Food Movies: The Topic
Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:32 AM
My top ten favourite food movies:
10. TAMPOPO (1985, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Miyamoto and Ken Watanabe) The first Japanese noodle western! Very good and very funny.
9. BIG NIGHT (Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci and Isabella Rossellini) “In love and life, one big night can change everything.”
7. THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (1989, Richard Bohringer, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon and Alan Howard) Peter Greenaway, lust...murder...dessert. Bon Appetit!
6. LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (1993, Ada Carrasco, Lumi Cavazos, M. Martinez, Regina Torne, Marco Leonardi) Fantastic food film from Mexico.
5. FELICIA'S JOURNEY (1999, Bob Hoskins, Gerald McSorley, Elaine Cassidy and Claire Benedict) This is Atom Egoyan - a Canadian national treasure - at his best!
4. SUPERSIZE ME (2004. Morgan Spurlock) Wow – this should be mandatory viewing for anyone who “uses” the fast food.
3. EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN (1995, Sihung Lung, Chien-lien Wu, Yu-Wen Wang and Kuei-Mai Yang) An Ang Lee masterpiece.
2. BABETTE'S FEAST (1987, Ghita Norby, Thomas Antoni, Asta Esper Andersen and Gert Bastian) An Academy Award winner!
1. CHOCOLAT (2000, Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Alfred Molina) Brilliant! My fave.
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:36 AM
"Where there are vines, there is civilization"
Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:50 AM
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:56 AM
Edited by Megan Blocker, 01 February 2006 - 07:56 AM.
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 08:06 AM
Here's the website: WAITING
Nobody mentioned two of the biggest ever, "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Cocktail."
Both of those were about food or the restaurant biz.....
Posted 01 February 2006 - 08:11 AM
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 08:17 AM
As for individual scenes in non-food movies, one of my favorites is in Desperately Seeking Susan. It's been many years since I've seen it, but if I remember, Susan is missing, her friends are in a kitchen, and one of them is fixing food. Upon being questioned about food consumption in a crisis, one of them replies, "Why can't you just take a Valium like a normal person?"
Posted 01 February 2006 - 08:20 AM
thread on Babette's Feast with recipes ...
Indian Food Movies thread as well ...
Posted 01 February 2006 - 08:32 AM
Hope you enjoy the show! Homaro Cantu
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 09:06 AM
I wouldn't call it the best food movie ever (that would be a toss-up between Babette's Feast and Tampopo, closely followed by Big Night), but there were a lot of food scenes and it bugs me that I can't remember the title.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 10:17 AM
It didn't have a lot of food in it but key scenes revolved around food.
ROSE: "Old Man, if you give another piece of my food to those dogs, I'm gonna kick you till you're dead!"
“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'
Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 02:15 PM
Its a 70's french film about a group of men who decide to rent a villa and eat themselves to death.
Amazing! Please watch/rent!
Posted 01 February 2006 - 02:44 PM
I also like "Eating Raoul", which I suppose is not strictly a food movie -- but about two somewhat conservative oenophiles who realize that the way to realize their dream of opening a country bed and breakfast is to kill swingers and steal their money. Pretty funny, in a really dark sort of way.
Chinese film always has some of the best food scenes, of all sorts of shades from funny to disturbing -- the food politics between the wives in "Raise the Red Lantern" for example.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 03:31 PM
I'm a little slow sometimes.
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 03:33 PM
Posted 01 February 2006 - 03:56 PM
Well, with those stipulations, I nominate Blazing Saddles... those campfire beans sounded good.
Okay if a movie with a food "scene" qualifies, you have to give nods to Titus and Hannibal. Neither is a particularly good movie, but each has a scene involving "food" that is really really memorable.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 04:00 PM
Though about more than food, whenever I think of food in a movie, top of mind has to be Tom Jones.
Another movie to consider is My Dinner with Andre.
"Remember that a very good sardine is always preferable to a not that good lobster."
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 04:11 PM
Posted 01 February 2006 - 04:40 PM
Silence of the Lambs
Posted 01 February 2006 - 04:50 PM
Posted 01 February 2006 - 05:44 PM
"would sir care for a mint?"
"I cant, I'm stuffed."
"but sir... it's wafer thin."
Posted 01 February 2006 - 06:02 PM
Like Water for Chocolate has to be one of the most sensual films of all time. It's awesome. The scene where she makes the Rose Petal chicken makes me weep every time. I finally figured out that the title referred to the simmering just below the boiling point passion of the characters.
I'm a little slow sometimes.
EUREKA!!! I always wondered about that title. You are my hero.
I have to agree that when someone says "food" and "movie" in the same sentence, the first thing that pops into my mind is "Tom Jones."
"Having spent most of my life searching for truth in the excitement of science, I am now in search of the perfectly seared foie gras without any sweet glop." Linda LaRose
Posted 01 February 2006 - 06:26 PM
Drama, Comedy, Sci Fi, Romance, Horror -- and food. Can't be bad.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 06:28 PM
Don't forget the kitchen scene in 9 1/2 weeks...couldn't eat a strawberry for a long time after that