Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks #5: Movies that feature Food Predominantly

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies that feature Food Predominantly


A toughie this week; I haven't really watched a lot of movies that feature food and can't remember enough of the ones that I have watched...but I've managed to put together my three picks. One of them is a clear favourite and the other two are ones that I've enjoyed.

As always my picks in aphabetical order:

Marie Antoinette (2006) - "The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles."
Ok so there's no cooking here or any of the sort...but Marie Antoinette supposedly said "Let them eat cake", which may not at all be true. Whatever the case this movie certainly featured some gorgeous looking desserts. Pure decadence.

Ratatouille (2007)  - "A rat, who can also cook, makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant."
Yes I'm going for the obvious choice; not my favourite Pixar movie but I enjoyed it. The food in the movie looked gorgeous. I think the movie visually looks very different from most Pixar films, with glowy bloom effect which gives it a romantic nostalgic look.
Waitress (2007) - "Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness."
One of my favourite movies which just happens to feature yummy looking pies. Keri Russell plays Jenna a waitress who makes excellent pies. Stuck in an abusive marriage, an upcoming pie contest gives Jenna an opportunity to put her skill to use and win some money for an escape. The movie is sweet, funny and touching.

So that's three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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  1. I considered putting Ratatouille on my list, but I ultimately decided against it on the grounds that it was too obvious and I figured it would make other lists. It made finding a third choice more difficult but I think the one I came up with is pretty clever (hey, if an international plot to steal an egg-salad recipe doesn't count as predominantly featuring food I don't know what does).

    Marie Antoinette wasn't one that would have immediately struck me as a suitable choice, but now that you mention it I don't think it would surprise me too much to see a lot of really great food given its subject matter. I'd never heard of Waitress before, but it sounds interesting.

    1. Marie Antoinette wasn't one that came to mind immediately for me too, but then I realise food always seem to be in the background. They were I guess a good prop to illustrate the wealth of the aristocrats, as well as their excessiveness and wastefulness while the rest of the country were hungry.

  2. The only one of these I've seen is Ratatouille and I enjoyed it very much. Never had any interest in Waitress and never got around to Marie Antoinette. Thanks for the recommendations.


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