For an essay, I need a few more examples of films where the main characters cannot enter or leave a physical space, for whatever reasons. [more inside]
What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
I just saw a new film called "The Dead and the Living" (Barbara Albert), about a twenty-something girl uncovering the truth about her family's history in Nazi Germany. It reminded me of Costa-Gavras' "The Music Box". Does anyone have any other recommendations for films on a similar theme, specifically about Germany, and specifically about the process of uncovering of the past rather than (as in say "Downfall" or "Das Boot") the past itself?
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.
Film nerd filter: I'm looking for the best film lists ever assembled, with extra points to those lists that are some what more specific and obscure. [more inside]
I'm starting a Korean class next week, and I'd like to get a broader exposure to modern Korean media. [more inside]
Documentaries about ordinary people, their secrets and inner lives. [more inside]
I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
What are some films with hilarious sight gags? [more inside]
Making stop motion animation with an iPhone: Is there an inexpensive camera dolly that will allow one to change the position of the camera (i.e. iPhone) while moving the dolly? [more inside]
Weird question: Is there a place I can register my newly-acquired vintage car for use as a movie prop? [more inside]
Is there a resource online for searching films/shows by time period depicted? [more inside]
What would be a good movie choice? [more inside]
Blade Runner nerd question: I'm trying to confirm that the logo for the Tyrell Corporation that shows up in this google image search is actually found somewhere in the film. Screenshot or time code anyone?
Can you think of Sci–Fi films where people are bombarded with Advertising? [more inside]
I'm looking for film noir-ish locations in Manhattan to sit down and write! [more inside]
Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s? It was shown repeatedly on either IFC or Sundance in that period. Set in LA, it seems now like a precursor to "mumblecore" films with non-actors poorly recorded with only a bit of a plot. The protagonist was male, shorter, dark-haired, and kind of aggressive in the way he would talk to people; I especially remember he would mostly repeat what other people would say, maybe two or three times, rapidly, with this angry tone. [more inside]
I've seen very few movies. Educate me about the classics of world cinema. [more inside]
I recently watched "Picnic at Hanging Rock," which was made in 1975. I loved that although the movie was set in 1900, the makeup and hair was so 1970s - long straight middle-parted hair, cats-eye black eyeliner, frosty eyeshadow, an updo that could only have ever been constructed under one of those bubble hairdryers. What are some other "period" movies where the hair and makeup betray the era it was made in? [more inside]
Help me identify this recent New Zealand movie about teenagers who return from a camping trip to find their city under attack. [more inside]
I'm looking for DVD recommendations - collections of films similar to "Le Merle" but available in Region 2... [more inside]
What are the realistic odds of a movie studio buying rights to fiction? What steps could one take to even attempt this? [more inside]
Moving from Ottawa to Toronto. I want to know more about the city I'm about to live in. Bonus question: How do I move my cat? [more inside]
What's the deal with way they tie up horses in old Western movies? [more inside]
MovieFilter: My Google skills are failing me, so help me find a film I saw years ago about AIDS/HIV, where a young-ish man videotapes his daily experiences with AIDS using a handheld camera. It's probably not the blockbuster(s) you're thinking of. More vague details inside. [more inside]
Movies where the heroes don't foil the dastardly plot. [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]
I have a friend who's a mid-career interior designer but is interested in exploring set design for films. He doesn't have a contact, and it's been suggested he get in touch with (via email, presumably) a few set designers he likes, and see if they might advise him as to how they did it and how he might proceed. I looked and saw you can see who did the set design for a given film on IMDB, but as I know very little about the film industry I'm at something of a loss as to how he'd be able to reach those people. Does anyone have any practical advice for how he could find contact info for these people?
To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes. [more inside]
What was the short film on the SciFi series Exposure about a man who told his boring work gossip to the screen of big brother in a 1984 scenario?
I'm spending a working sabbatical in Berkeley from July 25-August 25. I grew up there, so I have a general sense of places to go, but I'm out of it in terms of what cool organizations/spaces do cool and crazy things that I should keep tabs on while I'm in town in Berkeley, Oakland, and SF. I know about the Prelinger Archive and Southern Exposure and the Roxie in SF, but that's about it. What mailing lists and websites for different places should I be keeping my eyes on while I'm there? [more inside]
Japanese film...colored clouds of poison gas...a village of windmills...what movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
While discussing the movie Alien 3, a friend pointed out this comedy clip making fun of a stereotype in which black characters end up saying the line, "Ain't nobody never gave me nothing." I'd like to find more examples of this stereotype occurring. Can MeFites name some films where a black character says this? [more inside]
What are some good books about the silent film era? [more inside]
How can I trick the auto-exposure setting on my film camera? [more inside]
I have an idea for an amateur film project I'd like to try out, only I've never so much as held a video camera. Where should I start learning? Ready to jump in with both feet. [more inside]
FindThisOnTheWebFilter: I vaguely remember seeing something online where someone converted entire movies into a single long image like a timeline, to better see the colour balance over the course of the movie. [more inside]
Would you please suggest literature that deals with the theory or practice of scoring music and sound to moving images. [more inside]
I'm looking for an Western animated film. It's a sci-fi movie with humans almost extinct. [more inside]
I am lost, I am interested in being a positive influence to other people by making them laugh or helping them out with life problems. Need some suggestions. [more inside]
Name This Film: I'm trying to remember the name of a dystopian/SciFi film I saw years back in the 90s, could have been from the 80s. The premise must have been similar to City of Ember, with a kid or teen in an underground city. I remember pipes or tubes featuring prominently, and think they were in the title too. [more inside]
I recently saw A Moment to Remember and my interest in Korean (and East Asian more generally) films and dramas has skyrocketed. Can you recommend some Korean (or other East Asian) movies and/or dramas, based what I've enjoyed? I loved A Moment to Remember. I really liked Spellbound/Chilling Romance and Full House. I liked The Art of Seduction, 200 Pounds Beauty, and Dream High.
What are some recent (last ten year or so) Korean film that's worth watching? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of and quotes about cowards and wretches in film, literature, philosophy, and painting. [more inside]
How do I find narratively sound scripts to produce in the Triangle area of North Carolina? (Writers need not be local). [more inside]
I have no aspirations of being a screenwriter; I'd just like to write a screenplay. I've been jotting down and scrawling ideas, on and off, for the longest time. How do I connect 1 to 2a to 2b to 3? [more inside]
Can anyone help identify this actress? I saw this film a year ago and can't remember what it is! Photo.
How do I go about getting another soundtrack writing job? [more inside]