On this week’s CinemAddicts, we cover director Terry George’s The Promise, a superbly done epic about that spotlights the Armenian Genocide from the point of view of an ambitious medical student named Mikael (Oscar Isaac). Charlotte Le Bon is Ana, a woman who bonds with Mikael over their shared Armenian culture, with Christian Bale playing Chris, a photo journalist and Ana’s lover. Setting a love triangle amidst the fall of the Ottoman Empire and an unspeakable tragedy is a tricky thing, but thanks to first rate work from Isaac and Le Bon, coupled with George’s steady hand direction, The Promise delivers an engaging and ultimately informative narrative.
Directed by Lydia Tenaglia, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is an expertly crafted documentary on the life of chef Jeremiah Tower. The project spotlights Tower’s seemingly overnight popularity when he landed a job at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse in 1972. Spotlighting French and eventually California cuisine, Tower’s approach to the culinary arts and eventual celebrity fused when he launched his popular Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Though the film features colorful interviews with Tower, Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain (who produces the film), and Martha Stewart, it’s not just a talking heads documentary. Rather, Tenaglia crafts a deliciously non-linear story which attempts to answer the mystery behind Tower’s seeming disappearance from the restaurant scene.
Check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts below: