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How did Mary get access to Magnussen's apartment?

In the Sherlock episode His Last Vow we see in detail how Sherlock has plotted to gain access to the villain Magnussen's apartment despite tight security. But when He gets there he finds that Mary is ...
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Why the long takes in Rope?

Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope is known for it's long takes. There is plenty of documentation regarding the length of each shot and the limitations of the technology available, but less so ...
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Significance of the Book of Job quote

The Tree of Life starts with a quote from the Book of Job: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? ...
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Why did “The Girl” wipe her blood on Corso?

In The Ninth Gate, after Corso and "The Girl" fight off Telfer's emissary who is trying to steal back her copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows, Corso and "The Girl" return to Corso's hotel ...
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Why had 5 1/2 hours passed on the ship?

Doctor Who series 2 episode 4: The Girl In the Fireplace Reinette is 37 ... After the clockwork androids are stopped the Doctor is trapped in Versailles because all the time windows are broken. Then ...
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Is the introduction of Snake Eyes a reference to Rope?

While I guess it isn't a big secret that Alfred Hitchcock has always been a huge inspiration for Brian De Palma, one possible connection between both of them has only occurred to me recently. The ...
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Is Battleship really an anti-war movie in disguise?

At first glance, Battleship appears to be a fairly run-of-the-mill action blockbuster where plucky humans defeat scary aliens using cunning and cleverness rather than overwhelming force. The audience ...
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Is Lt. Hicox correct in his comparison of Joseph Goebbels with David O. Selznick?

In Inglourious Basterds when Lt. Archie Hicox is briefed by Gen. Fenech and Winston Churchill, his qualities as movie expert are put to a little test when he is asked by Churchill about Joseph ...
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When do we first learn that Martine suffers from tuberculosis in Monte Walsh?

In the 1970 Lee Marvin western, Monte Walsh, the eponymous protagonist learns rather suddenly that his woman, Martine, is dead. This caught me completely by surprise and led me to believe that this ...
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Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin?

In Pulp Fiction, Vincent and Jules killed all the guys at Brett's apartment for stealing the briefcase from Marsellus Wallace but not Marvin. Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin in Pulp Fiction?
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How could Andy's right to appeal his sentence be denied to him by the warden?

Andy Dufresne was sentenced to two life sentences, how was his right to appeal his sentence denied to him by the warden, and could he have been able to appeal? How?
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What does the scorpion represent in Drive?

A scorpion is visible on the drivers jacket throughout the whole film. He even asks Albert Brooks' character "Did you ever hear the story of the scorpion and the frog?". What does the scorpion ...
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Is the role of Colonel Race true to the novel?

Having seen Death on the Nile for many times, it only occured to me recently that the role of Colonel Race, played by David Niven, doesn't seem to serve much more than being a slightly more "socially ...
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Why is “Based on a True Story” used?

I have had little to no interest in a movie that claims it is "Based On a True Story" since Fargo. It's well known that it was a lie that Fargo was based on a true story. There are many movies though ...
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Why does Bane protect the girl?

In the final twist of the movie, it is revealed that Talia is actually the one to have climbed out due to Bane helping her get up the hole. However, Bane's pure motivation during the events of the ...
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Why does Watson call Moriarty the “Napoleon of Crime”?

At the end of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution we learn that Holmes's obsession with Moriarty comes from his suppressed childhood memory of Moriarty's affair with Holmes's mother when he was his teacher (...
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Why does the Driver not have a name?

Something just occurred to me, for the life of me, I cannot remember the Driver's name. I am sure this guy does not have a name for the whole movie. Someone had to call out to him. I have heard him ...
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What is the symbolism of the uncrossable bridge in Melancholia?

In Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) there are two scenes of the sisters riding their horses. Both end with Justine's (Kirsten Dunst) horse Abraham refusing to cross a small bridge. In the second ...
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What does the mouse symbolize?

In the movie, The Green Mile, I knew instantly that the small, "magical" like mouse had some sort of symbolic meaning but I cannot for the life of me think of what that meaning could be. Does anyone ...
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Symbolism of eating as a main human activity

I just saw once again Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and noticed something I hadn't given so much attention in my previous viewings. Namely, the fact that all main characters are shown, at some point,...
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Why the stoic acting style in 2001 Space Odyssey?

One of the things that I have always found striking about 2001 is the almost mechanical acting of the human characters, especially the radio operator. I'm pretty sure it's a conscious choice on part ...
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Explanation of the ending of “Oldboy”

I have a couple of questions about the ending of the horribly disturbing Oldboy (2003). Why does the antagonist "Puppet Master" kill himself in the elevator? Was he so consumed by revenge that he ...
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Significance of the many unusual names?

I might go the risk of a slightly opinionated question here, but it seems to me that Pacific Rim employs quite some unusual forenames for many of its major characters, e.g. Raleigh, Yancy, Stacker, ...
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What does the title “Prisoners” mean?

While the title of the movie Prisoners could obviously refer to all the different protagonists who have literally been imprisoned or held captive at one point or another (the girls by Mrs. Jones, Alex ...
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Why did Ben get trapped in the parallel paradox/mirrors?

In the end of the movie Mirrors, Ben got trapped in the parallel paradox/mirror. The majority of us would have thought that this aspect has to play a crucial role in its sequel Mirrors 2, but none of ...
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What was the meaning of the tunnel scene?

In Vanishing on 7th Street, people disappear if they become engulfed in darkness. At one point Paul is lying on the pool table and the kid went to the bathroom. The lights flicker and Paul gets up. ...
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Is the song supposed to be a reference?

In the Castle episode 'Disciple' (S06E09): The song is called "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn. Do we know the significance of this? It cannot simply be Dr. Neiman taunting Beckett. She would not ...
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Why is the name of the main spacecraft “Axiom”?

In Wall-E the name of the main spacecraft which is the new home of humanity is rather questionable. "Axiom"! The main problem here is that "Axiom" and "Axiomatic Systems" are abstract ...
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Were parts of The Dark Knight Rises a commentary on the Occupy movement?

A fair amount of the second act of The Dark Knight Rises has a class warfare plotline. This is foreshadowed in the trailers with Selina Kyle's "there's a storm coming" monologue. Some of the ...
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Is Teddy aware that he's crazy?

At the ending of the movie Andrew talks to Chuck about how he thinks something 'bad' is going on on the Island, and he wants to leave it. He appears to be getting back in his old crazy character (...
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What is the message behind Where the Wild Things Are?

What really is the message behind the movie, Where The Wild Things Are? I've seen the movie year ago, and still couldn't figure it out.
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Why are there no computers in Saajan's office?

In the Bollywood movie, The Lunchbox, why are there no computers in Saajan's (Irrfan Khan) office? I was surprised to see that all the employees were doing their work manually where they all were ...
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What was the meaning of the country song in the episode “Aus der Tiefe der Zeit”?

The Dominik Graf directed Tatort episode "Aus der Tiefe der Zeit" repeatedly employs a certain country song as in-scene background music at various occasions. More or less anytime when some music ...
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What is the meaning of Rorschach's mask and name?

In Watchmen, Rorschach wears a mask that shows continuously changing symmetrical patterns of black "ink" on white cloth, resembling those of, well, a Rorschach test. In fact, in some scenes he is very ...
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What is the meaning of the butterfly?

In the movie The Door (org.: Die Tür) there are repeated ocurrances of a butterfly. First of all David's daughter Leonie wants to go catching butterflies when her father doesn't have time for her and ...
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Significance of the Magnificent Seven reference in The Nest

At the beginning of The Nest (org.: Nid de guêpes), when Santino's crew drives in their car to prepare the robbery, Santino and Nasser start whistling the title melody of The Magnificent Seven and the ...
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What's with apple pie at the diner?

I am sure I must have seen this few times were people ask or have apple pie (at a diner), the 2 occurrences that I know for sure is from Men in Black (III) and Sleepy hollow episode 2 season 1 ( But I ...
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Significance of slogan written on the backside of Adrian Harris's car?

In Teen Wolf (TV Series), in one episode probably in Season 1 , there is slogan written on the back of Adrian Harris's car, states like "Imagination is more important then knowledge" How is this ...
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What exactly is the alphanumeric string in A Scandal in Belgravia?

In A Scandal in Belgravia Irene Adler shows the following text to Sherlock 007 Confirmed allocation 4C12C45F13E13G60A60B61F34G34J60D12H33K34K and he figures out "these are seat allocations on a ...
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Why was the depiction of the town changed at the end?

During the course of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters the town of Augsburg is repeatedly depicted in a rather rural style, with half-timbered clay houses and dirt streets, as seen on this screenshot ...
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Who is Hearty Fiberstein?

In Tripping The Rift: The Movie, when Whip is selecting a brain from the shelf (obviously mocking Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein), we see the following labels on the jars. Genius ~ Albert Einstein'...
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Why does the father lose his mind?

I recently watched Walkabout and while I really liked the movie, its beginning left me quite confused. Why does the father lose his mind and attempt to kill his kids and finally kill himself? The ...
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In Gautham's film, Why are most of the male protagonists portrayed as a mechanical engineer?

If you watch Gautham's block buster movies like: Minnale Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Ekk Deewana Tha you may notice that the male protagonists are all mechanical engineers. I wonder, why does ...
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What's the significance of the ostrich in the couple's bedroom?

What's the significance of the ostrich strolling about in the couple's bedroom in the film The Phantom of Liberty?
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Why did Mona's name change in the later part of 3 idiots?

Mona Singh, whose name is Poonam, becomes Mona in the later part of the film 3 Idiots. After squabbling with Viru Sahasrbuddhe, Rancho suddenly starts calling 'Mona Push'. AFter that everybody, ...
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What are the writers trying to convey with the whole blanks/Network angle?

In The World's End, is the whole "blanks" and "The Network" angle a gibe by the writers at technology and the Internet and what it is doing to people? The Network states that it is responsible for all ...
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Why does Rorschach speak with such a voice?

In Watchmen the character of Rorschach always speaks with a very growling voice, no matter if acting as Rorschach or simply as Walter Kovacs (well, the latter was probably completely absorbed into the ...
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What changed Nader's mind?

In the beginning of A Separation, Nader didn't really want to get divorced and was only trying to oppose his wife's decision seemingly wanting to convince her his own way. But, at the middle of the ...
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What is the significance of the billboard?

In The Great Gatsby (2013) they make reference to the billboard with the eyes and eye glasses. "Always watching". Several times during the movie they pan and/or zoom to the billboard as if it were ...
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Any homages to The Glass Key in Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, or The Last Man Standing?

Ok. I'm having trouble locating a copy of The Glass Key (1942) but that's not what I'm asking about. I just haven't seen it, so I can't get the information I seek myself. Anyone familiar with Akira ...