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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by oxidizer
on Aug 29, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
This is for an older friend. She remembers a movie made in the fifties that was about a couple of American housewives going to Italy. She thinks that the name Sally was either in the title or a name of one of the characters. My google searching is yielding nothing. It was not Three Coins in the Fountain. Thanks!
posted by Jandoe
on Aug 13, 2014 -
As I approach my fifties and confront the reality that parts of my body are wearing out and will never be young and resilient again, I turn to the arts for deeper philosophical understanding of this aspect of the human condition that I am facing. I'd like recommendations of fictional treatments of physical aging which are realistic but compassionate. Guidelines and caveats behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Aug 13, 2014 -
Years ago I saw a version of the classic weird animated sci-fi movie Fantastic Planet (Planete Sauvage)
where the sounds and dialogue had been completely replaced by electronic music from Venetian Snares, Matmos, and the like. I can't find it anywhere - all the sites that blogged about it link to the same outdated video link. Anyone have a line on it? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Aug 12, 2014 -
My wife and I enjoyed this one but we can't remember it! Teenage or early 20s boy has some mental powers and a girlfriend that he is crazy about. The only scene that we can remember is that the girlfriend worked in a ice cream/yogurt shop in a mall and was killed by gunfire but the young man doesn't know it and they continue their relationship until he comes to terms with her death at the end of the movie.
posted by EightballBill
on Aug 6, 2014 -
I've got a TV that I can only watch DVDs on (no Netflix, no cable). I enjoy watching movies and would love some suggestions of movies that are always enjoyable to watch. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras
on Aug 5, 2014 -
For my 40th birthday I'd like to have a slumber party with a small group of my friends. I love scary movies (although I prefer supernatural, and am not a fan of slasher films) and would love to incorporate a couple into the fun. One of my close friends can only tolerate not very scary movies (I'm thinking at the level of Rosemary's Baby). A few other important details inside... [more inside]
posted by ezrainch
on Aug 2, 2014 -
I can only think of 'Alive'. what others am i missing?
posted by JimAbacab
on Aug 2, 2014 -
I am interested in variations -- that is, not just a body count -- of the doppelganger and evil twin themes in fiction, folklore, and movies. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra
on Jul 19, 2014 -
Randy Quaid's last line in Independence Day is "Hello, boys, I'm baaack
!" He seems to be doing an impression of, or even quoting, some 1940's actress -- a real "dame." But who?
posted by musofire
on Jul 16, 2014 -
Help me find examples of film, TV, or video game novelizations that are not necessarily bad writing, but which completely alter or otherwise undermine the storyline, characterizations, and themes in the parent material. [more inside]
posted by Wossname
on Jul 11, 2014 -
As a birthday present, I am taking my husband to the Summertime Brews Festival
. We're avoiding the hoi polloi (and giving me ample opportunity to talk to brewers about my desire for more sour beers) with VIP tickets that allow early access to the venue.
That means that we'll be coming home endrunkened (via taxi) at about 4:30 or 5:00 PM. What awesome things can we eat and watch that will be fun and/or hangover-mitigating? [more inside]
posted by jeoc
on Jul 9, 2014 -
After being a wimp my whole life and doing everything I could to avoid scary movies, I'd like to now slowly build up my tolerance to be able to handle them to some degree. What I really dread about them is the feeling I get afterwards of someone or something being hidden anytime I'm in the dark and coming to get me, and that's caused me to avoid watching movies with friends and miss a lot of great fiction. What are some suggestions of "easier" scary movies that I can use as a stepping stone before I start watching the really scary stuff? Books and other types of media are also welcome.
posted by PlasticSupernova
on Jun 29, 2014 -
What are the most unpredictable, non-formulaic movies that you've seen? I don't mean movies with twist endings, or that discard traditional narrative altogether, but basically conventional films that don't follow familiar plot formulas, but move in ways you can't predict throughout. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by El Sabor Asiatico
on Jun 29, 2014 -
Just saw and really liked The Lunchbox
What are some other quirky, intelligent, modern romantic comedies? International titles appreciated, but not at all necessary.
posted by progosk
on Jun 25, 2014 -
As a horror fan, I've never understood the appeal of the Saw movies. Can someone explain the psychology involved with liking that series and similar types of movies? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth
on Jun 20, 2014 -
I need recommendations for movies or shows to watch with my boyfriend, specifically lighthearted goofy comedies and musicals. [more inside]
posted by quincunx
on Jun 19, 2014 -
Are there any TV series or films with a college setting where the main characters are graduate students? Difficulty: No law schools or medical schools. Thanks for any tips!
posted by El Sabor Asiatico
on Jun 17, 2014 -
For our 10th anniversary, I'd like to present movie buff Gnik Nus with a list of sweet songs sung by the actors in modern (say, the last 30ish years) comedy movies. So far I've come up with "Tonight You Belong To Me" from The Jerk, "I Was Born To Love You" by Chevy Chase in Caddyshack, and "I Wanna Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi singing 'This Much Is True" in The Wedding Singer. Bonus points for sweet moments and then something funny happens, like when Bernadette Peters pulls out the trombone while they're softly singing on the beach.
posted by Neeuq Nus
on Jun 17, 2014 -
Is there any way to see what movies are available on Netflix (at least currently
, and preferably also things that were available at one time or another)? After poking around their website, I can't find any way to search unless I want to Start My Free Trial TODAY!!!
posted by spacewrench
on Jun 15, 2014 -
I'm trying to find an excerpt/quote from Gone with the Wind (the movie). Someone (I think Rhett but I'm not sure) is criticizing Ashley (to his face? behind his back? can't remember) for being unfair to both Scarlett and Melanie. I thought it was along the lines of Ashley being too weak to either love her properly or give her up properly. Help? [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous
on Jun 14, 2014 -
I'm looking for examples of period movies/series - particularly of ancient times - that are absolutely, obsessively, flawlessly historically accurate. As in 'if I emerged from a time machine, that's how it would be' accurate, or universally-blessed-by-eminent-historians accurate. [more inside]
posted by scrm
on Jun 13, 2014 -
With the recent reboot of Gozilla, I got to thinking about classic (and not-so-classic) 1950s era giant monster movies such as Them!
or The Beginning of the End
, which invariably involve giant monsters that are created through nuclear experiments or explosions. [more inside]
posted by saslett
on Jun 8, 2014 -
I like movies/shows that are heavy on the jargon and the fast-talking. Scenes of professionals in crisis that don't bother to fill the audience in on what's going on. Think secret-service operations on the West Wing
, air traffic controllers, military maneuvers, television control rooms, Le Carre's espionage slang, etc. What movies/tv shows will I enjoy?
Note: It doesn't have to be military or necessarily violent. I like the thrill that comes from the fast talking and the quick decisions and such.
posted by Think_Long
on Jun 4, 2014 -
Looking for books or movies (fiction) that have a character who is "different" in that they have been prepared (perhaps "predestined"?) to fulfill a purpose that is often misunderstood or ignored by others. They may intuitively know about this purpose from the start, or it might be slowly revealed to them, or it only comes together at the sentinel event; as a result, they may have some quality of "otherness" (as best I can describe it). Some examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by sealee
on May 28, 2014 -
Looking for some good, non-sappy movies about married (hetero) couples in committed, loving and devoted relationships - with emphasis on devotion. Not necessarily romance, but authentic, real love between 2 people - even if and when TSHTF. They stick through it all because they have each other's back. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on May 22, 2014 -
I recently saw Rashōmon
, and was wondering if the hive-mind had suggestions for more (live-action, not anime) Japanese movies that are black and white, but set in more modern-ish times? [more inside]
posted by slater
on May 20, 2014 -
I read a lot of books and watch a lot of films. With books, I give them a chapter to draw me in, and if it's not happening, I move on to the next one. But what's a good rule of thumb for films? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on May 17, 2014 -
Help us watch movies that are romantic and sensuous with just a little soft porn scenes to get us in the mood. Adult movies tend to be intense and sometimes put us off. The ones that were suggested to us by friends tend to be action movies with a scene thrown in or horror movies. [more inside]
posted by theobserver
on May 14, 2014 -
I have four paintings to fill in my office that are blank and I was thinking about doing something with THE. The idea would be a stencil of Jeff Bridges in Lebowski with THE DUDE underneath. And then in the framed pic next to him, maybe Elvis as a stencil with THE KING underneath. And that's all I've got. And I'm not totally sold on either.
But I need some options.
What are some characters - real or fictional - who are known by their moniker with THE in it? Ideally two words. Including the THE.
posted by rileyray3000
on May 14, 2014 -
Please list for me feature films that involve wood chippers (or similar motorized mangling device like industrial meat grinders, salvage yard shredders, etc), whether directly shown or implied use of them for any reason including the ordinary. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher
on May 9, 2014 -
I've been having weird episodes where I can't see properly after leaving dark movie theaters. Could this be a migraine? [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere
on May 9, 2014 -
What are some good movies that follow complicated (but not needlessly miserable) adult relationships in the context of larger social changes or problems? [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA
on May 2, 2014 -
My son will be having a birthday sleepover in a couple weeks so we will be hosting about six twelve year-old boys. In addition to feeding them and the Minecraft LAN party, we'd like to watch a movie with them. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Apr 29, 2014 -
I recently saw "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" and would like to watch mute movies with a similar feel and ideally though not necessarily the same Boston area setting. List of movies I've already seen below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza
on Apr 28, 2014 -