Friday, April 23, 2010 at 2 p.m.
A few weeks ago we brought you the Top 10 Foodie Movies. This time around here are five more films where food is a central theme -- though not in the most appetizing of ways. Here's to a group of films keeping the "taste" in tasteless.
5. Delicatessen (1991): Delicatessen takes place in a post-apocalyptic France. The action centers on an apartment building superintendent who also operates a butcher shop on the ground floor. When the butcher's daughter falls in love with a circus performer, underground-dwelling vegetarian freedom fighters must come to the rescue to try and save him from the cleaver. This beautifully shot film is a dark hallucination of a comedy, with a memorably sweet duet between a cello and a musical saw.
4. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989): Almost entirely shot in the restaurant and kitchen, this film is both beautiful and brutal. The wife of an oafish, vulgar thug begins having an affair between lavish courses at her husband's restaurant. We'll never look at Helen Mirren the same way again. Sex, murder and revenge; the Jean-Paul Gaultier costumes are a plus. We dare you to watch the ending while eating rotisserie chicken.
1. Blood Diner (1987): And now for something truly tasteless. Your basic splatter and gore genre horror flick, directed by female low-budget director Jackie Kong. "First they greet you, then they eat you". Two brothers run a diner where they kill women and use their flesh for the diner specials. But wait! There's even an evil goddess with vagina dentate. Beware, this movie may give you filmic indigestion -- a genuinely awful movie.