The Videogum Movie Club: Julie & Julia Vs. G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

As I mentioned on Friday, I was not able to go to the movies this weekend. You know how it gets. It’s life, jump into life. I know some people who went to the movies, though. Rich FourFour went to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He had this to say:

A child playing with action figures would have been more convincingly lifelike.

Yoikes! And I know for a fact that Rich was really looking forward to that movie (for some reason)! Oh well. I’m going to go out on a limb here and ruffle some feathers by saying: it does not surprise me that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra might be a really bad movie! I haven’t seen it, though. Maybe it’s amazing and Rich should shut up. It’s the number one movie in the country (and the fourth biggest August opening in history, which people keep citing as an interesting fact, when in reality I don’t think it’s very interesting at all. That seems like a meaningless statistic to say the least!), which is almost always a sign of true quality. Isn’t that right, Oscar winner Beverly Hills Chihuahua?

Meanwhile, here is a compelling observation about Julie & Julia from the Awl:

One of the nice gifts of the movie is that it reminds us that it took the better part of a decade for Julia Child to ponderously work out her cookbook. That she worked in a weird isolation from the means of distribution–who would publish her cookbook? She had no idea! Who these days spends a decade making something new and crazy that might never see the light of day? What a turn-off. What a pain.

True! And the part in the trailer for Julie & Julia where the one lady goes “Showtime bought my blog for a mini-series” makes me laugh. OUT LOUD. Seriously. Was the whole movie that funny? You know how Hollywood is always putting the best jokes in the trailer. Does Julie Powell pull a gun out of her purse and shoot that woman in the face? NO SPOILERS.

So, you guys? What did you think? Hopefully you all saw both movies so that you can really dig deep with some comparative analysis. Both of them had scenes in Paris! Incredible!