Pop Culture Roundup 14
by TeemunnyPublished on Friday, April 13, 2012
Number 14 coming at you…
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (trailer above at header) is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.
For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.
The feature film debut of director David Gelb, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.
Keeping with the Japanese theme, here’s the mind-blowingly awesome reproduction of Kaneda’s bike from the seminal manga and anime film, Akira. The futuristic bike comes courtesy of the current badass exhibition, GENGA, a retrospective of the work by Katsuhiro Otomo, director and the creator of Akira. The event runs from April 9th, through May 30th.
The bike was built by Shinji Tejima of the Showa Studio over the course of seven years for approximately 10 million yen (US $121,000) in action. The bike is currently being toured around Japan to raise money for children’s autism research.
Drool. Ugh, I wish I could attended. Check out the pics and video of the bike below and the gallery at the end of this post.
The teaser poster for Quentin Tarantino‘s next film, Django Unchained, in the film, the title character Django (Jamie Foxx) is a freed slave, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) becomes a badass bounty hunter himself. After assisting Waltz on taking down some bad guys for profit, he is in turn assisted by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner. The film deals with racism, while it’s 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it takes on the evil slave owning south:
Stormtrooper’s 5,000 k Australian Marathon, A Star Wars fan has completed a nine month marathon mission, walking across Australia dressed as a stormtrooper for charity. He has so far raised 100,000 dollars for the starlight foundation:
Rian Johnson‘s (director of charming/entertaining indie noir, Brick) Looper Teaser HD, In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Check out how Gordon-Levitt is made to resemble Bruce Willis. Eerie. This will be released September 28, of this year:
(fast forward to 9:30)
Some teaser images via SuperHeroHype:
G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation International Trailer:
Surviving Progress Trailer (Documentary 2012), directed by Mathieu Roy, this film is based on the best selling book A Short History of Progress. From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major “progress traps” facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. Release Date: April 6th, 2012:
Town of Runners: Extended Trailer:
- The Atlantic: How ‘Game of Thrones’ Masters the Art of Adapting Novels for TV
- Los Angeles Times Hero Complex: ‘Game of Thrones’: Peter Dinklage sees series challenges ahead
- Gizmodo: What The Simpsons’ Springfield Looks Like in Real Life
- The Atlantic: 10 of Film History’s Meanest Bullies
- Breaking GIFs (Breaking Bad) via Paul Scheer
- Robot 6 reveals the radical wraparound cover for The Walking Dead #100, July 2012, by Charlie Adlard.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Screen Graphics Process, motion graphics by Jayse:
Clap your hands everybody, and everybody clap your hands.
We’re Lambda Lambda Lambda and Omega Mu.
We come here on stage tonight to do our show for you.
We got a rockin’ rhythm and a hi-tech sound
That’ll make you move your body down to the ground.
We got Poindexter on the violin, and Lewis and Gilbert will be joining in.
We got Booger Presley on the mean guitar and a rap by little ol’ me Lamar.
We got Takashi beating on his gong, the boys and the Mu’s are clapping along.
And just when you thought, ya seen it all, along comes a Lambda four foot tall.
So Wormser come on out here on the floor, so we can move our bodies, like never before.
(view the gallery for more pics not included in the previous post)