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Dick Whitman became Don Draper. I'm looking for more examples.

Literature, TV, movies. One more example with possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Jan 16, 2017 - 32 answers

ID: car chase scene from movie

Does anyone know the name of the movie, that this police car chase scene is from? Thanks in advance!!
posted by stanleyhuff on Jan 12, 2017 - 3 answers

The philosophical loophole that wins the game...

What are some climactic scenes from film/TV involving a game or challenge, where the only way to beat your opponent is to think about the game from a different perspective and find the philosophical loophole in the challenge's rules? For example, Kobayashi Maru in "Star Trek" or the Mutually Assured Destruction of "War Games." [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Jan 9, 2017 - 22 answers

Into the garbage chute, flyboy!

Give me your favorite PG insults from movies and TV, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 5, 2017 - 55 answers

Moviegoing + Times Square + New Year's Eve = Bad Idea?

My friends want to see Rogue One tomorrow afternoon and have suggested a theater near Times Square. Between the crowds and increased police presence, I think getting around afterwards is going to be a headache none of us need. How wrong am I? [more inside]
posted by Recliner of Rage on Dec 30, 2016 - 21 answers

Viewpoints in disguise: books and movies

In the vein of The Education of Little Tree (as discussed on This American Life) I'm looking for books or movies that are typically understood as representing one moral/political point of view, but on closer look actually represent a different viewpoint altogether. The bigger the contrast in meaning between the two analyses, the better. Caveat: the "wrong" interpretation must be due to intentional misleading or obscuring by the work's author. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Dec 28, 2016 - 9 answers

All I wanted was a plaintext movie listings website...

It turns out I cherished movies.google.com as my go-to location to look at movie times. It was up to date, had no frippery, and was fast, and now the jerkwads at Google have shut it down. What can I use instead? I want to set my location, and I want to see theaters and movies and today's times, I want it all in as plain black and white, a poster thumbnail is acceptable. I want to see all the movies playing today and nothing else, ideally on as few pages as practical. The aesthetic I seek is craigslist, but for movies. [more inside]
posted by artlung on Dec 27, 2016 - 15 answers

how do I transfer videos to a DVD disc

I have windows 8.1 and I have pictures and videos inside the picture library. When I go into the picture library I see photos and I also have videos and those video icons have arrows in the center of them to indicate to me that they are videos. I can't seem to figure out how to transfer those videos to a DVD disc. I have DVD+R discs. Thank you.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 26, 2016 - 6 answers

My, how you've grown!

Can you help me think of examples of this longstanding creepy trope? The trope is when a man saves/helps/knows a girl in her youth, and has a paternal relationship to her if any. Then he leaves (presumably to go on adventures) and he returns to the girl, who is: omg a *woman* now. And they get together and it's not creepy at all (by the movie's standards). [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Dec 19, 2016 - 86 answers

Action/Suspense movies starring the aged, competent, but out-of-water

Two action/suspense movies that I quite enjoy are Alien and Jackie Brown. Part of the appeal is that they feature:
  • “experienced” folks (trained space miners in their thirties and up, and a bail bondsman and stewardess who are pushing fifty or more)
  • who don’t have experience relevant to the film. (Fighting off an alien, conducting a complicated bait-and-switch con)
What are some other action/suspense films that fit this type? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 13, 2016 - 35 answers

Give me your biddies, your scolds, your gossips

Please recommend small-town, woman-centric, low-stakes, non-romantic entertainments for me. [more inside]
posted by potrzebie on Dec 6, 2016 - 50 answers

Whatever could it be / that has brought me to this loss?

In a year full of grief, I’m searching for music, writing, and art to get me through. Please share what was meaningful for you in working through your own grief. [more inside]
posted by Synesthesia on Dec 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Looking for recommendations of non-horror films with similar scenes to

the ones found in Prometheus and The Revenent. (CONTAINS SPOILERS) [more inside]
posted by querty on Dec 3, 2016 - 8 answers

Martin Beck adaptations

Which of the European Martin Beck movies are the best? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Nov 30, 2016 - 3 answers

I need a brain planner for people bad at thoughts

This is bothering me way more than it should. Ballers is a show about someone who tries to help young football players be better with their money. There is another show or movie about someone helping another kind of professional be better with their money, but I can't think of it or google it. I can't even think of what the other profession is or who might star in this, but I'm sure I've seen it. Does any of this sound familiar?
posted by michaelh on Nov 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Need help with Title ID, for early Hollywood silent film clips

I have a bunch of early Hollywood silent film clips that I am trying to source as part of a research project. Any idea of the titles of the films these clips are from? Thank you in advance! [more inside]
posted by stanleyhuff on Nov 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Sensually yours (need erotic books/vids recommendations)

I’m seeking suggestions for steamy books, fanfiction, and videos/shows/series because I'm simply awful at picking these myself. Snowflakes divulged in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Nov 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Profound, moving, life-changing content (books, movies, etc.)

What are profound, life-changing books, movies, articles, content that you can suggest? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Nov 22, 2016 - 45 answers

Songs, movies, books about being a grownup and letting go of a love

No tragic or dramatic plot twists or endings - just, making an adult decision to move the fuck on when the timing and circumstances are obviously not right. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Nov 20, 2016 - 30 answers

MovieFilter - Help me remember this movie...

Okay, I need help remembering what movie this partly remembered scene is from... A kid has done something wrong (I think) and another parent goes over to talk to the kid's parents about an incident (?)...but nothing but coddling begins....the mother has had enough and says something along the lines of, "Oh for Christ's sake! Who runs this house? Who's the parent around here!?!" She then takes charge and...whatever... (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on Nov 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Short films about issues affecting Black people

I'm a member of the White Coats 4 Black Lives chapter at my medical school. We were thinking of showing the documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay, but at an hour and 40 minutes, it's too long for our purposes. I'm looking for documentaries that address issues Black people face in the United States that are around 45 minutes long. What do you suggest?
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 12, 2016 - 2 answers

Big Bloated Budget Movie or Rom Com with a Twist?

Looking for an old commercial with a couple trying to decide what type of movie to see, but using generic titles instead of actual movie titles. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Nov 12, 2016 - 2 answers

movies and tv shows that display radical empathy

What are some movies and tv shows that display radical empathy? Another way to phrase what I'm looking for might be a complex, non-judgmental understanding of what it is to be humans, specifically and generally. This kind of storytelling is helping me right now. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Nov 10, 2016 - 47 answers

Australians and New Zealanders, what do your kids watch?

I’m specifically looking for reasonably recent TV shows or films for kids that are made in Australia or New Zealand. I have boys in the 6 to 12 age range. Thanks.
posted by guy72277 on Nov 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Escapist Visions of a (more-or-less) Functioning Society

I've been binge-watching Parks and Rec over the past few hours. It's hitting a sweet spot because of its warm portrayal of competent, caring people who manage to get things done for the public good despite opposition. Mr Smith Goes to Washington is a bit too saccharine, but is the right ballpark. The Goblin Emperor scratched this itch perfectly, even though it's not about a democratic society. Books, TV or movies. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Nov 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Stories about activists

I want novels/TV/movies about activists, people who devote time to fight for a cause they believe in. [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Nov 3, 2016 - 48 answers

Scariest movies available for streaming?

I have been in a spooky mood lately and would like your recommendations for the SCARIEST movies available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, or HBO. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Oct 25, 2016 - 20 answers

"Was there a murder or wasn't there?" "Yes! Killed good weekend."

I'm looking for ensemble horror/mystery comedies set in sprawling mansions. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Oct 3, 2016 - 17 answers

Movie filter: tall family who lives in a castle?

I feel silly burning a question on this, but it's driving me crazy :-) Help me find information about a family I saw in a documentary who live in a castle and are all very tall... [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Oct 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Movies and TV shows about jobs... behind the scenes!

I loved Whiplash. I love Top Chef. I love documentaries about ballet. What else can I watch that gives an entertaining insight into the 'backstage' of various professions? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Sep 30, 2016 - 39 answers

Based On Actual Events Fodder: Survival Stories that aren't all dudes

My BF and I saw an ad for the upcoming Deep Water Horizon movie, and I commented that there seem to be a lot of these "men trapped in desperate situations" movies. He wanted suggestions for "based on actual events" that aren't exclusively men. Trying to google turned up a lot of unhelpful results. Any ideas?
posted by DebetEsse on Sep 22, 2016 - 28 answers

Interesting TV shows (or movies) with kind, loving characters

I'm looking for TV shows (or movies) that star, or heavily feature characters who are kind and loving to each other, who grow and develop into better people, and who are (often) genuinely trying or doing their best. If there are multiple characters you would want to hang out with in person, that's probably a show for me! I'd especially love to know who you'd want to hang out with and why in your answers. [more inside]
posted by freyley on Sep 15, 2016 - 75 answers

Family holiday movies

I know it's only September, but I'd love your suggestions for movies about families getting together for the holidays. See inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Sep 6, 2016 - 8 answers

Cinematic Rare Book Treasure Hunt

What are some movies (or books, but I'm most interested in finding image stills) where the plot is about folks trying to find a particular special or rare book. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Sep 1, 2016 - 13 answers

What are movies like Date Night that aren't Date Night?

Specifically I'm looking for movies where the main character or characters are normal or normal-ish people who get pulled into a crappy or dangerous situation (often life-threatening). This tends to happen like 20-30 minutes into the movie. Date Night, The Dream Team, Adventures in Babysitting... for some reason all the examples I can think of are old. I'd love some movies that fit this paradigm that were either bigger hits or more recent. Thank you!
posted by Anonymousness on Aug 31, 2016 - 62 answers

The more stylish and thrilling the better!

I love the stylish psychological thriller/film noir movie genre as exemplified by The Gift, Gone Girl, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Birthday Girl. What other similarly stylish, thrilling, twisty, and not too gory movies can you suggest?
posted by orange swan on Aug 22, 2016 - 37 answers

Not-so-problematic comedy film suggestions?

My guy and I are going through a time that features us both facing real-life hard times. The struggles are temporary and we'll be okay. Never, though, have we faced so clearly our need for comedy movies that aren't bad to some people. Can you help us with light-hearted stuff that will distract us a bit when we need that? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Aug 22, 2016 - 68 answers

Digitizing 8mm home movies

I have some home movies from 1965-67 that I would like to have digitized. The film is Kodachrome Color Movie Film, 8mm. I'm pretty nervous about sending it off to be converted but there's no place that can do it locally. Can you recommend a reliable service?
posted by HotToddy on Aug 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Fantastic movie dance scenes

What are your favourite dance scenes from the movies? Stuff that makes your jaw drop when you see it, because of the skill, technical excellence or the cleverness of the choreography. Scenes that give you renewed joy every time you watch them. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Aug 13, 2016 - 55 answers

What happened in French cinema after French New Wave cinema?

I'm familiar with the influence of the French New Wave on American cinema (the New Hollywood being the primary example) and have seen where many of its members took their respective styles but I was hoping someone could help me understand the direction the whole of French cinema took in the decades following the Nouvelle Vague. Perhaps their radicalism shows in the following years, or maybe French cinema just fizzled, maybe the movement had a broader impact than it did here in the US-- looking for some sort of explanation along those lines.
posted by dr handsome on Aug 5, 2016 - 7 answers

What are some movies about uptight people who learn to let go?

I can think of some examples that are kind of like this - Risky Business, Clueless, Planes Trains and Automobiles... what are some others? Bonus points if the person is the main character of the movie, rather than the foil for the main character (I feel like a lot of these movies are two-handers where the lead, usually male, butts heads with the uptight female lead).
posted by Anonymousness on Aug 5, 2016 - 70 answers

Public domain film with buildings exploding in a city?

Looking for public domain shot of a building (multiple buildings okay) in a city exploding as if from a bomb. I just need snippets that are seconds long, so if it's a case of "hit by a space ray but could be trimmed to leave out the space ray," that would also be great. [more inside]
posted by LadyStardust on Aug 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Queer short films appropriate for teens

I facilitate an LGBTQ+ teen support group that meets weekly, and next week we're renting a space with an auditorium and projector so that we can watch a short film and chat about it afterwards. What do we watch? [more inside]
posted by libraritarian on Aug 2, 2016 - 5 answers

books/films about impostors

Can you recommend books or films about impersonation, undercover spies, con artists, etc. along the lines of Catch Me If You Can, The Likeness, and The Talented Mr. Ripley? Bonus points for forgery! [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jul 26, 2016 - 41 answers

I'm spiraling out of control!!

I watched the film A Simple Plan (1998, dir. Sam Raimi) last night and loved it. I enjoyed it because despite the best efforts of the characters, everything just spiraled out of control for them. Can you guys recommend other films where everything just goes out of control and gets worse and worse for the characters? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Jul 22, 2016 - 92 answers

Cool insurance-related jobs, real or fictional!

Seeking good descriptions of insurance jobs that are as gripping as I know they can be -- ideally, not life or health, but more like writing policies or investigating damage/loss to property. A fact-laden account of the work performed by real people would be best, but fictional is okay too. I remember television's Banacek, and the Thomas Crown Affair, as being interesting but not much about the nitty-gritty; incidental characters as in Groundhog Day (watch out for that pothole!) not as helpful. Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jul 9, 2016 - 17 answers

Experiences to inspire and/or prepare a newbie director for 25K or less?

Let's say you're an inexperienced film director who has been granted 25K to spend on preparation for directing a short film. ("Preparation" in this case meaning, skills-acquisition, experimentation or any sources of inspiration.) Since you can't spend the money on actual production costs, what would you spend the money on? Several conditions apply, after the jump. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Jul 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Name That Movie...

Years ago... maybe in the 2000-2003 range?... I saw a movie involving a team trying to get passports or travel documents of some kind. I think the country/place they were in was a communist state or other dystopic place. [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 on Jun 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Where to begin looking for film PA jobs in NYC?

Simple enough-- I live in NYC am interested in finding on set work and have only freelance stage-building work experience under my belt. I'd be happy to get some experience on student films, no pay seems to be the expectation for someone like me and that's fine-- I just have zero clue where to look! Any help would be super appreciated!
posted by dr handsome on Jun 29, 2016 - 1 answer

Michael Mann I like your sound

Okay, friends. It has been nearly an entire year since I discovered the Manhunter soundtrack, and the shine has still not worn off. It is so great. Seriously, go listen to it. I want more movie (or tv, I suppose!) scores/soundtracks like this. Please. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 29, 2016 - 32 answers

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