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What's essential to have in a HD movie collection?

What do you consider to be the best or most important movies of the past 20 years, whether Hollywood or international? I'm rebuilding much of my movie collection in 720p H.264 (approx 5GB each) or 1080p and want to be sure I don't miss anything. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Nov 12, 2008 - 42 answers

Exploring Japanese Film

What are some of the best web & print resources to aid my exploration of Japanese film? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Nov 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Many video formats: success or desperation?

Does a movie studio releasing many, many different video formats (multiple SDVDs, HD DVD, UMD, VOD) of a particular movie indicate that this movie performs well at retail? Or is it more likely a desperate attempt to recoup from a disastrous theatrical run?
posted by TheManChild2000 on Nov 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for Heavenly films

Please help me find films that depict heaven or the afterlife [more inside]
posted by cjets on Nov 5, 2008 - 42 answers


What are some classic, old sci-fi movies? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Oct 29, 2008 - 40 answers

Looking for good film depictions of the classic Victorian haunted house.

Looking for good film depictions of the classic Victorian haunted house. [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 on Oct 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Did Payback run away?

I'm looking for the best one man revenge against the world films ever. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Oct 19, 2008 - 50 answers

Help me identify this short film.

Help me identify this short film. A man was having dinner in a big table when he notices the figure of an old lady through the shadows of the room next to where he was eating. Although there were more people with him he was the only one that saw her. When he finished he asks one of the servants if there was an old woman working in the house. He is told that indeed there was a lady with his description but that she had died earlier that day.
posted by alasdefuego on Oct 8, 2008 - 0 answers

Great Depression movies

Most acclaimed or your favorite movies about life during the Great Depression or the Great Panic of 1873?
posted by DirtyCreature on Oct 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Intro to ethics through film

I'm creating a basic study guide for the topic of Ethics in Film. I have a basic list compiled. What are films that address a particular moral issue that you feel should be on this list? (Recommendations for a basic text as companion guide would also be appreciated.) [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Sep 29, 2008 - 25 answers

Better media player for subtitles?

Windows Media Player and Center in Vista suck at subtitles for the old b&w foreign flicks I watch. Subtitles are white and get washed out when the picture is white. Is there a hack or some other media player which will render the subtitles better (outlined or in yellow). (FYI: subtitles for these films show up great on my Sony DVD player.)
posted by keith0718 on Sep 18, 2008 - 7 answers

help me find a DVD I would love to buy

Help me find a DVD: "To Begin Again." a 1983 film by director Jose Garci. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Sep 15, 2008 - 1 answer

Don't show me the money.

What are some of the best independent, foreign, artsy, or unique films that came out during the 90s? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Sep 10, 2008 - 57 answers

Giving back to directors who need it?

I often download documentaries, and generally love them, and frequently feel like I want to give back to the director. Monetarily-wise, that is, as perhaps I didn't pay for them. What do you think of a service that allowed for paypal or such donation to individual directors? Could it work? Alternately, directors of small films could set up a link on their websites, and one could spread the idea memetically. I'm not looking to cash in on this, just to get feedback on an idea of how to assuage my guilt and help support those who make films worthy of support.
posted by aschwa5 on Aug 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Recommendations on great "monologue-y" documentaries?

Recommendations on great "monologue-y" documentaries? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jul 21, 2008 - 31 answers

Help me unburden my dream of working for Herzog

How does one go about applying for a film production assistant position? Specifically, to whom do I sell a spare chunk of soul in order to be Herzog's crew's serf on The Piano Tuner? [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Jul 6, 2008 - 12 answers

Inspiration or entertainment? Both please.

Movie recommendations in which the main character gives up his/her own success or place in society to pursue an unpopular social cause or to help unpopular person or people. Bonus points for movies based on actual events. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Jun 23, 2008 - 37 answers

Where Can I Get Disney Movies in Chinese?

Where can I get Disney movies dubbed in Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by rubberkey on Jun 6, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I keep a comprehensive film log?

I want to start a log of films I see, to include director, lead actors, genre, date viewed, etc, and my own review of the flick. This is for my own use only. Can anyone offer a recommendation for software to use/how to set it up in something standard like Excel so that I can search on any category but still have somewhat extensive space for my eloquent prose? Might also extend its use to books and music. I'm a mac user. Thanks!
posted by GrowBD on Jun 2, 2008 - 13 answers

Best movies of 2008 so far

Amazing movies of 2008? Has there been any? What have I missed? [more inside]
posted by extrabox on May 23, 2008 - 38 answers

violent memories are stuck in my brain...

Old movie question involving US military, China, torture, and other things. What movie was this? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 17, 2008 - 2 answers

What's the title of this short film?

Help me with the title of a short film. [more inside]
posted by bradth27 on May 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Sequels That Didn't Start Out As Sequels

Are We Done Yet? was the sequel to an original film, but was weirdly also a remake of the classic Cary Grant comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Along the same lines, Ocean's Twelve was based on an unrelated script first intended as a John Woo project. Can we think of any other examples of a sequel to an original movie starting life as an unconnected film? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Apr 30, 2008 - 18 answers

Childhood movie memory

A childhood memory of two science fiction films has been nagging me lately. I have just a little to go on... [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous on Apr 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Moives under 90 minutes

I show movies to assisted living residents at a retirement community. Movies over 90 minutes tend to be too long. I need a list of quality movies (made before 1970) that are 90 minutes long or less. Any suggestions of movies or where to find such a list?
posted by zzazazz on Apr 16, 2008 - 16 answers

Why does Disney hate your mom?

Why are there so few living and loving mothers in Disney films? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Mar 12, 2008 - 38 answers

Trying to find the title of a British film

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]
posted by Hates_ on Feb 28, 2008 - 5 answers

For those about to rock...

Who has documented rock n roll's greatest excesses? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Feb 1, 2008 - 21 answers

Looking for (Fictional) Surveillance Film

I'm looking for a short film I watched online of an (fictional) surveillance of an apartment, with the camera pointed for the entire length of the film at a black and white monitor in the van and the four remote feeds displaying on it. [more inside]
posted by Inkslinger on Jan 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Need some nerdage.

Help me find some great or good scifi watchables. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jan 27, 2008 - 60 answers

Residuals for the working man

If Steve Guttenburg never, ever worked again, how much money would he earn yearly? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy on Jan 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Instrumetal Breakdown

What are the best cinematic movie soundtracks you've ever heard? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jan 14, 2008 - 116 answers

Is there a site to track showings of my to-see films?

Is there a site that will enable me to compile a list of movies I want to see and notify me if any of them show in a configurable fairly wide area? Yahoo Movies lets me build a to-see list, but I have to laboriously plug in a bunch of zip codes for each film (because its range is very narrow). For example, I've only seen LOTR on DVD, and every once in a while a theater revives them as a special thing and I miss it. And, just generally, I'm interested in obscure indie flicks that release only sporadically, and I lack the patience to search each title every few days. Now.....if there were such a site that could do the above plus track showings of my top-predicted films at MOVIELENS, that'd be great (but way too much to hope for). FYI, movielens (movielens.umn.edu) is an awesome groupware prediction engine.
posted by jimmyjimjim on Jan 4, 2008 - 7 answers

It's never the creepy janitor.

What horror films feature a mystery killer? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s on Jan 1, 2008 - 22 answers

Instrument used for the Unforgiven opening

What is the stringed instrument that plays the wistful tune at the beginning of the movie Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood? Mandolin? Banjo? Ukelele? I want to buy one.
posted by zaebiz on Dec 21, 2007 - 6 answers


Are there non-stupid substance abuse prevention films? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 19, 2007 - 30 answers

How do I find a copy of a movie from 1919?

After months of research, we've finally discovered the film that was shown the night my theatre opened in 1919. The question is, how would I go about finding out if there are existing prints of this movie available? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger on Dec 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Smart movie recommendation sites

Need help finding a movie recommendation site where the user enters several favorite movie titles, and the site returns results based on other users entering those same movie titles... [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Nov 27, 2007 - 14 answers

Best Westerns? (i.e. movies)

Moving out to the country and have a hunger to watch some good old (or recent) Westerns. What are your favorites and why?
posted by zaebiz on Nov 15, 2007 - 34 answers

How to change your life in one easy lesson

I love stories about transformations and life changes, be they cheesy or serious. Recommend some to me! [more inside]
posted by different on Nov 12, 2007 - 33 answers

wanted: source and wording of a quote. warm fuzzy feelings of helping someone as reward.

wanted: help with the source of and exact wording for a quote. [more inside]
posted by ancamp on Oct 28, 2007 - 3 answers

Where are the best cinemas in Paris?

Where are the best cinemas in Paris? [more inside]
posted by ascullion on Sep 23, 2007 - 7 answers

How did movie titles used to work?

Before the advent of computer generated graphics, how were elaborate opening titles and scrolling movie credits created for films? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Aug 26, 2007 - 10 answers

Can anyone identify this movie?

Can anyone identify this movie? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Aug 2, 2007 - 3 answers

Films with very small casts?

Engaging, quality films with very small casts. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Jul 23, 2007 - 62 answers

What is this incredibly common piece of movie trailer music?

What is the incredibly common piece of movie trailer music that kicks in at about :54 of this trailer for No Reservations? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Jul 11, 2007 - 14 answers

I want to laugh my fool head off.

As a guy with a lot of free time on his hands (Student over the summer), I want to catch up on my comedies. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Jul 2, 2007 - 47 answers

Finding movie times, as cool as Apple's Sherlock used to be.

I need a Mac app that will let me search for movies and showtimes like Sherlock used to. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Jun 7, 2007 - 11 answers

Whither realistic cops on TV and film?

Which cinematographs or televisual serials most faithfully depict the operations of police or detectives?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 29, 2007 - 25 answers

finding movie theatres and showtimes in NYC

Is there an easy-to-use site that lists all movies, theatres and showtimes in NYC. Please, God, PLEASE don't say citysearch! [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 27, 2007 - 14 answers

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