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More like Miyazaki.

I'm looking for films (or books) like Miyazaki's work: full of emotion, where the world is literally wonderful and every new street or path could contain something magical, touching, and unusual. Ideally more Spirited Away than Princess Mononoke, but either mood works. I'm already a big fan of magical realism novels and have Earthsea & Moebius on my to-read list.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Laughter may be the best medicine, but where can I buy some?

Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Nov 17, 2015 - 98 answers

Help me make my movie syllabus

I've been listening to Karina Longworth's Hollywood-history podcast You Must Remember This, and it's made me realize that I'm a little culturally illiterate when it comes to movies. Can anyone help me find resources to make a list of movies that I should watch so that I can be the movie-watching version of a well-read person? I aim to watch particularly notable, excellent and/or influential movies and to have a sense of how the medium has developed over time. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on Nov 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Start making sense

I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Nov 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Who's responsible for assembling the credits for a major motion picture?

For some movies, this seems like it would be a huge task. Credits in the industry are sacrosanct and they have to be extra sure not to miss anyone, no matter how small their role in the production. [more inside]
posted by basehead on Nov 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Your favorite scenes of waltzing in movies

I saw Crimson Peak over the weekend, and, separately, I've had the Sleeping Beauty waltz in my head all morning. I'm in a waltzy mood, and want to watch youtube clips of beautiful, cinematic, sweep-you-off-your-feet waltzes from the movies. What are your favorites?
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Looking for more "ambient sci-fi"

There are a couple of movies that I adore and keep thinking back on, and I'm looking for more that might scratch the same itch. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 26, 2015 - 35 answers

Character ID needed on this Threadless shirt

Is there a list of all the characters in the Threadless "Mini Pixels" shirt anywhere online? Google searching is not turning up anything, surprisingly. I can recognize a lot of (most?) of them, but definitely not all. You can zoom in on this image of it. I am thinking of giving it as a gift but wanted to satisfy my curiosity first! There must be a list somewhere...
posted by trillian on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Sun Tzu for the filmmaking world?

In the world of media (and more specifically filmmaking), wars are commonplace and there are basic Sun-Tzu-like tenets that guide people through it. One example is Jean-Luc Godard's " In order to criticize a movie, you have to make another movie." Any others? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 19, 2015 - 2 answers

New movies for family movie night

Help me find some new movies for family movie night - with an important detail. [more inside]
posted by sutel on Oct 13, 2015 - 67 answers

I want your ugly, I want your disease

Please be recommending to me your favorite (fictional, please) outbreak movies, books, and shows! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Oct 10, 2015 - 30 answers

face it, you're a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie [for missing all those movies]

Help me plan an extended 1980s-90s home-based film festival to last throughout winter 2015-16. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Oct 7, 2015 - 21 answers

What was the last big quote from "The Martian"?

In the film version of The Martian, Mark Watney says something at the end about what you do when you know you're going to die. Anybody have the exact quote?
posted by circular on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

What are some action films (especially 80s movies) with drug dealers?

I know that taking out drug dealers was a common film trope with the "War on Drugs". But I need to think of some and I'm coming up short. The more ridiculous the better, such as over the top 80's films starring Steven Segal, Jean Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 25, 2015 - 28 answers

Rated R for scenes of Social Justice

What are some difficult movies to watch (with violent, emotional, or otherwise controversial content) that are believed to have high cultural value? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Sep 23, 2015 - 62 answers

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, creeps in this petty Hobbit hole...

Looking for entertaining Shakespeare movies with correct, quotable dialogue. [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

What is the word for this kind of violence?

I feel like there is a word for the type of violence in movies and TV that is indeed violence, but isn't all that disturbing. My Google skills haven't come up with much. [more inside]
posted by reshet on Sep 21, 2015 - 17 answers


Each month I host a series of movie nights with a theme. October is going to be OcTomber. Recommend me some movies starring at least TWO people named Tom. [more inside]
posted by doift on Sep 17, 2015 - 22 answers

In the movie Friends With Benefits, there's this logo animation...

I'm not sure exactly what to call this. I'm collecting examples of obvious miscommunications in movie production that no one cared enough about to get fixed. I noticed one of them in the movie Friends with Benefits. Can you help me find this clip online? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Sep 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me remember a kung fu movie with two one-armed swordsmen

Trying to track down a movie I hazily recall watching as a kid. Watched on USA Network's Kung Fu Theater in the 80s, so it's probably from the 70s, early 80s at latest. Our hero is a young swordsmen who at one point faces a pair of one-armed swordsman on a bridge. I think the final boss also used his hair as a weapon as a big surprise, but that also describes a dozen movies. Ring any bells?
posted by cramer on Sep 2, 2015 - 2 answers

What is the most disturbing horror movie ever?

What is the most disturbing horror movie, and why do you consider it so? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 1, 2015 - 56 answers

Safe as houses? suggestions for books/movies featuring a house

Suggestions for books and movies that feature houses or other dwellings in a prominent role? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Aug 31, 2015 - 94 answers

Wind Energy / Wind Turbines in movies

I am looking for as many examples of wind energy in movies as possible. No limits in terms of country of origin, language, genre, etc. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Aug 28, 2015 - 21 answers

Highbrow at the Drive-In

What foreign or classic film would you like to watch at a drive-in? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka on Aug 24, 2015 - 48 answers

Oldies that don't feel like homework viewing

Many classic movies are famous and important without being very entertaining to contemporary viewers. But others feel surprisingly fresh, in the sense that they still hold up as entertainment: funny qua comedy (rather than funny-for-their-time), or scary qua horror (rather than scary-to-1950s-audiences). I'm looking for recommendations of old films that you think have aged particularly well. Which oldies successfully make you laugh/scream/cry/think on their own terms, without you having to put yourself in the shoes of bygone audiences? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Aug 17, 2015 - 99 answers

What recent films include shots of Times Square?

Basically an updated version of this question. Looking for shots of Times Square in the movies. Extra points for recent films. Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Aug 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Does my live movie riffing show have to pay for film rights?

I ran (and hopefully will run again) a live movie riffing show along the lines of a Mystery Science Theater 3000. The first time I did it, we did a film from the public domain, but I know it would be a lot more popular were we to have a better class of film. I know you're not my lawyer and this is not legal advice, but is this something that could be considered a transformative work and I could sidestep licensing the films? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Purgatory's kind of like the in betweeny one.

Give me your recommendations for creeping, meandering, dream-like movies! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 11, 2015 - 98 answers

Where have all the instantly recognizable film scores gone?

What is the most recent piece of instrumental music from a film score that the general public could immediately identify upon hearing, and why is it the theme from Jurassic Park? (many) Details inside! [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Jul 30, 2015 - 43 answers

Must see lesser known WWII films

I'm embarking on a project to watch 50-100 WWII movies over the next year or so. There are an overwhelming number of movies to choose from, and I'm endeavoring to cull the list to the best/most thought provoking/most significant (whatever these things mean to you). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 16, 2015 - 63 answers

I need a new go-to site for film criticism

I loved The Dissolve as a film site with good, smart writers who wrote thoughtful reviews and features without all the linkbaity cruft found almost everywhere else. I enjoyed their upper-middlebrow approach in that they could speak intelligently about both art and mainstream films. Is there anything else out there like The Dissolve that I could seek out as a substitute? [more inside]
posted by picea on Jul 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Bring On the Spooky History

It's time to take my love of spooky history to a new level. What are some shows, movies, podcasts, etc that do it well? Preferences within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Short kid appropriate movie or tv scenes about ignored deafness?

I watched The Aviator last week and like how they portrayed Howard with his deafness; inappropriate answers from guessing wrong, how people stepped in to cover for him, etc. are there other examples I can "super cut" or just string together by searching and presenting instructionally? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Jul 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Please recommend some movies by African-American creators

My husband and I recently watched Dope and really enjoyed it. We'd like to seek out more movies by African-American creators. Any recommendations are welcome, but we are especially interested in movies made by and starring African Americans, and we prefer movies that are somewhat "fun", even if they have serious themes. (We're open to various interpretations of "made by", but generally written and/or directed counts.) [more inside]
posted by cider on Jun 23, 2015 - 38 answers

Spectacular Spectacular!

I would like to watch some BIG DUMB* MOVIES that look good and go down easily—modern epics, dramas, and adventure movies with an old-school sensibility. Cheesy sentimentality and/or problematic politics are okay. Bonus for scores that tell you exactly how to feel, old-fashioned adventure, lush scenery, sweeping romance, shameless tearjerking, improbable history, etc. Basically, spectacle-style pictures that are really good at being spectacles, if not at being great movies. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 22, 2015 - 85 answers

What is some good science fiction like this?

I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jun 10, 2015 - 44 answers

whoowhyy yEss, dahhhling...

Is there a name for this movie accent? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Jun 9, 2015 - 15 answers

15 Seconds of Fame

Mad Max: Fury Road has a number of colorful characters who, despite being referred to by name and being quite memorable, have just a couple of minutes or even seconds of screen time. Nobody could ever forget Jesus Quintana's three minutes from The Big Lebowski, or the five seconds they spent with Amazing Larry in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. What are some other memorable, colorful movie characters with names that spend three minutes or less on-screen total? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on May 31, 2015 - 75 answers

What is the simplest way to equip a 7yo and 6yo to make movies?

I need a dead simple (and not too expensive) setup for an imaginative 7 year old and a technically intuitive 6 year old to shoot and edit short films. [more inside]
posted by Wavelet on May 28, 2015 - 7 answers

What typeface is used in the movie 'Kagemusha' on netflix?

What typeface is used for the English subtitles in this movie? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on May 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Operator? What do you need?

I'm in pre-production revolving around the idea of an operator - the one you see in movies and TV who relays information back to the units on the ground or hacks into systems and opens/unlocks doors, codes etc (examples such as The Matrix and Ocean's 11). I know there are hundreds of shows/movies that features them but can you give suggest specific movies and if a series, the specific episode? I'm trying to find and analyse a collection of cool sequences or representations. Bonus points for linking the specific scenes in Youtube! Many thanks!
posted by SRMorris on May 22, 2015 - 20 answers

Good German-language movies from the 50s or 60s?

There are a lot of old German movies on youtube, like this, from the 50s and 60s. I like to watch them, but quality seems to be highly variable, and I don't know much enough about German cinema of the time to know which are highly thought of. Can anyone recommend some that are definitely worth watching, for whatever reason? All genres are okay, subtitles not required, later decades okay too, if they are on youtube.
posted by bertran on May 17, 2015 - 9 answers

How to rebuild and move on when everything you ever knew is gone

I've discovered that I have a taste for stories of people leaving insular communities. Do you have a favorite memoir, movie, or other story about such a person? [more inside]
posted by faethverity on May 15, 2015 - 29 answers

Downloading shows/movies to watch offline on a Mac

I'm about to get on a long international flight. I'd like to download some TV shows and movies to my Mac laptop before I go, so that I can watch them offline while in the air. Most sites seem to be focused on streaming these days, so what are my best options for obtaining offline content? I'm in the U.S. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on May 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Avoiding cinematic offense at 30,000 feet

What are the weirdest and/or most intense non-documentary movies that are nonetheless totally safe to watch on a crowded plane? I'm looking for movies that are uncompromising, but nonetheless have no gore, no nudity and no disturbing violence. Assume I have well-insulated earphones. (Examples: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS or THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T.)
posted by eschatfische on May 8, 2015 - 24 answers

Recommend me a movie to distract myself

Hello Mefites, My mom is in the hospital several states away and I'm not going there right now. She has good family helping her and we are spreading ourselves out over time rather than clustering all at once. It is likely she will recover well. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on May 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Still MORE funny, charming, intelligent movies?

Please recommend well-written, funny, charming, gentle movies. [more inside]
posted by kristi on May 6, 2015 - 87 answers

Older films with the speed ramping effect?

Looking for Hollywood films released before the year 2000 that use the speed ramping effect. [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on May 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me cry happy sappy mommy tears

I basically want to sob on my couch at how childlike children are and how much parents love them beyond words. [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on May 1, 2015 - 16 answers

F for Fake- scenes from other movies

In F for Fake around 49 minutes (during the War of the Worlds segment) there's a scene with people gathered around a radio- is this from another film, and if so which one?
posted by dilaudid on Apr 24, 2015 - 3 answers

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