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July 5, 2011

Big Night of Food Movies

Filed under: Food Porn — Twistie @ 1:35 pm

I love a good film about food. One of my all-time favorites is Big Night (1996). Not only is the food spectacularly gorgeous, I get to spend a couple hours with Tony Shaloub, Alison Janney, Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rosselini, and Ian Holm.

Seriously, a cast like that plus food that looks like this:

equals one happy, hungry Twistie.

What about you? What’s your favorite food film or food moment in film?


  1. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

    Comment by Klee — July 5, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

  2. Big Night is wonderful, but nothing can top Babette’s Feast.

    Comment by raincoaster — July 5, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  3. Excellent choices, both of you!

    Now I want to hold a food movie marathon.

    Comment by Twistie — July 6, 2011 @ 12:26 am

  4. Tampopo!!!!! Best food film ever. And Babette’s Feast.

    Big Night never made it to the movies hereabouts, so I can’t comment on that.

    Comment by dinazad — July 6, 2011 @ 3:26 am

  5. You know, I’ve never seen Tampopo. I’ll have to check that out sometime.

    Comment by Twistie — July 6, 2011 @ 8:47 am

  6. Babette’s Feast is, probably, my favorite “food” movie, but Myrna Loy telling a waiter, “Please serve the nuts; I mean, please serve the guests the nuts” in The Thin Man makes me very happy.

    Comment by Deborah Esrick — July 6, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  7. You know what would be stone-cold awesome? If a local theatre were to hold a food movie marathon with a meal served to match each movie. Who can hook that up?

    Comment by raincoaster — July 7, 2011 @ 12:48 am

  8. What @Raincoaster said! Both comments!

    Another food film I enjoyed was Mostly Martha.

    Comment by nancy (aka moneycoach) — July 7, 2011 @ 6:13 am

  9. OOh, raincoasteer! That’s a cool idea! And the coolest thing of all about it is that anybody with a DVD or Blu Ray player and a kitchen could do a mini version at home.

    In fact, I think I now have a plot… er… plan for my next dinner party.

    Comment by Twistie — July 7, 2011 @ 10:03 am

  10. Not a food movie, but perhaps my favorite food moment -“Just one wafer thin mint, Mr. Creosote?”

    Comment by erik nabler — July 7, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

  11. I have to say that I love the cooking school sequences in the Audrey Hepburn version of “Sabrina.”

    Comment by Fabrisse — July 7, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

  12. I’m house-sitting, and at the back of the fridge I discovered some home-made beer, and am enjoying the first one right now. So, obviously, my judgement is clouded.

    “Hmm, it’s sort of pee-coloured, if your horse were REALLY dehydrated, and it smells like mushrooms and socks, but it’s alcoholic and cold and GODDAM the North can get roasty in the summertime, so what the hell…”

    but…I’m really thinking Terry Gilliam needs to film one of Anthony Bourdain’s books. Seriously. Think about it. Fear and Loathing in Maxim’s!

    Comment by raincoaster — July 9, 2011 @ 12:16 am

  13. The cook, the thief, his wife & her lover: visually stunning and set almost entirely in a restaurant

    Comment by Lupin — July 9, 2011 @ 12:20 am

  14. Like Water for Chocolate’s a favourite of mine. I love all the fantastical, mystical fairytale beliefs about food in it, such as the little story about cutting onions–“if you don’t put a piece of onion on your head to stop the onion from making you cry while you chop it up, you’ll never stop crying!”, or the way the food conveys all the complex emotion, from the person who creates it to the people who eat it. And Pedro Almodovar’s always showing off food in his movies– the “break-up paella” in The Flower of my Secret; to Penelope Cruz’ whole “rebirth” through food and cooking in Volver.

    Comment by aurumgirl — July 11, 2011 @ 6:05 am

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