In our first
printed issue -- and in various Usenet newsgroups
-- we asked readers to look back through their
cinematic memory banks and consider the following
question: "What film(s) had the best cinematic
food moments?" And, though they may be
fine films, we weren't interested in things
like THE COOK, THE THIEF, etc. or BIG NIGHT.
We'd already been tossing the
question around the palatial ER/THG editorial
penthouse, and the staff had come up with some
typically peculiar responses.
suggested that the classic sexploitationer BLOODSUCKING
FREAKS (pictured at left) featured not just
a bevy of nude women, but a bevy of great food
scenes, too. "Forget about it! BSF has
it all! Obviously, there's the classic end shot
where the Crazed Sexoids have made a hoagie
out of a certain part of the male anatomy. But
what about the scene where Sardu (Seamus O'Brien)
eats dinner off the back of a naked woman on
all fours?! Joel Reed always knew how to take
a scene to a new low."
Ken Shabby even chimed in with
such examples as the "dancing hamburgers"
sequence from Savage Steve Holland's underrated
teen comedy BETTER OFF DEAD and the incredible
Japanese restaurant scene from the Larry Cohen-scripted
Mickey Spillane adaptation, I, THE JURY.
It became obvious that we'd never
get close to a concensus among the staff, so
we opened the voting up to readers, web friends,
and anyone interested in the topic. As you'll
see from the following, responses ranged from
familiar and unexpected to forgotten and obscure.
Thanks to everyone that wrote, e-mailed, and
called with responses! (Please note that some
responses have been edited for length.)
Check out our first batch of responses
from our readers...
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