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Looking for recommendations of non-horror films with similar scenes to

the ones found in Prometheus and The Revenent. (CONTAINS SPOILERS) [more inside]
posted by querty on Dec 3, 2016 - 7 answers

Australians and New Zealanders, what do your kids watch?

I’m specifically looking for reasonably recent TV shows or films for kids that are made in Australia or New Zealand. I have boys in the 6 to 12 age range. Thanks.
posted by guy72277 on Nov 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Short but Scary - for middle schoolers

Tell me your favorite scary, creepy, Halloween-ish shows for a middle school audience, that aren't so long they take up too much of a party. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Oct 24, 2016 - 7 answers

"Was there a murder or wasn't there?" "Yes! Killed good weekend."

I'm looking for ensemble horror/mystery comedies set in sprawling mansions. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Oct 3, 2016 - 17 answers

What are some excellent classic and modern film books for film fanatics?

Hello. I'm wondering if there are any well worth film books for movie lovers to sink their teeth in? Specifically books on: directors, cinematography, best Britain, American, and Japanese films. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Sep 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Not-so-problematic comedy film suggestions?

My guy and I are going through a time that features us both facing real-life hard times. The struggles are temporary and we'll be okay. Never, though, have we faced so clearly our need for comedy movies that aren't bad to some people. Can you help us with light-hearted stuff that will distract us a bit when we need that? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Aug 22, 2016 - 68 answers

Queer short films appropriate for teens

I facilitate an LGBTQ+ teen support group that meets weekly, and next week we're renting a space with an auditorium and projector so that we can watch a short film and chat about it afterwards. What do we watch? [more inside]
posted by libraritarian on Aug 2, 2016 - 5 answers

books/films about impostors

Can you recommend books or films about impersonation, undercover spies, con artists, etc. along the lines of Catch Me If You Can, The Likeness, and The Talented Mr. Ripley? Bonus points for forgery! [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jul 26, 2016 - 41 answers

Give me your best Korean movies

Seeing as it's been 12 years since this question has been asked - fan fave Old Boy was released in the meantime - it might be a good time to ask this again: what are your favorite Korean movies? Anything goes, but bonus points for dramas that depict modern city life.
posted by wolfr on Jun 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Fictional depictions of jealousy

Looking for examples of songs/films/books/tv - anything really - which depict or explore jealousy - in particular retroactive jealousy, or relationships haunted by the ghost of someone from the past. [more inside]
posted by Nilehorse on Jun 15, 2016 - 39 answers

Ooh Rah! Give me all the military kink.

Currently in a phase where I would like to watch movies or TV series + read books that focus on special ops, special forces, miltary action, or any army/navy/marine group inserted in a mission. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jun 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Looking for truly one-of-a-kind films and TV shows

And I mean one-of-a-kind—and good!—films and TV shows. (I've included film and TV examples in the 'Extended Explanation' portion of my thread.) [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 15, 2016 - 92 answers

Best new horror/suspense/evil movies out

My husband and I have recently enjoyed watching It Follows, The Babadook, and most recently and especially, The Invitation. What are some other new films we should check out? I really enjoyed the "dinner party that turns creepy/evil" setup the Invitation had, so triple points for anything else like that that is well made.
posted by long haired child on Apr 30, 2016 - 29 answers

UK satellite archive television listings

Other than seeking out Radio Times hard copies at the local library, is there somewhere online which has archived tv listings for uk satellite television, specifically Sky Movies Premiere? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Mar 27, 2016 - 2 answers

What are the most "artsy" animated films that I should watch?

What are the most "artsy" animated films that I should watch? I am interested in experiencing animation that is not the same Hollywood style. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
posted by mortaddams on Feb 8, 2016 - 65 answers

What's behind the "look" of mid-80s cinematography?

I was recently watching old clips of Labyrinth and was struck by how dingy and washed out the colors all looked. All browns and grays, with a pre-digital fuzziness to everything (but which is nonetheless absent from even older movies). I've noticed this before in other popular movies from around the mid-80s: the New York of Ghosbusters, for example, appears constantly overcast and even sootier than it ever probably was, and the Neverending Story also seems to share the same palette of dark colors and the occasional washed out pastels. What's behind this "mid-80s" look? Was it the quality of film stock that was used in big budget pictures during those years? Trends in lighting, set design and/or post-production? Or something else entirely?
posted by decoherence on Jan 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Movies for family movie night

The kids are 10, 8, and 5. Can you suggest some movies we'd all enjoy watching for family movie night? We've enjoyed Bednobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Elf, Willow (though some parts were too scary). and various Disney animated movies.
posted by Area Man on Jan 8, 2016 - 49 answers

Ways to Cut the Cable/Satellite Cord?

I work for a small, community-owned, fiber optic Internet and telephone start-up and we want to provide customers — and potential customers — with options on how to use our services to (legally) watch their favorite programming. Looking to the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Are XD movie screenings worthwhile?

I would like to see Mockingjay Part 2 today. The nearby theater is playing it in standard format. A slightly farther-away theater is playing it in XD with Auro sound for twice the price. I have never been to farther-away theater, and a few online reviews of the theater say that the Auro sound system isn't great. I am concerned that the surround-sound may make it seem like the audio is not matching the video, which is a pet peeve, something I've noticed with in-home older surround-sound systems, and something that makes it impossible for me to concentrate on a film, but I have no idea if that's a valid concern. Is it a valid concern? Is XD worth twice as much as standard format? (I don't really understand what "XD" is -- is it just high-definition? -- so feel free to explain that to me, too.) [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Dec 9, 2015 - 11 answers

What movies aped Ghostbusters?

I can think of a handful of films that tried to recreate the Ghostbusters formula. Men in Black, R.I.P.D., Evolution, Howard the Duck, The Watch... What are some others?
posted by arniec on Nov 30, 2015 - 14 answers

More like Miyazaki.

I'm looking for films (or books) like Miyazaki's work: full of emotion, where the world is literally wonderful and every new street or path could contain something magical, touching, and unusual. Ideally more Spirited Away than Princess Mononoke, but either mood works. I'm already a big fan of magical realism novels and have Earthsea & Moebius on my to-read list.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 23, 2015 - 20 answers

Start making sense

I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Nov 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Southern Gothic (400 level seminar, not 101)

I have always held a deep love and excitement for the Southern Gothic literary tradition and its sundry themes. But I've long ago exhausted the likes of Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and most of the well known folks in between. I'm looking for more obscure or unexpected works, like Fred Chappell's "Dagon". Books as well as films. Does not have to be "traditional" Southern Gothic (see below fold). The more psychologically unsettling, the better. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Oct 31, 2015 - 52 answers

What film featues the Eels song "Climbing To The Moon"?

My Google-fu has failed me: the first time I heard the Eels song "Climbing To The Moon," it was over the end credits of a film. What was the film?
posted by Enemy of Joy on Oct 7, 2015 - 7 answers

What was the last big quote from "The Martian"?

In the film version of The Martian, Mark Watney says something at the end about what you do when you know you're going to die. Anybody have the exact quote?
posted by circular on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

What are some action films (especially 80s movies) with drug dealers?

I know that taking out drug dealers was a common film trope with the "War on Drugs". But I need to think of some and I'm coming up short. The more ridiculous the better, such as over the top 80's films starring Steven Segal, Jean Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 25, 2015 - 28 answers

Seeking "Hyperbrain" Books/Films: Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Limitless

If I greatly enjoyed Ted Chiang's "Understand", Lucy, Flowers for Algernon and Limitless, what other works along the same "superintelligence", "hyperbrain" or "gifted with superhuman intelligence amongst a world of normal people" theme would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 20, 2015 - 23 answers

Find my husband a new (old) murder mystery to love!

My husband has a deep love of old and scary movies. Think Psycho, House of Wax, The Bat, The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill, And Then There Were None... basically, if it's black and white, involves a large mansion, and contains a murder mystery, he's into it. Can you recommend some old-timey thrillers that have those characteristics? (bonus points for Amazon Prime or Netflix availability) Family Guy did an episode called "And Then There Were Fewer," which sort of pushed all those buttons for him, so similar "homages" would be cool, too. Thanks!
posted by ToucanDoug on Sep 2, 2015 - 28 answers

Oldies that don't feel like homework viewing

Many classic movies are famous and important without being very entertaining to contemporary viewers. But others feel surprisingly fresh, in the sense that they still hold up as entertainment: funny qua comedy (rather than funny-for-their-time), or scary qua horror (rather than scary-to-1950s-audiences). I'm looking for recommendations of old films that you think have aged particularly well. Which oldies successfully make you laugh/scream/cry/think on their own terms, without you having to put yourself in the shoes of bygone audiences? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Aug 17, 2015 - 99 answers

What recent films include shots of Times Square?

Basically an updated version of this question. Looking for shots of Times Square in the movies. Extra points for recent films. Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Aug 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me become Roger Ebert

When watching films or TV shows, on what basis do you deduce that screenwriting, directing, acting, casting etc. are good/bad? [more inside]
posted by frantumaglia on Jul 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Must see lesser known WWII films

I'm embarking on a project to watch 50-100 WWII movies over the next year or so. There are an overwhelming number of movies to choose from, and I'm endeavoring to cull the list to the best/most thought provoking/most significant (whatever these things mean to you). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 16, 2015 - 63 answers

Great hollywood films made by women?

What are some great movies from the 80's and 90's that were either directed by or written by women? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on May 21, 2015 - 38 answers

Good German-language movies from the 50s or 60s?

There are a lot of old German movies on youtube, like this, from the 50s and 60s. I like to watch them, but quality seems to be highly variable, and I don't know much enough about German cinema of the time to know which are highly thought of. Can anyone recommend some that are definitely worth watching, for whatever reason? All genres are okay, subtitles not required, later decades okay too, if they are on youtube.
posted by bertran on May 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Films about or taking place in early 80s NYC

After doing some reading, I am interested in y'all's recommendations for films about (i.e., documentaries) early 80s New York City (maybe even late 70s?) or films very much set in this time and place.
posted by kuanes on Jan 1, 2015 - 36 answers

Pretty movies that are not slow

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?
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 9, 2014 - 29 answers

More like Insomnia, please!

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]
posted by daisyk on Dec 6, 2014 - 7 answers

"It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma!"

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?
posted by The Card Cheat on Nov 13, 2014 - 33 answers

Lynch and Herzog—in book form

Looking for Lynchian and Herzogian books and authors. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Oct 17, 2014 - 18 answers

70's Movies Set in LA?

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!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Question for film buffs

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]
posted by HoraceH on Sep 18, 2014 - 26 answers

Westerns for Newbies

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?
posted by darchildre on Sep 12, 2014 - 64 answers

Movies about serial killers

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]
posted by missmagenta on Aug 7, 2014 - 37 answers

Birthday Party Ghost Stories

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]
posted by ezrainch on Aug 2, 2014 - 27 answers

Double posting encouraged

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]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jul 19, 2014 - 58 answers

Suggestions for "milder" horror movies?

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.
posted by PlasticSupernova on Jun 29, 2014 - 32 answers

Why do people enjoy the Saw movies?

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]
posted by quiet earth on Jun 20, 2014 - 40 answers

Looking without seeing: art appreciation edition

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]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 22, 2014 - 9 answers

What proportion of a film should I watch before giving up on it?

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]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on May 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Films similar to these?

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.
posted by omar.a on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

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