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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Big Night
Big Night kicks off a new film series combining dinner and a movie. (Samuel Goldwyn)

A good meal and a good movie... That's hard to beat. Other venues have tried matching up meals and movies. The latest one to venture into this tasty terrain is the Oceanside Museum of Art, which introduces its Culinary Cinema Series this weekend. Their plan is to pair food themed films with an appropriate menu. Kicking off the series on May 3 at 7:00 pm is the Stanley Tucci-Campbell Scott restaurant comedy Big Night . The story concerns two Italian brothers (Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub) determined to make it big in the restaurant business. But first they have to beat the establishment across the street that's serving up some stiff competition. Hoping to complement the savory onscreen courses will be chef Carol Blomstrom, owner of Lotsa Pasta in Pacific Beach, who will prepare Timpano, a dish cooked for hours in a large pot lined with pastry and filled with layers of roasted vegetables, meatballs, sausage, herbs, and sauces. Mmmmm.  Call the museum at 760-435-3721 for the complete menu, pricing and information. Thinking about food reminds me of the list I made for Thanksgiving about the best in culinary cinema. Read on if you're hungry for some tasty movie morsels, and maybe some of these will be included in the Oceanside film series. Wonder if Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, in which a pair of pot-heads get the munchies for those famous little White Castle burgers, is on the menu?

Tony from San Diego
May 01, 2008 at 01:04 AM
Well they aren't necessarily my favorites but they were pretty good. Like Water for Chocolate had a great usage of food and emotion in it. Also Eat Drink Man Woman was a great movie that involved food. It was the food that had brought them all together and kept them seeing each other as a family. They were enjoyable films seen in Film As Lit.



Max
May 02, 2008 at 08:57 AM
What? No Sweeney Todd? :) How about Fried Green Tomatoes? I'd have to add that Tampopo and the recent Yakiniku Movie from Japan were very good. Also, the Italian movie Facing Windows with all those pastries and cakes. The scene from Mr. Nice Guy with jackie Chan making the noodles was worthy of wow's. There is a nice scene in 'Withnail and I' when the two friends were scrounging for food in the cold country cabin - not entirely satisfying but vital to the story.

Beth Accomando
May 02, 2008 at 03:19 PM
Max, Nice additions! There was one film that I hesitated to mention, The Grande Bouffe, in which Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tagnazzi, Philippe Noiret and Michel Piccoli decide to eat themselves to death. There were a number of uncomfortable eating scenes (Paul Newman and the fifty eggs in Cool Hand Luke; the human meal in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, for example) but I opted for pleasant food experiences. Thanks again Max.

Max
May 02, 2008 at 07:25 PM
And lastly, "Would you care for a mint, sir?"

Beth Accomando
May 03, 2008 at 06:49 AM
Wafer thin?

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