Movie Clips: This Film is Not Yet Rated, Life in a Day, Jiro Dreams of Sushi


This Film is Not Yet Rated: I have been a major detractor of the Motion Picture Association of America. Their inane ratings and lack of contextual sense are an embarrassing red wine stain on the white dress of Hollywood. Undoubtedly, I should’ve loved This Film is Not Yet Rated, a documentary from Kirby Dick that attempts to expose the MPAA for a directionless shadow organization, but I didn’t. Somewhat informative and disappointingly amateurish, Not Yet Rated goes in superfluous directions without paying worthwhile dividends. The  filmmakers who have lost out to the MPAA’s stupidity have moments of brevity, but they’re scatter shot.

Should You Watch It?: This Film is Not Yet Rated has a friendly running time (97 minutes) and a strong sense of humor, but it fails to really expose the MPAA and the filmmakers they silence with asinine ratings.

Can be seen on Netflix Instant

Life in a Day: Released last year, Life in a Day is an ambitious film that takes place over the course of one day: July 24th, 2010. Comprised of videos uploaded to YouTube on the aforementioned day, Life in a Day attempts to craft a human anthology with a global scope.  We see people facing poverty, succumbing to disease, and exposing themselves for the world to see. Relatively formless and wonderfully scored, Life in a Day has tedious moments, but they’re often overpowered by the lush, fluid moments of a passing life. None are more spectacular than a sequence revolving around a string of births and the innocent laughter of children ringing freely across the world, independent of despair.

Should You Watch It?: There’s an inherent level of pretension and self-importance that crops up in Life in a Day, especially when a man gloats about his Lamborghini as if it really matters,  but Life in a Day potently captures the cultural distance between us, as well as the inseparable emotional bond that makes the world  singular.

Can be seen on Netflix Instant and Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIw7dJg1L84

Jiro Dreams of Sushi:  One truly can’t appreciate the art, the majesty, and the beauty of sushi making until they meet Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old fish maestro that knows how to concoct food with robust taste. Arguably the best at what he does, Jiro is a perfectionist that is constantly searching for his culinary masterpiece. Through interviews with his children, who have been under Jiro’s tutelage for decades, and engrossing cook sessions with Jiro himself, we see a man who represents the best of unbridled human ambition. Jiro’s magnetic personality is only outmatched by his delicately fast hands, which are as eloquent and calculated as DaVinci’s brush strokes.

Should You Watch It?: Documentaries aren’t an easy sell, but Jiro’s story is digestible and memorable.  Funny, inspiring and a breath of fresh air, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a treat worth gorging.

Can be seen on Netflix Instant

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