Sunday, March 20, 2011

ON MOVIES ~ For The Foodies...

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MONDAY MOVIE MEME

Molly looked around for a weekly meme about movies and did not have any luck. So therefore she decided to start her own! Andy will play along as well - hopefully you will too. Go to your blog and create your own post on the topic, linking back to us in your post, then come back and leave a link to your post here in our Comments section. If you don’t have a blog, just share your response in the Comments section.

This week's movie topic is all about Food...

I edit the Restaurants Blog for UpTake - a travel search engine site. This means that in addition to managing a small staff of writers, I also write posts of my own reviewing restaurants, bars, markets, cooking classes, food & wine expos, charitable food events and any other culinary functions going on in my region of the world or wherever I happen to travel. This is fun to get paid to do. But I don't get free meals and the food I eat for the cause is not without calories! I generally spend a portion of my weekends eating out somewhere and then writing my reviews for the upcoming week. All this focus on food leads me to thoughts of food in film. Here is a feast of selections I came up with that feature food in film. Share on your blog movies that are about growing, cooking, serving, eating or any other function of food, linking back here. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!
  • Animal House (1978) - What better example of a food fight in film is there?
  • American Pie (1999) - Although this movie totally cracks us both up, I do always feel pretty sorry for that poor pie.
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) - Sometimes, candy dreams that come true aren't always as yummy as you think they would be. Just ask Veruca Salt.
  • Forrest Gump (1994) - That box of chocolates he ate at the bus stop provided one of film's most famous phrases.
  • Diner (1982) - I love pretty much everything about this Barry Levinson classic. Some of my favorite scenes revolve around food. Earl ordering the whole left side of the menu. Mickey Rourke's popcorn box trick. Kevin Bacon's fake ketchup blood. Steve Guttenburg demanding a bologna sandwich from his poor mother.
  • Goodfellas (1990) - I still find the dinner scene at Joe Pesci's mother's house to be utterly disturbing, considering the brutal events leading up to that casual meal.
  • Pretty Woman (1990) - I will never think of fancy dining the same way. I always giggle when pondering the silverware thanks to Julia Roberts' bumbling with those "slippery little suckers."

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19 comments:

Lee said...

Fun, fun, fun! Since I can't eat real food right now, this made me enjoy food cinematically.

Interesting selections, Molly. I managed to think of some that didn't make your list.

Here are my five.

Lesley said...

Hi, I've only seen Willy Wonka, Forrest Gump, and Pretty Woman from your list and they do have memorable food scenes. It's interesting how some foods can remind you of a movie or a book or a specific incident in your life. My post is here.

The Gal Herself said...

Love this topic, and I love your list. Diner was a great choice. And your inclusion of Good Fellas inspired the least conventional entry on my list.

Margot said...

Surprise - I'm playing along this week. I can never resist anything related to food. I was surprised by your list and I had to think about the food in each film. I think is going to make me want to go back and re-watch some movies.

My list is here: Joyfully Retired.

Ellie said...

Love movies, Love food!

This is my first time joining Movie Monday.

You can find my post HERE

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Yes, I too loved the "slippery little suckers" scene!

kaye said...

I agree with the Forrest Gump comment about the box of chocolates. I never did like either version of Willy Wonka.

Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Amy said...

Fun topic! It's difficult to decide what movies to leave off my list!
The food fight in Animal House is great!
Diner is an awesome movie, great pick!

My list is posted:
Amy's foodie movies!

hmsgofita said...

Some good choices in there. I still haven't seen most of those...more movies to add my list!!!

Mine: http://gofita.blogspot.com/2011/03/monday-movie-meme-food.html

Hope said...

Great topic! My choice is at http://a-little-hope.com/blog/2011/03/monday-movie-meme/

Lindsey said...

Great theme, and a wealth of choices to choose from. Mine are HERE.

Kwizgiver said...

Lots of fun! Here are my answers: monday movie meme

ds said...

"Food fiiight!!" That takes me back. Have never seen Diners; will have to amend that.

David said...

This is a great topic. The first thing that comes to my mind is the dinner scene from The Gotfather where Michael Corleone kills Sollozzo. Classic ...

Kathleen said...

You've picked some good ones. I love the scene in Animal House when they are eating in the cafeteria and John Belushi pops eggs in his mouth...classic!

stacybuckeye said...

Great topic but I don't have time to play today! Some that come to mind...the I'll have what she's having scene in When Harry Met Sally, pretty much the whole movies of Chocolat and Waitress. Why can't there be more hours in the day?

Susan said...

I agree with Stacy...I could watch Chocolat 5 days a week and not get tired of it, and I love Waitress. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman is a great one, too, but you have to watch the one with subtitles...the dubbed one sucks.

Lisa said...

I think my favs are the pie scene from The Great Race, all of Big Night and every bit of chocolaty goodness from Choclat.

jehara said...

Waitress, Like Water for Chocolate, and Chocolat are the first movies that come to mind. And Eat, Pray, Love. That movie made me sooo hungry!

I really love movies that are centered around food. They inspire me to get in kitchen, and when my appetite is lacking all I need to do is watch something food-related to coax it back. :)