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]
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.
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.
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]
What are some great movies from the 80's and 90's that were either directed by or written by women? [more inside]
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?
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?
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 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]
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'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?
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]
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]
Which film versions of "A Christmas Carol" or "Scrooge" should I absolutely watch in the next few days. [more inside]
Please help me find the names of three vaguely recalled movies from my past: a teen flick from the 80s, a dubbed (possibly Italian) horror film from the 70s, and a scifi adventure from the 60s (maybe)? [more inside]
Movies, shorts, and plays: Talking heads or dialogue-heavy? [more inside]
Help me remember a pair of sci-fi/drama movies a friend recommended several years ago that I've now forgotten the titles of. [more inside]
I just watched Poltergeist, which I am now thinking seems right-wing, almost Catholic. at the end of the movie, the husband kicks the tv out of the room and serene music plays. is this a common feature of the movies of the time? did people kick the tv out of the room a lot in the movies of the 80s?
What are your favorite French films of the last fifteen years? [more inside]
Help me find books and films with a medieval setting. [more inside]
In his 1996 essay, David Lynch Keeps His Head, David Foster Wallace describes his three day visit to the set of Lost Highways. In the course of the essay, he describes his opinions of the success or failure of previous David Lynch projects, but did he ever comment on, or publish a review of Lost Highways after the film was released?
I like the following films, what others would you suggest? [more inside]
SeattleFilter: How can I see the new Terrence Malick film "Tree of Life"? [more inside]
Please suggest some movies for a very sick boy. [more inside]
Looking for films with certain settings, aesthetics, but don't care about plot so much. [more inside]
I want to travel in space, but I'm stuck on my couch.. [more inside]
What are some interesting visual juxtapositions to look out for in films? [more inside]
Like Shelfari or LibraryThing, but for movies? [more inside]
I want movies where someone is pushed too far and finally fights back. [more inside]
Please recommend books, movies and TV shows about food and travel. [more inside]
What are the very best/most essential books about Alfred Hitchcock? [more inside]
Can you think of any re-makes that were superior to the original (or even just as good?) The originals of The Browning Version, The Winslow Boy, ...just as examples, were superior to their re-makes. The first Sabrina was wildly better than the later version. Any suggestions for films whose remakes are well worth watching--or actually better than the original?
Are there small databases for music and (less importantly for me), books and movies that are available as sql dumps or flat txt files? [more inside]
Looking for movies that evoke how it is to live in the time in which they are set. [more inside]
FilmFilter: What artistic quality might Shattered Glass and The Ice Storm have in common? Where can I find more of it? [more inside]
Movies featuring news or documentary footage. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a cheesy movie from the 1980s -- one of the sort that ran on HBO at 1:00 AM on a Friday night. [more inside]
[BodiceRipperMovieFilter] Recommend me your trashiest, sexiest, fun, resolved-sexual-tension flicks.
[BodiceRipperMovieFilter] Recommend me your trashiest, sexiest, fun, resolved-sexual-tension flicks. [more inside]
Two horror films from about 10 years ago, M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" and Alejandro Amenábar's "The Others", basically have the same twist at the end (which I won't describe here). Are there any other films you've seen with the same twist or similar - released either before (ideally) or since?
[CostumeFilter]: My company is having a Hollywood-themed holiday party in two weeks. Please help me think of a good costume for myself and my boyfriend. Difficulty factors: He has a beard, I'm short and curvy. [more inside]
What is the meaning of the opening scene in "A Serious Man"? (possible spoilers inside) [more inside]
Help me understand tax credit incentives for filming movies in a particular city/state. How would the production company get enough taxable state income to make a credit worth it?
Could anyone help me to identify the source material this screenshot is from? [more inside]
Please suggest books and films in which the antagonists are consistently clever, creating complex and elegant (evil?) plots-within-plots to befuddle the protagonist and audience! [more inside]
There's a ridiculously adorable little black dog featured in a scene of the film The Nanny Diaries. What breed of dog is this? [more inside]
The greatest a-holes to ever strut in front of a documentary film maker's camera? [more inside]
What were the movies that made you go WOW? [more inside]
How can I find out when the movie Birth of a Nation premiered in Raleigh, NC? IMDB lists the movie's release date as 3/3/1915. I searched newspapers around that date and saw nothing. I believe the idea of movies opening nationwide on a single date is a relatively recent one, so it may be a different date than the one IMDB lists. [more inside]
I'm trying to find the title of a British film that came out a year or two ago about a young Indian guy and a young English girl having a relationship and how he has to hide it from his friends and family. [more inside]
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