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    Steven e

    I just watched Today’s Special. It’s a fairy tale about a would be chef and his journey back into finding his own culture. If you just flow with the fairy tale thing, it’s a decent movie. It’s not the foodiest food movie ever, but it still made me hungry like they always do, and eager to dabble with cooking something new, or even just going out to eat really good indian food. I LOVE that inspiring aspect of watching food movies!

    My hands down favorite is Tampopo. It’s a little known, totally bizzare, often very funny, 80’s Japanese noodle western about the transformation of a noodle cook. Total hunger inducing noodle porn. It’s really beyond description, but I highly recommend checking it out. I don’t think it’s on netflix (which is a travesty), but You can find it on some free movie sites by googling > watch tampopo online < or something like that. I swear this movie made me a little better at making Asian noodle soups.

    I also liked The Big Night quite a bit. It’s about an Italian family with a humble family restaurant who are expecting a special guest who they think will propel their restaurant into popularity to compete with the fancy, but in their view, much lesser Italian place across the street. I like the scrambled egg scene. It made my scrambled eggs better.

    What is your experience with food movies and which ones are awesome?


    Before I opened this thread to read, just having read the title, I immediately thought of “that amazing movie about noodles directed by Juzo Itami.” That movie (Tampopo) is absolutely brilliant. (Incidentally, I also quite enjoyed several other Juzo Itami movies, but none of those are about food so much.)

    Oh, and The Godfather movies have quite a lot of food. I’m thinking about Clemenza’s meatballs. But then, there’s so much disturbing content in those movies, often coinciding with food (eg. Michael kills Sollozzo and McCluskey at Louis’,) maybe it would put some people off Italian food? Not me, though. Just this morning I was reflecting on how I haven’t had an appetite for meat lately. But thinking about Clemenza’s spaghetti sauce, those meatballs and sausages sound pretty good. Apparently the recipe in the movie was Coppola’s, and he was pretty serious about it according to his commentary on the DVD.

    Steven e

    Yeah, tampopo is truly great, though I could see some of it freaking some people out. I’ll totally check out his other movies. I’m not sure that ever occurred to me. I just tried to watch Dead Sushi, a goofy Japanese horror flick about vengeful sushi, but I didn’t even make it half way, and it didn’t leave me wanting sushi… I’ll bet there are some other good Japanese food movies out there though. Jiro Dreams of Sushi was actually pretty great to watch. I had forgotten about that one.

    I’m recently pretty fascinated by asian pop culture, or media and music anyway. I ended up trying to watch some Japanese chick flick recently. There are these three women talking about whether they wash their bra everyday or not. One says she doesn’t because it’s not like she’s sweating a lot. The others do and one answers, “is your metabolism really that bad?” as she’s putting a potato chip in her mouth! I took screen shots. Maybe the importance of metabolism is more in the public mind elsewhere. I didn’t make it past that scene and went back to surfing for asian movies and Korean dramas.

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