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Movie Review: The Well-Done Portrait of ‘Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent’

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[dropcap]P[/dropcap]roving how much I know about the world of celebrity chefs, I’d never heard of Jeremiah Tower until seeing this documentary by Lydia Tenaglia. It came as a bit of a surprise to discover that this was the man who had pioneered the idea of a celebrity chef, stepping out from the kitchen to become an icon of the scene and blazing a trail for the likes of Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay.

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The world of cooking is a complicated one.

So why hadn’t I heard of him? Turns out he left the cooking scene during the 1990s and hardly anyone took notice of his minor resurgence at a small pub in 2014.

But, wow, what a legacy he carved before such a dead zone. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent starts off by building up Jeremiah as a god among chefs of American cuisine. As the many talking heads of cooking gush over Tower’s abilities – with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain being the most prominent for a CNN film he produced – the film starts without much cooking footage. We see Tower lamenting over the worth of his existence while strolling along ruins. What mark has he left on the world of cooking?

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Anthony Bourdain dishes on Jeremiah Tower.

Before we open up that can of delicious worms, the focus shifts to Tower’s early childhood, which was spent less with his parents and more with food. While his parents cared little for the well being of their son, Tower found himself more infatuated with cooking fish on the beach and being served the finest foods of first class hotels.

He worked his way up in the world of cooking to helm the famous Stars restaurant for celebrities, but most of the first act left me wondering why Tower was so famed as a chef. Namely, where’s the food? Tower spends so much of the first act talking about how much he loves food and we rarely get to see any of his work.

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The food, however, doesn’t become as missed when the movie finally finds its groove with focusing more on Tower’s influence on the industry than his inspiration to get into cooking. Neat little stories are told about how he cooked during the 1960s revolution and eventually aspiring to a public face of top-tier American food. His rise to fame with Stars is as engaging as its fall from grace when an earthquake brought it to an end in 1989.

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Jeremiah Tower ponders some flowers.

After the closing of his restaurant, Tower didn’t do much of anything until he took on the task of becoming the lead chef of a mediocre pub. It may have sounded to be a downgrade for such a talent, but as the reviews soon revealed, his talents can only go so far. His efforts improved the pub only slightly and the worrisome management that once let him have his way wanted a tighter grip on his cooking. Naturally, he cussed them out and left, having spent only a year working at the pub.

Despite his tumble from the days of stardom, Jeremiah Tower himself appears as a very refined and unshakable force of cooking. The scenes we see of him trying to reform the pub are that of him being strict with the staff, demanding the utmost perfection from every dish. Watching the footage of Tower agonizing over every detail of the kitchen leads the imagination to wonder how intense he must have been in his prime from the days of packed houses. His reactions to the savage food critics, who seem to have a low opinion of pubs in general, are that of anger, but an anger that he refuses to rule his actions.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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