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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘A Taste of Hunger’ on Hulu, a Danish Drama About a Foodie Couple’s Disintegrating Marriage

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Danish film A Taste of Hunger – now on Hulu – dishes out a fresh variation on the food-porn subgenre: TENTACLE food porn! Fishy Scandinavian cuisine is the MacGuffin in this busted romance in which Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Katrine Greis-Rosenthal play restaurateurs who compromise their marriage on a quest for a Michelin star. So if you’re a sucker for a heady melodrama garnished with a succulent octopus appendage, maybe this movie will whet your appetite.

The Gist: The way Carsten (Coster-Waldau) runs his kitchen, one might think he was a drill sergeant prior to being a chef. A nasty, angry, demanding, exacting, fascist drill sergeant. Carsten was millimeters away from receiving fellatio from his wife and business partner Maggie (Greis-Rosenthal) when his phone blinged and he learned a “single diner” came into the restaurant. It HAS to be the Michelin man, as in, the guy who could award him a coveted star designating his restaurant as one of the world’s best. The man is gone when Carsten gets to the restaurant, at which point he learns that the oyster dish the maybe-Michelin man ate was not perfect. Carsten dresses down and fires the sous-chef in front of the entire staff, who respond to their dear boss leader in rigid SIR YES SIR fashion. “I just don’t understand how it’s possible that we serve over-fermented lemons!” Carsten yells, giving voice to our universal lament as a species that wants, nay, needs our lemons to be fermented JUST SO.

Meanwhile, a typed anonymous note appears on Carsten’s desk. It reads simply, “your wife loves someone else.” Maggie intercepts the note and pockets it, then dashes out the door. Her goal is to keep her infidelity secret – and find the Michelin man, wherever he is here in Copenhagen, and do whatever she can to persuade him to give the cuisine a second spin. As this drama plays out over the course of an evening, we get flashbacks with flashy title cards reading HEAT, SOUR, SALT, etc., flavoring a variety of backstory subplots, e.g., when Carsten and Maggie met and fell in love, when they began to grow apart, when Maggie starts sleeping with Frederik (Charlie Gustafsson).

Quite notably, the restaurant’s success hinges wholly on the Michelin star. Without it, they can’t justify overcharging food rubes/snobs for teensy portions of exquisitely conceived and manicured plates – mmm, blackened tentacles! – and they’ll go bankrupt. All they do is work work work, and their two young children gripe, “You talk too much about food.” Their desire to achieve highly subjective recognition from a mysterious, secretive and powerful entity like Michelin is a mighty gamble. Their family, their livelihoods, the lives they desire? All on the line. We meet them just as life hands them lemons, and what do they do? Over-ferment the goddamn things.

A Taste of Hunger
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What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: A Taste of Hunger is like chef’s-journey movies like Burnt or Chef flavored with hints of the seedy restaurant underground of Pig, food porn a la Big Night or Like Water for Chocolate and the warring couples of Kramer vs. Kramer or Marriage Story – but directed by Nicolas Winding-Refn if he was relatively boring and toned down the kitsch and violence.

Performance Worth Watching: Both of our protagonists are generally unlikable sorts on something resembling redemption arcs. But Greis-Rosenthal’s character is more complex, and she therefore gives the stronger portrayal of a person torn between her many needs, wants and desires.

Memorable Dialogue: Carsten can’t avoid the food analogies even when he’s having the marital fight of his life: “This relationship fits into a f—ing Tupperware!”

Sex and Skin: Some sexual situations sans nudeness.

Our Take: The one-sheet for A Taste of Hunger puts our two principals in an unclothed embrace atop a colorful smorgasbord of mushrooms, wild apples and octopus. The film it represents is relatively timid though, only hinting at the fetishes and darker themes that could’ve made this a weirder, more challenging and ambiguous story. Director/co-writer Christoffer Boe indulges the artsy visuals and operatic flourishes of nontraditional cinema, but pulls back before it gets too interesting. Somewhere in the haughty pretension and snobbery of the haute-cuisine scene is a black comedy begging to be made, but this isn’t it; with the exception of one psychodramatically troublesome moment and occasional eyebrow-raising histrionics, Boe puts fancy visual dressing atop the usual cliches about how people who put work before family reap their own misery.

This doesn’t mean the movie’s a wash, however. Its crisp flashback structure and strong lead performances keep us reasonably invested in Maggie and Carsten’s well-being as a couple who found mutual affection in the kitchen, but are now so consumed by their career goals, they have no time or space for a quick blowsie in the bathroom. Somewhere in A Taste of Hunger is a better movie, but the one Boe lands on is medium-compelling – his thoughtful artifice and thematic blandness is akin to serving smoked quail with a side of potato chips.

Our Call: What, you telling me you wouldn’t eat the quail and the chips? STREAM IT, just don’t expect anything more than a good, solid, watchable drama.

John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at johnserbaatlarge.com.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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