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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

cult film

A film that has a passionate fan base despite lacking critical acclaim, box office success, and/or mainstream interest. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "The Big Lebowski," and "Plan 9 from Outer Space" are often cited as examples of cult films. A lot of cult films are considered to be "so bad they're good."
See also: cult, film

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

To begin to display a film, a thin membrane that can develop on the surface of some things. Ew, don't eat that soup—it's been sitting out so long that it's filmed over.
See also: film, over

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

snuff film

A film that shows the actual murder or death of a person. Although snuff films are illegal, they are still widely circulated on the black market. The death scenes were so realistic that the director and producers were actually arrested at one point for making a snuff film.
See also: film, snuff

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 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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His fingerprints can also be found on filmed entertainment, playing a role in such films as Jason's Lyric, the drama produced by Doug McHenry and the late George Jackson; the Quincy Jones documentary, Listen Up; the 1973 concert film Save the Children, and the sitcom New Attitude.
Since September 11, companies which once filmed in the US feel cagey and are looking for alternate locations.
He is currently at work on several new films, including his first since Spiracle to be filmed entirely in the US.
The amount of time required is not something any generally self-respecting professional would throw at it; so it was my nutty, stubborn persistence that brought me to a place where Amish people were willing to be filmed.
The listening-in sequences are some of the most transcendent and introspective ever filmed.
The scenes of the undertakers' ball and Cathy's saloon are filmed with a particular recourse to funk that reproduces Black culture in the tradition of lawbreaking.
Created by a Saskatchewan native Brent Butt, and filmed in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, the show has a definite small-town Saskatchewan feel.
It's the most uncanny drag scene ever filmed, Russell doing Monroe doing Lorelei Lee.
Filmed on location in and around Toronto, The Ivy League Killers isn't nearly as had as its troubled history might suggest.
But this first-person approach had already made its way into his early films, beginning with Tchad 1: L'embuscade (Chad 1: The ambush, 1970), an extraordinary twelve-minute account of an attack on Chadian rebels not only filmed but experienced from within (cf.