Food Flicks–My Favorites List

So, like most foodies, the thought of such extends to movie-watching, as well. Sometimes, the food scenes are subtle and are only put in for meager, if any, real significance to the movie’s plot. Case in point: ‘Heartburn.’  I’m thinking about the scene where Meryl Streep’s and Jack Nicholson’s characters are sitting in bed, eating pasta from a huge bowl, Meryl meticulously and expertly twirling her fork into and out of the pasta and piling it into her mouth, while also feeding some to Jack. All the while carrying on a midnight-hour conversation about who-knows-what?  Classic.  Here’s more:

1. Big Night

2. The Godfather, All Three Parts.

3. Under the Tuscan Sun

4. Saturday Night Fever

5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

6. Moonstruck

7. Like Water For Chocolate

8. Chocolat

Please, feel free to let me know of any you loved that didn’t get in.

9. Crossing Delancy

10. Waitress

11. Pride and Prejudice

12. Big (Courtesy of my dear friend, Lilly)

13. Fried Green Tomatoes (Silly me, to forget) 7/21/10

14. Goodfellas (Agnes’s mention)

15. A Christmas Story (So many great food scenes at the kitchen table.)

16. Baby Boom (How could have I forgotten this one? Love the Vermont-ness of the apple orchards and country stores, wherein Diane Keaton’s character sells her homemade baby food applesauce and various veggie concoctions to the NYC, L.L. Bean-wearing, kiddy-flight parents, who are so easily bamboozled by the country-checkered fabric-laden jars.)

17. A Room With A View

18. Serendipity (Forgot to check out its sister eatery, when last in NYC–as if I’m some kind of high-falutin’ WV jet-setter–oxymoron assumed.)

19. Drumroll, please: Julie & Julia (I borrowed from the library, if that makes any difference. I must admit, it was a rather nice movie. Not on the order of  a Big Night, but palatable, nonetheless. Thought the blogging scenes were fun.)

20. The Garden (A documentary by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. Just after the 1992 South L.A. Riots, whereby the City “gave” the 14-acre desecrated land to area residents to create their own urban garden nirvana, but as their hard work yielded beautiful and bountiful vegetable- and fruit-laden gardens, which afforded them with a means for self-reliance and self-respect, the City decided to destroy the “fruits of their labor”–literally. A truly remarkable movie that speaks to today’s issues about sustainability and organic gardening.)

21. Yentl–One of my all-time favorites. Lovely food scenes throughout.
22. The Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio A real winner of a movie. Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson are imcomparable. The old-timey 50s-era tableware and glass milk bottles, along with red jello and pot roast meals, are heart-warming reminders of bygone days

23. Fargo–Minus the woodchipper scene. It may not be your obvious choice, but the dining scenes between the main husband-wife characters is a spot-on study of “average.” Especially like the restaurant scene where they slap on piles of food from the local buffet. The office scene where her hubby brings them Arby’s to dine on is really classic, too. ND accents, a plus!


65 Responses to “Food Flicks–My Favorites List”

  1. Lilly 07/17/2010 at 10:26 pm #

    What about “Big”-the scene where Tom Hanks is at the c

  2. Lilly 07/17/2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Let me try this one more time….What about “Big”-the scene where Tom Hanks is at the company party eating baby corn like corn-on-the-cob and spitting out the beluga caviar.

    • mymotherstable 07/18/2010 at 6:54 pm #

      Yeah, sorry I hadn’t seen that one. But, I’ll add it to the list. Funny, I almost put one of his other movies on the list, “You’ve Got Mail.” And, so oddly coincidental, too. It was the scene where he’s at a party and he’s standing at the buffet table where there’s all this great food. Meg Ryan (of course, she’s been in, like, how many movies with him?) watches him scrape the caviar garnish, that’s placed around the egg-salad-ish spread, and put it all on his plate, as if it’s meant to be the full-on appetizer. Great scene. Just didn’t consider the movie to have, not only enough food, but the food didn’t seem important enough to the movie itself, like the others. Thanks for adding one to the list.

      Kaukab’s daughter

  3. Agnes 07/22/2010 at 9:13 pm #

    You had me at Moonstruck.

    • mymotherstable 07/23/2010 at 4:58 am #

      Don’t you just love, love, love that movie? Two food scenes in particular: Cher’s mother eating her soup at the neighborhood restaurant with that scummy “suitor;” and the family eating oatmeal at the kitchen table, waiting for Cher’s fiance to show up and find out that she’s in love with his brother, Nicholas Cage. Classic.

      Kaukab’s daughter

      • Agnes 07/24/2010 at 9:56 pm #

        It’s in my top five, all-time faves. A movie I can watch again and again.
        I also like the scene in which Rose is making breakfast; it looks like ‘egg in the window,’ and there’s something red in there which could be tomato or possibly red pepper. I like to speculate. Loretta takes the plate and smells it. Such a natural thing to do!
        And what about the steak Loretta cooks for Ronnie. “You’ll eat it bloody to feed your blood.”
        Yum. Delicious film!

  4. Agnes 07/25/2010 at 4:51 pm #

    I haven’t seen all the movies on your list, but I’d certainly agree re those I have seen. LOTS of food in Fried Green Tomatoes, and sooo sumptuously displayed. I love the scene in which Idgie and Ruth have their food fight. The fruit looks juicy and delicious, and the chocolate frosting, etc. In Under the Tuscan Sun, I like the party scenes; the food looks amazing. The Godfather scene that sticks with me is the spaghetti-cooking lesson…
    Oh, what about Goodfellas? I always love the prison scene, in which Henry talks about slicing the garlic so thin it just dissolves in the oil. And later in the movie, Henry describes in detail the meal he’s cooking on the day when he realizes he’s finally busted.
    Okay, it’s animated so I’m not sure whether it would meet your criteria, but if you’ve ever seen Miyazaki’s Spirited Away you’ll know what I’m talking about — early in the movie the parents find a little restaurant and mmmmm… those piles of chicken and noodles and seafood, all with steam rising off, so beautifully drawn you can almost smell ’em.

    • mymotherstable 07/26/2010 at 3:46 am #

      That’s so funny, about the garlic. Yeah, after I first saw that, I decided to do the same. It really works. Time consuming, though.

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  5. Agnes 07/29/2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I haven’t seen it, but I saw “Tortilla Soup” mentioned on another blog as a great food movie…

    • mymotherstable 07/30/2010 at 5:24 am #

      I’ll have to check that one out. Will get back to you on that. Thanks, Agnes. You always come through.

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  6. Agnes 08/03/2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Julie & Julia?

    • mymotherstable 08/04/2010 at 3:23 am #

      Ummm…I decided to omit because I thought it too literal a movie about food. I’m irrational that way.

      Kaukab’s daughter.

      • mymotherstable 08/04/2010 at 5:37 pm #

        Just in case someone might venture to propose this month’s upcoming flick, “Eat, pray, love.” Don’t. Please. For the same reasons, and maybe moreso, as noted earlier, regarding ‘Julie and Julia.’

        Nothing against Julia. I’ve watched her for years and years. I’d like to keep her in my memory the way we were first introduced.

        Kaukab’s daughter.

  7. Agnes 08/05/2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Okay, I’m scratching my head in perplexity. What is your reasoning? Julie & Julie is too literal a movie about food, but is it any more about food than, say, Waitress? Or Chocolat? Please explain…

    • mymotherstable 08/05/2010 at 5:29 pm #

      I can’t put my finger on it; I just didn’t get the feeling of such an intentional attention to the food in the others on the list. Yes, the food was a good part of many of these, but not in such an “in-your-face,” commerical, food network-y way. Again, I’m irrational that way.

      Kaukab’s daughter

  8. Agnes 08/09/2010 at 12:07 pm #

    So I take it you’re not tempted to see ‘Eat. Pray. Love.’ ?
    Did you like ‘Julie & Julia’ as a movie, even if not a food movie? I may have asked you that already.

    • mymotherstable 08/09/2010 at 5:37 pm #

      Yeah, I thought I’d want to see them, at this moment, I’m not feeling so inclined. Maybe, another time.

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