There are scientific references to a spherical earth dating back to ancient Greece. In 240 B.C., Eratosthenes used trigonometry and measuring shadows to estimate the Earth’s circumference. The explorer Ferdinand Magellan returned from circumnavigating the globe in 1522.
And yet, in the year 2019, there is a stalwart contingent, united by the internet, who sincerely believe that the earth is flat.
This group is the subject of director Daniel J. Clark’s documentary, “Behind the Curve.” He focuses primarily on a couple of the group’s charismatic leaders, Mark Sargent and Patricia Steere.
But rather than trying to disprove their beliefs (don’t worry, they do that to themselves — the Flat Earthers fund a number of scientific experiments that don’t go as well as they would have hoped), Clark approaches his subjects with empathy and humanity.
“Behind the Curve” is sad, funny, and fascinating, but it’s also a reminder of the mental gymnastics we would all go to keep our worldview comfortably known.
In stark contrast to its roll-out of celebrity chef shows like “Ugly Delicious” and “Chef’s Table,” Netflix barely promoted its new Chinese-language food series, “Flavorful Origins,” prior to its launch last week — there wasn’t even a trailer cut for this new series.
But in terms of its format and scope, there’s nothing else in the Netflix catalog quite like it.
If you’re a fan of docuseries like “Ugly Delicious” or “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,” there’s a good chance you will find something that piques your interest in this exploration of regional Chinese cuisine.
The show is broken up into 20 episodes, each around 12 minutes long, exploring specific dishes and cooking techniques found in the Chaoshan region of the Guangdong province — the most populous part of China and the location of Shenzen and Guangzhou.
Although some of the foods featured here are found in other regions, “Flavorful Origins” goes to great lengths to point out how Chaoshan preparations are unique to this area.
Long before the word “influencer” was part of the daily marketing lexicon, Chiara Ferragni was at the forefront, paving the way for building an online persona into a brand and growing her passions into a wildly successful business.
Now she’s putting her life on film to reveal the secret of her success. Ferragni has teamed up with noted director Elisa Amoruso to tell her story. The film was shot in New York, Milan, Paris, and Los Angeles.
Francesco Melzi d’Eril is producing the still untitled film with his company Memo Films, which recently produced Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” and his upcoming documentary on Salvatore Ferragamo.
“My story is of a girl who had a dream and who really believed in it,” Ferragni tells The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming film.
The documentary will follow Ferragni’s career trajectory from her upbringing in Cremona, Italy, to global fashion mogul, to unveiling a roadmap of her future projects.
The film will be released this fall to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her website.
Sony Crackle has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to Ubisoft’s esports documentary “To Win it All: The Road to the Six Invitational,” that follows three professional players of “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” shooter as they head to the title’s biggest tournament of the year.
The free streaming network is slated to premiere the film tomorrow, ahead of the Feb. 16 Six Invitational in Montreal, Canada.
The documentary will screen today in 20 Cinemark theaters, one day before it arrives on Sony Crackle.
“To Win it All: The Road to the Six Invitational” follows three top “Rainbow Six Siege” players from around the world: Pengu (a member of the G2 Esports team), Canadian (Evil Geniuses), and ziGueira (Team Liquid) as they try to balance their lives, relationships, and training — all while chasing the chance to compete in the Six Invitational and win a share of the $1 million prize pool.
In 2016, two years after the English translation of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” became a best-seller, Marie Kondo moved to Los Angeles to establish her home organization consultancy in the United States.
Amidst her culture shock, the Japanese native soon realized her new country also provided something that her homeland did not: unprecedented levels of clutter on which to practice her art.
On Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” we see her gently guide clients to confront years of accumulation: towering stacks of baseball cards, never-worn sneakers literally decaying in their boxes. Kondo admits that one client, an empty-nester obsessed with collecting Christmas nutcracker dolls, has more clothes than she has ever encountered.
“Americans do tend to buy more in bulk. That’s a cultural difference,” Kondo said. “Speaking from the KonMari Method point of view, there’s nothing wrong with buying things in bulk.”
The key is in how one stores those Costco items in a pleasing and accessible way.
When placing a plate on the table, the servers at Eleven Madison Park in New York City must lay the china in such a way that if a diner flips it over to examine the bottom, the restaurant’s logo will appear right side-up.
The restaurant’s co-owner, Will Guidara, knows that most customers probably won’t do this, and yet he makes sure that this is one of the many details his staff must keep in mind during service, because, according to the restaurateur, “it means that when we are putting plates down, we are doing it with more intention.”
The Eleven Madison Park episode of Netflix’s “7 Days Out,” a docuseries chronicling the launch of six iconic events, is full of such insights into the operations of the lauded restaurant.
Over the course of this nearly hour-long installment of the show (each episode is dedicated to one event), you see Guidara and chef Daniel Humm — both good-natured but exacting bosses — guide their staff through the renovation and reopening of their Manhattan fine dining destination just a few months after it landed at the top of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
That accolade clearly looms large on Guidara’s mind throughout the revamp. “So what’s at stake?” he asks himself early in the episode. “Yeah, I guess, everything.”
Watch the Eleven Madision Park episode of “7 Days Out” on Netflix.