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Review: Chef (2014)

After we watched several episodes of The Mandalorian, we wanted to look at the other works of director/writer/actor Jon Favreau. Jon Favreau is known by mainstream audiences for his work on the first two Iron Man films and for being an architect in the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We decided to dive into Favreau’s lesser-known films that he has created. We stumbled upon Chef, an indie film that Favreau made in 2014. Favreau stars alongside fellow Marvel cohorts Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson in this picture about a chef, who moves to Miami to start a food-truck business.

Chef features a stellar ensemble of actors in this film. Favreau plays Carl Casper, who’s a chef that works in a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. Casper quits from the restaurant after the owner, played by Dustin Hoffman, pushes him too far. Hoffman brings a ferocious side that highlights the tension between owner and Casper. Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Downey Jr., and Bobby Cannavale bring energy, humor, and compassion to the food flick. When Casper arrives in Miami, he opens the food truck in a manner of self-discovery to figure out what makes him happy as a chef. The move to Miami rekindles his passion for cooking, love, and life.

One of the many highlights of the film is the concentration on social media. Casper becomes somewhat obsessed with reviews from his critics. The film acknowledges the toxicity and the trouble that comes with being active on social media platforms, such as Twitter. Casper lets a particular critic, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt), get to his head. Casper retaliates online, which isn’t the best idea. In our society today, celebrities have to watch every word that they choose or every picture that they post. It’s easy in today’s society for celebrities to be offended by fans or critics. It’s also the same for the fans and the critics if the celebrity lashes out in return.

Another highlight is the beauty of food. Food is an amazing thing that brings us together. It’s delicious and it’s for our survival. Favreau portrays the beauty of food craftmanship, taste, and how it makes us happy. Seriously, if Favreau didn’t have Mando, he could make it hosting and doing his own food show. This film will cause hunger.

Overall rating: 4/5. A heartwarming film that will make viewers hungry for their favorite food.

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Jalapeno Black Reviews Office Space (1999)

If you’re looking for a movie that shows what it’s like to work a crummy 9-to-5 job, look no further. Office Space shows how bleak working at an office is while featuring humorous characters that are drained by the office. This movie is iconic as it has memorable characters as well as memorable quotes. You probably have seen the meme of Gary Cole as Bill Lumbergh numerous times. Let’s not forget how great Lawrence (Diedrich Bader) and Milton (Stephen Root) are as well.

Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a good man who hates his job. He does the same routine every day working on reports for the company. He’s trapped inside of his office cubicle suffering from boredom. After a trip to a hypnotherapist, Peter awakens suddenly not giving a fuck about his job. He starts to do nothing at all at his job. Peter, along with a couple of fellow employees, decide to embezzle the company so they don’t have to work ever again. When they’re on the verge of getting caught, a disgruntled employee burns the office down not leaving a trace of anything.

Mundane jobs can break people down. That’s what I learned from this movie. Milton got ignored to the point that he was the employee that burned the building down. Peter had let the work take over his life. I learned that it’s best to work a job that you can tolerate or makes you somewhat happy.

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Jalapeno Black Reviews Child’s Play (2019)

Child’s Play. Chucky the doll. Why are people frightened by this doll? I would just punt him across the room. No need to be afraid of him.

The new movie changes the origin of the evil doll. In the past movies, Chucky was possessed by the soul of a killer. In this remake, Chucky is a robot, called Buddi, that is created to help families as well as be a friend to their kids. The dolls are programmed in a Vietnam plant. Workers program the dolls to be nice as well as an observant servant. Well, one worker loses his cool then decides to say fuck programming the current doll he’s working on. The doll, of course, becomes evil Chucky.

Aubrey Plaza and Mark Hamill are tremendous actors. They make this cheesy horror flick at least somewhat enjoyable. Yes, this movie is cheesy just like an ’80s slasher film. No, there’s not any sex or nude people. There are a lot of jokes and predictable kills. The film has plenty of gore, which still doesn’t make kill scenes more entertaining. One kill scene that takes place in a shopping store is so absurd that I laughed loudly in the theater. It involves robotic teddy bears.

This movie could use more suspense. Too much humor hurt this one. I feel as if this should’ve went straight to DVD. Plaza and Hamill were great. They just couldn’t save this movie.