19 February 2010

Movie Critic Friday

* First Installment of Movie Critic Friday 
Today's Review: Julie & Julia  
[aka: Julia & Julia, The Julia Childs Movie, 
That Movie with Meryl Streep & Amy Adams]

I'm pretty proud of myself that I actually know the actors, without searching on Google! (And who couldn't, I love these two!).
I give this movie 4/5 Le Creuset French Ovens!

Long Story Short:
I enjoyed this movie (in the comfort of my own home & in the comfort of my sweats!) because of its cuteness. Amy Adam's character is in a slump - at work, at home - I mean she moved into an apartment above a pizza shop in Queens! She loves to cook & by the way her Hubby hooves the food during the movie - she is darn good at it. It is her escape to something she has control over. So she starts up a blog (probably how many of us got started!) and she decides to tackle Julia Child's french cookbook in year. The movie flips back and forth between Julie (in Queens) and Julia (the Cook!). I thought the weaving of the two true stories made for such an interesting movie. But even more fascinating was Julia Child's journey into cooking and the long road to being published. It's heart warming & funny.

What I didn't like:
The length. There were parts that were a bit.. yawn.yawn.
Julie doesn't get to meet Julia (I was totally expecting it!)! (I KNOW it's a true story and based on REAL things: but it would have been a happy ending- I'm a sucker for those!).
I'm not a bigger fan of french food after this. Especially after a boned duck!?

It did however make me want to be a better cook & better blogger.  
And throw some cute dinner parties! 

In my quest to deepen my understanding of movies here are some tidbits I learned... The director is Nora Ephron - who is best known for When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle (who knew? Not me!). Meryl Streep has won 13 awards for best actress in this movie so far (with 2 more still pending!) Apparently, Julie Powell (The REAL Julie) thought that the film didn't emphasize the relationship with her cat well enough - and that the cat "actor" was not accurate (random, I know!).  

I would say:
Rent It
Buy It
Definitely worth the $5!
One word to sum up this movie: Delightful.
***What did you all think? 
Was anyone else inspired to tackle a project in a year like that?  
I know I was!


You all had some good nicknames!!! 

(Did you miss the post?? Check it out here. Add Yours!)

Thanks for indulging me! 

Here are some of the best: 
Gordo, Meeranda Jeany BoBo, Bossy Pants, Peter Pantless, Easy Bake. 
Too Funny!!

On a side note: The Hubby felt left out of the nickname post 
(insert the saddest face you've ever seen)
So here are his: 
Name: Justin Andrew
Nicknames: Love, Jay, Jay-Andy, Tooter (He is the Tooter to my Tootie!), Stinky


  1. I saw the movie over Christmas (also a rental) and I thought it was adorable, too. I think I did a passing review in my "Christmas Movies" post, but anyway...I love Amy Adams, and it's the first thing with Meryl Streep I've ever watched through, normally she annoys me, but in this she was excellent. It's hard now, though, knowing how Julie turned out, watching it and being all, "Oh, she's so cute." (If you don't know what I mean, look up her second book, "Cleaving" on Amazon. Sad.) The movie is still cute, and probably a fun fantasy for all us lady bloggers out there. :)

  2. I'm a new Friday Follower :)

  3. Here from FF - and following!
    Have a great weekend.

  4. following from Friday Follow!

  5. Following you from the Friday Follow!


  6. Following from Friday follow. My kids nicknames are Potato/ Pubert and Ash / Wednesday.

  7. Following from FF!

  8. Glad I found you! Stopping by for Friday Follow - and I'm now following you! Hope to see you soon....

  9. I read the book before watching the movie and enjoyed the book better. I saw the movie in the theatres with one of my friends and enjoyed it and made me appreciate my blogging habit even more!! I would definitly like to learn how to cook seeing I am getting married in 4 months, but I havent been too motivated yet!!

    On a side note, some nicknames of mine: my mom calls me lulu, grace and my friends call me sassy or the sass and saucey one! my fiance and I call each other silly and sassy

  10. Following from Friday Follow! I did like this movie a lot...but I think I worked it up so much that it didn't live up to my expectations. I did enjoy the blogging aspect of it!

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  12. Found you on Friday follow. Signed up to follow you. Can't wait to read more. Jamie

  13. Happy FF!! I’m a new follower. Come visit me on my blog.

  14. I love that movie!! Every blogger should watch it! :)
    Following from Friday Follow!

  15. Hi Kate,
    I've been wanting to watch this, it looks interesting. I adore the 4/5 Le Creuset French Ovens, very clever! I'm now a follower via FF. Please visit my blog anytime, it's always nice to meet new friends.

  16. Hey there. Found you on the Friday Follow and thought I would join the fun. Thanks.


    P.S. Loved the review, thanks!

  17. That movie looks great!!! I'm definetly getting it on netflix as soon as pops up in the new releases:) it sounds like a great chick flicky ben and jerrys drinking merlot kind of movie, ahhh I need one of those nights soon!! :)
    following you from the friday follow!

  18. Here from FF. Glad to know you liked this movie too. I have heard good things. Maybe I'll rent it...after the Olympics!! Happy Friday!

  19. Absolutely loving your blog~beautiful. Following from Friday Follow.

  20. Following you from the Friday Follow. Love your blog!!


  21. here from FF. my biggest critic of movies is that they are too long. and i am usually editing them in my mind. have not seen this film as i am not a huge fan of chick-ematic cinema. and yes i have lady parts. i think.

  22. Hi There! I am participating in my first Friday Follow. I have a brand new blog-I hope you can visit! I now follow and subscribe! Thanks!
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    The Groschen Goblins

  23. I'm following you from Friday Follow!

  24. I thought it was a cute movie, too. Although, watching it made me very hungry :)

  25. If you're gonna start doing movie reviews each week, you should link up on my Theater Thursday posts! I started doing the mcklinky option a few weeks ago!

  26. I liked it a lot! Friday Following you!