Random Factoid #381

13 08 2010

There are influential movies, and then there are influential movies.

Sound like a profound observation?  It’s really not.  I just think it’s a fancier and more mysterious way of saying that there are two types of influences movies can have on us.

The more deep, lasting influences come from movies I dub “lifestyle influential.”  These movies change the way we think and the way we see the world.  These movies can be as profound as “Requiem for a Dream,” the movie that makes you never want to do drugs, or as hard-hitting as “Schindler’s List” and “Hotel Rwanda.”  On the other hand, I also place into this category movies that have a long-lasting impact on the way you do things.  So I place “Julie & Julia” here because it started me on the whole blogging journey.

Then there are the movies likely only to inspire a spontaneous change; I dub these “behavioral influential.”  The effect of seeing one of these movies is a sudden impulse to act like a character or do something they did.  “Eat Pray Love,” which I saw on Wednesday, can now officially fall into this category.  As Julia Roberts’ Liz Gilbert munches on some delicious Italian food, our mouth waters thanks to some lavish camerawork fondly known as “food porn.”  So when my family went out for dinner yesterday, I insisted on Italian food only because of seeing the movie.  I had a delicious seafood pasta that totally hit the spot.

What movies have influenced your behavior recently?

Marshall & Julie: Day 14

10 08 2010

Sorry I’ve been a little delinquent in posting this – I know you’ve all been biting your nails in anticipation!

This may be the last big post in “The Marshall & Julie Project,” but it’s certainly not the end.  Whenever I feel the time is right, I’m going to publish a post reflecting on what the project has meant for me.  Don’t hold your breath for that post; I’ll know when the time is right to revisit and reflect.

But for the time being, enjoy the post.

Day 14: “Simplicity Itself” / “Creation Itself”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 13

9 08 2010

And now I welcome you to the penultimate day of “The Marshall & Julie Project.”  Are there any twist waiting below the cut?  Am I going to pull a Christopher Nolan on you?

No, sorry if that got your hopes up at all.  Not happening.

Day 13: “Only in America” / “Only in the Blogosphere”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 12

8 08 2010

It’s the penultimate entry There’s actually more entries left in “The Marshall & Julie Project” than I thought, yet we are still nearing the end.  Are you sad it’s going to be over?  (Even if you aren’t don’t tell me that.)

I hope you enjoy today’s entry because it was certainly one of my favorites to write.That would be coming tomorrow, but I still like today’s entry.

Day 12: “Time to Move to Weehawken” / “Time to Evacuate to Oklahoma”
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Marshall & Julie: Day 11

7 08 2010

Only three entries left in “The Marshall & Julie Project,” so give it a shot and catch the fad while it’s still going on.  I know it looks long, but prove everyone who says Americans have no attention spans wrong!

As always, comments appreciated.

Day 11: “Flaming Crepes!” / “Flaming Crap!”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 10

6 08 2010

We are starting to come to the close of “The Marshall & Julie Project,” which is strange because I feel like I’ve just started.  Anyways, let me know what you’ve enjoyed (or haven’t, if you feel so inclined).  I hope that you have learned as much about me from this project as I have learned about myself.

Day 10: “Sweet Smell of Failure” / “Sweet Smell of Penny-Pinching”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 9

5 08 2010

Thanks to those (two) of you who let me know you were reading.  I did an analysis of Julie Powell’s blog, “The Julie/Julia Project” over at Anomalous Material, and I sure would appreciate if you went to check that out.  I was trying to find a place to link to the quite lengthy comment, and this seemed like a good place.

You know, where Julie and I can be servantless American bloggers.

Day 9: “The Proof Is in the Plumbing” / “The Work Is in the Homework”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 8

4 08 2010

Again, let me know you’re out there!  A comment or a read is much appreciated … I put my heart and soul into this project, and I really think you should give it a chance.  Interest seems to have slowly weaned, which really breaks my heart.  Don’t make me shame you into reading … you can’t hear the teardrops hitting my keyboard.  KIDDING!

But really, you should read this series.

Day 8: “They Shoot Lobsters, Don’t They?” /  “They Read Blogs, Don’t They?”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 7

3 08 2010

I know these posts look really bulky, but I’d sure appreciate if you put biglongtextaphobia aside and read these posts.  I really did put a lot of hard work into them, and I really do think they hold something great for everyone.  Blogging friends, consider this to be my 13-day elaboration on the Origins Project questionnaire I sent out.

As for commenting, I’d be perfectly happy if you just wrote “I read this post.”  Just to let me know.

Day 7: “The Law of Diminishing Returns” / “The Law of Double Features”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 6

2 08 2010

You’re in for a real treat today.  “Marshall and the Movies” punctuality at its finest.  Seriously.

As always, don’t be afraid to leave a comment.  I know it looks long, but trust me when I say that it is full of humor and entertainment.  All sarcasm aside, for real!

Day 6: “Disaster/Dinner Party, Dinner Party/Disaster: A Study in Duality” / “Disaster/Movie, No Such Thing As a Movie/Disaster”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 4

31 07 2010

Another reminder (mainly so the “Marshall and Julie” graphic will fit nicely into the post): these posts are not in real time.  They were all written at a previous date.  So there.  Now, enjoy.

Day 4: “Hacking the Marrow Out of Life” / “Hacking the Marrow Out of Movies”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 3

30 07 2010

Another reminder (mainly so the “Marshall and Julie” graphic will fit nicely into the post): these posts are not in real time.  They were all written at a previous date.  So there.  Now, enjoy.

Day 3: “You Have To Break A Few Eggs…” / “You Have To Write a Few Posts…”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 2

29 07 2010

Just another brief explanatory note that I left out in the first post: I am not writing these posts in real-time.  That is, these posts were written quite some time ago; I am not writing them day by day.  I am finished with “Julie & Julia” the book and have finished writing all the posts.

So that might clear up some illusions that you might have.

Day 2: “Joy of Cooking” / “Joy of Moviegoing”

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Marshall & Julie: Day 1

28 07 2010

Here we are, ladies and gentlemen.  The main event.  “The Marshall & Julie Project.”

I’ll only give the series a brief introduction before I just let my words speak for themselves.  There are thirteen entries with a fourteenth, a reflective piece, to air at a later date to be determined.  I’ll run one entry per day for the next thirteen days.  Since they are fairly sizable posts, I’ll put all the text after the “see more” jump in the interest of not having a mile-long front page.  The “Marshall & Julie” graphic, which I reserve the right to change very soon, and the title will run before the jump, however.

So sit back, relax, and read.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy, too.

Day 1: “The Road to Hell Is Paved With Leeks and Potatoes” / “The Road to Hell Is Paved With Horror and Romantic Comedies”

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Random Factoid #365

28 07 2010

Well, folks, Random Factoid #365 is my 666th post.  How’s that for a bad omen?

But I’m not one to be superstitious.  I am one to celebrate … umm, HOLY &*$%#!!!  How did I get here?  I can thank Julie Powell – and Julia Child as well.  So today, I decided to thank the latter for a change.

You’ll hear more about it later, but for my anniversary, I decided to make Reine de Saba, a chocolate-almond cake from the massive cooking anthology that Child authored, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  I did it mostly on my own, and I dug in.  It was quite tasty.

Julia suggested decorating the cake with almonds.  Check out my design … and careful not to drool on your keyboard.