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blue film

A film that contains graphic sexual content. The use of "blue" to mean lewd or indecent dates from the mid-1800s, though the origin is unclear. A lot of kids at school got in trouble for trading blue films.
See also: blue, film

popcorn film

A film that is entertaining to watch but is generally not of a very high quality or rich in emotional or intellectual depth. A: "So what film do you want to go see later?" B: "I don't feel like watching anything too heavy or complex—let's just see whatever popcorn film is out."
See also: film, popcorn

tentpole film

A film with a very large budget and production value that is meant to provide substantial revenue to the production company. Big blockbusters used to be quite the rare cinematic event, but we've gotten to the point now where there's a tentpole film coming out nearly every weekend of the year.
See also: film, tentpole

film at 11

A phrase used in broadcast journalism during clips of news stories that are to be featured in greater detail later (when a news program airs, traditionally at 11 PM). Although it was once reserved for serious news stories, the phrase is often used now in a joking or sarcastic manner in conversation or news parodies. A five-alarm fire engulfs a historical landmark—film at 11. Ooh, Jill and Megan are fighting again! Film at 11!
See also: 11, film

film over

[for something] to develop a film on its surface. The windows had filmed over because of all the humidity. Her eyes filmed over with the cold.
See also: film, over

snuff film

n. a film that records an actual death or killing. Some of these snuff films have a loyal following of real sickies.
See also: film, snuff
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Defendants have failed in good faith to include in Gross Receipts a reasonable sum as the license fee allocable to the Film for the exploitation of pay television rights;
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Uncompromising, singular, and alone as when the film began.
And this is the first access anyone--except close associates of Debord's--has had to Critique, because, according to Assayas, it was never shown publicly until the Venice Film Festival in 2001, and even then not fully restored.
Each film (plus questionnaire) spanned three or four seventy-five minute periods.
As self-evident as this might appear, the case study sought, in part, to establish a baseline of the students' native critical viewing skills (either innate or transferred from other disciplines such as English) and so we only provided a cursory verbal introduction to the topics in each film.
In 1968, under mounting pressure from audiences and filmmakers, Quebec became one of the first provinces to replace its censorship board with a more tolerant film classification system.
The wave of Islamic fundamentalism had direct effect on intellectual and cultural life in the film production center of the Arab world, Egypt.
Clear spectrally selective film does not change the appearance of existing glass allowing its application on an entire building or on as few windows as necessary to deal with a localized over heating problem.
In her discussion of masculinity in Singleton's film Boyz N the Hood, Robyn Wiegman astutely notes that the black male is "stranded between the competing--at times overdetermining--logics of race and gender" (174): On the one hand, as a black within a racist social and political hierarchy, he has neither power nor privilege; yet, on the other hand, as a male within a still patriarchal power structure, he has both.
In Questioning Faith, I explore how people reconcile faith with suffering and, in the course of the film, as I witness the heroic power of people to choose life in the face of death, I move in my own beliefs from great doubt to deep faith.