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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

Shocking films!

I'm looking for scenes in movies that feature electricity. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Nov 10, 2013 - 56 answers

What is this movie?

I saw a few minutes of a movie about 15 years ago where there are some people living in a valley probably on a farm and eventually they die presumably of natural causes and the last surviving person has to bury his father in a grave not far from the house possibly in a family cemetery. That's all I've got. What movie is this? Thanks!
posted by ddd on Nov 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Bizarre 60s/70s art film ID

Probably a long shot, but here goes. In '88 or '89, I attended a scholarship-paid class at the Art Institute of Chicago. All the students were high schoolers. The class was referred to as "Time Arts" and was about multi media art. During the workshop portion of classes, our instructor would have various films playing at one end of the studio, just as background imagery and conversation starters. Pretty sure he pulled them from the school's library. I would like to identify one of these films. My description of what I remember inside, so if you know 60s-70s avant-garde (probably short) art films, please help. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the Royal Raceway music from Wreck-It Ralph based on?

The Henry Jackman soundtrack for Wreck-It Ralph has a 10 second section at the start of the "Royal Raceway" scene which sounds maddeningly like the opening to some old BBC sports show. I can't place my finger on it. Does anyone know what the violin part is based on, or sounds similar to? Video here at 0:33 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdnn3mY0tYQ
posted by nevan on Nov 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you name these two films?

I remember glimpses of these two films from my childhood (they're most probably 80s movies, but I'm not sure). #1: I remember some dark scenes set in a morgue, with bodies lying down under the sheets (I think) and they slowly come to life. I remember the bodies looking like cyborgs or robots. They then continue to hunt down the protagonist I think. #2: Some scenes of a huge cage in some sort of backyard, which sort of makes things bigger or older. There's a scene where the kid protagonist enters this cage and turns it on (there are these electrical waves all over the place I think), and as he gets older/bigger, his feet grow out of his tennis shoes. There's also a shot of a little pumpkin growing into huge one. If you can name one of them, it would be great.
posted by omar.a on Oct 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Since I can't read that cassette...

What is the name, and who is the composer, of the music in this scene from Pirates of Silicon Valley?
posted by michaelh on Oct 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Distractions from sadness

I'm going through a heavy streak of sadness (seasonal change/life issues/past issues) along with some extreme fatigue. I'm looking for engaging distractions that make the really bad days bearable. Books/TV/Movies, etc. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 16, 2013 - 46 answers

Help me find the name of this cheesy movie

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]
posted by amapolaroja on Oct 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Anyone else for the Victoria Cross?

My father used to talk of a scene from a movie, I assume World War One but who knows. At the front under heavy fire the commander tells his men that anyone who gets across the line will be awarded the Victoria Cross. A young soldier jumps up saying he'll do it and as soon as he lifts his head up he is shot dead. The commander then turns to the remaining men and asks "anyone else for the Victoria Cross" I have heard this story all my life and would love to know the movie it came from.
posted by InkaLomax on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

You've got that autumn feeling.

Autumn/fall is my favorite season and I love the feel and experience of the leaves changing color, the chill in the air, and traditional fall activities. The episode "Kiss and Tell" from Gilmore Girls, for example, centers around an autumn festival and has this sort of atmosphere. Could you give me some movies/documentaries/tv shows/episodes that also embody autumn?
posted by holmesian on Oct 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Old animated movie with a baby dragon?

We're trying to place an oldish (probably 90s or pre-90s) animated movie with a baby dragon in it. It's definitely fully animated, and takes place in a castle, where the main character has to raise a baby dragon. At some point, the dragon runs away, and the main character packs a bag with toys and blocks and goes after it. That's as much as we can muster! Any idea? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Oct 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Movies/Television: Stories with a recurring person/object in background?

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]
posted by 99percentfake on Oct 3, 2013 - 31 answers

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