Looking for the name of an actor who was typecast in many westers as a "crazy old coot". [more inside]
posted by bkdelong
on Mar 3, 2005 -
How does one become a casting director? It doesn't seem like there would be classes in film school on becoming a casting director, so I'm curious as to what professional course one would take to attain this position. I have quite an eye for placing actors in roles that have yet to be cast, but I'm sure that's not all it takes. Is it all just nepotism and luck?
posted by bjork24
on Mar 2, 2005 -
Years ago on atomfilms.com, I watched a little movie that I'd like to find again online. I think it was claymation. It depicted a depressed factory worker who invented some physical, manufacturable form of Happiness. He was happy with his invention for a time, sharing it with friends, but eventually started his own factory making his new Happiness to become rich, at which point he became depressed again. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Mar 1, 2005 -
I'm completing a lighting design for a play called "Last Train to Nibroc". The play's first scene takes place on a train heading east across the United States, just before dawn on December 28, 1940. In doing my research, I'm looking for movies that include interior scenes on trains of around this period. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot
on Mar 1, 2005 -
I'm trying to learn about the Edwardian era especially (but not exclusively) in England, Ireland, and Canada. What excellent materials (fiction and non-fiction books, movies, websites, etc.) have you read and seen about this period?
posted by orange swan
on Mar 1, 2005 -
I'm looking for some examples of popular movies that cast technology, specifically networking technology, in a good (or at the very least a non-paranoid) light. [more inside]
posted by thewittyname
on Feb 28, 2005 -
Ever notice how films from a few decades back (say, the early 70s and before) have all the credits before the film starts? And that newer films put all the credits at the end, except for maybe the title and the stars? When did that switch over start, who started it, and why? Obviously it looks better at the end cause we can all leave the theatre, but why was the decision suddenly made to switch it?
posted by about_time
on Feb 24, 2005 -
I went and saw I <3 huckabees
the other month, and after having a lengthy discussion about what a friend and I decided were its strong points, I wondered if other movies dealing with such issues in a comedic light exist, or even movies enjoyable in the same sense, since it seems like most enjoyable movies draw inspiration from lesser known predecessors.
posted by angry modem
on Feb 23, 2005 -
Moviefilter: I'm looking for movies with conversations where people talk at the same time, in a realistic and nonconfrontational way. [more inside]
posted by Aknaton
on Feb 23, 2005 -
I'd like to improve my French comprehension and pronounciation and retain what I know of the language, so I'm looking for quality French films and music. [more inside]
posted by heatherann
on Feb 21, 2005 -
ZombieFilter: I have recently developed an interest in zombie movies. I'm having trouble finding a good list though; can anyone recommend some new ones I haven't seen yet? Preferably North American releases but any foreign suggestions are welcome too. [+] [more inside]
posted by id girl
on Feb 14, 2005 -
I'm making a documentary/mockumentry in old newsreel style, and I'm looking for old cheeseball educational film/newsreel music to use as a background soundtrack. Hints? Links? Free would be nice...Cheap OK.
posted by cccorlew
on Feb 12, 2005 -
On the Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney album Superwolf
the song Blood Embrace features a sample of dialogue from...something. Could be a movie, tv show, play...anything. Anyone know what this dialogue is from?
posted by Doug
on Feb 11, 2005 -
The identity of 2 obscure movies I once saw has been driving me crazy. The fact that they were bad is making me even more nuts. Plot descriptions inside; maybe someone can help identify them... [more inside]
posted by majorsteel
on Feb 6, 2005 -
Help us Find That Flick! It's a scary movie from the 1970s that may in fact have been a TV pilot for a show called "Ghost Story." (Open the creaking door, come inside...) [more inside]
posted by GaelFC
on Jan 31, 2005 -
I went to see a foreign film yesterday and was dismayed that the subtitles were in white. Isn't it a proven fact that subtitles show up better when in yellow? Also, why are subtitles in a sans serif font? I read something sometime ago that printed text should be in a serif font because it's easier on the eyes. Something about the serif thingies allowing your eyes to flow from letter to letter easier than a sans serif font.
posted by NoMich
on Jan 31, 2005 -
A couple of people I work with and myself were having a debate on how big the Star Wars franchise is financially? With Lucasfilms being private they never release revenue. Does anyone know how many dollars of Star Wars videogames and toys are sold each year?
posted by rje7
on Jan 27, 2005 -
What are some non-pornographic
movies that contain examples of masochistic behavior? [MI] [more inside]
posted by hobbes103
on Jan 23, 2005 -
In movies and on TV, why does a phone go to dial tone after someone hangs up? Is there a phone system somewhere that really does that?
posted by stopgap
on Jan 16, 2005 -
SubtitlesFilter: I'm an admirer of the films of Theo Angelopoulos, but his films have always been hard to get hold of. Recently, I managed to acquire a complete set of DVDs, having bought the things as soon as I saw them. The only problem is, they're subtitled in Japanese. I've tried searching for english subtitles on the internet, but to no avail. Short of learning to speak Greek or read Japanese, is there anything else I could do?
posted by Jongo
on Jan 14, 2005 -
MovieFilter. In The Goonies, Rudy and Lord Of The Rings characters played by Sean Astin deliver impassioned inspirational speeches. In what other movies has he done this? Does Sean Astin give impassioned inspirational speeches in all of his films?
posted by Fuzzy Monster
on Jan 13, 2005 -
Can anyone help me locate movies that contain the phrase "Things are not what they seem."
in the dialog? [more inside]
posted by milovoo
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Obscure movie ... no one I've talked to has ever recalled this, but I swear it exists.
When I was child (in the early 80s), on of my favorite movies was this animated movie about a Joey (a baby kangaroo) who was separated from his mother during a war. He had a few friends ... a wallaby that rolled around in a watermelon and a koala. At the end of the movie, he finds his mother, and apparently I would always cry, so my mom stopped allowing me to watch it.
I have no clue what it's called. Does this sound even vaguely familiar to anyone?
posted by bozichsl
on Jan 5, 2005 -
So early last year, we were informed
that Miramax would be gouging fans as much as possible on Kill Bill DVD releases, and that a special fancy edition would come out for Christmas. For that reason, I held off buying it. Now here it is almost new year's eve and no fancy edition
. What gives?
posted by Capn
on Dec 30, 2004 -
Inspired in part by this question
, I'd like some suggestions for feel good movies please! I've been bogged down by many amazing (but serious) documentaries lately, and would like to enter 2005 with a list of movies to lift my spirits.
posted by katie
on Dec 28, 2004 -
ScaryMovie filter: My 12-year-old son likes scary movies. Can you recommend some non-R rated ones? (mi)
posted by barjo
on Dec 21, 2004 -
Film Double Bill Suggestions.
I'm putting together a season of double bills of great films. The double bills could be linked by actor, director, cinematographer, editor or genre, or they could be linked thematically - 2 films about childhood/set on a runaway train/sharing a common influence and so on. Anything goes, although both films must appeal to a broad audience, and should be generally recognisable as 'classics' of their type. What 2 films have you always wanted to see together?
posted by gravelshoes
on Dec 21, 2004 -
Oceans Twelve. Am I an idiot or does this movie not make a lick of sense (spoilers inside--DON'T READ if you haven't seen the flick). [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Dec 20, 2004 -
Can anyone identify a movie for me? I saw it on television (it could have been on a movie channel), probably in the early 80s. The portion I remember had to do with a guy holed up in a house (or other building). [MI] [more inside]
posted by bucko
on Dec 9, 2004 -
Sometime in the middle of his career, Richard Pryor appeared in a movie that featured a giant middle finger on the back of his car. Anyone remember which movie that was? [more inside]
posted by jeremy
on Dec 9, 2004 -
I'm looking for an anecdote I read around the time of Fahrenheit 9/11's release. It was about a young woman who is confronted in the queue for F9/11 after she lights up her cigarette. I believe it was from a Livejournal, and I think
I saw it somewhere on MeFi, but damned if I can find it. [caveated inside] [more inside]
posted by Evstar
on Dec 8, 2004 -
Torontonians: Where can you rent art films on VHS these days? Generally Bay St. Video covers all my rental needs, but they only rent DVDs now, which is great for movies that are available on DVD, but less great for those that aren't. (+) [more inside]
posted by SoftRain
on Dec 7, 2004 -
I'm trying to find the title of a movie about a child dying of cancer who's father gives him a wish (More inside) [more inside]
posted by lucien
on Dec 5, 2004 -
Is there a place on the internet where movies are remixed, like the JarJarBeGone remix of _A Phantom Menace_, ostensibly to improve them (as opposed to simply shortening them)?
I can think of a number of films that would have been better with a little editing, a few flat spots taken out, etc. and I was just wondering if this has started to happen in an online community. I guess one example would be the 30-minute version of Planet of the Apes.
Of course, I wish someone had done the same thing with Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle
. Not a reader's digest condensed version, but perhaps an e-book that would warn me when a particularly long passage had no immediated relevance to the plot progression so I could come back to it later, perhaps. After almost 3,000 pages I'm exhausted!
I just like the idea of these sorts of remixes floating about but haven't found too many.
posted by mecran01
on Dec 4, 2004 -
WWIIMovieFilter: I was talking to my grandfather, who was a paratrooper who particpated in the Normandy invasion, about war movies. He mentioned how unrealistic he found movies like Saving Private Ryan and that he had only ever seen one movie that he found truly illustrated the realities of his experience. [MI] [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge
on Dec 4, 2004 -
What's That Movie?!?!?! So my girlfriend is trying to remember the title of this movie that she's seen. It was released within the last few years, and essentially deals with people playing games that rely purely on luck, and if they succeed they win prizes, and if they don't, then they die, or lose limbs, or something like that.
The best clue we have to go on is that she remembers the final scene being set in the woods, and people are released to run blindfolded through the woods, and hope that they don't smack into trees, and the first one to make it out wins, or something along those lines. If anyone can tell us what it is, it's Metafilter!
posted by The Michael The
on Nov 30, 2004 -
"Kill the president... or your daughter dies!"
Does the assassin have a legal leg to stand on? [more inside.... or your daughter dies!] [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Nov 13, 2004 -
It's obscure-songs-from-French-movies time! The film "Cléo de 5 à 7" has a haunting tune sung by Cleo about halfway through called "Without You", which I cannot elaborate on much further except that some of the lyrics are about an empty house and (I think) the wind blowing through it. Since the soundtrack does not seem to exist any longer, is there any way I can get my hands on it anymore? Has someone in subsequent years covered it?
posted by Monster_Zero
on Nov 3, 2004 -
HalloweenFilter: What are some good movies for a halloween party? Scary, Silly, you name it.
posted by hughbot
on Oct 31, 2004 -
AskMovieSpoilerFilter - So a while ago I was watching the excellent "The Color of Money" and I can't figure out exactly why the Tom Cruise character was so pissed at the Paul Newman character at the very end. [spoiler] Did Fast Eddie throw his match because he had been payed off to do so? Presumably simply resigning a match would arouse suspicions if that were the case. Or did he do it to avoid playing Tom Cruise in a tournament? I can't find a precis anywhere on the net that goes into that level of detail...
posted by sfz
on Oct 26, 2004 -
The IMDB entry for Donnie Darko
says: "The script initially called for Donnie's fantasies to be about Alyssa Milano. This had to be changed however when Richard Kelly was denied the legal rights to reference her in this manner." Does anyone know what laws are operating in this situation?
posted by lbergstr
on Oct 24, 2004 -
I have a legit movie produced by my employer on DVD that I need to convert to mpeg (mpeg2 I'm guessing) to upload to the Internet Archive. All the l33t warez converters seem to do divx or vcd or vob. I can't seem to find anything on mac or windows that will do this simple task for me. I just want the 10 minute long movie at track 4 on the disc as a mpeg file. Sounds simple but after using half a dozen apps, I can't seem to get the job done.
posted by mathowie
on Oct 22, 2004 -
When I lived in LA, there was a wacky local cable channel that played all sorts of crazy stuff they shouldn't have. I saw the entire Tommy Lee/Pamela Anderson tape, unedited, while channel surfing one night. But my question is about another odd thing on this channel. Once I was surfing and saw Jenna Jameson on this channel, but it wasn't porn. There was little to no nudity, and what I most remember is a scene where she's eating taco bell and talking about how screwed up her life is, while a bodyguard sits on the other side of the room. Most of the scenes were interviews with her as she traveled from place to place with a bodyguard. Does anyone know what this documentary was called?
posted by mathowie
on Oct 13, 2004 -
When I read about the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
, I found that Kerry Conran, the creator of the movie, had gotten Gwyneth Paltrow to agree to be cast based on a short film he'd made to sell the concept. Does anyone have a link to the original short online?
posted by alumshubby
on Oct 10, 2004 -