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Jun 30, 2007 01:16 PM

Food Movies [moved from Not About Food board]

In honer of Ratatouille opening up, I would like to mention a few lesser known Food Movie. Since we have all seen, or at leash should see, The Big Night, Like water for Chocolate, Babbets Feast and Mostly Martha; here are a few of my other favorites:

Dinner Rush - Mobsters, Chefs, romance and Cranky art critics - this movie rocks! I love the scene when one of the cooks is fired for messing with the Chef's mis en place.

The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover - I guess because it is not out on DVD a lot of people don't know about this darkly humorous tale. It is worth seeking out.

Good-Fellows - Does this count as a food movie? They sure do eat a lot.

Does any one else have some lesser known Food Movie Gems? What are your favorite or not so favorite?

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  1. The recent release "Waitress" is a better food movie than it is anything else. The title character translates her life into various pies.

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    1. re: Terrieltr

      What a fun topic! Movies and food are two of my favorite things!

      Not technically a food movie, but I adore Moonstruck. It's so full of life. I like to watch it and eat an Italian meal.I also love a glass of champagne with a sugar cube in it - although I put a drop of Angostura bitters on the sugar cube and add a lemon twist which they don't do in the movie.

      Oh, how about Big Night? Now there's a dinner movie!

    2. I'm a little embarrassed to say that the totally formulaic and cheesy, (appropriate label for a food movie) The Last Holiday was fun. Queen Latifa was trained in her technique at the Food Network.

      1. Tampopo by Juzo Itami

        The Future of Food by Deborah Koons-- depressing but informative documentary

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        1. re: laurenlyle

          Tampopo was the first thing that came to my mind, too. Great movie.

          1. You're missing out if you haven't seen "Eat Drink Man Woman," one of Ang Lee's earlier films. The first scene alone, when the father is preparing Sunday night dinner, is enough to make you hit pause on the movie and run to the nearest Chinese restaurant. It is a fabulous food movie.

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            1. re: VirgoBlue

              On a similar note, The Wedding Banquet is also worth check out. It doesn;t have nearly as much food. But the Taiwanese wedding scene is to the teeth with food and decor!
              Both of them made me homesick and hungry....