Monday, August 3, 2009

Food on Film

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM

baca/1249328669-filmreel.jpgFor some reason I always watch “food” movies when I am hungry enough to eat my empty cardboard popcorn container.

In those types of appetite-whetting movies, sometimes the food will become another character and steal the scenes with bright colors and beautiful textures.

Other food films (Fast Food Nation, Food Inc.) expose the food industry and its not so appetizing underbelly. And then of course there are love stories, movies about loving food, love and food.

My personal favorite food movie is Mostly Martha (the original German version, not the recent re-make, No Reservations with Catherine Zeta Jones). It boasts one of the best love scenes ever, involving soup and blindfolds. (Don’t worry, no one gets naked).

On August 7th, Julie & Julia, a new movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, will open in Memphis. It’s based on a book of the same name about a young woman who cooks her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and, along the way, rediscovers passion for food, her relationship and life.

I haven’t seen the film yet. Early reviews have indicated it will be a good one, but not one to go see on an empty stomach.

Check out this list of popular food films, from a very informal and unscientific poll. Post a comment with your favorite food film, and help expand the list.

Babette's Feast (1987)
Chocolat (2000)
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Fast Food Nation (2001)
The Fish Fall in Love (2005)
Food, Inc. (2009)
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Mostly Martha (2001)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Ratatouille (2007)

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