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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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The films will be screened March 23 at the Stars Art Theater and March 24 at the Alex Theatre, both in Glendale.
The teams are expanding their short films into feature-length films and trying to sell them.
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The three-disc set (each volume with its own deluxe jacket containing the disc and a short brochure) includes Debord's six films in chronological order, his collaborative video with Cornand, two mordantly ironic trailers, and a volume of documents related to the films.
The question then is how can popular, Hollywood-style films be most effectively incorporated into the history classroom to complement the existing curriculum.
When L'Initiation went on to an equally successful run, Quebec theatres were suddenly inundated with a rash of similarly conceived softcore sex comedies dubbed "maple syrup porn," a term that Link rightfully calls "misleading for the uninitiated," as the amount of nudity in these films seems almost modest by today's standards.
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In Framing Blackness, Ed Guerrero points out that the blaxploitation films of the early 1970s underscored "Hollywood's insistence on stunting the development of a black political voice and emancipated consciousness" (97).
Utilizing Hollywood movies, 1950's educational films, personal home movies and religious films spanning the history of cinema, Jay Rosenblatt, a Jew growing up in a largely Christian community and culture, depicts with humor and pathos his childhood fear of Jesus Christ.
A deep and abiding affection for quality film has united them and their Japanese associates under a corporate moniker that is as playfully evocative as it is pragmatic.
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