Please recommend me works based on the lives and works of stage magicians. I want to learn about how they started their careers and how they changed as it went on. [more inside]
If one reads The Hunt For Red October one comes out of it knowing a lot about how submarines work. Watch Apollo 13 and you learn about mission control and spacecraft. What's the equivalent for the railroads? [more inside]
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]
i really like the slow/subtle treatment of ennui/cultureshock/different manifestations of love/and the engaging "nonplot"
For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
Movies where the heroes don't foil the dastardly plot. [more inside]
What are some books or movies where the story is essentially told backwards? Ideally, ones that put a big initial event at the end of the narrative. [more inside]
Give me examples from literature, film, and popular culture of stories that end without actually telling us what really happened, leaving us unable to resolve multiple plausible versions of events. [more inside]
Are there any great books about the horror film genre? [more inside]
Looking for a movie based on a book written by a child author in the nineteenth century possible called 'the young travellors' [sic] [more inside]
Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies. [more inside]
Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
What are the very best/most essential books about Alfred Hitchcock? [more inside]
I loved the plot of Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Any recommendations for similar books, shows, or movies? [more inside]
Cinephile seeks THE book on early film, including dissections of films by Godard, Truffaut, Bergman, Fellini and the like. Lots o' pretty pictures are great, too. Can you help?
What fantasy book was referenced in Michael Clayton? [more inside]
recommend short story collections that would be good short film fodder [more inside]
Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
I've had a book published and been approached by a film producer wanting to option the film rights to the book. He's sent a draft agreement but there is no fee involved. When I questioned this the response was that this was standard practice for a book that is 'not a known branded property'. I gotta be honest me and my book are about as unknown as its possible to be but should I still expect some sort of fee for this.
Looking for recommendations on films (documentary or dramatic) or books (nonficiton or novel) about Agitprop or Agitprop Theater, specifically as it was practiced in Boshevist Russia/USSR. [more inside]
I'd like to broaden my horizons by getting a better understanding of life in different cultures and time periods. Please recommend great books or films (fiction or non-fiction) which paint a broad, immersive, reasonably accurate picture of a place and time. [more inside]
Can you think of examples of movies based on novels (or short stories) that are very, very faithful to the source work? [more inside]
I'm interested in hearing personal experiences of movies based upon literary works. Which movies are best experienced only after you've first read the book? Has reading the book afterwards altered your opinion of a movie or indeed has your appreciation of a book changed after you watched the film adaptation? [more inside]