40 Best Films for Foodies

  1. Big Night – 1996
  2. Eat Drink Man Woman – 1994
  3. The Platform – 2019
  4. Sideways – 2004
  5. The Trip – 2010
  6. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – 1971
  7. Uncorked – 2020
  8. Tampopo – 1985
  9. Ratatouille – 2007
  10. Like Water for Chocolate – 1992
  11. Chef – 2014
  12. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – 2011
  13. Waitress – 2007
  14. Romantics Anonymous – 2010
  15. I am Love – 2009
  16. Julie & Julia – 2009
  17. Spinning Plates – 2012
  18. Babette’s Feast – 1987
  19. Tangerines – 2013
  20. The Help – 2011
  21. Tortilla Soup – 2001
  22. Today’s Special – 2009
  23. Mostly Martha – 2001
  24. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – 1967
  25. Final Recipe – 2013
  26. Super Size Me – 2004
  27. Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken – 2017
  28. Fed Up – 2014
  29. Food Inc. – 2004
  30. Hungry for Change -2012
  31. Vegucated – 2011
  32. King Corn – 2007
  33. Food Matters – 2008
  34. The Baker’s Wife – 1938
  35. Delicatessen – 1991
  36. Eating Raoul – 1982
  37. Mystic Pizza – 1988
  38. The God of Cookery – 1996
  39. Chocolat – 2000
  40. The Lunchbox – 2013

Classic of the Week: Jaws (1975)

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg based on Peter Benchley’s 1975 novel of the same name. It stars Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Murray Hamilton and Lorraine Gary. It follows the story of a man eating great white shark attacking beachgoers at a summer resort town, coaxing police chief Martin Brody (Scheider) to hunt it down with the help of a marine biologist (Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (Shaw). Murray Hamilton plays the mayor and Lorraine Gary plays Martin’s wife.

This film has the feel of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, which Spielberg was going for. For the time period of this film’s release it was considered revolutionary in film-making and many still regard it as that, although some viewers have or do point out the “fakenes” of the effects particularly of the shark. Yes, at times, you can tell the shark is fake and a few times that the attacks are fake as well. But the film was still ahead of it’s time and still just as scary today as it was then.

This film is beyond shocking and nail-biting no matter how many times you watch it. It is also extremely gory, so not good for children under the age of ten. The intensity of this movie makes it both exciting and frightening. Despite what some call “fake” about this film, it is still very well done and makes you not want to get in the ocean, not to surf, swim, or go out on a boat, so don’t watch this before going to the beach or on a cruise.

Roy Scheider is outstanding as police chief Martin Brody, although the character could’ve drank, smoked and cursed less, especially around his kids. Murray Hamilton is equally great as the mayor of Amity Island, so is Richard Dreyfuss as Martin Hooper the marine biologist. Robert Shaw does a fine job as Quint the shark hunter and Lorraine Gary is good, not great as Ellen Brody.

Somehow a fake giant shark killing beachgoers fell into place, because this film brings an astonishingly effective shock factor and is legendary for that. It is so brilliantly executed that it deserves it own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is one that any film lover must see to believe. There is not one bad moment, not one boring scene. It sends you on a terrifying ride throughout, sends your heart racing the moment you hear the famous music, that has become synonymous with sharks. It is one of Spielberg’s finest films. A true masterpiece, so don’t let the nit-picky critical reviews turn you off of watching this.

This like I said is not for young kids, it is violent to the max, lots of smoking and drinking and quite a bit of cursing. Also, if you don’t like lots of gore, this may not be for you. 13+ 4.5/5

Phil Moore: Hollywood’s Black Pioneer, and Marilyn’s Musical Mentor — The Marilyn Report

Phil Moore (shown above with Marilyn in 1951) was the first salaried black musician to work at a major Hollywood studio. He became Marilyn’s vocal coach in 1948, and photographer J.R. Eyerman first captured his work with the then little-known starlet that November, in a series uncovered by the LIFE archive in 2011. Alongside Fred […]

Phil Moore: Hollywood’s Black Pioneer, and Marilyn’s Musical Mentor — The Marilyn Report

Greatest Music Biopics

  1. Selena – 1997
  2. Lady Sings the Blues – 1972
  3. Song Without End – 1960
  4. Ginsbourg: A Heroic Life – 2011
  5. Cadillac Records – 2008
  6. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – 2010
  7. Miles Ahead – 2016
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody – 2018
  9. Bird – 1988
  10. La Vie En Rose – 2007
  11. 8 Mile – 2002
  12. Get on Up – 2014
  13. I’m Not There – 2007
  14. 24 Hour Party People – 2002
  15. Ray – 2004
  16. Walk the Line – 2005
  17. Control – 2007
  18. Coal Miner’s Daughter – 1980
  19. Shine – 1996
  20. Sweet Dreams – 1985
  21. The Glenn Miller Story – 1953
  22. Hilary and Jackie – 1998
  23. Born to Be Blue – 2016
  24. The Sound of the Music – 1965
  25. Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1942
  26. Love & Mercy – 2015
  27. Straight Outta of Compton – 2015
  28. Behind the Candelabra – 2013
  29. Funny Girl – 1968
  30. The Pianist – 2002
  31. La Bamba – 1987
  32. Amadeus – 1984
  33. The Buddy Holly Story – 1978
  34. Til the Clouds Roll By – 1947
  35. What’s Love Got to Do It? – 1993
  36. Rocketman – 2019
  37. The Doors – 1991
  38. Sid and Nancy – 1986
  39. The United States Vs. Billie Holiday – 2021
  40. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – 2020
  41. Bessie – 2015
  42. Florence Foster Jenkins – 2016
  43. Judy – 2019
  44. Hilary & Jackie – 1998
  45. The Soloist – 2009
  46. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story – 1988
  47. I Am Woman – 2019
  48. The Runaways – 2010
  49. Pavarotti – 2019
  50. Cloclo – 2012
  51. Green Book – 2018

Promising Young Woman (2020)

Promising Young Woman is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film written and directed by Emerald Fennell in her directorial debut. It stars Carrie Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge and co-stars Laverne Cox and Connie Britton.

This film follows Cassie Thomas (Mulligan), a 30 year old medical school drop out who lives with her parents in Ohio. Years before, her classmate Al Monroe raped her best friend Nina Fisher and the school’s legal team dropped the investigation, leading her to commit suicide. Cassie then starts spending her nights at clubs, letting men take her to their houses and revealing her soberness when they take advantage of her.

At the coffee shop she works at, she gets asked out by a former classmate Ryan Cooper (Burnham). On their first date he tells her Al is getting married. Cassie then plans a revenge on the ones responsible for Nina’s rape. She meets Madison McPhee (Brie) for lunch, an old friend who doesn’t believe Nina was raped. Cassie then gets her drunk and hires a man to take her to a hotel room. The next day Cassie listens to several voicemails from a very upset Madison, who doesn’t remember what happened. Cassie goes to Elizabeth Walker (Britton), the dean who dismissed the case of Nina’s sexual assault due to lack of evidence.

After Madison confronts Cassie in front of her house, wanting badly to know what happened after that lunch. Cassie tells her nothing happened. Madison gives her an old phone containing a video of Nina’s rape before threatening her to never contact her again. Cassie sees Ryan on the video. She confronts him and threatens to release the video if he doesn’t tell her where Al’s bachelor party is going down. Ryan tells her and begs for her forgiveness, but Cassie turns him down. She disguises herself and goes to party to try and seek revenge on Al.

This film is definitely a #MeToo rape revenge film that is very dark and disturbing, at times too much. Although this film may be relatable for those that have been through sexual assault or those that know someone who has, it still manages to be entertaining. I don’t know why this is also called a dark comedy, because I saw no humor whatsoever. Severe violence to another person is not funny at all and if you have a weak stomach, I don’t recommend you watch this movie. It has a feel similar to 2005’s Hard Candy and 1976’s Carrie. Some might call this a feminist film, big payback’s a b*tch type as well and it is both. It’s a movie showing that women are not sexual toys to be taken advantage of, that there are some terrible in the world and how many legal cases get dropped when they shouldn’t.

Carrie Mulligan is outstanding as Cassie Thomas, giving us just enough brain, fake hooker, flirtatiousness and bad*ss revenge seeker. This is definitely one of, if not her best role to date. This role was tailor-made for her, although her character is pretty similar Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie could’ve played this role, but not as seriously as Mulligan. Bo Burnham is fantastic as Ryan Cooper, Cassie’s short time boyfriend and eventual enemy. He tries the whole time he and Cassie are together to cover up the Nina Case and does a great job until Madison reveals the truth.

Alison Brie, who in my opinion, isn’t always the best actress, did an excellent job as Madison McPhee. She portrays the new mother and angry ex-friend with such feeling, you forget Brie started out on a sitcom, because she is not the adorable naive and bubbly girl anymore, she’s a serious woman with bite and fight. Connie Britton is good, not great as Dean Elizabeth Walker. Maybe that’s because her part is small. To me, she needed to be more in the film, as she is an important character. Clancy Brown and Jennifer Coolidge are just good, nothing fantastic, in their roles as Cassie’s parents. They too, needed bigger roles, as they are equally important as well.

Overall, this film is wild, disturbing and wicked. It is very entertaining, except the violence is a bit over the top. Not for anyone who can’t handle lots of gore and brutality. But if you’re a fan of thrillers or a fan of the film Carrie, (either version), you’ll definitely enjoy this film. Adults Only. 4/5

Music (2021)

Music is a 2021 American musical drama film directed by singer-songwriter Sia. It stars Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Maddie Ziegler and is Sia’s directorial debut. The movie follows Zu, a freshly sober drug dealer who becomes the sole gaurdian of her half-sister Music, a teenage non-verbal autistic girl.

When I first read about Sia making this film, I was excited, as I am on the autistic spectrum myself. I also love Sia’s music and was eager to this movie. After reading and hearing all the controversy, I was still willing to give it a try, so I tried to watch with an open mind. There are very few good things about this film and lots of bad. I applaud the music, the choreography and Sia for her idea, but the idea wasn’t executed well at all. It is supposed to shine a light on autism and instead does not. It stereotypes and shows scenes that are actually harmful to autistic people, like the restraint scene and the flashing lights and loud music, that would cause an autistic to have either a meltdown, panic attack or seizures. The fact the main character is unaffected by the brightness and loudness is the complete opposite of a person on the spectrum.

This film doesn’t educate neurotypicals (as they’re called in the autism world) about autism (particularly non-verbal), it instead paints a world with a combination of stereotyping and falseness. Yes, all people on the spectrum are different, but this like a picture painted by someone who knows very little about the disabilities. I know the actors and actresses were just doing as they were told to, so no fault to them. This is all on Sia and screenwriter Dallas Clayton, who created what they thought would be a masterpiece, but instead it is just a horrible piece that should’ve never been filmed in the first place. The mere fact that Sia worked with Autism Speaks, a charity trying to cure autism, is bad too, as there is no cure.

Kate Hudson does a good job in her role as Zu. Leslie Odom Jr. is the stereotypical gay African American, but is just okay in his part. Maddie Ziegler does mediocre in the title role, but I believe that isn’t necessarily because she’s not autistic, but because she needs more experience at just acting alone, instead of dancing and acting combined like she normally does. She was just going by what she saw in videos and movies and tried to reenact what she saw.

So many people criticize Sia for not casting an autisic actor or actress for the lead part, and although it would’ve made it more realistic if she had, non-disabled people can play disabled characters like Leonardo DiCaprio in What;s Eating Gilbert Grape, Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot, it has to be done right like these films. Research has to be done extensively and I believe both Sia and Dallas Clayton did very little of.

Overall, I loved the music and the parts of the story, but didn’t really enjoy this movie. I was mostly bored, confused and offended throughout watching. I wanted to like it and prove people wrong about the controversy, but hated for the most part. I now get the criticism, the disgust and hatred towards this film. All the good reviews are mostly from neurotypicals who don’t know much about the autistic spectrum, if at all, they just see the art of the film, not the story, cinematography and art combined.

Whether you’re on the spectrum, have another disability(ies), or not, do not bother watching this film. It is offensive to the max and boring, even the song and dance scenes are mediocre at best. Sia should be ashamed of this piece she calls art. It’s not art, it’s garbage. I don’t know how anyone can like this movie or even make it through the first 20-30 minutes without being appalled. This is a cringe-worthy pile junk that just seems thrown together fast and called a motion picture. Nothing carefully curated to be the least bit realistic. Wow! Just Wow! 13+ 1.5

Classic of the Week: Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Billy Wilder. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. The film follows Sabrina Fairchild, the young daughter of Larrabee family’s chauffeur, Thomas, who has been in love with David Larrabee all her life. David has been divorced three times and is playboy, who has never paid attention to Sabrina because she was still very much a child to him. After returning home from Paris, Linus, David’s older brother takes interest in her and soon David does too after finding her much more grown up being away. After seeing David trying to seduce yet another woman, Sabrina becomes upset and writes a suicide note for her father, starts every car in the garage, to kill herself, but is stopped by Linus and taken back her place above the garage in one scene.

This film is filled with humor, romance and drama. Sabrina loves David though he is a womanizer, she sees him as more. He has mostly ignored her, calling her a child. After she comes back from Paris for culinary school, she is much more mature and David takes notice, as does his brother Linus, who runs the family business and hoping for David to merry heiress for an important merger to happen. Both brothers fight over Sabrina, until Sabrina falls in love with one of them and the other finds another lady to marry.

This film is also heartwarming, heartbreaking at times and dramatic when it needs to be. It has the right amount of all this. A girl becomes a lady and suddenly men are swooning for her, because at first she is seen as immature. Linus pretends to accompany Sabrina back to Paris but not join her, Sabrina agrees to leave the next day never come come. Eventually she does when she realizes who she is in love with and doesn’t like the thought of being without him.

Audrey Hepburn is fantastic in this movie (at 24 years of age), William Holden, despite being 35 years old and Humphrey Bogart, 53, they are equally outstanding. The three of them, despite the age differences, were absolutely perfect together, bringing both drama and passion, making it not too mushy gushy, cheesy, or theatrical like many romantic comedy dramas, old and new or newer.

This is a wonderful film from start to finish. There is no sex or nudity, just some mild kissing. There is mild violence and an attempted suicide, no profanity, some drinking and smoking and some mild sexual innuendo and flirtation, but nothing over the top. This film would be better suited to teenagers then young children, who might find the fighting frightening. This a film with heart and depth, masterpiece throughout and not a single moment is dull. The dresses Audrey wears are absolutely beautiful, the story is great, the acting is superb, the cinematography is stunning. Everything about this movie is one hundred percent perfect. I lovely work of art that demands to be seen at least once your life. 13+ 5/5

Greatest Movie Soundtracks Part II

101. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004

102. 2001: A Space Odyssey – 1968

103. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966

104. Slumdog Millionaire – 2008

105. Mean Streets – 1973

106. The Royal Tenebaums – 2001

107. 9 to 5 – 1980

108. High Fidelity – 2000

109. Elizabethtown – 2005

110. Good Will Hunting – 1997

111. This is Spinal Tap – 1994

112. The Karate Kid – 1984

113. Lost in Translation – 2003

114. Apocalypse Now – 1979

115. Ghostbusters – 1984

116. Reservoir Dogs – 1992

117. 24 Hour Party People – 2002

118. The Virgin Suicides – 1998

119. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – 1982

120. Batman – 1989

121. The Big Lebowski – 1998

122. Rocketman – 2019

123. Shrek – 2001

124. Spring Breakers – 2012

125. Judgement Night – 1993

126. Shaft – 1971

127. Stop Making Sense – 1984

128. The Godfather Trilogy

129. Dumb and Dumber – 1994

130. Baby Driver – 2019

131. Back to the Future Trilogy

132. Footloose – 1984

133. Walk the Line – 2005

134. National Lampoon’s Animal House – 1978

135. Fantasia – 1940

137. Beverly Hills Cop – 1984

138. Full Metal Jacket – 1987

139. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – 1998

140. Watchmen – 2009

141. I Am Sam – 2001

142. Nashville – 1975

143. The Wedding Singer – 1998

144. The Magnificent Seven 1960

145. A Star is Born – 1976

146. Porgy and Bess – 1959

147. When Harry Met Sally… 1989

148. Easy Rider – 1969

149. Fame – 1980

150. The Mission – 1986

151. High Noon – 1952

152. Jailhouse Rock – 1952

`153. Blue Hawaii – 1961

154. Cabaret – 1972

155. The Music Man – 1962

156. Stealing Beauty – 1996

Greatest Movie Soundtracks of All Time Part I

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School – 1979
  2. Heavy Metal – 1981
  3. The Crow – 1994
  4. Footloose – 1984
  5. About a Boy – 2002
  6. Juno – 2007
  7. Repo Man – 1984
  8. Dirty Dancing – 1987
  9. Singles – 1992
  10. Pretty in Pink – 1986
  11. Twilight Saga
  12. Midnight Cowboy 1968
  13. Clueless – 1995
  14. American Graffiti – 1973
  15. Do the Right Thing – 1989
  16. Goodfellas – 1990
  17. The Harder They Come – 1972
  18. O Brother, Where Art Thou? – 2000
  19. Pulp Fiction – 1994
  20. Saturday Night Fever – 1977
  21. Superfly – 1972
  22. Purple Rain – 1984
  23. Dazed and Confused – 1993
  24. Help! – 1965
  25. Rushmore – 1998
  26. The Graduate – 1967
  27. Marie Antoinette – 2006
  28. Waiting to Exhale – 1995
  29. A Star is Born – 2018
  30. Boogie Nights – 1997
  31. Once – 2007
  32. Mo’ Better Blues – 1990
  33. Easy Rider – 1969
  34. The Bodyguard – 1992
  35. Guardians of the Galaxy – 2014
  36. Empire Records – 1995
  37. 500 Days of Summer – 2009
  38. Batman Forever – 1995
  39. Elizabethtown – 2005
  40. The Lost Boys – 1987
  41. The Breakfast Club – 1985
  42. Shaun of the Dead – 2004
  43. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – 2010
  44. The Sound of Music – 1965
  45. La La Land – 2017
  46. Tommy – 1975
  47. Love Story – 1971
  48. Chicago – 2003
  49. Forrest Gump – 1994
  50. Beaches – 1989
  51. A Star is Born – 1986
  52. The Hunger Games
  53. Fifty Shades Trilogy
  54. 8 Mile – 2002
  55. Dangerous Minds – 1995
  56. A Hard Day’s Night – 1965
  57. Let It Be – 1970
  58. Hair – 1979
  59. All That Jazz – 1979
  60. Cabaret – 1972
  61. Beverly Hills Cop – 1985
  62. West Side Story – 1961
  63. Woodstock – 1970
  64. Goldfinger – 1975
  65. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  66. Mama Mia! – 2008
  67. Titanic – 1998
  68. Flashdance – 1983
  69. Grease – 1978
  70. The Band Wagon – 1953
  71. The Lion King – 1994
  72. Show Boat – 1951
  73. Mary Poppins – 1965
  74. Pal Joey – 1957
  75. Meet Me in St. Louis – 1944
  76. Jailhouse Rock – 1957
  77. Garden State – 2005
  78. Top Hat – 1935
  79. Swing Time – 1936
  80. The Blues Brothers – 1980
  81. Quadrophenia – 1979
  82. The Wizard of Oz – 1939
  83. Star Wars – 1977
  84. The Pink Panther – 1963
  85. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1963
  86. Head – 1968
  87. An American in Paris – 1951
  88. The Magnificent Seven – 1960
  89. On the Waterfront – 1954
  90. My Fair Lady – 1964
  91. Damn Yabnkees – 1954
  92. Almost Famous – 2000
  93. Sing Street – 2016
  94. Pirate Radio – 2009
  95. Monterey Pop – 1968
  96. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – 1953
  97. Coal Miner’s Daughter – 1980
  98. Drive – 2011
  99. Funny Girl – 1968
  100. The King and I – 1956

Classic of the Week: Working Girl (1988)

Working Girl is a 1988 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and stars Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. The film follows Tess McGill, a working class girl from Staten Island with a bachelor’s degree in business. She works as a stockbroker’s secretary, aspiring to be an executive. Tess, despite being smart, is treated like floozie by her male coworkers and her boss.

This film is one about female empowerment, rising above mistreatment and standing up for yourself. It’s a Cinderella, only instead of this “Cinderella” waiting around for someone to save her, she saves herself and proves she is a strong, independent, smart woman. She finds love in an unexpected place, after quitting the job as a secretary and beginning a job at a radio station. She goes through many ups and downs until finds her true calling as her own boss with her own secretary, but she is no ordinary boss, she is one that treats all workers at her company with the respect and friendliness they deserve.

This film is inspiring in the way it shows you how to not give up, believe in yourself, stand up for yourself (and others), not let others bring you down and to work hard to achieve your dreams. It shows how to stop taking “No” as an answer and how hard work, self determination and being yourself can help you get further in life. It also shows that sometimes you have to take what you really don’t want to get what you really want. You have to start from the bottom and work your way up.

This film shows that love and success can come at unexpected times. This is a film filled with inspiration, drama, a bit of comedy and heart. The acting is superb from all of it’s leading stars. The character of Tess McGill was created so fantastically with her overdone teased up big hair, her short skirts, hose, sneakers and socks to her professional look of blazers, skirts and slacks. She is a character that has gone down as being one of the most iconic in film history and not just for fashion but her personality and being a feminist icon that females today can be inspired by her.

This is one of the best 80’s films of I’ve seen and possibly one of the best rom-coms of all time. With it’s infamous story of empowerment, fashion and theme song “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon, it is one that can be watched over and over and motivate you to take the good with the bad, not let others bring you down and to never give up. A bit slow at times and some characters aren’t focused on enough, but still this is a great movie with a great message. 18+ 4/5