Currently trending in Fanfare at Metafilter: Moon Knight, Asylum; Better Call Saul: Rock and Hard Place; Russian Doll; Everything Everywhere All at Once; Spider-Man: No Way Home; The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
Mefites are discussing Steven Soderbergh's black-and-white cut of Raiders of the Lost Ark with music by Trent Reznor and no dialog. Are there other films that are better in black and white? Molesome knows some.
It's oddly comforting to know that people have always been fussy about make-believe. — Burhanistan
Ten Cold Hot Dogs posts the Tropes, Cliches and Sloppy Mistakes that Annoyed Moviegoers 100 Years Ago
deeply nerdy pedantry about LotR and history.. I'm down! — drewbage1847
LOTR fans are enjoying Chrysostom's post on a historian’s look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson’s Return of the King.
Chirin’s Bell is like if, instead of Bambi being raised by his father after the death of his mother, he sought out the hunters who killed his mother and insisted they teach him how to use a gun: interesting post from J.K. Seazer on an unusual children's book (and film), plus a great analysis of the work.
Listing the greatest songs by 21st century women; acquiring Artemesia Gentileschi; remembering activist Maria L. de Hernandez; applauding Therese Okoumou, shero for liberty; celebrating Kate Bush & Emily Brontë; & Emily Brontë; & Emily Carr, Canadian art pioneer; energizing recognition for women of science; peeking at Parker Posy's memoir; enjoying Nahre Sol's Pocket Pieces compositions; feeling good with Summery Lesbian Movies for Summer Lesbianing.
Furnished: Film and Furniture furnishes you with fascinating facts about the décor in your favourite films
Unfurnished: This Is The Most Filmed In Alley In NYC
Selling the sizzle: This Is Why You Can't Stop Watching Movie Trailers
Selling the steak: Why Dwayne Johnson is the new Schwarzenegger
Crossed: "A Report Of Connected Events," short film blurs the lines between reality and our favourite stories
Double-crossed: Wild Things ... 12 double-crosses in a movie with a runtime of 108 minutes
Defining: Polish Radio Experimental Studio influenced animation soundtracks for generations to come
Redefining: a three-part essay series on costume design for heroic female characters
Time and space: This May Be Stanley Kubrick Explaining the End of 2001
Time and place: "The Letter Carrier," exquisite, chilling fable in a short film
Theodolite asks a fascinating question: who are some famous artists, writers, historical figures, etc. whose reputations were revived by a single person?
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?
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!