Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Food for Thought: Thanksgiving & Foodie Films

Thanksgiving Movies

1993-Comedy-Plot: Sweet home town girl meets Shore her freshman year at college in the big city. She's changed fast & wants to go home for Thanksgiving showing of her new image with Shore in tow. It does deal with coming home for Thanksgiving from the big city. This is one of the few Pauly Shore movies I can stand thanks to an awesome 90's fashion makeover, the charming Carla Gugino, and the occasionally sweet Shore.

1997 Dark Comedy

Plot: An estranged brother returns home for Thanksgiving with a surprise fiance, much to the chagrin of his mother & crazy Jackie O obsessed twin sister.

Parker Posey at her best. Intelligent, hilarious & inappropriate with an amazing cast. Even Tori Spelling is amazing.

2003 Comedy

Plot: The bad seed of the family (Holmes) wants to prove her new found adulthood by cooking her family Thanksgiving meal. Everything goes wrong.

This is the oft rare indie comedy without a depressing ending.

1997 Drama

Plot: Set in 1970's suburbia, 2 dysfunctional families decide to have Thanksgiving together and all their secrets come out.

This is a haunting, beautifully acted film directed by the acclaimed Ang Lee. Sometimes hard to watch, but ultimately thought-provoking and sometimes inappropriately funny.

1993 Comedy


Plot: Morticia gets pregnant and Uncle Fester marries a black widow.

Black Widow (Joan Cusack) sends Pugsley & Wed off to summer camp to get rid of them. My favorite scene of this surprisingly superior sequel is the Thanksgiving pageant, where Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) plays a vengeful Native American who decides to go off script. Won't give anything away.


Plot:Depressed man (Keanu Reeves) is referred to a very special woman (Charlize Theron) who takes a month to "nurse" anyone back to mental health. This is November.

Super sappy, but somehow I remember liking it.

1973 Animated

Plot: Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang for this Thanksgiving double feature. In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Chuck tries to host a traditional holiday feast. In the Mayflower Voyagers, the Peanuts reenact the first Thanksgiving. In the Emmy-winning first feature, dinner turns into a disaster when clueless Snoopy and Woodstock serve toast and popcorn as the main dish, but Marcie steps in and saves the holiday.

I love the Peanuts & I love Snoopy. Nuff said.

2011 Comedy

Tower Heist follows Josh (), Charlie () and Enrique Dev'reaux (), employees of an exclusive apartment building who lose their pensions in the of businessman Arthur Shaw (). The group enlist the aid of criminal Slide (), bankrupt businessman Mr. Fitzhugh () and another employee of the apartment building, Odessa (), to break into Shaw's apartment and steal back their money while avoiding the FBI agent in charge of his case, Claire Denham (). So why is this a Thanksgiving movie? Because a court hearing for Shaw has been scheduled for during the to avoid publicity, and Shaw will go free. Josh and his team decide to break into Shaw's apartment during the parade.

Foodie Films & TV

2007 Animated

Plot: With dreams of becoming a chef, a culinary genius in the form of a rat, makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famed restaurant.

Stars: , , , Peter O'Toole, Janenae Garofalo

This Oscar winning animated film had culinary moments so appetizing looking, I wanted to jump in the screen and eat, Paris looked stunning, & it had some of the best voice over work by big name actors & not voice over artists I've heard in quite awhile.

2009 Biopic

Plot: Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. Director: Stars: , , ,

Amazing Frensh food & memorable kitchen moments & meltdowns.

200 Romantic Comedy- Plot: A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the community. Director: Stars: , , ,

I've heard it takes 40lbs of chocolate to re-create to euphoric feeling of love. Since that would probably kill you, why don't you watch this film & the chocolate in it do that instead.

2009 AnimatedPlot: The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Director: , Stars: , , ,

So this was my absolute favorite book when I was a kid. Could it possibly live up to my expectations? Yes, actually it did. Yes there's a sequel now, but it looks stupid. Mutant animal food hybrids? Really?

1999 Romantic ComedyPlot: A terrible chef (Gellar) trying to keep her late mother's restaurant afloat, suddenly obtains the magical ability to put her feelings into her food and becomes a culinary gem.Director: Stars: , , ,

Ok so a lot of people bag this movie, but I think this movie is adorable. And the eclair scene with Clarkson & Baker is a standout.

1991 DramaPlot: A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.


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This movie centers around different characters that work and patronize the Whistle Stop Cafe where the "secrets in the sauce". This foodie film will have you wondering what the heck are fried green tomatoes?

2007 ComedyPlot: Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. What does make her happy is making pies in the diner she works in, and makes every kinda pie for every kind of life-event or feeling imaginable.

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Stars: , , , 2011 Comedy SeriesPlot: Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash.Stars: , , ,

This business in question is a cupcake shop with the baking skills of Dennings & the business savvy of Behrs.

1971 MusicalPlot: A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all. Director: Stars: , , ,

Please at all costs avoid the remake with Johhny Depp. It's creepy and stupid. This original had so much heart and sooo much candy. I'm having a hankering for a giant gummy bear right about now.

2005 ComedyPlot: Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics. Director: Stars: , , ,

This movie might turn you off to food, especially after seeing what happens to patrons who send their food back. You've been warned.

2002 ComedyPlot: A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. Director: Stars: , , ,

The Greek culture like all cultures revolves so much around food. Food quote: "He don't eat no meat? He don't eat no meat? It's ok. I make lamb."

1997 Romantic Comedy

Plot: Jules (Julia Roberts) tries to stop the upcoming nuptials of her best guy friend before he marries preppy Kimberly (Cameron Diaz)

Wedding movies always have food, there's the cake, the drunken karaoke bar sequences, the singing lobsters at the brunch. You know, the usual. This movie also happens to have the main character as a food critic. Oh should I ever be so blessed?

2000 RomancePlot: A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart. Director: Stars: , , ,

Minnie Driver and all the adorbale old men in her life all revolve around the family run O'Reilly's Italian Resturant.

2003 Romantic ComedyPlot: A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life. Director: Stars: , , ,

According to this movie grapes taste purple, teenagers fall in love picking olives from olive trees, and people are brought together with food. This is my go-to feel good movie when I need a pick-me-up.

1995 Dark ComedyA group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering right wing pundits for their political beliefs. Director: Stars: , , ,

Politics aside, this movie is funny and everyone's head goes face first into their food. I know I've done that for different reasons.

1997 Romantic ComedyDaniel, Sam(antha) and Peter are three old friends living together in a Los Angeles loft. Being gifted with a great cooking skill and good looks Daniel uses his talent to bring home one beauty after another. As he gives public cooking lessons, there is enough female supply for his wishes. One day, a TV-Producer takes part in one of his courses and watches him work. Then, she offers him his own show, "Cooking for Two". Daniel is more than happy and accepts gratefully. The three friends promise to each other that not even money can bring them apart.Director: Stars: , , ,

This is one of those great under-dog movies where the cute, quirky but imperfect girl (I used to see myself in all those characters. Heck I still do but I got the guy to watch them with now) where the she gets the hot guy in the end and he can cook.

2004 DocumentaryPlot: While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. (100 mins.)Director: Stars: , , ,

Guaranteed to make you vomit in your mouth a little every time you so much as see those double arches. That is, if you haven't already. This documentary is funny, informative, and makes you think more about what you put into your body and how that can effect your life. I must confess though-I still go to McD's for the coffee, sweet tea, and an occasional parfait or even ahem Bic Mac. It's my McD weakness. I'm sorry. It's the secret sauce (thousand island dressing I know). But I can cut up onions that tiny. It's those too. Damn you Big Mac.

Reality Cooking Competition SeriesTop Chef

Plot: Professional chefs from around the country from all types of backgrounds and walks of life compete to win the title of Top Chef which usually includes $100,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, and a showcase at the annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic. Each episode has a Quick Fire challenge & an Elimination challenge.Stars: , , ,

I love this show! Each season is in a different state with each challenge highlighting different food facts/culture, etc of that state. There in my childhood favorite and a huge part of my life growing up: New Orleans, LA.

Thanksgiving & Foodie Films Currently in theaters2013 AnimatedI can't vouch for this one yet, but why a computer-animated Thanksgiving movie has taken this long to be made is kind of shocking. Let's hope it's not a turkey. Word play - yes!

Foodie Movies Recently Released on DVD2013 Dark ComedyAn obsessive chef Heather Graham) befriends an anorexic former child star (Carrie-Anne Moss) living in the apartment next door, sparking a fiery battle of wills.
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