PICTURE OF THE WEEK EAT PRAY LOVE
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday 9th May 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
How creative are you? Here’s a special exercise for you. Get your imagination and brain working.
To someone who loves to write like me the above photograph suggests enough ideas to write a book based on the picture and the three characters in it. Does it you?
“A picture is worth a thousand words”. So, the old saying goes. To me it inspires 120,000 words.
I love pictures and I love words. I “see” what they mean about pictures though, but as a writer I find a picture inspires a thousand plus some, words too. And a word can inspires 1,000 pictures.
Take a look at the picture and consider what 1,000 words it inspires in you?
The photograph I am featuring this week is a still from The 2010 Julia Roberts film Eat Pray Love, a 2010 American biographical romantic drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert’s 2006 memoir of the same name.
Looking at the Financial figures I see it as a success Production Budget $60 million – Box office $204.6 million.
Marketers for the film created over 400 merchandising tie-ins. Products included Eat Pray Love-themed jewellery, perfume, tea, gelato machines, an oversized Indonesian bench, prayer beads, and a bamboo window shade. World Market department store opened an entire section in all of their locations devoted to merchandise tied to the movie.
But some of the negative reviews were unkind I feel. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 36% approval rating with an average rating of 5.18/10.
Negative reviews appeared in The Chicago Reader, in which Andrea Gronvall commented that the film is “ass-numbingly wrong”, and Rolling Stone, in which Peter Travers referred to watching it as “being trapped with a person of privilege who won’t stop with the whine whine whine.”
In The Huffington Post, critic Jenna Busch wrote: “Eat Pray Love is ultimately charming and inspirational. Though it doesn’t have quite the impact of the book, it will likely leave you pondering your life choices and forgiving your flaws. It will certainly have you forgiving the few flaws in the film. The performances are just too fantastic, the vistas too lovely to pay too much attention to anything else.”
In the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, journalist Curzio Maltese wrote: “How many platitudes fit in a two-hour-twenty-minutes-long movie? Several, if Eat Pray Love is anything to go by. Sure, if TV director Ryan Murphy’s directing weren’t so slow, even more would. For example, in the long part shot in Rome, the mandolin is conspicuously absent. There’s a shower of spaghetti, Italians who gesticulate all the time and shout vulgarities as they follow foreign girls around. There’s lots of pizza. But no mandolin. Why? Goes without saying that the story would’ve surprised us more if Julia had found out how well one can eat in Mumbai, how much they pray in Indonesia, and how one can fall in love even in the Grande Raccordo Anulare, possibly avoiding rush hour.”
But forget all this all I am asking is look at these three ladies in the photo, think through their characters and get them to inter relate. Can it be Ladies who Lunch during Covid-19 Restrictions? Try it, go on, you too can make a movie.
PS I am particularly interested in the critics having completed my memoirs during lockdown: Work Write Marriage Music.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN Best Travel Movies
Even though the government keep saying we may be able to do a little foreign travel. They then keep urging, nay, demanding caution. So, if we want to do some foreign travel a good substitute is through Movies and documentary film. Here are 10 movies to keep your wanderlust partially satisfied.
- Wild (2014) Location: Gold Coast, Southern California
- Call Me By Your Name (2017) Location: Crema, Italy
- Roma (2018) Location: Mexico City, Mexico
- Eat Pray Love (2010) Location: Bail, India, Italy
- Wuthering Heights (2011) Location: North Yorkshire Moors
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) Location: Rajasthan, India
- Roman Holiday (1953) Location: Rome, Italy
- A Walk In the Woods (2015) Location: Appalachian Trail, US
- In Bruges (2008) Location: Bruges, Belgium
- Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019) Location: Hollywood, Los Angles
SPECIAL DAYS CELEBRATED ON
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is…a good travel movie.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
The other day I sent my girlfriend a huge pile of snow. I rang her up, I said, “Do you get my drift”?
Love is…a love letter straight from the heart.
A time to watch Eat Pray Love (2010)…A time to watch In Bruges (2008).
1816 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes the Gothic novel “Glenarvon”, a thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron which also depicts her husband William Lamb.
1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen.
1958 “Vertigo”, American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released.
LITTLE NUMBERS: SOME HORRBLE SOME NICE
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