Culinistas's Kitchen

Favorite Food Flicks

by The Culinistas

Tampopo

You’ve heard of a spaghetti western, what about a ramen western? Tampopo explores and celebrates ramen and ramen culture through a series of sweet, silly, and sultry vignettes.

Ratatouille

A Disney Pixar classic, Ratatouille is beloved by kids (and chefs!) alike. Remy, the little rat that could, navigates restaurant kitchens in Paris with an exterminator and critic on his heels the whole time. Known for its animation, soundtrack, and of course hyper realistic detail to food and the cooking process, at its height, Ratatouille held the most Oscar nominations for an animated film.

Julie & Julia

With a combo like Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, what’s not to love? The story of Julia Child is mirrored by that of Julie Powell, a desk job New Yorker who embarks on a mission to cook her way through Julia’s infamous book “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”. Rom-com levels are off the charts, plus lots of great beef bourguignon shots.

Any Studio Ghibli Film

There’s just something about watching a Ghibli-animated egg get fried or tomato get sliced that starts a craving. Films like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away focus on the traditional and ritualistic elements of food, illustrating both offerings to higher powers and peasant meals alike.

Eat Drink Man Woman

One of Ang Lee’s very first films, Eat Drink Man Woman is an ode to the food and familial culture of Taiwan. The main character, Chu, a master chef and father of three grown daughters prepares family dinner each Sunday which is how the movie starts out. After watching him chop the radish, we were instantly hooked.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The beloved documentary about Jiro Ono and his masterful approach to sushi making is a must watch for both a peek into the world of a three michelin starred chef and a lesson in patience and perseverance.

Big Night

What can we say, we love Tucci. Italian immigrant brothers Primo, and Secondo (oh yeah) own and operate “Paradise” restaurant on the Jersey Shore. Hilarity ensues, naturally.

And, Scene!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention noteworthy dining scenes from leading men Steve and Jack. While The Jerk and Five Easy Pieces aren’t about food, we’ll take any excuse to watch the two in their prime navigating restaurant rapping and diner toast shortages.

A special thanks to Film Forum for the beautiful photograph