La Tradition (Jeff Fliegler, 2016): USA

Viewed by Larry Gleeson during the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival.

La Tradition, a documentary film written and directed by Jeff Fliegler under the GrubTribe umbrella, charts the evolution of culinary chef and restaurateur Pascal Olhats’ and his influence on the fine dining scene in Southern California. The title of the film is the name of Olhats’ first restaurant in Newport Beach. For the last 30 years in the OC (Orange County, Calif.), Olhats has imbibed and shared his culinary, his kitchen techniques and etiquette on cooking shows, in culinary classes and through his restaurants and catering businesses. Making extensive use of the interview, Fliegler captures the essence of the Frenchman while revealing his culinary creations, his devoted proteges and Olhats’ dedication to bringing the finest dining and culinary experiences to his customers and clients alike.

GrubTribe, a culinary focused media site, got the idea to bring cameras into Olhats’ work space to get close to the food and its preparation. Olhats went along with the idea quipping that “people will do anything to get close to my food.” According to Fliegler it was more than that, ““Pascal is one

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Hush (Mike Flanagan, 2016): USA

Reviewed by Katrina Storton. Streamed through Netflix.

It is common knowledge Netflix holds a lot of hidden gems from the horror/thriller genre. Most of these films are the type that never reach theaters and go straight to DVD and streaming services. Hush (2016) is among those films. The film came out last month and has already been on Netflix for a good week.

Hush is probably one of the best horror/thriller films I have seen in a long time. Watching it kept me on the edge my seat, gave me anxiety and even had me cheering on the character at one point. Now I would like to point out the difference this film holds over other films of its genre. The main character, Maddie (Kate Siegel), is deaf. She has to outwit her killer without being able to hear him. She has to rely on her sight and the vibrations her killer makes in order to know where he is, what he is doing and how she can get away. The portion of this film that gets your heart racing the most, is that director Mike Flanagan mutes

Posted at 3pm on 04/22/16 | 2 comments | Filed Under: Films read on