Julie & Julia

Here’s another film tip for you—go see Julie & Julia. It’s currently showing at the Hollywood Theaters, although probably not for much longer. So see it soon.

Jeannette and I went to see it last night, and both of us agreed that it was one of the most enjoyable films we’ve seen in a long time. From beginning to end, both of us sat there and delighted in every moment of the film—especially the fantastic acting by Meryl Streep as Julia Child. My guess is that most people are thinking of this as a chick-flick (I’m pretty sure I was the only guy in the theater, unfortunately). But it’s not a chick-flick. I will joyfully tolerate chick-clicks (my favorite is Return to Me—a must-rent, by the way). But Julie & Julia is not a chick-flick. It is the kind of entertainment that enriches you for having watched it. Great acting. Great directing. Great dialogues. Great cinematography. Fun to watch, with some good messages in it. So I hope you get a chance to see it for yourself if you have not done so yet. And it’s relatively safe for preteens and up (if I’m remembering everything in it, and not in it, correctly). You can always check these kinds of things out for yourself at Kids-in-Mind.

I wanted to see this film in particular because I had read a brilliant, thought-provoking piece in The New York Times Magazine about it a couple Sundays ago, specifically regarding some unfortunate trends in cooking and meals in our changing society. I had read it and so enjoyed it that I shared it via email with some close friends. My hope was to encourage them to read it and then have a meal together and discuss the article afterward. Hasn’t happened yet, but will soon hopefully. Then I later discovered, …well, actually just now as I retrieved it for this blog posting, that it was written by Michael Pollan, the author of Omnivore’s Dilemma (a book I recommended in a couple previous blogs a few weeks ago) and In Defense of Food. Now I realize why I liked it so much. Regardless of what you think about either of those books, I do think you’ll enjoy this article (which you can get here). It’s rather long and so you’ll need to print it and read it when you have some time to relax and enjoy it.

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