Still not satiated after the Thanksgiving holiday, we return with our eyes still fixated on food, movie food specifically. Actor/director Jon Favreau gave us one of the most heart-warming and plate-warming food movies in recent memory this decade. The story of a renowned chef leaving his stuffy restaurant job to find satisfaction in the independent circuit of the food truck market mirrored his own desire to return to less smaller, less studio intense work in the movie business after having great success in helping start the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. Chef is one of Favreau’s greatest directorial successes, proving himself capable beyond Disney’s latest go-to with the subsequent live-action successes of The Jungle Book (2016) and The Lion King (2019), showing off a cinematic eye in the presentation of the film’s many mouth-watering dishes, and also a great sense for character in the touching tale of a man reconnecting with his world through his one great passion.
0:00: This week on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives, The Twin Geeks are full of it
11:00: Marielle Heller earns Oscar credibility with A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
17:52: Knives Out exceeds expectations at the Box Office; what to do with a problem like High Life
21:26: Marriage Story & the next month’s packed slate from Netflix
24:45: Screenwriting excellence with The Two Popes
27:00: The gorgeous French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire
28:29: Little Women enchants for the holiday season