Movie within a movie sequel? Both Beethoven II and Seed of Chucky, are sequels where there is a movie being filmed, and the movie being filmed is the original movie of the series. Are there more like this? [more inside]
posted by dipolemoment
on Aug 17, 2012 -
I recently watched "Picnic at Hanging Rock," which was made in 1975. I loved that although the movie was set in 1900, the makeup and hair was so 1970s
- long straight middle-parted hair, cats-eye black eyeliner, frosty eyeshadow, an updo that could only have ever been constructed under one of those bubble hairdryers. What are some other "period" movies where the hair and makeup betray the era it was made in? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Looking for sites in U.S. like UK's RED
for some progressive looks for my quantity of media. I prefer the sleek designs, metal over wood but am open to your taste. Any ideas?
posted by snap_dragon
on Aug 10, 2012 -
Is there a last.fm-esque website for movies? I want something that allows me to keep track of what I've watched (really, any media tracking website) [more inside]
posted by apip
on Aug 9, 2012 -
What are the realistic odds of a movie studio buying rights to fiction? What steps could one take to even attempt this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 6, 2012 -
Help me fill the gaps in my travel-through-the-history-of-high-school movie list, from Grease to Mean Girls! Got one for the '60's? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur
on Jul 29, 2012 -
Please recommend some movies and TV shows I would enjoy watching that are available for free streaming with an amazon prime membership. [more inside]
posted by medusa
on Jul 25, 2012 -
Great Blu Ray or DVD titles (or special editions) only available in the US or titles that are considerably cheaper in the USA? Looking to add to my collection while traveling. [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Jul 24, 2012 -
A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro
on Jul 23, 2012 -
To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted by Artw
on Jul 18, 2012 -
Is there any way to play media files on a tv if the files are stored on an external USB 2 drive, which is hooked up to an Airport Extreme Base Station? There's a Roku SD and iPhones involved in this party, if that helps.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jul 15, 2012 -
In 1984's "Purple Rain," Prince famously tells Apollonia to purify herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. They're standing by a lake, so she jumps in, and only then does he tell her "That ain't Lake Minnetonka." I believe it's not--I'm a native Twin Citian and Lake Minnetonka is huge and ritzy. But my question is: What lake IS it? Another Twin Cities lake? Something in L.A.? A soundstage pool? (Unlikely!) Does anyone have the definitive answer. You can watch the scene here,
NSFW because she's topless.
posted by GaelFC
on Jul 10, 2012 -
What are some scenes or plot points in movies relating to attorney client privilege? [more inside]
posted by dredge
on Jul 10, 2012 -
The Sound of Music: Alternate Beginning? Totally a long shot, but I swear I remember a different beginning to The Sound of Music movie. I remember the children in the big house, a storm, and a newborn baby crying. And I clearly remember that this beginning explained/alluded to the mother's death - that she died in childbirth. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras
on Jul 6, 2012 -
Japanese film...colored clouds of poison gas...a village of windmills...what movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
posted by mediated self
on Jul 4, 2012 -
What Netflix streaming movie should I watch tonight, given that When Harry Met Sally
isn't available there? [more inside]
posted by 168
on Jun 30, 2012 -
Looking for a movie title: a very funny documentary about professional ventriloquists -- but NOT "Dumbstruck." [more inside]
posted by kestralwing
on Jun 13, 2012 -
The plot: Four old friends, all women, have a bit of a reunion. One of them needs help IDing who raped her many years earlier when they were still teens, probably in high school.
This might be a Lifetime movie. I am hoping someone knows the name. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California
on Jun 5, 2012 -
Multilingual Performers: Name actors/actresses that have acted in at least three different languages, the roles they were in, and (if known to you) if the language-use was fake, broken, fluent, or flawless (without identifiable accent). The most obvious example is Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds: German/flawless; French/(dunno if fluent or flawless); English/flawless; Italian/fake. [more inside]
posted by dgaicun
on May 26, 2012 -
I'm trying to convert an MKV file to mp4 using Handbrake, but for some reason it tells me it's finished converting 40 minutes through. The completed 40 minutes are excellent quality, but I'm at a complete loss as to why it's stopping so early. The file isn't DRMed to the best of my knowledge. What might be going wrong? How can I get Handbrake to finish converting my video? And if Handbrake can't, what other app for Mac handles MKV conversion without horrible quality loss (like VisualHub or QuickTime do)?
posted by Rory Marinich
on May 25, 2012 -
I am looking for the best DVD (not Blu-Ray) prints of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter. I know Lambs had a Criterion issue and regular issue, a 2-disc issue and perhaps more. Manhunter had a 2-disc issue (orange cover), a single issue, and perhaps others. I currently have the Hannibal Lector trilogy, which is all three movies in slimline cases with no extras. I am not sure if they are the same prints that come in single issue cases or if my prints are the high quality. When I say "best", I am referring to best picture quality first and then extras. I am not sure if newer issues lime my slimline set necessarily have the best picture or not simply because they are newer. My slimline set is just the bare bones movies, btw. So best print and if any extras that would be great. I know Criterion has commentary on Silence.
posted by snap_dragon
on May 24, 2012 -
My college's language lab has a bunch of Spanish language movies
that I can watch to fulfill my language lab requirement for my Spanish class. But I know very very little about Spanish language film. Which of these movies should I watch? For an added level of difficulty, assume I can only watch five films in a semester.
posted by ocherdraco
on May 16, 2012 -
I need a cheap and easy way to get RCA-interface or S-Video interface video onto my desktop. I've seen a few devices that are sub-10.00 (which would happily be my price range, if possible) but reviews are wide ranging between "this is great!" and "this is a piece of crap!" [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on May 14, 2012 -
I'm pretty agnostic about 3D and IMAX both. But some films really should be seen 3D (e.g. Avatar) and/or IMAX (e.g. Dark Knight).
So...if I view Avengers 2D and/or in non-IMAX, will I be missing out? Each option limits my field of showtime options (and increases expense)...
posted by Quisp Lover
on May 13, 2012 -
A hypothetical question: what would it take to turn a room into my house into a theater that shows new releases (and avoid loud audiences)? [more inside]
posted by gchucky
on May 8, 2012 -
I'm looking for specific movies where someone is told they have to wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report.
(This is not true, and there are many many places that will tell you it's not true "despite what you see in the movies," but it's surprisingly difficult to find those movies.)
posted by hannahmae
on May 6, 2012 -
Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
posted by fix
on May 3, 2012 -