Most of us girls have a stash of DVDs of Nora Ephron movies.
When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail - I could probably quote the entire dialogue in these movies along with each character.
Then there's my favorite - Julie & Julia. Its depiction of Julia Child and the writer who cooked her way through Julia's classic cookbook is always guaranteed to send me straight to the kitchen to try to whip up something adventurous for dinner.
As an essayist and screenwriter, Nora (I like to imagine we were on a first name basis) - probably helped shape my view of New York City more than any other filmmaker, with the possible exception of Woody Allen.
Everything Is Copy, a new HBO documentary, is a fascinating look at a writer who lived much of her life in public, revealing so much of herself - insecurities and all - through her writing. Nora died in 2012, and had said that she modeled much of the classic "Sally" character on herself.
The film was written and directed by Jacob Bernstein, a New York Times reporter - and her son with a famous Washington Post reporter you might have heard of.
This quote from one of her essays pretty much sums up my expectations and experiences with the city:
"I'd known since I was five…that I was going to live in New York… I thought it was going to be the most exciting, magical, fraught-with-possibility place that you could ever live in; a place where if you really wanted something, you might be able to get it; a place where I'd be surrounded by people I was dying to be with. And I turned out to be right."
Of course, her movies are filled with classic quotes - like the one at the top of this post. What is your favorite?