A Matter Of Taste (2010/First Run DVD)/Hindsight
(2011)/No Mercy (2010/CJ
Entertainment DVDs)/Sound Of Noise
(2010/Magnolia DVD)/Stitch In Time (2012/aka Gutter
King/Cinema Epoch DVD)
(Taste: C+) Sound: C+ (Time: C) Extras: C/C+/C/C/C+
Main Programs: B-/C+/C/C/C+
music and murder tend to mix in unusual ways, though not always
unexpected. Here are some new titles
that intersect with each other by coincidence.
Rowe’s A Matter Of Taste (2010) is a
new documentary about how a chef with something different to offer named Paul
Liebrandt works at some of the best, nicest and some of the most interesting
spots in New York City, but he cannot seem to fit in to any one of them and
they eventually part ways with him. But
then things start to turn for him and this latest of an interesting series of
food-themed documentaries shows us the results.
interesting and is definitely struggling to make it, but there are odds against
you, especially with the competition and in a big city with so much food to
offer. We see some of that city and this
is also a look at the restaurant industry now.
This reminded me of Le Cirque: A
Table In Heaven (also from First Run, reviewed elsewhere on this site) in
more than that respect and it is worth your time.
include two shorts about Liebrandt making his dishes and extended interviews.
food becomes a key part of Lee Hyeon-Seung’s Hindsight (2011), but this is a thriller and the woman the lead
meets in a cooking class who he may be falling for, but it will not be that
simple as it seems in this somewhat comical but not always effective
thriller. Doo-heon (Song Kang-ho) used
to be involved in organized crime, but is trying to have a peaceful future with
non-criminal involvement, stresses or other troubles. He even gets into a cooking class.
even like to open a restaurant, but the old gang and its competitors are about
to gets nuts and this will take him back into the madness of crime and killing,
so can he have romance and permanently cut these ties for good for as happy an
ending as possible or will all lead to his early fatal ending?
some of the humor and other interesting moments, but they cannot overcome the
clichés and formulaic script that gives us the idea that we have seen much of
this before, just transplanted in another country. It might be worth a look for fans of this
kind of storytelling, but it was still a bit of a disappointment. Extras include four Making Of featurettes and
a preview for the MNET Network.
Hyoung-Jun’s No Mercy (2010) is an
even less nuanced, more formulaic serial killer film that is more like a
restricted TV police procedural with the oddest sense of misplaced humor and it
is a problem so early that it throws off any chance this will work early on and
just gets goofier and goofier in ways they may not have even considered.
actors are not bad, but this never rings true, blood and gore are overdone in
ways that make it all look phony and we have seen just about all of this
before, save being in a different country.
You can tell men made this because the female co-star/lead is made out
to be too much of a ditz and in ways that further undermine the material. No Clarice Starling is she, but even the
Koreans cannot bring a new angle to this played-out storytelling, so it is only
for those who want to see what went wrong.
Extras include a Music Video, three interview segments, four trailers, a
Making Of featurette and a preview for the MNET Network.
St. Jarne Nilsson’s Sound Of Noise
(2010) is also a comic thriller of sorts, but it instead involves a band of
moistly drummers who become musical terrorists intent on destroying Sweden and
anyone in their was with bizarre, sudden music concerts that ruin property, disturb
the peace, ruin peoples lives and just generally cause trouble. They have a policeman who happens to be from
a family involved in music on their trail, but he is having hearing problems
and they just keeps getting worse as he goes after them.
I’ll blame Jean-Pierre Jeunet for some of the style here with limited point and
comedy that usually does not work, but it is limited in effectiveness overall,
has little point and is just not that funny.
Even if you are a big music fan, musicologist and wrote music for a
living, this is only going to be so amusing, but it gets points for being
different. Extras include five
featurettes and a slideshow.
we have the other better of the four dramas here; Jigeesh Magar’s Stitch In Time (2012) which wants to be
a straight-out modern Gangster crime thriller and has the energy to do it. Though some of the dialogue works and makes
sense, there are other parts throughout that unfortunately cover ground we have
seen in the genre time and time again. However,
the unknown actors here are not bad and this is at least as ambitious an
attempt at pure cinema as anything on the list.
lead in Hindsight, our lead character Roy (Jesse Staccato) was involved with
the crime business (collecting for his uncle in this case) and cannot get out,
but this time it is because of violence more closely related to him, so he has
to do something about it just to survive.
problem again is that we have seen much of this and Magar just cannot find more
new places to go or more new things to do, though he may also want to stay
within the bounds of the genre to stay legit, but that gives us mixed
results. Still, it is far from the worse
of the U.S.
entries in the genre of late and diehard fans will want to take a look at it.
a Trailer, Stills Gallery and Director’s feature length audio commentary track.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Taste
is the best of the five entries here, despite some motion blur and it’s
explicitly HD video look. Color is
consistent enough and though not perfect, a nice and nicely edited work. The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on
Time and anamorphically enhanced 2.35
X 1 image on the remaining DVDs are softer than I expected, with more motion
blur and even styling choices that backfire.
Time has an excuse for being
an independent work, but the others are more expensive professional shoots and Hindsight and Mercy are the debut DVDs for CJ Entertainment’s own new home video
division. They both have good color and
come from solid-looking sources, yet they tend to be softer then they should
be, even with styling included.
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Time is
the slightly weakest presentation here with some compression and location audio
issues, something Taste does not
quite have as many problems with but could have. That leaves the other DVDs with lossy Dolby
Digital 5.1 mixes (all in foreign languages) that spread out some sound, have
inconsistent soundfields and though have well-recoded elements, are only so
- Nicholas Sheffo