A journal for Jordan, Delicious, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy and more
Did you smile too much this week? Let me stop all this by suggesting the tearjerker A newspaper for Jordan, directed by Denzel Washington, which is new on VOD. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as the first sergeant. Charles Monroe King, a soldier deployed to Iraq, who keeps a diary filled with advice for his infant son, Jordan. As you can imagine, when King is killed in battle, the words he wrote to his son became much more meaningful and valuable.
Maybe that’s too heavy for you, and that’s okay. There is also the critically acclaimed film Delicious, which comes from French director Éric Besnard and depicts the life of a chef on the eve of the French Revolution. When his aristocratic boss fires him, his passion for creating food for the masses (letting them eat cake, etc.) and getting revenge on his former employer consumes him.
Finally there is Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, which has nothing to do with my Pat Sajak fanfic. In this Japanese romantic anthology, whose Japanese title, From Gūzen to Sōzō literally translates to “coincidence and imagination,” three separate love stories are told in anthology form. Actresses Kotone Furukawa, Katsuki Mori and Fusako Urabe take turns anchoring each story which features a love triangle between two friends and a man they both dated, an affair planned to destroy a man’s career and a case of mistaken identity. The film recently won the Silver Bear Grand Jury award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
These are just a few of the titles available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, and through your cable service this week. Find out now which films are available for purchase or rental on demand!
In 2009, New York Times journalist Dana Canedy published the book A Diary for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, which featured journal entries that her husband, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, wrote to their son, Jordan. King was killed in 2006 by a roadside bomb in Iraq, but while he was away kept a diary full of lessons for the son he would only meet once. Are you still crying? Screenwriter Virgil Williams adapted Canedy’s story for the screen. The film, directed by Denzel Washington, stars Michael B. Jordan and Chanté Adams as King and Canedy, respectively, and follows their courtship and marriage, while incorporating the lessons of love the soldier has for his infant son before, during, and after his tragic death.
Where to stream A newspaper for Jordan
Delicious is a love letter to food and those who love it. The film, set in France in 1789, stars Grégory Gadebois as a chef who, after being fired from his job with an aristocrat for serving something as mundane as truffles, decides to open a restaurant with his new apprentice (Isabelle Carré. It’s actually the world’s first restaurant. may the chief avenge the man who fired him.
Where to stream Delicious
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A newspaper for Jordan
wheel of fortune and fantasy
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