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Movies where the protagonist needs to learn to embrace imperfection

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.
posted by egeanin on Apr 27, 2016 - 26 answers

Movies with animated or illustrated prologues

What are some live action movies that feature opening sequence prologues, done in animation or graphics and voiceover? [more inside]
posted by scuza on Apr 19, 2016 - 23 answers

Best Films To Watch On A Big, Beautiful Screen?

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)?
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Apr 18, 2016 - 55 answers

Where can I watch V lutsah solntsa (Under the Sun)?

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?
posted by king walnut on Apr 4, 2016 - 4 answers

What movie is this?

I only have a few very low-res screenshots: 1, 2, 3, 4. [more inside]
posted by dilaudid on Mar 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Movies that feature shots of satellites, preferably malfunctioning?

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?
posted by Forbidden Equine Dentistry on Mar 17, 2016 - 10 answers

You grew up in the 80s/90s. You watched movies. Some of them were good!

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]
posted by atinna on Mar 1, 2016 - 73 answers

Daily working Llfe of an MGM contract player in the 40s?

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.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me find a phone-shaming Coke theater ad

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]
posted by mph on Feb 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Animated movies that don't end happily ever after?

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.
posted by atinna on Feb 14, 2016 - 35 answers

So you won the lottery. Don't blow it all on Prozac.

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.
posted by acidic on Jan 30, 2016 - 18 answers

What movies can I see without experiencing momma trauma?

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]
posted by Toddles on Jan 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Gentle, non-scary movie for preschooler?

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]
posted by forza on Jan 29, 2016 - 60 answers

Economics of underground fights in the movies

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]
posted by cosmicbandito on Jan 22, 2016 - 8 answers

What's behind the "look" of mid-80s cinematography?

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?
posted by decoherence on Jan 18, 2016 - 15 answers

What 1960s Mexican Film Can I Remember Only a Few Scenes From?

A Surrealist film with liberal use of curtains. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jan 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Movies for family movie night

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.
posted by Area Man on Jan 8, 2016 - 49 answers

Help Me Remember This Movie, It's driving me nuts!

Thre's a movie I remember watching on cable way back when I was a kid. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Oh yeah, baby, lemme see that colonnade

I enjoy looking at grand architecture. What movies can I watch that contain lots of architecture porn? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jan 2, 2016 - 40 answers

What movies treat cash with realism?

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]
posted by woman on Jan 2, 2016 - 38 answers

Films watched on New Year's: international edition

Looking for recommendations of films or programs traditionally watched on New Year's, in different countries around the globe [more inside]
posted by scrambles on Dec 26, 2015 - 12 answers

Will Hateful 8 "Roadshow" 70mm Version Still Play After December 31?

My wife and I really want to see The Hateful 8 in the 70mm "roadshow" version that opens on Christmas. Because of family obligations and traveling, we won't be able to see it until the first week of January. I haven't been able to confirm whether the 70mm roadshow version will still be playing once the film opens nationwide on January 1. I imagine this information must be readily available and easily findable, just not by me apparently.
posted by Falconetti on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Ways to Cut the Cable/Satellite Cord?

I work for a small, community-owned, fiber optic Internet and telephone start-up and we want to provide customers — and potential customers — with options on how to use our services to (legally) watch their favorite programming. Looking to the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Riot on the Dance Floor

How can I see (or get a copy of) the documentary on Trenton's City Gardens, "Riot on the Dance Floor". (IMDB)(Closed Kickstarter) I grew up nearby, saw Nico here in the 70's...
posted by cosmac on Dec 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Are XD movie screenings worthwhile?

I would like to see Mockingjay Part 2 today. The nearby theater is playing it in standard format. A slightly farther-away theater is playing it in XD with Auro sound for twice the price. I have never been to farther-away theater, and a few online reviews of the theater say that the Auro sound system isn't great. I am concerned that the surround-sound may make it seem like the audio is not matching the video, which is a pet peeve, something I've noticed with in-home older surround-sound systems, and something that makes it impossible for me to concentrate on a film, but I have no idea if that's a valid concern. Is it a valid concern? Is XD worth twice as much as standard format? (I don't really understand what "XD" is -- is it just high-definition? -- so feel free to explain that to me, too.) [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Dec 9, 2015 - 11 answers

TV and Movie Reviews and Recaps websites sought.

In the past few years, most of my mainstay pop culture sites for movie reviews and TV recaps and reviews have shut down or declined drastically in appeal. I need suggestions for replacements to check out that aren't defunct, or sites I already know about that don't fit the bill; I'm not expecting a voluble community, as I'm happy with just good site writers with a good grasp on pop culture and an intelligent perspective. So not AV Club, not Fanfare, not Vulture or TVLine or Entertainment Weekly but somewhere new; a lot more detail follows. [more inside]
posted by gadge emeritus on Dec 8, 2015 - 9 answers

What movie am I thinking of?

I vaguely remember a film from the 60s or 70s, probably French or Italian, composed of several loosely-connected vignettes surrounding the lives of children. It had a very Le Ballon Rouge feel to it, I think. One scene in particular stands out: a young child, or perhaps siblings, are stuck in an apartment one day; people from other surrounding apartments see him/them and together assemble a basket of food, eventually lowering it to them through a window. I know it's not much to go on. Anyone have an idea?
posted by jwhite1979 on Dec 1, 2015 - 3 answers

And you thought the Grinch would never pay $5.

I'm going to be cranky this Christmas. Assume it's unavoidable and no ghosts will be visiting me to convince me otherwise. What should I watch, read, and do that will help me feel less alone in my crankiness? [more inside]
posted by superfluousm on Dec 1, 2015 - 83 answers

Inspired By Blade Runner

You love Blade Runner, I love Blade Runner - a little too much. I need more. What are the best pieces of future noir media with the same setting/atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 1, 2015 - 32 answers

What movies aped Ghostbusters?

I can think of a handful of films that tried to recreate the Ghostbusters formula. Men in Black, R.I.P.D., Evolution, Howard the Duck, The Watch... What are some others?
posted by arniec on Nov 30, 2015 - 14 answers

Help us find entertainment the whole family can enjoy

My parents are staying with me for approximately six weeks while my dad undergoes treatment for cancer. We don't always get along especially well, and he's starting to feel a little bit bored/stir-crazy. We're looking for activities/entertainment we can enjoy as a family, especially movies and TV shows that tick all the right boxes. [more inside]
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro on Nov 28, 2015 - 39 answers

1980's Afterschool Special

What was the name of movie set in early eighties about a bully and old black man in project building. The bully antagonizes all of the elderly residents. At the final boss scene, the old black man - the protagonist - creates some locking arm braces. He fights the bully and defeats him with a bear hug and locks the braces together. Then the cops come. And this kid about 8 years old started banging his forearms together like the old bully used to do. It was an afterschool special type thing.
posted by Dr_Feelgood on Nov 27, 2015 - 4 answers

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 - 20 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 - 110 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

Octomber

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

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