A good friend of a friend completed production of an independent film earlier this year. They've submitted it to festivals and are just waiting to hear back now. Does anyone have some stats on how much revenue a typical independently-produced film can hope to make in the US and how much the most popular ones make? How do indie filmmakers actually make money? [more inside]
I dragged my kids (ages 13, 11, 9) to see Les Miserables. They loved it. What other works should Mean Dad "drag" them to enjoy so that they become well-rounded adults with perspective and taste when it comes to media choices? [more inside]
I'm looking for non-traditional fun (maybe dark) Christmas movies, for my Christmas day full of movies. Right now, I'm watching Rare Exports, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hogfather . Any other awesome and ridiculous suggestions? [more inside]
Which film versions of "A Christmas Carol" or "Scrooge" should I absolutely watch in the next few days. [more inside]
Prepping for a five hour layover in Houston (and lots of other holiday traveling in the next three weeks). What are your favorite movies or shows to watch while traveling? [more inside]
What short things can I watch/read to get in the mood for my upcoming trip to Paris? [more inside]
I wonder whether there is a good listing somewhere of "Save the Cat" moments from movies? [more inside]
I need a book gift for a classic movie buff! [more inside]
Exceptional movie sound design. [more inside]
Seen any good movies or TV lately, or ever? The hard part: must be Bechdel-positive. [more inside]
help me id a movie: 80's. near the end, there is a widow/wealthy older woman who laments her husband's riches, insinuating their great wealth has not led to happiness. she shows the protagonist the tin foil/gum wrapper ring her husband proposed to her with when they were young, poor, and happy. any help?
My friend is a fan of really crappy 80s and 90s movies. I want to buy him the rights to some piece of %$&^ film. Of course, I'd prefer it had some star quality (could just be John Belushi's brother or something). How much would something like this cost? How would I go about doing it? I don't suppose that there's an ebay style auction site where you could do something like that?
Looking for topical DVDS (short films, docos, movies) exploring Sustainability as a theme. [more inside]
It has become an Xmas tradition of mine to get a `bad`movie for my sister for Christmas. It all started when I found some `Catman`movies at a local dollar store, and every year it is becoming harder and harder to out do myself. Please help! [more inside]
What recent movie/film repeatedly showed characters snapping mobile phones in half after using each one?
What recent movie or tv show repeatedly showed characters snapping mobile phones in half after using each one? [more inside]
Film buffs! - Other movies where we never know the characters real names and are only given nicknames? [more inside]
What is this old (60s?) movie that I saw about 20 minutes of a couple of weeks ago on TV? Set in Italy, there's a gigolo and a couple of movie stars and a Hedda Hopper like character and a scene in a grotto type restaurant. [more inside]
I love the aesthetic of the pictures that Bill Cunningham takes for the New York Times or that Scott Schuman takes for The Sartorialist. I often wish their pictures moved. Are there any good documentaries or other videos that essentially allow you to stare at interestingly-dressed people in urban environs and just watch what they do?
Is Gangnam Style the most watched "piece of digital content" in human history? [more inside]
I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
Laid up for surgery during the month of December. Please recommend to me your cheesiest Christmas movies or TV episodes that are available online. Made-for-TV movies are OK, in fact they would be awesome.
What is the origin of the title trope "X 2: THE X-ening"?
help me find movies depicting women in a healthy relationship, where her space, interest or financial independence are respected. [more inside]
Help me remember this relatively recent story (movie? book?) a friend recommended to me. Vague details ahead! [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of visual timelines in movies, video games, or fiction. Scenes where a span of time is represented metaphorically, preferably as a physical object, diagram, or action. A good example is this scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know in which two characters use a street as a visual metaphor for their potential relationship. [more inside]
What are some great movies for preschoolers and kindergartners? [more inside]
What format should we see The Hobbit in? [more inside]
[Moves/Media Filter] What scenes in either movies or television depict employees being laid off? I am thinking scenes that are done either properly, or terribly inappropriate. Ideally the clips should be short 1-4 minutes. Thank you in advance!
What movies helped you get over a breakup? [more inside]
Looking for movies where there is a suspenseful scene of one or two people cleaning up after a murder and/or concealing a body. [more inside]
Seeking quirky romantic movies that are on Netflix streaming. [more inside]
Movies where the plot stems from a case of mistaken identity? [more inside]
I am putting together a syllabus for a college composition course. I chose "food" as the theme for this semester. I would like to include examples of different kinds of writing about food, ranging from essays to fiction to poetry, as well as some movies. What are your suggestions? I'm open to anything, as long as it has food in it! I already have a list of some of the obvious ones (Michael Pollan, Dinesen's "Babette's Feast," Jiro Dreams of Sushi), but I am hoping the HiveMind can help me make this the most awesome-- and delicious-- writing class ever.
Looking for scenes (television or film) in which an actor plays a character with a different accent and then that character puts on the actor's native accent. [more inside]
Kung Fu/martial arts movies and TV shows for an 8 year old? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: "I'm looking for the equivalent of American Beauty the movie in a book. Any suggestions?" [more inside]
Time for another round of "name that obscure, weird movie I saw as a kid"! [more inside]
Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
Is there a full list of the Criterion movies available on Hulu? Hulu recently borked the searching on their website making it impossible to search on directors or genres (or almost anything). You can browse to the Criterion section of but there doesn't seem to be a "show me all the movies" subsection. Is there a 3rd party site actually that lists them all?
I'm thinking about buying a tablet to watch streaming video from Netfix, HBOgo, and other such services. What devices should I check out? [more inside]
I am looking for book and movie titles for stories (fictional or not) which show amicable break ups. [more inside]
What are some movies that deal with the theme of self-discipline? [more inside]
What's that movie? filter: I'm looking for the title of a classic movie where a couple plans a wedding and it makes everyone unhappy. [more inside]
What are your favourite DVD extras? Which DVD movie/TV shows have the best extras/bonus material? [more inside]
Is there a person or company that one could safely hire (i.e., safeguards against theft) to rip DVDs they own into digital video files? [more inside]
What's the deal with the doctor in The Big Lebowski? [more inside]
Help me remember this artsy film about the American south. It came out within the last 5 years I think, I believe there was a number in the title and the theme was something like the modernization of the south. It had 'Koyaanisqatsi' - like composed shots and voice over by a man with a southern accent. I remember a shot of a canoe filled with books inside a flooded building.
I took several long videos (25 - 50 minutes each) with the camera on my new iPad, and now I would like to transfer them to my Macbook, so that I can convert them to .avi files and give them to a friend. Dropbox will not upload them ('upload pending' forever). Backing up the iPad results in many folders with random numbers, none of which look big enough to be the videos. What should I try next?
Sometime before the summer of 2000, Inquest Gamer magazine (the collectible card game/role-playing game offshoot of Wizard, originally just called Inquest) ran a pair of articles listing 100 movies you should watch and 100 books you should read in order to improve your DMing ability. I'd like to read those lists again. Does anyone know which issues had them? [more inside]
I need some suggestions for movies made fairly recently that are set in another country. [more inside]