TGIF, ladies! It’s been a long week and you deserve to treat yourself. This weekend, the perfect treats are the openings of “Paper Heart” and “Julie and Julia”! I’m not sure how Julia Child felt about popcorn, but I know she’s down with butter, so go for it. Oh, yeah, and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is opening, too, but the only draw for that one is the rise of evil Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gotta love good boys gone bad!
The Movie: “Paper Heart”
The Trailer: Charlyne Yi doesn’t believe in love and so she travels around America interviewing real people, trying to find out what the big deal is. Then, in walks Michael Cera who develops real-life feelings for Charlyne. Their budding romance is captured on film by the documentary crew, who are actually actors. It’s not really clear how much of the movie is documentary and how much is scripted. As Entertainment Weekly says, “The movie’s hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another—an arresting notion of the heart that’s much more than paper-deep.” [EW]
The Hitch: So, so excited. Not just for the hipster love connection, or for the spillover cast from “Knocked Up,” but also for the Applebee’s and hot wings girl. I have a feeling that I have much to learn from her.
The Movie: “Julie and Julia”
The Trailer: A movie based on a book about two women’s lives, “Julie and Julia” was inspired by Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name. Julie (Amy Adams) needs inspiration and decides to recreate all 524 recipes from Julia Child‘s Mastering the Art of French Cooking for a blog. Her story runs parallel to Julia Child’s (played by Meryl Streep), based on her posthumously-released autobiography. And though both characters have refreshingly healthy marriages, this is not a romantic comedy, which is pretty new for director Nora Ephron.
The Hitch: Finally! So excited for this movie! Meryl Streep is perfect as Julia Child. And you have to love movies about bloggers … especially when there’s a year-long menu of amazing food involved. Both women took private cooking lessons before the movie started filming and of the foodie experience Amy Adams says, ”Ooooh, butter! I didn’t eat nearly enough butter before this movie!” [EW]
The Movie: “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
The Trailer: Apparently, the movie isn’t based on the animated series, but instead on the comic books which came out in 1982. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (of “Transformers” fame) wants to stress that it’s not about American foreign policy. “It’s about a team of skilled operatives fighting an evil organization that’s trying to take over the world. There are no politics in it at all.” Huh. OK. There is also no character named Joe in the movie, as the name was the 1940s military version of John Doe. The good guys consist of Duke (Channing Tatum), Hawk (Dennis Quaid), and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) while the bad guys are Baroness (Sienna Miller) and Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
The Hitch: I was going to write this one off as another macho explosive movie. Actually, I’m still going to do that. But my curiosity was peaked when I heard Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing the masked villain, because that could be amazing. Paramount didn’t let any reviewers catch the movie before it came out, but word of mouth so far is good.