Tampopo was fantastic at catching and maintaining my interest in the cooking that occurred throughout the movie. I thought the movie was both aesthetically pleasing and heartwarming to watch others experience food. I found the scenes involving the lovers particularly interesting as it shows how food can be erogenous and a catalyst for a multitude of sensory experiences.
What techniques do filmmakers use that immerse the viewer and have them relate to the different tastes, senses, and values of the characters?
What was happening with passing a raw yolk back and forth?
Do you have any critiques of Tampopo?
I thought that the presentation was a very succinct delivery of information on perceiving everyday interactions with the food we consume under the queer and feministic lenses. I enjoyed her explorations into the deeper meanings of the stories we read. She provided perspectives I would have never considered by showing experiences of marginalized individuals through food; which is intricately woven into social, economic, gendered, or sexualized interactions that cause a number of emotions, presumptions, or environments. I wish that she would have gone more in-depth about the queer movement for African-American’s and other minorities that come from different cultures, different standards, and definitely different experiences than white women or white queer rhetoric. She had a bunch for POC! I just wish the discussion could’ve been shifted to give some much-deserved attention.
How have you come to understand the function of your family’s ranch?
Is the cattle ranch intended for subsistence consumption or commercial use?
Do you find that you associate your concepts and values of a family with your experiences on the ranch?
What were some of the most surprising parts of working on the farm?
What are some noticeable differences in ‘nature’ from Mexico compared to the United States? What are some not-so-noticeable differences?
Are there concerns in your family over climate change? Other challenges?
Do the daily tasks on your family’s ranch involve more machinery or manual labor? Have there been pressures to switch a certain way?
Who was your favorite cow? Why?
What were your top 3 moments where you felt uncomfortable or scared? Grossed out?
Would you say cows have distinctive personalities? Serious answers only, please.