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Is this all Robert Altman's fault?

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 - 26 answers

Help with movie trivia

A little help - just curious, but what are the answers to #s 8, 9, 18, 19, 23 & 24?
posted by jonson on Feb 4, 2006 - 11 answers

How to make like a movie theater?

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 - 8 answers

2nd person perspective narratives

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 - 63 answers

Identify this nighttime assassin scene

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 - 7 answers

Music from John Woo movies?

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. Thanks!
posted by ac on Jan 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Name that film!

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 - 19 answers

Free, woman-directed porno online?

Free, woman-directed porno online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2006 - 10 answers

I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille.

DesignerApparelFilter: Oh, to dress like a 2002 Dogma movie star... [more inside]
posted by DawnSimulator on Dec 28, 2005 - 2 answers

DVD Solutions for persons with limited dexterity?

DVD Solutions for persons with limited dexterity? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Dec 19, 2005 - 15 answers

What book should I turn into a movie?

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 - 50 answers

I'm drowing in a sea of sea terms!

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 - 16 answers

Internetaholic needs help remembering TV show schedules.

This thread inspired my question: does anyone know of a tivo-like app that can alert me when my favorite shows come on? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel on Dec 10, 2005 - 4 answers

Lex Luther vs. the San Andreas fault-line

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 - 19 answers

What to get for a samurai movie fan/middle school teacher?

What to get for a samurai movie fan/middle school teacher? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Dec 6, 2005 - 25 answers

"I'll never turn to the Dark Side!"

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 - 68 answers

The lonely walk

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 - 20 answers

A post-apocalyptic journey to ikiki beach

Obscure-Movie-Filter?: 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. [more inside]
posted by johnstein on Nov 30, 2005 - 21 answers

favorite horror movies?

What are your favorite horror movies? [more inside]
posted by entropy on Nov 28, 2005 - 49 answers

What is the name of this film?

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 - 5 answers

What's your favorite movie?

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 - 71 answers

Movies and marijuana

My, uh, aunt has glaucoma and was recently prescribed medicinal marijuana. Now, she'd like to watch some movies that will blow her mind. [more inside]
posted by billysumday on Nov 17, 2005 - 95 answers

Fictional characters with funny names?

Kilgore Trout. Napoleon Dynamite. Waring Hudsucker. Martin Chuzzlewit. Egon Spengler. Herman Menderchuck. President Merkin Muffley. What are some other great, creative, bizarre, or otherwise unique fictional character names?
posted by Robot Johnny on Nov 17, 2005 - 152 answers

The song, the song.

MusicFilter/HorrorFilter: This is a long-shot but I'm looking for the name of a piece of classical music that is so frequently used in horror movies and horror parodies that it's become a bit of a cliche... [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Nov 17, 2005 - 19 answers

Good DVD director's commentaries

For people interested in film-making, which DVD's come with director's commentaries that are truly insightful and a cut above the norm? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Nov 16, 2005 - 41 answers

Science fiction on ice

I need recommendations for excellent science fiction books, movies, short stories (or anything, really) centered around life, scientific exploration, and/or research in the arctic, antarctica, or similar fictional extreme cold climates. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter on Nov 15, 2005 - 30 answers

Hotel Rwanda and other movies

I loved Hotel Rwanda. What particularly hooked me was the film's unflinching realism in showing civilization as it is slowly being encroached and oppressed by large-scale terrorism which casts a shadow of uncertainty and danger on even the most mundane routines of daily life -- a sort of real-life Night of the Living Dead. Other similar films are Salvador, Missing and The Killing Fields. I also enjoyed the recent The Constant Gardener. What else will I like? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Nov 15, 2005 - 30 answers

Gallo film pics

I've exhausted the Google search engine, so can anybody out there help me find a quality online photo gallery of the Vincent Gallo film "Buffalo 66"? Preferably one that has a few shots from the "Scott Woods" strip club scene?
posted by iced_borsch on Nov 12, 2005 - 4 answers

List of Teen Films

Teen Films of the last 50 years or so... [more inside]
posted by nimsey lou on Nov 8, 2005 - 49 answers


Hypothetically, let's just say you . . . I dunno . . . are in charge of "movie night" for 40 womyn, who work with victims of . . . let's say . . . sexual assault on a daily basis. What films would you recommend? A little on the lighter side is preferable, but Thelma and Louise-ish is okay, too. An apt theme might be "Right on, sister!"
posted by Kibbutz on Nov 6, 2005 - 37 answers

Cinematic tool tips

Help me improve my film-watching skills... [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Nov 5, 2005 - 38 answers

What was the audience's reaction to the movie The Crying Game?

What was the audience's reaction to the movie The Crying Game? (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by lychee on Nov 5, 2005 - 45 answers

movies that don't meet expectations

what do you suppose are some of the most over-rated movies you've ever seen?
posted by brandz on Nov 4, 2005 - 143 answers

Recommend some great comedies!

Cinephiles and Filmhounds! Recommend some great comedies for me based on what I already like... [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Nov 4, 2005 - 33 answers

Remo Williams: What does it mean?

A few years ago I got a yen to rent "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins". It was the middle of the day and the middle of the week, and the Blockbuster was empty. I was at the cash paying for the movie when someone else walked in and asked the cashier: "Do you guys have Remo Williams?" What are the chances of such a coincidence happening? [more inside]
posted by notcostello on Oct 31, 2005 - 37 answers

Is there a name for the scary chick in Japanese horror movies?

For those who've seen The Grudge (Ju-on) and The Ring (Ringu), do you know if there is any significance to the visual similarity between "The Evil" in both films? (SPOILERS inside) [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Oct 31, 2005 - 7 answers

Help to I.D. this U.K. movie

Put on your movie sleuthing hats on, I'm being itched by a movie I saw some time ago and want to ID it and scratch that itch once and for all. [more inside]
posted by stavx on Oct 29, 2005 - 5 answers

Funny sixties movies?

One of my favorite movies of all time is It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, at least when I'm in a certain mood. I'm also inordinately fond of The Party. Given those, what other movies from that era might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Oct 19, 2005 - 32 answers

A blow to the neck takes you out?

In the movies, you can take a guy out by hitting him on the on the neck, from behind, either with the back of a gun or - if you are James Bond-ish - with the hand of karate. Does this work? If not, why is it so common in the movies?
posted by mr.marx on Oct 18, 2005 - 30 answers

"That was a gen-u-ine dirt machine, not an airplane!"

What was it ...? Forgotten movie from the 80's - a young teenager is separated from his father on a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest. If memory serves correct, he was kidnapped and held captive by some pretty backwoods kind of guys. He then learns survival and more.... inside .... [more inside]
posted by kuperman on Oct 10, 2005 - 4 answers

Depth of Field and Focus. How do they work?

Selective Depth-of-Field in Six Feet Under, and a question about lens flares. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 4, 2005 - 12 answers

What books or movies are as explicitly philosophy oriented as Waking Life?

What books or movies are as explicitly philosophy oriented as 'Waking Life'? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Oct 2, 2005 - 48 answers

Where can I get access to product lists databases?

I'm looking for access to product lists of CDs, books, movies and any other entertainment type stuff for a web application I'm working on. I'm already aware of Amazon Web Services and the Library of Congress Z39.50 Gateway. Anyone know of any other places to get data on, say, movies in theater or TV shows or less mainstream CDs, etc?
posted by frenetic on Oct 2, 2005 - 2 answers

Name that (classical) tune

Name that tune! In "Unfaithfully Yours", Rex Harrison cracks a joke around 00:16:30 about blah blah "pizzacato con motto vibratto" (" a dentist chipping out an old filling!"), then his orchestra launches into a classical piece. What is he having them play? Googling does not suggest that's its title.
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Sep 30, 2005 - 4 answers

high school movies?

Movies set in schools? [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime on Sep 30, 2005 - 46 answers

movies from 2004/5

I haven't been keeping up with movies much for the last couple of years and so I'd like to catch up. What are some of the best films from 2004/2005? [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Sep 28, 2005 - 48 answers

it's commentary! it's a film! it's a meta-film!

I'm looking for films about whatever they're about that are also about their own making. Fiction is preferred over documentary--this approach in documentary tends to strike me as more often lazy than profound--but skillful documentaries are welcome too. [examples inside, including spoilers] [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Sep 27, 2005 - 62 answers

Who is that guy! I know him from somewhere

Moviefilter: Who is that guy in the circuit city commercial?? [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 on Sep 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Trying to find a movie about a bereaved mother

ForgottenMovieFilter: I'm looking for this film I saw at least fifteen years ago about a single mother whose daughter was killed by a train. [all the plot I can remember inside, including spoiler] [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Sep 17, 2005 - 5 answers

Name That Movie!

Name that Movie: Oceans of lava, people riding giant pillbugs, hot air balloons that might also be critters... [more inside]
posted by sciurus on Sep 14, 2005 - 13 answers

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