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Camera, action, lights! Lights being turned on and off in movies?

A bizarre question, I know, but I'm looking for as many examples as I can find of lights being turned on and off in movies. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Feb 24, 2014 - 38 answers

What happens outside of the courtroom?

Does anyone know if there are any people who work in the area outside of a courtroom? Maybe like security guards or someone like that? I'd like to show someone waiting for the doors of a courtroom to open and am trying to think of who might be there (besides someone who's especially interested in what's happening in there) Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Feb 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me find more 80s soundtrack theme songs ABOUT their parent films.

Help me remember music videos from that magical era when bands would record theme songs for (often horror) movies that were actually lyrically about the movies themselves and the artist would sometimes appear in the video and the video would be a story video and...well you know. Think Ramones' "Pet Sematary" or Dokken's "Dream Warriors" [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Feb 19, 2014 - 59 answers

Bad Guy + Gravity = Swiss Cheese

Watching the video from this FPP got me wondering. There are countless scenes in movie and TV shows that depict somebody shooting somebody else and that person falling to the ground dead from a rooftop, ledge, etc. (and possibly Wilhelm screaming on the way). Are there any examples where the shooter/killer keeps firing at the gravity-stricken victim while they fall?
posted by schleppo on Feb 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Ways To Show Time and Place Visually

Hey There, I'm looking for ways that time and place are shown in movies without subtitles, i.e. on a newspaper headline, etc. Also, if you can include your favorite film or tv show that depicts the 60's and 70's that would be great! Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Feb 11, 2014 - 10 answers

What are some good adventure romance movies or TV shows?

I'm looking for movies like The Mummy (the first two), The Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one), Ever After, and Prince of Persia that have light, fun (science fiction or fantasy) adventure and a cute couple. The Princess Bride might fit. (I plan to watch it this week.) TV shows would work too. I like the Adriane/Jason love story in Atlantis, and I like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Thanks in advance!
posted by larkin123 on Feb 11, 2014 - 21 answers

Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and weird fiction from Central/Eastern Europe?

What are the best sci-fi, horror, and fantasy books, movies, and comics from Central and Eastern Europe? "Best" includes both the finest and also the most popularly influential, as well as both pro- and anti-communist material, as well as both past and contemporary work. Bonus points for such fiction from the former Yugoslavia! [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 10, 2014 - 16 answers

"We wanna get loaded."

I've always had a thing for songs which sample snatches of movie or television dialogue. This question covered similar material, but I'm not specifically looking for remixes that appeared on an affiliated movie's soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Feb 7, 2014 - 45 answers

in search of movie title

there is a movie based on a man that is extremely old. he is a carpenter in a rural area. he lives a very old style of life. he is a black man and drives an old ford. possible name noah. the who movie is about him trying to save his land from the bank, and about how good of shape he is in for being like 110.
posted by haikuku on Feb 4, 2014 - 1 answer

What movie clips are in this music video?

I recognize Mary Woronov in the movie clips from this music video, but I can't figure out what movie this is from. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Feb 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Obscure manhunt movie that was filmed like tv show..

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw on netflix a couple years ago. It's about these people who are picked at random to kill each other. It's set up like a tvshow with cameras following them around and everything. I remember that there was a pregnant woman, a cancer victim, and a teenaged girl as some of the contestants. There was some subplot with the pregnant woman and the cancer victim b/c they were hs sweethearts who were awkward goth kids who made a ridiculous video with each other. I remember at the end that it's between the cancer victim and the pregnant woman at the end and there was something that happened in a movie theatre and then there was something that also happened in a football field. Any ideas?
posted by baconandvodka on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

TV and movies about the wealthy and how they live

My guilty pleasure is entertainment featuring the obscenely wealthy and how they live, the clothes, the houses, the drama, the trashier the better. Think tv shows such as Revenge, movies like A Perfect Murder, The Game and Wall Street with Michael Douglas, Bonfire of the Vanities, Gossip Girl, Wolf of Wall Street, you get the idea. I'm not so keen on the Real Housewives, that's a little too real. What else can you suggest? I'm quite keen on New York based ones, but I'm open to others if you have them. I know a similar question was asked a few years back but I'm wondering if there's anything new out there that I've missed.
posted by Jubey on Feb 1, 2014 - 34 answers

Looking for recommendations for great women ensemble films!

Just saw Mona Lisa Smile for the first time and loved the acting in it. Now I'm on the hunt for great recommendations for all-women or prominently women ensemble movies. Release the hounds!
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Feb 1, 2014 - 35 answers

Help me figure out what this WW2, Black and White, gayish art film is.

Gay themed, black and white, containing a dead body and a threesome. That's mostly what I remember. (possible offensive language in remembered dialogue ahead) [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole on Jan 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking names to one classic movie and a couple SF/F stories

My google-fu is not helping me on these, this is sort of a disjointed question, for whatever reason a few disjointed memories have come to mind recently from media I once consumed, I can usually figure out the sources if I can piece together this much memory but I haven't managed to with these ones. I read/watched these long ago. This is one classic romantic-comedy and various SF/F novels and short stories. [more inside]
posted by elista on Jan 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Didn't someone sleep through the stop for Winslow, Arizona?

Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 27, 2014 - 27 answers

I want to roll my own media center

Looking for suggestions on the best way to replace a tv with a networked device. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Jan 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Wardrobe remix: the movie

This morning I was thinking about how in the movie Housesitter, Goldie Hawn's character wears a very limited number of pieces of clothing combined in a variety of different ways. My mom pointed this out to me at a very impressionable age, and noted how this was much more realistic than infinite wardrobes. I'm wondering what other other movies have an obviously finite wardrobe for a lead female character?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Jan 22, 2014 - 27 answers

Movie suggestions please.

I want to show a movie to a group of 15-16 year olds after we've finished reading Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian". [more inside]
posted by figaro on Jan 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Books (or documentaries) to teach me to watch films intelligently?

I want to learn how to watch movies with more of a critical eye. I want to know what to pay attention to - technically, narratively, and so on -- and how to judge these things, so I can better appreciate what's going on. I'm looking for books or maybe documentaries that will help me do this. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Horror movies from where the only surviving victim is a man?

Horror movies from where the only surviving victim is a man? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Jan 17, 2014 - 17 answers

What is my Bacon number?? (very obscure "actor")

OMG I have a Bacon number! I think. What is it - how do I find it? Difficulty: I am very obscure and not actually in the movie industry. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on Jan 16, 2014 - 11 answers

"A situation where contact with the outside world has been severed..."

TVTropes describes the trope of the closed circle: "A stock plot designed to force the characters or players to stay in a location and get involved in the adventure... and not be able to leave until it's done." Familiar, right? I am looking for examples of novels that employ this trope, but with a twist: the primary crime they're trying to solve took place in the past, before they were enclosed in the circle. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jan 15, 2014 - 18 answers

Robots in fiction for a high school audience

What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Kung Fu Movies For Dummies

What reference materials can you recommend regarding...not sure the correct term: Kung Fu movies? Hong Kong action movies? Martial Arts movies? Wuxia? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Jan 12, 2014 - 6 answers

What are some good ghost story movies that aren't quite horror?

My partner loves ghost story movies that take out the usual blood-and-gore trappings of horror movies. The Others is a particular favorite. Can you recommend other movies in this unsearchable-on-Netlflix microgenre?
posted by HeroZero on Jan 10, 2014 - 43 answers

Help me identify horror movie that scared me as a child

When I was about eight years old, I saw a horror movie that scared the hell out of me. I'd like to identify it. I ran a bunch of Google searches, but I didn't come up with anything that matches my memory of the movie. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Jan 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Great streaming indie sci-fi/horror films, 2014 edition

This has been asked before, but long enough ago that it's time for an update: What are the best, smartest, most compelling indie sci-fi and horror films of recent months/years, with a preference for things streaming on either Netflix or Amazon Prime? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jan 8, 2014 - 22 answers

Is there a site that shows movie attendance broken out by state/city?

I've searched iMDB, BoxOfficeMojo, TheNumbers and MPAA sites and have come up empty. Anyone know of industry or financial sector sources that are publicly available?
posted by wensink on Jan 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for movies with, about, by, or for horses.

So I'm seeing this Totally Awesome Guy and it's great. TAG loves movies. TAG loves horses. Help me find the best intersections of these two things? [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jan 1, 2014 - 39 answers

SourceThatQuote Filter: Give an @sshole a hard time?

(Apologies for the vulgarity) I often find myself gravitating to the phrase "what's the point of life if not to give an asshole a hard time?" I really think this is a loose adaptation from a movie, but maybe I'm really the asshole. Rudimentary googling produces no answer. Anyone know the real quote and source? No probing analysis of my psyche or job necessary.
posted by keasby on Dec 31, 2013 - 0 answers

Scenes about forgetting, then remembering again

There's a particular kind of movie scene I really like, where a character has forgotten their purpose (due to amnesia, magical fugue, etc -- not absent-mindedness), then remembers it and sets themselves back to the task at hand with a renewed sense of urgency. Please recommend me movies with scenes like this? Examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Dec 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Which to watch first?

Should I re-watch The Shining before watching Room 237, or vice versa? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 26, 2013 - 21 answers

[moviefilter] Gunshot 'shatters' film-camera lens: which movie?

Please help me remember a film scene. During a shoot-out, possibly a car chase, a gunshot hits and shatters the camera lens. That's the trope anyway. This occurs in an iconic movie. TVtropes.org lists some similar moments but those are pretty random and weak examples, whereas the one I have in mind is from a movie classic. Could it be "Bonnie and Clyde"? -- but I checked film stills and nothing's showing up. Help!
posted by taramosalata on Dec 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Feel good movies and TV shows.

Please give me recommendations for feel-good TV shows and movies that are available on Netflix streaming or Amazon Prime to help get me through a tough time. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Dec 21, 2013 - 43 answers

Seen any good (by good I mean bad) erotic thrillers?

My wife and I are big fans of cheesy erotic thrillers. Can you suggest any we haven't seen? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Dec 21, 2013 - 33 answers

Feature Length Music Video

I'm looking for movies that are essentially glorified music videos in the vein of Interstella 5555, Fantasia, or The Wall. Are there any other movies like those?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Dec 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Learn me about the past.

History Buffs of MeFi: Please share your most favorite, most compelling sources. Movies, books, graphic novels, fiction - everything is fair game. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Dec 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Anyone have a compilation of lax movie security guard clips?

IE: The guy is watching something funny on TV while on his security monitors there are intruders entering...etc etc
posted by Salvatorparadise on Dec 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you recommend other good movies that feature folk music?

I'm looking for movies that feature folk music in an interesting way other than the ones I've listed below (not many). I've mostly loved American and Irish folk music in the past along with some Australian bush band/string fusions but I'm pretty open-minded. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Dec 15, 2013 - 31 answers

Videos for the office TV?

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]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Trying to make fetch happen...again. Movie suggestions, please.

There are a handful of movies I adore and have watched over and over: Bring It On, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Mean Girls, and, most recently, Pitch Perfect. Suggest more movies like this, please. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Dec 11, 2013 - 93 answers

The Gothic Industrial

Please recommend movies, books and video games that feature broken-down factories, derelict space-age laboratories, and modern ruins of all kinds as a primary setting. If there's something supernatural going on in there, so much the better. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

These things give me the feels

I've got a handful of things that make me feel emotional, happy, silly, cheerful, optimistic, and I'm trying to figure out (a) what they have in common and (b) what other things I might enjoy. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Fiction featuring Thanksgiving gatherings?

What are some examples of works of fiction (e.g. novels, movies) that feature a Thanksgiving family gathering as a major plot element? [more inside]
posted by Asparagus on Nov 30, 2013 - 21 answers

A crash Course into Netflix

I just signed up for netflix (streaming only) for the first time for several years (since 06-07ish). I'm looking for some great tips, tricks, and userscripts, other websites to get the most out of netflix, particularly with tuning the ratings system so it gives very relevant recommendations. [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I stop myself being so sensitive to violent scenes?

Violent or humiliating scenes in films, TV shows, books, news and just things I see and hear day-to-day really upset me, to the point where I can't even cope with seeing them without feeling traumatised. It feels like this is a problem in my life - but I've always been this way and can't seem to desensitise myself. How do I stop being so over-sensitive? [Much, much, much more inside - sorry x] [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Nov 19, 2013 - 36 answers

Find me the best martial arts choreography of the last 8 years

Okay, so I used to share a house with this guy who would often bring home lots of good Asian cinema (of all sorts, but this question is about martial arts movies), but I moved across the country back in 2005 and I've been getting a hankering for some well-choreographed fighting. I haven't been paying attention to what's come out lately, so I don't know much of what's out there. So I'm looking for the best and cleverest fight choreography from Asian cinema, from 2005 on. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Nov 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Meet me in St. Louis, Meet me at a big screen movie theater

This December, I want to see the holiday movie Meet Me in St. Louis at movie theater. It needs to be on a weekend. It should be in a city served by Southwest Airlines. A beautiful revival theater would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Nov 14, 2013 - 5 answers

What are some movies or TV shows that will make me cry continously?

I've recently realized how therapeutic it is for me to have a nice, long, crying session. Watching something emotional that makes me cry has been my way of releasing stress, but I'm having a hard time finding material. I've been able to find lists of "movies to make you cry", but they tend to be romance movies or feel-good dramas with a sad ending. What about movies or TV shows that are sad, sweet, or emotional throughout the length of the film? [more inside]
posted by daisies on Nov 13, 2013 - 112 answers

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