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Help me identify this movie.

What is the name of this movie? - man brings young boy off the streets to live with him and his girlfriend after boy is separated from his mother. Boy turns out to be incredibly talented artistically. I think the man has to give the boy up because he never went through proper channels and basically just kidnapped him, but I can't remember the details. I think it's a recent movie and it's driving me nuts that I can't remember more...
posted by bumpcat on Jan 30, 2012 - 3 answers

I got the dishwasher blues

Dishwasher residue buildup. It isn't mineral buildup. What now? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jan 29, 2012 - 20 answers

How to develop old Kodachrome slide film?

I found an old roll of Kodachrome slide film - is it possible to get it developed? [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Jan 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Cerebral sci-fi films

Any suggestions for cerebral sci-fi films? [more inside]
posted by serak on Jan 24, 2012 - 63 answers

Rear Projection advice

Rear projection gurus, advise me. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Jan 24, 2012 - 3 answers

what was the name of is short, experimental animation?

What was this short sex film? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 19, 2012 - 3 answers

No more film?

Okay, so Kodak is bankrupt. What does this mean for my beloved Portra and HC-110? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Jan 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me identify the clich├ęd sound effect used to label locations in certain films and tv shows.

Is there a real world referent for that bleeping typing noise used in some films as a text (usually a location note) appears on the screen? It's a similar thing to that chunka-chunka typing sound used in the X-Files when the location of a new scene would be announced, but it's like a very rapid, high-pitched "beedeebeedeebeedeebeep" sound played while the letters appear. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jan 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Documentaries on inspiring music education

What are the most inspiring, exciting documentaries on music education? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Jan 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Master Moviemaking with the Mefites

Can you recommend online videos or blogs which dissect, compare, and contrast different elements of filmmaking: camerawork, lighting, directing, editing, pacing, music, dialogue, color, etc? And if you went to film school or took classes, what were some lessons/first-hand experiments that really opened your eyes to the art and subjective nature of film? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jan 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Film Fundraising Fun

What grants and other financing options exist for very independent narrative films? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jan 9, 2012 - 3 answers

What are some examples of movies, tv shows, or music videos that use the "high production value/low production value" trope like in this Coldplay video?

What are some examples of movies, tv shows, or music videos that use the "high production value/low production value" trope like in this Coldplay video? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair on Jan 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Film about lost gold treasure, set in New Zealand

Trying to find a movie I saw as a kid on HBO in the 1980's. I believe it was set in New Zealand and involved recovering a plane, carrying gold, that had crashed into a lake. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Jan 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Media depictions of empathy?

Film and literature that depict empathy (or lack of) between adults? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Dec 31, 2011 - 38 answers

A small question concerning a music video.

This video of 'Departure' by Crystal Stilts seems to be comprised completely of documentary footage from the May '68 student uprising in Paris. However, there are a few shots in the video that are almost too 'perfect', specifically shots 4, 5 and 7, and I am wondering if they are in fact taken from a movie made at the time. If so, what film would that be? For some inexplicable reason I really need to know this.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) on Dec 27, 2011 - 3 answers

I forgot how to write like a child.

How can I write a film review for children? Which writing samples would be useful to emulate? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Dec 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Holiday viewing to distract and entertain

What are some awesome movies that just happen to be set around Christmas? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Dec 21, 2011 - 67 answers

Where does the pink flash in film transitions come from?

What technical film-editing component leads to "pink flashes" on transitions, like this one or this one? [more inside]
posted by circular on Dec 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Stories told backward?

What are some books or movies where the story is essentially told backwards? Ideally, ones that put a big initial event at the end of the narrative. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Dec 19, 2011 - 51 answers

Armchair Travels

Next year, I'll be travelling to the Netherlands and (briefly) Belgium, then later a trip to Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Are there any films or novels I should check out to get a feel for the places before I get there? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 18, 2011 - 22 answers

I'm going to allow this.

Looking for movies with accurate depictions of legal proceedings. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 16, 2011 - 16 answers

How to find a website template for an independent film, particularly Wordpress?

No no no, help ME pick a Wordpress Theme! For a documentary movie website. [more inside]
posted by mtgoldma on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Best film festival promotional items?

Film Festival attendees: What are some of the coolest promotional items you've seen at a fest? What are some of the ones that actually made you want to go see the film? I'm planning a promotional strategy for my first film, which will be hitting festivals next year.
posted by michaeldunaway on Dec 3, 2011 - 10 answers

3-2-1 Contax

Is there any kind of market for used Contax SLR equipment? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Dec 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Film suggestions

Watched the UK film "Fish Tank" the other night and I'm looking for similar movies. Movies dealing w/ or featuring prominently the lives of those in social housing. Suggestions? Thank you in advance.
posted by mwhyte72 on Dec 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Movies featuring tumbleweed.

Looking for shots of tumbleweed in movies/tv. [more inside]
posted by dunk on Nov 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Setting up a film club - please help!

I want to put a film club together. Looking for ideas and advice on things I should prepare for. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Nov 30, 2011 - 1 answer

Is it too late?

I'd like to become a director. I'm a 40 year old female. Is this a realistic ambition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 - 28 answers

Do Not Want To Die For My Art

How to simulate chewing without using my mouth or teeth? Either an object or method/process. Odd, photography-related details inside. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

C'est un mystere!

This is a long shot, but my SO is trying to identify a film he saw 15-20 years ago, in France, that he would love to re-watch. Unfortunately, he's forgotten the title. The film may be French, but we're not 100% sure. He doesn't remember any famous actors starring. Can anyone help? Plot inside... [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Worrying is in my genes and this is definitely not helping me right now

YANAL but I need to get some answers so I can stop obsessively worrying about whether or not I can get sued over this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 23 answers

1960s film question

Can anyone suggest some good films made in the 1960s for a high school level film class? [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse on Nov 21, 2011 - 42 answers

Stuck in the middle with you.

SadisticCinemaFilter: Film scenes in which person A deliberately and for no apparent reason hurts person B when person B obviously poses no threat whatsoever to person A. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Nov 21, 2011 - 33 answers

Hasselblad Accessory Hassle

Looking for accessories for the older analog Hasselblad camera systems. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Nov 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Best books that started out as films?

Help me find examples: films that later became (better) books. [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Nov 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Music that keeps you happy and focused

What's your favorite uplifting, nondistracting (no or minimal vocals!) background music? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Nov 11, 2011 - 40 answers

Looking for a Bergman interview.

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.
posted by quoquo on Nov 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Top 10 films

I have a sturdy little collection of films I love (Charlie Kaufman/Solondz/Wes Anderson/Coen Brothers/Jeunet/B. Del Toro/Fincher/Herzog....etc) and usually really enjoy going to the cinema. It's just, the past few weeks I haven't been excited about anything coming out (I usually find something to really look forward to...) and I've watched the DVDs I have a million times. I feel like there is amazing celluloid that could blow my head off out there, but I don't know what it is. Please help! What are your all-time-favourite, changed-my-life films? Your top 10 must-sees?
posted by everydayanewday on Nov 6, 2011 - 77 answers

"Fingers to temple" means telekinesis?

After the its recent use in "X-Men: First Class", I want to know the earliest occurrence of "two fingers to the temple with stony stare" as a physical cue for telekinetic/telepathic power (psychokinesis) ...
posted by Hugobaron on Nov 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me find examples of obsessive wall collages in film.

You know how movie shorthand for obsession is often a collection of pictures and newspaper clippings on a wall? I need some examples! [more inside]
posted by Doug on Nov 3, 2011 - 38 answers

A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provide they come close together. Federico Fellini, [Recipe for a Good Film], a Fellini Lexicon, (1992)

When did certain film makers/producers start placing the title of the film at the very end of their film? I've noticed this tends to happen with independant/art-house style films? The film just begins and at the very end of the movie, the screen will flash the title of the film and then the credits will roll. Does someone know who started this?
posted by Fizz on Oct 30, 2011 - 3 answers

MovieFilter? Where can I find intelligent discussion about movies and t.v.?

Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Oct 29, 2011 - 24 answers

Player piano scene in film?

A friend and I are trying to remember a scene from a film or TV show where a character is seen playing a piano, but it turns out the piano is actually a player piano and they weren't actually playing it. Does anyone remember what this scene could be from?
posted by Put the kettle on on Oct 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Two questions about the movie "How to Train Your Dragon"

Two questions about the movie How to Train Your Dragon. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Oct 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Camera stores in Seattle and Portland, suggestions?

I'm looking to nerd out on cameras in Portland and Seattle, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Oct 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Non-Simpsons Animated Shorts

I am trying to track down a cartoon short that played in movie theaters (or possibly just a movie theater in eastern Massachusetts) in the late 80's / early 90's. My memory is very vague, but it seems like it was a Simpsons clone (including a boy with spiked hair), and possibly a rude dog, but I'm not sure if it actually premiered pre-Simpsons. In my memory the boy was voiced by Joshua Miller, but he's not credited for anything like that. Regardless, he had that same kind of sinister/leering voice. [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Oct 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Single Subject Documentaries

Over the past two nights I watched two great documentaries each focused on a single person: Bill Cunningham: New York and The Cruise. I would like to see more documentaries in this mode! Your suggestions, please.
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 9, 2011 - 31 answers

What are my options for a nice photo album in a post-film world?

I still use film. I have a bunch of prints sitting in a box. I would like to put together a non-tacky photo album. How? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Oct 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Poppycock: The Movie (short)

In high school I saw a film called "Poppycock" which had to be a piece of Fluxus art. Have you seen it, ever? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Oct 6, 2011 - 5 answers

What are the best websites out there?

If I had never seen the internet before, where would you direct me in 2011? What are the best news, film, music, art, fashion, history, technology, gossip, sports websites and blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by maca on Oct 3, 2011 - 14 answers

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