No seasoning wimps need show up in the enviable kitchen of Diana Kennedy, the famed cook and British expat who has devoted most of her life to chronicling and conquering Mexican cuisine.
And in Elizabeth Carroll’s debut documentary, “Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy,” a group of eager acolytes try not to flinch beneath her gimlet gaze and salt-seeking palate.
As Kennedy cooks and teaches in her solar-powered ranch in the mountains of Michoacán, bouncing to markets along rutted roads in her small truck, Carroll follows closely and listens to her opine on everything from chiles to having children.
Kennedy, tiny and talkative, has a lot of opinions; her director, however, is content to observe and admire.
David Chang’s Netflix documentary series, “Ugly Delicious,” that made quite a splash in 2018, is back for season 2 with four new episodes.
The new season takes Chang and guests including Padma Lakshmi, Nick Kroll, and Bill Simmons to locales near and far, from Istanbul to Sydney to Tokyo to Mumbai.
The series continues to explore culture through the lens of food, with these new episodes honing in on feeding babies and children (“Kids’ Menu”), the expansive world of Indian cuisine (“Don’t Call It Curry”), the myths and misconceptions about steak (“Steak”), and the plethora of cuisines that often get grouped together as “Middle Eastern” or “Mediterranean” food (“As the Meat Turns”).
Season 2 of “Ugly Delicious” is available now on Netflix.
Those nostalgic for the fond portraits of eccentric Americana in Errol Morris’s early work — and pretty much everyone else — will be delighted by “Some Kind of Heaven.”
Lance Oppenheim’s first feature is a peek at life in The Villages, an increasingly vast central Florida retirement community where those who can afford it spend their twilight years “being on vacation every day.”
This highly entertaining documentary captures the near-surrealism of a prefab senior playground, while also finding some poignant human interest in focusing on a few personalities for whom the concept isn’t quite working.
The film should be an appealing item for niche programmers in various formats, from public television to streaming services, with a limited theatrical release possible.
The past few years have seen a wave of listening bars opening across Europe.
Taking inspiration from Japan’s culture of audiophile venues, these spots put a unique twist on a long-standing tradition, creating an environment for discovering music that appeals to hi-fi obsessives and casual listeners alike.
Guille De Juan, owner of Barcelona venue Curtis, knows it’s impossible to replicate a Japanese-style, no-talking-allowed listening bar in his home city. “We are in a Mediterranean city—at some point people want to chat.” Instead, he’s built a space inspired by Japan’s audiophile venues but adapted to Barcelona’s buzzy atmosphere.
Listening bars have also opened in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and London. (The previous film in this series told the story of London’s influential Brilliant Corners.)
Watch “The Rise of Listening Bars: Barcelona” above and read the story at Resident Advisor.