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?
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]
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?
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]
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.
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).
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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!
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]
On a scale from 1 to "Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice", what are the most standout examples (for better or worse) of fake accents in movies and on TV shows? [more inside]
Seeing as it's been 12 years since this question has been asked - fan fave Old Boy was released in the meantime - it might be a good time to ask this again: what are your favorite Korean movies? Anything goes, but bonus points for dramas that depict modern city life.
In the latest episode of the Canon podcast, Devin Faraci said that They Live occupies "a liminal space between being a bad movie and an art movie." I realized that this succinctly characterizes a subset of art I tend to love, and I'd love to find as many examples of it as I can. What are some movies, books, TV shows, etc., that might fall into this middle-space between great and garbage? I'm thinking, I don't know, a lot of stuff by PKD, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal, Shock Corridor, etc. Can't wait to dive into your recommendations!
Our friends host an annual weekend gathering for our geeky circle, and for the third year in a row I am in charge of the Bad Movie Showing and riffing. I'm on the search for this year's feature. Snowflakes below. [more inside]
Simple enough -- how to get work in this line. Examples from real-life cases/people who did it are appreciated. [more inside]
Curious to know if there exists a film in which two songs (ideally not score material) are essentially mixed as though they were selected by a DJ. One or both of the music sources can be visible on screen (band, radio, etc.), but stuff like a live band segue or DJ set doesn't really qualify as what I'm looking for. Or maybe this is super common, and I just never realized it?
Several years ago I found a website that accepted titles of movies and TV series that had not been issued on DVD and claimed to send you an email when they were. I input "Witchblade", with no expectations. (Surprise inside) [more inside]
Here's another "choose my entertainment for me" question: If I like "Alias" and "The Night Manager"—smart, not-too-gory, lots of twists and turns—what else will I like? [more inside]
Appropriate for elementary school age kids. Looking to expand our repertoire of movies that feature families with same sex relationships, racial diversity, disabilities visible or not. This does not need to be the focus of the movie, just present.
I teach teenagers ESL. I've been building a small library including graphic novels and books (The Stonekeeper, American born Chinese, Anya's ghost, Frankenstein makes a sandwich, In real life, The cartoon guides, Adrian Mole, Klutz book of inventions etc. - even drawing manuals) but also DVDS (Simpsons, Futurama, Father ted, Flight of the Conchords, Amandla, Secret of Kells...) and Cds (Elizabeth mitchell, They might be giants, Jack Johnson, The rutles...). [more inside]
I've had a longstanding quasi-intellectual interest in suburbia. What's new is that I have a sudden interest in watching some movies, and I'm looking for some movies about suburbia. More specific criteria inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a South Korean film made around late 90's/early aughts that centered on a police officer in the near future. The beginning of the film sees him arrive at a crime scene and stop to make a phone call. As soon as he activates his phone, an advertisement plays. He complains out loud to another cop about this and the other cop tells him if he's willing to pay for service for the entire police department, they can probably get rid of the ads. Any ideas?
It may have been around 1969 when I saw this movie. I remember it as a realistic, set-in-the-present, "new hollywood" style of movie (easy rider, two-lane blacktop) and for some reason it's stayed in my head. Anyway the few specifics I remember are... [more inside]
I wrote a film script. I think it would be a fantastic graphic novel. How do I find an artist to collaborate with? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of films (not TV) where the primary character arc is that of a protagonist who is attempting to be perfectly good/strong/emotionally invincible, but needs to learn to forgive him/herself for having human failings/vulnerabilities. Put another way, movies about forgiving oneself for failing to live up to an impossible ideal of being "good" "strong" or "perfect." Any genre will do.
What are some live action movies that feature opening sequence prologues, done in animation or graphics and voiceover? [more inside]
We are house-sitting this weekend at a place with a divinely large TV screen. We normally watch movies on a laptop. What movies would you recommend that are best consumed on a big home screen -- movies with lots of color, action, and style that will treat our eyeballs (as well as entertain our brains)?
V lutsah solntsa is a Russian movie about life and propaganda in North Korea. It's played at several festivals and has been reviewed many times, but I can't find it anywhere, on DVD or streaming. Does anyone know where I can find this movie?
I'm looking for clips of satellites in movies, ideally shots of satellites visibly malfunctioning (sparks and whatnot, as impossible as that might be in space). This is for an internal not-to-be-distributed project, so there are no copyright concerns. Any ideas?
I'm looking for '80s/'90s young adult type movies that you've seen and would recommend. Nothing too childish or overly sappy, please. [more inside]
I'm looking for resources and sources on daily life for an average MGM contract player in 1940s - what an average working day looked like -- ideally focusing on mundane details like hours worked, how did you get there, union rules, where you entered and left, where you could and couldn't go etc. The more workaday the better. I've allready gone through Charles Brackett's diaries and halfway through MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot ( which is good for physical locations so far), but its not as focused on the physical operations as I'd like.
My local (Cinemark) theaters are running a pre-movie ad by Coke that depicts a bunch of teenagers in a theater using their phones during the movie, and I'm trying to find it online. [more inside]
I'm looking for kids/animated movies where things don't end happily ever after. Think the opposite of every '90s Disney movie where love conquers all, etc. In fact, tragic endings are preferable. And no singing is a must.
I'm interested in a genre that I'll call "fantasy self-help": stories about people who go to extraordinary, elaborate, expensive lengths in the pursuit of happiness/mental health. Examples include the movies Welcome to Me (mentally ill woman wins the lottery and spends millions making a vanity talk show) and Hotell (members of a support group check into a hotel to escape their lives and fully devote themselves to therapy). What are some other movies, shows or books like this? I think most of these will be dark comedies but maybe not.
This is me: mom with recent baby who can't sit through slightly difficult movies without wanting to hop out a window. What movies coming our this spring do you recommend? [more inside]
My preschool-age son is scared by anything even mildly action-y or scary, but otherwise loves our newly-instituted monthly movie afternoon. I'm looking for movie suggestions for it (with a few other snowflake issues inside). [more inside]
Lots of movies feature fights where the hero is fighting in some underground type of pit-fighter place. (Opening of Rambo III is a perfect example) Invariably, there are shouting crowds betting on the fight, all waving around wads of cash. My question: who are they betting with? [more inside]
I was recently watching old clips of Labyrinth and was struck by how dingy and washed out the colors all looked. All browns and grays, with a pre-digital fuzziness to everything (but which is nonetheless absent from even older movies). I've noticed this before in other popular movies from around the mid-80s: the New York of Ghosbusters, for example, appears constantly overcast and even sootier than it ever probably was, and the Neverending Story also seems to share the same palette of dark colors and the occasional washed out pastels. What's behind this "mid-80s" look? Was it the quality of film stock that was used in big budget pictures during those years? Trends in lighting, set design and/or post-production? Or something else entirely?
A Surrealist film with liberal use of curtains. [more inside]
The kids are 10, 8, and 5. Can you suggest some movies we'd all enjoy watching for family movie night? We've enjoyed Bednobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Elf, Willow (though some parts were too scary). and various Disney animated movies.
Thre's a movie I remember watching on cable way back when I was a kid. [more inside]
I enjoy looking at grand architecture. What movies can I watch that contain lots of architecture porn? [more inside]
You have seen them, the movies where the protagonist or infamous hero scores the cash. I won't bother with links because they are so ubiquitous. Fiction is only good if it is believable. In the denouement the lucky character walks off the screen, bag in hand. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations of films or programs traditionally watched on New Year's, in different countries around the globe [more inside]