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What is the Wuxi Finger hold with which Po defeats Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda

In the movie Kung Fu Panda, in the final fight scene between Po & Tai Lung, Po defeats Tai Lung using Wuxi Finger hold. All we see in the movie is a release of energy & puff of dust moving ...
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Why is Walt special?

In Lost, there are countless mysteries, but one that started in the beginning of the series has struck my mind recently and my research cannot bring anything up. Walt Lloyd, Michael's son who he ...
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Why couldn't the black smoke fly away from the island?

Towards the end of the show Lost, we observe the Black Smoke Monster taking form of a human being in the face of John Locke. It is later revealed that his ultimate plan is to leave the island, ...
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Why was Anubis always shown in 'animal form'?

All of the Gods of Egypt have a normal human appearance (beside that they are slightly taller). They can change forms to the animal-form which fits them most. But Anubis is only shown in animal form ...
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Why was Frodo so resistant to the ring?

I know, by the end, it had gotten the better of him, but the effect it had on Frodo compared to Boromir who was driven mad by it, doesn't seem fit at all. Also Sam was carrying it for a very short ...
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Why does the Puppet Master want to merge with Major?

In Ghost in the Shell (1995), there appears to be 3 intelligent forms Type 1: a completely organic person. Example: section 9's chief Type 2: a brain from a type 1 + some codes + a bio-mechanical ...
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What's the message of the movie Take Shelter?

The main thing that comes to mind about Take Shelter is how uncomfortable I felt during and after watching it. While I think it was well-made and probably was trying to achieve this effect, I have ...
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Why is she calling him a loser?

In the very last scene of Moneyball (2011), Billy listens to song that his daughter recorded for him while driving in his car. She changed the lyrics in the end, singing You're such a loser, dad, ...
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What is the last scene supposed to tell us?

At the end of Out of the Furnace, after Russell lethally shot DeGroat, much to Wesley's dismay, the last shot of the movie shows Russell sitting in his house at the table doing nothing: But I'm not ...
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Why was John Locke given choice to select an object by Richard in Lost S04E11?

Why was John Locke given a choice to select an object by Richard in Lost S04E11? What does it signify? I remember Locke (MIB in disguise) tells Richard to meet John because he will be their leader in ...
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Hand drawings in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”

In the movie A Walk Among the Tombstones, what was the significance of the drawings by the young black boy that was helping Matt? It looked like drawings appeared several times in the movie at ...
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Why is Libby calling her husband “Daddy”?

In the 2013 TV show "Masters of Sex", Libby Masters calls her husband William "Daddy". Apparently she uses this as a term of endearment. To be honest, I am a little creeped out by this. Does she have ...
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Is Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters a narcissist?

The scientist Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) from Ghostbusters has a very interesting personality, he is always flirting with female clients and is more laid back it seems than the other Ghostbusters. ...
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Why does J. Jonah Jameson call Peter Parker “Atticus”?

In 2002's Spider-Man, the following exchange happens: J. Jonah Jameson: [describing a headline] "Spider-Man, Hero or Menace? Exclusive Daily Bugle Photos". Peter Parker: Menace? He was ...
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Was Arrow's change in moral alignment motivated by his audience?

The 1st season of Arrow had me (who is largely unacquainted with its literary source material) draw quite some comparisons to Bruce Wayne and his background, except for the fact that Oliver Queen has ...
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What's the meaning of the two scarves during the riot in Straight Outta Compton?

Around 3/4 in the movie Straight Outta Compton during the riots, two people are holding two scarves, one red and one blue, knit together and walking towards the police. Like so: Closeup: ...
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Is the martial arts choreography in the 2010 remake of Karate Kid realistic?

I am looking for an authoritative reference that supports either the plausibility or implausibility of the moves and techniques used by Jaden Smith / Jackie Chan in the remake of the Karate Kid. It's ...
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What is the meaning of the symbols on the Arrowhead in the season 3 intro?

In the Arrow season 3 starting and ending intro, the Arrowhead got changed from plain to thicker one with symbols embodied on it, as depicted below Is there any deep meaning/symbolism behind those ...
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Why was Romeo + Juliet set in modern times?

Why was the Romeo + Juliet (1996) movie set in modern times?
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Significance of small wine glass

In the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, why is wine served in very small glass first to Mustafa?
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Meaning of the soap bar in Fight Club

On the main poster of the Fight Club, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is holding a pink bar of soap in his hand. If I remember correctly, Tyler was a soap maker. But why soap? Is there any hidden ...
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Why is Donnie Darko set in the 80s?

The movie Donnie Darko is timed in the 80s (to be precise 1988), but the movie was released 2001. I can see no significance, to put it in the past. Yes, there was the presidential election, but that ...
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Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end?
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Interpretation of the ending of Being There

What is the meaning of the final scene of Being There, where Chance walks on the pond's surface? The film's Wikipedia page says something about a metaphor of Chance being seen as a messiah, but I ...
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Who really designed The Lake House and under what considerations?

A major setting in The Lake House is the eponymous house at the shore of a lake in the middle of nowhere, where both Alex and Kate lived consecutively and which Alex's father designed and built for ...
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Why didn't Locke realize his feet do not feel anything?

In the series Lost, when John Locke is trying to crack open the hatch, his leg gets pierced but he does not feel anything. He later tries to pin his leg and burns his foot and still feels nothing. How ...
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Is there any further significance to the choice of Verdun as battlefield?

Prior to the events of Edge of Tomorrow the United Defense Force achieves a significant (if not their only) victory against the invading Mimics at no other place than Verdun, in which Rita Vrataski ...
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Why does Sherlock think Billy Kincaid is a good man?

In The Sign of Three Sherlock said Billy Kincaid the best man he ever knew. Following was his quote about Billy Billy Kincaid, the Camden Garrotter, best man I ever knew. Vast contributions to ...
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What is the significance of the hat in Miller's crossing?

Miller's crossing pays a lot of attention to Gabriel Byrne's hat. Does it symbolize anything in the movie or have any significance to the plot or is this a bit of a red herring?
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Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?

In Edge of Tomorrow William Cage is reliving the same day over and over again. The time loop always starts with Cage waking up at Heathrow, after his meeting with the General.       ...
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What was the language Bazil and the others were occasionally speaking?

In the movie Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) while Bazil is scavenging for scrap (right before coming across the two weapon companies) he is talking in some strange language which I couldn't bring in ...
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Taps - What does it mean?

At the very beginning of the 1981 movie Taps, George C. Scott reads from the Book of Remembrance. This book contains all of the soldiers from Bunker Hill Academy (not sure if that's a real school or ...
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Why exactly did Walt leave Gray Matter?

Early on in Breaking Bad, it is revealed that Walt and Gretchen had a history together with Elliot in the construction of their company "Gray Matter". However, one day while on vacation with ...
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What does the naked man signify?

While watching The Draughtsman's Contract written and directed by Peter Greenaway, I was surprised to see a naked guy that appears on and off in the film mostly in the garden. One particular scene is ...
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Final scene in Turist / Force Majeure

The film Turist (Force Majeure) chronicles a family on skiing holiday in the Alps. It's mostly a pretty "ordinary" film with no surreal elements. What is the meaning of this scene?
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Meaning of the troubled parent theme in Lost

I have noticed that Lost series has a number of characters damaged in some way by their parents: John Locke (father stealing John's kidney and throwing him out of building) Sawyer (father killing ...
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What significance does Mike Yanagita have in Fargo?

In the Coen brothers' movie "Fargo" the detective Marge Gunderson gets called by and meets an old schoolmate, Mike Yanagita. He tells her that he is widowed and tries to make a move on her. Later ...
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Why isn't Jane Doe's face covered in tattoos?

In the series Blindspot, Jane Doe's body is covered from her top to her feet except for her face. Why wasn't her face tattooed by the bad guy? I can understand that they left her face untouched to ...
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Ending of Whiplash…revenge or not?

Was the ending of Whiplash revenge or not? One, I don't believe Fletcher would destroy his own reputation to get back at Andrew. So would he really give up his career to get back at Andrew or did ...
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What is the symbolism behind the young people making out in the cemetery?

The Netflix show House of Cards is replete with symbolism throughout. While some symbolic events are more obvious (Claire observing an older woman similar to a colleague she fired struggling at a cafe ...
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What does the ending of The Beach mean?

What does the ending of the movie "The Beach" (2000) starring Leonardo DiCaprio mean? My understanding is that it means that there can be no paradise on earth or that the system that we live in ...
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How were Sonny and Don Corleone at odds?

During The Godfather Sollozzo and the Corleone's have a meeting, in which Sollozzo asks Don Corleone to partner with him in the drug trade. At one point, Sollozzo says something about guaranteeing ...
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What is the significance of cats in “Belle de Jour”?

Severine asks her husband not to let the cats out while she's being whipped in the film's opening scene. Then, midway through the film, a butler bangs on the door of a room in a mansion and asks the ...
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Why did Allanon want to live and changed his mind all of a sudden to die?

In The Shannara Chronicles, around episode 5-6. The druid (Allanon) gets wounded by the 'special' sword obtained by the kings son. He lies in his druid cave, bleeding to death. Q: What was the ...
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Relationship between “Mr. Orange” and “Mr. White” in “Reservoir Dogs”?

I find the relationship portrayed between Mr Orange and Mr White intimate and I saw a powerful emotional bond formed between these two characters. In the opening when Mr. Orange was shot and ...
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Significance of the Owl in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

There's a scene in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" where Prideaux (Mark Strong) is in the class room teaching, then suddenly an owl pops out of the fireplace. Prideaux quickly dispatches it. Later on, in ...
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Why were they covered in ice/snow the first time through the portal in SG1?

In the Stargate SG-1 series, the first time they go through the portal. They are covered in ice/snow and it's super cold. (yet lands on a decently warm planet) If you go further through the series ...
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Connection between Jar Jar Binks and the film “Alice”?

I was watching Jan Švankmajer's 1988 film Alice recently and was struck by the strong apparent similarity between the Frog Footman character that takes delivery of an invitation for Alice and Jar Jar ...
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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining : Clue

Recently, I was watching (for the millionth time) Stanley Kubrik's The Shining. One of my favourite scene is the first meeting between Jack Torrance and Lloyd. At the beginning of that scene, we see ...
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Why don't we get to see all the 7 lightning strikes?

In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button the eponymous protagonist grows up in a nursing home where he meets Mr. Daws, a man who claims to have been "struck by lightning 7 times". In fact it's a ...