• Activity
  • Votes
  • Comments
  • New
  • All activity
    1. Best Romantic Movies?

      My Anniversary is coming up and I'd like to do a movie night for my wife. She likes romantic films but I don't so we don't often watch them together. I'd like to come up with 3 or 4 of the best...

      My Anniversary is coming up and I'd like to do a movie night for my wife. She likes romantic films but I don't so we don't often watch them together.

      I'd like to come up with 3 or 4 of the best romantic movies ever to watch together as a gift to her. Since I don't ever watch these kinds of movies I don't know what's objectively good.

      Thanks!

      Thanks to everyone who responded! There are so many great options that I'm going to make a list of all of them to draw from on other special occasions too!

      26 votes
    2. What are your favorite short horror films available online?

      Hi! My wife and I met through our mutual love of horror films, and really love watching movies together in general-- good or bad. For the past three years we'd go to the local horror film festival...

      Hi!

      My wife and I met through our mutual love of horror films, and really love watching movies together in general-- good or bad. For the past three years we'd go to the local horror film festival around her birthday which, sadly, is not happening this year, so I thought I'd wrangle up some horror films available online for us to watch instead.

      Do you have any favorites?

      Here's some of mine!:

      • Transmission 1 (warning: starts loud): This was a webisode released to help promote the 2007 horror film The Signal in which a sound emitting from electronics affects how people behave.
      • Spider: A prankster doesn't know when to stop. (trigger warning & mild spoiler: some eye stuff)
      • Lights Out: Something seems off more than the lights (all of this guy's stuff is pretty decent as far as short horrors go).

      I know those are higher production value than most of the stuff you'd see at a festival, so don't worry about that. We really enjoyed one last year called Finley that was just a complete delight.

      15 votes
    3. What are some good movies that aren't written from a dominant perspective? (i.e. white/cis/het/male/non-disabled)

      i tried watching twin peaks, and the experience wasn't enjoyable. i didn't like its use of violence against women as a plot device, i didn't like the hypersexualization of women, i didn't like how...

      i tried watching twin peaks, and the experience wasn't enjoyable. i didn't like its use of violence against women as a plot device, i didn't like the hypersexualization of women, i didn't like how the characters with plot agency were primarily men.

      so, i try googling for better things to watch, using some combination of "feminist" and "movie/tv recommendations." but, in doing that, i'm bludgeoned over the head with clickbait listicles using "feminist" as a marketing buzzword. "Top 10 Movies With Empowering Female Leads" ... but, that's not what i want! i don't want Feminist (TM), i want "enjoyable movies that pass critical feminist analysis," i.e. "typical" films, but written from perspectives different than the norm.

      i loved tomboy, which was written/directed by celine sciamma. she also did portrait of a lady on fire, which is next in my queue because my queer circles have been raving about it. what else should i check out?

      21 votes
    4. What's your go-to "comfort food" movie?

      It's a miserable cold rainy afternoon. You need to wind down. You want to lie down on the couch, curl up under a blanket, drink a mug of cocoa/tea/chocolate, switch off, and spend a couple of...

      It's a miserable cold rainy afternoon. You need to wind down. You want to lie down on the couch, curl up under a blanket, drink a mug of cocoa/tea/chocolate, switch off, and spend a couple of hours just relaxing in front of a movie. You don't want something that will challenge you or make you think. Nothing new and exciting. It doesn't need to cheer you up, because you're not feeling depressed. You just want something that's going to make you feel cosy. Something familiar and comfortable and warm. You want an old favourite that you've seen so many times you can practically quote it word for word, so you don't even need to fully pay attention - but a movie that always makes you feel happy when you see it for the umpteenth time.

      What movie do you put on?

      21 votes
    5. UK Surveillance State: A Short Documentary

      Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you my latest project. It's a short run'n'gun documentary. During 2019 and 2020 I closely followed UK police forces—especially in London and Cardiff. I...

      Hi everyone,

      I wanted to share with you my latest project. It's a short run'n'gun documentary.

      During 2019 and 2020 I closely followed UK police forces—especially in London and Cardiff. I witnessed at least 5 or 6 live facial recognition deployments by the Metropolitan police (London) and South Wales police (Cardiff).

      The first thing I noticed in these deployments is how the UK police forces target certain people—especially racial minorities. Which is extremely worrying. But after you deeply analyze their modus operandi, the threat of their surveillance goes much further than the already grave threat of racial profiling: it is the beginning of a state of surveillance and a roll-back on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

      This film is not perfectly shot. I wish I had access to more gear. But the police's notice time of these facial recognition deployments was so short that I couldn't pick any gear at all. I'm glad that I'm always carrying my camera with me!

      I've put a lot of effort and care into this film. I hope you enjoy it.

      Any feedback is welcomed.

      Here's a short clip of the film: https://twitter.com/iamBorjaMoya/status/1246721750852870144

      You can watch the entire film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6WCS3ZF5mw

      12 votes
    6. Movie Monday Free Talk

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      We haven't had one of these in a while, and given the amount of time people are spending indoors, I figured it might be good to share some movie recommendations.

      I will post my own comment regarding some movies I've seen recently, but I wanted to also share some quarantine / pandemic movies that might be interesting given the strange times we find ourselves in. Warning: they are probably not a great way to take your mind off things, if that's what you are searching for, hence why I'm separating them from my other comment.

      • Contagion (2011) - Probably one of the more relevant movies, and certainly on people's minds. It's an interesting worst case what-if scenario, and actually tackles some of the political struggle with organizing around a pandemic.
      • Perfect Sense (2011) - Overshadowed by Contagion, which is arguably the better movie, but I liked the premise of this one: a disease that slowly takes away your 5 senses, one at a time. I didn't like the ending, but for a thought experiment it captured my attention. It threw in a love plot line which may or may not have been necessary when the reaction was more interesting, but it does help provide a ground floor experience of a more terrifying epidemic.
      • It's a Disaster (2012) - I have somehow managed to miss watching this movie, despite it being on my watch list for some time. A comedy, which may come in use in this trying time, it centers around a group of friends who invariably become part of a self-quarantine at their house.
      • Rear Window (1954) - A Hitchcock classic. Jimmy Stewart is confined to his NYC apartment due to a leg injury, and has all the time in the world to spy on his neighbors, where he becomes obsessive over a potential domestic dispute between a couple across the way.
      • The Lighthouse (2019) - Superb acting by Willem Dafoe. Two men, a seaman fresh to the trade and a seasoned veteran, are servicing the sole lighthouse on a tiny island as part of a contract. They are forced to stay longer than either imagined due to a storm passing through them. They get at their wits end with each other and their sanity slowly falls apart. Beautifully shot in black and white and with authentic vernacular, it really transports you to a different time period.
      5 votes
    7. What are your favorite deleted scenes?

      Whether it be a scene you like, a scene you think should have been kept, both, or something else. (Can also include scenes that were re-inserted in a later release, like an extended edition.)

      11 votes