Jessica Chastain once made the mistake of responding to my tweet. She and Edgar Wright (Director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) were having a Twitter-chat when I slipped in a comment. They both cyber-chuckled, which sent me over the moon (far more excitement than any grown woman should get from celebrity tweets) AND launched my still-burning Jessica Chastain crush. She’s currently starring in The Zookeeper’s Wife, which tells the true story of Polish zookeepers who risked their lives during the German invasion to save people, as well as animals. It looks fantastic and since Jessica and I are such good friends, I’m giving away passes to see The Zookeeper’s Wife EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
If you’re anything like me, you saw the trailer for Burnt and thought, “Why did they remake that Chef movie with Bradley Cooper?”
I saw Burnt last night, so I can tell you that we weren’t that far from the truth. Both films have the same Star-Chef-Loses-It-All-And-Seeks-Redemption premise, though I honestly didn’t like Chef as much as everyone else did. Sorry, but it’s annoying how Favreau ALWAYS casts the most gorgeous leading ladies as his wife or girlfriend. He bedded both Scarlett Johansson AND Sofia Vergara in Chef. I mean, come on! Also, other than the incredible Pasta Aglio e Olio he seduced Johansson’s character with, Chef was surprising devoid of actual FOOD.
That’s not the case for Burnt, which has countless food montages that upstage the entire movie. That’s not necessarily a BAD thing, though. The plot of Burnt is remarkably thin so it needs a good dose of wine and butterfat to weigh it down. Fortunately, it also has Bradley Cooper as the sex and drug addicted chef, Adam Jones. We rarely hear specifics about his troubled past, but we know that Jones has left a string of broken lives and shuttered restaurants in his wake. Cooper is excellent as the beautiful, blue-eyed bastard and his performance also adds some much needed weight to the film. Continue reading →