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How to write movie descriptions?

How do I write short (ca. 150 words) and engaging descriptions of movies in English without sounding too subjective (I don't want to use the first person POV)? The people reading will be average movie goers. Any tips, examples or links that you can recommend? Many thanks!
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me find this mysterious (possibly non-US made) film!

Old Movie Filter: This is the question I joined MeFi to ask. I remember seeing a movie, on actual reels, when I was about seven at school. It has haunted me for the last twenty-two years. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Mar 18, 2008 - 17 answers

Where can I buy L'Etranger?

I know there is a movie version of The Stranger (l'Etranger), where can I order it online? Also, is it any good, if you've seen it?
posted by zenja72 on Mar 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Why does Disney hate your mom?

Why are there so few living and loving mothers in Disney films? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Mar 12, 2008 - 38 answers

I'm open!!

Movie night: Help me pick the best basketball movies! [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE on Mar 11, 2008 - 29 answers

Public Domainia: Films

Weirdest and wildest films in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Mar 10, 2008 - 13 answers

What movie's characteristic sound effect was caused by using a tube to blow bubbles in a toilet?

What movie's characteristic sound effect was caused by using a tube to blow bubbles in a toilet? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Mar 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Any good movie forums out there?

Any good film/movie forums? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope on Feb 28, 2008 - 14 answers

Where can I find an original Polish movie poster for "Dawn of the Dead" (1978)?

I'll be going to a convention next month with a number of "Dawn of the Dead" alumni in attendance and I'd like to have something unique for them to sign. I love the very unique style of Polish movie posters and want to get an original print of the 1978 "Dawn of the Dead" poster, but am having no luck. [more inside]
posted by laze on Feb 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Which Blair Witch was the original?

Help me find the docu/mocumentary that [I believe] the Blair Witch was based. [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell on Feb 26, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for examples of surfers, people talking about surfers, or people depicting surfers in media.

Looking for depictions of surfers in mainstream media. Examples by people who aren't actually surfers (actors, reporters, wannabe surfers) are great, but people in the surf community are good too. The more common, well-known examples are better. I'm thinking of scenes from movies, passages in books, news stories, documentaries, blogs, comedy skits, but unscripted examples are best. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 25, 2008 - 25 answers

Polititian-packed Predator number 1?

Arnold Schwartznenegger and Jesse Ventura starred together in the movie Predator. Both went on to become US state governors. Are there any other movies featuring more stars (not politicians playing themselves) who went on to become successful politicians? [more inside]
posted by donkeymon on Feb 24, 2008 - 16 answers

help my teenagers cope with moving

Adolescent angst-filter --- please recommend good books/movies about being the new kid in town. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Feb 23, 2008 - 33 answers

Any good, detailed articles on sound design in movies?

I really enjoyed this NYT article on sound design in No Country For Old Men. Does anyone have any links/references to any similar articles about sound design in other films, past or present? Ideally they'd be a little longer and more detailed than the NYT piece, but I'd rather not read a book on this (unless it's brilliant!)
posted by caek on Feb 20, 2008 - 10 answers

something concerning no kids

From what movie is the quote (or a variation of said quote ) "Whoa Whoa Whoa! We didn't say nothin' about no kids" from? Maybe something Buscemi or a Buscemi-like character might have said? Its driving me up a wall.
posted by MPnonot3 on Feb 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Life changing movies

What are some movies that have either drastically changed the way you view the world or changed the way you live your life? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Feb 12, 2008 - 154 answers

Need help finding some Michael Nyman music

I need help identifying some film music by Michael Nyman. [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred on Feb 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Continuity between 2001 and 2010?

Question about the movie 2001- A Space Odyssey foreshadowing events in 2010. (Warning: Spoilers inside in case you haven't gotten around to seeing these!) [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Feb 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Flawed heroes?

An individual already possessing strength, intelligence, and skill is recruited and developed by the Government in ways that fuck up his/her mind but give him/her superhuman abilities. She/he eventually turns and uses her/his abilities to bring about the downfall of those who trained her/him. I'm looking for movies that have characters like this. Movies like this that I've already seen and enjoyed include Serenity and The Bourne Ultimatum. [more inside]
posted by A dead Quaker on Feb 11, 2008 - 38 answers

Is Palo Alto really this boring?

What the heck do Stanford students do for fun? Other than homework. [more inside]
posted by crinklebat on Feb 11, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me figure out these movies from the 80's that haunt me!

MovieFilter: Help me identify these two 80's movies that haunt my memory. [more inside]
posted by davidstith on Feb 11, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I stream Netflix to Argentina?

I recently moved to Argentina and was wondering if there was a way to by-pass the Netflix streaming restriction that only permits US viewing and watch movies here? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Feb 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Apocalypse Now

Can anyone point me toward the original script for Apocalypse Now? I've found transcripts of the movie online, but I'm looking for the original screenplay without Brando's wacked-out improv.
posted by biddeford on Feb 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Information Retrieval

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction B movie which I saw very long ago for which I have only a fragmentary memory: a lab worker is covering a bell-jar like contrivance which is encaging two small, glowing and bobbing spheres of some un-nameable plasma (creatures...?!). She leaves the darkened room, and the guys working the baby spot - I mean, they escape, wending their eerie way around the eerily lit lab....and the memory ends. What film is it?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on Feb 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Local File Browsing and Viewing Via a Web Interface?

I'm looking for a file browsing and HTML- and media-viewing interface that can be set up on a Mac OS X machine locally and accessed through a web browser. Remote access not necessary; I'm just looking for a local interface. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Feb 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Lonely movie seeks mate for night of incredible synergy

Double Feature: Help me come up with pairs of movies that, viewed together, create ULTIMATE AWESOME. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean on Feb 7, 2008 - 144 answers

Books about Down Under

Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Action movies that lack an action hero?

Can you recommend any action movies with unexpected heroes who use unexpected skills to get by? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Feb 3, 2008 - 26 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

are red herrings overdone at this point in the movies?

Are movie audiences today too trained to anticipate a plot twist? (OP does not contain spoilers. Future comments might.) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Jan 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Looking for (Fictional) Surveillance Film

I'm looking for a short film I watched online of an (fictional) surveillance of an apartment, with the camera pointed for the entire length of the film at a black and white monitor in the van and the four remote feeds displaying on it. [more inside]
posted by Inkslinger on Jan 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Portrayals of friendship and social circles in books, movies, or essays

Can you recommend books, movies, or essays with good portrayals of friendships or people's social circles? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jan 27, 2008 - 30 answers

Need some nerdage.

Help me find some great or good scifi watchables. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jan 27, 2008 - 60 answers

Ever coming to a theater near me?

How can you find out if a certain independent film will be coming out in a wide release? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Jan 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Well, I've seen The Big Lebowski anyway...

What movies should any person in their right mind have seen by now? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 26, 2008 - 102 answers

Yakuza vs. Triad

Love the two main actors but War just did not do anything for me. Are there any other Yakuza vs. Triad movies out there that are worth watching?
posted by jasonspaceman on Jan 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Emo movies?

Suggestions for movies, TV, or visual media that feels like a Dashboard Confessional song sounds? [more inside]
posted by squarefrink on Jan 23, 2008 - 19 answers

Help me find the world that's "In a world..."

CuriosityFilter: We all know that movie trailers that begin "In a world..." became so common that those three words became an in-joke thanks to Don LaFontaine. I know many spoof movies (like the Scary Movie series) have spoof-type trailers that start out with the voiceover, "In a world...". How many trailers actually have used that voiceover snippet in the beginning un-ironically, and what is the most famous one? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jan 22, 2008 - 12 answers

Residuals for the working man

If Steve Guttenburg never, ever worked again, how much money would he earn yearly? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy on Jan 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Any movies that deal with segregation in the southern United States?

Please name some movies that deal with segregation in the southern United States. [more inside]
posted by czechmate on Jan 20, 2008 - 32 answers

DocumentaryFilter: In search of BBC's "What is Religion?"

DocumentaryFilter: In search of BBC's "What is Religion?" [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Jan 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Instrumetal Breakdown

What are the best cinematic movie soundtracks you've ever heard? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jan 14, 2008 - 116 answers

Help finding a DVD

Help my friend find a DVD [more inside]
posted by mrthotep on Jan 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages?

Stories about healthy, "normal" marriages? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jan 11, 2008 - 41 answers

What "can't miss" movies actually missed?

What "can't miss" movies actually missed? I need help coming up with a list of movies that have been "Hollywood-ized". A promising film with a great story gets transformed into something worse during the film making process. Such as the ending gets changed, an obvious mis-cast of key characters, poor editing, whatever. I would like to keep the list of movies contemporary (within the last 25 years or so) Explanations for each movie listed is encouraged.
posted by unceman on Jan 8, 2008 - 74 answers


CopFilter: In TV shows and movies cops (usually homicide detectives) often have lights and siren installed in their personal cars. Doe this really happen? [more inside]
posted by sycophant on Jan 7, 2008 - 15 answers

Can you name any non-violent movies for 2-3 year olds?

Non-violent, non-scary movies for 3 year olds? My daughter likes watching movies as a special treat but is scared by Disney's trademark ultra-villains and even shouting or dark scenes are a bit much for her. So far the only two movies she loves beginning to end are the newish Curious George movie and My Neighbor Totoro. I looked long and hard and can't find any others. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 4, 2008 - 79 answers

Is there a site to track showings of my to-see films?

Is there a site that will enable me to compile a list of movies I want to see and notify me if any of them show in a configurable fairly wide area? Yahoo Movies lets me build a to-see list, but I have to laboriously plug in a bunch of zip codes for each film (because its range is very narrow). For example, I've only seen LOTR on DVD, and every once in a while a theater revives them as a special thing and I miss it. And, just generally, I'm interested in obscure indie flicks that release only sporadically, and I lack the patience to search each title every few days. Now.....if there were such a site that could do the above plus track showings of my top-predicted films at MOVIELENS, that'd be great (but way too much to hope for). FYI, movielens (movielens.umn.edu) is an awesome groupware prediction engine.
posted by jimmyjimjim on Jan 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Name that tune: I drive cars that shift themselves!

Anyone know the name of a hip-hop song that uses the quote "I drive cars that shift themselves. My cars shift themselves. They're luxury cars," from the movie Buffalo 66 ? I'm not sure if the artist sings this line or actually samples the clip from the movie. Oh, and the song seems like it might also sample Sir Mix A Lot.
posted by scrumtralescent on Jan 4, 2008 - 3 answers

It's never the creepy janitor.

What horror films feature a mystery killer? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s on Jan 1, 2008 - 22 answers

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