The Hundred Foot Journey
This is a story that begins with terrible loss, yet out of this tragedy great success is found. This Indian family move from Mumbai to England (at first) then finally settle in France after a fateful mishap. Brakes always brake for a reason you know. This drastic move provides young chef Hassan Kadam with an opportunity of a lifetime after his father purchases a restaurant just across the street from an already decorated Michelin star restaurant.
Hassan is a wide eyed talent in the kitchen. His ability to create and innovate in the kitchen while maintaining the foundations of standard dishes brings high praise to him and his family’s restaurant. With every dish cooked, served and eaten, my mouth begins to water. It’s such a light-hearted film you can’t help but enjoy it. From delicious entrees to the father’s loving banter to the start of new love between two chefs, this movie captures it all.
If you want that movie you can just sit back, relax and enjoy, The Hundred Foot Journey delivers. It will put a smile on your face throughout and, as any good movie, will leave you smiling (and maybe even looking up cooking schools).
GMBM Verdict : Food is the way to our heart and so is this film. Good Movie.
Starring: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon
Rating PG Released 2014
Everybody Wants Some!!
So you just graduated high school, got that scholarship to play college baseball and you’re finally out on your own. What do you do? Who’s there to help guide you? What classes/parties/girls/guys/beers do you choose?! Good thing you’ve got teammates to help with that.
Blake Jenner (no relation) plays Jake, a college freshman who is about to begin the plunge into the best four years of his life. The movie starts on move-in day and it’s 3 days before classes start. He and his other freshman newbies immediately meet their upperclassman teammates when they step foot into the baseball house. From there, it’s a short, deep, yet succinct snippet of the beginnings to their new lives as collegiate student-athletes in the 1980’s.
This film does well to capture the real relationships between teammates and especially incoming freshman who are wide-eyed to the world of college. From real life advice and teammate initiation to stoned existential conversations and themed parties, Everybody Wants Some is a real, funny, genuine look at the beginning of a new stage in a young person’s life. It’s a quality college movie set in the 80’s, but its message reaches to more than just that generation.
GMBM Verdict : You should want some! Good Movie.
Starring: Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Tyler Hoechlin
Rating R Released 2016
Do you love to run? Do you despise it? Well, good thing it doesn’t matter which side you’re on because this movie isn’t truly about the sport of cross country. This movie shows the real value of family, community, courage, and hard work through the medium of a dark horse cross country team from Central California.
Kevin Costner is a high school PE coach on his last strike in a place he never thought he would end up. He takes a rag-tag group of kids under his wing to give them the chance of something bigger, outside of the city they feel so stuck in. It’s your classic inspirational movie with a twist. Underdogs in more ways than one, the McFarland cross country team is the embodiment of overcoming obstacles and pain.
Watch McFarland for an insight into Mexican American culture and values and the true power that sticking together can breed miracles. Based on a true story, McFarland, USA rises above the rest because of the culture it is set in. Put this in your must watch list.
GMBM Verdict : Great Story, Great Movie.
Starring: Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratts, Johnny Ortiz
Rating PG Released 2015
You have to keep moving. Whatever you do, don’t stop. You’re only as strong as your next move. Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly are great examples of this in this movie, Begin Again. Mr. Ruffalo is a down on his luck music producer with an eye for exceptional talent and Keira Knightly is a New York newbie with an exceptional talent. And as per usual, they happen to meet through… lets call it fate.
This movie is centered around music and because they are both outsiders to the mainstream industry they now have to get unique in order to generate a following and get her music out to the public. In one specific scene, Begin Again re-ignited my love for music and reminded me of it’s ability to turn the mundane events of life into moments of great emotional connection. Or as the script puts it, “all these banalities, they’re suddenly turned into beautiful, effervescent pearls.”
Begin Again is a simple, feel good movie about finding ways to follow your dreams even when you’ve been knocked down. This is another movie with a great soundtrack as well, with some excellent original songs. It is like one long music video. Also, Adam Levine is a d**k. Enjoy!
GMBM Verdict : Good Movie. Simple verdict for a simple movie.
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine
Rating R Released 2013
Crazy, Stupid, Love
When a middle-aged Steve Carell is thrown into a mid-life crisis after his wife orders “divorce” for desert, he decides its time to take back his manhood. Or so that’s how it is sold to him by the ladiesman who takes him under his wing.
This movie is smartly written. It’s funny yet down to earth and has a top quality love story. So my dudes, fear not! A mushy romantic comedy this is not. (But we’ll just keep pretending you don’t actually enjoy some of those mushy rom-coms). This love story has the realistic grounding that makes you truly believe in it. Plus how can you turn down a funny Ryan Gosling? No doubt it will shoot to the top of the list of your favorite movies. I know it’s one of mine.
No matter how many times I’ve seen it, it doesn’t get old. Good stories rarely do. Love takes work, but loving this movie was easy.
GMBM Verdict : Ryan Gosling approved. Good Movie
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Rating PG-13 Released 2011
WARNING! If you watch this movie hungry there is a guarantee of stomach growling but also having a new favorite movie… so, worth it. This movie is definitely one of my favorites. Following your passion and making it work is the essence of Chef. If you’re not happy, fly across the country and buy a food truck. Ok, maybe not that specifically, but chase your passion, whatever it is.
Jon Favreau is a brilliant chef who once was on the cutting edge of the culinary world but is now pigeonholed in a restaurant that stifles his creativity. He then decides to take a huge risk in order to reignite his passion for cooking. But let’s be honest, if Sofia Vergara was telling me I should do something, that’s pretty good motivation already!
First time I saw this, I took a chance on it in the theaters, not having heard much about it. The risk was greatly rewarded. Chef has cemented itself as one of my top choices. It’s a feel good movie that’s got all the goods: delicious food, lively Latin culture and music, and lovable characters.
GMBM Verdict : I’ll take the Chef’s special please! Good Movie!
Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo
Rating R Released 2014
Think Like A Man
Steve Harvey has introduced a book to women that gives insights into male dating attributes, almost a role-reversal to the book “The Game”. It tells how to get what they want from men, giving them an upper hand. Whether it’s the momma’s boy, the player, or the non-committal boyfriend, Steve has got a strategy to counter each one of the guys’ tricks.
Kevin Hart and his group of friends are a mixed bunch, each personifying a type of guy found in the book. (Sidenote: I find it hilarious how they portrayed the white dad in this group of black friends. He is so stereo-typically a white suburban dad you can’t help but assume he probably loves driving his minivan.) Each of the friends also has a female counterpart to his character attribute and the battle for love ensues.
This will be one of your favorite romantic comedies for many reasons. 1) The soundtrack is killer. Much better than your average upbeat pop ish thrown around these days. 2) The comedy is top notch; it’ll have you laughing through the whole movie. Kevin Hart is the man, we all know that. And 3) No matter how you feel you play the dating game, you can relate to at least one of the stories that’s intertwined and, as all good rom-coms should, the ending leaves you feeling happy and satisfied.
GMBM Verdict : Good Movie, Good Soundtrack
Starring: Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good
Rated PG-13 Released 2012