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The Ramen Girl, reviewed

15 Aug

For all you foodie movie goers who rushed to go see Julie&Julia last Friday, I’ve got a good suggestion for you if you’re not ‘foodied-out’.

About two months ago – and I can’t believe it’s already been two months; time sure does fly! – I received a copy of a Japanese film staring Brittany Murphy called The Ramen Girl.

It’s about a carefree American girl Abby (Brittany Murphy) who travels to Japan to move in with her boy friend only for him to leave her after a month as he goes on to pursue ‘better’ things. (He does claim that he did not ask her move to Japan and that she just moved over without any warning).

Feeling hopeless and deceived on a rainy night, she wanders into a nearby ramen shop owned by Maezumi, the ramen chef, and his wife Reiko. Tears streaming down her face, mascara running wild, the wife offers her a free bowl of ramen to calm her nerves. That magical night, that one bowl of ramen changes everything for Abby. Eyes wide open and stomach full, Abby thanks the couple and returns to her apartment a few houses away. From that fateful moment onward, Abby decides to quit her boring English translator job at a Japanese company in order to train as a ramen chef.

It takes more than a wish and a meager interest for Abby to stay dedicated to learning ramen when Maezumi demands that she first clean from early dawn and waitress from midday to late night before she even touch the ramen. Not wanting to give up on yet another thing in life, Abby tries to do everything just that way Maezumi demands, but with the language barrior between the two and two broken hearts, the movie proves to be an interesting, heart-breaking and heart-warming flick.

For more information on the movie, actors, or director go here.

This movie is about ramen, a Japanese staple if you will. It’s a brilliant movie to sit at home and watch. It has good laughs and light-hearted comedy. For sure, some appreciation for the Japanese will evolve, I guarantee you. :)

You can probably rent it at your local Blockbusters (do people still use this?) or Netflix (not sure if they carry it, but worth the try). I know that the $1 movie rentals from Redbox does not, so you’re out of luck there. But if you’re really lazy,  then you can watch the entire movie online on youtube.

The Ramen Girl Movie (Full) on Youtube: Here

The Ramen Girl (starring Brittany Murphy) Trailer

The Real Julie Powell

11 Aug

The Real Julie Powell

If you’ve seen the movie or are planning to see the movie, then you’re probably wondering who the real Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) is. Did her blog really exist? Did she really gain many followers? And did her blog “The Julie/Julia Project” actually become the top blog on salon.com? The answer to that is: Yes, she did.

Julie Powell’s old blog “Julie/Julia Project”: http://blogs.salon.com/0001399/

There aren’t many posts in the blog because I’m guessing that she deleted them or made them private, but if you want to know about her past adventures, then you can buy her book and/or see the movie.

However, once you read the book and/or see the movie, then you’ll love reading her new blog. (Yup! Once a blogger, always a blogger). Instead of using Salon.com, Julie Powell uses Blogger.com. (I just switched from Blogger and must say that I liked my move. WordPress had more oranization with the tags and categories, something that’s good for my pictures and recipes. But anyways,), she calls her blog “What Could Happen?” And truly, anything could happen right now. From a small blog to a book and now a movie, Julie Powell is in a good part of her life right now.

Julie Powell’s New Blog: What Could Happen? (Opens in a new window)

Julie Powell’s Personality

Julie said in an interview that Amy Adams is a ‘nicer’ version of her. She also mentioned that she does drop swear words every now and then in her book and blog.

Interviews & and the Like

Powell’s Book INC Interview w/ Julie Powell

USA Today’s Interview w/ Powell

MSN’s Interview w/Powell

The Real Julie Powell! (Video Interview by Associated Press)
Author Julie Powell chats with Bill and Lori about what it’s like to have someone play your life in a major motion picture! Her novel Julie & Julia was recently made into a movie that is comming out this August!
http://www.associatedcontent.comvideo/403651/the_real_julie_powell.html

Julie&Julia, reviewed

8 Aug

My Pre-Julie&Julia Adventure

As a student, I know that choosing my major will affect my future. What I’m choosing to study now will affect me later in the long run. Some people major in something that makes money so that they can live a comfortable life and maybe support their future children/family. But 6 years down the road after the awaited graduation day, the same person is sitting at a boring desk job making good pay, but completely unsatisfied with his/her life. I do not want to be that person. Yet, if it were all much easier to do my passion (baking) and make money then I’d be set for life. Nevertheless, I can keep up my passion for now. I still have time to change my mind if I want to…

Anyway, being an ambitious young baker, I couldn’t wait to see Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell. I dashed over to my neighborhood movie theater to catch the 7pm showing. I bought my ticket, a box of chocolate covered almonds (my lame attempt at trying to eat healthy) and Nestle Raisinets (a personal favorite). I then proceeded into the actual theater room, which lucky for me was the good one with good seats. Finding a seat is always a task: I tried a bunch of seats with the best possible view. Finally settling on a seat in the center, two rows from the back, about 10 rows from the back including the upper balcony, I started munching on my almonds. I tried prepping in my head of all the possible questions that the manager might ask for the contest.

“A contest?” you might be asking. “In a movie theater?” Yup, in the old, little, independent movie theaters they try to keep their customers coming. The contest is basically trivia questions on the actors’/actress’s past cinema history. Now, I felt pretty smart because I knew that one of the possible questions would most likely be “What previous movie did Meryl Streep and Amy Adams star in together?” And I know the answer to that one because I watched the movie, which is – if you don’t know – Doubt. It was about a suspicious nun (Meryl Streep) and a new nun (Adams) accusing a local 1920s (?) priest of having an intimate relationship with a child at school. So, I knew that answer and I was dying to answer the question because I really wanted the Julie & Julia movie poster, the big one that they advertise in the movie theaters. People filled the theater as I busily munched on the almonds and oranges I brought in. I was ready.

The time came for the manager to come in front of the screen to ask his questions.

He started talking but before he even finished his question I knew that I knew the answer. I wanted to shoot my hand up, finish the question for him, and then answer it.

But I didn’t. I waited paitently for him to finish and when he did not a hand was raised. I wanted to raise my hand and answer, but a sudden wave of doubt flooded over me. “Was I right? Was I? Or was I just hearing him wrong and just imagining my question coming out of his mouth?”

That 1/2 a second I paused gave way to everybody’s hand going up. The manager chose some lady near the front and she won the Julie & Julia apron. The next question was about Meryl Streep, whom I knew nothing about, and even if I did, I was in complete shock that I couldn’t have answered anyway.

I was slightly crushed and wished I could yell at myself. “Stupid girl…stupid girl…” was running through my mind.

But soon, the movie started and I soon forgot it especially since after the movie, the theater was giving away free bookmarks and small posters about 8 in by 4 in. I was a happy camper afterwards. :)

So, I can’t imagine who would have read that boring long story about how I did something stupid, but hey, I like typing and if you like reading, then we’re a match made in heaven.

Julie & Julia, reviewed

I found the movie heartwarming and delightful in every way.  Meryl Streep does a charming job of emulating the real Julia Child. Her accent and jolly character are perfect though half-way through the movie it can get a tiny, tiny, tiny bit annoying. Her acting was that good. The storyline was easy to follow though a bit long. The actors were well chosen. (In fact, if you’ve seen The Devil Wears Prada, Streep was the big fashion editor and her assistant was Stanely Tucci who plays Paul Child in Julie & Julia). Amy Adams has a great chemistry with Chris Messina, who plays Eric Powell.

The movie is about the parallels between Julie Powell’s (Adams) life and Julia Child’s (Streep) life. Powell claims in the movie, “She [Child] saved me. When I was drowning, she saved me.” Powell, a government secretary like Child, finds her boring life transformed when her husband suggests that she blog about her passion for cooking. To break the monotony of her humdrum life, Powell does just that and decides to cook through Julia Child’s cookbook with 524 recipes in 365 days keeping track on her blog. The end result is something you’ll have to watch the movie for.

You’ll have some laughs and some encouragement for any bloggers or inspiring chefs. But even if you aren’t a blogger or a chef, you’ll still enjoy this light-hearted movie.

It’s worth the time, money, and effort to head to the movie theaters to see it now!

Here’s a picture comparing the real Julie Powell to Amy Adams and the real Julia Child to Meryl Streep…