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The Shocking Tale of The ‘Pizza Bomber’ Case Is Netflix’s Latest Must-Binge Documentary

I checked my watch. 3:3oAM.

Around me, three friends with faces all fixated on the TV, either with mouths slightly agape or brows furrowed in morbid fascination. We’re three episodes deep in a four-part true crime documentary that innocently started at midnight as a plan to catch just the first episode. Earlier that evening I’d been gushing about how Netflix’s latest hit series, Evil Genius, was a binge-worthy addition to their running list of shows, so much so, and in such convincing fashion, that it stoked enough intrigue in my friends to delve into it that very night.

This very scenario is just a sample-size of the level interest and fervor Evil Genius has incited thus far after releasing on the streaming giant earlier this month. And who can blame the masses for being gripped by this diabolical tale of a pizza delivery man, Brian Wells, who robbed a local bank with a bomb collared around his neck. What’s more, he was equipped with a cane fashioned into an actual working gun and then instructed to go on wild goose chase filled with different stops and tasks he had to complete in time or else the bomb would discharge.

But Wells would never get as far as completing this scavenger hunt. Moments after stepping out of the bank after committing the robbery, he was stopped by local police. With guns drawn on a then seated Wells, Eerie, Pennsylvania law enforcement were now faced with the challenge of how to tackle a scenario seemingly pulled straight from the Saw movie franchise. They didn’t have too much time to think, however, as the case now became a murder mystery the very moment the bomb suddenly detonated, killing Wells instantly. The footage of his death, though disquieting and horrific, is the initial grip on the audience, dropping jaws and captivating them with a vice-like hold that’s painstakingly applied by the wrought storytelling of Evil Genius’ director, Trey Borzillieri.

And that’s not even the weirdest part of the story.

What follows is a serpentine tale that highlights a rogue’s gallery of characters that are equally disturbed and cunning in their own right, making for plausible suspects for the viewer to determine who of which — or perhaps all — are behind the wild “Pizza Bomber” case. In fact, Wells is considered as a possible suspect, too, given that he displayed remarkable calm in the face of such a scenario, even plucking a lollipop from the bank counter during the robbery and swinging his cane gun like Charlie Chaplin as he walked out the joint.

Pair all of that with the essentials of a compelling true crime case — plot twists and curve balls galore, law enforcement botches — and you have a shocking program that makes for necessary viewing. The fact that it’s only four episodes long should add extra seasoning to the already palatable plot, making for a quick and fascinating binge.

 

Photos: screenshots via Netflix
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JEFF’S TABLE: New Foodbeast Docu Series Makes Average Food Beautiful

Here at FOODBEAST we’re not about food reviews. We’re about food. Getting up close and personal with our food is a prerequisite before consumption. Food and us? That relationship’s Facebook official. And if you’re not at that personal level yet with your meals, then hurry up and put a ring on that entree.

With that said, it’s worth noting that when food is judged or critiqued on some over-the-top, what-culinary-school-did-you-go-to?-scale, we lose interest quickly. Chances are, the average person does, too.

Food is important, and it shouldn’t matter what you’re cooking to make people want to have the same freak-in-the-sheets relationship with their food — like we do, with ours. Why should the guy cooking top ramen with bacon bits and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in his dorm room be looked at any differently than the Michelin-starred chef making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before bed?

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Pull up a seat at Jeff’s Table. Where it doesn’t matter what we’re cooking, as long as you’re making what you love to eat. It doesn’t even matter if you use a microwave. In fact, it’s encouraged.

Jeff’s Table is a new FOODBEAST documentary series that looks at food from the eyes of an average person. Yet, it’s seasoned liberally with satirical perspective on taking a popular concept from Chef’s Table and making it FOODBEAST approved.

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“We love everything about Chef’s Table, from the slo-motion shots to the beautiful close-ups and story behind the dishes,” David Ma, FOODBEAST’s director for this project said.

“We also love microwave burritos and PB&J sandwiches, so we set out to give them the same love as all those Michelin star dishes.”

The first episode of Jeff’s Table features an in-depth look at the gorgeous simplicity of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on basic-ass white bread. It looks amazing.

Brb, making a PBJ.

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NBA Champ Loses 22 Pounds After Cutting Sugar, Shows Off Sweet New Look

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When Netflix and chill goes wrong, you end up just watching documentaries that convince you to do all kinds of crazy things, like go vegan, or hate Sea World. Andrew Bogut, the 7-foot center of the NBA world champion Golden State Warriors, said he watched a documentary about the dangers of sugar and decided to stop eating sugary foods.

Bogut told CSN Bay Area that he watched “Is Sugar the New Fat?” and the film impacted him so much, he ended up dropping 22-pounds of mass from his yeti-like frame.

Bugut used to run around 275 pounds and is reportedly hovering around 253 now.

“It’s unbelievable, man,” Bogut told CSN Bay Area. “(Sugar) is in absolutely everything. I have a couple friends that are label readers. I used to give them so much (crap), telling them, ‘Man, just eat it. Stop reading the label.’ And now I’m one of those guys.”

His teammates have even said the 30-year-old looks a lot more spry on the basketball court and doesn’t look like he’s running with with cement shoes.

This was Bogut after last year’s NBA Finals

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This was him in a preseason interview last week

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Maybe not a dramatic change, but you can definitely see the slimness in his face. He’s an NBA center and still has to keep a little size on himself.

Bogut said he watched the sugary documentary in August, so those 22 pounds have come in about two months, which isn’t too shabby considering I’ve gained about 22 pounds in that same time frame.

h/t brobible

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Meet The 91-Year-Old Woman Who Built A Produce Empire

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Legendary entrepreneur Frieda Caplan has been an iconic figure in the Los Angeles produce scene for almost 60 years and now she’s getting her own documentary. Caplan introduced us to hundreds of different types of fruit and, in doing so, built herself a wholesale empire.

The film documents the life of Caplan who was named the first female entrepreneur in the world of Wholesale Produce in Los Angeles. The entrepreneur changed the way fruit was look at in the 1960s by introducing a variety of exotic fruits and vegetables to America. More than 200 classes of fruit is available today thanks to Caplan’s produce initiatives.

Fear No Fruit tells her story through first-hand accounts with the 91-year-old legend herself as well as stories from friends and colleagues. Check out the trailer below.

The film can be rented at $3.99 for a 48-hour period, or purchased for $9.99.

Fear No Fruit – Trailer from FilmBuff on Vimeo.

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Craft Beer Now Has Its Own Movie

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The inner hipster in you just emerged from his disinterested ennui into a magical world of excitement and a loud YES! Because your favorite craft beer might just be featured in the upcoming documentary, Craft: The Movie.

While only a brief trailer (below) is available right now, the movie is set to be released next year, and is produced by Pixel One Productions based out of Vancouver.  No one has yet claimed ownership of the project, and while it seems to be kept under wraps for now, we know it will be full to the brim of our favorite brews.  In 30 seconds alone, at least five breweries are mentioned, and not all of them are even in the United States.  How’s that for fancy, artisanal brews? We can’t wait to see how the movie turns out, and can’t wait even more to watch it with a cold craft beer in hand.

H/T First We Feast

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Documentary Gives a Morbidly Beautiful Glimpse Into the Food Industry [WATCH]

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Once in a while, we come across something powerful and compelling enough to change our perspective on reality. This clip from a 2011 documentary titled Samsara, “the ever turning wheel of life,” is one of those moments.

Devoid of dialogue, the six minute video takes viewers on a intimate journey through a realm rarely seen in the food industry. The cold detachment that exists between the consumer and the product is conveyed in sweeping, mesmerizing scenes. From the process of animal slaughter lit under florescent facility lights to a final shot of a visit to the doctor’s office, Samsara is is a reflection on “the rhythm of the planet.”

It should be noted that there are no direct shots of animals being beaten or activists protesting against animal cruelty, as the film’s message is subtle — aiming to have a sensory effect rather than one that is cerebral. “Our film is more about feelings and an inner journey than an intellectual experience,” producer Mark Magidson told the New York Times. “We’re not trying to say anything.”

The entire documentary takes place in 25 different countries over a period of five years. Much like the clip below, the film explores the underlying current that connects our every day lives.

H/T HuffPo

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Video of the Day: Life and Times of a Single Egg

Andrew is an egg. Andrew is about to live the trials and tribulations of being an egg. This is a great 1 minute documentary about the highs and lows of being born an egg. Enjoy!

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Video of the Day: Cooking History – Film Trailer

Director Peter Kerekes brings to the cinematic table a documentary entitled Cooking History. Here’s the synopsis: This innovative film re-imagines Europe’s troubled past through the unheralded culinary workers who “catered” some of the pivotal armed conflicts of the modern era. Punctuated by recipes, cooking demonstrations and sometimes-fanciful interviews, this record of the quotidian details of military cuisine underscores the futility—and unfortunate persistence—of ethnic and political warfare. If this tickles your fancy, make sure to try and catch a screening as it passes through your area!