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Why do the samurai make the suicide charge in The Last Samurai?

After repelling the charging regiment at the end of The Last Samurai, the remaining samurai decide to make a head on cavalry charge against Gatling Guns and Howitzers. Why do they make this charge? ...
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In which way do the engravings represent Dean Corso's journey towards The Ninth Gate?

The Ninth Gate puts book dealer Dean Corso on a hunt for proving the authenticity of a book supposedly co-authored by the devil himself. We eventually find out that there are three authentic books ...
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Why is Bolivar Trask a person of short stature?

The character of Dr. Bolivar Trask from X-Men: Days of Future Past, who hates or at least fears the rising population of mutants as a threat for humanity and ultimately develops the Sentinels as a ...
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Did Tyler Durden forget his name?

Ed Norton plays the Narrator or Jack ( due to reading a book that described someone called Jack's body parts from a 1st person perspective). Meanwhile Brad Pitt is introduced as Tyler Durden. Later ...
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Was Gunda planned as a Trash movie?

There is a lot to read and talk about the 1998 Bollywood movie Gunda. General perception is that it's so bad it's good. The movie holds a rating of 8.2 on IMDB and holds a cult status. I want to ...
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Why do Disney parents usually die?

It's well known that many animated Disney movie parents (at least one of a set) die, were never in the picture, or started the movie already dead. Is this just a financial thing (like in Toy Story), ...
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Why did the horses calm down in Melancholia?

Why did the horses calm down after John died? What was the director trying to convey?
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Would Dr Hannibal Lecter allow himself to be a consultant with Clarice if Miggs hadn't behaved improperly to her?

In The Silence of the Lambs while Clarice first comes to visit Dr Lecter for his assistance, he drives Clarice away. But seems to change his mind when he sees Miggs (the next cell prisoner of Dr ...
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What is in the Pulp Fiction Briefcase? [duplicate]

I understand that the Briefcase is just a Mcguffin, but I read a long time ago a theory which involved the briefcase containing the stolen soul of Marsellus Wallace. I know this supposedly played into ...
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Was “Adam's Rib” advanced for its time?

The movie, Adam's Rib came out in 1949. It was about a married couple, both lawyers, facing off against each other in court, about whether a woman, as opposed to a man, could invoke the "unwritten ...
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Contradictions in Star Wars about advocating pacifism?

After reading "Dharma of Star Wars", this article and "Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than you can Possibly imagine", the books mention that there's a lot of Zen Buddhism in Star Wars. For ...
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Is HBO's Generation Kill a musical?

Is Generation Kill a musical? I know, I know first answer to come to mind is no, but they are telling the story of a real event and place, and frequently the characters break into song. If I'm wrong ...
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What are the real world analogues to the religions from Game of Thrones?

There are various religions in the Game of Thrones universe such as Faith of the Seven, Many-Faced God, Lord of Light etc; some seem to be based on real world ones and I read somewhere that the Faith ...
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Why doesn't Aman's wife come back the last time?

In the movie Survive Style 5+, Aman's wife comes back as a revengeful ghost every time he kills her. But when she is killed the second time by the hit man, she doesn't come back. What is the ...
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Is there a deeper relation between Abraham's tale of sacrifice and The Hunted?

William Friedkin's The Hunted is introduced by a quote spoken by Johnny Cash, in which he gives an interesting rendition of the classic Judeo-Christian tale of Abraham's sacrifice: God said to ...
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How can the ending of “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” be explained?

In the end of the movie Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Park Dong-jin get's killed by the group of communists, that Yeong-mi is member of. But earlier in the movie it is explained, that Yeong-mi is the ...
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How do the differences between the replicants and Deckard evolve in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner, replicant detection occurs via the subject's ability/inability to show advanced emotion. But early in the movie Deckard starts off as emotionless as the replicants. How do the ...
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Rubbing dirt on hands scene in Gladiator

In Gladiator, every time before a war scene, Maximus picks up a small quantity of dirt from around his feet and rubs it on his hands. Sometimes he smells his hands after the battle. What was the ...
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What was the silver “valhalla spray” in Fury Road?

Five of us watched Mad Max: Fury Road and were unsure what the silver "valhalla spray" was- certainly it had to do with Valhalla, but.. is it paint? Freezing spray? What is its significance, and how ...
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Why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?

In No Country for Old Men, why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?
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The very ending of Ex-Machina

Just saw Ex Machina, which was cool and yet somewhat strange, and the very ending is eluding me. If you've seen it you'll know it, if you haven't then this description means nothing. Shadows ...
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Why does Velkan Valerious become a slave to Dracula but Van Helsing doesn't?

In the movie Van Helsing (2004): Velkan Valerious after bitten by a werewolf becomes a werewolf and slave to Dracula. But Van Helsing after bitten by Velkan (in werewolf form) becomes a werewolf but ...
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In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly?

In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly at the airport in the final scene i.e, the date was missing. Was it really intended and is there any implicit reason for that ...
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How did Saito know he was under attack by extractors Cobb and Arthur in Inception?

In the train scene, when Saito was having information extracted by Cobb, the extraction team were using a two layer dream. In the first layer of the dream Saito knew that he was in a dream because of ...
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Why didn't Cobb talk to any of his team members at the airport in the ending of Inception?

In Inception, it always makes me wonder why Cobb didn't say a hello to his team members. He does not even smile at any of his team members at the airport. What is the reason he acts like he does now ...
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Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?

In Inception, why do the kicks on the different levels have to occur simultaneously, rather than one after another?
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Why is the Beatles music appropriate in American Beauty?

In the original script for the movie American Beauty Beatles songs are used numerous times, such as when Ricky is in his jail cell and when Lester sees Ricky's music when getting pot from him. I can ...
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Why the character name “Johnny Utah”?

Lately watching this incredibly inspiring film Whiplash (2014), I've heard this name "Johnny Utah" in the movie. When Andrew Neiman was late for the competition, he tries to convince Fletcher for ...
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Why does 'The Wolf of Wall Street' contain so many nude scenes?

Recently I watched 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and was quite disturbed by the many naked/nude scenes. They seemed a little unecessary to me, as they could as well have been shot as legs alone or similar ...
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Portrayal of police in Korean cinema

Why is the police shown as bunch of jokers in the Korean cinema? In almost all Korean movies which I have seen, the cops are portrayed as stupid fools, apart from the protagonist in cases where he is ...
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Winter is Coming

It's my understanding that the phrase "Winter is Coming" is the motto of the Stark house, when the story first reaches the wall it's implied that the winter is not a periodic season like it is in our ...
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How does Quorra “escape”?

At the end of TRON: Legacy Sam Flynn and Quorra escape into the real world, but I'm wondering how the rematerialization process works on Quorra? Digital or human? Sam bleeds, which prompts ...
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Does Christopher Nolan's Batman have an overarching theme?

With the conclusion of Nolan's Dark Knight movies, we are now able to look at all three movies as a single entity, broken up into three parts (acts, if you will). Is there a specific theme, or set of ...
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Why sudden change in war boy's motives?

In the movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), far almost half of the movie, Nux's motive is to kill Furiosa, return the wives to Immortan Joe and get a fair reward from him, Nux mentioned it from his words. ...
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What's the purpose of the giant door?

King Kong (1933) A massive wall protects the native village from King Kong. But if you build a wall to keep a giant ape out, why would you put a door in that's conveniently his size? What's the ...
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What did Sgt. Bilko & co. have against oats?

In one episode of The Phil Silvers Show (aka Sgt. Bilko), Bilko buys a racehorse and wants to get rich by sponsoring him at the races. Of course, they had to feed the horse, and a fair amount of the ...
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What is the book that Emile Hirsch reads in “Into the Wild”?

In the film Into the Wild, Emile Hirsch keeps on reading a book at different times, such as night time. In some scenes, the cover of the book is slightly visible. What was the book he was reading?
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Did Rutledge lie about the “Source Code”?

Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright) explains that the Source Code is not actually time travel, but merely a computer "construct" or "simulation", using the last 8 minutes of memory a person has (in this case: ...
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What is the meaning of the pigeon in Amour and the Bach music in 71 Fragments?

Michael Haneke stated that the pigeons in Amour and the Bach music in 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance could mean anything. It is common to listen to Bach if you go around in Vienna, also ...
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Characterizing Mark's relationship with du Pont?

In Foxcatcher, the wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is being supported by the excentric millionaire du Pont (Steve Carell). Mark is very thankful for the purpose and trust du Pont provides him ...
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Is it actually possible to transfer a totem?

In "Inception" it seems that Cobb takes over the use of Mal's totem (the spinning top). If the totem is a personal item that helps you keep your hold on reality, can the totem really be transferred ...
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What does the last scene of “The Quiet Family” mean?

In the last scene of The Quiet Family, we see Mi-na Kang (the youngest daughter) standing behind a tree, looking at the snow-covered lodge. She then turns around and looks to the camera "with an ...
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When did Margaret Ford know she was going to kill Mike?

In House of Games, the Lindsay Crouse character (psychiatrist Margaret Ford) seems to be unaware of her being the mark until the red convertible shows up unexpectantly. She then performs a rudimentary ...
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Which audience was targeted by “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”?

"Scarecrow and Mrs. King" told the story of a divorced mom who accidentally meets a hunky secret agent and -- unbeknownst to her family and friends -- joins the secret agent on many spy adventures. ...
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Where do the historical accuracies end and fiction begin in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

There are innumerable fictions in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (based on Seth Graeme Smith's 2010 novel). From the existence of vampires, to the mass collection of silver to combat the ...
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The 'same landscape shot' conundrum

During the first scene of the film we're shown a montage of landscape shots (actually Iceland) as establishment for the section when the CGI 'guy' drinks, disintegrates and drops into the waterfall. ...
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Why were the parents in The Poltergeist shown smoking pot and drinking?

Early in the movie, director Tobe Hooper shows both parents smoking pot in their bedroom while their son Robbie is spooked by a menacing tree outside his window. Later, after the incidents start to ...
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What do the different colour intros mean?

I've been watching Fringe (which is great, btw) and noticed the colour of the intro sequence changes. Fringe is one of those series where everything seems to mean something, or have a double meaning. ...
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Does “Edge of Tomorrow” relate in any aspect with Scientology?

Tom Cruise is a famous member of Scientology and we also had other Scientology-inspired movies in the past, like "Battlefield Earth". So is there any statement or evidence that "Edge of Tomorrow" is ...
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Why did Roy let Deckard live?

Near the end of Blade Runner, Deckard enters Sebastian’s apartment, gets ambushed and kills the girl. He then gets chased around the apartment by Roy, who leads Deckard to believe that he is going to ...