Sunday, March 20, 2011

On Movies - foodie films

This week we're considering the role of food in film. Molly directs us to share "movies that are about growing, cooking, serving, eating or any other function of food." Sounds good to me as for the last few days I've been restricted to yogurt and protein smoothies due to oral surgery. I can enjoy food via my film memories! Here goes:

Aaah, there he is, the delicious Stanley Tucci. [Big Night]
1. Big Night [1996] A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. One of my favorite films! 

Nice looking bakery, eh?
2. It's Complicated [2009] Many of scenes in this film were set in the kitchen, around the dinner table or in the main character's bakery/cafe.


3. Botany of Desire [2009] From IMDb: "Michael Pollan, a professor of journalism and a student of food, presents the history of four plants, each of which found a way to make itself essential to humans, thus ensuring widespread propagation." Enjoyed the lush photography as much as learning about Pollan's theory.

Seduced by shrimp.
4. I Am Love [2009] It's set in Italy and the main character falls for a chef. 'Nuf said.

Do you recognize Helen Mirren?
5. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover [1989] Shocking shenanigans at Le Hollandais Restaurant.

Be sure to check out Molly and the gang's picks at The Bumbles.

12 comments:

yogurt said...

I Am Love - gorgeous film! In more ways than one :)

yogurt said...

P.S. Hope you are healing quickly. Ensure (or it's ilk) not a bad idea either, added to your smoothies.

bekkah said...

my husband and i both loved big night...a great movie!!

kaye said...

I remember seeing Big Night, but can't recall the details. Nice list today. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Amy said...

Great list. I like your choices as they're not "run of the mill" films. I have Big Night on my list, too. I wracked my brain to come up with The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover but it wasn't happening. Thank you!

hmsgofita said...

These are different! I've never heard of any of them. They all look great. Need to look them up!

The Gal Herself said...

It's Complicated is a great choice! And Big Night is one of those movies I have been reading brilliant things about for years, but have yet to rent.

Lindsey said...

Very interesting choices, and I haven't seen any of them except It's Complicated. I'll have to check them out; thanks for the suggestions!

Kwizgiver said...

Oh, It's Complicated is a great choice!! Same with The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover!

I haven't seen Botany of Desire or I am Love. I'll have to check them out!

The Bumbles said...

I enjoyed your list - less mainstream but just as wonderful. Its good to call attention to them to spread the love. I hope today's topic didn't make you too hungry while you recover :0(

Margot said...

What a super line-up of films around food. You've given me a new list to find and watch.

Ellie said...

I haven't seen any of these. I'll have to check them out.