My Top 5 Movies about Food

I love going to the movies and do so about once or twice per month even though the ticket prices are somewhat rediculous. I’ve been told that tickets in Europe are around 15 Euros so we shouldn’t be complaining here in South Africa. Also, I don’t buy into the Hollywood hype of some of the blockbusters coming out of America. For example, superheroes can *uck off if it were up to me. I enjoy watching movies where you actually have to think a little bit and the ending can’t be predicted right from the beginning. Some of my favourite movies include the likes of Insomnia, One Hour Photo, Lost in Translation and Burn After Reading. I hope that gives you an idea of what kind of movies I enjoy.

I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 favourite movies involving food. These only include titles I have watched; there might be other movies out there such as Julia & Julia or Eat Pray Love – but they just don’t interest me at all *yawn.

1. Chocolat

ChocolatChocolat is an enchanting, moving and heart-warming tale of love and temptation, a big-budget movie with its roots in European art house cinema. Magical and almost fairytale-like in theme, it’s the story of the mysterious Vianne and her arrival in a quiet, old-fashioned French town at the end of the 1950s. Gradually her attitude to life and the delicacies that she prepares in her chocolate shop have a marked effect on the local people, bound as they are by the twin forces of religion and politics.

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2. Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green TomatoesKathy Bates stars as an unhappy wife trying to get her husband’s attention. After befriending a lonely old woman, Bates hears the story of a lifelong friendship between two other women who once ran a cafe in town against many personal odds. The tale inspires Bates to take further command over her life.

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3. Sweeney Todd*

sweeney toddMurder. Cannibalism. Death. Obsession. Revenge. Blood. Goth makeup. And lots of razors! In the movie, Burton’s frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, plays Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder.

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4. Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Ratatouille tells the story of wannabe-chef Remy The Rat, who becomes drawn into the mantra of legendary cook Gusteau, that anyone can cook. The deceased Gusteau’s ghostly image appears to Remy, and guides him to his restaurant, whose standards have been slipping since his death. Remy, through the manipulation of a lowly restaurant worker called Linguini, soon starts secretly cooking the food, and this unusual set up proves to be a trove of treasures that Pixar carefully picks through.

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5. Sideways

SidewaysStruggling novelist and wine connoisseur Miles takes his best friend Jack on a wine-tasting tour of California vineyards for a kind of extended bachelor party. Almost immediately, Jack’s insatiable need to sow some wild oats before his marriage leads them in into double-dates with a rambunctious wine pourer and a recently divorce waitress and Miles discovers a little hope that he hasn’t let himself feel in a long time.

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*Sweeney Todd is about food even if it is somewhat sickening when you think about it.

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Written by Marvin

Founder of FoodBlogSA Media. B.Bus.Sc. - Marketing; M.Bus.Sc- Tourism. A career in destination marketing was calling but then my passion for food took over. Welcome to our restaurant marketing platform.

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