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Saturday At The Movies, The Food Porn Edition: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

For fans of food-focused movies, documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi deserves a spot at the top of the list. The film explores Sukijabashi Jiro, a tiny sushi restaurant in the basement of an office building and it’s nearly 90 year old chef Jiro, known as perhaps the best sushi chef in the world.  Despite the unassuming appearance of the restaurant,  it is strictly reservations-only, with an extremely long waiting list for a table.  Each meal lasts approximately 30 minutes and prices start around $300 depending on the types of fish available that particular day.

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Saturday At The Movies – Martha Marcy May Marlene

I had high hopes when I started out watching Martha Marcy May Marlene. I’d read the rave reviews for the story, for director and writer Sean Durkin’s work, Elizabeth Olsen’s inspired performance as a psychologically-damaged ingenue, freshly sprung from the arms of a charismatic cult leader. Unfortunately, and I am most definitely in the minority here, I found the movie  a tad slow moving and slightly obscure. Additionally (and pettily) – and I’m just going to say it – I hate the title of this film.

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Saturday At The Movies: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

If there is any question I dislike being asked (other than “What kind of music do you listen to?”), it’s “What’s your favourite movie?”. Like any self respecting film fanatic, I find it impossible to pick just one. Years ago I was in the middle of a job interview for a job I really, really wanted, and my interviewer was none other than Canadian radio legend, Alan Cross.  At one point during the interview Alan asked the dreaded question: “Just for kicks, what is one of your all-time favourite movies?”. Already nervous, I went into panic mode. A sweat broke out on my forehead and my palms became clammy as my mind reeled, racing through scenes from every movie I’d ever seen in my entire life. How was I supposed to answer this?! Did I try to impress and list off some foreign language art house doc? Maybe I was supposed to say some kind of music related movie – after all, this WAS a job at a radio station.

I did neither. Instead, I blurted out the truth: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Read the rest of this entry

Food Porn: Movies For The Foodie In Your Life – Big Night

With the increasing popularity of the Food Network and it’s many shows, “celebrity” chefs, and websites like www.foodnetworkhumor.com, chances are you have a strange creature that identifies as a “foodie” in your life.  If your food fanatic has every kitchen gadget, cook book, spice blend and truffle paste available, never fear we’ve got you covered! Consider gifting your grub-loving pal with one of the great foodie flicks we’ll be profiling on Biff Bam Pop for the next few weeks! Hey, the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones and celebrating whatever you happen to celebrate, but they’re also all about food too am I right?!

For the Italian food lover:

Big Night (1996)
Dir: Campell Scott & Stanley Tucci

Widely known by both film lovers and foodies alike, Big Night stars Tony Shalhoub as “Primo” and Stanely Tucci as “Secondo”; two Italian brothers struggling to run their restaurant “Paradise” in 1950’s New Jersey.

Despite the fact that Primo is an extremely talented chef, the restaurant struggles as Primo will only cook authentic Italian food, unpopular with customers who demand more Americanized dishes like spaghetti and meatballs. Nearby, their closest competitor Pascal’s restaurant thrives serving the more lowbrow “Italian-style” dishes.

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Food Porn: Movies For The Foodie In Your Life: Like Water For Chocolate

With the increasing popularity of the Food Network and it’s many shows, “celebrity” chefs, and websites like www.foodnetworkhumor.com, chances are you have a strange creature that identifies as a “foodie” in your life.  If your food fanatic has every kitchen gadget, cook book, spice blend and truffle paste available, never fear we’ve got you covered! Consider gifting your grub-loving pal with one of the great foodie flicks we’ll be profiling on Biff Bam Pop for the next few weeks! Hey, the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones and celebrating whatever you happen to celebrate, but they’re also all about food too am I right?!

For the Adventurous Cook:

Like Water For Chocolate

I first discovered  Like Water For Chocolate as a book written by Mexican novelist Laura Esquival.  The novel is both a love story and a recipe book – each chapter headed by increasingly more delicious sounding recipes.  I’ve read it about 30 times and every single time I tell myself that I’ll try making one of the dishes in the book – but I haven’t yet! Maybe a new 2012 Resolution for me?

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Food Porn: Movies for the Foodie in your life: Waitress

With the increasing popularity of the Food Network and it’s many shows, “celebrity” chefs, and websites like www.foodnetworkhumor.com, chances are you have a strange creature that identifies as a “foodie” in your life.  If your food fanatic has every kitchen gadget, cook book, spice blend and truffle paste available, never fear we’ve got you covered! Consider gifting your grub-loving pal with one of the great foodie flicks we’ll be profiling on Biff Bam Pop for the next few weeks! Hey, the holidays are about spending time with loved ones and celebrating whatever you happen to celebrate, but they’re also all about food too, am I right?!

For the Baker:

My first recommendation is an often-overlooked display of sweet, snarky (and kinda sad) cinema known as Waitress. Keri Russell (of tv’s 90’s drama Felicity) stars as Jenna, a woman living in the deep south with her abusive husband Earl. Jenna works a dead-end job as a waitress in a diner where she bakes pies as a form of therapy and creativity. She often gives them titles inspired by whatever is going on in her life (such as – SPOILER ALERT! – I CAN’T HAVE NO AFFAIR BECAUSE IT’S WRONG AND I DON’T WANT EARL TO KILL ME PIE).

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide Day 4 – More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead on DVD

Ahh the holidays. Twinkling lights, softly falling snow, carolers caroling …and the urgent, relentless moans and shuffling steps of the undead!  That’s the kind of holiday the discerning zombie fan in your life desires, and now you can give it to them with a the newly-released documentary film More Brains!: A Return to the Living Dead.

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Happy Record Store Day! …Kind of.

It’s a regular old work day for us here in Canada but our neighbours to the south have been up for hours, camping out, lining up and salivating over deals, deals, deals! I am of course, talking about Black Friday – the day after Yankee Thanksgiving which for many, kicks off the holiday shopping season.

This year I have decided to try and buy locally as much as possible, so when I heard that there was a “Black Friday” version of Record Store Day happening, I did a (tasteful) happy dance at my desk at work.  As an individual with many music-loving family members and friends to buy for, I’m pretty excited about some of the great releases being put out especially for today.  (Note to brothers and husband: stop reading right now).

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