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Cinematography basics

What are the best resources to learn the basics of cinematography? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Sep 12, 2014 - 7 answers

War Movie About Just One Battle?

Has there ever been a war movie in which the entire movie depicted just one battle, start to finish? No flashbacks to the home front, no framing devices, not even cutaways to the Generals at HQ in a different location...just the battle?
posted by Bobby Bittman on Sep 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Cinema where characters are forced to cannibalize

I can only think of 'Alive'. what others am i missing?
posted by JimAbacab on Aug 2, 2014 - 34 answers

Coolest interactive platforms in cinema?

Ever come across a scene in a movie and thought that the website or program or interactive "platform" was really cool? First thing that comes to mind of course is that really cool Minority Report scene or this Mission: Impossible software... It doesn't have to be too far into the future, it could be modern.. Could be the graphics that caught your eye, could be the simplicity, could be anything at all..
posted by omar.a on Jul 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Recent quirky romantic comedies?

Just saw and really liked The Lunchbox. What are some other quirky, intelligent, modern romantic comedies? International titles appreciated, but not at all necessary.
posted by progosk on Jun 25, 2014 - 27 answers

Can my 27" Cinema Display fly?

I have one of the 27" Apple displays. I am flying from Seattle to Hawaii next week, and need to take the display along for work purposes. I have the original box, and the airline is fine with me checking this kind of 'luggage'. But I have a few concerns... [more inside]
posted by roygbv on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

New queer cinema

Which websites, blogs, forums, etc, should I be following to be kept in the loop regarding new releases in international LGBTQ[etc] cinema? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Apr 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Building a subtitle screening box!

I'm looking into the concept of building a machine specifically for screening subtitles in a movie theater. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Mar 3, 2014 - 6 answers

What film is this?

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 - 11 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

What are some good ghost story movies that aren't quite horror?

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 - 43 answers

Help me identify horror movie that scared me as a child

When I was about eight years old, I saw a horror movie that scared the hell out of me. I'd like to identify it. I ran a bunch of Google searches, but I didn't come up with anything that matches my memory of the movie. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Jan 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me keep our Apple Cinema displays out of the landfill.

We have five aluminum 30" Apple Cinema displays at the office. They are slowly going dim. I don't want to trash them. How can they be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Mei's lost sandal on Nov 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Find me the best martial arts choreography of the last 8 years

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 - 14 answers

What makes a propaganda film?

How can a film rely solely on the opinions/viewpoint of a (social, political) activist without ultimately becoming a propaganda piece? If a movie focuses on an activist, does it have to feature his/her dissidents for it to be objective? Can't the film just allow for this person to tell his/her story and still not be classified as being sympathetic towards him/her? Are there any prominent examples of films that focus on such figures, for which the filmmakers have been later praised/vilified? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jun 29, 2013 - 16 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

What's a great monitor that's comparable to the Apple Cinema Display?

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro. I need to scale up to a large external monitor but both the new 27" Apple Cinema Display ($999) and the old 30" one (available on CL) are a bit on the expensive side. Are there comparable quality ones I can get for cheaper? Would love to hear about ones you've tried.
posted by special-k on Jun 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Finding good resources for explaining movie dramatic structures

Recently I was reading a book by Joseph Campbell called "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" which goes into how the "mono-myth" pattern serves as the underlying structure for most Western movies (think Star Wars, The Matrix, ...). I would love to learn more about alternative story arcs and dramatic structures (like the famous three-act structure), with examples from famous films. Any comprehensive resources, blogs, articles, anything?
posted by omar.a on May 29, 2013 - 15 answers

What films would you recommend to educate me in cinema?

I feel very uneducated in 'important' cinema and I'd really like to know and understand more. If I knew how to properly define 'important' I probably wouldn't need to ask the question, but names like Kurosawa, Tartakovsky, Fellini that I know I don't know anything about. What I'm hoping the lovely hivemind can do is give me a good starting point - something equivalent to the five-foot shelf of books that contains an entire liberal education (http://archive.org/details/harvardclassics), but for cinema. DVD collections (or YouTube links) that form part of this would be welcome too. Basically, help me educate myself in cinema!
posted by Kirn on May 21, 2013 - 20 answers

movies that have become a part of pop culture?

I'm 30 years old and I just saw Casablanca for the first time. All of a sudden I understand why so many people joke about "always having Paris." And all of those references to gin joints. Can you recommend some other movies to me that are equally important for understanding American pop culture? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Apr 28, 2013 - 99 answers

Sui Generis Cinema

There are commercial films that have a structure unlike anything else in cinema - radically different than even other other films by the same director or producers. Take for example My Dinner With Andre's real-time documentation of a dinner between two men, the way The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is completely sung, but like an operetta and not a musical, Timecode's real-time quadruple-screen, or the way Incubus used Esperanto. What are some other examples of films that have had a truly unique structure or key formal device? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Apr 14, 2013 - 76 answers

Where can I find newsreels and films from the 1910s?

Calling film historians and conservators! I am working on a historical novel set in the 1910s and I would like to get more of a feel for the time and place. Are there any high-quality online archives of films and newsreels of that era, from the likes of Vitagraph, Essanay and other studios? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

"What movie did I see?", episode 1374

My google-fu is failing me, and this is beginning to bug the shit out of me. Hivemind, you're my only hope. What was the Iranian (I think) film I saw, made around five-to-ten-years ago, about a community living aboard a derelict oil-tanker beached in the Arabian gulf..? If it's any help, the screening I attended at the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh was followed by a Q&A with the director (and was probably presented as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival).
posted by kxr on Feb 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for awesome alternate theories about the plots of movies

What are some of the most interesting theoretical models for understanding the plots and themes of movies that were not designed to generate them like Inception was? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Feb 16, 2013 - 33 answers

Your favourite clever pop culture sites/podcasts/lectures

I'm at home ill at the moment, watching lots of films and reading a lot (this week I've watched 14 films and read 2 books). I'd like to find sites (or podcasts/lectures/etc) that intelligently examine media and/or popular culture. I regularly read articles on Popmatters and sometimes the A.V. Club (but not so much). What are your favourite film/media crit resources? Podcasts? Lectures? Thank you in advance for any help!
posted by everydayanewday on Jan 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Academy Award 2013 Shorts - show me them....

Does anyone have any links to watch the various shorts that have been nominated for this years Academy Awards? [more inside]
posted by Mintyblonde on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommend me similar films to these Iranian ones!

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to see these two films: Café Transit, and Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame, which I greatly enjoyed. I was wondering if anyone could recommend me similarly enjoyable films, irrespective of country of origin. [more inside]
posted by thespiritroom on Dec 11, 2012 - 2 answers

First steps for a community cinema

Can you talk me through the issue of rights and royalties for a small community cinema? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Dec 4, 2012 - 11 answers

What 60s movie set in Italy was this?

What is this old (60s?) movie that I saw about 20 minutes of a couple of weeks ago on TV? Set in Italy, there's a gigolo and a couple of movie stars and a Hedda Hopper like character and a scene in a grotto type restaurant. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Dec 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Examples of timelines in movies and other pop culture?

I'm looking for examples of visual timelines in movies, video games, or fiction. Scenes where a span of time is represented metaphorically, preferably as a physical object, diagram, or action. A good example is this scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know in which two characters use a street as a visual metaphor for their potential relationship. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Nov 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Frame rate, my precious?

What format should we see The Hobbit in? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Nov 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Interpreting film and literature -- is it meant to be confusing?

In film and literature, how does one deal with the smorgasbord of themes and lack of a single, unifying meaning? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Nov 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"?

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Oct 19, 2012 - 11 answers

How to teach filmmaking to children

Looking for help figuring out ways to teach a tween how to make films. [more inside]
posted by diabolik on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

What was produced at the "Red Desert" factory?

What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Sep 26, 2012 - 2 answers

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

My wife and I have no watched a movie in 5 years. What should we see?

My wife and I have no watched a movie in 5 years. What should we see? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Aug 24, 2012 - 40 answers

Well I gave it five stars David

I've seen very few movies. Educate me about the classics of world cinema. [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Aug 15, 2012 - 30 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Silent film books

What are some good books about the silent film era? [more inside]
posted by garius on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Recent Korean Films Worth Watching

What are some recent (last ten year or so) Korean film that's worth watching? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jun 13, 2012 - 40 answers

xxx Nothing Is Fucked Here xxx

What are some movie quotes that sound like mantras, maxims, or other sayings, and would thereby make good cross stitch samplers? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jun 10, 2012 - 129 answers

Live action in a cinema?

Looking for examples of live performances at movie theatres [more inside]
posted by pablocake on Jun 6, 2012 - 16 answers

What are some good movies about Berlin?

What are some good movies about Berlin? [more inside]
posted by chasing on May 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Quality music/cinema receiver driving at least 130w for cheap?

I need a new amplifier/receiver for music and TV/home-cinema. I've looked at the Onkyo "network" range, especially entry level around £350-£400, but I am sure I could get my hands on an amp from a few years ago with all the features I desire, and save a bundle. I'd really appreciate your advice. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2012 - 3 answers

How often do the major film studios release classic movies on blu-ray?

How often do the major film studios release classic movies on blu-ray? Do any of them (Warner, 20th Century, Paramount, etc.) have a releasing schedules or even just noticeable patterns that would help know when my favorites (film noir, golden era Hollywood classics, etc.) might be available in HD?
posted by dr handsome on Apr 26, 2012 - 4 answers

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps?

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Apr 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Dorsky & avant-garde cinema

A recent NYTimes article on Nathanial Dorsky has whet my appetite for some avant-garde cinema. Help point me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Apr 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Realistic Jobs In Movies?

What are some movies that portray a career or job or professional really well and accurately? Movies that made you sit up and go " Yep that's what being a lawyer/doctor/actor/food additive executive" is like.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 1, 2012 - 40 answers

Treasure + history + adventure + action = awesome

Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, National Treasure, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec and even Tomb Raider and Sahara. I love all these movies. Recommend me more of the same, please!
posted by slimepuppy on Feb 18, 2012 - 35 answers

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