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How true is Magneto's future catharsis?

Magneto's future self in X-Men: Days of Future Past seems to be a refined and wiser man to some degree. While there were earlier instances of him working together with the X-Men and this time it might ...
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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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Why does Professor X touch his head when using his abilties?

Both James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart touch their right temple when Professor X uses his telepathic ability. I can't think of another mutant who does something similar so what's the reason for this? ...
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Who is that girl in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'?

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff is holding a small girl while watching Magneto on TV with his mother standing near. Now I wonder who she is. Quicksilver has a twin sister ...
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Is this the same character?

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Toad appears with a different appearance compared to his depiction in the 1st X-Men movie, played by a different actor. Even their ages are contradictory. Is this Toad ...
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What happened to Bob and what is his relation to the plot?

I watched Prisoners but I didn't fully understand Bob Taylor. Why is he so obsessed with mazes and what are those boxes full of snakes? Also, why did he buy children clothes and steal Joy's and ...
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Did Terence Mann die?

At the end of "Field of Dreams", Terence Mann gets invited to go with the baseball players into the corn field, and presumably the after-life: Ray. Ray. Listen to me, Ray. Listen to me. There is ...
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What is Godzilla and what does he know and want at all?

While at first seeming like a giant monster crushing everything in its way for the sake of its own, the Godzilla from Hollywood's 2014 take on him was in the end only hunting and killing the MUTOs ...
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Doc Oc's actual motivation?

In Spider-Man 2, I understand that Doctor Octopus is being controlled by his tentacles, but what is his actual motivation for rebuilding the "device?" What does he hope to achieve by doing this? ...
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Where does the Green Goblin's mask come from?

So, it's been years since I've actually sat down and watched Spider-Man, the Toby Maguire film, and I got to thinking... Do they ever actually show where Norman's mask comes from? I remember where he ...
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Is Jack Bauer an antihero?

Have seen both used. Some articles typically say "The antihero is back", whilst others say he is a hero. Breeanna Hare at CNN even gets to the point by: -- At first it may seem "24's" Jack Bauer ...
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Beethoven: Was George Newton's Occupation Economically Plausible?

In the movie 'Beethoven', George Newton was an air freshener entrepreneur. In fact, in 'Beethoven's 2nd', he and his wife obtained a collateral loan to further their business with their house acting ...
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black and white movie about orphans and opening a school

It's one of those classic black and white movies back in 40s and 50s i believe. There is this man who adopts some kids I think. On Christmas I think, he brings home some used presents for the kids ...
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Who is the fat guy and what is his importance?

In Donnie Darko, during a failed attempt of a kiss, one fat guy is shown. The same fat guy is shown again in some random scenes. Is he some character from film which I missed or is it some cameo? Or ...
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How did the Tanners' mom die?

On the TV show 'Full House', Danny Tanner was left to raise three daughters by himself. My Question: How did the Tanners' mom die?
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Justified: Robert Quarles, who are those boys he's torturing?

So Justified season 3 seems to be maybe intentionally vague about Robert Quarles f'd up habit of torturing (raping?) what looks like young boys chained to a bed/toilet. At one point I thought he was ...
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Who is this guy helping Harry Osborn?

At the end of the movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a guy meets Harry Osborn in the penitentiary and talks to Harry about unleashing villains like Rhino. Who's this guy helping Harry? Is he Harry's ...
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Is there a trend in recent crime shows to complement eccentric protagonists with grown-up and intelligent daughters? Why?

When watching Shark, Lie to Me and Castle which were all released in the late 2000s, it ocurred to me that they all pose their strong but slightly eccentric/difficult male protagonists as divorced ...
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Looking for a film about handling sadness to compare to the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami [duplicate]

For a school assignment, I need to write an essay comparing the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami to a film with a similar theme. Over the course of the novel, the main character is torn with ...
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Why was Ender so defiant?

During Ender's training in preparation for Ender's Game he and his comrades are inspected by Colonel Graff and Seargent Dap. Graff holds a speech about possibly promoting some of the cadets and that ...
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Is Brick Tamland from the future?

In Anchorman 2, Brick Tamland alludes to the future and his knowledge of it multiple times. For example, he tells the news crew how they will all be flying around on jetpacks ten years in the future. ...
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Why does Jake from Adventure Time have inverted eyes?

Regarding Adventure Time, there is a character called Jake the dog. It's always bugged me not knowing why his eyes are white where the pupil should be, and black where the iris should be (i.e. ...
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In Chip 'n Dale, are they male or female chipmunks?

In Chip 'n Dale, are they male or female chipmunks?
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What was the motivation and fate of the Polish Jew?

Nearing the end of his journey in As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (orig.: So weit die Füße tragen), when Clemens is in Kazakhstan, he is recognized as a German by a man named Igor who invites him into ...
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Is there any significance in Capt. Jack Sparrow being called Mr. Smith in the first Pirates of the Carribean?

So in the first Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl, when Jack Sparrow first arrives at the port, the man asks him for a schilling and his name in order to "tie up his boat" in the ...
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What's on Rose's shoulder when she's contemplating suicide (Titanic)?

What's this black semicircle thing on Rose's left shoulder (scene where she's prepping to jump off Titanic)? It almost looks like a fake eyelash. It disappears after this shot, and afterward, is ...
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Why does Rust keep checking for his pulse?

The character Rust, played by Mathew McConaughey in the TV series True Detective, Season 1, has quite a number of quirks or ticks. One of them is to check his pulse at times. His hand reaches out to ...
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Background character in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

In Catching Fire, Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch and Effie are taken to the capitol. While Haymitch gives the Tributes his "forget everything you think you know about the games" speech there is some ...
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How much money did Charlie Harper have?

This is quite tricky to figure out, and I am not looking for a specific number, but for a approximation. As you know, Charlie (nearly) always had a lot of money to spend, but a few hints suggest that ...
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Why did Deborah start a relationship with Bailey?

At the end of Once Upon a Time in America, when Noodles visits Deborah and asks her about Senator Bailey (who later turns out to be Max), she first denies to know him but shortly after we learn that ...
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Is Russell Crowe in the opening scene of Beverly Hills Cop?

Just after Beverly Hills Cop starts it shows some parts of Detroit. About 1:45 in the movie appear 3 people looking at the street and it looks like one of them (the left one) is Russell Crowe. I ...
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Role of the priest in the detention center

While Finch enquired about what happened in the detention centre in V for Vendetta, they came to realise that the priest was the highest paid staff there. But eventually I think it's not clear why ...
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Why does Walt go by Heisenberg?

In Breaking Bad, Walter White chooses to go by Heisenberg. I know that there has to be some significance behind both why Walt chose the name and why the writers chose that name as opposed to any other ...
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Significance of Gabriel Engel's name

The antagonist from Antibodies (orig.: Antikörper) carries the name Gabriel Engel. Given that "Engel" means "angel", this name is likely not just a coincidence and seems to refer to the Archangel ...
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Why do so many Cary Grant films show him in a shower?

I notice that a great many of Cary Grant films show him in a shower, bathroom or bathhouse, with or without clothes on. Was this supposed to be some 'trademark' of his at the time that his fans have ...
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Why did his sister make a scary face?

I am taking about After Earth. In the scene the boy was sleeping on his hand-made raft and his dream was being shown. After hearing the conversation I think that the boy wanted to talk to his sister ...
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Would a director revive a dead character for a sequel?

Scarface's director regretted killing Tony Montana. He didn't know that the movie would have such success; he could have used the character to create a sequel. Is it possible to revive someone who ...
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Why did James Moriarty decide to end it this way?

At the end of Sherlock S02E03 it simply doesn't make sense for me that James Moriarty killed himself. I mean, for me there is nothing greater than life, so why would he kill himself? I understand ...
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Television crossover episodes between networks?

It can be somewhat common among spinoff series or when cross promotion is desired, for characters from one series to appear in episodes of another series. This has most recently been seen in some of ...
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Association between antagonists in Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 3

I was wondering if there was any relation between the villains of the first and third movie of the franchise. In Iron Man 1, the terrorists who abduct Tony belong to a group called the Ten Rings. ...
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Was J. Gatsby a shallow, superficial man?

My friend and I were having a discussion about The Great Gatsby and Mr. J. Gatsby in particular. My friend opines that he is a superficial man because all he cared about was wealth and showing off. ...
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What can someone use to give them 'Godfather cheeks'?

You know the story. Someone tells you the great news that they're expecting, and the even better news that they want you to be the Godfather. Your natural response is to look the part. But how? ...
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How did Napoleon Wilson come to his name?

As a big fan of John Carpenter's classic of urban terror Assault on Precinct 13 I always wondered (together with the rest of the characters) why Napoleon Wilson is called that way. It is made clear ...
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Why does Ron Swanson work at the Parks Department?

For me, it not really clear why Ron Swanson is working at the Parks Department: Ron hates the government. Ron has a lot of money. (He mentions several times that he has buried gold.) He doesn't like ...
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Why does the president of the Federation look like a Klingon?

I always wonder why the president of the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country looks very similar to a Klingon. He has the characteristic high hairline, this "Fu Manchu moustache" and, ...
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What is the reason for Brunhild's suicide?

At the end of Fritz Lang's 1924 silent movie Die Nibelungen: Siegfried, when Kriemhild enters the minster, she sees that Brunhild has commited suicide at the corpse of Siegfried, calmly remarking ...
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How does copyright work for pre-existing character/work?

Do film studio have to acquire rights for a public domain character or they can use them freely? I mean characters like Hercules, Thor, Social figures or fairy tale characters or any other ...
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What motivated Mr. Smith to carry on?

During the course of The Way Back, when the company is traveling through the Gobi Desert Mr. Smith seems reluctant and unable to go on and is about to give up and die (maybe also in part because of ...
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What is the average life expectancy of Middle-Earth inhabitants?

I realize that some of this can be pieced together through recurring characters of the movies, but I wonder if anyone knows how long the different races are supposed to live? What is the average life ...
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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 ...