It’s ambitious I know, but yet, it can be done!
After a long week, I came home and pretty much just melted in my bed. After what can be seen as a mild coma of a nap, I decided that I should start trying to move. But come on y’all, it was raining, it’s cold and that wasn’t happening. I made a cup of tea, put sweatpants on and took every pillow and blanket in the apartment and opened my Netflix tab.
Netflix is a dark hole. There are so many weird, unknown movies and with enough searching you can find some great hidden gems, and I am one of those people who uses their Instant Queue as a guideline. After a series of scrolling through all the movie options and watched these four:
Kings of Pastry
Every four years, there is the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, a highly competitive pastry competition to award chefs the best pâtissier chef coat. Chefs are expected to create a sugar sculpture, chocolate sculpture, small pastries and a wedding cake during this three day competition. This documentary follows three pastry chefs are they prepare for this grueling and highly renowned competition. I did not know anything about this award in France, but I found myself so invested in these chefs’ lives and even teared up at some point, which either speaks for the movie or my mental state. I originally picked this movie because I just finished all of Chopped and needed to fill in that “food show” void, and this was a great place to go because of all the artistry of the sculptures and pastries. It also had portions filmed in various parts of France with cute French music, so it was cool to see that alone. Great for the friend that is obsessed with anything Food TV and has an hour and a half of free time to watch with an expresso, petite French pastry and beignet.
Marina Abramović: Artist is Present
Performance artist, Marina Abramović, opens her new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City that displays recreations of her famous performance pieces as well as a modern rendition of “Nightsea Crossing”, a piece she did in the 80s. Even though this film is about her exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, it also gave the viewer context about her past performances. Often called “the grandmother of performance”, Abramović gives more context about her pieces during this film. I thought a lot of her pieces were hard to watch at times, which is the point I guess, but it was interesting to see her perform these pieces then see her outside of that place. I really liked the section where the documentarians introduced Ulay, a performance artist that dated Abramović as well as perform pieces with her during the 70s and 80s. They went to opposite sides of the Great Wall of China and met in the middle, broke up and went their separate ways. Their relationship section of the film was so interesting and really humanized the artists. I really, really liked this documentary and is the perfect for the artist in you or something is enjoys modern art.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Street art is a just more than graffiti. London, Los Angeles, Miami, and other cities all of the world have graffiti artists that do more than just tag a site. This documentary by Banksy, a well-known British graffiti artist, shows how Thierry Guetta’s changed from a filmmaker into Mr. Brainwash because of the help of many other well-known graffiti artists from all around the world. It was really cool to see this view of street art because my knowledge of it was what the news portrayed it to be and what bloggers portrayed it. Banksy interviewed tons of artists and got interesting perspective to his argument that Guetta mildly used his friends to get into the street art business. I found this movie interesting at first, then get really bored of it really quickly. It’s kind of worth seeing, but you wouldn’t miss a ton if you chose not the see it.
Bill Cunningham New York
Y’all Bill Cunningham is the cutest human ever. Cunningham is a New York Times photographer that is known for standing on street corners in New York City and takes pictures of the fashion trends he sees and put them in the the Sunday edition of the Times. This documentary follows Cunningham and does a profile-esk film about him. But y’all, he is absolutely an adorable 80-year-old photographer who just loves his job and fashion. He is so smiley and giggles, he is just the best. It was also interesting to see how he is so respected in the fashion community. I mean he sits in the front row of Paris fashion week, that’s a pretty big beeping deal. This documentary just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy when you see him truly loving his job. Would recommend this to anyone, to be honest, especially those you are journalism junkies.