Caille en Sarcophage? Hallelujah! — A Tribute to “Babette’s Feast” and Other Big-Screen Cuisine

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Babette's Feast, my favorite food-related film, I'm revisiting this post. It was originally published, in a greatly abridged edition at Christianity Today, and then a larger version was published at Filmwell. I've brought it up to date by mentioning 2012's most scrumptious documentary...-Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the only documentary in 2012 that I've bothered to watch more than once. And I admit that this has nothing to do with artistic merit.David … [Read more...]

Ratatouille (2007)

My review of Ratatouille was originally published in June 2007 at Christianity Today Movies.-Attention, parents, kids, anybody who appreciates good movies and great food!Ratatouille is a feast so fantastic you'll go running back for seconds. And if you pay close attention, you'll also see that it's a film that tells two great stories at the same time.The first story is what you'll see on the big screen. And the second—at least the way I see it—is a more subtle, almost allegorical re-t … [Read more...]

The Oscars, and How to Pick a Real Winner…

Who will take home those golden chunks of cheese tonight? … [Read more...]

Don’t Underestimate the Rat in the Kitchen

Before Pixar's Ratatouille opened, the grumbling began in the industry, saying that it was too smart for kids, too sophisticated to be another Pixar smash-hit.And when it failed to break records immediately, it was quickly a subject of scandal. Was Pixar slipping? Was their focus on storytelling rather than merchandise-friendly entertainment going to cause them to slide from the lofty heights of movie storytelling? … [Read more...]

What’s the Best Film You’ve Seen in 2007?

Rotten Tomatoes has just compiled their list of the Best-Reviewed Films of 2007 (so far).And I am not at all surprised to see which film holds a commanding lead.What's the best film of the year so far according to you? … [Read more...]

Specials: Rata-trouble? Remembering Yang.

Jeff Berryman the power of a rat in the kitchenSean Gaffney points out three serious problems with Ratatouille. Who can argue with such scathing criticism?Okay, enough kidding around. Carissa Turner Smith really does have a problem with Ratatouille, even though she enjoyed it.-J. Robert Parks has posted a tribute to Edward Yang at  … [Read more...]

Coming to Save the Summer: Remy the Rat

I saw Ratatouille today.Finally... a summer movie that delivers. That enchants. That makes you glad to be a moviegoer.And how could you have expected anything less? It's a movie from the mind of Brad Bird and the animation wizards at Pixar. Of course it's a joy!I'll be writing my review this week, and it'll show up at on opening day. … [Read more...]