What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
I'm throwing a speakeasy themed Prohibition party. What are some fun movies from the 1920s—that are readily available through Netflix—that I can project onto the walls to create ambiance? [more inside]
Searching for stories about infidelity. Specifically, stories about emotionally-involved affairs (not one night stands) where one party in the affair is married or in a long-term relationship and the other is single. Can you help? [more inside]
Suggestions for identifying people in home movies for future generations? [more inside]
Does this exist: A music video or scene from a movie/ show in which a room decorated with many taxidermy animals (trophy heads and the like) comes to life and start moving and singing? [more inside]
Need a movie, comic, or not-sappy quote to write in a card for a geeky coworker who is moving on to a better job. [more inside]
Classic Movie Question: Movie where the wife and husband kill each other. [more inside]
Can you think of some movies where the bad guy is sort of right, or at least has a good point? [more inside]
Can you think of Sci–Fi films where people are bombarded with Advertising? [more inside]
What film is this? [more inside]
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]
I've seen very few movies. Educate me about the classics of world cinema. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
What are the realistic odds of a movie studio buying rights to fiction? What steps could one take to even attempt this? [more inside]
Looking for a movie about alternate realities. [more inside]
Hilarious movies available right now on Netflix instant. Okay, go. [more inside]
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]
Please recommend some movies and TV shows I would enjoy watching that are available for free streaming with an amazon prime membership. [more inside]
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]
Frankenstein myths for the LSD age? I'm looking for movies that have similar themes to: Altered States, 'X' the Man with X-Ray Eyes, and Eyes of Hell (aka The Mask) [more inside]
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]
I am looking for a Goodreads-like site for movie tracking. [more inside]
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?
Are there any other websites that offer free legal movies other than Hulu? [more inside]
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.
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.
What are some scenes or plot points in movies relating to attorney client privilege? [more inside]
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]
Japanese film...colored clouds of poison gas...a village of windmills...what movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
What Netflix streaming movie should I watch tonight, given that When Harry Met Sally isn't available there? [more inside]
Something fun to watch on Amazon instant video right now? [more inside]
Can you help me identify some movies that traumatized me as a child? [more inside]
You have seen and loved The Man From Nowhere and/or Man on Fire and can recommend similar movies, especially foreign movies or those old enough to have been forgotten by most people. [more inside]
I recently saw A Moment to Remember and my interest in Korean (and East Asian more generally) films and dramas has skyrocketed. Can you recommend some Korean (or other East Asian) movies and/or dramas, based what I've enjoyed? I loved A Moment to Remember. I really liked Spellbound/Chilling Romance and Full House. I liked The Art of Seduction, 200 Pounds Beauty, and Dream High.
Where can I find (United States) VHS release dates for movies? [more inside]
Looking for a movie title: a very funny documentary about professional ventriloquists -- but NOT "Dumbstruck." [more inside]
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]
Help me find the title of a particular sci-fi movie. [more inside]
Help me make a list of assistants/valets/right-hand people in pop culture. [more inside]
Where did I see this exact bit of business from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel before? [more inside]
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]
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)?
I haven't seen anything like Martha Marcy May Marlene in a long time, if ever. Please recommend more movies I'll like as much. [more inside]
Just broke up and want some movies to distract and calm down. Any suggestions? [more inside]
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.
What are some good movies about Berlin? [more inside]
How can my friend watch movies on her iPad like you would on a laptop? [more inside]
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.