How to watch ‘Julie and Julia,’ plus coverage of the movie

Ken Turan’s review of Julie & Julia

Rated PG-13 for short strong language and some sensuality.
Duration: 2 hours, 3 minutes

Hulu: Included | Amazon Prime: Buy/Rent | Apple TV: Buy/Rent

Julie & Julia gets it right. A consummate entertainment that reflects the rhythms and attitudes of classic Hollywood, it’s a satisfying throwback to old-fashioned film fantasies where impossible dreams come true. And in this case it really happened. Twice.

Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, written and directed by Nora Ephron in her most successful work to date, this film cleverly combines two separate stories told in two different books (the characters never meet) that are not only thematically , but also interconnected by theme.

The first is Julia Child’s “My Life in France,” a memoir by the celebrated chef, teacher, and author whose “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and accompanying television show, “The French Chef,” radically changed the American culinary landscape.

The second memoir, “Julie & Julia,” follows writer Julie Powell as she works her way through a self-imposed task: to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s book, all specifically formulated for “the Servantless American Cook,” in one Space 365 days year.

These two books are linked not only by Powell’s choice, or even the authors’ shared zeal for butter, but also by a similarity in personality and situation. Both women are unstoppable forces in search of something worth participating in, and both find that cooking completes them and makes them feel alive in wonderful and unexpected ways. (Continue reading) – Kenneth Turan

Russ Parsons Coverage of “Julie & Julia”

I was the first author from a major newspaper to write about the Julie/Julia blog. (I know, no matter what the film says: check the release dates and you’ll see that my story predated the Christian Science Monitor’s by almost a full month; and don’t even bother with my good friend, the former New York Times , beginning Food writer Amanda Hesser catches an actual appearance in the film, Skinny Little Witch.)

When Julia moved to her retirement home in Montecito, I used her closeness to intensify the professional friendship that had been warm until then. Whenever I traveled north, I made it my mission to see them, bring their lunch, take them out to dinner, even just stop for a drink and a chat. I was so lucky.

When I found The Julie/Julia Project online I was intrigued. It seemed to me that here at last was a cooking blog that was successful in its own literary terms. Rather than emulating mainstream media, Powell took what works best about blogs — the intimate feeling of sharing a person’s innermost thoughts in near real time — and used it to write about cooking. (Continue reading) – Russ Parsons How to watch ‘Julie and Julia,’ plus coverage of the movie

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