My friend asks: "I once saw a sci-fi film where people had worked out how to record conscious experiences and then others could experience it directly themselves. There's one bit where a guy ends up driving himself into an insane catatonic state when he loops this recording of someone having sex at the point of orgasm and plays it for 12 hours straight."
Q: what is that film?
posted by urbanwhaleshark
on Mar 15, 2014 -
I have a film discussion Meetup group, and I like pairing an artistic and/or foreign and/or independent film with a similarly themed (or connected in some way) more mainstream film to attract people who might otherwise feel by intimidated by the discussion topic. The first part of the discussion is the mainstream film and we then segue into the "less accessible" one. Here are some examples of what I mean: Alien / Cube,
Groundhog Day / Run Lola Run. Now I would really like to have a discussion of the Abbas Kiarostami
film Certified Copy
, but I cannot come up with a mainstream pairing for it. If you have ideas, please share them!
posted by exolstice
on Mar 9, 2014 -
The movies and films I have in mind are: A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and The Thin Red Line by Terrence Malick (though many of his films would count). The "technical" definition of grace is such that I'm not entirely sure that's an accurate description of what it is that I see that joins these movies together, but it is certainly something present or mentioned in all three. The things that stick out to me are things such as: forgiveness, that nature is perhaps closer to God(liness), that there is grace/beauty in life despite some of the bad things in it. Do you know of any films and books that might be considered related to my above group given what I've tried to describe?
posted by SollosQ
on Mar 8, 2014 -
If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing?
Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
posted by Jane Austen
on Mar 6, 2014 -
I saw this movie on television when I was child, but can't remember much about it. As I recall, there was a dark-haired boy who had lost his mother (or parents). I'm guessing that the story is set during a war or some type of tragedy. In the story, accompanied by a woman he doesn't know, they walk amongst rubble of some desert or village. It could have been set in the Middle East, but it was an English language film.
posted by Bushmiller
on Mar 5, 2014 -
Moviefilter: I love the imagery and atmosphere of Victorian fantasy. I don't (necessarily) mean stories that were written in
the Victorian era, but rather stories which are set
in the Victorian era (or in an imaginary analog of it). The genre I'm thinking of tends to have a certain mythologized and aestheticized vision of the era: melancholy, mysterious, perhaps a bit of Gothic horror or the supernatural—i.e.
, not necessarily a realistic period piece. Wikipedia's entry on gaslamp fantasy
is suggestive. (For the record, I am emphatically not
talking about romance or novel-of-manners stuff.) Now: are there any movies like this? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet
on Mar 5, 2014 -
I cleaned my brick planters with a strong solution of muriatic acid, parts worked will, but one major section turned white with a film. How do I remove the film? The advice I read is to use muriatic acid to remove the film, but that seems to be causing the film on this one section.
posted by alcahofa
on Mar 2, 2014 -
During the holidays, I came back from visiting my family with about 2,300 of my Dad’s old slides that I’m in the process of scanning. I’ve read through several online tutorials about how to restore the color on faded slides, but I haven’t had much success replicating them. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero
on Feb 16, 2014 -
I want to make a music video for my band, and invite people to send us their own home video of a certain kind of public event for us to include. Are there any legal issues here? Please explain them to me like I'm a clueless idiot because, when it comes to film licencing, I am. [more inside]
posted by greenish
on Feb 11, 2014 -
Looking for recommendations on film and literature featuring ice hockey. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sapien
on Feb 10, 2014 -
I want to generate a list of movie scenes where character(s) sit outdoors on a bench and talk, either to themselves or to other characters. From any time period. I already have Forrest Gump. Extra credit if you can summarize the scene to help me get a sense for what it's about and to locate it in the film.
posted by xo
on Feb 9, 2014 -
Towards the end of the fifth episode of The Yakuza Papers, an eyepatch is being worn by... (possible spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by brownbat
on Feb 4, 2014 -
What film is this? Can anybody help?
My friend Gioia watched the first half of a movie in the middle of one night in the first 90s. She liked it, but since she was also very tired, so ended up sleeping.
The days after she didn't think too much about this movie, but then after a while she found herself wondering and wondering again about it, and still is.
She tried to retrieve the old show schedules, but unsuccesfully.
So, what movie is this?
This is the plot of the first half as she told me.
The main character is a middle-aged white man who happens to lose his memory all at once. My friend Gioia doesn't remember the name of the character, nor the presence of some famous stars in the movie. [more inside]
posted by francesco84
on Feb 4, 2014 -
appears in the first sound film in the Irish language, Oidhche Sheanchais
, filmed in 1935. A colleague of mine would like to identify the typeface used for the titles, and the online typeface-identifying sites have struck out. Can any MeFite identify it?
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood? [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Jan 27, 2014 -
I saw this movie on either IFC or The Sundance Channel about 8-10 years ago. It was almost certainly French, though I suppose it's possible it could have been from Belgium or something -- but it had a very, very French feel. Here's what I remember: (some of the memories may be incorrect) [more inside]
posted by edlundart
on Jan 26, 2014 -
This morning I was thinking about how in the movie Housesitter, Goldie Hawn's character wears a very limited number of pieces of clothing combined in a variety of different ways. My mom pointed this out to me at a very impressionable age, and noted how this was much more realistic than infinite wardrobes. I'm wondering what other other movies have an obviously finite wardrobe for a lead female character?
posted by Nimmie Amee
on Jan 22, 2014 -
I need a dystopian film to replace Terry Gilliam's Brazil
in my undergraduate course. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey
on Jan 19, 2014 -
I want to learn how to watch movies with more of a critical eye. I want to know what to pay attention to - technically, narratively, and so on -- and how to judge these things, so I can better appreciate what's going on. I'm looking for books or maybe documentaries that will help me do this. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man
on Jan 18, 2014 -
We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China
recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Jan 16, 2014 -
My partner loves ghost story movies that take out the usual blood-and-gore trappings of horror movies. The Others
is a particular favorite. Can you recommend other movies in this unsearchable-on-Netlflix microgenre?
posted by HeroZero
on Jan 10, 2014 -
The incidental music in a specific scene of Only Lovers Left Alive
by Jim Jarmusch sounds a lot like the first half minute of something I have heard before, but it's not listed in the soundtrack. Is it possible to get a definitive answer on whether it's the same thing or it just sounds similar? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator
on Jan 5, 2014 -
I have some 120 and some 35mm negatives that I would like to have scanned, and there's nowhere nearby that offers this service.
Has anyone in Canada used a online mail-away negative scanning service? If so, what was your experience? If you do this regularly or have used more than one, which is your go-to?
posted by jpziller
on Dec 27, 2013 -
Please help me remember a film scene. During a shoot-out, possibly a car chase, a gunshot hits and shatters the camera lens. That's the trope anyway. This occurs in an iconic movie. TVtropes.org lists some similar moments
but those are pretty random and weak examples, whereas the one I have in mind is from a movie classic. Could it be "Bonnie and Clyde"? -- but I checked film stills and nothing's showing up. Help!
posted by taramosalata
on Dec 23, 2013 -
Can you identify a classic film musical about a woman who meets a guy that turns out to be a film star? It includes a big song/dance built around people at a party name-dropping film stars, but the heroine only being able to remember the name "Rin Tin Tin". [more inside]
posted by metaBugs
on Dec 22, 2013 -
I have a question about the film, Gravity, and the geography of its ending. Obviously there are major spoilers if you click through. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities
on Dec 18, 2013 -
I have a dim memory of seeing a movie on television in which a young person is killed by a bull after wandering into its fenced-off bull field, but I haven't had any luck searching for a film title. [more inside]
posted by dougmoon
on Dec 14, 2013 -
Are there Christmas/holiday films or TV specials that star non-white protagonists? I was watching a holiday ad for The Criterion Collection on Hulu and was nonplussed at how white the casts are for all the classic holiday films. I mean, I have a soft spot for Home Alone as a child of the Chicago suburbs, but I'd love to show nieces and nephews and cousins more than whitebread suburban holiday cheer.
Are there Christmas films featuring people of color (foreign or American) you would recommend? And if foreign, hopefully subtitled? I can poke around for Korean films, but am otherwise linguistically stuck with the English language.
posted by spamandkimchi
on Dec 13, 2013 -
I'm looking for recommendations for twee art. You can define this as broadly as you like, and if you want to include how you are defining the word, feel free. But I am looking for art that you actually like
that is nonetheless decidedly twee. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod
on Dec 12, 2013 -
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 -