I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
Can I view an English language version of Ant-Man at a theatre in Tokyo this week? Japanese subtitles not a problem of course.
Trying to remember the name of a movie I only saw a clip from about 22 years ago. It was a color film, definitely arthouse/independent -- possibly foreign. All I can remember is a piece of fruit (a pear?) playing an important symbolic role, and in the scene either the fruit (or perhaps it was a ball) was rolling incongruously across the floor of a nice manor room where elegant-looking people were sitting. Ring any bells?
A friend wants to get that witty romantic 70s NY film fix without the obvious choice of Woody Allen. What are other films in that same genre?
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?
Just saw and really liked The Lunchbox. What are some other quirky, intelligent, modern romantic comedies? International titles appreciated, but not at all necessary.
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]
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]
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?
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!
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]
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).
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]
What format should we see The Hobbit in? [more inside]
What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
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]
What are some recent (last ten year or so) Korean film that's worth watching? [more inside]
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?
I want to put a film club together. Looking for ideas and advice on things I should prepare for. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies. [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know the name of a recent French movie( well maybe 2005) about three gangsters in Paris and a girl who gets involved with them...they ask her to video a heist for them then she becomes one of the gang. They go to Cannes, etc and have a gangsters holiday, then the big robbery they have planned goes wrong at the end (where she dresses as a high class prostitute in a blonde wig) but she ends up in a large apartment by the sea America with a piano full of bank notes
2 part question: 1. I used to be a member of a movie site which made recommendations based on your likes and your friends likes and movies of a similar genre, but I've forgotten what it was called. Do you know of a site like that? Maybe I can recover my membership if I can find it again! 2. Can you recommend a social network for the cinema? Preferably one with similar characteristics to the one i used to know, with a good number of European & British, as well as US, content & users.
Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
Going with 2 friends to London Dec. 2-6. We'd like to see the new Harry Potter movie while there. Any recommendations to the *best* movie theater available? [more inside]
Where can I find a database of cinemas in the US, for use in a film website my brother is building? [more inside]
Movie ID: Help me remember a movie I saw on a plane in the 1980's. [more inside]
I thought I knew how the current crop of 3D glasses worked, but an experiment with my glasses and my laptop screen proved that something weird is going on. Why does the direction I'm looking through the glasses change what I see, and why do the polarising filters appear to be oriented the same way? [more inside]
Is there a name for this editing technique? [more inside]
Looking for movies that evoke how it is to live in the time in which they are set. [more inside]
I am wondering how Hollywood movies that end up being complete failures both critically and commercially end up getting all the way through the process of being made and released into cinemas? Why isn't there more quality control? [more inside]
Name that Japanese movie: seen onboard Japan Airlines in 2002-2003. Salaryman becomes obsessed with building a space rocket in his back garden. [more inside]
Please help me remember the name of a 1990s indie film director. [more inside]
District 9 has infected me, so to speak. I can pick up on the cinematic influences and the overt South African references, but surely there are more South African influences that elude me. Help! [more inside]
Another, guessthatmoviefilter. I watched snatches of a movie a long time ago and I have been trying to come up with what it was ever since. It's an 80s adventure film. It came around the same time as "The Little Shop of Horrors". [more inside]
MeFi cinemaphiles, where should I start in Ingmar Bergman's filmography? [more inside]
Point me to some real examples of the cinematic style parodied in Flight of the Conchords' "Foux de Fa Fa!" [more inside]
What were the movies that made you go WOW? [more inside]
What makes an old movie sound like an old movie? I recently watched Young Frankenstein, and the sonic atmosphere of it was a (to me) convincing imitation of movies from the 30s. The tones of voices, timing of dialogue, even the silences, somehow. I can hear it but I can't explain what I'm hearing or how they might have accomplished this. Can you?
Two related questions about North Korea: (1) Can anyone point me to a distributor, collector, or other source of North Korean films, either on DVD/VHS or (ideally) on film? (2) How would I go about directing a letter there? [more inside]
Please help me identify this short film. I saw it on PBS about 15 years ago. It involved a society where time was literally money, and this time was linked directly to your lifespan. [more inside]