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Nominate your favourite Food and or Drink themed movie seen in the last 5 years?

I am a big fan of the intoxicating comedy "SIDEWAYS" about a washed up actor and writer who take a climactic, life examining road trip through the Central Coast wine region of California. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards and winner of BEST COMEDY of 2004

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  1. oh, frugle one, we've got ourselves a semantics issue here.

    for films RELEASED in the last 5 years, sideways just about covers the good ones for me. actually, that and "supersize me."

    ratatouille was pretty mediocre. haven't seen "mostly martha" or "no reservations" yet, and planning to watch "waitress" this weekend...that one could conceivably make the list.

    but if we talk about movies we've SEEN in the past 5 years, that's a whole different ball game because we can include ones that were released anytime.

    big night
    mystic pizza
    eat drink man woman
    like water for chocolate
    charlie & the chocolate factory [the original]
    fried green tomatoes

    gotta love loopholes :)

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      FYI - The original was called "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." I remember hearing that there was a controversy because they didn't keep the name of the book. But at least now it's easy to seperate them! (That is, if you're a psycho-cinephile like me.)

      1. re: miss_bennet

        you're absolutely right. i stand corrected. i was a bookworm as a kid, and read it long before i saw the film, so the title stuck in my head.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Have to echo Big Night (Stanley Tucci) and add A Good Year (Russell Crowe) as two of my favorites. goodhealthgourmet's list is a pretty good reference chart. I'd add Ratatouille as a light-hearted exposure to life in the restaurant kitchen.

        1. re: Midlife

          i had ratatouille in there, but not as a fave. although i wanted to love it, i thought it was just so-so.

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Yes, goodhealthgourmet.
          Your game of semantics has taken it's toll on my well thought out thead to correspond with the Academy Awards Show.
          I/we did receive some excellent film recommendations ,fortunately

        3. I actually liked "Last Holiday." It wasn't fantastic, but I enjoyed it. (Especially the food parts.)

          Of course, I must agree with
          Like Water for Chocolate
          Fired Green Tomatoes
          Big Night

          And, to take the original question a little far, I've always loved "The Breakfast Club."
          Does anyone know exactly what Ally Sheedy puts in those sandwiches? They're just so crunchy!

          Also, I want to see "Babette's Feast."

          Some people think that "Tom Jones" belongs in the food category, but that scene always made me feel ill.

          Realistically, I'd watch a bad movie if it centered around food, and enjoy it. ('Simply Irresistable." Case in point.)

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          1. re: miss_bennet

            i forgot about last holiday. i did enjoy the food aspect of it. plus, it was an excuse to watch LL.

            ally sheedy's sandwich was cap'n crunch cereal. and pixy stix. on white bread. 'cause apparently a girl can never have too much sugar.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I totally forgot he was in that! Now I'll need to watch it again! I just love Queen Latifah, and I loved the food scenes. Apparently LL was eclipsed by the food.

          2. I loved Sideways and Last Holiday.

            1. dinner rush, w/danny aiello
              everyday people - from hbo
              both have good ensemble work

              1. Babette's Feast is my all time favorite "foodie" movie. so much fun to watch!

                1. frugelscot, a fun question...agree about 'Sideways'...my favorites also include Babette's Feast, as already posted, Volver, Ratatouille (one of the best ever on this topic as as far as I'm concerned albeit animated), and Fast Food Nation...yes chowhounds, if it turned you off like it did me it was doing its job...

                  1. How about Dona Flor and her two husbands? The cooking scenes in that movie were excellent

                    1. Tortilla soup is another great one. super visuals for foodies and great meals all throughout

                      1. Delecatessen & Sweeny Todd, heh, heh, heh. Really, Like Water for Chocolate sums it all up, food and sensuality. The book, of course is better and the book in Spanish is better still. Ahhh, quail w/ rose petals! My love is partially expressed in cooking for my wife. (Awe, shucks.)

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                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                          That's why I love "Like Water for Chocolate" so much! Cooking is entirely a representation of my love, and gve my love through cooking and sharing food. I have not read the book since I was about 15, though, so I didn't truly understand its depth.

                          1. re: miss_bennet

                            I have taught Like Water for Chocolate in a high school Latin American Lit. class. The kids loved it and the closing activity was to prepare a dish from the book. I have now read it in the original Spanish too. We have a son who was a chef, gave it up and is now in Costa Rica studying Spanish Lit. Like Water is his fave. too.
                            Che's Motorcycle Diaries has some good eating too.
                            I cook all the time for my wife as an act of love. Boy are we getting love handles!

                        2. OOOH! Although it isn't entirely about food, I loved the part in "Stranger than Fiction" when Will Farrell brings Maggie Gyllenhaal a bouquet of "flours."

                          Apart from that, I didn't really like the movie. But as someone who loves to bake AND is obsessed with language, that would be so romantic to me.

                          1. another vote for "dinner rush." absolutely stunning in a new york, insider kind of way. great cast, brilliant photography. don't miss this one.

                            big night is pretty good, too.

                            ratatouille is superb.

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                            1. re: steve h.

                              steve, you thought ratatouille was "superb," yet big night only warranted a "pretty good" rating? i think this may be the first time i've disagreed with one of your posts!

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                i'll do better. next time. promise. :-)

                                still, the pace of big night was ponderous at times and the editing could have/should have been more crisp. that's the beauty of ratatouille and dinner rush: tight stories, well told. the details were really worked. big night comes up a tad short when compared to those two. pretty good movie, nonetheless.

                            2. It's sorta disjointed and cheesey, but I like Whats Cooking and Pieces of April. Especially poignant around Thanksgiving.

                              1. White Castle???????
                                Pieces of April in poignant.

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                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                  thanks for the reminder about pieces of april. i really loved that film. katie holmes was actually very good in it. might have had some true potential...then she became a stepford wife.

                                2. Hey, if we're allowed to dig in the movie archives, I found "Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe" a fun movie. Exploding bombes! Who woulda thunk it? '-)

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                                  1. re: Caroline1

                                    dig away. as soon as i saw a grammatical loophole, i ran with it ;)

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Grammar students/ teachers should be banned from this site!.....Lol

                                      1. re: fruglescot

                                        i'm neither one. so there ;)

                                        i'm glad it turned out this way. apparently there are several good food-related films that previously passed under my radar. thanks to the posts in this thread they're now on my "to-see" [someday] list.

                                  2. Does Delikatessen and My Husband the Butcher (?) count as they deal w/ cannibalism?

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                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                      Delikatessen... Remind me why again I didnt eat meat for a quarter of a century... lol

                                    2. Just finished watching "No Reservations". Really liked it, much better than I thought it would be.

                                      Also love "Eat Drink Man Woman "

                                      1. Here's the list of movies seen in the last 5 years -
                                        Mystic Pizza
                                        Like Water for Chocolate
                                        Fried Green Tomatoes
                                        Babette's Feast
                                        Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
                                        The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
                                        Mystic Pizza
                                        My Dinner With Andre
                                        My all time favorite is Tortilla Soup

                                        Does Sweeney Todd count? LOL .
                                        And for Eat Drink Man Woman fans here's a link to the recipes in the movie:

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                                        1. re: Gio

                                          A very comprehensive list Gio. and thank you also for the archives link
                                          In my mathematical comprehension, you're taking in over 2 food related films per annum.

                                          1. re: fruglescot

                                            Since I'm mobility challenged, fruglescot, my activities are limited. When I'm not cooking, reading, or here, I watch movies every now and then.

                                            1. re: Gio

                                              .......and reading me I see. Thanks for being a fan Gio. Please let me know if you come across any entertaining, new Food & Drink themed movies.

                                        2. No one has mentioned "Soul Food" here. How can you leave that one out. Just thinking of that one makes me salivate.

                                          1. I loved Tampopo, although I saw it well more than 5 years ago.

                                            1. Last year I went on a food movie spree. My favorites:

                                              --Big Night

                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                  La grande Bouffe is a French film I heard about so many years ago but have never seen. I remember making a mental note to make it a must see. Do you remember anything of the plot linquafood.

                                                  1. re: fruglescot

                                                    You bet I do. It's about a group of friends who get together for a wkend in the countryside with the plan to eat themselves to death. It's very French, has a *very* hot Marcello Mastroianni in it, and I saw it as a teenager... as you can imagine, not all scenes are particularly appetizing. What a 'houndish way to go, though :-D

                                                2. The one huge thing I loved about the movie "Sideways" was the comment "DID YOU DRINK AND DIAL AGAIN?!?"

                                                  I hadn't heard the term until then.

                                                  1. Well gee, not to gross anyone out or anything (but then again, why not?), but if we're talking about movies that deal with "nourishment," then what about Dracula?

                                                    Hey, somebody mentioned Sweeney Todd... So he's a good guy and Dracula's bad?

                                                    And as long as we're talking macabre, what about Soylent Green?

                                                    Okay. Who wants a shot of Pepto Dismol?

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                                                    1. re: Caroline1

                                                      Well, yes, I suppose so Caroline1 I hope you're not just "opening a can of worms" though.

                                                      Btw, 'Silence of The Lambs' had some interesting references to food
                                                      "A census taker came by today. I ate his liver with some nice lima beans and a fine chianti"

                                                      and of course the sequel were the Ray Liotta character is sitting at the dinner table with agent Carey Starling and is unaware that his skull cap has been removed.

                                                      1. re: fruglescot

                                                        For the best dietary-restricted Dracula, I think we have to go with Andy Warhol's version. Poor Drac gets violently ill after sipping from a non-virgin. Poor man!

                                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                                          I know that feeling....................................They're an indangered species............................................

                                                          1. re: fruglescot

                                                            You've delivered a new view of Scotsmen... Haggis and a goblet of virgin's blood. Ian McTavish Alucard!