I saw a movie with the family last night -it featured two of my favorites -Ramen and Brittany Murphy. Ramen is not just the dried cup noodles which are taste like hot water poured on nacho chips. It is an art form and the Japanese rightly elevate it to something akin to martial arts and artisanal cheese making. The secret recipes are closely held family jewels and Brittany Murphy shows up asking for them. She is largely overlooked currently, but I think she is one of the most important actresses of our times and would like to see more of her in cinema. Clearly, the director didn’t know how to use her potent dramatic range, but she gave it all she could. I give the ramen 4 stars out of 5, Brittany 3, and the movie a solid 3 stars.