Ahem. I realize that Julia Child was American. If you haven't read 'Appetite for Life", her biography by Noel Reilly Fitch, it is a great read. I think I'll wait to see the film. Using the term 'too American' was probably not a good idea, I am thinking more of 'Hollywoodized'.
Have you ever rented any of her original cooking shows? They're priceless!
Those interested in the Nora Ephron film might find her recent profile in the New Yorker fascinating as she goes into great detail about her own personal identification of the making of the film and her culinary pursuits as well. Apparently she is a gourmand in her own right.
There is a film which was done by HBO starring Kevin Bacon called "Taking Chance". It won't appeal to a lot of you, because it is strictly an American film. What I mean by that is because of the subject matter. It is based on a true story of a Marine officer who accompanies the body home of a fallen Marine killed in action in Iraq. I believe it is worth the time to watch because it explains the care and the honor that is bestowed on our fallen soldiers and Marines.
It is also unique because normally an officer would not accompany an enlisted Marine home. Also, the Marines are a little different in how they view their comrades.
If you can, please take the time to watch this. BTW, Kevin Bacon is up for an Emmy for this. Kirk said he was spot on in playing the part.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
Traveller63, I just watched this last night and think that it is well worth the time. It was very moving. I didn't realize how ritualized and respected was 'the last journey home'. Kevin Bacon was excellent.
There is a film which was done by HBO starring Kevin Bacon called "Taking Chance".
Iraq War Redux pictures are box office poison, but there have been some really good movies made. To the above, I'll recommend watching "The Lucky Ones" with Tim Robbins and Amy Adams, and "In the Valley of Elah" with Tommy Lee Jones.
I've already expressed great enthusiasm for "The Hurt Locker" already, so...
The New York Times article really makes one want to see the film.
Meryl Streep was quite charming as Julia Child, as was Amy Adams as the titular Julie. Surprisingly enough, there was more Julia than Julie; everything worked quite well, if I may say so! Women should especially like it.
No, I missed that when it came out. One of the problems in Paris is that between 10 and 20 films come out every week, so you have to catch the minor ones immediately since they get swept off the screen so fast.
Hmmm. That leads me to a question. This is not so much about places like Paris which still have "downtowns" with movie theaters. But what about the zillions of places which think "cineplex" when they think of movies. What has happened to all the second-run, "art", and classic-movie theaters? Do they still exist? Have video/dvd rentals driven them out of business?
In Paris, there are still about 6 or 7 repertory cinemas, plus lots of the other places with special screenings of classics before the start of the 'normal' day (this usually means screenings around 11 a.m.). For example, my Pariscope guide tells me that among the older movies you can see at the cinema this week, there are such things as Some Like It Hot, Death in Venice, Beetlejuice, Elmer Gantry, The Broken Arrow, Spellbound, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Mamma Roma, Rashomon, Life of Brian, Stromboli, The Garden of the Finzi-Contini, etc. -- I was counting the list of 'old' movies and stopped at 100.
Here is an example of one of the places that shows older films: Cinéma MacMahon
The last movie I saw was the Filipino movie Kinatay. I saw no reason for it to be forbidden to spectators under age 16 until near the end when they chopped up the hooker with a machete and dumped the body parts along the road. (And these were the police.)