Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ireland Day 7 - Flying Home

Our flight was pretty early, so we were up and out of the villa by 5am. At the airport we had one last Irish breakfast (and Brian tried an Irish coffee) before getting on the plane.

Again, I spent most of my transatlantic flight watching movies...

The Princess and the Frog
This was a pretty cute Disney movie. It's about a girl (who works as a waitress, but dreams of opening her own restaurant) who goes on an adventure with a prince (who has been turned into a frog by a voodoo guy). It's all set in New Orleans in the 1920's. It's interesting, because I think it's one of the few Disney movies set in relatively modern times. It's crazy to think that when the Disney brothers first started drawing cartoons (in 1923), all the stuff in this movie would have been very modern (or even in the future), but now the 1920's seem like fairly distant past. Overall, good songs, decent story - definitely not the best Disney film ever (Aladdin) but not bad.

Julie and Julia
This movie tells two parallel stories. One is about Julia Child learning to cook in France in the 1950s, and the other is about a woman named Julie in 2009 (or so) who decides to cook all of the recipes in Julia Child's book and then blog about it. The movie is cute - and the historic info about Julia Child is pretty interesting. I remember watching one of her cooking videos in my high school foods class.

The September Issue
This is a documentary about Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue (in America). She's one of the most well-known figures in the fashion industry (the movie 'The Devil Wears Prada' is supposedly based on her). The documentary was interesting - partly because Anna is interesting, but even more so some of the characters around her - like the style editor who started working at Vogue the same time Anna did. It's also interesting just to see and better understand the process of putting together an issue of a fashion magazine. Some of the photography shoots are very cool.

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