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Documentary of Perfection: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

What is it like to be the best in the world at a craft, where perfection is to be better than your last effort and your profession is to be married to the idea of making sushi?

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What is perfection? What is it like to be the best in the world at a craft, where perfection is to be better than your last effort and your profession is to be married to the idea of making sushi?

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the documentary of Jiro Ono, the 85 year-old sushi master, winner of 3 Michelin Stars for his 10-seat restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. 

The film, a portrait of Jiro, is not solely about the master but his position as one of the best sushi chefs in the world, what it takes to be the best, and his world beyond making sushi.

His world is sushi. His world is his two sons, Yoshikazu and Takashi. His antagonist is age. 

At 85, Jiro knows his time making sushi and running his restaurant can only continue for so long. He gently pushed his youngest son, Takashi, to start his own sushi restaurant, unshackling Takashi from his father’s shadow. Now, because of Japanese tradition, it is Yoshikazu, the oldest son, who will be responsible for assuming his father’s role of making sushi to the same exact standards.

It is here where the film takes you, Jiro’s relation to the world now and what it might be when he is gone. Today, Jiro makes the world’s best sushi. But tomorrow, will Yoshikazu?

In 88 minutes, what we are left with is something rare in life, the absolute domination over mediocrity. Jiro, his sons and staff strive to improve every aspect of sushi, from the experience to the flavor — everything can be improved, their mission is singular and their results are unmatched. At the end of 88 minutes, what we take away is the desire to try just one piece of the best sushi in the world and to experience this search for perfection, in some facet, in our own life.

Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Director: David Gelb
Year Released: 2011
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

 

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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