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'I Like Killing Flies,' the Kenny Shopsin Documentary

In red suspenders and a black t-shirt, Kenny pontificates from behind the grill on subjects ranging from the "sexual friction" of fusion cooking to the existential issues of killing flies. These musings, along with the restaurant's story and incredibly inventive menu, make this film mandatory watching for anyone interested in diners, cooks, or quiet, compelling stories in general. More

Is 'Eat Pray Love' a Foodie Movie?

Like the majority of other females between the ages of 20 and 60, I read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. And I'm not ashamed to say, I enjoyed it, in a braincandy-beach-read kind of way. Today the film adaptation starring Julia Roberts comes out, and after an early screening, I must warn moviegoers: you will leave craving pasta. And gelato. Eaten with a teeny plastic spoon on a park bench next to nuns. More

Revisiting 'Fast Food Nation,' the Book and Film

While the book came out in 2002 and the film in 2006, Fast Food Nation is still as relevant as ever. I checked out a film screening and Q&A with the film's director, Richard Linklater, and the book's author, Eric Schlosser. Many of the food policy issues are still unresolved. More

The Future of School Lunch Reform

School lunch is currently one of the hot topics in food policy. So much that a new film called Lunch Line is coming out this spring to emphasize the history and development of the school lunch program. With the influence of documentaries such as this one, and efforts of lobbying groups and researchers, hopefully the National School Lunch Program can see positive changes in the near future. More

Green Eggs and Hamlet

The Serious Eats' Movie Awards Season Recipe Series is brought to you by Since we like Shakespeare films, Dr. Seuss, breakfast, and puns, we decided to combine all these forces into one dish: Green Eggs and Hamlet. The original recipe... More

'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Is a Foodie Movie

"Even the last scene takes place in a grocery store aisle where juice boxes play a key role." The cover of the Fantastic Mr. Fox soundtrack. [Image: Amazon] Over the weekend I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox, the stop-motion animation by Wes Anderson based on the kiddie-lit classic by Roald Dahl. While the book has some simple pencil sketches by Quentin Blake, the film is filled with lavish food scenes that may actually make you hungry, even if the cakes and roasted meats are made of clay. Without giving too much away, the story's whole premise revolves around Mr. Fox 's obsessive mission to steal from three bad guy farmers—Boggis, Bunce and Bean—each of whom fixates on a single type of... More

Serious Green: Movies That Go Beyond Food Inc

©iStockphoto.com/thebroker This summer's Food, Inc. has brought food consciousness in the U.S. to a whole new level. If Food, Inc. made you hungry for more info on food production in the U.S., you should get your hands on one of the movies below. These films range in theme from school lunches to genetically modified foods. People can talk and write about food production and industrial feed lots till they're blue in the face, but seeing sometimes makes all the difference. Food, Inc. was groundbreaking because it was the first enviro-food film to be screened at major movie theaters across the country. But the small, food-focused films that follow after the jump played at independent festivals and then never seemed... More

Ethicurean Reviews New Documentary 'Food Fight,' Underwhelmed

The Ethicurean, a blog devoted to the organic and sustainable eating ethos, is predisposed to love a film like Food Fight (not to be confused with Foodfight!), where the premise rests on the same mantra. But get ready for a plot twist—they didn't love it. Here’s where I bite the nice hands who fed me the DVD review copy. We three found ourselves squirming restlessly in our pews. Too many putative saints were being paraded past us on litters of glistening lettuces, and the familiar hymns sounded off key in their new arrangements. Ethicurean founder Bonnie Powell watched a preview copy (screenings are just in Los Angeles currently) and while she found it beautiful visually, said it could have... More

In Videos: Neko Rahmen Taishō, a Film About a Ramen-Cooking Cat

“You are the Taishou! Taishou! The owner who won't refuse any press interviews. The cat who makes ramen noodles,” as the theme song goes. Based on a Japanese comic book that later turned into an anime series, Neko Rahmen Taishō is an upcoming film about an angry-looking kitty named Taishou who becomes a ramen master. He uses his skills to create an array of weird dishes: canned cat food (adored by a food critic in one episode); dessert ramen with soy sauce, strawberries, and milk; and ramen composed of partially rotten ingredients. On a more appetizing note, his miso ramen, the favorite of his main customer, appeared a bit safer. The movie, directed by Minoru Kawasaki and released in Japan... More

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