Kids try out narrating nature documentaries, Karmin irresistably covers R&B and hip-hop hits, and more top picks.
Hip-hop or hip-pop?
If you avoid contemporary R&B and hip-hop music like the plague, we have a proposition: Check out Karmin on YouTube and get back to us. The fabulous-looking, immensely skilled duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan – recent grads of Boston's acclaimed Berklee College of Music – have been burning up the YouTube bandwidth with irresistible covers of R&B hits by Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj for the past year or so. Now the soon-to-be-married sweethearts greet May with an infectious new album of seven original songs called "Hello."
Kids say the darndest things
Sonorous voice-overs by a serious adult narrator, such as David Attenborough, have become de rigueur for nature documentaries, so it's even more hilarious when 4-to-7-year-olds take turns as readers for BBC America's "Planet Earth" series. Great moments include a male narrator who exclaims "Awesome!" when a bear starts to eat a fish and a younger participant who wrestles long and hard to put her headphones on. Check it out at http://bit.ly/planetearthkids.
Dreaming of sushi
The "world's greatest sushi chef" is 85 years old. His 10-seat restaurant in the basement of a Tokyo office building has a three-month wait for reservations. The beautiful documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows Jiro Ono and his small team of sushi perfectionists from preparation (his apprentices massage octopus meat for 40 minutes before serving) to presentation (he stands over patrons as they eat). Ono's passion for sushi inspires a curious mix of admiration, pity, and, of course, hunger. Don't see this movie on an empty stomach.