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December 13

Examples of movies (or tv shows) that deconstruct a genre

Last night while watching Logan for the first time I reflected that it reminded me of other movies that subverted and deconstructed the genre they ostensibly belong do, such as Chinatown, Frozen, Scream, and Unforgiven. This sort of thing really appeals to me, particularly if the deconstruction is cynical or fatalistic, or you get the sense in the end that watching any other movie from "genre X" is a waste of time until the genre is reinvented. Got any other examples? (vague and minor spoilers for Logan inside) [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 4:45 PM - 9 answers

Public librarian seeks statistics input

What information and statistical tests do I use to find out if moving biographies to their own special display actually increased their popularity? I want to take a rigorous approach that includes confidence levels. [more inside]
posted by Nissake at 10:25 AM - 10 answers

"He's a great guy." "Yeah...he is."

In "romantic" movies, or even in regular movies, there is often the trope of Person A, telling Person B, that Person C is, "a great guy." A pause ensues, with Person B saying, warmly, something like "You know what? He really is." I am looking for examples of this type of formulation in any kind of movie. [more inside]
posted by agregoli at 9:35 AM - 5 answers

The Hidden City

I'm looking for books about hidden Philadelphia - what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 8:50 AM - 7 answers

What is your album of the year and why? (Song of the year ok also.)

It's about the end of 2017, mefites, and I have not kept up with all things musical. I am out of music. I need recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:20 AM - 46 answers

December 12

Handwriting Tattoo Placement

After thinking about it for several years I've decided to finally get a memorial tattoo for my grandmother. I have her handwriting saying "I love you - Grandma" which I would like. However I am having trouble with placement ideas as well as if I should add a symbol with it because I feel weird about just text tattoos. [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 8:23 PM - 9 answers

What's the best music of the 21st century so far?

Please help me compile a list of songs that may help make sense (in a hopefully positive way) of this now 17 year old millennium. I'm not really concerned with genre or popularity (or lack thereof) or even critical acclaim. What sounds have you found indispensable so far in 21st Century -- Avalanches to Zero G, Major Lazer to MGMT?
posted by philip-random at 4:34 PM - 15 answers

Please help me identify this school play

I'm trying to remember an elementary school play, circa 1980. I’ve thought about it over the years and would love to locate any info on it. [more inside]
posted by mountainblue at 3:02 PM - 3 answers

Please help me identify this artist

I'm looking to identify the artist who made this cow. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 10:26 AM - 6 answers

What media/pop culture "easter eggs" are format-specific?

Tom Petty dropped a message to CD listeners in the middle of his Full Moon Fever record, which was not on his cassette or LP. An early-in-the-HDTV-days episode of My Name is Earl had a sign that was visible to people watching in 16:9 HD but not in 4:3 SD. Do you know other pop culture easter eggs that are format-dependent? (Note: I am not looking for "this deleted scene is only available on the special-edition DVD;" instead I am curious about little additions that exploit the format itself.)
posted by AgentRocket at 6:45 AM - 38 answers

December 11

Turn left here, kids

What are some books -- fiction or nonfiction -- that will help very privileged kiddos develop a sense of empathy for and obligation to other people? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 12:33 PM - 35 answers

Political campaign videos that do not suck?

Have you seen any short political campaign videos that moved you, educated you, went viral, or otherwise went outside the norm? I need inspiration! [more inside]
posted by *s at 8:47 AM - 13 answers

December 10

Japanese cover of "Whiskey in the Jar"

I used to have an mp3 of a female Japanese singer performing "Whiskey in the Jar," with lyrics in Japanese. I think I looked her up once and she turned out to be a folk singer, but I wouldn't swear to that. Somehow I've lost this mp3, and googling for it isn't getting me anywhere. Can you help me find any information about the song or where to buy it? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 9:15 PM - 2 answers

Bookfilter: Your favorite short(ish) reads

What are some of your favorite books that are less than 300 pages? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 8:55 PM - 28 answers

Intelligent books with less text, more images for elderly mother

My mother has moderate dementia, but doesn't realize it or understand it. One of the worst aspects is that, though she's been a life-long, voracious, high-level reader, she isn't really capable any more of reading much. She just doesn't have the cognition to follow text along from one paragraph to another. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 1:14 PM - 27 answers

December 9

Detective Game Recommendations?

Please share with me your recommendations for good detective games to get caught up in! Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian at 4:14 PM - 12 answers

Another call for best podcast EPISODES

I am not a podcast listener because I have a 10 minute bike commute and also am a terrible listener. However, I’m going to be driving for most of the next month, and would love to explore the world of podcasts. There are so many. Please recommend me the best INDIVIDUAL EPISODES of good podcasts. Anything goes, fiction, non-fiction, history, arts, tech, politics, comedy, absurdity, anything and everything else, but I have a slight preference for less chatty. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 4:10 PM - 19 answers

Movies set primarily in DC, but NOT primarily about politics/government

I'm putting together a list of films set primarily in Washington, DC but that are *not* primarily focused on politics or the federal government. So, no to All the President's Men, but yes to The Exorcist and Broadcast News. [more inside]
posted by duffell at 10:55 AM - 22 answers

Favorite Informational YouTube Channels?

I'm looking for your favorite YouTube channels to follow that are informational, educational, or historical in nature. I'm not interested in channels that are primarily comedic, but it's fine if they're humorous while being informative. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 6:58 AM - 23 answers

December 8

What are the sources of these poem/song parodies?

In the John M. Ford short-story collection From the End of the Twentieth Century, there's a piece that had previously only been published in chapbooks as gifts to his friends, called "A Little Scene to Monarchize." It is a parody (really multiple parodies) of Shakespeare's Wars of the Roses plays. I don't recognize most of the parodies. If anyone can help with any of this, I would be MUCH OBLIGED. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 1:46 PM - 7 answers

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