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Our 10 favorite movie feasts to whet your appetite this Thanksgiving

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Sure, Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day that honors the Wampanoag Native Americans sharing their harvest with the Pilgrims, but to us, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate everything we love about food. With that chow-happy sentiment on the brain, we decided to compile a list of our favorite onscreen movie feasts that had us wishing we were there to devour them too.

Did the Never Feast in “Hook” get you hungry? Us too. Did you want to go to Hogwarts only so you could pig out at dinner in the Great Hall? We hear you. Check out our top 10 list of movie feasts that get our bellies grumbling below. Who knows, maybe they will inspire some meals for your Turkey Day celebration next year.


“Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)

There’s nothing that should get you in the mood for the holidays quite like a feast hosted by a child-eating monster with eyes for hands. Though we must say, of all the food at the Pale Man’s table…grapes? Really Ofelia? Over that ham? But in any case, it’s hard to fault the girl from breaking Pan’s clearly dictated order of not eating anything at the Pale Man’s table when everything looks so tasty. Though that whole “if you do it, he’ll kill you” threat does sort of leave a bad aftertaste. Judging by the pile of empty shoes in the corner of the feast room, though, there were enough children for whom that threat just wasn’t good enough.


“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001)

There’s only one reason that we believe without a doubt that there’s no way Hogwarts can actually exist in the real world: the food for dinner can’t possibly be as good as it looks in the movies. Sure, the meals at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are top-notch, but they just don’t stack up to the plates after plates of delicious dishes and tasty treats featured on the dinner tables in the Great Hall. And to think, they get to eat like that every night.


“Babette’s Feast” (1987)

When it comes to movies with feasts in them, “Babette’s Feast” takes the cake. And the turtle soup. And the buckwheat cakes with caviar. And the quail in puff pastry with foie gras. And the rum sponge cake. Is your mouth watering yet? The Danish film — which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film the year it was released — is a real testament to the love one woman has for food. After winning 1,000 francs in the lottery, a servant named Babette decides to use the money to create a lavish feast for the Christian sect she lives at instead of returning to her home in Paris that she was forced to leave 14 years earlier because of the counter-revolutionary rebellion in 1871. In the end, she is left again without money but with the knowledge that “an artist is never poor.”


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

We’re jumping holidays a little bit right now, and the company Chevy Chase keeps at Christmas isn’t exactly our favorite clique. And, to be fair, that turkey looks like it tastes god awful, and there’s not really anything else on the Christmas dinner table to eat. It doesn’t matter: we just want to feast with Chevy Chase. Clearly he has been doing something right in the 22 years since this film was release, because he looks pretty healthy in “Community.” But it’s the Pledge of Allegiance moment in this scene that really sells this onscreen feast for us, regardless of whether the food was good or even edible.


“Big Night” (1996)

When a movie’s climax is a giant dinner scene for 16 people, you know the flick is doing something right. “Big Night” — also known as Stanley Tucci’s directorial debut — centers around two Italian brothers living in American trying to run a restaurant. Their big break comes when a famous jazz singer is supposed to pay a visit to their restaurant, and they pour their hearts into preparing the perfect dinner for the big night. Though things don’t end up going as planned with the dinner, the meal looks absolutely fantastic. Chicken soup, a trio of risotto, timpano, roasted chicken, fish, asparagus, roasted garlic, beets, tomatoes, artichokes, potatoes, carrots and a suckling pig. It’s making us drool just thinking about it.


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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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