131 – Chef (2014)

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It is a rare, multi-comedy weekend, as I follow¬†Neighbors¬†up with Jon Favreau’s latest film, Chef. Favreau stars as the titular character, a gifted artist whose work has drifted into a realm of complacency. Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) struggles to find the inspiration to pull himself out of a creative rut, while rediscovering his family at the same time.

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108 – Fading Gigolo (2013)

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John Turturro has had the good fortune to work with some of the most creative filmmakers working in modern cinema, including Joel and Ethan Coen and Spike Lee. (He has also worked very closely with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison conglomerate and Michael Bay, but that is a different conversation). It turns out that Turturro is a bit of an auteur himself. I have never seen any of his earlier films, but if his latest feature, Fading Gigolo, is any indication, he has not picked up the best traits of those visionary directors.

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