Movie trivia - killer! Trying to recall a 1960s-ish (?) movie about a knock-out female British hair dresser who decides to improve herself and take continuing-ed university classes - very toff university, very toff professor (possibly Donald Sutherland or Peter O'Toole - except I can't seem to find anything similar on their IMDB career lists). Very along the lines of 'To Sir With Love,' (shot similar also) but focusing on the female's growth from bleached blonde bimbo to an academic over-achiever. Arg, this is killing me. Anyone remember this flick?
posted by eatdonuts
on Feb 9, 2006 -
Does anyone have a link to (or a copy of) the famous 'Zulu War/Rorke's Drift' pastiche Silk Cut cigarette advert shown in British cinemas in the 1970s?
posted by timpollard
on Dec 22, 2005 -
In the original 1978 Superman movie
Lex Luther plans to split apart the San Andreas fault-line using Nuclear armaments - the resulting explosion destined to send the entire Californian coastline and its inhabitants to murky ocean depths.How much explosive force would be needed to cause any such kind
of earthquake? And, using the San Andreas fault as a model, could Lex Luther's diabolic plan have any degree of success? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Dec 7, 2005 -
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]
posted by MasonDixon
on Nov 26, 2005 -
Are there any films, suitable for "cool" teenagers (14-17 years) which carry an anti-drug message but at the same time aren't absolute crap? [more inside]
posted by bunglin jones
on Oct 16, 2005 -
I just bought an Apple 20 inch Cinema display (to use with my PC) but, to be honest I dont like the Silver frame around the stunning screen. What is the best way - safest - cleanest - fastest - cheapest - to transform the silver into black - and the white on the sides --- into black ... plastic coating? Magic marker (haha) paint? Snap on something? [more inside]
posted by crewshell
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Having exhausted the English-language scene, I'm wondering what foreign directors have catalogs worth going through. I've already taken a look at the works of Pedro Almodovar and Wong Kar Wai, and would love to know who else has earned the respect of Mefi cinephiles. Limit your answer to directors whose catalog is in bulk created after 1970, please.
posted by boombot
on Aug 27, 2005 -
Dogs in Space
was an Australian film released in 1987 starring Michael Hutchence of INXS before they cracked the states. It's about a band living in a share-house in Melbourne in 1979. The lifestyle, the personalities, can still be found today, 26 years on. What other movies, despite their fictions, serve as documentaries of lifestyles that will probably remain unrecorded?
posted by hifimofo
on Jul 2, 2005 -
In Fassbinder's movie The Marriage of Maria Braun
, what piece of classical music is plays in the beginning of the scene wherein Karl Oswald and Maria are dining, toward the end of the movie? [more inside]
posted by ori
on Jul 2, 2005 -
I'm keen to go see the new Batman movie. I'm 'lucky' enough to live somewhere with an Imax cinema
. Should I go to see the movie there, or at a normal cinema? [more inside]
posted by ascullion
on Jun 16, 2005 -
Name that Creepy Short Film: A woman starts to pull a hair out of a sink... [more inside]
posted by sciurus
on May 17, 2005 -
I recently hooked up a 23" (older model) to a PC and some of the graphics don't appear to be displaying properly. The problem exists with subtle gradients and color transitions. It looks almost like a .gif would display. Do Macs run a higher bit rate or color set? Is there a base video card that should be used with a PC. [more inside]
posted by Yukon
on May 11, 2005 -
Another lost movie. Last seen 1973 in Europe, presumably made that year or slightly earlier (it may never have reached America). Setting: Britain (mostly London?) Pre WWI and just after. Cast: Attractive, British, youthful. No big names that I recall. General themes: I think- women's rights, problems of romance & politics, the pity of war. Two scenes vividly remembered: Young man appreciatively watching a woman on stage, she singing con brio "Votes for women, votes for women, la de da de da da dee!" Final scene young woman sitting in an art gallery post WW1 watching with emotion some "modern" art. I think her young man has died in the war. Scenes less well remembered (VERY POSSIBLY misremembered) generic love scene, generic romantic argument, suffragettes being run in by the police, young man getting a fleeing suffragette out of the way.
A UK production, more art house than mass release, but wonderful atmosphere, which is probably why it sticks in my mind all these years later.
posted by IndigoJones
on Apr 30, 2005 -
I'm planning on hopping on a plane to London to see the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
film next weekend, either Friday or Saturday. Not being familiar with the city's cinemas, I need to know a couple of things. [more inside]
posted by gentle
on Apr 23, 2005 -
Two directors whose work I greatly admire, François Girard and Whit Stillman, have been MIA for quite some time. Can someone tell me where either has been, what they've been doing since their last films and what their future plans are? I've heard whispers and seen snippets online, but am hoping some industry-savvy MeFi-ite can provide something more substantial. Is this a case of lack of profitability completely trumping quality and forcing these two out of the director's chair?
posted by boombot
on Apr 20, 2005 -
ZombieFilter: I have recently developed an interest in zombie movies. I'm having trouble finding a good list though; can anyone recommend some new ones I haven't seen yet? Preferably North American releases but any foreign suggestions are welcome too. [+] [more inside]
posted by id girl
on Feb 14, 2005 -
Film Double Bill Suggestions.
I'm putting together a season of double bills of great films. The double bills could be linked by actor, director, cinematographer, editor or genre, or they could be linked thematically - 2 films about childhood/set on a runaway train/sharing a common influence and so on. Anything goes, although both films must appeal to a broad audience, and should be generally recognisable as 'classics' of their type. What 2 films have you always wanted to see together?
posted by gravelshoes
on Dec 21, 2004 -
What happens to movie props and costumes after production wraps up? Films that must have a huge amount of these things, like say, the Lord of the Rings films, make me wonder where it all goes.
posted by picea
on Dec 8, 2004 -
Torontonians: Where can you rent art films on VHS these days? Generally Bay St. Video covers all my rental needs, but they only rent DVDs now, which is great for movies that are available on DVD, but less great for those that aren't. (+) [more inside]
posted by SoftRain
on Dec 7, 2004 -
I'm trying to find the title of a movie about a child dying of cancer who's father gives him a wish (More inside) [more inside]
posted by lucien
on Dec 5, 2004 -
At work I have a fancy new big giant Apple cinema display. I like it. But I noticed that recently, since I changed my desktop picture to something near 50% grey, I get afterimages - for example, when I close illustrator after working on lineart, I see a ghost of the lineart on my desktop for 15-30 seconds. I thought it was my eyes but my cow-orkers see it too. Is this bad? Can I up the refresh rate on the screen or something? I don't like it.
posted by luriete
on Nov 9, 2004 -
It's obscure-songs-from-French-movies time! The film "Cléo de 5 à 7" has a haunting tune sung by Cleo about halfway through called "Without You", which I cannot elaborate on much further except that some of the lyrics are about an empty house and (I think) the wind blowing through it. Since the soundtrack does not seem to exist any longer, is there any way I can get my hands on it anymore? Has someone in subsequent years covered it?
posted by Monster_Zero
on Nov 3, 2004 -
A number of years ago (8? 10?) there was a relatively low budget movie version of The Fantastic Four
made, only to be bought up, and never shown the light of day, awaiting a big-budget production in the future.
Has anyone stumbled across information of this aborted project, and does anyone know where some video of it exists (in a digital format)?
posted by jpburns
on Jul 2, 2004 -
MovieFilter? - When a film shows a couple kissing, she often lifts her left leg up to make a right angle at the knee. Why? Does anyone actually do this in real life? Part of me expects it originally had some kind of euphamistic purpose, but my limited googling skills tell me nothing. Thoughts?
posted by twine42
on Jun 16, 2004 -
Need help with a RIDICULOUSLY TRIVIAL but frustrating OBSESSION concerning the movie Dr. Zhivago and Richard Burton, the actor. (m.i.) [more inside]
posted by marsha56
on Apr 14, 2004 -