There are a handful of movies I adore and have watched over and over: Bring It On
, Legally Blonde
, Mean Girls
, and, most recently, Pitch Perfect
. Suggest more movies like this, please. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma
on Dec 11, 2013 -
TV shows and movies frequently feature characters with five o'clock shadows or a day or so worth of beard growth. Given that production schedules often require long shooting days, how do they keep a five o'clock shadow from looking like 8 am the next morning? How are actor's beards kept at the couple of days growth look when a sixteen hour shooting day could easily have them well on their way to looking like one of the Boston Red Sox? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown
on Dec 8, 2013 -
MeFites, can you furnish me with the names of some films that are (1) generally upbeat (2) visually pretty (3) not hard to follow plotwise (4) able to put people at ease, help them relax. They can be comedies or dramas or whatever. Animation is fine; live action is fine. [more inside]
posted by Quilford
on Dec 4, 2013 -
I'm looking for a specific YouTube video, involved in a Fair-Use copyright case, that had been taken down and some months later allowed to reposted after having been approved by courts as transformative. It involved using two different movie-industry film footage segments that, when interspersed with each other, created a new conversation between two characters of different fictional universes. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher
on Dec 3, 2013 -
Looking for movie recommendations that feature French scenes, spoken French is good too. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA
on Dec 2, 2013 -
From vague memories, I seem to recall the main character was a white man with brown hair who was in his 30's. He visits a nearly empty diner and has a religious discussion with the proprietor. Circa 1980-1990. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake
on Dec 1, 2013 -
I remember a discussion somewhere about some famous film critic and their widely admired advice about how to watch a movie intelligently. I don't think this was advice about how to become a critic or how to watch a movie and then write about it, I think it was more of a primer on how to gain from the experience and how to evaluate a film for yourself.
Any help identifying this would be greatly appreciated!
posted by blakeinla
on Dec 1, 2013 -
What are some examples of works of fiction (e.g. novels, movies) that feature a Thanksgiving family gathering as a major plot element? [more inside]
posted by Asparagus
on Nov 30, 2013 -
Some time ago, on one of the national basic cable movie channels (USA, I think) which would run multiple showings of a given film for a month or so, I repeatedly flipped into a period film that amused me each time I watched a snippet.
Unfortunately, I never watched enough of the film to get a good idea of the plot, and therefore can't effectively describe the story, sooo... [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Nov 29, 2013 -
I just signed up for netflix (streaming only) for the first time for several years (since 06-07ish). I'm looking for some great tips, tricks, and userscripts
, other websites to get the most out of netflix, particularly with tuning the ratings system so it gives very relevant recommendations. [more inside]
posted by fizzix
on Nov 29, 2013 -
Okay, so I used to share a house with this guy who would often bring home lots of good Asian cinema (of all sorts, but this question is about martial arts movies), but I moved across the country back in 2005 and I've been getting a hankering for some well-choreographed fighting. I haven't been paying attention to what's come out lately, so I don't know much of what's out there.
So I'm looking for the best and cleverest fight choreography from Asian cinema, from 2005 on. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn
on Nov 15, 2013 -
My friends made a handful of short films this year, and we'd like to send some of them out to various film festivals. Where should we submit? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus
on Nov 14, 2013 -
Why does everyone on TV or in movies seem to holster or tuck their gun into their belts backwards? Is there something behind this screen convention? [more inside]
posted by stet
on Nov 13, 2013 -
My reference requirements are getting increasingly obscure and I can't figure this out. So much for leaving referencing behind in my Uni days.. it was always the referencing part that pushed me over the edge! Thanks for reading
posted by tanktop
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I've recently realized how therapeutic it is for me to have a nice, long, crying session. Watching something emotional that makes me cry has been my way of releasing stress, but I'm having a hard time finding material. I've been able to find lists of "movies to make you cry", but they tend to be romance movies or feel-good dramas with a sad ending. What about movies or TV shows that are sad, sweet, or emotional throughout the length of the film? [more inside]
posted by daisies
on Nov 13, 2013 -
In my personal view of photography and life in general, the "convenience" that, for me, is the only advantage that digital cameras have over film (specially if we talk about medium format film), was never something I cared about. However I may have to start caring about it, at least part of the time.
The thing is, I have no idea of what camera to get, so I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by Fermin
on Nov 10, 2013 -
Starting to think about holiday gifts, and I have received a request for one of my photos printed and framed. What is the best way to turn a photo into a gift? (Bonus difficulty: the original photos are analogue/film with a square aspect ratio.) [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Nov 7, 2013 -
Probably a long shot, but here goes. In '88 or '89, I attended a scholarship-paid class at the Art Institute of Chicago. All the students were high schoolers. The class was referred to as "Time Arts" and was about multi media art.
During the workshop portion of classes, our instructor would have various films playing at one end of the studio, just as background imagery and conversation starters. Pretty sure he pulled them from the school's library. I would like to identify one of these films. My description of what I remember inside, so if you know 60s-70s avant-garde (probably short) art films, please help. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic
on Nov 4, 2013 -
The official release date for the film Thor: Dark World
is Friday, November 8th in America. Yet, my local theater chain and presumably others will have viewings on Thursday, some as early as 8pm. Is there a particular reason for this, besides an attempt to make more money on the initial weekend opening?
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Nov 4, 2013 -
St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
posted by Locative
on Nov 4, 2013 -
Any suggestions for film and television, fiction or documentary about 1963, either made at the time or subsequently? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless
on Nov 3, 2013 -
It is the late eighties or early nineties and you are watching a late night movie on UHF. It features a "wanderer" type person with big religious/philosophical ideas, set in the modern US, and loopily incoherent/incompetent. Is this a trope, what are the examples? What are examples of seminal bad late night movies which aren't scifi/horror?
posted by ennui.bz
on Oct 19, 2013 -
Please recommend as much artsy, intelligent, literary horror fiction (in any medium: books, stories, films, whatever) as you can! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername
on Oct 15, 2013 -
Can you recommend me some fiction, comics, and movies that are parenting positive--especially mom-positive? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi
on Oct 14, 2013 -
OK, this is deep in the level of cheezy memories. In the 1970s or early 1980s they used to broadcast totally rotten kung fu movies on television on Saturday mornings. I'm trying to remember a specific one. I know there are like millions of these that were churned out, so this may be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but here goes. It should limit the search that it was
1) in color
2) probably made between 1960 to 1981
3) included an intense fight scene that took place in a kind of underground temple (maybe?) that had as its central feature a pool of water (or acid?) that was boiling and had a kind of statue or something in the middle of it
4) there was a kind of dwarf or midget who had a prominent role.
Can anyone remember this crazy film?
posted by cmp4Meta
on Oct 7, 2013 -
I am looking for fictional depictions of therapy, preferably ones where it's taken seriously. More along the lines of In Treatment and The Sopranos than What About Bob? and Analyze This! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic
on Oct 4, 2013 -
I recently purchased 15 rolls of black and white 35mm negatives from a thrift store and had them developed. There are over 500 images from late 30s Italy, mostly Naples. The photographs contain images of: Hitler on parade with King Victor Emmanuel, shots of fascist youth, Pompeii, a building with a big 'Heil Hitler' sign on it, farming, boating, lots of images of a Mobile Oil plant, ships coming into Manhattan, people enjoying themselves, etc. My question: Are finds like this valuable? Who might purchase a collection like this?
posted by PHINC
on Sep 24, 2013 -
What movies aren't readily available via Amazon, Netflix, or similar, but are worth watching and can be booked for a legal public event in the US? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Sep 16, 2013 -
Are there any films/tv which do this: have a moment where it seems like a character is breaking the 4th wall and speaking directly to the camera/audience only to have the camera pull back to reveal the person they were actually talking to? [more inside]
posted by juv3nal
on Sep 14, 2013 -
Can you name some movie titles where the main characters work on a grand project that involves public acceptance and either succeed or are met with disappointment? I'm working on a film program for a fledgeling movie house and am trying to come up with an optimistic/aspirational track and a pessimistic/snarky one.
Optimistic: Field of Dreams
Pessimistic: Big Night. Waiting for Godot.
posted by wensink
on Sep 12, 2013 -
I'd like to find some magazines to subscribe to that deal with road cycling, fixed gear (including track) cycling, and filmmaking! I'm particularly interested in magazines that feature strong design (so don't just think FilmMaker Magazine, more like Little White Lies). This will not just be for my enjoyment, but they will live in my edit suite for advertising creatives to flip through during long edit days.
posted by matt_od
on Sep 9, 2013 -
How can we, in Australia, get access to Japanese films (with English subtitles)? Is there a Japanese movie place in Sydney? We're happy to pay, stream, download, and maybe even buy... but I'm not finding much. Any hints?
Help! and Thank you! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276
on Sep 7, 2013 -
The film Snowpiercer is set to release in the US, but with twenty minutes shaved for American audiences. I am looking for a copy, online, or elsewhere, where I might procure a copy of the original film from South Korea. Thanks!
posted by captainsohler
on Sep 4, 2013 -
I love the NRK's Bergensbanen film
- a contemplative, hours-long view of snowy Norwegian railway routes. It's perfect as a kind of gorgeous video wallpaper. I'm looking for something similar but from warmer climates
- jungle, rainforest, etc. Not even trains, per se - it could just be stationary, HD tripod footage from the deep jungle. Most nature documentaries are too full of cuts and story: I just want something still and beautiful, but full of greenery and birds. Any ideas?
posted by Marquis
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I have some film rolls from several years ago and I'd like to see if it's still good. I'm not sure where in the Atlanta area to get them developed. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum
on Sep 1, 2013 -
Can you name some instances, in literature and film, in which the magical negro trope is turned on its head? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn
on Aug 31, 2013 -
I want more movies where the main character is living in a fake, controlled, contrived, world, and later discovers/breaks free into the true reality. Good examples are: Trueman show, Matrix, Metropia, 1984, soylent green etc. Thanks a lot!
posted by crawltopslow
on Aug 30, 2013 -
I need suggestions for movies to show in a series I'm curating. The series is associated with a Visual Studies program, and so I'm seeking films that relate to visual culture or non-cinematic modes of representation in some meaningful way. In other words, the theme of the series is intermediality. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Aug 28, 2013 -
I'm looking for movies which show the aftermath of a hip or elegant party. There's a scene like this in Breakfast at Tiffany's, when Holly Golightly wakes up looking like a hot mess the morning after her swinging house party. Can you think of any others? It could be the morning after, or in the middle of the night when everyone's asleep or gone home.
posted by peter1982peter
on Aug 25, 2013 -
I will be in Montreal during the World Film Festival
and would love to catch at least one film during it (subtitled in English), however there are 400 something films to choose from, and thus it's extremely difficult to narrow it down. Does anyone know of anything exceptional that will be there, or perhaps an amazing director's next film that shouldn't be missed? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer
on Aug 23, 2013 -
I'm looking for movies where paying careful attention to every frame and detail yields secrets that are quite different from the "main" surface story. [more inside]
posted by naju
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I'm writing a story set in the modern-day film industry: please recommend your favorite documentaries, movies, articles, essays, blogs, or books (preferably non-fiction) about the realities of working in Hollywood! [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I just finished watching Fat Girl
(2001) [French: À ma soeur!], I'm currently reading A Certain Age
by Rebecca Ray and I previously read and watched An Education
. In every one of those films and/or books, an early teen (e.g. In A Certain Age
the girl is 14.) has a boyfriend that is at least in his late twenties. In each case, the mother doesn't seem to mind, the father is only a bit annoyed and the man is even allowed to come to the house for dinner.
Are these open age-gap relationships anomalies or are they common in Europe?
posted by lrnarabic
on Aug 10, 2013 -
I am working on a supercut
of material from lots of different movies. I need your help figuring out the right tools and workflow for the project. [more inside]
posted by Mender
on Aug 8, 2013 -
How do I find out if the film rights are available to a book/novel? Or, more specifically, if they are not available - how do I find out who owns the rights? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman
on Aug 8, 2013 -
I'm making a feature film and I need an accountant to maybe handle payroll, but mainly to advise on tax matters for my LLC and me personally. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11
on Aug 7, 2013 -
Anybody remember this? A boy rides his horse in the rain, it gets stuck in the mud, the boy screams his horse's name (Philip), a lot, while the figure of Death looks on? [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I've been accepted to the program of my dreams, but I'm not allowed to hold a job while in attendance, and my EFC is higher than my family can afford, so my school-determined need is too low for me to even support myself with loans. Are there any options I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes
on Aug 4, 2013 -
I am looking for the dress worn by the character "Ruth" in the Pedro Almodóvar film I'm So Excited
. Is this dress (same style and fabric) available for purchase? [link to photo of dress inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 1, 2013 -