It's a Food Frenzy on Film
Some Favorite Foodie Scenes for the Holidays
At this time of year it seems that FOOD is on everyone’s mind, including ours! So we pulled together some memorable foodie scenes from a dozen or so films from the Warner Bros. Film Library. We hope you all enjoy your own personal Thanksgiving feast and maybe, just maybe, these pics will whet your appetite or serve as a reminder to not overindulge this holiday season. Bon Appetite!
Even homicidal mob figures enjoy some home cookin’ before takin’ care of business. In this classic scene, wiseguys (L-R) Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and James Conway (Robert De Niro) swing by Mrs. DeVito’s house and like all good Italian mothers she whips up a feast. Incidentally, DeVito’s mom is played by none other than director Martin Scorcese’s own mother, Catherine.
Cool Hand Luke
Who can forget Paul Newman’s belly-stuffing dare in 1967’s Cool Hand Luke? Yep, that’s 50 eggs consumed within an hour. The bloating pain is beginning to show here!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
If you’re looking for a more traditional style feast, look no further than this spread at Hogwarts in the first of the Harry Potter films.
The Blind Side
In her Oscar-winning performance Sandra Bullock’s role as Leigh Anne Tuohy, who, rather than slave away in the kitchen, showed a knack for bringing home take-out for the family feast. Or as her husband (Tim McGraw) says, "Everyone thank your mother for driving to the store and getting this."
The food was much more delectable looking than the nightmarish scenarios that shocked viewers in writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 triple Oscar winner.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The holidays are always a good time to spend with family and friends and you don’t have to live in Middle-earth to do it. So hold those goblets high, toast to those important to you and enjoy your meal wherever it may be.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Then again, there’s the comic side of the holidays. And no matter how hard you plan your holiday feast—and no one ever tried harder than Clark Griswold—there’s no guarantee that the final culinary results will live up to the planned expectations. In this case, you’re looking at the driest bird ever to pop from an oven.
A Christmas Story
Even if you are forced to adapt after the dog eats your Christmas Day turkey, say, with a “Chinese Turkey,” remember that not everyone wants their main course “smiling” back at them. Worst case scenario, you can always fix the issue with a quick chop of the knife. Problem solved!
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Always remember to be thankful for whatever you’re served this holiday season and try to refrain from visual opinions of the fare, like Joan Crawford does here. Although, in her defense, her twisted sister, Jane (Bette Davis), did serve-up Joan’s pet parakeet as the main course.
The Public Enemy
We also suggest that holiday meal conversation stick to lighter topics as debating things like politics with friends and family could result in some fruit-smashing behavior as illustrated by James Cagney in this memorable scene from the 1931 classic, The Public Enemy.
Sharing is also a holiday tradition and it’s always fulfilling to help those less fortunate, even if it’s just giving of your time (or maybe something as little as a bite of your Baby Ruth!).
Once Upon a Time in America
The holiday main courses tend to get the bigger spotlight but we all know that the dessert is something we all look forward to. And if the pastries shown in 1984’s Once Upon a Time in America don’t get you licking your lips and mentally finding room in your already full belly, nothing will.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Of course many of us will continue to eat this holiday season until we’re blue in the face and feeling as bloated as Violet does in this 1971 family classic. Just remember that you’re probably not going to have a team of Oompa-Loompas to roll you away from the table, so use caution.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
And our final thought for you is to be sure and reward the chef and all the meal-making helpers by offering to clean up after the feast is over. No one wants to have to see the kitchen sink like poor Bilbo Baggins had to.