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April 28

Help me expand my film-making vocabulary, please.

Sometimes in a movie, during the transition to a new scene, the visual image will remain on the end of one scene for just a moment, but they go ahead and start the audio of the new scene. This is just for a second or two, and the audio that you hear usually seems to be music or ambient sound, not dialogue. Is there a name for this effect?
posted by mccxxiii at 1:15 PM - 3 answers

Current queer culture estimation of Noël Coward?

I've been a fan of Noël Coward as a songwriter and entertainer for a long while. (His many-shaded song about Spring is a favorite of mine.) Yet I realized today I have no idea what kind of esteem he is held in in queer culture today. [more inside]
posted by bertran at 10:27 AM - 3 answers

April 27

2d side scroller movie involving zombies?

My girlfriend is looking for a youtube video she watched several years ago. It was in the style of a 2d side scroller game, but it was a movie that became "progressively more and more epic." There were zombies. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 10:48 PM - 6 answers

In what other films/shows is the "lamps ominously swinging" trope?

At 0:41 in the famous Risky Business Porsche sinking scene there is a shot of the lamp on the dock swinging ominously as the dock is about the collapse. I know I have seen this "harbinger of doom" in other TV shows or movies, but I can't remember which ones. Not to be confused with Chandelier Swing (which involves a character actually swinging from the lamp) or Falling Chandelier of Doom, but rather more like the Dramatic Wind. I know it's a trivial detail, but it seems so familiar!
posted by Seeking Direction at 7:57 PM - 9 answers

Help me identify this Jordanian(?) singer

I heard this wonderful music while on a minibus from Petra to Aqaba. Male singer singing a capella. I think it was on the radio, but I'm not sure. The music was very relaxing and almost hypnotic. Didn't sound religious to me, but I don't speak Arabic so not sure about that either. Any ideas?
posted by snownoid at 3:28 AM - 1 answers

April 26

"You Got This" songs

I'm going through a really tough time at work. I stood up to my boss about something and got threatened with disciplinary action for being "disrespectful". All that to say, I need some music to make me feel better about standing up for myself and taking care of myself. What songs inspire you to feel that?
posted by aclevername at 6:23 PM - 55 answers

April 25

Sorry, another podcast question

Looking for more podcasts like Pod Save America, Two Dope Queens, Pop Culture Happy Hour, and Call Your Girlfriend. ie, topical but sort of general-interest, with smart, funny people riffing on general topics. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 3:06 PM - 29 answers

Help identify this souvenir spoon idol

I recently purchased four unrelated souvenir spoons, including one with this idol-type image. It appears to be a tattooed figure holding two smaller figures. The smaller figures are sitting in each other's laps and holding onto each other. The seller had no idea what the image represents. There are no markings on the spoon itself. Is this an image specific to a particular religion or mythology? Or is it some generic exoticized trinket?
posted by audi alteram partem at 2:45 PM - 2 answers

Help me think outside the music box...

I'm in charge of wrangling sponsorships for my school's upcoming "Humanities Hall of Fame" induction ceremony. We've been around for 65 years, so we have some VERY accomplished alumni, and the whole thing promises to be a pretty big deal. Trouble is, I was never really a fine arts person in high school, so I'm afraid my thinking is somewhat limited in terms of which businesses might be interested in contributing to this kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by richmondparker at 5:53 AM - 8 answers

April 24

Help Me Remember a Creepy British TV Thriller

I'm trying to remember the name of a British TV show from approximately 15 years ago, give or take, involving a group of young men and women, one or more of whom began receiving a series of creepy emails or videotapes (I'm pretty sure it was email). [more inside]
posted by Palindromedary at 9:37 PM - 2 answers

I ruined it for myself: Chef's Table edition

I started watching Chef's Table on the recommendation of one of the other questions here. Things for me lately have been very stressful, so I wanted something that would be engaging yet contemplative. I need further recommendations, now. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 5:56 PM - 15 answers

Books about Wall Street during the 1930's?

I'm looking for fiction or non-fiction books about Wall Street during the 1930's. [more inside]
posted by Alterity at 5:08 PM - 5 answers

April 23

Help Finding A Vintage YA Novel About A Nurse

I read a book when I was between probably between 9-12 years old (1988-1991) from the school library. It was about a young nurse, possibly a student, who took a job as a home nurse for a little girl who had burns on her legs. [more inside]
posted by Aquifer at 8:01 PM - 2 answers

Examples of tattoos worn by members of fictional organizations?

I'm trying to compile a list (or better yet, gallery) of tattoos worn by members of fictional organizations as inspiration for temporary body art. Help me remember/discover more! [more inside]
posted by 168 at 10:39 AM - 27 answers

How can I find out the author/title of this Transformers doujinshi?

Found some images from a Transformers doujinshi for the Starscream x Skyfire/Jetfire pairing, but need help identifying the title and author. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 AM - 2 answers

April 22

Yr favorite niche podcast

Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano at 12:47 PM - 32 answers

Filmmaker seeking public domain songs that could also be a prom theme?

Filmmaker seeking meta-help. I need a song with public domain lyrics that could have conceivably been a U.S. prom theme in 1989. Possibly an early standard that was re-recorded as a Billboard Hit in the 50s-80s? [more inside]
posted by skammer at 11:52 AM - 15 answers

Songs for the non singer?

I love music from the 30s and 40s. I'm not musical and I absolutely cannot sing (such talent would be among my wishes of the leprechaun), but I'm slowly learning how to play ukulele and, as it becomes possible, want to develop a small repertoire of sweet and simple songs that a) aren't too hard to memorize, and b) won't hurt the ears of the people around me or cause dogs to howl. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 11:43 AM - 11 answers

In search of: this disturbing film short

Hello hivemind. I need your help in finding a black-and-white film short that I saw once as a child. [more inside]
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 9:40 AM - 8 answers

What are the best websites for watching Spanish language video?

What are the best websites for watching Spanish language video, preferably for free? I am trying to improve my Spanish. Sites that include subtitles (Spanish, English, or both) with video would be particularly great.
posted by mortaddams at 7:15 AM - 3 answers

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