WHO’S HUNGRY?! With the tasty-looking The Hundred-Foot Journey now in theatres, here are my personal top five movies about food that make me rethink my mac n’ cheese (that’ll never happen).
5. Sideways (2004)
So this is a bit of a cheat because this movie is about wine rather than food. (Wine counts as a meal though, right?) This film has a lot of character-heavy fun/silliness that I’ve always enjoyed. When I watched this movie with my parents they made me rewind the long speech about Pinot grapes that was a metaphor for something (I was busy thinking about wine) because it was on point. (PS: my parents’ cat’s name is Pinot.)
4. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Though mostly I like this movie because it’s a stoner adventure film lead by TWO not-white dudes, the long build-up and sweet, sweet mini burger pay-off make this movie so juicy. I want to live in that last scene where they just eat burgers and fries for like an hour.
3. Chocolat (2000)
I confess, chocolate is not my favourite, but this movie made me a bit of a believer, though bohemian Johnny Depp helped a lot. That being said, Juliette Binoche is the true star along with all the super-fancy-looking chocolate mini sculptures. It’s a love story between Depp, Binoche, that little cute town and everyone’s stomachs.
2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
I saw this movie after eating a totally mediocre meal and instantly regretted it. This movie is almost about nothing other than glorious close-ups of the best sushi in the world (literally). The process of choosing fish, the years and years of stirring rice before touching anything else, squid massaging and people staring at you while you eat, this movie is dynamite roll (get it?).
1. Big Night (1996)
I chose this movie as my #1 for many reasons. We owned the soundtrack and listened to it all the time at home and we watched it many times, feeling all connected with our Italian side. Despite the bad accents and silly plot, this movie is all about eating proper, gorgeous meals, drinking, Italian-style family dinners and Louis Prima.