A New Sub-Genre of “Cooking Movies”

You may have heard me mention that I have a list of favorite movies I call, “Cooking Movies.”   Probably my all-time favorite is a young Katie Holmes in the film, Pieces of April.  This is a priceless movie that I watch at least once a year.  Among my other favorites are ChocolatLike Water for ChocolateRatatouille, the original Sabrina starring Audrey Hepburn, No Reservations and of course, Julie and Julia.  There’s also an old Sarah Michelle Geller movie that is kind of magical but I can never remember the name of it because it’s not actually a favorite.

However as of today, I am adding a whole new sub-genre of Cooking Movies to my list— “Horror Cooking Movies.”

And first on my list is a movie I recently saw on television—the terrifying 1990 movie based on a Stephen King novel, Misery.  It is fascinating watching Kathy Bates play a psycho-killer nurse named Annie Wilkes who rescues Jame Caan who plays a famous author named Paul Sheldon who has a devastating car accident on a snowy Colorado mountain road. She keeps him captive in her lone and creepy cabin.

Why would I add this to a list of Horror Cooking Movies?  No, it’s not the hobbling scene . .

They eat in awkward silence. Finally:

			PAUL
	I've never had meatloaf this good,
	what do you do to it?

			ANNIE
	My secret is I only use fresh
	tomatoes, never canned. And to give
	it that little extra zip, I mix in
	some Spam with the ground beef.	

                        PAUL
	Oh.
		(pause)
	You can't get this in a restaurant
	in New York.

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The Hunger Games – Not Exactly a “Foodie Movie”

I love movies that include a food and cooking theme!  Just ask my husband.  He’ll tell you about my food-and-cooking movie recommendations:  Ratattouie, Pieces of April, No Reservations, Chocolat, Like Water for Chocolate, etc.  There are lots more than these.

And having not gone to any movies in an actual movie theater for some months, I thought the movie The Hunger Games would be great to see.  And it was!  But not because it fits right in with the other food-and-cooking movies.  Not at all.

We did go see The Hunger Games a couple weeks ago and really loved it and I wanted to write about it.  It’s just not a “fit” for this blog though.  After all, even though I often write all over the map in terms of subjects, in my twisted universe the posts somehow fit in.  But what I loved about The Hunger Games is something I thought deserved its own venue.

So I invite you to check out a new blog I created for just this sort of not-really-related-to-food-and cooking-but-I still-have-an-opinion-about-it-and-after-all-why-shouldn’t-I-express-that topic.  The blog is called “That’s Just Me . . . What Do You Think?” and it can be found at http://www.reviewsviewsandopinions.blogspot.com.  The link is conveniently located to your right in the “good writers” category.  (I know that is shameless self-promotion.)  I also published a review of this movie in Street Articles called, “The Hunger Games:  Ten Reasons I Liked This Movie.”  You can link to that from the That’s Just Me . . . blog.