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!
So how exactly do straight-to-DVD movies make a return on investment these days? [more inside]
Movie recommendations for stories about young women (heroines) and their lives and times.... [more inside]
What are the best movies about class struggles? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
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]
I'd like to compile a list of sympathetic monsters/villains, portrayed in any medium--film, fiction, art, music, myth. [more inside]
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.
We're shooting a low-budget feature and are having trouble finding a cinematographer/DP. Where else can we look (details inside)? [more inside]
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]
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]
What are your recommendations for feminist friendly, social justice friendly media that portrays human beings outside of conventional stereotypes with positive themes? [more inside]
Please suggest some movies that would make for good film club viewing. [more inside]
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]
How do I get on film crews in Louisiana. Lots of experience. Know basically no one. [more inside]
Asking for a friend who needs help (FAST!) finding a home for 200 to 300 scenic backdrops from film and television. [more inside]
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]
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 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]
References both great and small are welcome. [more inside]
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]
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!
I loved the movie Living in Oblivion. What should I watch next? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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!
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?
From these scant details, can you tell me what Italian short film from the 50s/60s I saw? [more inside]
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)
What are you best strategies for researching a little known actress? [more inside]
Does anyone have any links to watch the various shorts that have been nominated for this years Academy Awards? [more inside]
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]
What is the best film for a Polaroid 600 Business Edition? [more inside]
I'm looking for perspectives on what music composers generally charge for work on video games and films. [more inside]
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]
Where is the sample of German from at the end of Ana Tijoux's Las Horas from the album La Bala?
Recommend me some stuff to do in Los Angeles in January! [more inside]
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]
What are some films with excellent soundtracks? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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?
Can you talk me through the issue of rights and royalties for a small community cinema? [more inside]