My attention span is usually awful, especially for movies. I've never been able to get into slower filmmakers like Ozu and Tarkovsky. I do love filmmakers/cinematographers who make lush, beautiful movies that engage with film as a medium, but I need them not to be slow. Examples of non-slow, pretty ones I like include Sofia Coppola, Wong Kar-Wei, and Michel Gondry. I have Hulu Plus and Netflix streaming, plus can find other titles online. Any other suggestions for movies?
I just re-watched the 2002 film Insomnia. It was (still) great, and now I'd like recommendations for more things like it. [more inside]
I've realized I have a weakness for movies with "one man/woman (or at the most, a very small group) struggling against a Conspiracy That Goes All The Way To The Top" plots. From classics like The Parallax View to dreck like Extreme Measures, I'm a sucker for almost all of them. So what are your favourites in that genre that I might have missed?
Looking for Lynchian and Herzogian books and authors. [more inside]
Hey There Brilliant People! I'm looking for great films from the 1970's or docs about that time that show the sexual culture, gender politics, wealth, entertainment business, interior design, architecture, etc. Please recommend :) THANKS!
Here's a plot structure that I've seen in many films. A central character in the film is faced with a binary moral choice: (s)he can choose to go through the narrow gate or (s)he can choose the wide gate. (S)he knows that it's morally better to go through the narrow gate, but even so (s)he's tempted to go through the wide gate. We in the audience *hope* that (s)he chooses the narrow gate, and tension builds throughout the film as we wait to find out what choice (s)he makes. In the final scenes of the film, (s)he chooses the narrow gate. We in the audience are relieved that (s)he made the right choice - but there's a sadness too, because we know that the character didn't get to do what (s)he most wanted. Over the fold, I've made a short list of films that have this plot structure (spoiler alert). Please give me more examples! [more inside]
My family and I are looking to watch some Westerns, but we are nearly complete newbies to the genre (other than what can be gleaned from culture white knowledge). We've watched High Noon and Red River, but so far that's about it. Can you give us some recommendations of films to start with?
I'm home alone for the weekend so I'm planning a movie marathon. I like psychological thrillers, murder mysteries and films about serial killers. What should I watch? [more inside]
For my 40th birthday I'd like to have a slumber party with a small group of my friends. I love scary movies (although I prefer supernatural, and am not a fan of slasher films) and would love to incorporate a couple into the fun. One of my close friends can only tolerate not very scary movies (I'm thinking at the level of Rosemary's Baby). A few other important details inside... [more inside]
I am interested in variations -- that is, not just a body count -- of the doppelganger and evil twin themes in fiction, folklore, and movies. [more inside]
After being a wimp my whole life and doing everything I could to avoid scary movies, I'd like to now slowly build up my tolerance to be able to handle them to some degree. What I really dread about them is the feeling I get afterwards of someone or something being hidden anytime I'm in the dark and coming to get me, and that's caused me to avoid watching movies with friends and miss a lot of great fiction. What are some suggestions of "easier" scary movies that I can use as a stepping stone before I start watching the really scary stuff? Books and other types of media are also welcome.
As a horror fan, I've never understood the appeal of the Saw movies. Can someone explain the psychology involved with liking that series and similar types of movies? [more inside]
I make an effort to visit art museums very regularly. I love art! How can I make the most out of my visit? I would also welcome suggestions for how to get more out of the books I read and films I watch. [more inside]
I read a lot of books and watch a lot of films. With books, I give them a chapter to draw me in, and if it's not happening, I move on to the next one. But what's a good rule of thumb for films? [more inside]
I'm researching films about private detective types who get involved in seedy underworlds.. Sort of like 8MM and The Ninth Gate.. Any similar films? Preferably book adaptations.
Hey Everyone, Can you think of any movies that are about a writer and also show the story that the writer is writing in the movie? Thanks!
Hi There, Can anyone think of movies that deal with Middle East centric conflict from the 60's to now - possibly with one or two female protagonists, issues with child custody, royalty, Arafat? Or any great documentaries that show the 20th century history of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict? Thanks!
Where are all the films which have queer characters whose sexuality is not the main point of the film? Action movies with lesbian heroes; courtroom dramas with transgender lawyers; road trip movies with gay buddies out for more than getting laid; science fiction/spooky stuff films with androgynous/intersex protagonists, I'm not fussed. Preferably ones where no one dies as a "punishment" for being queer. [more inside]
I have a list of films as a text file. Is there a website which would allow me to import the list and assign release dates probably using an IMDb api? [more inside]
I would like to offer a free service to filmmakers. Where should I advertise? [more inside]
Does anyone know if there are any people who work in the area outside of a courtroom? Maybe like security guards or someone like that? I'd like to show someone waiting for the doors of a courtroom to open and am trying to think of who might be there (besides someone who's especially interested in what's happening in there) Thanks so much!
Hey There, I'm looking for ways that time and place are shown in movies without subtitles, i.e. on a newspaper headline, etc. Also, if you can include your favorite film or tv show that depicts the 60's and 70's that would be great! Thanks!
Can anyone think of a movie in which the protagonist is a key witness in a trial but the movie doesn't show the trial and the protagonist is consistently under attack for testifying?
Last night I saw Enough Said and it blew my mind with how great the writing was as well as the acting. What other movies would the Mefiverse recommend in this vein? What I liked about it was the characters were deeply defined and multi-layered, behaved as real people would in their circumstances, and held each other accountable for their actions. Bonus points for having a serious lack of Hollywood veneer lacquered over the top of the movie. [more inside]
What are some lesser known film adaptations of good/great novels? [more inside]
I love the theatrical, haunting, sad, yet, beautiful music of Lana Del Ray. Can you recommend any similar music, or accompanying literature and cinema? Thank you!
What movies aren't readily available via Amazon, Netflix, or similar, but are worth watching and can be booked for a legal public event in the US? [more inside]
Looking for short films about, starring, related to Zombies, that are under 25 minutes in length. [more inside]
I really enjoy books and films that feature narratives strewn across different time periods. I'm looking for recommendations. [more inside]
Looking for films and literature based on a theme of an older person discovering that many people younger than they are, are old themselves. Meta-theme: the meaning of aging.
I'm looking for recommendations for movies for a 7-year-old boy who likes 'em innocent, silly and childish. My son takes it to heart when the atmosphere is dark or a character is in jeopardy, so he hasn't much liked the kids' films I gravitate toward, like "Brave" and "How to Train Your Dragon." He's loved the entire series of Beethoven movies (yes, 1-5 inclusive, and we're going to watch 6 tonight!), and, to my amazement, he really enjoyed the 1994 "Little Rascals" movie. I would do anything to hear him giggle, even sit through dross like this. So what else in this vein can you recommend? [more inside]
My 10 and 8 year old daughters adored The Nr. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (the TV series). What other made-for-adults movies or TV could we watch together? [more inside]
I've seen the new Star Trek film and the 2009 one. What's the next thing to watch if I like what I'm seeing?
What are the definitive films of the Slobs v. Snobs genre? [more inside]
I saw this movie a bunch of times when I was a kid, can't find it on Google/IMDB now. It starts off at a fancy party in a hotel ballroom, then some armed robbers show up, make the partygoers strip and hand over their valuables, then tie them up. [more inside]
I'd like to get some good mystery movie recommendations from the 80s on. It's OK if they veer toward the thriller, like Michael Clayton, ridiculous like Ford Fairlaine, noirish like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, or are a more standard outing with a strong, interesting, well developed detective lead like Zero Effect. Drawing room mysteries totally A-OK too. Super bonus points if I can stream them now on Hulu plus or Netflix.
What are some good movies that straddle the line between character studies and psychological thrillers?
Several friends and myself were sitting around draining the worlds supply of beer at the end of last summer, and decided to cap off the night by flipping on netflix. We ended up appointing someone to just pick a completely random movie just by the cover after a bit of arguing of what to watch... The trouble is, now none of us can remember what it was called. [more inside]
I am looking for Spanish language documentaries (with English subtitles) that I can watch online, through Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc. What are your favorites?
Can you recommend the awesomest outdoors/adventure movies that have blown your mind? [more inside]
I loved the movie Living in Oblivion. What should I watch next? [more inside]
Can anybody who's seen the film please tell me what the actual dinner was in the movie My Dinner With Andre? Do you see the protagonists actually order and eat their food? What was the food? Do they comment on it? Does it look nice? Thanks a lot.
Spoiler filter - novels/scripts where the protagonist was in a coma/dead (etc) the whole time? [more inside]
What are some movies based on longform journalism stories? So far I'm coming up with Bernie (Midnight in the Garden of East Texas in Texas Monthly), 21 (Hacking Los Vegas in Wired), and Into Thin Air (Into Thin Air in Outside) but there must be more! (I think Into the Wild was a book first and not an article, but I could be wrong.) Both names of movies and links to the articles that inspired them would be most helpful.
I'm especially interested in films about writers of color and writers from the global south. Any kind of film is fine - need not be a documentary. But a progressive/radical/critical outlook is appreciated! Particularly looking for films that will appeal to an intelligent but not super-theorized audience - ie, that documentary about Derrida is not what we're looking for, and even the recent one about Zizek is an edge case. [more inside]
I've never been to a film festival, but I'm really curious about AFI Fest since I'm taking steps to move to Los Angeles in the next five years and I don't really travel (so I can't go to bigger, similar festivals like TIFF or NYFF). How much do the tickets cost? Do you have to buy a different ticket for each screening? I'm curious how much money I should budget if I want to attend.
Depictions of success and failure in American culture? Films, videos, commercials, shows, songs, and other (non-literary) media requested. [more inside]
A good friend of a friend completed production of an independent film earlier this year. They've submitted it to festivals and are just waiting to hear back now. Does anyone have some stats on how much revenue a typical independently-produced film can hope to make in the US and how much the most popular ones make? How do indie filmmakers actually make money? [more inside]
Which film versions of "A Christmas Carol" or "Scrooge" should I absolutely watch in the next few days. [more inside]
Film buffs! - Other movies where we never know the characters real names and are only given nicknames? [more inside]