Films can be a window into cultures and trends or sometimes they are just there for entertainment. My love for films is deep rooted and I have admired the art form since an early age. Here I review some of the films that I have had the pleasure (or not) of watching over the years.
Super Size Me – Super Size Me is a documentary that works both as a cautionary tale against eating too much “junk” food and simultaneously provides the perfect form of infotainment (Information + Entertainment) to keep the audiences interested.
Birders: The Central Park Effect – Central Park and its iconic location adds a dreamy hope to the reality of the busy city, one of being close to nature. However, what most visitors and possibly locals miss out on are the non-human living residents and travelers of this city.
Village at the End of the World – This feature documentary, by director Sarah Gavron, follows the trial and tribulations of the Inuit community that calls the village of Niaqornat their home.
Burnt – Burnt is like a piece of toast that’s been in the toaster, heating up, for too long. There are initial warnings, that burning smell – weirdly enough I like this smell – which is a movie goer’s intuition speaking, thinking, if this is another one of those clichéd films.
Red Obsession – Narrated by Russell Crowe, and I hope he managed to get lots of cases of wine as part of his deal, Red Obsession looks at the art and economics of wine growing, focusing primarily on the Bordeaux region, which is the grand-daddy of all wine regions.
The Ramen Girl – The Ramen Girl proves to be an average affair with relatively poor performances by most of the American actors and some brilliant performances by their Japanese counterparts. Take away the excessive almost superficial breakdown of Abby, add on a bit more flavour with food, and a hint of non-clichéd humor, and this could have been a wonderful little film.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Jiro Dreams of Sushi has to be the most hunger inducing well-rounded documentary I’ve ever seen. Not only is it mouth-wateringly beautiful to watch, but special credit goes to the director, David Gelb, who approaches the subject in totality, by not only focusing the documentary on Jiro Ono, but also on everything and everyone that has had an influence on him and on those that he in return influences.