READING & WATCHING FOOD STORIES BEFORE FINISH OF FIRST DRAFT

Watched Heartburn (1986) last night for research. Written by Nora Ephron (who wrote the recipe-memoir-book, as well as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle), directed by Mike Nichols, has Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in, Carly Simon did the score, Kevin Spacey is on screen for three minutes, Jeff Bridges has a bit part.

The best part is that it is so 80s i felt like I was six years old, watching “the adults”. The clothes are fan-fn-tastic (esp the wedding scenes), with really good lines and fabric textures that I haven’t seen in years. NY is a mess. The recipes are hilarious: pork chops and mustard cream, key lime pie, clams in white wine (which is probably clams vignolle). Tres 80s.

Was also watching it to see the detail depth of the memoir: ‘the breakup of Ephron’s marriage to Carl “All the President’s Men” Bernstein.’

ABOUT AN EDIT

I love timing in movies: gentle pauses. I consider it the real stuff that happens when you are living in the day of the world. Watch a recent movie and see if you can count to two inbtw a scene change or a cut. Mostly you can’t.

DEVIATION FROM FOOD

Having said that actually - have you seen The Beginners. What a fantastic script. And the same director. Also watched Moonrise Kingdom (albeit on the plane). Am a huge anti-fan of anything cool or contrived, but I do like me a bit of Wes Anderson. Which is about as cool and contrived as you can get. And yes, it is that. The space in this movie is indulgent and unnecessary even though the art direction is great.

A SONG FROM HEARTBURN, THE MOVIE

Incidentally,recently, one day in Mexico, when the sun had become too much and cable beckoned, I watched Postcards from the Edge. That’s Meryl Streep doing Carrie Fisher, w a soundtrack by Carly. Also a Mike Nichols flick. If I could change the title of this post I suppose it would be called Mike Nichols.

Right. Take it away, Carly.