Author: Alexis Cruz

TV: Anthony Bourdain on Asia

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Anthony Bourdain, the American celebrity chef and documentarian perhaps best known as tour guide/TV host of the CNN series “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” died June 8, but his taste for international cuisine, culture and adventure lives on. Some of the best “Parts Unknown” episodes took place in Asia—in particular, on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, the world’s largest island, which is politically divided among three countries (Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia). As such, Borneo serves up a kind of fusion cuisine that thrilled both Bourdain and his viewers. In one episode, he visited the remote...

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QATAR: ITS CUP RUNNETH OVER WITH THE OBVIOUS AND THE LESS SO

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – In just four years, Qatar will become the center of the sports world as host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the world’s premiere sports event. Hence, when this year’s World Cup in Russia concludes, Qatar is anticipated to become the focus of massive media attention. For a small country like Qatar, being spotlighted on the universal stage should be a dream come true. It’s a moment when the host can showcase its best qualities and gain soft power through increased cultural influence. But already there has been darkness behind the scenes. Consider some...

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KOREAN CINEMA: IS DIRECTOR HONG A CLOSET GODARD OR TRUFFAUT??

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – If Hong Sang-soo had given an interview about how much he loved French cinema, the South Korean director wouldn’t have had to make a movie about it. But the man’s job is to make movies—especially perceptive ones that tackle the complexities of human relationships. He’s even free to sprinkle in some Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer if he wants to. Still, Hong’s latest release, Claire’s Camera, is very French—for a Korean film. It has a slow pace and takes place in Cannes during the film festival. It has philosophical musings about art and a plot...

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘RAMEN HEAD’ – NOODLE LOVE IS SUCH A MANY SPLENDORED THING!

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – There’s no doubt, movies about food are cruel to the eyes and stomach. They tease you with something you cannot smell nor taste, and sight alone doesn’t let you experience the food. “Ramen Head” is just that, featuring bowl after bowl of steamy noodles and broth that fill up every inch of the big screen, taunting the audience. That said, this taunting is only a side effect of a foodie film done right. Director Koki Shigeno, in his first feature, focuses on obsession with ramen, both at the national and individual level. The documentary takes...

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SAUDI ARABIA: RITZ PRISONERS WALKING FREE MEANS BIGGER MEDIA CONTROL

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh ended its tenure as the world’s most glamorous jail. It was the only prison with five-star service, until its detainees moved out and the hotel became available to guests who came voluntarily. In November 2017, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s corruption brigade arrested dozens of the wealthiest Saudis, including businessmen, government officials, and members of the royal family. Many were accused of charges, such as money laundering and bribery. The government stated that it lost about $100 billion because of corruption and the arrests made it seem like the...

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