Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 122 - Championship Round

Day 122.

We've analyzed the contestants, we've dissected the match-ups, we've picked the winners. The Sweet Sixteen is over, the Elite Eight is history, and now, the Final Four has come to a glorious finish. By the end of this post, you will know the regional champions representing the Julie and Julia sides of our Best Supporting Character Julie & Julia March Madness Tournament!

So brace yourselves, people--this is the Final Four. Winners in bold.

Game 13: Simone Beck (1) vs. Dorothy McWilliams a.k.a. Julia's Sister (3) - Jane Lynch steals the ball with 0:03 left in the fourth quarter and hits a buzzer-beater to become the Julia Regional Champion. It's the upset of the century! Well, not really, as these two were as evenly matched as you could possibly get in this tournament. But damn, right? Simone Beck is out. I suppose she didn't do enough of ze wooooork that it takes to become a true champion.

Dorothy McWilliams - Julia Regional Champion

Game 14: Julie's Cat (8) vs. Ernestine (2) - I really, really should have seeded Julie's Cat higher. I wouldn't even consider this to be an upset. Julie's cat has been fan favorite ever since this tournament started and might just be unstoppable going into the finals. Ernie didn't even stand a chance. And to be frank, I'm absolutely terrified of this fiery-furred lioness.

Julie's Cat - Julie Regional Champion

And for the last time, your updated bracket...

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The Tournament Champion and Overall Best Supporting Character in Julie & Julia will be decided on Monday, April 4. Copy + paste the ballot below and email your pick to lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com.

TOURNAMENT CHAMPION:
Dorothy McWilliams a.k.a. Julia's Sister (3) vs. Julie's Cat (8)

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Also, it has been brought to my attention that I have now officially hit the 1/3 mark for my year of watching Julie & Julia every day. Pretty weird, right?

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Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "I'm finally totally engaged in something."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 121 - The Best Table of Contents Ever?

Day 121.

So there's a scene in this movie I watched today that has always struck me as somewhat peculiar (I have seen it a few times already, but waited until today to comment on it). I'm talking about the brief moment when Judith Jones, editor at Alfred A Knopf Publishing, first lays eyes on the manuscript for Julia Child's soon-to-be-legendary cookbook.


If you aren't familiar with the film, the interaction goes as follows:

Editor Man: Judith, would you take a look at this? Our intrepid literary scout, Avis DeVoto, is friends with some woman whose written a huge French cookbook. Houghton Mifflin just turned it down. 

Judith Jones: "French Recipes for American Cooks" Terrible title. 

Editor Man: Have fun, Judith.

Judith Jones then sighs a deep sigh, as if having to read this book is going to be the worst fucking thing in the world, which to be fair, probably is for someone with her job.


I mean, look at her facial expression--it's just screaming, "You want me... to read this?!?!? THIS PIECE OF SHIT?!?!" Clearly, this broad does not enjoy having to skim through giantass cookbooks written by randomass people. The title is "TERRIBLE" for Christssakes! From her point of view, this book is already trash and there's no chance that Knopf will want to publish it. She obviously does not want to be in this situation at all. That is, until she turns to the first page...


You see that little smirk? It's just a tiny movement of the upper lip, but it's quite noticeable. And is it...? Yes, yes, I think it is... That seed of a smirk is slowly getting bigger... it's growing...


...INTO A FULL-FLEDGED SMILE!!!

This is great, right? It's first inkling we get that Judith Jones is going to realize the sheer brilliance of Julia Child's life's work and share it with mankind, making the world a much brighter, safer place. And to her credit, Erin Dilly really sells this transformative mini-epiphany as Judith Jones.

Except one thing still bothers me--How can a table of contents be that good?!?

I mean seriously, Judith Jones looks at the title page, scoffs in disgust, turns to the very next page and all of a sudden, she's grinning like an idiot? I assume Julia Child has penned the most uplifting, hilarious, life-changing table of contents ever written, in order to get a seasoned vet like Judith Jones to smile like that. Which begs the question, "What the hell did she write?" How in the world did she make an incredibly boring, most skippable part of any book so great that made Ms. Jones completely re-evaluate her initial reaction of disgust in a matter of 5 seconds? I know Julia Child is good, but is she actually that good? Or is this just lazy filmmaking and a product of rushing the narrative?

I mean, "Chapter 1: Sauces" really isn't going to win anyone over.

Except maybe this guy.

Perhaps I am over-thinking this (which tends to happen when you watch the same movie every day). The simple explanation is that it was just Julia's "for the servantless American cook" line that got Judith. I mean, that would make sense. But then again, a part of me just wants to think Julia Child was capable of writing the most endearing, delightful and just flat-out best table of contents of all time.

Judith is Jonesing for some more tables of contents.

And a quick reminder: tomorrow is your last chance to vote on Final Four matchups !!! Send your ballots to lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com 

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Julie & Julia
Quote of the Day: "We'll just take the book away from Houghton Mifflin and find another publisher."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 120 - Random Cat-ctor Catday: Terry the Cat

Day 120.

Julie's Cat has been the Cinderella story of the Best Supporting Character Tournament thus far, so I'd be remiss if I didn't dedicate this post to this incredible feline in a special edition of Random Actor Tuesday--Random Cat-ctor Catday!

Me-ow.

I already wrote a post about all the instances of cat abuse in Julie & Julia (there are many) awhile back, but now I finally get to talk about the Cat-ctor (cat actor) who played Julie's Cat, Terry.

Though Terry goes uncredited for his role, he is pretty much the glue that holds the entire film together. Serving as the metaphorical child (Julia Child?) in the Powells' marriage, Terry is constantly neglected and carries the brunt of all of his parents' fighting. Terry's masterful performance makes great use of his mere seconds of screentime and instantly forces audiences to sympathize with his dire situation--after all, who would want to ever be owned by Julie Powell? In Terry, the audience has a vehicle through which they can experience the visceral pain of being around Julie 24/7. And Terry handles this difficult material like a pro.

Terry deserves a Os-cat for his role (Cat Oscar).

The real Julie Powell actually had the nerve to criticize Terry's performance in the film, saying it wasn't a realistic portrayal of her actual cat, Maxine. Well, Julie Powell, you don't know shit. Terry killed it. Just see what his co-stars Amy Adams and Chris "NMR" Messina have to say HERE.

To paraphrase:
"When he's on set, it's all about Terry — quiet for the cat!" says Amy Adams. "He has a bit of an attitude."

"He also has this thing that he likes it really cold on set," says some guy who isn't Mark Ruffalo. "But he's a great actor. He studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre."
What a fucking boss. Cat boss (cat boss > cake boss). Terry the Cat. Method Actor Cat. Random Cat-tor Catday.

I CAN HAZ BONED DUCKZZ?!?!

CATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCATCAT

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Julie & Julia
Quote of the Day: "Or if you have a pet, a cat or a dog, they love liver."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 119 - Final Four

Day 119.

Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached the Final Four (of the Julie & Julia Best Supporting Character Tournament, that is). The winners in bold.

Game 9: Simone Beck (1) vs. Chef Max Bugnard (5) - In a fairly close race, local favorite "Simca" edges out Chef Max Bugnard a.k.a. Colonel Sanders to advance to the next round. Simone Beck attributes her big win to her gameplan, as she managed to successfully neutralize the Colonel's secret blend of herbs and spices.

Simone Beck

Game 10: Dorothy McWilliams a.k.a. Julia's Sister (3) vs. Ivan Cousins (7) - In a battle of the spouses, the wife emerges victorious. Did anyone even doubt the outcome of this one? I mean, to quote the Tucc, "I can't imagine Dorothy running off with Ivan Cousins." By "running off with," he clearly means "lose to in a reader vote-based blog competition"

Dorothy McWilliams

Game 11: Julie's Cat (8) vs. Regina/Cassie (4) - I really should have seeded Julie's Cat higher. This feline has all the momentum going into the Final Four, after absolutely spattering the two-headed bitchdragon known as Regina/Cassie.

CAT

Game 7: Julie's Mom (3) vs. Ernestine (2) -In the closest matchup of this round, Ernestine pattycakes her way on through to the next round, beating the heavily favored Southern drawl of Julie's mom. Well, not actually heavily favored, since Ernie was seeded higher. Oh well. I just wish I could get a high-quality closeup screenshot of her face. Too bad this movie is super racist.

Ernestine

 And your updated bracket...

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The semi-final round match-ups will be decided on Thursday, March 31. Copy + paste the ballot below and email your picks to lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com.

JULIA CHAMPION:
Simone Beck (1) vs. Dorothy McWilliams a.k.a. Julia's Sister (3)

JULIE CHAMPION:
Julie's Cat (8) vs. Ernestine (2)

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Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "If you're looking for City Chicken, you're not going to find it under 'C."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 118 - Julie Powell is Lois Lane

Day 118.

Or rather, Amy Adams (who plays Julie in the film) was cast as Lois Lane in the new Zack Snyder Superman movie today. This is pretty big news, considering that speculation had been running wild about who would play the part up until now. I'm glad that Adams got the role and I think she'll probably do a good job with it, but I can't help but shake that awful image of Julie Powell as Lois Lane.

Ughhhh

According to E! Online, Synder released a statement saying:
“Second only to Superman himself, the question of who will play Lois Lane is arguably what fans have been most curious about. So we are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today. Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful.”
Too bad Julie Powell is none of these things. For all of our sakes, let's just hope it's Enchanted-Amy Adams or The Fighter-Amy Adams who shows up on the set of this Superman reboot and not Julie & Julia-Amy Adams. I can only imagine what would happen if the actual Julie Powell had her crack at the iconic role of Lois Lane...


Superman flies up onto a skyscraper rooftop where he finds Ju-Lois Pow-Lane chained to a large pole.

Superman: Lois! Thank God, you're alright. General Zod is going to be here in no time so...
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: I can't fucking believe you, Superman.
Superman: What?
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: Oh, don't you even try to play this game with me.
Superman: What game? I'm here to save you!
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: Oh don't you give me that "damsel-in-distress" bullshit. You know damn well that I was supposed to finish the last of the aspics today. How the hell am I supposed to make my deadline if I've been stuck up here for almost two hours!
Superman: Well, I'm sorry honey, but I was a little busy fighting off--
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: Fighting off what? Devoted blog readers? Yeah, uh, no, I don't think so. You're so self-centered sometimes! God, they're going to be so disappointed when they find out.
Superman (sarcastically): Yeah, they'll probably kill themselves or something. Take poison.
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: Like, they'd be really upset if I didn't write.
Superman (muttered under his breath): They'd also be upset if they were enslaved by General Zod.
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: What was that?!
Superman: Uhhh, nothing... I was just... saying how I should buy you a real pearl necklace sometime...
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: You're a saint.
Superman: No, actually, we've been through this a couple of times already. I am the last son of Krypton, marooned here on Earth to protect...
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: Oh stop it, sainted husband. Now get me out of here so we can go home and I can show you my new lemon zester.
Superman (with a sly grin): Does that mean what I think it means?
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: Ewww, no. Gross! I was just going to complain more about our crappy apartment and my shithead friends and how I want to be a bridesmaid in Julia Child's wedding in 1946...
Superman: On second thought, I think I'm just going to leave you here... 
Ju-Lois Pow-Lane: What? Dammit, Superman! I'm going to blog about this, you know!

Superman uses his X-ray vision to see through Ju-Lois Pow-Lane's clothes, as he frustratedly tries to masturbate over her loud, incessant whining. 

Superman: I should've married Meryl while I had the chance. 

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Reminder: Elite Eight matchups are due tomorrow! Send your ballots to lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com

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Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "It's 40 years later and no one can touch her."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 117 - Julia Childs

Day 117.

Every so often, I'll get an email or a post comment that refers to Julia Child as "Julia Childs" with an "s."

Or a tweet.

And to be honest, it's become one of my biggest pet peeves. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that it pisses me off a great deal. I dedicate 2+ hours of each day watching Julia Child (and some other lady) gallivant about on my laptop screen and you can't even bother to spell her name correctly? C'mon, guys! You know I love you, but seriously. Julia Childs?

Even NMR is pissed off.

Maybe I'm being a little too irate--I acknowledge that this is a very small gripe and I should be grateful to even have readers in the first place. But over these past 117 days, I've grown to be rather protective of this movie and its characters, as much as I hate them (everyone except Meryl). So next time you write a comment or email or tweet, just do me a favor and look it over once before you send it so you can make sure you don't look like a fool. Julia Childs. Psssfthh. I can't believe it.

Everyone knows that the plural form of 
Julia Child is Julia Children.

Too bad she can't have any.
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Julie & Julia
Quote of the Day: "Here's the big news."

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 116 - Tu Lan

Day 116.

To all those who say I never listen to my readers, I hope today's post shall prove you wrong (I don't think anyone actually says this, but I needed some kind of fictional antagonist for narrative purposes. Fuck you, nonexistent naysayers!).

Anyways, as you know, I spent the last week in San Francisco and a bunch of you emailed me some restaurant recommendations. One in particular stuck out--Tu Lan.


Apparently, Julia Child ate here all the time and this being a Julie & Julia-themed blog, I was naturally obliged to pay this place a visit. I didn't really know what to expect, especially after loyal reader M@ wrote "ignore the grease soaked walls inside and tranny hookers outside" in a comment. Then I soon realize that Tu Lan is smack dab in the middle of the San Fransicso ghetto. So I had that to look forward to.

Classy joint. Say, who is that on the menu?

But all the fears for my safety were soon quashed as I was welcomed by the smiling visage of our gal Julia. Yup, that's right--this place was so proud of Julia Child's patronage that they put her fucking face on the menu!

Which I later stole so I could take a better photo.
What a goofy illustration.

Yup, that is undoubtedly our Julia. I mean, maybe a little doubtedly. It sort of looks like her, I guess. Chopstick poses are inherently unflattering. And it does seem manipulative of the restaurant--I haven't actually read anything that said Tu Lan was Julia Child's favorite restaurant or anything. In fact, I have wonder if this place has consent from the Child estate to use her image for promotional material (it definitely does not). Also, is it weird that I'm bothered by the fact that she doesn't look much like Meryl Streep? Julia Child was a real person? What?

Hahaha, "sleazy Sixth"

I trusted the menu and got most of that shit--pork shish kebabs, rice noodles, lemon beef salad--and it was fucking delicious.

NOM NOM NOM NOM

I'm happy to say that Tu Lan lived up to the hype and I can see why Julia went there so often. Plus, I realized that she didn't have to worry about getting mugged in the ghetto because she was 8 feet tall.

That's not a chicken. That's an ostrich.

So thanks for the suggestions, readers! Feel free to tell me where to eat next! Also, Elite Eight matchups! I crave your mailz!!! lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com

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Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "And I thought, 'well what else am I going to do with the insurance money?'"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 115 - Elite Eight

Day 115.

You guys came out in droves to vote on our little Julie & Julia-themed March Madness/Best Supporting Character Bracket. And I have to admit, I am quite impressed. I always knew my readers were good--I was just kind of worried that only like 3 people would vote. And we got at least double that! (actually, way more than that even) The super exciting results follow. Winners are in bold.

Game 1: Simone Beck (1) vs. Judith Jones (8) - Simone Beck wins in a landslide. No surprises here. Just unfortunate that the tournament will no longer have Judith Jones' hilarious foodgasm face.

Simone Beck

Game 2: Madame Brassart (4) vs. Chef Max Bugnard (5) - OF COURSE Colonel Sanders wins this game. Was it even a contest? No one can defeat the Colonel's fearsome mustache. Plus, Madame Brassart is a piece of shit.

Chef Max "Colonel Sanders" Bugnard

Game 3: Dorothy McWilliams a.k.a. Julia's Sister (3) vs. Avis DeVoto (8) - Sue Sylvester doesn't know the meaning of the word "lose."

Dorothy McWilliams

Game 4: Louisette Bertholle (2) vs. Ivan Cousins (7) - Aaaaannnd our first upset, ladies and gentlemen. Louisette Bert-ass-holle chokes away another one right when it counts. She really is the ultimate flake. This one did come down to the wire though (only 1 vote!). Also, how did you guys vote for Ivan Cousins? Him? Really?

Ivan Cousins

Game 5: Sarah a.k.a. Julie's Best Friend (1) vs. Julie's Cat (8) - UPSETS UPSETS UPSETS!!! Sarah, who's pretty much the closest thing to a main character on the Julie portion of the bracket, loses by a considerable margin to a useless feline. I have a sneaking suspicion that a ton of ASPCA members must have rallied to pull off an upset of this magnitude. And who said a Julie & Julia supporting character tournament wouldn't be exciting? (oh yeah, that was me)

CAT

Game 6: Regina/Cassie (4) vs. Annabelle (5) - Two-headed bitches are better than one-headed bitches.

Regina/Cassie

Game 7: Julie's Mom (3) vs. Julie's Boss (6) - No love for Julie's Boss. He couldn't even beat a disembodied voice.

Julie's Mom

Game 8: Amanda Hesser (7) vs. Ernestine (2) - Another almost huge upset. This one was close, folks. Amanda Hesser had a late-game rally and had a commanding lead early in the fourth quarter. Ernie tied things up and finally put her shit together in OT, where she eeked out a buzzer beater over our favorite reporter from The New York Fucking Times. This tournament is getting exciting, folks.

Ernestine
And your updated bracket...


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The second round match-ups will be decided on Monday, March 28. Copy + paste the ballot below and email your picks to lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com.

JULIA GAME 9:
Simone Beck (1) vs. Chef Max Bugnard (5)

JULIA GAME 10:
Dorothy McWilliams a.k.a. Julia's Sister (3) vs. Ivan Cousins (7)

JULIE GAME 11:
Julie's Cat (8) vs. Regina/Cassie (4)

JULIE GAME 12:
Julie's Mom (3) vs. Ernestine (2)

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Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "Looks like a cupcake."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 114 - Epilogue

Day 114.

The epilogue of Julie & Julia is something that I'm always happy to see--a literal sight for sore eyes, so to speak. You know, because it indicates that my daily viewing of the worst movie ever is finally over.


It's a nice little coda to a sort of nice little film. You know, like in Animal House when you learn what happens to all of the characters... except in this case you learn that Julia and Paul are dead. Also, you learn that Julie and Eric have moved. What you don't learn? Well, for one, the small fights that Julie and Eric had in the movie were a sign of things to come a.k.a. Julie has an affair with another dude. Also, yes, Julie is a writer--her second book was all about cheating on her husband (and also, a butcher was involved or something).

And yes, the best line in the epilogue: "Her book has been made into a movie." No. fucking. shit. I think that loyal reader Kelly L. from Iowa said it best in an email she wrote to me a few days ago:
"In the end credits, when it does that 'this is what happened to the people this movie was about' bit, it was like 'Julie Powell wrote a book. It has been turned into a movie.' HI, YES, IT WAS IN FACT THE MOVIE THAT WE JUST GOT DONE WATCHING. I felt personally insulted by the makers of this movie that they had to tell me that Julie Powell wrote a book that got turned into a movie. They may as well have said "She wrote a book called 'Julie & Julia' which got turned into a movie called 'Julie & Julia' and 'hey guess what, you just saw it! Surprise twist ending!' Seriously. It was ridiculous. WE ARE NOT THAT STUPID."
I completely agree with you, Kelly. We maybe be stupid... just not that stupid. And you totally have the right to feel personally insulted by this movie. In fact, I feel that way every single day. It's like they don't even pretend to listen to all of my criticisms. They just keep feeding me the same shit over and over again. Seriously, Julie & Julia, I know that you didn't expect someone to watch you 114 times, but hey, would it kill you to try something new? Is it really so much to ask for a DVD of a movie to get better each time you watch it? I don't think so.

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And remember, be sure to send in your March Madness picks by tomorrow (Thursday) night! lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com

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Julie & Julia
Quote of the Day: "Avis' husband, Bernard DeVoto, now dead, was a wonderful, wonderful writer."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 113 - Random Actor Tuesday: Dan Aykroyd

Day 113.

Now, I know what you're thinking--Dan Aykroyd isn't in Julie & Julia! Somebody would've noticed! He has a distinctive look and noticeable mannerisms! How the hell does a ghostbuster fit in Nora Ephron-universe? And it is for these reasons that I had to double-take when I saw Mr Aykroyd's name listed on Julie & Julia's IMDB page as part of the uncredited cast, playing himself.

Uhhhwwwwhhaaaaaa?!?!?

I was bamboozled to say the least. I had seen this movie 112 times and somehow I had missed a Dan Aykroyd cameo, and one where he played himself nonetheless. If it wasn't obvious before, I love meta-shit. You know, actors playing themselves and so on and so forth... so I was pretty riled up that someone obviously had screwed up on imdb, for surely I, a self-proclaimed expert on this film could not overlook the presence of such a famous actor. But then I watched the movie again.

*FACEPALM*

OF COURSE! DUH! The Julia Child SNL Skit!!! I am truly ashamed to call myself a Julie & Julia blogger (in more than just one way). But seriously, I totally forgot that Dan Aykroyd pretty much has to carry this 2-minute scene where Julie and Eric watch his JC impression and guffaw away at his antics. It's rather obnoxious and somewhat unnecessary.

Just like these guys.

But I have to admit, the sketch is pretty funny (the first time, at least... not so much, the 113th).


It just seems like too much of a thematic coincidence that Julie and Eric would sit down and watch it for kicks or something, you know? I mean, I get that Julie is obsessed with Julia. And maybe she did have the sketch on tape or maybe she owns SNL's The Best of Dan Aykroyd on DVD. All I'm saying is that if Julie & Julia wants us to believe this is some sort of divine coincidence--that the Julia Child sketch just happens to be on TV (when it originally aired on December, 9th, 1978)--I'm not buying it. I'm pretty sure most channels don't rerun episodes of SNL's 4th season.

Also, this is a MOVIE!! Isn't something supposed to be happening?!?!? Why the fuck am I wasting time watching some married couple watching TV?!? I could do that at home!! (My dad really likes Drake & Josh)

I get that the SNL-watching leads to Julie falling asleep at the TV, which leads to her burning her boeuf bourguignon, which is some sort of major plot point, apparently. But then she just remakes the dish and everything is fine. Seriously.  
WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS MOVIE!!?!?!!

Dan Aykroyd doesn't know either.

Plus, something else that irks me--the laughs that this scene gets from audiences--they aren't Julie & Julia's laughs! They're SNL/Dan Aykroyd's! Nora Ephron is just stealing someone else's jokes and literally playing them in her own movie for comedic payoff. That'd be like if I made a movie of just me watching "Charlie Bit My Finger" and "Bed Intruder" while I laughed along with it, and I expected the audiences to just lap it up because those videos are hilarious. It's lazy filmmaking at best, but really it's blatant plagiarism and comedic theft.

Fuck you, Nora Ephron. Write your own goddamn jokes.

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Julie & Julia
Quote of the Day: "I'm Julia Child. And today we're going to make a holiday feast, or les fĂȘtes d'holiday."

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 112 - March Madness

Day 112.

While everyone in the "real world" seems to be obsessing over this NCAA tournament, I can't help but think these so-called sports competitions would be more fun and exciting if instead of pitting Division I men's basketball teams against each other, someone held a friendly competition between supporting characters in Julie & Julia. Well, I didn't really think that. But am I going to do it anyway? Hell yeah.

The LJJ Selection Committee has toiled over many, many character submissions and portfolios of work, but eventually settled on what they (I) think are the 16 best supporting characters in Julie & Julia. The characters are divided into two divisions: Julie and Julia (obviously) and the winner of each division will eventually battle it out for the right to be named The Best Supporting Character in Julie & Julia. How will we decide who wins each contest? Why, readers' votes, of course!

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Game 1: Simone Beck (1) vs. Judith Jones (8)

Julia's right-hand woman/co-author, Simone Beck
Julia's editor/publisher, Judith Jones

Game 2: Madame Brassart (4) vs. Chef Max Bugnard (5)

Madame Brassart, the closest thing to an antagonist in this movie
Chef Max "Colonel Sanders" Bugnard

Game 3: Dorothy McWilliams a.k.a. Julia's Sister (3) vs. Avis DeVoto (8)

Dorothy, Julia's fertile sister a.k.a. Sue Sylvester from Glee
Julia's best friend stateside, Avis Devoto

Game 4: Louisette Bertholle (2) vs. Ivan Cousins (7)

Julia's "co-author"/notorious flake, Louisette Bertholle
Local goofball/short guy/brother-in-law, Ivan Cousins.

Game 5: Sarah a.k.a. Julie's Best Friend (1) vs. Julie's Cat (8)

Professional hilarious facemaker, Sarah
Victim of constant animal abuse

Game 6: Regina/Cassie (4) vs. Annabelle (5)

The two-headed bitch dragon, also known as Regina/Cassie
The one-headed bitch dragon named Annabelle,
who also happens to be a journalist

Game 7: Julie's Mom (3) vs. Julie's Boss (6)

Julie's mom, everyone's favorite disembodied voice
Julie's Boss definitely has a name, I just don't know what it is

Game 8: Amanda Hesser (7) vs. Ernestine (2)

Amanda Hesser, from the New York Fucking Times
Ernie, the token black co-worker friend

The first round match-ups will be decided on Thursday, March 21. Email your picks to lawrenceandjulieandjulia@gmail.com.

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Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "Well, it's just adding pressure."