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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 - 36 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

Trying to find the title of a movie!

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 - 3 answers

Aging in literature and film

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 - 25 answers

Electronica-scored "Fantastic Planet"/"Planete Sauvage"?

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 - 2 answers

Looking For Movies With Love Triangle Plots

Looking for movies that feature love triangles, any genre [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Aug 11, 2014 - 31 answers

Identify a movie

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 - 5 answers

Tried and True Movie Suggestions

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 - 41 answers

Birthday Party Ghost Stories

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 - 27 answers

Cinema where characters are forced to cannibalize

I can only think of 'Alive'. what others am i missing?
posted by JimAbacab on Aug 2, 2014 - 34 answers

Double posting encouraged

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 - 58 answers

Who, if anyone, is Randy Quaid channeling in Independence Day?

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 - 11 answers

Worst film/tv/game novelizations?

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 - 19 answers

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