You're old enough now, it's time we had the talk: where do Muppets come from?
What should I watch, from a huge archive of Russian films? gusottertrout recommends some movies: "One of the great pleasures of watching Soviet cinema is seeing the differences in attitude towards common film tropes."
The real work of fake tears - pseudostrabismus tells us what it takes to film a movie scene with two actors crying: "Frankly it's a wonder actors can cry at all."
Where do tv chyrons come from? Jahaza explains who decides which words appear on screen during news broadcasts.
Bits and bobs of recent-ish quirky questions on Ask MetaFilter:
What did historical laydeez think about those codpieces?
Babushka lady behaviour? Examples, real or fictional, of people acting in noticeably strange or incongruous ways during important events or crowd scenes?
I vaaant to be alone! Temporarily deserted places that usually bustle during daylight hours?
No Chuck Tingle? What is the weirdest book in the history of English literature?
Not quite myself today. Is my body composed of a different set of atoms from when I was born?
AskMe recommends movies, books and places that are bad, weird, or fun: Most obscure bad movies?
What do you get when you mash up popular movie/book/etc titles? Instant classics like 12 Angry Monkeys, or Rashomonsters, Inc., or Das Booty Call, or Gorillas in the Mister Bean, and so many more. Come pitch your hot new media project here!
Also: (cough) alphabet thread (cough).
Carter Burwell and the Coen brothers both broke into Hollywood with Blood Simple in 1984. With only two exceptions, Burwell has served as composer on every film they have made since.
Nice post from AlonzoMosleyFBI on frequent Coen brothers collaborator, 2016 Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell, plus a comment from leibniz about interviewing Burwell regarding "his attitude towards the emotional nature of music," with a link to the Google books page where you can read the whole thing. Very interesting!
If you've been brushing up on the original films to prepare, you might enjoy the Fanfare rewatches of all the previous Star Wars movies.
Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny.
For kestralwing and Mr. K, the best Rx needed, stat: Laughter may be the best medicine, but where can I buy some?
"I set Anchorman on fire": Tales from Mefite film projectionists.
To make that sparkly tv logo without computers, the artists "stayed up all night doing drugs." - How they made animated graphics for tv before CGI.
Betamax nostalgia here - Plus how videotape and adhesive tape are made on the same machines.
Remember those 1-800- commercials from late-night tv? - I made those ads, and I worked in a call center, and we could tell when the ads aired.
Stock trader tech - lots of love for the bottomless Bloomberg terminal (internal Craigslist! extra emoji!), history of some alternatives to Bloomberg in the early 1980s, and extra tough phone equipment to survive frustrated smashing by floor traders.
Electronic medical records - A harder problem than it seems, how it's a pain for doctors, and why a lot of medical info systems still rely on fax or modem.
Hallo, weenies! Mefi posters are celebrating spooky season with a hoard of horrorfying and macabre media. Hope you
Best Books To Read For Halloween (we love the member recommendations in comments, too)
The 25 best horror movies since 2000 (Mefites might have a few Opinions)
13 Old Time Radio dramas to scare the pants off you
1970s BBC Radio's The Price of Fear with Vincent Price
Grainy, Spooky, Streaming VHS rips of classic 80s horror movies
Triggerfinger's big collection of Horror and Chill
Passed hand-to-hand among geeks on VHS and screened at sci fi cons in the 1980s, flash back to The Wizard of Speed and Time, a stop-motion live-action superhero short handmade by Mike Jittlov in 1979, and the cult feature film it inspired. First post by turtlebackriding.
"if that's all stop motion he's a fucking genius!" Madman, genius--the line is so fine.
Many classic movies are famous and important without being very entertaining to contemporary viewers. But others feel surprisingly fresh, in the sense that they still hold up as entertainment ... Which oldies successfully make you laugh/scream/cry/think on their own terms, without you having to put yourself in the shoes of bygone audiences?
In AskMe, Beardman asks about Oldies that don't feel like homework viewing, while in FanFare, Old Timey Film Club is announced, and Sunset Boulevard is posted as the group's debut thread (So they opened their big mouths and out came talk. Talk! TALK!).