Jiro Dreams Of Sushi: You'll Never Be Half as Good at Anything.

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So Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about a guy who is really, really good at making sushi. But wait, bear with me, because it is also the best damn documentary about a guy who is really, really good at making sushi that you will ever see.

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It's actually a little inaccurate to call Jiro "good" at making sushi; he's arguably the best. Probably because he's an 80 year old workaholic who doesn't know how to do anything other than be a completely badass sushi chef. The documentary (in Japanese, so subtitles) chronicles day-to-day life at his absurdly specialized and artsy sushi-only restaurant in Japan, and the son he's training to take up the helm.

If you like sushi, this is a great look into how much goes into the really good stuff, and even if you don't, it's a totally fascinating look into a crazy octopus-massaging (yeah, they do that) world you probably never imagined. And beyond the whole sushi thing, the cinematography is just wonderful. It's a tight little film at just under 90 minutes, and you can catch it on Netflix Instant. [Netflix]

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Frogwater

Weird, this has been on my radar for a while now, and I just watched it last night. I loved it, and need to watch movies like this every once in a while. Not to make this a debate on culture, but as a white american, I am often envious of the culture of the Japanese. They speak about how even their own culture is changing and less and less people want to dedicate themselves to their work, but I still wish I grew up in a culture rich environment.