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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Give me super placid media to engage with. Relaxing, tranquil, serene. TV, movies, and video games are all fine. Some examples would be Bee and PuppyCat, anything by Studio Ghibli and Knytt respectively. To be clear, however: I don't want stuff I can engage with mindlessly. I want stuff that I can pay attention to and follow along with and are interesting or humorous or even a teeny bit dramatic, but which are pleasurably slow-paced. [more inside]
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?
My Grandfather is almost 93 and legally blind. Help me keep him entertained! [more inside]
Some friends are putting together a Firefly-themed dinner. What foods and drinks are directly referenced or depicted in the Firefly canon? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions on the best way to replace a tv with a networked device. [more inside]
My office has had a giant TV sitting unused for ages. Today, we got a Chromecast to plug into it to get some use out of it. What would be some things we could play that would be nice background video? [more inside]
My friends and I watched this super-cheesy 70's movie on late night TV, broadcast not cable, but of course we turned it on after the opening credits and 16-year-old me didn't think to check the TV listings later. This was around 1995-96. Plot details below. [more inside]
I am looking for movies (or related) that contain an unusual twist: At the end, it is revealed that unbeknownst to everyone there was a person or object repeatedly appearing in the background. [more inside]
I am interested in the time period right before WWII (late 30's) up to the Counterculture (Mid 60's). I would like some cultural recommendations from that period. I am interested in books (fiction and nonfiction), movies, tv shows, and music that was either created in that time period or takes place in that time period. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
I've seen the new Star Trek film and the 2009 one. What's the next thing to watch if I like what I'm seeing?
I am looking for suggestions where characters order food or drinks in an outrageous manner. The scene can take place at a restaurant or bar (not a private party). Their behavior can be funny, rude, or just strange. It is not about what they order, but how they do it. [more inside]
I need to learn Spanish for my international-relations job. I've procrastinated for a long time. I'd really like to get hooked on some Spanish-language television shows and watch some quality Spanish-language movies to help me along. Not interested in anything dubbed. Not interested in anything too soapy, but it doesn't have to be highbrow. English-language entertainment I've enjoyed include The Good Wife, Homeland, the Office, and Pride & Prejudice. Please don't feel limited by this because I'm sure there is much more I would enjoy if I watched more TV. Anything with a good story should do the trick. I'd prefer Latin American Spanish, but mostly I'm just looking for anything that will suck me in.
Looking for scenes (television or film) in which an actor plays a character with a different accent and then that character puts on the actor's native accent. [more inside]
What are your favourite DVD extras? Which DVD movie/TV shows have the best extras/bonus material? [more inside]
Is there a person or company that one could safely hire (i.e., safeguards against theft) to rip DVDs they own into digital video files? [more inside]
Does this exist: A music video or scene from a movie/ show in which a room decorated with many taxidermy animals (trophy heads and the like) comes to life and start moving and singing? [more inside]
A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
I am looking for a Goodreads-like site for movie tracking. [more inside]
Looking for a movie title: some years ago, an indie film, basic idea that the government is running a televised competition (much like Survivor), except to the death. [more inside]
Can you find an example from before 1979 of the "crazy string wall" used in movies and television? [more inside]
I recently bought a new TV, replacing one from the early 90s. And I went a bit crazy plugging in ALL the things. The trouble is... there's still nothing on! Is there some kind of master TV / movie / media guide I can use to tell me what device or service(s) offer what I want to watch? [more inside]
In what movie(?) does a little brother draw lines on the back of his sister's legs to fake a pair of silk stockings? [more inside]
What are the best Samsung TV Apps for watching movies and TV? [more inside]
Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
Attention Canadians! I need help identifying a witch/fairly tale movie from the late eighties. [more inside]
Does anyone remember the name of that TV and Movie character actor from 60s comedies who played fussy types and his catchphrase was "We-eeell!"? (I don't know how to spell it phonetically.) It was useless trying to Google this as I can't remember which movies or shows he was in, though it seemed like a lot. Thanks!
What is the quality I should look for in a new TV if I want to watch stuff on it that I've downloaded onto a USB? [more inside]
Looking for tv and movies which will blow my mind with the quality of the writing and acting. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: fictional characters in need of therapy. [more inside]
Looking for movies or television shows that depict very gracious, well-mannered, and feminine women... [more inside]
What actress looks like Lauren Graham / Sela Ward? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples in movies and television where a character cares for a particular house plant as a symbolic plot element or to show another side to the character. [more inside]
I am racking my brain over this one. Both Google and IMDB are failing me. In what movie or TV show does a character say the following quote (might not be the exact words): "Can you speak a little louder, only this time into my LAPEL?" See, the character is wearing a wire, and he's not very bright. Help me figure this one out!
Inspired by this thread, I am looking for examples of verbal consent prior to sex in visual media such as film or television (country of origin is unimportant). [more inside]
Are there any examples of television/movie scenes where simple non-plot-related mistakes are made intentionally? [more inside]
I want to use a LCD monitor as a TV. What do I need to do to make this dream come true? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for somewhat recent (post-2000) TV or movie popular music soundtracks (or some other kind of compilation)? I tend to like alternative rock, but I'm open to any genre. [more inside]
I love little Stewie from Family Guy. Niles and Frasier Crane also make me giggle like mad. There's just something about the pretentious way that they have. I can't even begin to explain it. Can you give me some other examples of people in books, movies, internet and television that are so deliciously snarky, in that affected character kind of way?
Looking for "the same, but different" movies or TV shows. [more inside]
Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
Are there (legal) ways to copy recorded TV shows from my HD-TV box to my laptop for personal use? Note: This is a technical question, not a legal one - I just don't know where to start. [more inside]
What made-up names does your very young child call favorite movies, books, games, or television shows? [more inside]
What are some examples of this (I think at least) sci-fi/horror cliche? [more inside]
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