Proposal: Movies

I'm not saying this proposal should be shut down, I'm just wondering what the purpose of this proposal is. Perhaps I'm just missing something.

When looking at the exemplary questions:

  • How does the MPAA rate movies? --> regulations/laws
  • How does 3D work? --> technical question
  • Can someone explain this movie ending? --> trivia and speculation
  • Was [movie] based off of a true story? --> trivia
  • Where were the {scene name} shot in {movie name}? --> trivia

So we have somewhat of a mixed bag, some questions will be information one hasn't found on IMDB yet; others will try to read between the lines and figure out what really happened and yet other questions will not be about what happened in the movie or about a specific movie, but about everything related to movies.

Who will be the experts for this and how do we make sure we've attracted those already? Students and teachers at film schools? Movie critics? Netflix and Amazon employees? IMDB moderators? Die-hard movie fans? Because I don't know if we currently have any of these. And I can already predict from the other SE-sites that most movie fans, while interested in the above would much rather focus on:

  • Movie Identification --> What was the name of the film (around 1980s) where was acting as a ?
  • Movie recommendation --> I like [movie], what others do you recommend?

While I personally think those two make for really poor Q&A topics, how are you planning to prevent these types of questions from overtaking the ones that are supposed to attract experts? Because experts already know every movie an actor/actress played in and have already seen every movie under the sun, so why would they need recommendations?

So what will this site be about, who will be the experts and why on earth should I as a die-hard movie fan commit to this?

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    I was thinking this would be closer to movie as art: "Were can we identify the influence of Cirio Santiago in Tarantino movies?" or "What's the meaning of the red lampshade by the phone in Mulholland Drive?". I won't argue if this makes a good SE site or not, though. Mar 31, 2011 at 14:47

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I think the primary questions, like @Ivo Flipse state, will be about the history of movies and the origins of ideas and themes and how they tie into one another. One question could be "Was the movie Inception inspired by the movie eXistenZ?". Another could be "What philosophical topics does the movie Fight Club address?" The QnA may seem a bit flat at first, but there's really a lot of depth that people can go into. IMDB only covers the Who and When, but not the Why, What, or How. Wikipedia generally just gives a plot summary without a whole lot of indepth information.

  • Then the proposal better make sure it reflects this scope, because the current examples do not :)
    – Ivo Flipse
    May 24, 2011 at 18:14
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    @Ivo Flipe, yeah the top questions are a bit weak. wish i would have known about this site when movies was first starting out.
    – DForck42
    May 24, 2011 at 18:40
  • Well its never to late to rally some attention to it by leaving comments on the bad ones and upvote the correct ones :)
    – Ivo Flipse
    May 24, 2011 at 18:41
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    It definitely sounds like this is better relegated to a discussion forum more like reddit.com/r/movies, and not a stackexchange site.
    – daybreaker
    Jun 1, 2011 at 16:19
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    @daybreaker, good luck finding answers to anything through the noise: reddit.com/r/movies. i love reddit for the links to content, but it's much more difficult to get straight, honest answers
    – DForck42
    Jun 1, 2011 at 16:24

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