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Artsy/funky/old-timey black & white film for free/cheap download?

My birthday party starts in less than one hour. The theme is "black and white," and I had planned to project a friend's vaudeville silent film for atmosphere during the party. I just thought to check with the director to make sure he was still down with me showing his film, and it turns out that it isn't. I now need a plan B, in a hurry! See the invite here for the vibe...looking for artsy/funky/old-timey. And if you happen to be in Portland, please send me a MeMail if you'd like to join the festivities!
posted by red_rabbit on Apr 13, 2013 - 11 answers

B-list accounting

So how exactly do straight-to-DVD movies make a return on investment these days? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Apr 9, 2013 - 13 answers

ID an old comedy short?

Ah dear hive I asked this five years ago, and have yet to solve it. Here's the deets. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Apr 9, 2013 - 3 answers

About a girl(s)

Movie recommendations for stories about young women (heroines) and their lives and times.... [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Apr 5, 2013 - 40 answers

Roger & Me & who else?

What are the best movies about class struggles? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Apr 4, 2013 - 51 answers

What font has been used in onscreen text of Zero Dark Thirty?

The other day I was watching the movie and like the font. First I thought it's TNR then I thought maybe some Sans but I couldn't figure out. I loved the clean spacious fonts. Which one was it? [more inside]
posted by amar on Mar 29, 2013 - 3 answers

But it was big in Japan!

Phantom of the Paradise bombed but was insanely popular in Winnipeg. Flash Gordon did poorly in North America but was a huge hit in the UK. I'm curious: have there been other movies that were relatively unsuccessful but had inexplicable pockets of success?
posted by mcwetboy on Mar 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Share your favourite documentary films/series here

I watched Nina Conti: A Ventriloquist's Story - Her Master's Voice yesterday and it was so amazing I forgot how long it's been since I saw a really good documentary. I've watched everything Herzog has done in the past 6-7, Being Elmo, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, the 7 Up films and Jarvis Cocker's Outsider Art series. What are your favourite documentary films/series? (except nature docs? I can never get into them). I'm happy to watch films from any english-speaking country - but will also give it a go if they're subtitled.
posted by abbagoochie on Mar 22, 2013 - 36 answers

Legal/accounting advice for filmmakers

I'll be shooting a feature film in L.A. later this year, and I need some advice about how to handle the business side. I'm hoping that somewhere there's some sort of low-budget service that provides help to people who are new to the process. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Movies or stories with sympathetic monsters/villains?

I'd like to compile a list of sympathetic monsters/villains, portrayed in any medium--film, fiction, art, music, myth. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Mar 18, 2013 - 44 answers

I think we're beIng followed!

Here's one I've had no luck finding: A) in the movies, is there a name for those films they used to project behind actors in a movie car to make it look like they were actually on the road? You know the ones: the slightly out of focus view out the rear window. Maybe a chase scene with the bad guy car in pursuit... Or just plain ol' traffic... B) are any of these background films archived online? Tried Prelinger archives but no luck.
posted by ecorrocio on Mar 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to find a cinematographer for an indie feature film?

We're shooting a low-budget feature and are having trouble finding a cinematographer/DP. Where else can we look (details inside)? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Where can I get the Largo concert film?

I was watching some Jon Brion clips from this thread and was reminded of the concert film "Largo." It featured Brion, Flight of the Conchords, Fiona Apple, Louis C.K, Zach Galifianakis and heaps of other comedy and music acts performing at the old Largo Club in LA before they moved to the Coronet. Anyone know how one would be able to watch the Largo concert film that was made a few years back? [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert on Mar 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you recommend some fashion docs for lazy weekend watching?

I'm interested in watching more documentaries or miniseries about the fashion/clothing industry. Three I've rented recently were Valentino:The Last Emperor, The September Issue, and Signé Chanel. I especially enjoyed the last two as they really showed a lot behind the scenes about how stuff is made (both the media and the couture dressmaking sides). [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Mar 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Recommendations for socially aware media both sincere and heartwarming?

What are your recommendations for feminist friendly, social justice friendly media that portrays human beings outside of conventional stereotypes with positive themes? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Mar 8, 2013 - 19 answers

What should we watch at my film club?

Please suggest some movies that would make for good film club viewing. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Mar 7, 2013 - 40 answers

Christian Marclay's The Clock. List of films?

For my next viewing project, I was thinking of watching everything which appears in Christian Marclay's The Clock in order. Very slowly, obviously. Does anyone have a definitive list? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Mar 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Getting back into film in LOUISIANA!

How do I get on film crews in Louisiana. Lots of experience. Know basically no one. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Feb 23, 2013 - 5 answers

That’s all, folks!

Asking for a friend who needs help (FAST!) finding a home for 200 to 300 scenic backdrops from film and television. [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron on Feb 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Examples of percussive maintenance from film/tv/games.

Percussive maintenance is hitting an electronic or mechanical device to get it to work. I'd love to hear about any movies, tv shows, games or commercials where you've seen a character do this (not necessarily successfully). TV Tropes of course covers this pretty well but the more examples I can get, the better. It's for a supercut project. [more inside]
posted by dunk on Feb 20, 2013 - 23 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

Works of literature or film featuring taxidermy or taxidermied animals?

References both great and small are welcome. [more inside]
posted by fleetofblimps on Feb 15, 2013 - 35 answers

Help me find/remember the film I watched for intial few minutes.

I was watching this film on my previous laptop via TV-Tuner card and right then my laptop had crashed. I didn't check channel name and newspaper for the film name at the time, and now I can't remember it. It was at least before May 2010(I was watching the film in college and this when I left college - jic it helps though I am not sure if the film released recently at the time)... It was a train scene in the wilderness. [more inside]
posted by amar on Feb 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Name that film! Post-apocalyptic 80s Sydney

I am seeking the name of a film, set in post-apocalyptic Sydney (Australia). I could have sworn it had Cassandra Harris in it, but IMDB disagrees. It was filmed and was set in in the early- to mid-80s, and had a bunch of people running around trying to escape the nuclear fallout that hit the Opera House and ended up in the northern beaches. The film wasn't necessarily good, but it resonated. Can you name the film? Thanks!
posted by goo on Feb 9, 2013 - 7 answers

More movies that are like Living in Oblivion

I loved the movie Living in Oblivion. What should I watch next? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Feb 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

Sarcastic, clever characters in recent films (2000-2013)

Looking for sarcastic, clever, witty characters like Winona Ryder's in "Beetlejuice" or "Heathers", or Parker Posey's in "Kicking and Screaming"* (the Noah Baumbach film, not the one with Will Ferrell), films made around 2000-2013. Ideally there will be YouTube clips for the best scenes. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Feb 3, 2013 - 11 answers

World class fantasy / sci fi miniseries?

Last night I watched "World on a wire," and I was completely blown away. Are there any other foreign world class scifi / fantasy miniseries of exceptional quality? [more inside]
posted by jalitt on Feb 1, 2013 - 16 answers

No Audio Required

Please recommend movies that view coherently with the sound off. The example that I offer is 'Cast Away,' which, even during the book-ends of its series of scenes that have dialogue, every last minute point of film's exposition is conveyed through blocking, apparent emotions, and, obviously, action. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Jan 30, 2013 - 50 answers

bulk slide scanner for a mac - without breaking the bank

I'd like to buy a bulk (i.e., 20+ in a stack) slide scanner that will work with recent-model (usb/firewire/thunderbolt) macs. I see prices ranging from $1200 for used Braun scanners, to some real cheapies that look like a mistake waiting to happen for under $200. What's in the middle? Most of the used Nikons in the $500 range on ebay are SCSI only; I'd love something that works with current hardware (i.e., NOT SCSI) and has a pretty wide gamut - something approximating the RAW quality I get from my digital SLR. Is there hope for me?
posted by luriete on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 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

Where can I find the soundtrack to the King of Devil's Island?

I would like to acquire to soundtrack for the film King of Devil's Island? I am having difficulty doing so. I am fine with purchase or otherwise. I have scoured and came up empty. Any suggestions, oh Metafites?
posted by J0 on Jan 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Dunes. Picnic. Italian. What film is this?

From these scant details, can you tell me what Italian short film from the 50s/60s I saw? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jan 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Modern dance film about about dancers as athletes?

Vaguely remembering a short, classic modern dance film I was shown in a college dance history course but can't remember the title or choreographer. In it the dancers (men and women) were performing stylized versions of competitive athletic events; the overall tone was upbeat, competitive, vital, playful. I think the title may have been something like "The Athletes" or "Competitors"... Era: 70s or 80s? (It's not Leni Riefenstahl)
posted by dahliachewswell on Jan 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Ruthelma who?

What are you best strategies for researching a little known actress? [more inside]
posted by Bourbonesque on Jan 24, 2013 - 15 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

Rom coms where the love interest is introduced later?

The standard format for a romantic comedy has both key characters introduced very early in the script/movie -- say, in the first ten pages/minutes. I'm looking for examples of romantic comedies where one of the romantic leads is introduced later in the movie. [more inside]
posted by allnamesaretaken on Jan 22, 2013 - 38 answers

Getting started with Polaroid

What is the best film for a Polaroid 600 Business Edition? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Some music for making money to.

I'm looking for perspectives on what music composers generally charge for work on video games and films. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Jan 19, 2013 - 3 answers

from whence the look of music videos from the late nineties?

Many music videos from the late nineties, six underground by the sneaker pimps being the most salient example to me, have a distinctive cinematographic feel and style to them, with very high contrast (super dark blacks and popping-out, almost oversaturated whites); a lot of murky brown/green and pops of red/blue. Does this style have a name? Is it a film effect or some kind of post-processing, or both? digital? Why was it so prevalent in the late-nineties, and, correct me if I am mistaken, mostly just for music videos? [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on Jan 8, 2013 - 22 answers

"I'm in Love with a German Film Star"

Where is the sample of German from at the end of Ana Tijoux's Las Horas from the album La Bala?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Angelino Assistance Needed!

Recommend me some stuff to do in Los Angeles in January! [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Jan 6, 2013 - 19 answers

What was this cheesy fantasy film where the antagonist rips his own face off?

Another "what movie was this?" question: a fantasy/horror film set at least partially in a castle, where the villain deliberately rips his own face off. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jan 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Films with great soundtracks?

What are some films with excellent soundtracks? [more inside]
posted by Bahro on Dec 24, 2012 - 64 answers

Help me find a lens?

I'm going to take a photography class. Students need a manually adjustable (non-automatic) 35mm camera and 50mm lens. I have an Nikon N50. Is that okay? Also, what kind of lens should I get? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Dec 24, 2012 - 18 answers

How can I buy or rent "Ratatouille" to watch on an Android device?

I have an Android tablet, and live in the UK. Is there a legal way to download Ratatouille -- or virtually any other Pixar film -- onto it? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Dec 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Coming home for Christmas film?

Can you help me identify the following film from my mother's description. It's so I can buy it for her partner's Christmas present. She said 'P loves that corny film about someone trying to get home for christmas'. What film is she thinking of?
posted by plonkee on Dec 13, 2012 - 15 answers

How to buy the rights to a crappy movie?

My friend is a fan of really crappy 80s and 90s movies. I want to buy him the rights to some piece of %$&^ film. Of course, I'd prefer it had some star quality (could just be John Belushi's brother or something). How much would something like this cost? How would I go about doing it? I don't suppose that there's an ebay style auction site where you could do something like that?
posted by matkline on Dec 5, 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

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