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Jun 3, 2010 07:46 PM

Best Food Films - any new additions?

Last time this topic was discussed was back in 2006 so wondering what new or additional food-centric movies have come out since then that are worth watching?

I would certainly mention Julie and Julia. I also just watched a new Japanese movie called Rinco's Restaurant - odd storyline but the scenes involving the food were great.

Here's a brief list of movies already listed in previous threads:

Babette's Feast
Eat Drink Man Woman
Dinner Rush
Big Night
Tortilla Soup
Like Water for Chocolate
What's Cooking

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  1. "I am Love" with Tilda Swinton, where she has an affair with the a gourmet chef. Nominated this year for Golden Globe Best Foreign Film, and you can watch it instantly on Netflix.

    Lots of great food scenes. Don't miss it!

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    1. re: fm1963

      Just watched and really enjoyed I Am Love - the food is wonderful!

      Also, dare I say it - enjoyed the food section in Eat, Pray, Love

      1. re: fm1963

        Re: "I Am Love" - didn't quite like the movie, and thought the food/cooking scenes were quite lame. But Tilda Swinton - she's a Goddess!!

        1. re: fm1963

          I agree with you about 'I am Love' the scene where she is at the table and eating really translated well on screen. Showing that when you have great food how much emotion it can bring you.

          1. re: fm1963

            I really liked the movie, too.
            I Am Love (Io Sono L'Amore)

          2. “I Like Killing Flies” – Interesting from a food perspective. Great from a philosophical perspective. Documentary on Kenny Shopsin’s Greenwich Village restaurant. Fairly vulgar. Not for the kids.

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              1. re: bobbert

                I loved I LIKE KILLING FLIES. Just wonderful .....

                1. re: bobbert

                  Great movie. His book is pretty good as well.

                  1. re: Strangewine

                    He has a book? oh awesome! Does it have recipes? :)

                    1. re: stellamystar

                      YES IT DOES! i loved the movie, loved the book, and went to NY two years ago and ate at his place and met him! he cussed at us, it was fantastic!

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        How awesome! :) I can't wait to get it!!!!

                        1. re: stellamystar

                          It's called (what else): Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

                          1. re: bobbert

                            i received this book as a gift. i kind of like it, but i read it as a cool historical document-- i doubt i'd use too many of the recipes. some of the unconventional techniques to produce diner foods interest me. others, like using a burrito-size flour tortilla dipped in egg batter to make a "crepe". . . uh, not so much, thanks.

                            shopsin's "voice" is unmistakable and entertaining. i keep meaning to start a thread on what i call the "kenny shopsin syndrome"-- owners of small establishments who insist on writing and playing by their own sometimes eccentric rules, in the face of bland corporate customer-is-always-right chain restaurant models. i think some of the best independent food is created by these sometimes lovable, sometimes detested curmudgeons. what is it about their intractable nature that makes them produce excellent food and ill will, in equal measure? folks love 'em or hate 'em, that's for sure. ;-P

                            i think it would be an interesting discussion, but every thread i participate in lately that isn't about green beans seems to get locked. the love/hate for the kenny shopsins, soup nazis, and other culinary characters of mixed repute would probably bring out posts from folks with differing povs on the subject/s, and disagreement doesn't seem to be tolerated any more on the site.

                            but i recommend the book as a neat light read, maybe you can get from the library.

                            1. re: soupkitten

                              i agree - I haven't made anything from the book. But I loved reading it. Though nothing is good as the movie. great character study. even their old stove is a character, as it is pulled, groaning, dripping with years-old grease, practically wincing into the bright sunshine to its new home. The family, while eccentric, is lovable. And the cooking scenes are fascinating.

                              And you're right soupkitten, there is a real allure to being "mistreated" by a now-famous, curmudgeonly proprietor - you belong to the club. i was thrilled sitting in his space. he sat at the table next to us, conversing with customers as they finished their food, then turned his attention to us. I sat on pins and needles, in fear of "scaring him off" as tho he were some wild exotic animal. my BF conversed with him freely, and i could tell Shopsin enjoyed the conversation. It was a total star-f*cker moment for me, i'm not ashamed to say. and the food was GOOD.

                            2. re: bobbert

                              I just read the entire book in one evening. Loved all of it and can't wait to try the Mac & Cheese pancakes, Chili, or his fabulous soup recipes. And, I love his odd techniques - perfect for the budget/savvy minded frugal gourmet. In a tiny lil kitchen, ya gotta make it work for you. I actually learned some new tricks from the book and can't wait to use them.....

                    2. re: bobbert

                      Thank you for the recommendation bobbert. Streamed it from Netflix last night and thoroughly enjoyed it!

                      1. re: bobbert

                        Thanks for the head's up, did not know it existed, streamed it and saw tonight. Thanks again.

                      2. Best animated feature food film:

                        Best sci-fi film about food:
                        Soylent Green

                        Most longwinded:
                        My Dinner with Andre

                        Darkest "family film":
                        Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

                        And though not a fave of mine, some like:
                        Mystic Pizza

                        Have not seen but heard good things about:
                        Fast Food Nation
                        Super Size Me

                        Vilest food films:
                        The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
                        Eating Raoul
                        The Road to Wellville

                        And finally, most unnecessary remake of a classic Charlie Chaplin bit:
                        Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

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                        1. re: erikschwarz

                          Re: "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" - that roasted human at the end -unforgettable. And Helen Mirren's immortal quote, "Try the c*ck, I hear it's a delicacy".

                          1. re: klyeoh

                            Who better than la Helen to say that?

                            1. re: buttertart

                              She continues, "and you know where it's been." I was inspired to watch the scene again.


                              1. re: small h

                                Oh yes - telling that to her husband :-D Oh Gawd, that was such a classic!!

                        2. Food, Inc. Brilliant doc about where our food comes from.

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                          1. re: woodleyparkhound

                            I 2nd Food, Inc. The type of movie that could just possibly disturb us enough to change our eating habits.

                            1. re: woodleyparkhound

                              I want to see this because it will probably show where most of our mass produced food comes from.

                              And I don't want to see this because it will probably show where most of our mass produced food comes from!

                              1. Today's Special, 2009. An indie film directed by David Kaplan. A young sous chef, Samir (Amir Arison) is turned down for a promotion to run the kitchen in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan. He is about to head for Europe to attend a culinary academy in Paris, but ends up having to take over the family business (an Indian restaurant in Queens) after his father is taken ill. Samir's mother is played by Madhur Jaffrey. A foodie friend of mine saw this at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival. Not yet available on Netflix.

                                In my Netflix queue: "A Touch of Spice", 2003. Greek with subtitles. I found a trailer online and am looking forward to watching this. It is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor, teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require... A touch of spice. But the family is deported back to Greece, where Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life.

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                                1. re: AntarcticWidow

                                  I saw Today's Special. thought it was a bit trite, tho the food scenes are good. sorry, more than a bit trite. just a warning.

                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                    Thanks for the head's up, I'll keep that in mind :)