Somebody Feed Phil

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Somebody Feed Phil

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Phil Rosenthal is best known for creating the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, but thanks to this series, he’s become known for traveling the globe, sampling some of the best food that the world has to offer with a big smile on is face and some hokey jokes in his back pocket, all with the energy of a delightfully charming goober.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Honestly, I’m not sure that “essential viewing” is the best way to describe Somebody Feed Phil. If anything, while we’re still stuck at home and wishing we could take vacations, this is just a nice escape from what our lives have become in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. Phil Rosenthal doesn’t have the same wealth of knowledge of culture and cuisine as food/travel hosts like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, but Rosenthal’s everyman persona and generally goofy demeanor is what makes the show that much more accessible and easy to watch while putting together a puzzle, building a LEGO set or whatever it is you’re doing to pass the time. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we head on over to North Korea, venture into the suicide forest for something even more sinister, go on another eating tour with Phil Rosenthal, and check out what’s happening in Cuba. Read More »

It’s not unusual for hit shows from one country to get remade in another country, and the process generally involves some tailoring of the series to better suit local tastes. A new documentary titled Exporting Raymond follows Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal to Russia, where he’s tasked with reworking his hit American series for Russian audiences. The result is a fish-out-of-water tale that, from the looks of it, seems like it could itself be the plotline of an American sitcom. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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