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Question of the Week

March 5, 2021

Kasi Lemmons, the writer/director of Monday’s FSO discussion film, Eve’s Bayou, began her career in front of the camera in such movies as School Daze and The Silence of the Lambs. This got us thinking… What are the best movies directed by actors? Share your favorite Peele (Get Out), Lupino (The Hitch-Hiker), or Redford (Quiz Show) selections for our next Community Curated List.

Question of the Week: February 26, 2021

In honor of National Love Your Pet Day on February 20, we’re looking for some of the cinema’s most memorable animal friends. What are the best movie pets? Share your favorite dog (Mr. Smith in The Awful Truth), snake (Reggie in Raiders of the Lost Ark), pig (the eponymous Babe), or cat (Jonesy in Alien) selections for our next Community Curated List.

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Question of the Week: February 19, 2021

In honor of National Love Your Pet Day on February 20, we’re looking for some of the cinema’s most memorable animal friends. What are the best movie pets? Share your favorite dog (Mr. Smith in The Awful Truth), snake (Reggie in Raiders of the Lost Ark), pig (the eponymous Babe), or cat (Jonesy in Alien) selections for our next Community Curated List.

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Question of the Week: February 12, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, which historian Carter G. Woodson founded 95 years ago as a week-long focus on African Americans’ contributions to the advancement of civilization, we’re looking for movies that further its mission. What are the best films celebrating African American achievements? Share your favorite historical (Glory), biographical (Straight Outta Compton), or documentary (Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child) selections for our next Community Curated List.

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Question of the Week: February 5, 2021

Inspired by our Film Studies Online discussion of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on February 8, we’re looking for films that have brilliantly vibrant palettes. What are the most colorful movies? Share your favorite quirky (The Grand Budapest Hotel), international (Dreams), or comics-inspired (Dick Tracy), selections for our next Community Curated List.

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Question of the Week: January 29, 2021

Inspired by Groundhog Day—or rather, Groundhog Day—we’re looking for movies that tell a story in a roundabout way (or a round-and-round-and-roundabout way). What are the best films with non-linear narratives? Share your favorite international (Rashomon), film noir (Sunset Boulevard), or sci-fi (Edge of Tomorrow) selections for our next Community Curated List.

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Question of the Week: January 22, 2021

Sunday, January 24, is Global Belly Laugh Day, so we’re not interested in movies that are only cute, amusing, or fun. We’re looking for movies that are really, really funny. What are the best (belly) laugh-out-loud movies? Share your favorite old-school (Duck Soup), British (A Fish Called Wanda), or unintentional (The Room) selections for our next Community Curated List.

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Question of the Week: January 15, 2021

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, we’re looking for films about fighting for a cause. What are the best movies about activism? Whether they are documentaries (She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry), based on a true story (Selma) or not so much (Sorry to Bother You), share your selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: January 8, 2021

Inspired by what would’ve been Elvis Presley’s 86th birthday on January 8, we’re looking for films about rock music and the people who make it. What are the best rock-and-roll movies? Share your favorite fictional (Almost Famous), documentary (20 Feet from Stardom), or biographical (La Bamba) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: January 8, 2021

After the year that was 2020, we could all use some rest. In fact, over in the U.K., January 3 is Festival of Sleep Day. So, we’re looking for films that make the most of their characters’ time asleep. What movies have the best dream sequences? Share your favorite animated (Spirited Away), action-packed (Inception), Hitchcockian (Spellbound), or “abiding” (The Big Lebowski) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: December 25, 2020

Since we can all agree that 2020 can’t be over quickly enough, we’re looking for movies that mark the end of the year. What are the best movies set around New Year’s Eve? Share your favorite disaster (The Poseidon Adventure), rom-com (When Harry Met Sally…), sci-fi (Strange Days), or Coen brothers (The Hudsucker Proxy) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: December 18, 2020

Since it’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” we’re looking for movies that have depicted it memorably. What are the best holiday movies? Share your favorite definitive (It’s a Wonderful Life), action-packed (Die Hard), animated (The Polar Express), cynical (The Ref), or parodic (The Hebrew Hammer) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: December 11, 2020

Inspired by this week’s Ask Andrew mini film lesson, we’re looking for movies that have been made more than once. What are the best remakes? Share your favorite definitive (John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon), shot-for-shot (Gus Van Sant’s Psycho), or genre-bending (Throw Momma from the Train) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: December 4, 2020

Inspired by our discussion of The Right Stuff, we’re looking for movies set among—or about the quest to reach—the stars. What are the best movies about space? Share your favorite metaphysical (Solaris), action-packed (Armageddon), documentary (For All Mankind), or even parodic (Spaceballs) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: November 27, 2020

In support of the local stores we all love, we’d like to know: What are the best movies about small shops and businesses? Share your favorite romantic (The Shop Around the Corner), indie (Clerks), comedic (Ghostbusters), or, um, illicit (Pineapple Express) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: November 20, 2020

Though it will be a bit different this year, Thanksgiving is typically a time for friends and relatives to get together. That’s why we’d like to know: What are the best movies about “family” gatherings? Share your favorite quirky (The Royal Tenenbaums), suspenseful (Knives Out), or “boomer” (The Big Chill) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: November 13, 2020

In memory of Sir Sean Connery, who passed away on October 31 at the age of 90, we’re looking for some of his memorable roles beyond 007. What are Sean Connery’s best non-Bond movies? Share your favorite historical (The Man Who Would Be King), action-packed (The Rock), or quirky (Time Bandits) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: November 6, 2020

Help us get a little “meta” and splice together some films about filmmaking. What are the best movies about the movies? Share your favorite silent (Sherlock Jr.), farcical (Bowfinger) or, ahem, adult (Boogie Nights) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: October 30, 2020

Inspired by our Wednesdays with Wiseman series, which features the groundbreaking work of one of the preeminent chroniclers of American institutions, we’re looking for non-fiction films. What are some of the best documentaries? Share your favorite cinéma vérité (Grey Gardens), concert (Stop Making Sense) or political docs (Fahrenheit 9/11) for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: October 23, 2020

In case you haven’t heard, there is an election coming up, so after you mail in your ballot (or before you head to the polls), cast your vote for the best political film! Share your favorite idealistic (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), cynical (Wag the Dog), or bonkers (The Death of Stalin) movie about politics for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: October 16, 2020

Last week we asked for—and you gave us—old-school scary movies, so this week, we’re looking for the best modern takes on the genre. What are your favorite horror films made since 1970? Share your groundbreaking (The Exorcist), tongue-in-cheek (Scream), or allegorical (Get Out) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: October 9, 2020

Inspired by our upcoming Film Studies Online discussion of Cat People (1942), we’re looking for old-school scary movies. What are your favorite horror films made before 1970?  Share your groundbreaking (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), timeless (The Mummy), or literary (The Haunting) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: October 2, 2020

Inspired by our upcoming Film Studies Online discussion of A Streetcar Named Desire, we’re looking for stage-to-screen adaptations. What are your favorites? Share your singable (The Sound of Music), quotable (A Few Good Men), or even campy (Cats, anyone? Anyone?) selections for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: September 25, 2020

Inspired by Introducing Dorothy Arzner, our October 13th seminar on the trailblazing Hollywood director, we’re looking for movies directed by women. What are some of the best films by female directors? Share your films noir (Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker), comedies (Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own), or war pictures (Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker) for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: September 18, 2020

Inspired by Robin’s Wish, one of this week’s new releases, we’re looking for movies starring Robin Williams. What are your favorites? Share your funny (Mrs. Doubtfire), dramatic (Dead Poets Society), or even schmaltzy (Patch Adams, anyone?) favorites for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: September 11, 2020

Inspired by the film for our next FSO discussion, The Swimmer, we’re rounding up movies about the suburbs. What are your favorite movies about the ‘burbs? Share your satirical (American Beauty), dramatic (Revolutionary Road), or even ridiculous (um, The ‘Burbs) favorites for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: September 4, 2020

“We’re gonna need you to go ahead and fill out this Question of the Week.”

We’re rounding up movies about the workplace for Labor Day Weekend. What are your favorite workplace movies? Share your comedic (Office Space), dramatic (Norma Rae), or even musical (How to Succeed in Business…) favorites for our next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: August 28, 2020

The movies of the 1990s ran the gamut. From massive blockbusters (Jurassic Park), to legendary indie films (Reservoir Dogs), to teen-dream comedies (Clueless, duh!), to big-budget thrillers (Mission: Impossible), the ’90s had it all. What are the most iconic movies from the 1990s? Give us your favorites for the next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: August 21, 2020

In need of noir this week! Film noir has cast a long shadow (see what we did there?) across eras and genres. Seedy underbellies, darkened streets, femme fatales, and other genre tropes can be found in films from Body Heat to Who Framed Roger Rabbit to The Big Lebowski to Inherent Vice and beyond. Give us your favorite film noirs. They’re the stuff that (Community Curated) lists are made of.

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Question of the Week: August 14, 2020

We’re looking to beef up our summer viewing–and reading–lists! What are the best literary adaptations? Give us films that are worth seeing if you love the source books, or films that deserve to have their source books read.

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Question of the Week: August 7, 2020

What are the best romantic comedies? From the big-budget classics to under-the-radar indies, we want to know! Give us your picks and help build the next Community Curated list.

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Question of the Week: July 31, 2020

To celebrate International Cay Day on Saturday, August 8, we’re making a list of films featuring the most fabulous felines. All genres are welcome – dramas, comedies, animated films, documentaries – because cats have graced the big screen since the earliest days of cinema! We’ll unleash the list next Caturday (see what we did there), just in time to make a mew-vie marathon for the holiday.

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Question of the Week: July 24, 2020

Five, six, seven, eight. . . What are some movies with memorable dance scenes? Movie musicals may own the lion’s share of high-profile choreography, and definitely deserve to make the cut, but noteworthy dance sequences are found in all genres of films. Select the best and help build the next Community Curated List!

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Question of the Week: July 16, 2020

What movies have the best opening credit sequences? Sometimes the titles are just as creative and engaging as the movie itself, if not more so! Give us your best and help build the next Community Curated List.

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Question of the Week: July 9, 2020

What are the best ’80’s movies? From Arnold to Sly and the Brat Pack to Cusack, there are a lot of gems. Send us your picks and help build an upcoming Community Curated list. 

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Question of the Week: June 30, 2020

Time for a new playlist! What movies have the best soundtracks? Multiple answers are welcome.

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Question of the Week: June 23, 2020

What’s your favorite movie about food? Fire up the grill, stir up a summer salad, pop up that popcorn, and have an at-home dinner-and-a-movie night with us! Tell us your favorites.

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Question of the Week: June 16, 2020

The summer solstice is on Saturday, and we’re in the mood for some summery blockbusters. What are some big, loud, action-packed movies that are perfect for summertime watching?

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Question of the Week: June 3, 2020

Cinema has a special capacity to convey perspectives, share experiences, and tell important stories. What is a movie that has made a lasting impact on you? It may have opened your eyes to a new perspective, shown you a part of the world you’d never seen before, shed light on an historical moment unknown to you, or was just so unique that you never forgot your first time watching it.

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Question of the Week: May 26, 2020

You get to raid the closet of one fictional character in one movie. Whose closet, and what movie? Tell us your film style!

Question of the Week: May 19, 2020

Location location location! If you could take a real-life vacation in any movie locale, what movie would that be? Would you go for a swim in Mamma Mia!, or sip tea in Downton Abbey?

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Question of the Week: May 12, 2020

This one’s for fans of the fourth estate! What is your favorite movie about journalism? It can be a film that lionizes a muckraker, or shows the desperation of a reporter down on her luck. Print, broadcast, cable, or web, we want to know your go-to movie about the people who bring us the news.

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Question of the Week: May 5, 2020

This one’s for the kiddos! What movie do you recommend for children under the age of 7? Make sure it holds up after seeing it one, six, or twenty-five times. Parents will thank you.

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Question of the Week: April 28, 2020

What is your favorite movie set in the future? It can be space-aged, dystopian, optimistic, or as realistic as can be.

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Question of the Week: April 21, 2020

Calling all buddies near and far! What’s your favorite buddy movie?

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Question of the Week: April 14, 2020

What movie is your guilty pleasure?
You might be embarrassed to admit how much you love it, but tell us anyway.

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Question of the Week: April 7, 2020

What is the best movie set in Philadelphia?
The Main Line and Philly burbs count!

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Question of the Week: March 31, 2020

Time for an at-home concert!
Which music documentaries should be played big and heard LOUD?

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Question of the Week: March 23, 2020

What are your top three sports movies of all time? Bonus points for ranking them.

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Question of the Week: March 17, 2020

You’re in quarantine for a month. You can watch one movie. One movie. All month. No cheating. What would your quarantine movie be?

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