What is your unavailable for streaming wishlist for FF?
December 13, 2022 7:32 AM - Subscribe

While there's no rule against posting movies on FF that aren't available streaming, generally speaking, most of us usually try to avoid it. With that in mind, what are movies you'd love to discuss on FF that aren't currently streaming anywhere?

My list is probably: Elvis (the John Carpenter TV miniseries with Kurt Russell as Elvis), Tarsem Singh's The Fall, Iona Poricaru's Lemonade, and Mute Witness.

Red Rock West was on my list but it's available now so I have to get to posting that.
posted by DirtyOldTown (16 comments total)
Oh wait, I did post RRW.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:52 AM on December 13, 2022

Damn I just posted a movie that isn't streaming. I will say I do have a copy that I can send people if they want to see it.
posted by miss-lapin at 2:24 PM on December 14, 2022

There's no rule that says you can't do that. I just know we collectively favor stuff that is streaming.

For my purposes (read: POSTING ALL THE FILMS), limiting myself that way just makes sense.

If someone just watched a disc... why shouldn't they post it? We post stuff in theaters after all.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:09 PM on December 14, 2022 [1 favorite]

I was discussing this movie with a friend nd found out is on youtube so bullet dodged.
posted by miss-lapin at 7:14 PM on December 14, 2022

Mine is the movie I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Even many libraries don't have dvd copies of this anymore (a librarian friend of mine said every copy they got in would never get returned eventually).
posted by kitten kaboodle at 6:26 PM on December 15, 2022 [2 favorites]

Also, yeah, why the hell is The Fall so hard to find? That movie is the best movie.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 6:28 PM on December 15, 2022 [1 favorite]

Well the movie got yoinked by youtube so White Reindeer and Dogma are my wish list atm.
posted by miss-lapin at 6:45 PM on December 15, 2022

Oh also a french film called The Night of Revelations-a made for tv movie
posted by miss-lapin at 7:17 PM on December 15, 2022

Martin by George Romero
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Jean de Florette
Manon of the Spring
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Fingers by James Toback
posted by johnofjack at 7:46 PM on December 15, 2022 [3 favorites]

kitten kaboodle, there is a nice-ish rip of I Wanna Hold Your Hand on Facebook. I absolutely love The Fall. It's one of my favorite movies. I search for that one regularly, so I can post it.

la Nuit des Révélations 2019? Yeah, I think you're out of luck there, miss-lapin. There's an okay rip of Dogma on YouTube. It may be the season but White Reindeer has a few options now, including Kanopy, AMC+, and digital rental.

johnofjack, most of yours exist in quasi-legal uploads...
Superstar is sort of online... YT and DailyMotion, anyway. Although neither is a great rip.

Martin fares a little better with serviceable quality in versions on Facebook, YouTube, and Internet Archive.

Mr. Goodbar is on YT in what they list as a 720p version, but I'm not sure about that. Here's that one.

Jean de Florette can be found legally in Australia or France, maybe elsewhere, but not here. VPN that one, I guess.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped is on YT in 720p.

Fingers has a decent-ish but not HD version on Internet Archive.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:30 PM on December 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

I'm referring to the 1952 The White Reindeer not the 2013. According to Justwatch it's unavailable and I've looked around and not found it on streaming service etc.
posted by miss-lapin at 11:08 PM on December 16, 2022

Ah, gotcha. I'll keep my eyes peeled.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:14 AM on December 17, 2022 [1 favorite]

Saying "well, it's streaming!" doesn't really matter much anymore, considering all the various services and subscription fees that we deal with. I don't care if a movie/show/whatever is easily available, I want to see conversation. Seeing posts without even a comment from the poster about it sucks, and I feel like FF has a tendency to be little more than a Twitter bot feed. "Here's a movie. Here's a movie. Here's another movie." FF is not like the blue where everything I need is right there on the web and presenting without comment makes sense. IMDB and Wikipedia already exist if I just want to read about random movies. MetaFilter is a community and I want to see what the people here care about AND WHY. If you've got insightful things to say about it I'll search it out.
posted by curious nu at 12:38 PM on December 24, 2022 [7 favorites]

That's interesting; I've had posts where I was the first commenter and then wondered if that was why no one else ever commented, or if the film just didn't interest anyone in watching it. I've had others where I didn't comment at all and then the post got maybe two comments. It's rare for me to post a film which gets much commentary (Stop Making Sense and Rocky Horror Picture Show are the only two exceptions I can think of offhand), so I've been coming around to the idea that posting here about films & TV is (for the sorts of things I like, anyway) just generally not very fulfilling.

I'd like to see more discussion, too, but don't really know how to facilitate it.
posted by johnofjack at 2:10 PM on December 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

I see making a post as the beginning to facilitating a conversation kinda like bringing up at the watercooler "Hey did ya catch Violent Night?" FF is different from the Blue in that way that a big well crafted post doesn't seem to be the expectation here.

But it can be difficult predicting what movies will get convos and what won't. I've posted movies here thinking for sure there would be a discussion and nada. I've posted movies here on a whim and there's a huge discussion. So unless it's a post about this season's must see tv, I don't generally expect things here to get a lot of traction. I just kinda post movies I've watched recently and don't have a post and see what happens.

It can be really disappointing to read a post about a fantastic movie only to discover you can't find it. So I can see why posting about a film that's currently not widely available would be annoying. And being able to watch it, obviously facilitates being able to discuss it.
posted by miss-lapin at 12:50 PM on December 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

I think "posting only things you can stream" is a bit like "not posting spoilers at the top of a FF thread."

It's not a rule, just sort of an informal standard that has evolved in the interest of trying to be nice. People won't get mad if you don't hew to that, but it is nice to try when you can.

REALLY wanting The Fall to show up on streaming because I want to recommend that to people to watch, not to stash on a list and forget about.

That said, if like, Tarsem Singh had a big new movie out and was in the discourse, I might post it anyway. There can be other motivating factors for posting beyond just streaming status.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:14 AM on January 10, 2023

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