In his new YouTube series, #FoodFilms, food artist and director David Ma takes inspiration from famous filmmakers to demonstrate famous recipes. Ma has just released four episodes, each showcasing a different dish filmed in the style of a different visual artist.
Ma channels Wes Anderson to demonstrate how to make s’mores. Appropriately, if the video were any more twee, it would induce nausea.
A Michael Bay-inspired waffle video is action-packed. Hopefully Ma was able to keep the budget for this one under $200 million.
Some may know Alfonso Cuarón for Y Tu Mamá También, while others might be more familiar with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But, these pancakes were clearly left on the cutting-room floor after Cuarón directed Gravity.
Only Quentin Tarantino could transform a comfort dish like spaghetti and meatballs into a gory mess that is almost not safe for work.
The videos are each roughly one minute long, and all of the cinematography should be instantly recognizable to even modest film buffs — kudos to Ma on a job well done. Just don’t expect to find any real culinary lessons in this series. For film-inspired foods that can actually be prepared at home, viewers will have to look elsewhere.
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