In the Woody Allen movie "Magic in the Moonlight" there's a scene in an observatory. Stanley (Colin Firth) is sleepy and lies down on a bench. Sophie (Emma Stone) is first seen sitting next to him, and then a bit later she's walking around as he awakens. This is from the DVD. I distinctly recall in the movie that was released to the theaters, he is lying on the bench with his head in her lap (not so in the DVD). The reason I remember it is that it was so unexpected. Did I imagine that?
I don't like most popular movies and popular culture. My saying so has resulted in hurt feelings and angry people. Help me understand why they would be so emotionally invested in these things. [more inside]
Just finished watching "The Magnificent Ambersons," and missed a crucial plot point. What specifically drove the surviving clan into poverty? There was no reference to the grandfather having made bad investments; it just sounded like they couldn't find the deed to the house. I could go read the book, but it's not the same plot. Who got the mansion?
I'm looking for as many examples of the game "eenie meenie miney mo" being used in movies or TV shows (or video games). [more inside]
If I like(d) The Babadook, Confessions, Under the Skin, Gone Girl, and Welcome to Night Vale, what should I read/watch/listen to next? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
What are some movies with dramatic voiceover introductions?
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]
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]
How do airlines pick, buy, and/or license inflight entertainment? [more inside]
Does anyone know common tricks used for practical effects in early films? [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?
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]
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!
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?
Looking for help with a couple of movies titles from the 60s or 70s [more inside]
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]
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!
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?
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]
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
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.
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]
What relatively simple animation programs will let me both define and compose simple animations? [more inside]
Who was the first comic actor to play multiple roles in the same movie, particularly with one of them in drag? [more inside]
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]
In the movie Presumed Innocent, around 1:29:00, there's a song played in the background. What is it? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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?
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]
My Grandfather is almost 93 and legally blind. Help me keep him entertained! [more inside]
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!
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.
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.
Will seeing Guardians of the Galaxy in Imax 3D make me sick? [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
Looking for movies that feature love triangles, any genre [more inside]
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.
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]