Tag: Tokyo

“Enter the Void” for all your psychedelic trailer needs

In April, I wrote a bit about one of the most divisive love it/hate it/love-it-and-hate-it films from last January’s Sundance, Gasper Noe’s “Enter the Void.” Noe is the French director of the extremely controversial and reputedly ultra-disturbing/harrowing/violent “Irreversible”  — which I wonder if I’ll be able to motivate myself to see or even if I should try — and the earlier almost-as-controversial “I Stand Alone.” His new production, a sort of fantasy film inspired by The Tibetan Book of the Dead about a deceased drug dealer wandering around Tokyo called “Enter the Void,” has divided critics. This time there’s apparently a lot more sex than violence (and I gather it’s mostly consensual — yay!) and the controversy is mainly about whether it’s a visionary work of art comparable to “2001: A Spacey Odyssey” (but with sex instead of space ships) or an extremely annoying psychedelic bore (which is what some people still think about “2001”). All I know is some of the strobe effects seem like they could really give me a headache if they go on for as long as fear they might, but there is also something very compelling and kind of enchanting here also.

Anyhow, you can read more about it via that earlier piece, and see an older French “adults only” trailer,” but first here’s the brand new  looped-into-American general audiences trailer via waggish Lane Brown at the Vulture, who has dubbed it “Things to Screw in Tokyo When You’re Dead.” If you live in the right cities, it’ll be playing at an art-house relatively near you in late September.

The Next Iron Chef: we have reached the finals

I admit to not loving “The Next Iron Chef” on Food Network, but yesterday’s show excited me more and I’m looking forward to the final round next Sunday. Last night, the final three were still in Japan, and were asked to show their integrity and tell a story with a Kaiseki, or multi-course meal. They would be judged on taste, creativity and presentation, and the judges would be the regulars Anya Fernald, Jeffrey Steingarten and Donatella Arpaia, as well as Dr. Hattori, the commentator of the original Iron Chef series in Japan.

After having an hour to shop at the fresh market for fish and produce, chefs Garces and Mullen were laughing at chef Mehta, who bought a crazy amount of flowers in which to use as garnishes. Say what? I hope he remembered that presentation was only a third of the points.

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The Next Iron Chef: double elimination brings final four

The current season of “The Next Iron Chef” on Food Network is rolling right along, and last night they accelerated things again as two aspiring chefs were eliminated. Now we are in Final Four territory.

Last night’s episode began with the chairman introducing Indian chef Suvir Saran, who then asked the chefs to create their own impression of Indian food, in small bits and strictly vegetarian. Of course, this would appear to give chef Mehta an advantage because he was of Indian heritage. But he had also won the previous challenge, so he also had a tangible advantage….which wound up being having first choice of ingredients.

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