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Julie and Julia

clearday
12-30-2009, 09:39 AM
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Once in a while we need a female movie reviewed. So here it is. After watching Transformers, Public Enemy, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation, and having my ears pounded by millions of flying projectiles exploading in my living room and thousands of people and machines blown apart in 56" HD glory, I was ready for some peace and tranquility.

Hence, Julie and Julia. And my husband was even OK with watching it after seeing all the above death and destruction.

The movie is an interesting juxtaposition of Julia Child's life from the 1940's in Paris till the time of her death, with the life of a modern day author in New York City, seeking to fulfill her life by cooking every recipe in Child's epic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" within one year. It's based on a true story written by the NY author based on her blog postings during that year. OK stay with me here, it's not at all as dull as it sounds.

The movie is very entertaining, humorous, interesting and the switching between the two woman's lives, very well done.

As with Momma Mia, this is pretty much a total chic flick, tho as I said my husband enjoyed it, :what:, I was surprised too.

Anyway, as most of the people here are men, I will say this is an excellent movie to rent to watch with a female loved one, if she likes cooking, Paris in the 1940's, and Meryl Streep (my favorite).

This movie was like a walk thru the countryside in Spring after all those ear busting, killing sprees mentioned above. Nice!;)

HD Goofnut
12-30-2009, 11:58 AM
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Once in a while we need a female movie reviewed. So here it is. After watching Transformers, Public Enemy, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation, and having my ears pounded by millions of flying projectiles exploading in my living room and thousands of people and machines blown apart in 56" HD glory, I was ready for some peace and tranquility.

Hence, Julie and Julia. And my husband was even OK with watching it after seeing all the above death and destruction.

The movie is an interesting juxtaposition of Julia Child's life from the 1940's in Paris till the time of her death, with the life of a modern day author in New York City, seeking to fulfill her life by cooking every recipe in Child's epic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" within one year. It's based on a true story written by the NY author based on her blog postings during that year. OK stay with me here, it's not at all as dull as it sounds.

The movie is very entertaining, humorous, interesting and the switching between the two woman's lives, very well done.

As with Momma Mia, this is pretty much a total chic flick, tho as I said my husband enjoyed it, :what:, I was surprised too.

Anyway, as most of the people here are men, I will say this is an excellent movie to rent to watch with a female loved one, if she likes cooking, Paris in the 1940's, and Meryl Streep (my favorite).

This movie was like a walk thru the countryside in Spring after all those ear busting, killing sprees mentioned above. Nice!;)

I reviewed this a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is certainly Streep at her best.

clearday
12-30-2009, 12:09 PM
HD, I searched and couldn't find another review, but glad you liked it.

HD Goofnut
12-30-2009, 12:30 PM
HD, I searched and couldn't find another review, but glad you liked it.

Here's my review of Julie & Julia (http://www.highdefforum.com/blu-ray-movie-reviews/104871-my-take-julie-julia-2009-a.html).

Dakotapix
12-30-2009, 05:33 PM
Hey Clearday -- My wife saw this movie in a theater with her sister and loved it so when I saw the video release, I bought her the Blu-ray for Christmas. We watched it the day after Christmas and we both loved it. Of course, Streep was wonderful. I do a bit of cooking at home but I never got into the PBS Julia Child TV series so I was surprised how much I liked this movie.

My wife also has a copy of Momma Mia. Will I have to watch that one too?

clearday
12-30-2009, 06:04 PM
Dakotapix,

Everyone should watch every movie Meryl Streep ever made, going all the way back to when she was young, really. Momma Mia included :). She is the best actress of our time and in the old days she was a super serious actress and just great. Now her movies contain much more humor, but as always excellent in their own ways.

HD Goofnut
12-30-2009, 07:02 PM
Dakotapix,

Everyone should watch every movie Meryl Streep ever made, going all the way back to when she was young, really. Momma Mia included :). She is the best actress of our time and in the old days she was a super serious actress and just great. Now her movies contain much more humor, but as always excellent in their own ways.

Kramer vs. Kramer is another good title with Streep that is available on BD.

GymBrat98
12-30-2009, 07:11 PM
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Once in a while we need a female movie reviewed. So here it is. After watching Transformers, Public Enemy, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation, and having my ears pounded by millions of flying projectiles exploading in my living room and thousands of people and machines blown apart in 56" HD glory, I was ready for some peace and tranquility.

Hence, Julie and Julia. And my husband was even OK with watching it after seeing all the above death and destruction.

The movie is an interesting juxtaposition of Julia Child's life from the 1940's in Paris till the time of her death, with the life of a modern day author in New York City, seeking to fulfill her life by cooking every recipe in Child's epic, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" within one year. It's based on a true story written by the NY author based on her blog postings during that year. OK stay with me here, it's not at all as dull as it sounds.

The movie is very entertaining, humorous, interesting and the switching between the two woman's lives, very well done.

As with Momma Mia, this is pretty much a total chic flick, tho as I said my husband enjoyed it, :what:, I was surprised too.

Anyway, as most of the people here are men, I will say this is an excellent movie to rent to watch with a female loved one, if she likes cooking, Paris in the 1940's, and Meryl Streep (my favorite).

This movie was like a walk thru the countryside in Spring after all those ear busting, killing sprees mentioned above. Nice!;)

Thanks for the review.
I met her when I was a kid, she did her shopping at the Star Market in Cambridge, and she walked there. She was a really big, tall lady, and very nice. My grandpah used to watch her show religiously.

soupnazi
12-31-2009, 02:58 AM
I would say this is half chic flick and half biography of the endearing and original character of Julia Child. I used to watch her shows when I was a kid and what I remember most is the tenacity and determination she always had to finish the point she was trying to make. She was at her best when she messed up a little, which would happen quite often on live shows, and didn't even blink. Even as a kid I could tell when something didn't go as planned and it was fun to watch the way she handled it. Meryl Streep played her perfect for the way I remember her.

soupnazi
12-31-2009, 03:01 AM
Thanks for the review.
I met her when I was a kid, she did her shopping at the Star Market in Cambridge, and she walked there. She was a really big, tall lady, and very nice. My grandpah used to watch her show religiously.


That's a cool story Brat

GymBrat98
12-31-2009, 02:13 PM
That's a cool story Brat

Thanks Soup, how are ya?


Happy New Year!:yippee::hithere::banana:

soupnazi
12-31-2009, 03:08 PM
Thanks Soup, how are ya?


Happy New Year!:yippee::hithere::banana:


Doing excellent thanks, and you?
Happy New Year to you and everyone

Anyone here thinking of trying to "Master the Art of French Cooking" this year? One thing that didn't make sense in this movie was with the amount of butter, lard, cream involved in French cooking. Amy Adams should have put on extra weight for the end of the movie like DeNiro in Raging Bull ;)

clearday
12-31-2009, 04:20 PM
I think, if she was cooking more than one recipe each day, as she would have had to do make the numbers work, either she was giving food away, having lots of parties (which they showed in the movie) or there is some fiction in this non-fiction telling. I think anyone thinking of doing a similar cooking of the book would die of cholesterol, fat and gross intake of excess calories, so it's probably not a good idea.

soupnazi
01-01-2010, 04:37 PM
I think, if she was cooking more than one recipe each day, as she would have had to do make the numbers work, either she was giving food away, having lots of parties (which they showed in the movie) or there is some fiction in this non-fiction telling. I think anyone thinking of doing a similar cooking of the book would die of cholesterol, fat and gross intake of excess calories, so it's probably not a good idea.

But it would be so good.

One thing I wish they could have included in this story was the chemistry Julia Child had with Jacques Pepin. You could see her competitive but playful side taking shots at each other.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7mtEoMFJ60

GymBrat98
01-01-2010, 04:48 PM
Doing excellent thanks, and you?
Happy New Year to you and everyone

Anyone here thinking of trying to "Master the Art of French Cooking" this year? One thing that didn't make sense in this movie was with the amount of butter, lard, cream involved in French cooking. Amy Adams should have put on extra weight for the end of the movie like DeNiro in Raging Bull ;)

I could eat like that once in a great while. My body isn't used to all that cream, and stuff. It would make working out very difficult, yes? Supposedly the French population doesn't have high cholesterol. There's ways of modifying thoses recipes too. I have with, Coq Au Vin.

They did a study in Japan, and the young women are getting heart problems, and health issues just like we have here. They consume junk food, and have alot of fast food places. The older women eat more traditional foods, and they don't have these issues.
I guess you are what you eat!

I'm great Soup, and looking forward to the new year.

tvine2000
01-01-2010, 05:16 PM
Dakotapix,

Everyone should watch every movie Meryl Streep ever made, going all the way back to when she was young, really. Momma Mia included :). She is the best actress of our time and in the old days she was a super serious actress and just great. Now her movies contain much more humor, but as always excellent in their own ways.

wow its sure nice to have a women around here! clearday why are not there more women into home theaters and such? i know lots women that watch movies but they could care less if its blu-ray or or even vhs. and as far as there concerned blu-ray and all the other toys we men buy is a waste of money.whats your take on all of this?

HD Goofnut
01-01-2010, 06:03 PM
wow its sure nice to have a women around here! clearday why are not there more women into home theaters and such? i know lots women that watch movies but they could care less if its blu-ray or or even vhs. and as far as there concerned blu-ray and all the other toys we men buy is a waste of money.whats your take on all of this?

I would imagine that it's in the chemical differences between estrogen and testosterone.

clearday
01-02-2010, 12:58 PM
HD, I don't think so. I just think many women feel that electronics are men's speciality. I got into all this stuff when my son was a little boy, back in the '90s and he was very interested in computing, his Dad was super busy with work, so I figured why not. Even helped him build a few computers.

Tvine, Thank your for your comment. I can't speak for other women, but I love HD, surround sound and all that stuff.

But anyway, I just think it's more traditionally a male venue, and HD your comment was pretty sexist, bad, bad boy!

HD Goofnut
01-02-2010, 02:35 PM
HD, I don't think so. I just think many women feel that electronics are men's speciality. I got into all this stuff when my son was a little boy, back in the '90s and he was very interested in computing, his Dad was super busy with work, so I figured why not. Even helped him build a few computers.

Tvine, Thank your for your comment. I can't speak for other women, but I love HD, surround sound and all that stuff.

But anyway, I just think it's more traditionally a male venue, and HD your comment was pretty sexist, bad, bad boy!

Well, other than you and GymBrat I can't think of any women that care about HD. Most women seem to fall under the 'good enough' crowd.

ack_bak
01-03-2010, 10:07 AM
I think my wife has been converted to Blu-Ray. She will not rent or buy a DVD version of a movie anymore if the Blu-Ray is available and has made several comments as to how much better TV shows and movies look in HD.

I received a really cool NFL Network DVD this Christmas chronicling all of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl teams from my sister in law and after I opened the gift my wife whispered to me that if it was available on Blu-Ray she would not blame me for selling the DVD version and getting the BD version :)

I have a pretty cool wife and she is definitely not a videophile.

BTW, we both really enjoyed Julie And Julia at the theater and I bought it for her for Christmas along with Julia Child's "Mastering The Art Of French Cooking" books.

GymBrat98
01-12-2010, 07:25 PM
Well, other than you and GymBrat I can't think of any women that care about HD. Most women seem to fall under the 'good enough' crowd.

I think women are into it, but they don't brag about it. As far as testosterone, and estrogen it's a medical fact. Over weight men will make more estrogen then testosterone, so thats not it.

Adipose tissue produces in enzyme known as Aromatase that converts testosterone into estrogen!

I also think it has to do with what you're exposed to as a kid. My mom worked in electronics.

clearday
01-13-2010, 08:36 AM
I think women are into it, but they don't brag about it. As far as testosterone, and estrogen it's a medical fact. Over weight men will make more estrogen then testosterone, so thats not it.

Adipose tissue produces in enzyme known as Aromatase that converts testosterone into estrogen!

I also think it has to do with what you're exposed to as a kid. My mom worked in electronics.

Well put Gym Brat. Tho my mother didn't work in electronics, when I was a child, she was in charge of repairing our big old RCA console tv which had big, light blub like tubes. And weekly, she and I would walk down to the hardware store and plug any suspected dead bulbs into a tester they had there.

Then she'd buy new tubes, take them home, open up the back of the tv and start her repairs. We even have pics of her with her head showing over the tv with screwdriver in hand.

So, we do model what we see.

GymBrat98
01-13-2010, 05:49 PM
Well put Gym Brat. Tho my mother didn't work in electronics, when I was a child, she was in charge of repairing our big old RCA console tv which had big, light blub like tubes. And weekly, she and I would walk down to the hardware store and plug any suspected dead bulbs into a tester they had there.

Then she'd buy new tubes, take them home, open up the back of the tv and start her repairs. We even have pics of her with her head showing over the tv with screwdriver in hand.

So, we do model what we see.

Thats so kewl that you did that with your mom. So many females are relegated to the baby doll syndrome, and then parents get upset when the girl gets pregnant!

My uncle owned a auto repair shop, and had a daughter, he didn't push dolls on her. She helped him work on cars, and is now part owner. You always see such n such and sons, but never daughters.

Too bad equipment is so complicated now, yes?:)