‘Julie & Julia’

The film ‘Julie & Julia’ tells the story of both Julia Childs and how she became Julia Childs and the story of Julie Powell, an everyday young woman, working her “fabulous” 8 to 5 job while secretly envisioning her life as a writer and little does she know, an amateur cook as well!

Following both ladies on their journeys to fulfill their dreams is both fun and motivating to the audience to go out there and just do it. The duo, show us that with a dash of drive and a pinch optimism, anyone can achieve their dreams. This is a great movie and I can never get enough of it. I catch myself popping in the DVD at least once a week.

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Chocolat

Could it be that with with a few chocolate recipes, one woman and her sweet shop could change a small French village? Yes. In the movie ‘Chocolat’ starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and the ever-so-talented, Johnny Depp, we are introduced to a village occupied by a handful of people who live their lives according to religion and only religion. They are set in their ways and will be damned if anyone goes against their beliefs. Until one foggy day, Vianne and her daughter Anouk, move into town and the village air is suddenly filled with the sweet smell of chocolate upon the opening of their sweet shop selling Mayan chocolate.

Not exactly welcomed with open arms from the townspeople, rumors begin to spread rapidly about the shop owner, with the hopes that she will go out of business by Easter. With a dash of dreaming and a pinch of kindness, Vianne’s chocolate recipes begin changing the lives of the locals for the better and soon, the village is celebrating her move to their small village. Great movie!