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Everybody Wants to be Us

Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago. Check out the blog for what I'm currently obsessed with in film and culture. Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Jesse Eisenberg, David Lynch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and Daniel Radcliffe are regulars here.

#Nora Ephron

"I’m saying that the right man for you might be out there right now and if you don’t grab him, someone else will.  And you’ll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that someone else is married to your husband."

-Marie (Carrie Fisher)

"When Harry Met Sally"

RIP Nora Ephron

"I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out.
I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich.
I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes.
And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night.
And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve.
I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. “

"When Harry Met Sally" 

Written by Nora Ephron

Great Quotes from Nora Ephron.  

"Beware of men who cry. It’s true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own."

"The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It’s followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again."

"You can’t retrieve you life (unless you’re on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).” ― I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections

"Reading is one of the main things I do. Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter." —I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." — ‘96 Wellesley commencement address

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Thank You Nora Ephron

Writer, director, and humorist Nora Ephron passed away last night.  It was such a shock both because of the effect her movies have had on me and knowing that she’s been writing and producing plays, including “Lucky Guy” which will star Tom Hanks next year. I love her films, especially “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally.” I find her films and her, through interviews, candid, hilarious, witty, and whip-smart. 

Here’s what Nora Ephron taught us. 

Men and Women can be friends or fall in love or BOTH

This is a classic scene, in a classic movie, written by a classy woman. Probably the greatest modern romantic comedy. [click for video]

Harry Burns: Because no man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.

Sally Albright: So, you’re saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive? 

Harry Burns: No. You pretty much want to nail ‘em too. 

Sally Albright: What if THEY don’t want to have sex with YOU? 

Harry Burns: Doesn’t matter because the sex thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story. 

Sally Albright: Well, I guess we’re not going to be friends then. 

Harry Burns: I guess not. 

Sally Albright: That’s too bad. You were the only person I knew in New York. 

Men Cry At Movies Too!

I love this scene with Victor Garber and Tom Hanks from “Sleepless” when they gab at Rita Wilson’s emotional rendering of “An Affair to Remember” with their own love for “The Dirty Dozen”  [click for video]

Meryl Streep

I haven’t seen “Heartburn,” but Meryl Streep is GLORIOUS in “Julie and Julia.”  Sometimes I wish it was just “Julia” but I appreciate Amy Adams’ contribution. Streep never imitates the iconic chef, but imbues the role and the film with her passion for food, her humor, and the love she had for her husband. 

Movies can make you do crazy, but awesome things

Annie in “Sleepless in Seattle” is a romantic, inspired by the classics like “An Affair to Remember.” I like that the film doesn’t slight her for it.  Maybe it’s improbable, but hey if you love movies, you have to believe.  [click for video]

Nice Guys Abound

In Ephron films, our heroine isn’t running after the bad boy or leaving a bad relationship for a better one. Usually there are two nice and decent guys in play.  Take “Sleepless in Seattle” where Annie is engaged to Walter.  Maybe he’s a little dull, but he’s a great guy.  His only “flaw” isn’t even his fault: extreme allergies.  The same can be said for Greg Kinnear in “You’ve Got Mail”. He’s a little obsessive, but a good catch. Tom Hanks is the ultimate nice guy, not bland or perfect.  Hanks’ characters are genuine, friendly, and caring.  He has a bit more edge in “You’ve Got Mail,” but he’s still a decent guy.  Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, and Bruno Kirby all fit this refreshing mold. 

Meg Ryan!!!

Was there anything better than Meg Ryan in the 80’s and early 90’s. No!!!  She’s luminous in Ephron’s films and that energy infuses other movies like “French Kiss” and “I.Q.” that had no connection Ephron.  You fell for her and rooted for her. 

In celebration of Women who cook and EAT

I love the scene when Paul and Julia Child discuss what she might do in Paris:

  • Paul Child: What is it you REALLY like to do? 

  • Julia Child: Eat! 

  • [Both Laugh]

  • Paul: And you’re so good at it.

  • Julia: I Know! I’m improving in front of you!

"Julie and Julia" is a visual feast where Ephron shows her love for food and affection for cooking.  It’s a sumptuous film that inspires you to get back in the kitchen and make everyday a lively eating experience. 

Live Your Passion

Whether it’s food, small book stores, or film, it’s important to indulge in what you love and share it with others.  

Thank you for this and so much more. 

Rest in Peace, Nora Ephron. 

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