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Julie & Julia
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Screenwriter/director Nora Ephron
Rating:5.0/10 (3 votes) [
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Reviewed by teal604 on July 17th, 2010
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This commentary track by Nora Ephron is very sparse. There are alot of very long silences. When she does speak, her comments are interesting, but there were so many moments in the movie that begged to be commented on...in any way. I found myself talking to the screen, and trying to coax her into telling more about the scenes.
Not entirely horrible, but frustrating. If you want to re-watch the movie at any time, and also watch the commentary sometime, just watch it with the commentary on and you will barely notice it. Two birds with one stone.
A great movie that could have had a great interesting commentary if only the director would stop just watching and talk more.
Reviewed by Agressor on June 18th, 2011
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Frustrating "commentary" track (it should have been called a silence track), way too much silence on this one and way too much insignificant comments Ephron while skipping over genuinely interesting topics like Julia Child's lack of children, it could've been nice to get an explanation as to why she is childless. Overall, I would like her to expand on the lives of the real Julie & Julia, there must've been much more to tell then what we see on screen.
She picks it up a bit in the end, noting that she's not sure about the validity of Judith Jones actually wanting to dine with Julie, and gives some detail concerning the fact that Julia hated Julies blog.
Generally she seems to spill a lot more info about Julie than Julia which is both strange and a shame since Julias story was at least as interesting as Julies and since Julie is actually still alive I would suspect her being more restricted with her data about her life. Oh well.
Favorite bit: when Ephron offers details of what Paul Child had to endure when being interrogated by the governments communism squad.
Reviewed by ipatrick on April 4th, 2015
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as an avid fan of ephron's, this commentary to her last film doesn't dissapoint. while the film is in itself devoid of any real interest for those unfamiliar with its subject matter, Ephron a journalist by trade, goes into the detail about her research and accurate portrayal of Julia Child, without need for flare or even fiction. this was her little ode to food, because she was fascinated with food, the process of making it, the concept of it. when you listen to Ephron you see how much of herself she pours on screen, that which moved Julie to cook is what moved Nora to film,.she was passionate about her subjects and knew how to tell the stories ABOUT her stories, the micro-essays that populate her work, which, when put together comprise a fundamental part of the modern american cinema.
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