Saturday, August 15, 2009

Julie & Julia Inspires Katey & Nathaniel

Contrary to appearances --I look so sinister in this photo (!) -- I am not about to whack Katey over the head with a sizzling frying pan. I was actually quite happy to be making her an omelette breakfast (which was really lunch) as we discussed Julie & Julia for the vodcast. Breakfast is the only thing I know how to make and otherwise I am banned from the kitchen. I accidentally melt things on top of toaster ovens and burn water. It's true.

Julia & Julia opened eight whole days ago now, which means its anathema to most websites. I'll continue to do my small part in swimming against the stream of the mainstream movienet which deems movies worthy of intense discussion for years before they open but not a moment past opening weekend. That's when discussions should be kicking off, y' know?



Did you enjoy the double finding-yourself-through-cooking tale? Would you have deleted the whole Julie part or just spiced it up a bit? I'm asking too many questions but I'm just a nosey person. What do you know how to cook? Remember to make enough for everyone.

Related: Nathaniel's Review and Katey's Cooking Adventure
Previous: Vodcasts with Katey

19 comments:

adelutza said...

Hey Nathaniel, the only thing you forgot to say is Bon apetit :-)

Runs Like A Gay said...

Best VodCast yet.

I know no more about the movie than I did at the beginning, but I really fancy an omelette right now.

NATHANIEL R said...

i know Runs i'm bad at plot descriptions ;)

Jose said...

I always put a bit (bout a teaspoon, but I suck with exact recipes cause I just throw everything in by sight) of milk and sour cream to my omelettes when I'm whisking the eggs. Makes them even fluffier, you should try it sometime!

Jordan Wellin said...

I now know whose names I should have submitted as the new 'At the Movies' hosts.

Chris Na Taraja said...

Wow, that pic looks like you and Katey are starring in a new version of STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE!

Seeking Amy said...

Soooo hungry now.

/3rtfuf11 said...

You look a whole lot like Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Mental Jacket.

Karen said...

Good point Nathaniel movies should be discuessed after the film opens too!

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All said...

You two are totally like Stephen Merritt and Claudia Gonson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_2Xptbc8i8

This song is about Sonny & Cher's divorce (at least that's what people say. See that their initials even match with Stephen and Claudia's. In case anyone is wondering, yes, they are both gay.)

Chris Na Taraja said...

Or maybe that pic is a scene from FRANKIE AND JOHNNY

John O'Neil said...

I think the film's length is really what hurts it. When you are handling such light material, isn't it better to keep the film around the 90 minute mark, instead of dragging for another half hour.

mrripley said...

nay reminds me everytime of giovanni ribisi.

Guy said...

Haven't seen J&J yet (and despite the recommendations of you and multiple other trstworthy sources, I can't seem to muster up much excitement for it), but I thoroughly enjoyed this.

By the way, I was interested to hear you say Martha Stewart is the only contemporary Child equivalent. Here in the UK, there are more TV chefs with devoted public followings than I can count -- in a way, you could say that Jamie Oliver (who has a similarly relaxed, "imperfect is good!" approach) is her closest modern heir, though the woman who started it all on this side of the pond, and is still going, was Delia Smith.

Sorry, I went really off-topic there. Anyway, funny I should see this on this particular morning, when I'm preparing a three-course dinner for six people. Ack. I need to get back to my sourdough bread-kneading.

Bailey said...

That is funny, people really do discuss movies to death before they open and not after. I wonder if that's why I really wanted to see this before it opened and now I kinda lost interest.

adri said...

When I lived in Paris, I used to love the Omelette pommes de terre made by the women at my local no-star brasserie. When I make my own, I add milk to the eggs and add the eggs to a clean pan with the already-cooked potatoes (and mushrooms, onions, whatever), lift the edges like you do, and then flip the whole thing over to cook on the second side, putting a little cheese on top, and putting a lid on for a few seconds so the cheese melts.

I think you're right about the communal aspect of the movie making it more fun for audiences, and that the parallel stories make it more about cooking than bio-pic. Amy Adams has the thankless part while Meryl Streep has the showy fun part. But the movie wouldn't have been made without the Julie part, the modern hook, and if it was just about Julia, it might have devolved into politics or trying for "meaning" instead of staying about cooking.

Even my parents went with their buddies to this one, and the last movie they saw was "Enchanted" with Amy Adams. They all had a good time, and they think Amy Adams is so sweet that they liked her in this and thought her husband wasn't kind enough to her (!) So I guess the movie has "legs" as they used to say, if it's getting even the non-moviegoers out to watch.

Anonymous said...

I'm Xeresa, but, for some reason, I can't post on my Google account.

My personal introduction to a chef was the Galloping Gourmet when I was a teenage. He made cooking seem so much fun and had this joivre de vivre that was very infectious.

My introduction to the Food Channel was The Two Fat Ladies who were a hoot! I still miss them.

As for Nathaniel, Vincent D'Onofrio is one of the most incredibly sexy men alive and you should feel complimented by the resemblance.

Sam said...

I would just like to add that Nathaniel is totally working that white t-shirt.

NATHANIEL R said...

adri people keep telling me that they add milk to eggs. I never do that but i'm totally going to try.

xeresa thank u. I never know what to think of D'Onofrio myself.