Richard Linklater’s Brilliant ‘Before’ Trilogy

Many people justifiably went ballistic last fall over the opening shot of Gravity, a 17 minute tour de force by Alfonse Cuaron, Sandra Bullock and company. It’s one humdinger of a shot and will be regarded as one of cinema’s great triumphs for years to come. Gravity’s opening shot, however, has nothing on the dizzying, electrifying long takes […]

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My 2013 Review

I’m having a difficult time believing it is ‘that time of year’ again. Time seems to move so fast. 2013 may have zipped by much too quickly but not without encountering great food and film that deserves mention. Behold, my second annual ‘best of’ list, with the usual extras. FILM Movies first! 2013 was terrific for cinema. […]

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A Great Movie You’ve Probably Never Seen, Vol. II

Moses: I ain’t about to leave some poor little child stranded in the middle of nowhere. I’ve got scruples too, ya know. You know what that is… scruples?   Addie: No, I don’t know what it is but if you’ve got ’em, it’s a sure bet they belong to somebody else!           […]

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Summer Picks 2013

We are back! Thanks much for the patience, the Cinema Language seminar was such a success we are doing it yet again in November. In the meantime, I want to give you a few recommendations to get you through the summer. No food this time, as we have a lot of food upcoming, including a […]

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For the movie nerds…

I’ve been working on, and finally finished, an ‘Open’ to my weekend seminar. It turned out so well my business partner wanted me to make it into a bit of a promo. Whatever the use, I think many of you who follow the blog will enjoy this. It uses clips from many of the movies […]

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Food IN Film: Finally!

“On Food And Film”: it’s a blog about two of my biggest passions, with a sidebar here and there about other things. And while I have occasionally combined the two, my favorite being “In Praise of the Martini… and Diane Keaton” (love me some Keaton, goodness), I’ve yet to do a true Food In Film post. […]

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My 2012 Review

Well, the year has come to an end, which is a time for many people to reflect. I personally ‘look back and reflect’ about as much as I abstain from food and film. So don’t worry, no emotive reflective ramblings here.  I am, however, a list guy. I am such a list guy, in fact, […]

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Halloween Treats

Today I give you the first of two guest blogs. We’re doing well enough here, I guess, to be asked to post elsewhere! Upcoming will be, natch, a food and film post on a French food and film blog. Today, in preparation for Halloween, I was asked by a great website Dark of the Matinee to […]

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Food and Film for a Deserted Island

I was planning a different topic for today but at the beginning of the week my good friend SJ emailed me a question that stirred up a lot of thoughts and prompted this blog, which is a bit of a mental jazz riff. Bear with me.  Her question: “If you could save only one DVD […]

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Labor Day Food and Film

Another holiday weekend has arrived. Memorial Day weekend last, I drove through six national parks on the way from LA to Chicago with one of my best friends. This weekend? I’ll be marathoning… a Homeland marathon, a Sherlock Marathon and a Downton Abbey marathon. It’s couch potato city with what I am told are the three […]

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Technicolor Dreams

As those who visit this site regularly are aware, I have a few passions. Um, obsessions, Tom, obsessions… Potato, po-TAH-to, whatever. Earlier this year I wrote of my justice issues, centering around the brilliant, seminal, devastating Chinatown. I promised then to write about another passion… um, Tom, it’s an… that’s enough, you. So today I give you […]

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10 Nightmare Bridesmaids

The best screen comedies all have something in common. Um, they’re funny, Tom. Ok, yes, they are funny. Agreed. But when you think of your favorite screen comedies, I bet they share something else: the movies are nightmares. Things get bad then worse, then worse again. Just when you think things can’t get any worse, […]

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Memorial Day Food and Film

The holiday weekend approaches! As I myself am going on holiday (Yellowstone, first time! Apparently it is going to, um, snow) I’m going to do a shorter less dense post with a few recommendations of, hey it’s not rocket science, food and film. First, the food. Savory: I stumbled on this recipe for Pasta with […]

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A Great Movie You’ve Probably Never Seen, Vol. I

“I’m sure you’ll find this amusing, but I’m afraid of the dark.”                                       Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) in Klute, 1971, dir. Alan J. Pakula Anyone working in movies has influences. I certainly have quite a few. Spielberg and […]

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A Polish Obsession

So I’m walking down the street in Paris… It’s pretentious day at On Food And Film… so I’m walking down the street in Paris and I see a movie poster shop. I’ve been obsessed with movie posters my entire life and always have some hanging on my walls. I did when I was 10, I […]

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Justice Issues and “Chinatown”

 “You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of anything.”  Noah Cross    We all have archetypes that spur us individually. Our backgrounds, our struggles, our loves, loyalties and rivalries combine to create passions, positive and negative, that charge us. […]

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The Greatest Decade for Movies

Is there a better decade for film than the 1970s? Feel free to try to convince me otherwise, but I doubt you’ll have much luck. Taken as a whole, the films of the 70s combine into a dazzling, divergent whole that challenges and delights, devastates and uplifts, while also remaining extremely relevant many years later.  […]

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Henry Mancini and the Joy of Work

Like so many other film nerds, I’ve been a huge fan of soundtracks all my life. I asked for Disney soundtracks as a very young child and the first album I bought with my own money was the score to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. An addiction began that day that unfortunately hasn’t ceased, […]

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In Praise of the Martini… And Diane Keaton

Cable television entered our house in the early 1970’s. I remember vividly the day it happened because I kept getting punished by Mrs. Flynn in 1st Grade, I was too excited to sit still. Finally I could watch The Flintstones after school at 3:30 on Houston’s Channel 39. The Flintstones!! From the big city! And […]

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Why THE ARTIST Should Win Best Picture

The Academy Awards are upon us. It is no surprise that in the run-up to the Oscar ceremony, numerous awards have coalesced around one movie, giving it ‘frontrunner status.’ This happens most every year. What is surprising this year, though, is the movie itself. It was filmed in black and white, not color. It’s a […]

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