Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Is there such a thing as blog envy?

Well, William and I went to see the movie Julie & Julia and now I need a shrink (or a drink).

I have a deep-seated aversion to people who seem to whine and fall apart for no good reason and Julie Powell, who chronicled a year of her life preparing every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in her blog "The Julie/Julia Project," is, at least in the movie version, a first-class whiner.

Other than that, I really did enjoy the film, but it is hard to empathize with someone whose problems seem so ... well, shallow.

For example, in the middle of this blog's post about beef broth from scratch, I did not sink into a "woe is me" diatribe over the fact that my house is slowly (or not so slowly) descending into a sinkhole.

Even though it put him in the doghouse, I think Julie's husband was right, she was more than a little self-absorbed.

I left the movie thinking about the beef tenderloin on sale at the Winn Dixie in a wine and mushroom sauce. William nixed that for pork chops. There is probably a German name for them that would make them sound exotic, like Schweinsomething, but I just call them pork chops in onion gravy and my dad used to love them too.

FYI Julie - just wait until you hit 40.

1 comment:

TarHeel Will said...

I agree. You could have edited the parts out about Julie and Eric, and I would have been satisfied watching Streep and Tucci. But Ephron did a very good job connecting the storylines the best they could be connected.
The movie is definitely one to consider if you're putting together a food-themed movie night, though I would have liked to have seen more actual cooking than just video of food. If you like food movies, check out "Babette's Feast" and "Big Night," especially the latter because Tucci also plays a main character in that, too.