A week ago, college student and blogger Lawrence Dai started the The Lawrence/Julie & Julia Project. He plans to watch Nora Ephron's 2009 culinary comedy-drama Julie & Julia every day for a year and blog about the experience. Or as he describes it, "365 days. 365 viewings of Julie & Julia. One boy and his Netflix Instant account."
Riffing on the original Julie/Julia Project — in which Julie Powell cooked her way through all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking over the course of a year and got herself a book and movie deal — Dai's got his work cut out for him. Will he get a book deal, too?
If he keeps it up for a year, it very well could be a chronicle of his slow descent into madness. While the rules are simple: "I will watch the comedy-drama Julie & Julia every day for a exactly one year--from the opening title sequence until the very last credits roll," the film clocks in at 2 hours, 2 minutes and 33 seconds. He recognizes that, if successful, he will have watched "745.5125 hours of Julie & Julia, or rather, a little over 31 days of nothing but this movie."
So after eight days in, how's he doing? Other than having "to cut down the hours I spend playing scrabble on facebook," so far so good? He's discovered that one of the random actors in the film played an openly homosexual neurosurgeon on As The World Turns, he compared Julie Powell to New York Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez ("While Sanchez serves as the NFL's fresh-faced Hispanic golden boy, Powell is a representative of poor, disenfranchised bloggers everywhere."), and did a "by the numbers" approach (example: "Meryl Streep sex scenes: 3, Amy Adams sex scenes: 1, Graphic Meryl Streep sex scenes: 0, Graphic Amy Adams sex scenes: 0").
Best of luck Lawrence Dai, you're gonna need it.