My elementary school class was shown a movie about a dystopian future where the sun only appeared once in a while. I saw the movie sometime between 1984 and 1986.
It was in the gifted program if that makes any difference. I’m sure the movie was meant to be thought-provoking. I was slightly traumatized.
This is what I remember:
1) The sun only comes out once at a ridiculously long interval, maybe once a year or once every 10 years.
2) Around five or six school age kids standing in front of a huge wall of tanning bed lights. There were in their bathing suits and wearing eye protecting goggles. They talked amongst one another and were told by the teachers to switch sides every so often.
3) When the sun came out, colorful flowers bloomed, children ran in the fields, but there was one bullied child locked in an interior room or closet. She or he was not able to enjoy the one day of sunshine.
Has anyone seen this or know its name? Internet searches have been fruitless.
posted by harperdrew
on Feb 5, 2014 -
My uncle is in hospital following a road accident, and he has been thinking a lot about this movie (pretty certain it's a movie) in a morphine haze. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by welovelife
on Jan 19, 2014 -
When I was about eight years old, I saw a horror movie that scared the hell out of me. I'd like to identify it. I ran a bunch of Google searches, but I didn't come up with anything that matches my memory of the movie. [more inside]
posted by alex1965
on Jan 8, 2014 -
I think it was in black and white. It was definitely in English. Not sure if it was American or British. [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek!
on Dec 26, 2013 -
I am looking for movies where a conversation is happening and someone is asked a question. But, instead of hearing the answer, the movie cuts away and continues with the story. At some later point in the movie, however, there is a flashback returning to that moment and we now hear what was said next. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake
on Dec 10, 2013 -
I'm vaguely remembering a movie, maybe a made-for-tv movie. The plot involved a kid, I think a boy, coming to live with relatives (?) Maybe he was a foster kid, or maybe the adults he was to live with were his grandparents. The kid wants a dog. Wilford Brimley, I believe, was the irascible grandfather with a heart of gold. [more inside]
posted by newdaddy
on Nov 24, 2013 -
I can only remember one scene, where a woman is looking for a kid gone missing (maybe her own or maybe she was babysitting) and ends up finding him with a couple of pedophiles (a man and a woman) who have the missing kid and one or two others. The kid is hidden somewhere in their place and at first she is almost ready to leave, but then something strikes her as odd, and she starts noticing little details, like the nursery floor covered with plastic (to make cleanup easier). She comes back and finds the hidden kid and I think she ends up shooting the pedo couple.
The movie is from the last decade or so. I can't remember any of the actors. I think the missing kid story was just one of several intertwining stories in the movie.
posted by gakiko
on Nov 18, 2013 -
My wife and I are going crazy trying to remember a TV show or movie. All we can remember is that two high school girls go out with two college guys, hang out at a furniture store, and things turn bad. (more inside). [more inside]
posted by lenore
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I saw a movie a few years ago that was really excellent. Unfortunately, I do not remember the title, or really much of a plot. After scouring google and coming up with nothing, I've come to the great hive mind for an answer. What I remember: the central character is a young boy, who I believe grows up in a family where at one point or another in the film, each member of the family ends up in a mental institution. I think there is a mother, father, and possibly sister. I think the boy becomes a writer at the end. I believe the final shot is of an old man (the boy, grown up?) smiling, then walking up a warmly lit staircase. I know this is a long shot but, any ideas, metafilter? This has been bothering me for years. [more inside]
posted by dysh
on Nov 1, 2013 -
Years and years ago I watched a foreign film about a guy who sells watches/clocks on the streets of a big Chinese or Japanese city and he falls in love with a girl.. [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Aug 13, 2013 -
My brothers are trying to figure out the name of a movie they saw when they were kids (in the early 90's), their description: A kid searches for a crystal (or diamond) using clues (or one clue) written on a scroll hidden inside a hollow cross, and is being pursued by a villian with a hook (or possibly a peg leg).
They said it's not animated, and not a muppet/puppet movie (i.e. not the dark crystal).
posted by pennypiper
on Jul 29, 2013 -
Inspired by a comment on the blue, I can't stop thinking about this. I seem to remember a movie where people who got into debt were forced to work at the mall (maybe the mall was a corporation?) until they paid it off. Help me not go insane... [more inside]
posted by one4themoment
on Jul 16, 2013 -
I have identified a film clip in a documentary movie that is of professional interest to me; I also suspect that there may be other film clips on the specific location of interest.
I would like to identify the archive which has this film clip and possibly find a way to view the whole thing.
I would like to know a little about researching things in film archives - catalogs, accessibility to someone who doesn't have academic affiliation nor film industry affiliation. I do work at the location that I'm looking for footage of. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek
on Jul 14, 2013 -
I'm looking for lines of dialogue from movies, novels, or elsewhere, in which someone says that something is not an X, even though it is
an X, just not a mere X or typical X. An example of the type of exchange I'm looking for: "Wow, you spent a year's salary on a car?" "A car? This is isn't a car
. It's a Lamborghini!" The second person knows that their Lamborghini is a car, but means to express that it isn't just
a car. (It's important for my purposes that the person doesn't say 'just'.) There must be some recognizable instances of this type of speech, but I'm drawing a blank. Any ideas?
posted by painquale
on Jul 7, 2013 -
I remember watching a movie in grade school about a bully and his victim. It was really upsetting to me as a kid, but now I reeeeeally want to find it again. What was it? Details and sketchy memories below. [more inside]
posted by Gee, June!
on Jul 1, 2013 -
Super Hard TV/Movie ID: I am trying to ID an animated film/tv show I saw in the 70s. I recall it having an anime look, like Speed Racer or Star Blazers, but I am reasonably certain it wasn't either of these. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes
on Jun 20, 2013 -
The women were from Eastern Europe, Russian speaking, or maybe Czech. The young woman with dark hair did not understand that the older blonde woman wasn't successful in the US. At one point, they get drunk together. What dimly remembered movie is this?
posted by StrikeTheViol
on Jun 16, 2013 -
The film was a musical/sing along deal featuring some kids who are transported to a black and white world that used to be in color, but lost color because everyone was sad or intolerant or something. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE
on Jun 4, 2013 -
I just heard a radio interview with Zach Braff about his Kickstarter film project. It was mentioned that it is illegal for him to share the film's profits with his Kickstarter backers. Why is that?
posted by donajo
on May 4, 2013 -
A friend of mine is trying to remember the name of a documentary they once saw and Google has failed them. I'm forever touting the skill and speed with which the AskMe community solves dilemmas like these, so don't fail me now! Here's what she asked me:
I saw a documentary about a man who was representing himself in a lawsuit or series of lawsuits -- I think the government had filed them against him for sending threatening letters. Something about defending his land and eminent domain... He had a wife that he met in a foreign country. She was a lot younger than him and she moved to the US and married him. They were both chain smokers and used a plastic fork as a cigarette holder. They lived in a trailer that was a mess and full of document boxes of his "research" for his case. And they had a few big dogs.
posted by ErWenn
on May 1, 2013 -
The other day I was watching the movie and like the font. First I thought it's TNR then I thought maybe some Sans but I couldn't figure out.
I loved the clean spacious fonts. Which one was it? [more inside]
posted by amar
on Mar 29, 2013 -
Hazy recollections: A group of young adults move into a snowbound cabin as part of an experimental reality television show. They come to realize that sicko voyeurs are betting on who will die next or who the last survivor will be. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake
on Mar 23, 2013 -
Sci-Fi movie identification halp. Watched a movie when I was a kid that I thought was Futureworld, viewed Futureworld recently, beginning and ending are totally different. And yet certain things/scenes meshed. Am I imagining things? Maybe meshing two different films? [more inside]
posted by disconnect
on Mar 6, 2013 -
On a recent rewatch of the original Alien and Aliens films, I realized something puzzling. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg
on Feb 23, 2013 -
There was a movie that came out last fall that we spaced about and missed during its theater run. We want to pay to see it now to support movies of this type and by this filmmaker. Within reason, what is the best
way to do it? [more inside]
posted by getawaysticks
on Feb 21, 2013 -
I was watching this film on my previous laptop via TV-Tuner card and right then my laptop had crashed. I didn't check channel name and newspaper for the film name at the time, and now I can't remember it. It was at least before May 2010(I was watching the film in college and this when I left college - jic it helps though I am not sure if the film released recently at the time)... It was a train scene in the wilderness. [more inside]
posted by amar
on Feb 12, 2013 -
Writing a script, need a few believable, throwaway lines for a character. A guy running a TGI.Friday's-like bar praises his bartender, a math genius, for giving him an idea that saves money and improves the business overall. An example of outside-of-the-box thinking that enforces that our math-genius-in-disguise really is a genius. Bonus points if the idea skirts the line of legality -- something funky with accounting, maybe? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Feb 9, 2013 -
I feel like I should be able to find the translation with Google, but it is proving more difficult than expected. I would love to know what they were saying in the Vietnamese parts of this movie
posted by monkeys with typewriters
on Jan 21, 2013 -
The movie was released in the late 1990's early 2000's. It's a movie set in LA in the 70's or 80's. There's a murder (or beating?) at a nice house over a drug deal. [more inside]
posted by roboton666
on Jan 17, 2013 -
I remember watching a movie that was made in either the late 80s or early 90s which was set in a mental institution (or possibly rehab facility?). What was it? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine
on Jan 15, 2013 -
There's a character in the 1955 movie "French Cancan" who wears a very fancy uniform. He wears a light blue double-breasted jacket with white braid and bright red pants with stripes on the sides. I think it is some kind of old fashioned military dress uniform. You can see the outfit 0.26 seconds into the trailer
(warning:there are 26 seconds of cancan dancing first). My question is:
(1) What sort of uniform was this? Or is it just a costume they made up for the movie?
(2) Where/how could a modern person most affordably get a similar outfit of sufficiently good quality to wear around town at fancy occasions that are not Halloween?
posted by steinwald
on Jan 13, 2013 -
I'm pretty sure this was a movie, a woman is in an interrogation room with two way glass. Whoever is questioning her gives her a quarter and says to call someone who cares. He leaves the room, she smashes the edge to make a sharp bit, traces a circle on the two way glass and punches through. [more inside]
posted by abitha!
on Jan 11, 2013 -
Another "what movie was this?" question: a fantasy/horror film set at least partially in a castle, where the villain deliberately rips his own face off. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack
on Jan 1, 2013 -
Name that science fiction story / movie: Two people in love with each other are trapped in a box. The box is possibly in some alternative dimension with a Panopticon-type God person. I think the story was written by a famous sci fi author. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something
on Dec 30, 2012 -
Please help identify this 1980's movie: A drug dealer named "Butchie" is forced to overdose on his own supply [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake
on Dec 7, 2012 -
Early Christmas Present filter: We got a new tv last night. Help us decide on the best movies to watch to "break it in" [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Nov 30, 2012 -
When I was a teenager I rented a VHS copy of a Steven Seagal movie (I was young, but it's no excuse) got the video back home and another film was in the box. I cannot remember the name of the film and I believe I will die unhappy if I don't get an answer to this admittedly unimportant but frustrating question... [more inside]
posted by redskythinking
on Nov 6, 2012 -
I'm looking for an online video from a couple years back. It is a short scifi movie shot in the first person, which features a scientist waking up in a lab, looking out the window to see a giant tower shooting a beam into the sky, and then grabbing a black cube with lights on it, which appears to have some sort of strange powers. It was hosted on a website which had some other seemingly related material. I don't know if it was from an ARG, or a standalone video, or what, but I'd really like to watch it again.
posted by cthuljew
on Oct 4, 2012 -
I've seen The Twilight Zone. I've seen The Outer Limits. I've seen Tales From the Darkside. I've seen (and, puns notwithstanding, was bored by) Tales From the Crypt. I've seen Night Gallery. What else is there for me to see? [more inside]
posted by windykites
on Sep 14, 2012 -
Weird question: Is there a place I can register my newly-acquired vintage car for use as a movie prop? [more inside]
posted by mibo
on Sep 6, 2012 -
What's that movie? Heist film where a sharpshooter fires a metal pellet into a lock from a distance. [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Sep 4, 2012 -
I love Robot Chicken. I love the 100th Episode. When our hero escapes, he returns home to find a dvd waiting to be played. What movie does this scene
reference, when the Mad Scientist catches himself in the mirror? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri.
on Aug 22, 2012 -
Stupid question: Should I read Hunger Games 1? I've already seen the movie. This is normally a no-brainer because usually book >> movie: in this case, I have seen the movie first and have the book on-hand already, plus tonight I have a book swap and dibs on many other books that I don't know yet! Bonus: your opinion on reading parts 2&3.
posted by whatzit
on Aug 22, 2012 -