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Movies that revolve around food?

dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 12:56 AM

I am trying to think of movies that use food as their central theme, but am having a really hard time (besides Like Water for Chocolate). I dont know why but I am drawing a blank. Any recommendations?

(Is this the right board for this topic?)

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  1. clarecat RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 01:05 AM

    Eat Drink Man Woman and Fried Green Tomatoes come to mind.

    1. kare_raisu RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 01:12 AM

      tampopo....'Not about food'

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        ladelfa RE: kare_raisu Oct 18, 2006 06:58 PM

        "Not about food"? Are you kidding? Tampopo is not only the best food film ever, it's almost a documentary on the art of making, serving, and eating ramen.

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          BombayUpWithaTwist RE: ladelfa Oct 20, 2006 12:36 AM

          I think he meant about what board this topic should be on...

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        writergirl RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 01:20 AM

        "Big Night" Do NOT see it on an empty stomach. Mmmm.

        1. BostonZest RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 01:46 AM

          Babette's Feast
          What's Cooking?
          Tortilla Soup
          Woman on Top

          Okay, I'm food obsessed - even in my netflix list.

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            piccola RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 01:56 AM


            Mostly Martha
            Au petit Marguery

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              wayne keyser RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 02:39 AM

              Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (stupid but hilarious)

              1. pitu RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 02:45 AM

                there's a good thread on food and movies on Food Media board . . .

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                  nycla3 RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 02:47 AM


                  1. Gary Soup RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 02:59 AM

                    It seems to be a big thing in Asian cinema, particularly for comedies. In addition to those mentioned,

                    Rice Rhapsody (Co-starring Martin Yan!)
                    Chicken and Duck Talk
                    The Chinese Feast
                    Stephen Chow's "God of Cookery"
                    Stephen Chow's "God of Cookery II"
                    Shogun & Little Kitchen

                    "Aji" was a dramatic film about a Japanese woman who learned classical Shandong cuisine growing up in Shandong before WWII then returned to help revive it after it was wiped out by the Cultural Revolution.

                    Then there's the great horror film "Dumplings: Three...Extremes" by (who else) Fruit Chan.

                    The tear-jerker "Life Show" didn't really center on food, but the images of the heroine and her duck neck stall in a Wuhan night market launched a fad for braised duck necks and a couple of fast food chains in China.

                    I recently watched "Green Tea" which didn't really center on food OR tea, but revolved around a fetching central image of Zhou Wei drinking green tea and swirling the leaves around in her tumbler.

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                      ladelfa RE: Gary Soup Oct 18, 2006 06:55 PM

                      God of Cookery II? Is there such a thing? Maybe you're thinking of "God of Gamblers II," which he was also in, or "The King of Comedy."

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                        Gary Soup RE: ladelfa Oct 18, 2006 07:47 PM

                        You may be right. I was thinking of something called the "New" God of Cookery whish was released earlier this year. (Or maybe the planned Jim Carrey remake).


                    2. Kitchen Queen RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 07:10 AM

                      How about eating Raul ??!!! Remember this. The movie version is Soylent Green. OK. So not really but, diners at the cafe thought so! :) KQ

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                        beevod RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 01:45 PM

                        Watch La Grande Bouffe (sp?) -- Instead of utensils they use a plunger.

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                          nycla3 RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 02:36 PM

                          Also: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie


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                            Gary Soup RE: nycla3 Oct 18, 2006 04:31 PM

                            LOL, chowhound poster Bunrab probably loved that movie!


                            [Edited to add] Oops, I was thinking of "The Phantom of Liberty".....

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                            nycla3 RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 02:38 PM

                            Sorry, the just come at different times:

                            Dinner at Eight


                            1. rillettes RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 04:34 PM

                              The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. (Maybe not)
                              The Meaning of Life (again, maybe not)

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                                Will Owen RE: rillettes Oct 19, 2006 01:26 AM

                                Ha! Just saw Meaning of Life the other night - I'd forgotten the details of the Vomiting Gourmand, and of course I was having my supper at the time...

                                I wish to heck someone would put out a DVD of Babette's Feast with a load of outtakes on it! Big Night, too.

                              2. Carrie 218 RE: dogfacedboy Oct 18, 2006 04:35 PM

                                Feast at Midnight - utterly charming and completely off most foodie's radar.

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                                  hungryabbey RE: dogfacedboy Oct 19, 2006 01:47 AM

                                  Supersize me

                                  1. bryan RE: dogfacedboy Oct 19, 2006 04:37 AM

                                    Not all of the movie revolves around food but the Korean film "Oldboy" has a raw squid eating scene that's amazing.

                                    There's also a search for dumplings. I highly recommend it, but not w/ the kiddies around.

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                                      ssainani RE: dogfacedboy Oct 19, 2006 07:46 PM

                                      Half Baked


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                                        wontonton RE: dogfacedboy Oct 19, 2006 08:50 PM

                                        - All Throught the Night (1942) Broadway gambler Gloves Donahue (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find who killed the baker of his favorite cheesecake.
                                        - What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966) Woody Allen's re-dubbed Japanese spy thiller revolves around a secret egg salad recipe.

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                                          niki rothman RE: dogfacedboy Oct 20, 2006 12:17 AM

                                          "Tampopo" the Japanese movie about a woman who starts a ramen soup shop. Very funny.

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                                            nikinaka RE: dogfacedboy Oct 20, 2006 12:24 AM


                                            soul food (kind of)

                                            1. BucksFoodie RE: dogfacedboy Oct 21, 2006 06:38 PM

                                              I was first introduced to food in movies through a program called "Sex, Food and Videotape", given by now-retired USC Professor Albert Sonnenfeld. The event was comprised of a lecture accompanied by clips of food scenes from several movies, followed by a meal (varies - brunch, lunch, reception) based on purportedly aphrodisiac foods. A total blast; if you ever hear of this program in your area, I urge you to attend.

                                              There is indeed a movie called "God of Cookery" - it's Chinese and made in 1997. Amazon has it.

                                              Babette's Feast should be mandatory viewing for any food lover, as well as Eat Drink Man Woman. The food prep scenes are worth watching over and over...

                                              Another food related movie is Tortilla Soup, an hispanic version of EDMW - a father chef who loses his sense of taste.

                                              Movies with funny food scenes in them to consider are Tom Jones (Albert Finney), Woody Allen's Bananas and The Sleeper, Diner,...

                                              A link that lists just about every movie with at least one food scene is http://gastronomica.org/foodfilms.html. Some of them are a bit of a stretch, but certainly a very handy list.

                                              1. peregrine RE: dogfacedboy Oct 23, 2006 10:42 PM

                                                Good food scenes, but not the whole movie: Tom Jones

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                                                  deggyphoto1 RE: dogfacedboy Feb 16, 2008 10:55 PM

                                                  There are so many great food films, many of which are noted here. To amend the list, I should mention Big Night, which is a great film. Like Water for Chocolate is a good one too.

                                                  The truth is, however, that I'm writing this to bring up WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? It's Woody Allen's 1966 film, his feature debut, where he took the Japanese action film "International Secret Police: Key of Keys" (think Japanese James Bond,) and entirely re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.

                                                  Probably dated, but totally unique, and of course absurd. Check it out.

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                                                    Chimayo Joe RE: dogfacedboy Feb 17, 2008 12:46 AM

                                                    Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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                                                      Madelyne RE: Chimayo Joe Feb 18, 2008 06:09 AM

                                                      LOL at Harold and Kumar. I don't think anyone mentioned No Reservations yet, about two chefs falling in love. I can't make any claims though haven't seen it yet.

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                                                        Miss Needle RE: Chimayo Joe Feb 19, 2008 04:15 AM

                                                        Loved that movie. I actually had a craving for White Castle's at 2AM after seeing it. I ended up going the day afterwards.

                                                      2. soypower RE: dogfacedboy Feb 18, 2008 06:38 AM

                                                        there's a very popular korean mini series about a 16th century woman who was the royal chef & physician...think it's called: dae jang geum...believe it's based on a true story...

                                                        1. amykragan RE: dogfacedboy Feb 18, 2008 08:16 AM


                                                          1. Scrapironchef RE: dogfacedboy Feb 18, 2008 08:55 PM

                                                            Soylent Green

                                                            1. soypower RE: dogfacedboy Feb 19, 2008 02:54 AM


                                                              eat drink man woman
                                                              and it's remake: tortilla soup

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