Top Ten Movie Feasts
8: Eating Raoul.
Cannibalism; where would comedy be without it? Eating Raoul works – well, as much as it can be said to work, it’s a good film but pretty rough around the edges – because it doesn’t hammer away at the idea that cannibalism is some kind of metaphor for the exploitative nature of Western Civilisation *cough Eat the Rich cough*. Instead, it’s the punchline to a zany tale of a prudish couple killing “rich perverts” (it was the 80s) to make enough money to buy a restaurant. Why is killing someone with a frying pan always funny? I guess a cheese grater would just be nasty. And while yes, food and sex are once again linked here, it’s the flip side of the coin: sex is creepy and pervy, and eating pretty much anything is something you should be very wary about.
7: Big Night.
This award-winning film about two Italian-American brothers in the 1950s and the lavish feast they put on for lounge singer Louis Prima in the hope it will save their floundering business works even if you’re not drooling over the on-screen meals, although you probably are because they look delicious. Seriously, popcorn is about as far away from actual food as you can get and still be called food: if someone ever figures out a way to get some actual cooked consumables into cinemas pretty much all of the films on this list could make a fortune.