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Anthony Bourdain Always Said He Wanted Sushi for His Last Meal

Anthony Bourdain Always Said He Wanted Sushi for His Last Meal
We don’t know what Anthony Bourdain ate for his last meal, and today isn’t the day to ask. But we hope it was sushi. Because in interviews over the years, Bourdain was often asked what he would want for this last meal, and he always had the same answer.

When we were lucky enough to interview him in 2013, we didn’t raise the subject of last meals. But he brought it up himself.

“If I knew I was going to die tomorrow morning I’d probably be eating some really high-end sushi tonight,” he said.

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Bourdain had a more specific answer in 2016, when he wrote a feature for the Guardian newspaper.

“Ideally, my last meal would be at Sukiyabashi Jiro, a tiny sushi bar below street level in Tokyo. It serves some
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‘The Other Side of Hope’ Trailer: Aki Kaurismaki’s Silver Bear-Winning Deadpan Comedy Explores Refugee Crisis — Watch

‘The Other Side of Hope’ Trailer: Aki Kaurismaki’s Silver Bear-Winning Deadpan Comedy Explores Refugee Crisis — Watch
Lauded Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki has developed something of a knack for taking timely, seemingly wrenching stories of human drama and turning them into timely, weirdly hilarious stories of human drama. His latest, the Berlinale premiere “The Other Side of Hope” — which earned him the Silver Bear for best director at this year’s festival — continues that same unique concept while also shining a bright light on the Syrian refugee crisis.

The film follows the unexpected friendship between asylum seeker Khaled (Sherwan Haji) and beleaguered traveling salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) as the pair come to find each other in Helsinki, two defeated men from very different places who are each struggling to fit into a new world.

Read More:‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Review: Aki Kaurismäki Returns With Another Deadpan Delight — Berlinale 2017

Per the film’s official synopsis, “with hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one liners [the film]…weaves together Kaurismäki’s
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‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Review: Aki Kaurismäki Returns With Another Deadpan Delight — Berlinale 2017

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‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Review: Aki Kaurismäki Returns With Another Deadpan Delight — Berlinale 2017
Like Roger Federer’s forehand or Jiro Ono’s sushi, Aki Kaurismäki’s deadpan is one of those beautiful things that’s been refined beyond all reason over years of intense practice, eventually approaching a perfection that makes it easy to predict but impossible to deny.

Consider one early bit of business in the Finnish filmmaker’s latest fable, a wordless sequence in which a middle-aged man named Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife (Kaija Pakarinen). It’s the dead of night. The man is wearing a suit and looking at his reflection in the bedroom mirror; his wife is pouring herself a drink at the tiny table in the corner of their kitchen. A fat cactus sits next to her booze. Wikström saunters over, places his wedding band and apartment keys on the table, and walks out the door. His wife lights another cigarette, picks up the ring, and stubs it into the ashtray.
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‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Trailer: Netflix Doc Series Returns With New Season On French Cuisine

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‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Trailer: Netflix Doc Series Returns With New Season On French Cuisine
In 2011, David Gelb released a documentary film entitled “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” which follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. Located in a Tokyo subway station, Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant and Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses. The film received widespread critical acclaim and enraptured foodies and cinephiles alike. As a follow-up to “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” Gelb created the Netflix documentary series “Chef’s Table,” with each episode profiling a single world-renowned chef. The first season covered chefs from the United States, Italy, Argentina, Australia, and Sweden; the second season traveled to Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, and Thailand. Now, the upcoming third season will profile all French chefs. Watch the trailer below.

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‘Chef’s Table’ Emmys 2016: How One Chef’s Ruined Palate Inspired Duncan Thum’s Luscious Score

‘Chef’s Table’ Emmys 2016: How One Chef’s Ruined Palate Inspired Duncan Thum’s Luscious Score
A chef’s worst nightmare came true, and not only did composer Duncan Thum set that to music, it earned him his second Emmy nomination, for Original Dramatic Score for Netflix’s “Chef’s Table.”

The story of Chef Grant Achatz, the Chicago wunderkind who is one of the leaders in progressive cuisine, is almost unbelievable in its irony: the chef lost his ability to taste food while undergoing treatment for cancer. That’s not the end of his narrative, but it is part of the reason why Thum settled on Achatz’s episode as the standout for Emmy submission, even though he had scored all six episodes of the series’ second season.

Read More: ‘Chef’s Table’: The Directors’ Secret Recipe for the Best Food Show on TV

“There’s something special about Grant’s story that I just personally related to, because my sister also struggled with cancer,
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Top 50 modern movie documentaries




50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...

Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.

I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.

50. McConkey (2013)

d. Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff

Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full.
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Anthony Bourdain's Back with a Doc Collection for SundanceNow Doc Club

Anthony Bourdain's Back with a Doc Collection for SundanceNow Doc Club
SundanceNow Doc Club, the ad-free boutique Svod service dedicated to documentaries, persuaded world traveller foodie Anthony Bourdain, whose Emmy and Peabody-winning "Parts Unknown" returns for its 6th season on Sunday September 27, to guest-curate "The Anthony Bourdain Collection." The collection is available to stream now at DocClub.com. The new season launches with Cuba on the verge of change, and moves on to Marseille, Okinawa, Ethiopia, Bay Area of California,  Borneo, Istanbul, and Charleston, S.C. Read More: Why Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Is So Good The eight films in the Bourdain collection are below: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (2011) Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a quiet yet enthralling documentary from David Gelb that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste
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Tribeca Diary, Day One: Starving the Irish and Taking Molly with the Democrats

The Tribeca Film Festival began on Wednesday night with the premiere of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live. Although your humble film critic was unable to see that film, the festival will offer more than a hundred movies of various flavors from April 15-26, and in this critic’s opinion, the lineup in 2015 is stronger than any in the last five years. Starting today, this is your place to find a brief run-down of the films that played the festival the day before, either in public screenings or in pre-festival press screenings.

Although it may not sound as entertaining as an oral history of America’s leading sketch-comedy program, Democrats comes surprisingly close. Documentarian Camilla Nielsson was given unprecedented access to two of the framers of a democratic constitution in the country of Zimbabwe: one man representing the government of dictatorial president Robert Mugabe,
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The Top 25 Oscar Documentary Snubs of the Past 30 Years

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In light of these best documentary feature snubs,
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Netflix's first original docu-series will be food porn

Netflix's first original docu-series will be food porn
Netflix’s first original documentary series will surely make you hungry. The network has ordered Chef’s Table, a six-part series about—what else?—chefs from David Gelb, who knows something about culinary entertainment. Gelb directed the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi about the man hailed as the world’s best sushi chef, Jiro Ono, and his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. Gelb, who is among the executive producers of the series, will direct along with Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn, and Clay Jeter.

The six chefs set to be featured in the series hail from various locales around the world, and include
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From “Fluffer” to “Duck Dynasty” and “Hollywood Game Night” Returns for Christmas


For better or for worse, there’s a lot of Duck Dynasty news. First off, after pulling its Phil Robertson merchandise, Cracker Barrel put the items back on the shelf after being on the receiving end of outrage from Duck Dynasty fans. If you were thinking of getting a meal at Cracker Barrel as a thank you for taking action, you can cancel that gesture.

Speaking of the outrage, A&E increased the security at its New York headquarters after receiving death threats and “suspicious packages” from angry fans.

Adding a bit of irony, some people pointed out that the creator of Duck Dynasty, Scott Gurney, starred in The Fluffer, which is a movie Phil Robertson wouldn’t approve. (And yes, you can find screen caps of Gurney’s nude scenes with a bit of searching.)

The suspension of Phil Robertson doesn’t mean A&E will be editing
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DVD Review: 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

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★★★★☆ Hoping to capitalise on the UK's ongoing love affair with Japanese cuisine, David Gelb's quiet, yet engrossing debut documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) - out now on DVD courtesy of Soda Pictures - goes a long way towards clarifying just why this distinctive culinary process has become such a worldwide sensation. Using 85-year-old, triple Michelin-starred chef Jiro Ono as his focal point, Gelb delves deep into the philosophy and tradition intrinsic to Japan's booming sushi trade, from Tokyo's bustling fish markets to Ono's 10-seat restaurant, hidden beneath a Tokyo subway station, yet also the proud owner of an eight-month waiting list.

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Some of the year's best documentaries

Here is a collection of a dozen of the best documentaries I saw in 2012. It's not a "best of the year" list. Just some good memories of these films.

I will not burden you again with another complaint about lists. More than ever, I despise them because they shift focus away from a film and toward a list. When I recently caught up with "Django Unchained," for example, I gave it four stars. The comments section was overrun with readers asking if that meant it was now on my Top Ten list. One reader insisted on knowing which title it replaced. Although the piece was some 2,000 words long, another reader insisted he still wanted to see "my official review."

All I can do with any film is tell you that I've seen it, and what I thought about it. If it sounds interesting to you, it might be worth seeking out.
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi: watch the film and leave a question for the director

Watch the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi and read the director on how one taste of Jiro Ono's fabled sushi was enough to convince him the Tokyo chef deserved a documentary all his own.

Gelb will be answering your questions on Monday 14 January – post them in the comments below

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My frequent family trips to Japan while growing up ultimately led to my fascination and admiration for the art of making sushi. After college, I saw BBC's Planet Earth, and immediately thought it would be great if someone made a movie like that about the world's best sushi chef. I have always felt that sushi is the most visually creative food, and a sushi chef the ultimate showman. So I embarked on a tour of Tokyo's greatest sushi restaurants with renowned critic Masuhiro Yamamoto and discovered the famed restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro.
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Jiro: Dreams of Sushi

David Gelb's mouth-watering documentary takes us downstairs at a Tokyo metro station, where 85-year-old masterchef Jiro Ono is quietly devoting his life to sushi perfection

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One of the best lines in Jiro Dreams of Sushi could have come straight out of another great Japanese film – Tampopo, the brilliant "noodle western" that is the funniest film ever made about food. Where Tampopo was a satirical paean to ramen, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a fascinating documentary about a Michelin three-star restaurant in Tokyo, called Jiro, which serves top-quality sushi – and only top-quality sushi – starting at 30,000 yen (£210) for a 20-piece tasting course. A food critic quips that, because the meal can be eaten in only a quarter of an hour, Jiro is
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Film Review: 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

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★★★★☆ David Gelb's study of one of the greatest living sushi shokunin, Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012), may appear like an unnecessary documentary to appear amongst the winter schedule. However, behind this elegantly composed study of Japanese culinary culture lies a heartwarming tale of empathy and a serene meditation on contemporary values. At 85 years old, Jiro Ono is as sprightly an octogenarian as you're ever likely to meet - not that his sobering attitude whilst working would lead you to such a conclusion. He's worked as a sushi chef for over 70 years,wholeheartedly believing that the secret to a blissful life is dedicating yourself to mastering your art.

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Julian Roman's Top 10 Movies of 2012

Julian Roman's Top 10 Movies of 2012
Putting together this year's best of 2012 list is akin to the buffet at my favorite barbeque restaurant. There's so many good choices, it's pretty difficult to know what to pick. 2012 was an excellent year in cinema. From Sundance in January to the slew of awards contenders in December, there was a tremendous variety of great films across every genre. Whittling down to the ten best movies was as tough a process as I've ever had writing this article. I chose my top 10 with the ideal of repeated viewing in mind. What films would stand the test of time? What films would I watch a second time if it were 3Am and I came across them on late night TV? Much like the buffet analogy, what would make me fill up my plate again and again. As we review the choices, let's start off with the films that didn't make the cut.
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A Compelling Human Story Unfolds as "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

Jiro Ono may dream of sushi, but in his lifetime, the 85-year-old proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, arguably the most acclaimed sushi restaurant in the world, has achieved dreamlike perfection. Jiro radiates steely resolve if not outright confidence and as his work ethic is profiled in director David Gelb’s lyrical documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, it’s not inappropriate to share the filmmaker’s enthusiasm while salivating at the sushi Jiro serves up in adoring high-speed slow-motion close-ups. The lone negative Rotten Tomatoes review (from the Times, no less) derides the film as insubstantial hagiography, something this writer finds disagreeable given the soft shoe but still considerable narrative Gelb builds while exploring Jiro’s giant shadow cast across the lives of his two sons, the first-born Yoshikazu and the younger Takashi.

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DVD Review: Craft, Dedication Proven in ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’

Chicago – David Gelb’s lyrical “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” tells the remarkable tale of a living legend in his chosen art form, the creation of sushi. Master chef Jiro Ono may be 85 years old but he’s still more committed to his craft than most people one-quarter of his age. What makes a man like Ono, one who has built a life on repetition of his talent, go from day to day? And why is he the best at what he does?

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Gelb’s documentary may seem a bit light in the subject matter when compared to films like “The Interrupters” or “The Invisible War” but there’s more here than you might expect from the title or synopsis. He finds something deep underneath the story of this fascinating man who took a 10-seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station and turned it into an international phenomenon for foodies.
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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Blu-Ray Review

85-year-old Jiro Ono is possibly the greatest Sushi chef in the world. His restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, seats only ten people, serves only Sushi, and requires a reservation made months in advance. Jiro works tirelessly every day, and his assistants and apprentices work even harder, hand-picking every ingredient and utilizing unique and complex culinary methods at every turn. Training with Jiro is an intensive ten-year process. He believes one must commit oneself fully to one’s work, in mind, body, and spirit, and he practices this belief on a daily basis.

Jiro Ono is an inherently fascinating subject; that much is certain. It would be easy, therefore, to underestimate what director David Gelb has achieved in his documentary about the man, Jiro Dream of Sushi. This is so much more than a simple portrait of a compelling subject. It is a fantastic film in its own right, a stirring cinematic achievement
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