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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What are some recent (last ten year or so) Korean film that's worth watching? [more inside]
posted by Carius
on Jun 13, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I want to put a film club together. Looking for ideas and advice on things I should prepare for. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass
on Nov 30, 2011 -
I'm looking for an Ingmar Bergman interview (should be available online) in which he makes an analogy between the depiction of a character in film and a solo partita by Bach. All else I remember is that it was probably shot in the 50s or 60s in b/w and that the person asking questions was a Swedish critic of some sort.
posted by quoquo
on Nov 8, 2011 -
What's the best mobster movie for every country (other than America) that's ever made a mobster movie? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Sep 21, 2011 -
I recently was browsing the web and came across this now defunct blog
. I never knew that people could actually get art films like this and in turn post them on the web (I knew but I didn't know, you know?) Now I want to find a place where I can find these films but I am coming up short. [more inside]
posted by Dauus
on Sep 10, 2011 -
In 2005, on Delta Flight 627 operated by Alitalia, somewhere between Chicago and Milan, an Italian film was shown to the mostly empty cabin. After six years, I have been unable to locate it -- any help? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell
on Aug 30, 2011 -
Burt Reynolds. Beer Cans. Burping. What film was this and where can I find a video clip of this scene on the internet? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Jun 18, 2011 -
A film professor friend is trying to compile an exhaustive list of pre-1968 films where children (NOT teenagers) are characterized as evil. Suggestions?
posted by Bobby Bittman
on Jun 5, 2011 -
I'm thinking of putting my resources into a documentary on a small quirky themepark that went out of business a while ago. What I need are good examples of feature length documentaries on unusual places so I can see how one would be produced. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on Apr 14, 2011 -
Is there a name, please, for the now-clichéd and much-satirized film shot in which the camera pulls rapidly out of a close-up, often moving back and up, while the subject, having just had bad news or seen something dreadful, goes "noooooooooo" rather a lot? We are meant to gather that they are somewhat alone, and not at all happy. Where/when did this shot originate? [more inside]
posted by vogel
on Feb 11, 2011 -
Can you help me remember a Japanese movie I saw that was very similar to-- but was definitely not-- Kurosawa's Dreams
? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton
on Dec 20, 2010 -
What did early (1900-1920) french film directors actually do? I get the sense from my research that early film directors in France were more like what one associates with producers nowadays. The "director" chose the script, chose the actors and the budget, and then left the execution to a cameraman who basically filmed everything as if he were recording live theater. This explains how someone like Louis Feuillade could "direct" hundreds of films each year. Is this assumption correct? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra
on Dec 14, 2010 -
Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Nov 22, 2010 -