• Film,  Food

    Tuesday Five – Five Foodie Films I Love

    I was able to catch Julie & Julia this weekend. It was fabulous! Meryl Streep is sure to get a nod from the Academy, and Nora Ephron deserves a prize for melding two books – Julia Child’s My Life in France and Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously – into a marvelous screenplay. Ephron also directed the film. Someone give the woman a prize now! I love Nora. Not too long ago, I read her book of personal essays, I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. There was something in all of her experiences that I could relate to, but…

  • Film

    Film Review of Ondine

    This weekend I treated myself to an “old-fashioned” movie – a movie minus special effects explosions and magic, fast and furious chase scenes, and torrid sex scenes one or two nude shots short of triple X theater. The movie was Ondine starring Colin Farrell as Syracuse (a.k.a. Circus) and Alicja Bachleda as Ondine. At the core of the movie is a story; that’s what I would consider old-fashioned for so many movies today lack this ingredient and are rather a series of escapades with no unifying message about life, society, or human nature. Additionally, these story-absent films often have characters, such as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Sherlock Holmes…

  • Film

    Film Review of The Gathering Storm

    I remember seeing the TV ads in 2002 for The Gathering Storm and thinking it looked compelling; however, I did not have HBO at the time. The film had been in my Netflix queue for ages until I recently moved it to the top, desiring something besides the reality garbage doled out nightly on network and cable TV. Really, why does anyone give a flip about Jon and Kate Gosselin? I was not disappointed in this film! It’s terrific. It is a two-pronged love story. Winston Churchill (Albert Finney) had two loves, that for his country and that for his wife. He loved his country beyond patriotism, and he had…