Movies like Chef come along every once in a while to balance out all the serious shit I watch & enjoy each year. In 2011 some of my favorite films were Faust, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, Shame & Drive. Even the comedies and other seemingly “lighthearted” movies that I loved that year were centered around issues like suicide (Monsieur Lahzar), mass-murder (God Bless America) and deceased loved ones (Alps). Because I was consumed with so much dark content that year, I took to Midnight In Paris to lighten up the mood. In 2012, 21 Jump Street & Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie served as the counter to Post Tenebras Lux & Amour. Last year, the comedic elements in films like Newlyweeds & Frances Ha balanced out Bruno Dumont’s depressing double feature of Camille Claudel 1915 & Hors Satan (Newlyweeds &Frances Ha also got me to kinda like New York City again for a short period of time, but that eventually wore off). Besides Boyhood, most of my personal favorite films from this year so far are rather drab or have tons of violent murders. Both Stranger By The Lake & Li’l Quinquin are about serial killers, Night Moves focuses on terrorism (a more unconventional side of terrorism, but still…terrorism is terrorism) and Timbuktu is just downright depressing (there’s a scene of a woman getting stoned to death). See what I mean? I need a (TRULY) lighthearted movie like Chef to keep me grounded.