Are there any movies that have changed from, say, comedy to drama midway through? In other words, completely going from one style to another completely different one?
posted by sharksandwich
on Apr 7, 2006 -
I caught The Godfather: Part III
on cable last night, and I was wondering about something. There's a street parade in (I guess) New York's Little Italy in which, along with the priests and altar boys, there's these four guys in hooded robes carrying a nearly life-size figure of the Madonna and Child. The robes and hoods these four porters are wearing look exactly like Ku Klux Klan outfits, only without the sigil that's typically seen on them -- just plain white.
What's the significance of these four people wearing hoods -- why would they be covered up in this fashion? Is it just coincidence that their pointy-topped hoods make them look like KKK regalia, or did the Klan copy a Roman Catholic fashion statement?
posted by pax digita
on Apr 5, 2006 -
I have been scouring the web for a way to get easily-available local-area movie schedules via RSS. Yahoo
, and IMDB
all present perfectly decent HTML of this information, and there is one My Yahoo to RSS
service; sadly, it's ad hoc and frequently fails to set the localization cookie. What am I missing? This should be a revenue oppotunity for the studios and theaters - where is the sweet creamy RSS I crave?
posted by mwhybark
on Apr 1, 2006 -
What are the most realistic swordfighting movies? Also, let's analyze the swordfighting in popular movies. [more inside]
posted by agropyron
on Apr 1, 2006 -
Recently I've run out of beautiful, interesting movies I enjoy watching. Over the last few months I ended up watching some predictable romantic comedies I really hate. So what deep meaningful movies would you recommend? Which movies have made you feel, think or cry? Maybe, some of these Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s
posted by volandmast
on Mar 31, 2006 -
Movies which show main characters as children, usually through a flashback? [more inside]
posted by lhall
on Mar 29, 2006 -
Please help me name books/stories/movies where scientific experiment opens some kind of link to another dimension or timeline, with horrific results. [more inside]
posted by agropyron
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Did Kodak make 35mm Kodachrome film for movies? If so, what famous movies were shot using it?
posted by NoMich
on Mar 16, 2006 -
How could the film "Brazil" have been made with only $15 million? Was that amount of money thought of as exorbitant at the time of its production (1984)? [more inside]
posted by jimmy
on Mar 15, 2006 -
Looking for books, essays, articles, any resources at all about film's relationship to literature. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty
on Mar 13, 2006 -
Serenity filter: What type and manufacturer of sword did River use in the movie Serenity?
posted by dabradfo
on Mar 7, 2006 -
I keep track of the movies I've seen on Netflix and the books I've read on Amazon. Is there anyway to export these ratings? [more inside]
posted by pencroft
on Mar 6, 2006 -
My Google searches have failed me. Help me understand the end of "Caddyshack." [more inside]
posted by Marky
on Mar 1, 2006 -
How to I protect my book from being adapted to film/screen/movie without my permission? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong
on Feb 22, 2006 -
Help me identify the ten movies in these pictures:
posted by kraagenskul
on Feb 17, 2006 -
I'm looking for obvious and conspicuous examples of product-placement in recent movies, along the lines of "Castaway" (FedEx) and "You've Got Mail" (AOL). The more egregious the better. Last ten years or less, please. [more inside]
posted by soiled cowboy
on Feb 15, 2006 -
Recently movie theaters 'round here were showing a Coke ad that had some interesting music. The ad was a series of stills telling a story of someone going back in time and giving [the hated product] to various people, running out, pissing off Genghis Khan, etc. The music wasn't in English, sounded Eastern European to my ignorant ears. It had a male voice and a sort of swinging sound. They don't seem to be playing this ad anymore here. What was the music?
posted by fleacircus
on Feb 11, 2006 -
I am looking for movies with only a few main characters and little to no secondary characters. The main characters talk alot about philosophy, or politics or love or something, anything interesting really. (more inside). This type of movie often takes place in a deserted locale for much of the film... a few people get lost on a camping trip, or stranded on an island, or they share a jail cell together.. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown
on Feb 9, 2006 -
Film buffs: I just watched Crash
last night (I've now seen all the Best Picture nominees and feel soooo enriched). It reminded me of how very, very tired I am of the whole Random People's Lives Intersect Meaningfully genre, and it made me wonder how it got started. I know that the large-cast-intersecting gimmick is an Altman staple, but are there any precursors to his using it, or is it more or less his invention? Was Nashville
where this whole thing began, or are there commonly-known, generally-acknowledged precedents for this genre? [more inside]
posted by logovisual
on Feb 7, 2006 -
Projector question: Does any know of a consumer level digital projector with a fairly long throw distance? Or any DIY solutions for increasing the throw distance on a projector? [more inside]
posted by Silent Thomas
on Jan 24, 2006 -
Fiction usually comes in two flavours: 1st person narrative or 3rd person description.
What short stories or novels have been written in 2nd person perspective
(i.e. from the reader's viewpoint)? Also, are there any movies shot entirely from this angle?
posted by 0bvious
on Jan 17, 2006 -
A geographer friend needs to identify this movie for a paper: We zoom in via satellite to watch an infrared image of an assassin leaving a tent at night in a desert to enter another tent and kill someone.
posted by mediareport
on Jan 12, 2006 -
Can anyone help me identify and locate (either to buy or download) any of the music from John Woo's The Killer
, Hard Boiled
, or any other John Woo / Chow Yun Fat movies? Particularly the haunting theme song to The Killer
posted by ac
on Jan 7, 2006 -
I have a scene from a movie stuck in my head, and I can't place it. There are two female characters talking to each other. One of them is kind of a manipulative character who has been unsympathetic up to this point in the film. She's sleeping with the male lead, who is really in love with the other female character she's talking to, who has feelings for him as well. What's notable about this scene is that, up until this point, the first female character has been extremely one-dimensional and unsympathetically portrayed. In this scene, she tells the other female character that she knows the male lead is just sleeping with her because he can't be with the other woman, and she displays real emotion over that fact. What movie is this from? It's driving me crazy!
posted by UKnowForKids
on Jan 7, 2006 -
I'm a professional screenwriter. I have $5000 to option a book to adapt into a movie. That means it can't be a past or present best-seller, or have been previously adapted for stage, TV or screen. It should have a strong narrative, preferably in a clearly defined genre (eg thriller, love story, crime story, horror, coming-of-age) but NOT science fiction. It should also NOT be a classic which everyone will complain I've ruined. What books (or short stories) meeting this description have you read that you thought would have made a great movie?
posted by unSane
on Dec 12, 2005 -
I started listening to Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian and am seeking books and documentaries that will explain all of the naval terms and jargon. [more inside]
posted by meta87
on Dec 11, 2005 -
In the original 1978 Superman movie
Lex Luther plans to split apart the San Andreas fault-line using Nuclear armaments - the resulting explosion destined to send the entire Californian coastline and its inhabitants to murky ocean depths.How much explosive force would be needed to cause any such kind
of earthquake? And, using the San Andreas fault as a model, could Lex Luther's diabolic plan have any degree of success? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Dec 7, 2005 -
I'm looking for movies where the hero finally has the opportunity to kill the villain, but chooses to "do the right thing" and to spare him instead. [more inside]
posted by roaring beast
on Dec 5, 2005 -
What is being referenced when a movie or TV show depicts a lonesome character walking down a darkened street as images of neon signs fly by that all have something to do with the plot? I presume it's some famous movie that I've never seen.
posted by evilcolonel
on Dec 3, 2005 -
Setting: post apocalyptic (I think)
Plot: Can't remember
Starring: Can't remember
Unique subplot (or possibly main plot): One character (20s-30's white male) has a torn postcard of Waikiki Beach, however the "Wa" is torn, so he thinks it's called "ikiki Beach", a paradise to which he can escape to once the madness of the current plot of the movie resolves.
posted by johnstein
on Nov 30, 2005 -
Please help me identify this short film. I saw it on PBS about 15 years ago. It involved a society where time was literally money, and this time was linked directly to your lifespan. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon
on Nov 26, 2005 -
Which 3 movies in your collection are your absolute favorites? I just got netflix and I am trying to fill up my queue. A couple of my top movies are Good Will Hunting and I Heart Huckabees to give you a taste of what I like.
posted by pwally
on Nov 26, 2005 -