Wednesday, May 17, 2006

About Food and Not About Food

Thinking about the muffin man I began to make a mental list today of movies with a central theme of food. Then I started thinking of movies that have very little or nothing to do with food but with titles that make the movies sound like they should be about food.

Movies With A Central Theme of Food:
* Chocolat (Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp)
* Babette's Feast (1988 best foreign film Denmark)
* Willy Wonka and The Choclate Factory (Gene Wilder)
* Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp)
* Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee's 1994 film from Taiwan)
* Tortilla Soup (2001 film that's EXACTLY the same as Eat Drink Man Woman, but this time with a Mexican-American family)
* Ulee's Gold (Peter Fonda...umm...honey)
* James and the Giant Peach (not really about food but it is the primary setting)
* Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Begman pic)

Movies That Sound Like they could be about food but are not:
The Constant Gardener, Jarhead, Vanilla Sky, Punch Drunk Love, Cheaper by the Dozen, Big Fish, Chicken Run, Jawbreaker, Pi, A Cool Dry Place, Nutty Professor, Milk Money, Lorenzo's Oil, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Breakfast Club, Grease, Jaws, A Clockwork Orange, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Duck Soup.

Kar Wai Wong acclaimed director/screenwriter of the films In The Mood for Love and 2046 (and head of this years Cannes film festival jury) is working on a new project called My Blueberry Nights...I wonder which catagory this film falls into?

Feel free to add to either of these list with a comment below.

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Jim Jannotti said...

I hate to differ with you, but Fried Green Tomatoes is indeed about food. Not any food that I would wanna eat, however.

You know what they say, "the secret's in the sauce."


Anonymous said...

Another food movie is "Como Agua Para Chocolate/Like Water for Chocolate," a beautiful fantasy romance in which the main character projects her emotions into the food she cooks.

walypala said...

Don't forget The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. Many a yummy recipe to try at home in that film. I am surprised the cook book tie-in was never released.

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Oh my goodness! You’re so right! I really don’t think anyone’s put it that way before! You must be an expert on this because you just made it so easy to understand,