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Musical Film from the 1950's -Filter

Help me identify a musical film that I saw a snippet of as a child and now barely (and unreliably) remember! [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot on Feb 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Which 2014 movies should I see on the big screen right now?

I don't see too many movies during the year. But every year I go to the AMC Best Picture Showcase, which plays the "Best Picture" nominated movies back to back over two consecutive Saturdays in February. What OTHER 2014 movies (not nominated for Best Picture) did you really like that I should see on the big screen while I can? I like most types of movies except horror. Thanks!!!
posted by bluesky78987 on Jan 16, 2015 - 18 answers

What is this movie that has nothing to do with Rambo?

For years now I've been relating a recollection that I now know is incorrect. I thought that there was a film called John Rambo which is not an action movie, but a movie about the former warfighter aging and dealing with PTSD surrounding the extreme violence that he witnessed and inflicted in his life. What movie am I thinking of, if any? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Movies that are perfect examples of their genre

After reading so many people say that Die Hard is a perfect (or at least near-perfect) action movie, I've wanted to watch other films that are considered perfect executions of their particular genre. What are the films you consider "perfect"? I'd love it if you could tell me why you or someone else considers them so, but if you can't do that I'm not really fussed.
posted by bunglin jones on Jan 4, 2015 - 77 answers

More umbrellas s'il vous plait

A recent FPP has got me hooked on the films of Jacques Demy, and I want more of the same. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Dec 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Name this kids fantasy movie

Sometime between 1990 and 1995 I watched a medieval/fantasy movie where a boy on quest gets ~12 knights to go along with him (after resurrecting them somehow?) and then they all die, one by one, as they encounter various trials on the way. Ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Did I imagine this scene from the theatrical version of the movie?

In the Woody Allen movie "Magic in the Moonlight" there's a scene in an observatory. Stanley (Colin Firth) is sleepy and lies down on a bench. Sophie (Emma Stone) is first seen sitting next to him, and then a bit later she's walking around as he awakens. This is from the DVD. I distinctly recall in the movie that was released to the theaters, he is lying on the bench with his head in her lap (not so in the DVD). The reason I remember it is that it was so unexpected. Did I imagine that?
posted by lea724 on Dec 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Me Understand People, Again

I don't like most popular movies and popular culture. My saying so has resulted in hurt feelings and angry people. Help me understand why they would be so emotionally invested in these things. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties on Dec 26, 2014 - 130 answers

"My name is Orson Welles"

Just finished watching "The Magnificent Ambersons," and missed a crucial plot point. What specifically drove the surviving clan into poverty? There was no reference to the grandfather having made bad investments; it just sounded like they couldn't find the deed to the house. I could go read the book, but it's not the same plot. Who got the mansion?
posted by mmiddle on Dec 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Eenie Meenie Miney Movies

I'm looking for as many examples of the game "eenie meenie miney mo" being used in movies or TV shows (or video games). [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Dec 22, 2014 - 13 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 - 24 answers

Alternatives to Woody Allen

A friend wants to get that witty romantic 70s NY film fix without the obvious choice of Woody Allen. What are other films in that same genre?
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 12, 2014 - 27 answers

Is there a way to easily check all showings of Chicago art house films?

I used to love cin-o-matic, which allowed you to read about upcoming releases, save certain theaters as your favorites, and track when movies come to town. Is there a way for me to view showtimes at smaller Chicago theaters like the Gene Siskel Film Center, The Logan, the Music Box, and the Landmark Century Cinema on one website? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Pretty movies that are not slow

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?
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 9, 2014 - 28 answers

Blog reviewing games of chess in fiction?

I'm sure I remember reading some entries from a blog that pithily reviewed games of chess from fiction (novels, TV shows, movies) for plausibility and quality, but I'm coming up with nothing when I google for it. [more inside]
posted by spielzebub on Dec 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Dramatic voiceovers

What are some movies with dramatic voiceover introductions?
posted by strangeguitars on Dec 7, 2014 - 21 answers

How many times *has* Eli Roth died on film?

Eli Roth seems to be secretly going for the world record for the number of times someone can die on screen - but it's so secret that it's not even in IMDB. How else can I find all of Eli Roth's uncredited deaths? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Dec 7, 2014 - 1 answer

And the Academy Award for Best Pacing in an Older-Era Film goes to...

The biggest obstacle to my watching older films is bad/distracting pacing. Recommend your best tightly paced movies from before this millennial was born. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Dec 6, 2014 - 37 answers

Licensing for inflight entertainment

How do airlines pick, buy, and/or license inflight entertainment? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 2, 2014 - 5 answers

How to tell at what Toronto theatre an upcoming film is going to be?

I would really like to see Inherent Vice when it comes to Toronto on December 12th. [more inside]
posted by the dief on Dec 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Practical Effects in Early (1940's) Film

Does anyone know common tricks used for practical effects in early films? [more inside]
posted by KernalM on Nov 28, 2014 - 12 answers

What's that scene where he calls a guy "Slumdog Millionaire"?

Trying to remember this scene: There's some TV show or movie where a white person says, "Hey, you, Slumdog Millionaire!" to address an Indian man whose name he should know but can't remember. Or maybe he's talking to his colleague and says, "Ugh, you know, Slumdog Millionaire in the accounting department." Does anyone remember what this is from?
posted by lizzicide on Nov 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me create a movie title that is (a) intriguing and (b) open-ended.

Now that my wife's been bitten by the radio bug, the desire to do a show/podcast is starting to sink its teeth into me as well. The high-concept idea that I'm working with is to do a 16-part series that are all the soundtrack to a forgotten movie -- the title of the movie is the same every week, but the movie itself changes. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Nov 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Scenes where people are having a hard time to have a conversation

I'm looking for movies scenes where protagonists don't understand each other, because of a lot of ambient noise or because the protagonists have to speak very low …people saying "what?", shouting, making weird faces, having a conversation based on a misunderstanding, etc. I'm looking for examples that happen face to face but also by telephone. Thank you in advance!
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2014 - 16 answers

"It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma!"

I've realized I have a weakness for movies with "one man/woman (or at the most, a very small group) struggling against a Conspiracy That Goes All The Way To The Top" plots. From classics like The Parallax View to dreck like Extreme Measures, I'm a sucker for almost all of them. So what are your favourites in that genre that I might have missed?
posted by The Card Cheat on Nov 13, 2014 - 33 answers

Movie Title help

Looking for help with a couple of movies titles from the 60s or 70s [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

What's Willem's wall wearing?

Can you identify the name and artist of the painting seen in this scene inA Most Wanted Man? I'm thinking I'd enjoy their other works also. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton on Nov 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me find some non-bloody scary movies

This year my partner and I are planning a scary movie all nighter on Halloween, after the trick or treaters are gone. I would like to get about 4-5 scary movies that are not gory ( no Chainsaw Massacre), no zombies and no first-person documentary style horror movies. Anything else is a go, but would prefer movies made in the last decade rather than vintage stuff. Help me scare the pants off my man! Mwahahah!
posted by Karotz on Oct 28, 2014 - 35 answers

Recommend a movie similar to this one?

I'm searching for a movie similar to John Hughes' 1987 classic, Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Something with a warm message and the same kind of comedy. Preferably something with Steve Martin or John Candy, but not necessarily. Recommendations?
posted by omar.a on Oct 27, 2014 - 37 answers

How can I learn how to make a movie?

I want to make a fullish-length movie (a video). Fiction. I'm writing the script. I know, everyone wants to do this, but... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 26, 2014 - 14 answers

American-made horror movies

Asking for a friend who is looking for recommendations of any/all American-made horror movies in the last decade that:
  • are not a franchise
  • are not a remake
  • are not a sequel
  • not torture porn
  • not SAW
Cabin in the Woods, The Sacrament, House of the Devil were all good suggestions meeting the criteria. What else has the hivemind got?
posted by ish__ on Oct 22, 2014 - 53 answers

The Greatest Horror Movie Music Hits?

I'm looking for songs that aren't objectively scary or spooky, but due to their use in horror/slasher/whatever movies/TV, they're now associated with scary times. "Goodbye Horses" in Silence Of The Lambs would be the ideal with "Red Right Hand" in Scream just squeeking in.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 15, 2014 - 29 answers

What happens when they make a movie about you?

My cousin was married for years to an infamous criminal and all-around bad guy--let's call him John. John is infamous only to people in and scholars of his particular professional sector; the world at large isn't aware of him. John is no longer living. ~20 years ago, a local reporter wrote a book about him, which of course included his wife, my cousin. The book made a brief stir but was quickly forgotten, my cousin has moved on, and life continues ... except I've recently heard rumors that someone may have optioned the book for a movie. So now what? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Just a little bit beyond keynote/powerpoint...

What relatively simple animation programs will let me both define and compose simple animations? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Oct 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Actors playing multiple roles

Who was the first comic actor to play multiple roles in the same movie, particularly with one of them in drag? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Sep 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Booze, Drugs & Creativity

A film professor friend is compiling a list of movies about drug and alcohol abuse in connection to the creative process. Got any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Sep 26, 2014 - 23 answers

Hip hop song in a movie

In the movie Presumed Innocent, around 1:29:00, there's a song played in the background. What is it? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid on Sep 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Question for film buffs

Here's a plot structure that I've seen in many films. A central character in the film is faced with a binary moral choice: (s)he can choose to go through the narrow gate or (s)he can choose the wide gate. (S)he knows that it's morally better to go through the narrow gate, but even so (s)he's tempted to go through the wide gate. We in the audience *hope* that (s)he chooses the narrow gate, and tension builds throughout the film as we wait to find out what choice (s)he makes. In the final scenes of the film, (s)he chooses the narrow gate. We in the audience are relieved that (s)he made the right choice - but there's a sadness too, because we know that the character didn't get to do what (s)he most wanted. Over the fold, I've made a short list of films that have this plot structure (spoiler alert). Please give me more examples! [more inside]
posted by HoraceH on Sep 18, 2014 - 26 answers

Movie ID- horror anthology

It's a horror anthology set in the old west. One segment involves a "prairie witch" that kills men by having sex with them. [more inside]
posted by dilaudid on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Welcome citizen to a generic science fiction utopia

You how there's always a scene in science fiction movies where a character enters some futuristic utopia and a robotic voice starts talking to them, saying something like "Welcome to Futureville, where all your needs are met" ? Is there a name for this trope? Can you think of some good examples? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Sep 15, 2014 - 36 answers

Westerns for Newbies

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?
posted by darchildre on Sep 12, 2014 - 64 answers

Je ne suis pas un escroc.

There are countless films and TV shows (often but not always period pieces) that are set in France/Germany/Russia/Japan/etc but which feature an Anglophone cast, speaking English (with the occasional "bonjour" or whatever), playing French/German/Russian/Japanese/etc characters. What are some examples of the reverse? That is, non-English productions set in the US or UK, with e.g. French actors playing Richard Nixon or Queen Elizabeth?
posted by theodolite on Sep 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Movie character drinks drink in first 30 minutes of a movie: a thing?

I can't recall where I once heard this idea, but it seems to hold true in the majority of mainstream American movies that I've seen. The idea is that during the first half hour or so of a movie, a character will drink a refreshing drink. My question is, what kind of agreement or requirement is going on behind the scenes that causes so many movies to have this feature, when it's not an obvious product placement? [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Sep 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Entertaining Grandpa

My Grandfather is almost 93 and legally blind. Help me keep him entertained! [more inside]
posted by unicornologist on Sep 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Movies About Childbirth, Doulas, The Affect of Babies on Marriage

Hey There Brilliant People! Could you please send me any film, tv or play suggestions that are about women going through pregnancy, the affect that has on their marriage, and women who work with doulas and midwives while pregnant? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Title of 80s/90s film with "disinterested" vs. "uninterested" argument

I'm looking for a film that I saw in the 80s or 90s in which two of the characters argued throughout about the proper definitions of "disinterested" and "uninterested." Both characters were male and were, I believe, the main characters. I'm fairly certain that the film was British.
posted by danslos on Sep 1, 2014 - 5 answers

"La Grande Illusion": What is that chin strap contraption?

Can someone shed some light on what that chin strap contraption worn by "Captaine von Rauffenstein" (Erich von Stroheim) in Renoir's "La Grande Illusion" is? A fashion accessory? Or rather a medical prosthetic of some sort? Am baffled.
posted by oxidizer on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Imax motion sickness?

Will seeing Guardians of the Galaxy in Imax 3D make me sick? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Aug 23, 2014 - 9 answers

In search of Black Comedy

Recently, I've been interested in multimedia featuring aspects of black comedy or cynical characters in otherwise mundane settings. Searching on my own is more or less inefficient and I'm looking for any recommendations which fall into this category. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 22, 2014 - 27 answers

Looking For Best Entertainment Solution

With all of the technology and information at our fingertips, I am having finding the best way to watch movies. There are no longer any video stores near me. I have amazon prime, HBOgo and Netflix & my cable company on demand. It seems like every time that I want to see a movie it is not on Netflix or HBOgo, but is on Prime. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Aug 21, 2014 - 5 answers

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