Kings of Pastry
Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:39 AM
But also noticed it's been at a few film festivals
If you get a chance I thoroughly recommend it. So much better than 99% of all the dreary celeb-chef or amatuer cooking competions, Masterchef, et al. I could précis it but the URL covers that really. Stayed up well past my bed time to catch the end! Don't regret today's tiredness.
Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:13 AM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:09 PM
I have to agree with Nickloman that many of the pieces didn't look that great -- objectively speaking -- but given the time constraints and the stress, they were pretty impressive nonetheless. I absolutely cringed and shuddered when that sugar piece shattered. (No, seriously, I actually and physically shuddered. The filmmakers had done enough of a good job by then that you really, REALLY felt the significance of that!)
That said, it wasn't *as* hugely exciting and riveting as I'd expected from all the reviews. I think the editing could have been tighter, and they could have shown more of the actual competition or deliberation, instead of the chap's children or home life back in Chicago. Perhaps it's all my fault and I expected something much more taut, tense and tight, prior to the last 15 minutes.
Still, it's definitely worth renting -- if only to see just *what* these expert patissiers put themselves through and the art they create. I just wish there were an analagous sort of documentary for The Bocuse D'Or.
Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:40 AM
Is it sort of a given, these days, that to stand a chance of winning something like M.O.F., you have to go with the more abstract aesthetics of some of the contemporary art movements?
One of the competitors did some small pieces, lollipops of some sort, I believe, that were little Pierrot heads, and when I saw those, I remember thinking that they worked because they really seemed to come from the guy's aesthetic comfort zone; same with some teddy bears that were part of (if I remember correctly... it's been a while since I saw this) a larger composition.
I'm still hoping Pfeiffer wins this someday.
Posted 27 February 2011 - 11:48 AM
Posted 27 February 2011 - 12:44 PM
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:55 AM
Ha! great description of some of those sculptures. I had the same reaction. What I did love were the "bijoux" (jewels) that were displayed in the lucite boxes. Those were incredible, the imagination and delicacy there took my breath away.
Someone is probably going shoot me down for this, BUT: I was deeply impressed by the skill so many of them showed, yet I wondered why so many of them seemed to be working with an aesthetic that was clearly alien to them, and some of the finished pieces, although beautifully done, were sort of ... tacky. Sort of like Canova channeling Brancusi.
Worth a watch.