The Menu

The Menu (2022)

The Menu first published by Sight and Sound, December 2022 Review: “He’s not just a chef,” Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) says to his dinner date Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy), “he’s a storyteller.” Tyler is speaking of Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes), a celebrated master chef to whose exclusive restaurant Hawthorne, located on an island of the same name,…

Boiling Point

Boiling Point (2021)

Boiling Point first published by VODzilla.co There is a scene in the middle of Philip Barantini’s Boiling Point when TV celebrity chef Alastair Skye (Jason Flemyng) flamboyantly adds a sprinkle of za’atar that he has just ostentatiously requested from waitress Robyn (Áine Rose Daly), to bring to his idea of perfection a dish that he…

Belle Vie

Belle Vie (2022)

Opening, as a text caption reveals, in Los Angeles, California, Belle Vie shows a house under an idyllic blue sky, and inside, a man spooling and playing a reel-to-reel tape of an upbeat jazz number. With its organ and accordion, the piece is obviously as French as the film’s title, marking a cross-cultural, trans-Atlantic dialogue that will…

Five Rules

The Five Rules Of Success (2020)

As a film about time, The Five Rules Of Success aptly opens with a man who has been doing it. In a single, fluid shot, we track a character (Santiago Segura) listed only as X in the credits, although eventually named Chino in the film, as he paces his prison cell before being summoned out,…