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Jan 2, 2008 08:37 PM

best films about food, and where to eat it

just saw the doc about Shopsins "I like killing flies" mostly about the crazy characters and the family, very slice of NY, now I want to go there..

also, "Big Night" love the brothers and how they are so different in their attitudes about cooking and what makes a great meal, also the omelette scene in the morning one long shot and he leaves a plate for his brother, love that part. theater where i saw this had an italian rest under the theatre and they served the movie menu. Delicious!

One of my favorite movies, and also about the perfect bowl of noodles, Tampopo. for this I would go to Rai Rai Ken in east village, that place gives me the Tampopo feel
stealing the secret recipes for stock and the two lovers that are always having these erotic food encounters, good stuff

best is seeing the movie and then finding that place where you can get feel (meal) that you remember from the movie

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  1. A French film "BABETTE'S FEAST"........... Scrumptious.!

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    1. re: fruglescot

      Babette's Feast is a Danish gilm.

      1. re: Sharuf

        Yes, sharuf! .........That's what I mean't. A Danish GILM!....... lol

    2. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (Ang Lee)
      Ratatouille (Pixar)
      A Chef in Love (Nana Dzhordzhadze)
      Silence of the Lambs? (maybe not....)

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      1. re: fmed

        "Silence of the Lambs? (maybe not....)" - OH COME ON! Everytime I open a Chianti, I have to say " I had his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti"..... Classic!

        We had a great film festival with some friends a few years back: started at noon, finished at 3:00 am. First film: Babette's feast, served with brunch featuring items such as pickeld herring. Second film: Eat Drink Man Woman, accompanied by various dim sum items. Third film: Like Water for Chocolate: ate guacamole and fajitas (Sorry, we were food novices then). Final movie: Big night, with pasta dishes and tiramisu. Interspersed between flicks were small classic food related clips like the cheeseburger skit from SNL, scenes from Tampopo, etc. The evening closed with the Mr. Creosote scene from Monty Python (Would you care for a mint? It is wafer thin...). We offered thin mints on a silver platter. And we had a bucket nearby.

        1. re: moh

          A couple of friends of mine had a bistro. I went for dinner one night, and they did indeed have a special of calf's liver in a Chianti reduction, sided by fava beans. Apparently, I was the only customer who laughed right away.

      2. What's Cooking? (5 different families preparing Thanksgiving dinner)
        Tortilla Soup (Mexican chef loses his taste)
        Eat Drink Man Woman

        I really don't have any restaurants to correlate with these specifically, but there are many that, sort of, fit the bill!

        1. Pulp Fiction does make me want to go out and get a "tasty burger"

          1. Repeating my list from an earlier food-movie thread:

            Roast thief in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. I am told that Spam pretty closely resembles the taste of human flesh.

            Drunken prawns in Tampopo. You might not want to recreate this scene in any restaurant that you would like to be able to go back to.

            Five raw eggs, chugged, in Rocky. Watch out for that big food-borne illness disclaimer.

            Boiled shoe, with the laces as linguini, in The Gold Rush. Substitute thin black licorice, perhaps?

            Machine-made breakfast and Mr. T. cereal in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Not possible to completely accurately reproduce, as the cereal is long out of production, but I believe Cap'n Crunch approximates the flavor of Mr. T cereal. Your blueprint for this Rube Goldberg-esque contraption is here:

            Scrambled eggs with forgiveness in Big Night. Can't say I've ever had scrambled eggs that looked that good in a restaurant.

            Tropical-fish sashimi in A Fish Called Wanda. PetSmart!

            Chinese turkey in A Christmas Story. Pretty much any American Chinese restaurant with a bit of Beijing cuisine on the menu.