MANGLEHORN (2014)

Manglehorn

A film by David Gordon Green

Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina

Here is a story a man who was left heartbroken by a woman and himself got lost many years ago, an eccentric locksmith despite his lack of social skills is trying to get back his life with the help of a friend.

Al Pacino delivers a terrific performance here after all he is this iconic actor (one of my favorite actor) who carries this film with Holly Hunter who delivers a wonderful performance as well. It took years for them to make a film together. For some reasons to me it is a gritty feel thought the film. Manglehorn (Al Pacino) who lacks of social still has been dump by a woman, he spent his days working as a locksmith and writing to her about his life. For years he is trying to rekindle the friendship that is deeply damage with his son. He sees his grandchild one in a while. Here is a man who is broken by love and hates himself as well as the world. He has to let go one thing in order to move on. In the meantime Dawn (Holly Hunter) a teller is trying to get his attention and wants something more. you follow Manglehorn thought out his daily routine and little miracles will present themselves in the front of him. His choice, he takes it or not. He eats at the same buffet table everyday, god I hate those buffet lunches or dinner thank got i have better food in France although in Chicago, New York, and Boston there is some good food in the US. There is some awkward moment at times but there are there for a reason. I love the fact that there is a little bee hive under the mailbox and bees are circling around his mailbox pay attention at the end of the film what he does it has a significance there.  Terrific little story here with a great cast.

Manglehorn (2014)

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JULIE & JULIA (2009)

 

A film by Nora Ephron. Cast: Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina. You have Julia child a woman who mastered the art of french cooking. She must be a blast to live with and a little bit demanding at times they say that her husband was a saint. she was always joyful. Now you Have Julie Powell Julie Powell. That’s the woman who wrote an online journal documenting her vow to cook all the way through Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 524 recipes in 365 days. She is also married to a patient man. Together, they make just about enough money to live above a pizza parlor in Queens. Meryl Streep creates an uncanny version of Julia Child, of course with an accent. She seems to have grown several inches to play the great 6’2” chef. Because of Meryl Streep’s height (5’6″) several camera/set/costume tricks had to be employed to mimic Julia Child’s height (6’2″). Countertops were lowered, Streep wore extra high heels, and forced perspective camera angles were used. Meryl Streep gained as much as 15 pounds while filming the movie. Stanley Tucci, playing her diplomat husband, stands 5’8” in real life. Julie becomes obsessed by her cooking like Julia that it dominate her married life. Julie get home around 8 PM – 9 Pm then start cooking and they eat around midnight and a lot of martinis in between. The film, directed and written by Nora Ephron (Her last film she passed away), cuts back and forth between the two women, showing how their dedication to cuisine shaped their lives and marriages. No they are not great eaters, they put food in the mouth and say MUNNN!!! that is it. That what most people do instead the should taste it slowly and use adjective to describe how food it is. Paul eats fast loves it and woof threat down as quickly as he can because he is so hungry and he has been waiting for hours. Julia Child was a rarity, an American woman studying haute cuisine at a French school for professional chefs, she has a gift for it and he a natural chef. There is humor in this film. Julie has a real job in a cubicle then goes home a cook. Julia Child really did write a cookbook that changed American culinary history. I had a good time watching this film. I am going to get a blog going about french cooking myself and more when I get some time.