The new season of Netflix’s culinary documentary series, “Chef’s Table,” includes the series’ best-ever episode, not to mention three others that also rank very high on the list.
If you’re new to the “Chef’s Table” phenomenon, or if you’ve abandoned the series after getting fed up with all the temperamental geniuses on display, this new season is a great place to dive in. The show has a more diverse cast than any previous season, and the filmmakers are all working at the top of their games.
In terms of storytelling, cinematography, and emotional impact, the Cristina Martinez episode is a new high point for the series.
Martinez, the undocumented Mexican immigrant chef behind Philadelphia’s renowned restaurants South Philly Barbacoa and El Compadre, has an extraordinary life story that’s gracefully told here in an episode directed by Abigail Fuller.
Martinez found wild success in America by reclaiming a dish she was forced to make in an abusive relationship back in Mexico, and, in doing so, can thrive in North America while also supporting her daughter back home.
The last moment of the episode — a FaceTime conversation between Martinez and the daughter who she has not seen IRL in over a decade — is the kind of scene that will stick with you long after it’s over.
It wasn’t that long ago when online dating was considered strange. Less than a decade ago, the prevalent stereotype attached to online dating was that it was only for socially awkward nerds who were unable to meet people in real life, or for possible psycho killers looking for their next victim.
But in just a few short years, online dating has become the norm among single people, and it’s now the people who don’t engage in the online dating scene who are labeled weirdos.
But what does this mean for society as a whole? That’s what the new HBO documentary, “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age,” out Sept. 10, is looking to find out.
The doc also stresses just how huge online dating has become. According to the trailer, adults between the ages of 18 and 30 spend an estimated 10 hours a week on dating apps. That is a significant chunk of time, especially when it’s devoted to something that is potentially harmful to one’s overall well-being.
For better or worse, it’s the new norm when it comes to dating, as the old world of getting a person’s phone number and calling them has essentially gone extinct. “I do remember when you used to call people on the phone,” says one young male in the trailer. “I think if you called someone these days you’d probably get labeled a psychopath.”
Anthony Bourdain’s life will be coming to movie theaters.
CNN confirmed to Vanity Fair last week that it’s collaborating with Zero Point Zero, the production company behind Bourdain’s wildly popular shows, to create “the definitive Bourdain feature documentary.”
But rather than air the documentary on CNN, the network has decided to bring it to the big screen, where Bourdain’s legion of fans can celebrate his life.
Bourdain started his career as a chef. After becoming a bestselling author, he was the host of hugely successful shows on the Travel Channel and CNN.
Bourdain was beloved by millions around the globe, thanks to his unique ability to learn about an area, enjoy food, and make viewers feel like they were part of the entire process.
Television is littered with travel shows about the many luxurious and cozy corners of the globe, but what it’s so far lacked is a program that transports viewers to the most dangerous, off-limits, and inappropriate sites and scenes the world has to offer an intrepid vacationer.
Enter “Dark Tourist,” an eight-part series now available on Netflix that celebrates the craziest hot spots accessible via a passport and a tank of gas—or, in some cases, the forbidden locales guarded by humorless military police.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to take a jaunt to a nuclear fallout zone, experience a voodoo initiation ceremony, snoop around Jeffrey Dahmer’s old stomping grounds, or hang out with Pablo Escobar’s top assassin and Charles Manson’s best friend, this is definitely the bonkers bingeable entertainment for you.
“Dark Tourist” is the brainchild of journalist and documentarian David Farrier, the New Zealander responsible for 2016’s “Tickled”—an eye-opening non-fiction feature about the secretive world of “competitive endurance tickling,” which is as insane as it sounds.
For his latest, Farrier seeks out similarly wacko points of interest, although in this case, those are geographic in nature. With each episode featuring three or four different route stops, all of them located on a particular continent, Farrier’s show fixates on areas defined by death and destruction.
It’s an attempt for him to enter the places one is supposed (or outright told) to avoid—and, in the process, to provide us with the vicarious thrill of checking them out from the comfort and safety of our own homes.
“LEGO House – Home of the Brick” is now available on Netflix. Taking viewers on a journey through its conception, design, construction, and opening, the documentary offers insight into the challenges faced throughout the process, and the thoughts and reflections of the project’s key contributors, including architect Bjarke Ingels.
The film offers the most thorough insight yet into the scheme’s creation, detailing major early construction issues, delays, and the ultimate successful completion of one of the most iconic pieces of architecture created in recent years.
“LEGO House” dives into the history of the LEGO brand, and the vision and importance placed on the LEGO House by the company’s directors, and, perhaps most interestingly, a series of interviews with Ingels in which he reflects on the role of LEGO in the development of his own career.