How many instances in television and film can the hive mind come up with that involve a character driving someone out to the desert (or some other remote location) to kill them, often having the victim (who is usually someone who has wronged the character, or can't be convicted in a court of law), dig a hole, only ending up unable to actually murder them?
My brothers are trying to figure out the name of a movie they saw when they were kids (in the early 90's), their description: A kid searches for a crystal (or diamond) using clues (or one clue) written on a scroll hidden inside a hollow cross, and is being pursued by a villian with a hook (or possibly a peg leg). They said it's not animated, and not a muppet/puppet movie (i.e. not the dark crystal). Any ideas?
Asking for an IRL friend - can anyone help name a 'murder on a train' film that either begins or ends up in New Orleans and probably includes a rousing version of "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye?" [more inside]
I've got a notion to organize a movie screening of some sci-fi movie at a local theater, and sell tickets. It seems to me that the easiest legal way to do this is to buy the performance rights and rent a screen at a franchise theater. Assuming I know ahead of time what those costs are, Kickstarter could be the ticket sales mechanism. [actual question inside] [more inside]
Inspired by a comment on the blue, I can't stop thinking about this. I seem to remember a movie where people who got into debt were forced to work at the mall (maybe the mall was a corporation?) until they paid it off. Help me not go insane... [more inside]
How many movie studios in America are capable of producing films with production budgets over $100 million and how are they ranked from most to least profitable?
I have identified a film clip in a documentary movie that is of professional interest to me; I also suspect that there may be other film clips on the specific location of interest. I would like to identify the archive which has this film clip and possibly find a way to view the whole thing. I would like to know a little about researching things in film archives - catalogs, accessibility to someone who doesn't have academic affiliation nor film industry affiliation. I do work at the location that I'm looking for footage of. [more inside]
When i was a kid in the late 70's, early 80's ... i saw, what i think was a movie (could have been a made for TV movie, IDK), on TV. It was about a bunch of school children living on (what i THINK was earth)... possibly even set in the future. It rained... all the time. And the 1 girl was a bit of an outcast... but she had remembered when it didn't rain (possibly from her childhood maybe being on earth). One day the sun came out for just a day.... and the other kids locked her in a room... ran out to play in the sun.... and later, forgot they locked her in the room... and at the end gave her a bunch of flowers they all picked .... I don't remember much more.... wasn't particularly special or anything, but i think my kids would like seeing it. Any ideas? It's a bit more on the obscure side for sure.....
Movie #1 I saw on Sammy Terry's "Nightmare Theater" on WTTV-4 in the mid to late 70s. It was set in a girls reform school (England maybe ?) and the only male at the remote mansion was the Headmistress's teenage son. He would spy on the girls and told his Mom that he liked some of them. His Mom would always tell him that they were not good enough for him and he needed to find a girl like her. Girls started disappearing, at the end he had made his own perfect girl using different girl's body parts so she would be just like his Mom. Very creepy movie. Movie #2 I may have seen on TV in Michigan in the early 70's. The movie started with some guys towing a guy on a square board with wheels behind a pickup truck, the driver took a sharp turn and the guy got shredded by a barb wire fence. Later there was a girl (deformed maybe?) chained up in the attic of a two story house. I have searched Google and INDB using keywords and I would appreciate any help. Thanks Hive Mind!
I'm looking for lines of dialogue from movies, novels, or elsewhere, in which someone says that something is not an X, even though it is an X, just not a mere X or typical X. An example of the type of exchange I'm looking for: "Wow, you spent a year's salary on a car?" "A car? This is isn't a car. It's a Lamborghini!" The second person knows that their Lamborghini is a car, but means to express that it isn't just a car. (It's important for my purposes that the person doesn't say 'just'.) There must be some recognizable instances of this type of speech, but I'm drawing a blank. Any ideas?
I remember watching a movie in grade school about a bully and his victim. It was really upsetting to me as a kid, but now I reeeeeally want to find it again. What was it? Details and sketchy memories below. [more inside]
Please help me identify this movie. I've forgotten everything about it except one scene. [more inside]
Is there a Swedish speaker in the house? In the Swedish film Call Girl, one of the characters utters a phrase that is translated in the subtitles as: "What you look for in a bag was once found in a sack." To me it's a total non-sequitur... Any idea what it means? Here's the clip on YouTube. Thanks!
In Superman II (1980) does Superman kill General Zod according to A: your memory, B: the scene?
Super Hard TV/Movie ID: I am trying to ID an animated film/tv show I saw in the 70s. I recall it having an anime look, like Speed Racer or Star Blazers, but I am reasonably certain it wasn't either of these. [more inside]
The women were from Eastern Europe, Russian speaking, or maybe Czech. The young woman with dark hair did not understand that the older blonde woman wasn't successful in the US. At one point, they get drunk together. What dimly remembered movie is this?
What are the best tv or movie adaptations of Shakespeare's plays?
Movie about a widow on a farm/ranch in Australia. It's historical, but I can't remember the period. She has red hair, and is shamed by her church for not having remarried. She's menaced by bad guys on horses, who tie up a young man (a cousin? brother?) to a fence and prepare to horsewhip him, but a mysterious man swoops in at the last minute to save them. It sounds like every romance novel ever, but I only caught a few minutes of it and was intrigued enough to try to find it again. Ideas?
A jillion years ago, I caught the last few minutes of a movie. I have no idea what the name is. Please hope me! [more inside]
Where can I find a replica of the green pendant from Velvet Goldmine? There's nothing like it on Etsy and my Googlefu is failing me.
The only thing that gets me to the gym is watching science fiction movies on my iPhone. Can you recommend some more based on the criteria inside? [more inside]
I'm looking for one of those near-forgotten movies from childhood. I don't have a ton of info here. For some reason, I thought for a long time it might be a Sesame Street movie (or episode, or something), but it might just as well have been totally unrelated. The movie/episode climaxes on the top of a huge set of stairs (I recall it as stylistically over the top - sky at the top of the stairs, the stairs themselves were lit up, etc.), and a girl is turned into a star (a literal star, not a celebrity). It was a really sad scene. There were others there to say goodbye to her. It felt like a death, and I definitely cried. It's the only scene I remember, unfortunately. Anyone else remember something like this?
The film was a musical/sing along deal featuring some kids who are transported to a black and white world that used to be in color, but lost color because everyone was sad or intolerant or something. [more inside]
I'd like to get some good mystery movie recommendations from the 80s on. It's OK if they veer toward the thriller, like Michael Clayton, ridiculous like Ford Fairlaine, noirish like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, or are a more standard outing with a strong, interesting, well developed detective lead like Zero Effect. Drawing room mysteries totally A-OK too. Super bonus points if I can stream them now on Hulu plus or Netflix.
Quentin Tarantino, in an interview, said something along the lines of, "The medium that I work in is the audience's emotions." I think that the interview was relatively recent, either about Inglourious Basterds or Django, and it may even have been referenced on Metafilter, but now that I'm looking for it, I can't find it. So, did he actually say something to this effect? If yes, where did he say it and what was the actual statement?
I'm going to be producing a low-budget feature film, and hopefully more in the future. I'm considering setting up a company via LegalZoom or similar and just want to know if there are any "gotcha"s before I start. [more inside]
I just heard a radio interview with Zach Braff about his Kickstarter film project. It was mentioned that it is illegal for him to share the film's profits with his Kickstarter backers. Why is that?
A friend of mine is trying to remember the name of a documentary they once saw and Google has failed them. I'm forever touting the skill and speed with which the AskMe community solves dilemmas like these, so don't fail me now! Here's what she asked me:
I saw a documentary about a man who was representing himself in a lawsuit or series of lawsuits -- I think the government had filed them against him for sending threatening letters. Something about defending his land and eminent domain... He had a wife that he met in a foreign country. She was a lot younger than him and she moved to the US and married him. They were both chain smokers and used a plastic fork as a cigarette holder. They lived in a trailer that was a mess and full of document boxes of his "research" for his case. And they had a few big dogs.
What movie had a reference to Sacred Hoops? [more inside]
I love submarines. Please recommend some great submarine movies! [more inside]
What is the significance of the unhappy couple (wife is hospitalized) midway in the movie Upstream Color?
Help me identify this scene from a movie. [more inside]
I once watched a Japanese movie on a flight but can't for the life of me remember its name. It is about a mysterious Chinese investor trying a hostile takeover of a large Japanese car maker. A retired legend of the Japanese car industry is brought back from retirement to try and save the company from being sold to the Chinese dude.
One night in Atlantic City, me and three other drunk, high, exhausted bachelor party gamblers went to our hotel room and ended up watching a program that may have just been some sort of shared fever dream. It was also in Spanish. [more inside]
I'm trying to think of a movie where a man is having an affair with another woman. During one of the encounters while he should be watching his child, the child accidentally dies I think by falling into a pool. After feeling grieved, he goes through some sort of cave in a park and goes back in time and can make things right again. Apparently, there's something weird about the new neighborhood he's in (spoilers so I won't say more). Anybody know what the movie is called?!
I saw a trailer a while (1,2 years?) ago. The plot had something to do with either a company or research project that had gone wrong. Genetically messed-up creatures and people were roaming around inside an office block. In the trailer, a guy is at the photocopier, and a large, human-faced spider thingy creeps up behind him. [more inside]
What are the best movies about class struggles? [more inside]
Sometimes in a novel, you will have Character A and Character B. Fast forward to the big twist that Character A and Character B ARE THE SAME PERSON! Obviously this doesn't work when the novel is adapted for the screen, and I'm looking for examples of adaptations that had to deal with this, and how they dealt with it, and any sort of critique of how it was dealt with in the movie/television show. (Spoilers of all sorts inside) [more inside]
A see people use a harness to hold the camera to eliminate jerking, up and down sideways Is there a way to get the same effect on a smaller budget? Or an inexpensive harness for a rather smallish light weight camera. Making special effects, like a robot walking around would add amusement to the deal. I have a program called FxGuru on my phone, which can add some limited special effects and I like that. But I would like just a little bit more control. [more inside]
Looking for a fun spring movie to watch on Easter. [more inside]
The other day I was watching the movie and like the font. First I thought it's TNR then I thought maybe some Sans but I couldn't figure out. I loved the clean spacious fonts. Which one was it? [more inside]
Looking for movies with a classic graduate cap toss: the speech is over, the plot comes to a pleasing conclusion, and then everybody, preferably the whole school, takes their hats off and tosses them in the air, in slo-mo. The sky is blue, it's a stock photography moment. What are movies or TV shows with this oh-so-cliche scene?
C-Budget "Horror" flick that may have been hosted by Elvira circa 1985 [more inside]
Hazy recollections: A group of young adults move into a snowbound cabin as part of an experimental reality television show. They come to realize that sicko voyeurs are betting on who will die next or who the last survivor will be. [more inside]
I'll be shooting a feature film in L.A. later this year, and I need some advice about how to handle the business side. I'm hoping that somewhere there's some sort of low-budget service that provides help to people who are new to the process. [more inside]
We're shooting a low-budget feature and are having trouble finding a cinematographer/DP. Where else can we look (details inside)? [more inside]
I really like the painting that hangs over Steve Carrell's couch in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World". (screenshot here). Does anyone know anything about it, or where I might find it?
Sci-Fi movie identification halp. Watched a movie when I was a kid that I thought was Futureworld, viewed Futureworld recently, beginning and ending are totally different. And yet certain things/scenes meshed. Am I imagining things? Maybe meshing two different films? [more inside]
Asking for a friend (honest!). Movie plot centers around a young couple living in a NYC apartment building who suspect that their young male neighbor is a terrorist (suspicious items delivered, etc.). At the end, their suspicion turns out to be true. Ring any bells, friends?