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."


mae said...

I liked your list about non-food movies.

callous bird said...

One of my favorite "food films" is Marco Ferreri's "La Grande Bouffe". Very decadent.
Your blog is very extensive. Love it.

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.

Wendy said...

Big Night is a movie that makes me want to eat Italian food all day long.

Stanley Kubrick said...

Just one fore each for food about food I have What's Cooking. For food with a title but is not about food I have Home Fries.

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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,