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February 25

Looking For Documentaries & Films To Inspire Intelligent Conversation

I am looking for movies and documentaries that will inspire good conversation. Things that have a psychological or philosophical component are especially of interest. If there is an aspect of moral complexity, even better!!! [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 6:48 AM - 24 answers

February 24

Name that Film

Asking for a friend - she and her husband watched a film a while ago, they think it was on UK Netflix and the cast were American but they can't be sure. Description Follows: [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 11:55 PM - 0 answers

Help me find this dimly remembered poem?

There's this poem I barely remember. [more inside]
posted by KChasm at 11:54 PM - 7 answers

Lord of the Ringlets?

Help me find a half-remembered article that compared hairstyles of different groups in the Lord of the Rings movies to those of 70s-80s rock bands. [more inside]
posted by NumberSix at 10:48 PM - 0 answers

James Brown Live Concert Video with Long Introduction

I'm looking for a specific video of a James Brown concert or TV appearance. [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor at 8:26 PM - 1 answers

Name that tune, round one billion.

I was driving in Portland, listening to the alternative rock station. They played a song that sounded like The Beatles singing Queens of the Stone Age. And there was a crazy prog-rock synth solo in the middle (I think it was a synth at least). It was great! What was it? [more inside]
posted by weed donkey at 7:22 PM - 4 answers

February 23

Strange movie recall: Severed hands edition

I'm looking for a movie I saw in the nineties, and can't seem to find the right search terms with google. The villain kidnaps people to cut off their hands in order to give them to his daughter so she can play the piano. [more inside]
posted by vortex genie 2 at 7:23 PM - 4 answers

Slow, heavy, sludge-country cover of "Surrender" by Cheap Trick?

I heard it in a bar last night and really liked it. Shazam didn't know it. Do you? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 10:03 AM - 5 answers

Can you ID some contemporary art?

I'm trying to remember the names of two art pieces: 1. a video piece involving young men playing an absurd fictional sport; and 2. a very recent piece about the sexualized relationships people have with their phones. [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 9:41 AM - 1 answers

February 22

Recs for fiction, memoirs about healing family estrangement

CW: trauma, alcoholism, abuse (nothing graphic) Looking for comforting, validating, or revealing fiction, memoirs, or stories dealing with repairing relationships after abuse. Snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by shalom at 1:34 PM - 6 answers

February 21

Live cover of “Another Brick in the Wall”

Can you help me find a vaguely remembered live cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” I heard on the radio, possibly from the 1990s? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar at 7:07 PM - 5 answers

Like push-ups, but for knitting

I have been a knitter for 10 years. I've never moved beyond hats, scarves, or small plushies. I want to start working up to knitting sweaters but am unsure of how to best approach it. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 6:09 PM - 25 answers

Can you name that song with “the milk had soured” in the chorus?

Can you name that song with a verse similar to “the milk had soured” in the chorus? Other clues: 1. Indie Pop 2. Female vocal 3. I vauguely recall lots of electronic sounds.
posted by brokeaspoke at 5:58 AM - 6 answers

February 20

Described video tips?

I'd like to create a Described Video track to accompany a video project... ie, an optional audio track in which a narrator describes the visuals onscreen, so that low vision people get context. I'm seeking tips on how to do this well, things to avoid doing, or links to media with great descriptive tracks that I can use as templates. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:24 PM - 5 answers

Looking for very specific movie or TV scenes

I'm looking for still photos or clips from movies or TV that show a man or men tied up in a non-sexual context and - crucially - they are afraid. That is, no angry/stoic/brave James Bond types. I don't care if they're later killed but I'd prefer the image not show the actual torture/murder. Ideal examples. Bad examples. ABSOLUTELY NO WOMEN OR CHILDREN. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 9:31 AM - 24 answers

Vocal + piano and nothing else recordings of standards (follow-up sorta)

Are there other recordings like "Intimate Ella" with just piano, no combo, for me to try and crib from? [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 8:45 AM - 3 answers

February 19

Male smooth-jazz vocalist from the late '70's?

I’m trying to peg a male jazz vocalist from 1978-1980 who had a lilting calm vibe but Google isn't helping. I remember a snatch of one lyric from a song where he compares his lover to a map, kissing her “down to your sweet Brazil”. Any idea who he is?
posted by mono blanco at 8:18 PM - 5 answers

What's this "magic box" and how can I get my hands on one?

I would like to make or buy something like this magic box on display in the Antique Toy Museum in Mexico City: I love the depth and density of the interior universe, and that you have to crane your neck to see into it. Is there a specific name for this kind of object? Any thoughts on how it was made? Where should I begin searching? Terms I've googled: cajita magica; parabolic glass box; optical illusion box lens; mirror box. (I've also tried messaging the museum's facebook but have had no luck in getting an answer.) Thanks!
posted by brieche at 1:59 PM - 2 answers

February 18

Need a book to learn Jazz/Blues piano improvisation for a beginner

I am an intermediate piano player and I’d like a VERY basic book to walk me through how to learn to improvise. I mean basic. I know nothing and need baby steps.
posted by captainscared at 6:11 AM - 6 answers

ID the Actor

Who is this man in the Big Mac commercial NBC is running every 15 minutes during the olympics?
posted by something something at 5:58 AM - 2 answers

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