Chef

Chef

Chef: Independent Film and Great Startup Film Independent films seem to be delivering the best storylines and most complete character development in film these days, and Chef by  Jon Favreau continues the tradition. The brainchild of Jon Favreau, Jon wrote, directed, and starred in the primary role of Chef Carl Casper. In addition to Carl Casper we are treated to great performances by John Leguizamo as his best friend and sou chef, Martin, and Emjay Anthony, who plays Favreau’s son turn in equally impressive performances for a delighted audience. Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, and Emjay Anthony in Chef The story of a promising young chef, who is no longer young, and who is turning stagnant in Dustin Hoffman’s pleasant but predictable restaurant, Jon Favreau has been pushing away his son as well as his creativity. However, things are about to change. His ex-wife urges him to get a food truck from a friend of hers, a cameo performance by Robert Downey Jr., and after a public meltdown made even more public by social media, Carl finally takes the leap. His best friend Martin leaps right along with him, as they go back to the Cuban roots of the area. Chef: Do What you Love – Startup Film The movie turns into the untimate start up film, as Chef Casper tests his Cuban fare in his food truck, El Hefe, with groups in Florida, and then winds his way across the U.S. his son and Martin by his side. Carl learns how important social media marketing is from his tech savvy son, and his son learns how important doing the right thing for the customer is from his...
My Lucky Elephant

My Lucky Elephant

Every now and again, I have the pleasure to review a great little family film that tells an interesting story, and teaches kids something along the way. My Lucky Elephant is one of those films. The film starts out by introducing us to a young boy who has lost his father, and a young elephant who has been separated from its family. The two of them cautiously get to know each other, and the boy trains the elephant to understand his directions. This is Thailand, and the boy knows that they have to work if they are going to survive. Over and over, the boy and his elephant are turned away as too small, until he finally doesn’t take no for an answer and he proves that he can work hard. Unfortunately, the Thai lumber industry hasn’t seen the Lorax, and soon there are no more trees to cut down in the area, so there is no longer any work. Once again the boy and his elephant, Lucky, have to move on to see if they can find some other type of work. Thailand has a tough economy with little support for orphaned kids. This film gives young children a bit of a taste for how hard it is in other countries when kids are on their own. We watch as Lucky and his friend are chased and harassed by police, drugged and attacked by poachers, and just try to stay alive in general. What everyone underestimates is the intelligence of Lucky and the deep friendship that has developed between him and his friend. The latter part of the...
Tangled Gets It Straight

Tangled Gets It Straight

2011 Oscar Nominee for Music (Original Song): “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater Disney’s latest release of Tangled is a delight from start to finish. If you have kids and you can only see one film during the holidays, then this is it. This updated version of Rapunzel is smart, cute, and simply a blast! You would think that a girl locked in a tower with super long hair would be a real drag, instead she is a spunky, young girl (played by Mandy Moore) who uses her hair like the ultimate tool. Her side-kick is a cute little chameleon, who keeps reminding her of her dreams. helps her with her paintings, and her chores around the tower. No kitty cats for this girl. One day while her “mother” is out, a rogue by the name of Flynn (played by Zachary Levi Pugh) is chased into the castle by a guard’s horse, Maximus, a rather determined fellow. Striking a deal with Flynn after knocking him out with a frying pan, Rapunzel sets out on the first journey of her life to see the floating birthday lights that have fascinated her all her life. What ensues is hysterical and wonder filled. [ad name=”Google Adsense-bottom”]Although Disney has come under fire for changing the name of the story from Rapunzel to Tangled, it seems as though an updated story deserves an updated name. When asked about it at the film’s release, Wikipedia quotes the directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard as saying,” You can’t call Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear.” This animated film, released in...

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