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Techno babble

I like movies/shows that are heavy on the jargon and the fast-talking. Scenes of professionals in crisis that don't bother to fill the audience in on what's going on. Think secret-service operations on the West Wing, air traffic controllers, military maneuvers, television control rooms, Le Carre's espionage slang, etc. What movies/tv shows will I enjoy? Note: It doesn't have to be military or necessarily violent. I like the thrill that comes from the fast talking and the quick decisions and such.
posted by Think_Long on Jun 4, 2014 - 25 answers

Book/movie recommendations with similar feel as A Prayer for Owen Meany?

Looking for books or movies (fiction) that have a character who is "different" in that they have been prepared (perhaps "predestined"?) to fulfill a purpose that is often misunderstood or ignored by others. They may intuitively know about this purpose from the start, or it might be slowly revealed to them, or it only comes together at the sentinel event; as a result, they may have some quality of "otherness" (as best I can describe it). Some examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by sealee on May 28, 2014 - 25 answers

Good Movies About Couples in Love

Looking for some good, non-sappy movies about married (hetero) couples in committed, loving and devoted relationships - with emphasis on devotion. Not necessarily romance, but authentic, real love between 2 people - even if and when TSHTF. They stick through it all because they have each other's back. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 22, 2014 - 30 answers

Movie & Black & White & Japanese & Modern?

I recently saw Rashōmon, and was wondering if the hive-mind had suggestions for more (live-action, not anime) Japanese movies that are black and white, but set in more modern-ish times? [more inside]
posted by slater on May 20, 2014 - 17 answers

What proportion of a film should I watch before giving up on it?

I read a lot of books and watch a lot of films. With books, I give them a chapter to draw me in, and if it's not happening, I move on to the next one. But what's a good rule of thumb for films? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on May 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Movies to get us in the mood.

Help us watch movies that are romantic and sensuous with just a little soft porn scenes to get us in the mood. Adult movies tend to be intense and sometimes put us off. The ones that were suggested to us by friends tend to be action movies with a scene thrown in or horror movies. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on May 14, 2014 - 26 answers

Looking for great characters from Movies or TV with the preface THE

I have four paintings to fill in my office that are blank and I was thinking about doing something with THE. The idea would be a stencil of Jeff Bridges in Lebowski with THE DUDE underneath. And then in the framed pic next to him, maybe Elvis as a stencil with THE KING underneath. And that's all I've got. And I'm not totally sold on either. But I need some options. What are some characters - real or fictional - who are known by their moniker with THE in it? Ideally two words. Including the THE.
posted by rileyray3000 on May 14, 2014 - 77 answers

Feature Films That Involve Direct/Implied Use of Wood Chipper?

Please list for me feature films that involve wood chippers (or similar motorized mangling device like industrial meat grinders, salvage yard shredders, etc), whether directly shown or implied use of them for any reason including the ordinary. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 9, 2014 - 31 answers

'Mo movies, 'mo migraines

I've been having weird episodes where I can't see properly after leaving dark movie theaters. Could this be a migraine? [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on May 9, 2014 - 8 answers

I want to see Belle for my birthday

I'm in New Orleans. I have a car. Where can I see Belle? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on May 8, 2014 - 5 answers

love in complicated times

What are some good movies that follow complicated (but not needlessly miserable) adult relationships in the context of larger social changes or problems? [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA on May 2, 2014 - 36 answers

What's a good movie to rent for a bunch of twelve year-old boys?

My son will be having a birthday sleepover in a couple weeks so we will be hosting about six twelve year-old boys. In addition to feeding them and the Minecraft LAN party, we'd like to watch a movie with them. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 29, 2014 - 175 answers

Movies like "The Friends of Eddie Coyle"?

I recently saw "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" and would like to watch mute movies with a similar feel and ideally though not necessarily the same Boston area setting. List of movies I've already seen below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Apr 28, 2014 - 7 answers

What are all the foods and drinks referenced in Firefly?

Some friends are putting together a Firefly-themed dinner. What foods and drinks are directly referenced or depicted in the Firefly canon? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Apr 28, 2014 - 32 answers

Movies About Writers and Show the Story

Hey Everyone, Can you think of any movies that are about a writer and also show the story that the writer is writing in the movie? Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Apr 24, 2014 - 39 answers

I just watched two seasons of Toddlers and Tiaras. I need help.

I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous? I'm in my early thirties and I'm also super into those AT&T commercials so maybe it's a biological clock thing, but I'm too exhausted to second-guess myself about it. I know John & Kate + 8 exists, but that's just as gross and exploitative as T&T, as far as I can tell. I loved the 7 Up documentaries and also enjoyed Babies. What other recommendations for reality TV/documentary film about kids, pitched to adults, do you have for me? Bonus points if it's online. Thanks!
posted by pretentious illiterate on Apr 15, 2014 - 26 answers

Help Me Watch Some Movies

I have a college course that is requiring me to watch 4 movies and write a report on them. They need to specifically have leadership, teams, or managing change as the over-riding theme. [more inside]
posted by zero point zero on Apr 13, 2014 - 45 answers

Cultural Literacy 101

For a friend: Say someone wants to develop a working sense of modern-day cultural literacy in the United States. This person has very limited knowledge of current events, and has limited himself to only a very narrow scope of popular entertainment. He now wishes to be able to converse about these topics with reasonably savvy adults (such as in dating scenarios and social gatherings). Can you provide sources of information for the following? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Apr 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Raspberry Pi ideas?

I just recently got a Raspberry Pi system and I'm wondering what the best way is to revolutionize the tech in my life. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Apr 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Who is on the tv?

What person / movie / tv show is on the TVs during this sequence of American Graffiti? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid on Apr 6, 2014 - 5 answers

New queer cinema

Which websites, blogs, forums, etc, should I be following to be kept in the loop regarding new releases in international LGBTQ[etc] cinema? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Apr 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Films by artists?

Apologies in advance for what may be a poorly constructed question, but: I'm looking for films (preferably narrative feature films) made by artists who first established themselves in a medium other than film. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Mar 26, 2014 - 27 answers

Ask MetaFilter: Going the Distance Edition

In the movie Rocky II, Rocky faces a moment of crisis and he retires to a chapel to pray. Philadelphians, fans of the Rocky movies, movie fans in general, I need your help identifying this chapel! See my pleadings inside. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama on Mar 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Movies where the locals kill (or try to kill) the interlopers?

Please suggest some movies where the local residents kill (or try to kill) unwanted outsiders. If known, what motivated the locals to do so? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Mar 24, 2014 - 42 answers

Veronica: Now or Later?

I love Veronica Mars. I am almost finished with the second season (I project finishing it on Monday). I have not seen any of the third season. Should I finish the 2nd season before I see the movie? Should I even have seen the 3rd season? Please bear in mind that on the one hand I really don't want the movie to give me spoilers for the show, but on the other hand I don't want to be scratching my head in the movie because of allusions to things I should have seen in the show but haven't yet. On the other, other hand, seeing it on the big screen would be very nice. Please advise.
posted by ubiquity on Mar 22, 2014 - 15 answers

How to add movie times so they appear in Google/Flixster search results?

We are a nonprofit film society located in Charleston, SC and are looking to have our movie times displayed in search results. In Google, for example, a search for movies by zip code results in this. How can we be included? My sense is that each movie listing company may require a separate arrangement so, in order of preference, we are looking to be included in: 1. Google 2. Flixster 3. Fandango 4. Yahoo Thanks for your help!
posted by wensink on Mar 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Where have all the movie plots gone?

Where are all the films which have queer characters whose sexuality is not the main point of the film? Action movies with lesbian heroes; courtroom dramas with transgender lawyers; road trip movies with gay buddies out for more than getting laid; science fiction/spooky stuff films with androgynous/intersex protagonists, I'm not fussed. Preferably ones where no one dies as a "punishment" for being queer. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Mar 16, 2014 - 38 answers

Funny movies about sadness?

What are some movies that make light of sadness or hard times in a non-mean-spirited way? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Mar 10, 2014 - 63 answers

Film Suggestions About Women

Hey! I'm looking for movies about women who want to be high class and/or rich and famous. Not a "Cinderella" type story but one that is darker... Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Mar 7, 2014 - 39 answers

Rock Out With Your Doc Out

If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing? Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
posted by Jane Austen on Mar 6, 2014 - 109 answers

"I can do anything you can do better!"

I'm looking for the original foreign inspiration films for US remakes AND foreign remakes of US films. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Ravens, filigree, coal smoke, pocketwatches, and lots of brass fittings

Moviefilter: I love the imagery and atmosphere of Victorian fantasy. I don't (necessarily) mean stories that were written in the Victorian era, but rather stories which are set in the Victorian era (or in an imaginary analog of it). The genre I'm thinking of tends to have a certain mythologized and aestheticized vision of the era: melancholy, mysterious, perhaps a bit of Gothic horror or the supernatural—i.e., not necessarily a realistic period piece. Wikipedia's entry on gaslamp fantasy is suggestive. (For the record, I am emphatically not talking about romance or novel-of-manners stuff.) Now: are there any movies like this? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Mar 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Movies about teams competing at "fictional" new activities

What movies feature teams competing at strange new group activities? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 5, 2014 - 28 answers


Any suggestions for movies / television shows set in very peaceful settings? [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Mar 3, 2014 - 48 answers

Camera, action, lights! Lights being turned on and off in movies?

A bizarre question, I know, but I'm looking for as many examples as I can find of lights being turned on and off in movies. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Feb 24, 2014 - 38 answers

What happens outside of the courtroom?

Does anyone know if there are any people who work in the area outside of a courtroom? Maybe like security guards or someone like that? I'd like to show someone waiting for the doors of a courtroom to open and am trying to think of who might be there (besides someone who's especially interested in what's happening in there) Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Feb 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me find more 80s soundtrack theme songs ABOUT their parent films.

Help me remember music videos from that magical era when bands would record theme songs for (often horror) movies that were actually lyrically about the movies themselves and the artist would sometimes appear in the video and the video would be a story video and...well you know. Think Ramones' "Pet Sematary" or Dokken's "Dream Warriors" [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Feb 19, 2014 - 59 answers

Bad Guy + Gravity = Swiss Cheese

Watching the video from this FPP got me wondering. There are countless scenes in movie and TV shows that depict somebody shooting somebody else and that person falling to the ground dead from a rooftop, ledge, etc. (and possibly Wilhelm screaming on the way). Are there any examples where the shooter/killer keeps firing at the gravity-stricken victim while they fall?
posted by schleppo on Feb 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Ways To Show Time and Place Visually

Hey There, I'm looking for ways that time and place are shown in movies without subtitles, i.e. on a newspaper headline, etc. Also, if you can include your favorite film or tv show that depicts the 60's and 70's that would be great! Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Feb 11, 2014 - 10 answers

What are some good adventure romance movies or TV shows?

I'm looking for movies like The Mummy (the first two), The Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one), Ever After, and Prince of Persia that have light, fun (science fiction or fantasy) adventure and a cute couple. The Princess Bride might fit. (I plan to watch it this week.) TV shows would work too. I like the Adriane/Jason love story in Atlantis, and I like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Thanks in advance!
posted by larkin123 on Feb 11, 2014 - 21 answers

Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and weird fiction from Central/Eastern Europe?

What are the best sci-fi, horror, and fantasy books, movies, and comics from Central and Eastern Europe? "Best" includes both the finest and also the most popularly influential, as well as both pro- and anti-communist material, as well as both past and contemporary work. Bonus points for such fiction from the former Yugoslavia! [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 10, 2014 - 16 answers

"We wanna get loaded."

I've always had a thing for songs which sample snatches of movie or television dialogue. This question covered similar material, but I'm not specifically looking for remixes that appeared on an affiliated movie's soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Feb 7, 2014 - 45 answers

in search of movie title

there is a movie based on a man that is extremely old. he is a carpenter in a rural area. he lives a very old style of life. he is a black man and drives an old ford. possible name noah. the who movie is about him trying to save his land from the bank, and about how good of shape he is in for being like 110.
posted by haikuku on Feb 4, 2014 - 1 answer

What movie clips are in this music video?

I recognize Mary Woronov in the movie clips from this music video, but I can't figure out what movie this is from. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Feb 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Obscure manhunt movie that was filmed like tv show..

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw on netflix a couple years ago. It's about these people who are picked at random to kill each other. It's set up like a tvshow with cameras following them around and everything. I remember that there was a pregnant woman, a cancer victim, and a teenaged girl as some of the contestants. There was some subplot with the pregnant woman and the cancer victim b/c they were hs sweethearts who were awkward goth kids who made a ridiculous video with each other. I remember at the end that it's between the cancer victim and the pregnant woman at the end and there was something that happened in a movie theatre and then there was something that also happened in a football field. Any ideas?
posted by baconandvodka on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

TV and movies about the wealthy and how they live

My guilty pleasure is entertainment featuring the obscenely wealthy and how they live, the clothes, the houses, the drama, the trashier the better. Think tv shows such as Revenge, movies like A Perfect Murder, The Game and Wall Street with Michael Douglas, Bonfire of the Vanities, Gossip Girl, Wolf of Wall Street, you get the idea. I'm not so keen on the Real Housewives, that's a little too real. What else can you suggest? I'm quite keen on New York based ones, but I'm open to others if you have them. I know a similar question was asked a few years back but I'm wondering if there's anything new out there that I've missed.
posted by Jubey on Feb 1, 2014 - 34 answers

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

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