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!
Amazing movies of 2008? Has there been any? What have I missed? [more inside]
Old movie question involving US military, China, torture, and other things. What movie was this? [more inside]
Help me with the title of a short film. [more inside]
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]
A childhood memory of two science fiction films has been nagging me lately. I have just a little to go on... [more inside]
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?
Why are there so few living and loving mothers in Disney films? [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]
Who has documented rock n roll's greatest excesses? [more inside]
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]
Help me find some great or good scifi watchables. [more inside]
If Steve Guttenburg never, ever worked again, how much money would he earn yearly? [more inside]
What are the best cinematic movie soundtracks you've ever heard? [more inside]
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.
What horror films feature a mystery killer? [more inside]
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.
Are there non-stupid substance abuse prevention films? [more inside]
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]
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]
Moving out to the country and have a hunger to watch some good old (or recent) Westerns. What are your favorites and why?
I love stories about transformations and life changes, be they cheesy or serious. Recommend some to me! [more inside]
wanted: help with the source of and exact wording for a quote. [more inside]
Where are the best cinemas in Paris? [more inside]
Before the advent of computer generated graphics, how were elaborate opening titles and scrolling movie credits created for films? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this movie? [more inside]
Engaging, quality films with very small casts. Recommendations? [more inside]
What is the incredibly common piece of movie trailer music that kicks in at about :54 of this trailer for No Reservations? [more inside]
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]
I need a Mac app that will let me search for movies and showtimes like Sherlock used to. [more inside]
Which cinematographs or televisual serials most faithfully depict the operations of police or detectives?
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]
A few years ago I saw a movie that I now remember vaguely but vividly. It was sort of an arty drama, and it might have been European. The story concerned a man and a woman vacationing(?) in a house near a beach. The man was in some sort of psychological distress, eventually culminating in some bloody self-mutilation. The title may have referenced Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" in some way, but I could be misremembering. [more inside]
Where can I find interesting things involved in the making of famous movies for sale? [more inside]
Where do "laugh tracks" come from? Are they recorded especially or stolen from a genuine performance? Would it be possible to track laugh tracks in the same way that, for example, the Wilhelm Scream has been?
What are some films or television shows/episodes about corporate or white-collar crime? Bonus if you have a videoclip.
(Stereotype-flouting) Math Movie Suggestions Needed for a pi-day celebration. I'm looking for movies that don't portray mathematicians as schizophrenic or otherwise deranged. [more inside]
I am trying to find an animated musical short (possibly Italian? - it had subtitles) which I saw on television at least ten years ago. It may have been an Oscar-nominated short animation, but I can find nothing at imdb. Description inside.... [more inside]
Do you know this film? A girl whose dead boyfriend's heart has been transplanted, tries to find the transplant recipient. She arranges a meeting but the recipient turns out to be a fat, middle-aged man. She stays hidden, but follows him for a while, then eventually steps off a tram/streetcar and walks off. The film might be Italian. [more inside]
What feature length films have Rube Goldberg machines in them? Can you think of movies that have scenes with machines/devices that are either rube goldberg machines or rube goldberg-esque?
Last month in the New York Times I saw an image of Humphrey Bogart from his classic film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre", but the picture was animated/rotoscoped, in the same style as the recent "Scanner Darkly". What was this from, who is the artist, and how can I see it? I do not know if the image in the paper was a shot from an entire animated version of the film(which would be awesome!), or just an artist's rendition of a single shot from the film. I saw this image in a section about art exhibits and happenings to attend in the month of July/Aug in New York. I'm a huge Bogart fan, any New Yorkers out there who can help me?
Moviefilter: Recommend some good films set in London? [more inside]
Examples of movies, books, where the narrator lies to the audience as they tell their story? [more inside]
I'm looking for theatres that show Chinese language films in the Los Angeles area. It would be great if the movies had english subtitles but it they don't I'm still interested.
Digital Distribution Filter: It seems that the video on the internet can be put in two groups - the DIY (low production value) and the "produced" (iTunes, etc.) content. I'm pretty sure DIY content producers don't make any $, whereis "produced" content always needs to recoup. What kind of deals do iTunes or AtomFilms make for independently "produced" short film content, e.g. how much of that $1.99 does Apple keep? [more inside]
I'm fascinated by changes instigated by movie/tv test audiences. Any good way to find more (or confirm internet rumors)? [more inside]
What non-fiction books or documentary films explore a subculture or lifestyle as effectively as Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver's Style Wars and Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels? [more inside]
Is there anyway to get commercial exhibition rights for scheduled public performances for movie prints you own? Of course, there's... [more inside]
There are a lot of buzzwords being bandied about regarding the 'viral' 'grassroots' ways that 'Internet 2.0' can be used to 'create a groundswell' through 'guerilla marketing'. What? What do these buzzwords actually mean? After getting vague advice like 'use MySpace' by people with marketing degrees who don't use the internet to market anything, I am interested in cutting through the crap by hearing from real people with actual experience in these matters. How can the Internet be used to promote a site with interactive stuff, games and short film... and little-to-no budget for marketing?
I found this page of Russian illustrations from films via Kottke this morning, and am curious if anyone can help identify the films. Some are obvious (The Terminator, Spiderman, LOTR, The Matrix) others less so...