finally saw "Julie and Julia". I got a fresh, never watched disc in the mail
from Netflix on Wednesday. It had been a very full, busy day in the office,
and I was ready to be transported, as only a good movie can do.
can't believe I waited this long. But in a way, it was just the right time to
see it. December is kind of a crummy month for me, where I question what
the heck I am doing with my life and wondering if I will ever be able to
pursue my passion. And getting the laundry done and dinner on the
table while running a business. This is a good movie for that kind of mood.
That night, I didn't work on anything for ACES, I didn't put clothes in the
dryer, and I didn't wrap any presents. I sat my body on my couch and
watched what I do believe may be the world's most perfect movie. With
a glass of wine of course. I do believe that is a prerequisite. Don't you?
What could possibly make it so good, you may ask?
her. I own "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" volume one and
two. (Not that I have ever had the courage to cook anything from them,
but they look awfully good in the bookshelf that holds all of my
cookbooks. And I have plans to cook from them someday, big plans.
When I have a bigger kitchen, and time on my hands.) I love to watch
old episodes of her cooking show. "My Life in France", which she
wrote with her nephew, is an absolute delight to read. Let me know
if you wish to borrow it. And the first thing I plan to see when I go to
Washington DC someday has nothing to do with presidents, I am
going straightaway to her kitchen.
2. Meryl Streep IS Julia Child. I am firmly convinced that Meryl Streep can
play any role, ever. She BECOMES her character. I think Julia Child would
have absolutely adored her, playing her. In watching how the film was
made, you get to see the huge platform shoes she had to wear to be so tall,
and she admits to gaining 15 pounds filming the movie (the director
insisted that they really eat, Susan Spungen was their chef. She has a
WONDERFUL cookbook, that is on my shelf, and available for
borrowing as well).
3. It's about overcoming difficulties, with hard work, tears, and a little
swearing. I can relate.
4. Julie Powell is a blogger. I'm a blogger too (not quite to her level of
stardom, perhaps I need to come up with a really wonderful project).
And I too would have trouble cooking a live lobster.
5. Julia is sad when a baby carriage passes her on the sidewalk, and her
husband squeezes her hand. I remember, vividly, what that used to feel
6. It's about food, and not just cooking to have something for dinner. But
having really good food, and relishing it, and sharing it with your friends.
8. The love that Paul had for his wife is wondrous to watch. And you don't
often see movies where the wife is taller than the husband, and this movie
showed us not just one, but two very happy couples with tall wives. And
what can I possibly say about Stanley Tucci? Sigh.
9. She has a great relationship with her sister, I am rather fond of my
sister too! Jane Lynch ("Glee") is perfect for the role.
10. Nora Ephron directs, need I say more?
If you have already seen it, you know what I am talking about. And I can
see you shaking your head, wondering what the heck took me so long. But
I finally saw it, and I am blogging away with a big smile on my face.
Perhaps I should pull out my old manual typewriter and some carbon paper,
and do some writing that way, just to feel more in touch with Julia.
Or hang my cooking things from pegboard. I wonder if I could get
Mike to trace the outlines?
Yes, I do plan to watch it weekly. But I won't be boning a duck any time
soon. Poaching an egg? Perhaps, and definitely chopping some onions.
(all images from "Julie and Julia" at Cinemablend.com)