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Trying to remember a distressingly generic alien horror movie.

I remember watching this and enjoying it more than expected, but unfortunately the details are so generic as to render searches nearly useless. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Jul 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Image in my mind from a movie but I can't place it

It's a crowd of men who are going around in a circle, maybe around a wooden wheel. Anyone? It takes place in a prison, I believe, and a bunch of men are going around and around crammed together. It is not Midnight Express. Thanks!
posted by Jandoe on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Why Was a Movie Sold Out, but Only Five of Us Were There?

Last week, I went to a movie theater with reserved seating. When I went to the ticket counter to buy a ticket, there were only two tickets left. Once the movie started, there were only five of us in the theater watching the movie (with about 180 seats, total). This happened two nights in a row, same theater, different movies. What was going on? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jun 24, 2015 - 17 answers

Please recommend some movies by African-American creators

My husband and I recently watched Dope and really enjoyed it. We'd like to seek out more movies by African-American creators. Any recommendations are welcome, but we are especially interested in movies made by and starring African Americans, and we prefer movies that are somewhat "fun", even if they have serious themes. (We're open to various interpretations of "made by", but generally written and/or directed counts.) [more inside]
posted by cider on Jun 23, 2015 - 37 answers

Help me find a half-remembered movie scene

You guys are good at this: please help! I'm trying to find a half-remembered scene from a movie, probably by Spike Lee, in which African-American kids are excited to see a black person/family on television. I thought it was Crooklyn but I've read the script and I'm not finding the scene I want. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jun 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Movie title eludes me ...

This is kind of vague (else I would remember it I suppose) but it was late 90s/early 2000s (?), with a separated guy with a young daughter (?), there is a fight with his wife at a gas station (?), somehow he meets a Kate-Winslett-ish character (pretty sure it was not Winslett though), and then they move somewhere north-ish and start to renovate/rehab an old house ... Thanks!
posted by carter on Jun 22, 2015 - 3 answers

WHAT is this anti-war comedy film I am thinking of??

There is a movie I saw in the mid-2000s that I am trying to find again, and I am having trouble with every kind of search I've been using. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

What movie is this .gif from?

I could swear I've seen this, but I can't put a name to it. http://i.imgur.com/psN1KPu.gifv
posted by Blienmeis on Jun 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Name that actress

Who's the actress that looks like Vera Farmiga but is not her sister Taissa? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on May 30, 2015 - 21 answers

Movies with studying montages for end-of-term blues

Hey, my spring term is almost over, and its been kind of brutal! But I rewatched Real Genius last night and am feeling pretty okay about things again. What are some similar movies I can stockpile for future terms? Setting should be university, or maybe something post-university with a research/impossible-thing-to-build-but-hey-they-build-it-anyway angle.
posted by curious nu on May 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Name that film

What's the film that the clip at 36/37s in this ILM show-reel is from? (Guy in front of army throws sword into the ground and it sets on fire)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Trying to Find a Movie

I've seen "find that vaguely remember movie magic" happen here before with only the slightest of clues, so here goes. My wife and I watched a movie back in 2001. I'd say it came out within five years prior to that date. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on May 19, 2015 - 3 answers

House Painting Movie Montage?

My husband and I are painting our new house, and I feel like I'm stuck in a romantic comedy, with the montage including the happy couple painting a room or the house. Of course, my husband has no idea what I'm talking about, and I can't remember any specific movies that have this scene. Can anyone point me to a movie with a montage including the couple painting their new house together?
posted by freshwater on May 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Does anyone know how I find more women that box or do mma?

I'm working on writing and shooting a story of a female fighter for a film competition. Unfortunately, all the fighters I know, whether in mma or boxing, are all guys. Obviously, women also go to the gyms around me but not that many compete. And my friends weren't close to any female fighters. They offer some insight but I'd rather talk with a woman who has been in the ring or interested in competing amateur or otherwise, so at the very least I don't create a story that rings false. Any ideas about how to get in touch with women who do competitive boxing/mma? [more inside]
posted by LaceyCoffee on May 11, 2015 - 12 answers

What movie to show middle schoolers?

What would be a good movie to show middle school students that would spark dialogue and critical thinking about what it means to be "American"? The audience would be mostly African-American and Hispanic students. Needs to be PG-13 or lower rating.
posted by archimago on May 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Movie about German or Swiss man on ski holiday

Trying to remember a film I saw on television years ago. I was either German or Swiss and was about a heavyset man on a ski holiday. I remember it was very nearly silent (but was not a silent movie; it looked relatively modern) and everything was a sort of a disaster for him, and I remember it being unexpectedly sweet, and that's all I remember. Hope me!
posted by maxsparber on May 2, 2015 - 9 answers

giving away music free for a film -- ruins future sync deals?

An indie film maker wants to use a song my band recorded and released for free. It's written by a friend's band and used with their permission. The film maker is asking to use it for free for a low-ish budget indie film. They have a contract, which states that they will use it for free and how they can use it (and that they do not have exclusive rights). We're pretty much ok with it, and so are the original songwriters. BUT... we've had interest in the past for commercial sync deals with this song. On two occasions, a sync company approached us to present the song to a client for commercials. Although these deals didn't work out, it's not unforeseeable that we get approached again, since this particular song seems to have commercial appeal. My question: if we give the song away for free to this film, will that ruin our chances of selling the song in the future? I know that legally, we can do whatever we want. However, would a sync company or their clients not want to use it if it had already appeared in a film? [more inside]
posted by cejl on Apr 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Movie identification: sheep balloons?

What movie did I see in school in the late 80's that featured sheep being punctured with a huge needle-ish poker thing to save the sheep by releasing internal gas resulting from grazing on the wrong kind of grass? And does all that really happen?
posted by NortonDC on Apr 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me identify this movie.

Hazy memories of this DVD seen a few years ago. Neo-noir mystery with an indie feel. Dream-like with stylized, almost campy dialogue. Mostly black and white, heavy noir shadows, with occasional switch to color (red dress?). A classic blonde bombshell is caught up in a mystery she doesn't understudy. There is a second sultry blonde who seems to understand what's going on but offers only cryptic comments.
posted by Jackson on Apr 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for a silly nautical / pirate movie from the '80s or early '90s

The details I remember: the crew reach a Greek / Roman themed paradise (think togas and grapes and naked attractive people with palm fronds), and run away comically when they go to a concert which consists of weird noises coming from a clockwork / steam powered machine. [more inside]
posted by idiopath on Apr 6, 2015 - 9 answers

'80s/'90s cartoon movie where everyone's left-handed?

Anyone know of an (animated?) movie in the 1980s or 1990s where the child protagonist enters an alternate universe where everyone's left-handed? A friend remembers seeing it on a Saturday afternoon when he was young, and I thought I'd be able to find its title for him, but I'm not having much luck.
posted by WCityMike on Mar 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find this movie about an Asian science student studying at uni

I just remembered a movie that I saw part of on TV years ago. Here's all I remember about it. It was about a young man who was studying science at a university, I think he was a grad student. I think he was a genius or coming up with some cutting edge theory or discovery. It was definitely science, I'm pretty sure astronomy... He was Asian and I'm pretty sure had just come to America for college/grad school. He frequented a tea shop where he first ordered "togo" tea, not realizing it was "to go." [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Mar 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Hot takes on film criticism

I'm looking for essays/thinkpieces/papers/etc which critically examine movie reviewing as a practice, particularly its epistemological basis. In particular, I'm thinking of the way that critics typically use objective language to describe films -- this movie is boring and cliched, this acting is wooden, this ending is predictable -- despite the fact that all these qualities are experienced in divergent ways by audience member. Thus you regularly see critics averring that a lowbrow comedy is objectively unfunny, despite the fact that, sociologically, we know that a large number of audience members enjoyed it. Any ideas?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Because you enjoyed ...

I am working on diversifying my pop culture experience and am feeling limited by what Netflix thinks I should watch. Please recommend some of your favorite movies, TV shows, and documentaries streaming on Netflix that would help me expand my pop culture diet - especially if they are directed by/acted by/about women, people of color, and people outside the upper middle class New York/LA milieu.
posted by ChuraChura on Mar 11, 2015 - 38 answers

Please reccommend an accountant in Los Angeles

I need an accountant in L.A., preferably somewhere between downtown and Mid-City. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 10, 2015 - 2 answers

80s movie about a kidnapping/road trip: What's the title?

I'm trying to remember the name of a movie I saw when I was young. It was the first movie I saw by myself at a theater so it must have been late 80s, and was probably rated PG. What I can remember of the plot (spoiler alert, I guess), a young boy is kidnapped by a much older man who takes him on the road. The boy is resistant at first but eventually forms a bond with his kidnapper, maybe seeing him as a father figure. The law eventually catches up with them and somehow they end up in the water (a lake?) where the kidnapper is wounded (shot?) and eventually, I assume, dies. That's all I've got. Any ideas? I'm sure it's NOT "A Perfect World", although the plot sounds similar.
posted by subtlemel on Mar 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Name this made-for-TV movie: Two kids steal a bus...

I'm wasting a question on this because otherwise I might go insane. Late 1970s, early 1980s, made-for-TV movie about two kids who steal a school bus. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 10, 2015 - 9 answers

This thread is the BIGGEST PICKLE I've ever been in.

I love cult movies about dumb teenage boys having adventures, possibly in the 1950s/1960s and possibly in a 1980s/1990s production. Like Stand by Me, The Sandlot, and The Outsiders, or Lost Boys and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. What other movies would I love? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 27, 2015 - 36 answers

Film rights for different works on the same subject

Does each individual nonfiction work (books, documentaries, etc) on the same topic (a particular event, for example, or a historical life story) have its own separate set of film rights to be bought? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 23, 2015 - 6 answers

What is Apollo Creed's trainer doing?

In the first Rocky movie, just before the fight, we see both Rocky and Apollo being prepped in their respective locker rooms. Rocky is having Vaseline put under his eyes and Apollo is sitting on his bench breathing deeply, with his trainer behind him holding his torso. There is another man (His corner man? A doctor?) sort of squatting in front of Creed with his hands in the vicinity of Creed's waistband. What is this preparation for? What are these guys doing? I've looked at different boxing sites and haven't seen anything helpful.
posted by blurker on Feb 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Snow-Themed Movies

As we await Boston's snowy apocalypse, I'd like to queue up some movies prominently featuring snow, to get us through those hours when "travel will be virtually impossible and potentially life-threatening." [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 14, 2015 - 34 answers

Help me get my family on board - moving Florida to Michigan ...

Due to financial & career reasons, I need to relocate from Tampa Bay area to Detroit area. My wife is livid. She has a history of depression, difficulty making friends & has told me just before we moved down here (15 years ago) that she'd be a happier person in a warmer climate (as we're from Philly & know all about cold/snow). We have 2 kids... my daughter is about to turn 15 & is in the 9th grade (1st year of HS). My son is 11... and in the 5th grade (next year is middle school)... He also has Aspergers (social disorder)... but is mainstream this year & most of last & is doing just fine. Nobody wants to move (me included), but financially & career wise, there is no other option... I welcome all thoughts on this... as it's a tough one to digest [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Feb 13, 2015 - 43 answers

Movie with nuclear fuel pool?

I'm trying to remember a movie I watched as a kid - it may or may not have been a YA movie - that had a scene where one of the protagonists had to swim in a spent nuclear fuel pool. Any ideas?
posted by dmd on Jan 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Looking for more examples of a movie trope

This question contains spoilers for two movies, Kiss of Death and Gran Torino -- so I'll put it below the fold. [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Jan 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Find this movie, please.

80's movie, comedy, possibly staring a standup, all about military/arms shows and sales, like buying and selling missiles at the army version of CES. It's faint but I know I saw it.
posted by Cosine on Jan 5, 2015 - 5 answers

How do you get the other world to change on the Coraline DS game?

How do you get the other world to change on the Coraline DS game? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jan 1, 2015 - 1 answer

It's not Lady and the Tramp

Do you remember a scene from a movie where a character eats a huge plate of spaghetti in an extremely uncouth manner? [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax on Dec 31, 2014 - 23 answers

What's this "dam" movie from our childhood?

On Christmas day my brother and I were reminiscing about a movie we both remember bits from but not its name. [more inside]
posted by Zaire on Dec 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Twisted and weird, disturbing but not gory

If I like(d) The Babadook, Confessions, Under the Skin, Gone Girl, and Welcome to Night Vale, what should I read/watch/listen to next? [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Dec 21, 2014 - 26 answers

Android phone being picky with video files

I'm trying to e-mail a couple of .mp4 videos to my girlfriend's LG G3 Android phone. The first one worked fine, but both of my attempts of the second video are apparently an "unsupported file type." I encoded the videos myself from QuickTime .mov source videos using Avidemux, and I'm at a loss as to why one works but the others don't. (technical info inside) [more inside]
posted by clorox on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Name this Russian mail-order bride movie. (No mobsters or Nicole Kidman)

Okay, help me AskMe, you're my only hope. Everybody gets at least one, and now it's my turn to be stuck on the name of a movie I once saw and loved. It is basically about a Russian mail-order bride, but it is definitely not Birthday Girl, despite certain keyword similarities. It's a little indie movie with no name stars. There are also no mobsters. It's not a thriller at all. It's very sweet. Basic plot summary inside. [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Dec 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Is there anyplace that I can actually buy a digital movie?

Is there any online service that will allow me to purchase a movie and download it as a standard video file? [more inside]
posted by phooky on Dec 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Bleak French movie. Suicide. Possibly Crete.

I'm trying to identify a French movie for a colleague. I don't have much to go on and IMDB/Google have failed me. Somewhat [more inside]
posted by Thug on Nov 28, 2014 - 2 answers

I want to believe.

Please recommend me works based on the lives and works of stage magicians. I want to learn about how they started their careers and how they changed as it went on. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Well yes, sometimes.

There's a scene/quote, probably in a movie but maybe in a TV show, that I know I've seen a pile of times but can't place it. Guy asks a question then answers it with "the answer to that is 'yes, sometimes.'" Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2014 - 3 answers

I need to edit lot of videos quickly, how?

I have a lot of videos I need to preview, then trim based on the preview, possibly rotate, then save. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Nov 19, 2014 - 5 answers

What movie was this? Subtitles edition

This one's for a friend, who's being driven mildly insane by not having a title for this movie. It's a foreign film, probably (but not definitely) Japanese, and it had subtitles. The two principal characters are two boys, one of whom goes to live with the family of the other. They're friends at first, including at school (a martial arts school?), but find themselves on opposite sides of war. One of them loses his hearing during the movie. By the end, the two characters reconcile. The final shot is of the now-deaf one on a beach.
posted by 4th number on Nov 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Which movie is this that I saw?

There was  a movie I saw, about an overly innocent 17 year old boy who left his home for months or years, and came back and saw his old female friend (or love interest?) and one line was he said "If you hurt someone, you say you're sorry, and that's all you can do" or something like that.. what movie was this? I think it's about 10 or 15 years old, probably rated PG, and kind of a silly romantic comedy.
posted by denimchair on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Out-of-series movies?

The Rock is a Bond movie. Galaxy Quest is a Star Trek movie. What other movies 'fit' into series, but not on purpose?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 30, 2014 - 32 answers

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