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Aging in literature and film

As I approach my fifties and confront the reality that parts of my body are wearing out and will never be young and resilient again, I turn to the arts for deeper philosophical understanding of this aspect of the human condition that I am facing. I'd like recommendations of fictional treatments of physical aging which are realistic but compassionate. Guidelines and caveats behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Aug 13, 2014 - 25 answers

Looking without seeing: art appreciation edition

I make an effort to visit art museums very regularly. I love art! How can I make the most out of my visit? I would also welcome suggestions for how to get more out of the books I read and films I watch. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Insects in Literature, Film, Poetry, Pop Culture

I'm trying to remember as many notable instances of bugs in books (and film and other media) as possible--help me compile a creepy-crawly compendium, please? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on May 21, 2014 - 72 answers

The American SF "Canon"

For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 23, 2014 - 68 answers

Books (or documentaries) to teach me to watch films intelligently?

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 - 12 answers

Fiction featuring Thanksgiving gatherings?

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 - 21 answers

Weird & Wonderful Excellent Esoteric Nightmare Narratives

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 - 45 answers

if i liked the movie l'avventura, what books will i like?

i really like the slow/subtle treatment of ennui/cultureshock/different manifestations of love/and the engaging "nonplot"
posted by sawyerrrr on Jun 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Diamonds in the haystack

I'm looking for the unexpected, overlooked masterpieces hiding within conventionally marginal artistic genres: novelty Christmas music albums, mass market cowboy novels, direct-to-video action movie sequels, etc. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me find books on film history by decade.

I'm looking for good books detailing the history of film by decade-- as in a book on 1940's Hollywood, the 60's and the French New Wave, 1970's New Hollywood (in that case Easy Riders, Raging Bulls might be a good suggestion). [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Name some examples of humorous tragedies in film and literature

I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Sep 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Hunger Games predecessors?

What are the books and films that The Hunger Games rips off pays homage to? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 23, 2012 - 36 answers

someone has to save our skins

I'm looking for suggestions for science fiction/fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. for young(ish) girls. I'm especially interested in epic stories that are similar to the ones I devoured when I was that age (Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superhero comics, Dragonlance, etc.), but which are centered on female protagonists and which don't reinforce sexist social messaging about female passivity or objectification. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 26, 2012 - 47 answers

Writing, etc., about gulfs between cultures?

Looking for good depictions of people or characters with truly foreign, alien, or mutually irreconcilable views of the world. [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Media depictions of empathy?

Film and literature that depict empathy (or lack of) between adults? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Dec 31, 2011 - 38 answers

Armchair Travels

Next year, I'll be travelling to the Netherlands and (briefly) Belgium, then later a trip to Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Are there any films or novels I should check out to get a feel for the places before I get there? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Best books that started out as films?

Help me find examples: films that later became (better) books. [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Nov 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Effect of torrents and/or free downloads on culture generally

Have you read or can you point me to any interesting articles about what will be the future of media like films/software/books given the way they are all being distributed online via torrent sites & the like. Will copyright go away or what? I am looking for INTERESTING theoretical speculations, not some person just saying the letter of the current law will be enforced or the usual doomsday-talk.
posted by cmp4Meta on Jun 15, 2011 - 12 answers

If only we could sharpen that image..

I am a sucker for mysteries that involve clues hidden in photographs/film clips and am looking for other examples(SPOILERS for Blow Up, Veronica Mars and Stieg Larsson inside...) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 12, 2011 - 24 answers

This book may only exist in my head.

I'm looking for the title of a book about sci-fi film from my youth. [more inside]
posted by Cassilda on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Movies and books to expand vocabulary

In what English movies or books would I most likely be exposed to new words? Any genre and time-period.
posted by keith0718 on Feb 3, 2011 - 34 answers

Books/films about manic depression

I've seen The Devil and Daniel Johnston and Stephen Fry's Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and I've read The Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. What are some other great books and films about manic depression?
posted by Chenko on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Novels or short stories, Charlie Kaufman style?

Who writes novels like Charlie Kaufman would write? [more inside]
posted by Snerd on Sep 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Books/Films (other media) on Why Life and Everything Matters

Please suggest media (books, films, other types) that might help me construct a non-religious, "Why all of life and existence matters" narrative. [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on Sep 6, 2010 - 26 answers

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

Recommendations for thought-provoking books or essay collections that analyze horror movies, please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Aug 17, 2010 - 18 answers

"There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it."

What are the very best/most essential books about Alfred Hitchcock? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Aug 13, 2010 - 8 answers

I loved Inception. Can you recommend any _books_ that would be similar?

I loved Inception. Can you recommend any books that would be similar?
posted by blueplasticfish on Jul 19, 2010 - 80 answers

I Hate You ! No wait, I don't. Let's be friends.

What film, TV or literary female characters begin as adversaries and end up friendly? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Mar 20, 2010 - 27 answers

Women who runs with the Wolf Lecture

What have you heard about werewolves? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 28, 2009 - 59 answers

Please suggest books, movies or shows like Bel Canto

I loved the plot of Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Any recommendations for similar books, shows, or movies? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Help a 13 y/o get to know the Amercian soldier.

What resources (films, books, websites) can I share with my 13 y/o daughter who has expressed a recent keen admiration and care for the American soldier from the Vietnam War era to the present? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Sep 3, 2009 - 22 answers

What creative plot devices have been ruined by technology?

What inventions/societal changes besides cell phones have effectively "ruined" plot devices for stories in movies, TV, books, and so forth? [more inside]
posted by ckolderup on Aug 5, 2009 - 50 answers

I want to see more bad people

Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2009 - 71 answers

Websites about South Asian culture

Recommend me some neat blogs, websites or news sources about South Asian culture, please. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Girls through the looking glass

I'm looking for both films, books, and short stories where the story of a girl or a woman is told solely through the perspective of a male narrator. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Nov 13, 2008 - 31 answers

Books for the magic bus?

Into the Wild: what were the books which Chris McCandless took with him and read on the magic bus?
posted by humuhumu on Sep 8, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation?

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Filmmaker training, online?

Suggest online or DVD resources for a new filmmaker to learn about lenses, film formats, shot composition, camera moves, dialogue staging, and other aspects of cinematography & directing? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Examples of Mise en Abyme (in form)

Recursion filter: I recently came across the phrase 'Mise en Abyme' and have become fascinated by recursion in literature, language and film. What writings have used these themes in their form to address the questions they posed? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 2, 2008 - 20 answers

Looking for fictional intragenerational incest narratives.

I'm looking for fictional intragenerational incest narratives -- books, film, television, etc. -- in which the relationship is presented as a tragic love, doomed to failure. I'm not interested in the probably more common (and more realistic) pure trauma narratives. The relationship need not necessarily be physically consummated. [more inside]
posted by nobody on Mar 25, 2008 - 49 answers

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages?

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jan 11, 2008 - 41 answers

Looking for good mystery novels/films centered around missing persons.

I'm doing research (for a writing project) into Film Noirs and Mystery Pulps, and I'm looking for good selections of a certain plot type: the "missing person" scenario. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Mar 11, 2007 - 20 answers

Who would sacrifice their reputation for the sake of the world?

Who would sacrifice their reputation for the sake of the world? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 14, 2007 - 71 answers

Does anyone know what this book and these films are?

Does anyone know what this book and these films are? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Jun 19, 2006 - 9 answers

Resources on the transformation of books to movies

Looking for books, essays, articles, any resources at all about film's relationship to literature. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Mar 13, 2006 - 10 answers

2nd person perspective narratives

Fiction usually comes in two flavours: 1st person narrative or 3rd person description. What short stories or novels have been written in 2nd person perspective (i.e. from the reader's viewpoint)? Also, are there any movies shot entirely from this angle?
posted by 0bvious on Jan 17, 2006 - 63 answers

Books and films about Africa?

Lately I've been on a sort of Africa kick. I'm mostly ignorant of the continent, and think that's a shame. Can you recommend good books and films on Africa? (Any aspect is fine: big or small.) [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Sep 18, 2005 - 43 answers

Crypto film rights

Have the film rights to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon been sold? In general how does one discover the answer to such a question (what the kids call google-fu is weak with me)?
posted by OmieWise on Apr 23, 2005 - 22 answers

Staying Current

KeepingUpWithTheKidsFilter: How do you keep up with new books, music, films, etc.? More inside. [more inside]
posted by eatcherry on Jan 12, 2005 - 19 answers

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