Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Last Episodes
Anthony was filming in France when he hanged himself 😦 But this episode remains unfinished and will not be released. The last 2 episodes of his last season, Season 11, have now aired on CNN: Cajun Mardi Gras (in small-town Louisiana) and Bhutan (near Tibet).
I watched 2 of the episodes from Parts Unknown: Season 11 this week to remember him: Hong Kong and Berlin.
Parts Unknown: Hong Kong Episode with Famous Movie Director Christopher Doyle
The Hong Kong episode is notable because Anthony Bourdain said this was his favorite episode EVER! He was very excited and proud of this episode in the weeks before he died, which makes his suicide even more perplexing. The Hong Kong Parts Unknown is an enjoyable watch; Anthony meets his favorite movie director, who is a very eccentric old guy (British) who lives in Hong Kong and makes movies about tragic love affairs. The two get along like peas in a pod.
Anthony’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, is credited with directing the Hong Kong episode while Christopher Doyle is the cinematographer (Honestly, I’m not really sure what the difference is…which is bad because I used to live in our movie capital, Hollywood! I believe the cinematographer plans the look of the show by deciding what to focus on with the camera.).
The first lines of the show are “I fell in love with Asia…” A fun play on words because he is shown on a boat overlooking Hong Kong harbor, i.e. Asia, but his girlfriend’s name was Asia (pronounced “ah-zee-ah” I believe, because she’s Italian). Then he goes on to say being in love is the best thing, BUT it leaves you lonely (when you cannot be with the one you love). Then it shows him sitting alone on the deck of the boat, jotting notes in his travel journal. If you are looking for answers as to why Anthony Bourdain killed himself, is this the answer?
Parts Unknown: Berlin Episode and Drugs
I also watched Parts Unknown: Berlin because I’ve been thinking about moving to Germany (not to Berlin but to a smaller university town) to go to grad school in environmental science. However, everyone (including a pub patron in this episode) says Berlin is NOTHING like the rest of Germany, which is conservative and quiet. I was put off by the darkness of Berlin – lots of lost souls partying in all-night dance clubs. A) I am done partying and B) I live in Vegas and have had it up to here with all the drug people. AMERICA HAS A DRUG PROBLEM. This isn’t a good thing. It’s not about freedom and doing what you want. It’s about destruction and darkness. I am becoming more of a conspiracy theorist in regards to this: Is the American government making money from the drug trade? If not, why is America teeming with meth heads and opioid/pain pill addicts who become heroin addicts (cheaper and easier to find)? See how many homeless drug addicts you spot today as you drive around town.
Watch this Movie: American Made with Tom Cruise
Watch American Made, the excellent Tom Cruise movie (and book) about a real-life guy who helped the CIA move guns around to different foreign militias in exchange for drugs (cocaine) bought from the most infamous drug cartels of the day.