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How did Marty McFly and “Doc” Brown first meet?

They’re not related, they’re not neighbors, and they’re separated in age by at least five decades: So how did Marty McFly and “Doc” Brown first meet? This question has been bugging me from the moment ...
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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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In Fight Club is Marla Singer a second figment of Jack's imagination?

After reading this article on the existence of Marla Singer, I am fairly convinced she represents his guilt and remorse. It seems entirely plausible Marla Singer materializes to remind Jack he is ...
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Why did the Joker lick his lips?

Throughout The Dark Knight, the Joker licks his lips when in conversation. Why does the Joker do this? Is this a psychological affect commonly observed in sociopaths or people with mental imbalances ...
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What type of leader is Bane?

Bane appears to be an incredibly effective leader, commanding dozens or perhaps even hundreds of criminal underlings in a successful campaign to capture Gotham and hold the entire city hostage for ...
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Why these credits for Star Trek Into Darkness?

I noticed during the credit sequence at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness that Chris Hemsworth and Jennifer Morrison were credited as Kirk's parents (whom they portrayed in the previous film). I ...
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Who is the blue elf lady in the Bad Anon meeting?

In Wreck it Ralph, the video game bad guys are having their Bad Anon meeting. I've been able to identify all the bad guys in the meeting, except for the blue elf lady in the red dress. In the picture ...
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Why does Walt want to retain Jessie as his partner?

In Breaking Bad series 3, Gus organises a whole high-tech lab so Walt can make large volumes of his high quality crystal meth. The lab comes with a competent and reliable assistant. But Walt ...
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Why does Gus walk away from his car?

In Breaking Bad S04E12 End Times, at the end Gus walks towards his car at the hospital parking with his two bodyguards, with Walt watching from an adjacent rooftop. As Gus is approaching the car he ...
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Dolores Umbridge: Misguided or Sinister?

This is an on-going debate between my husband and I stemming from our viewing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend. In OOTP, Umbridge really appears to be more of a misguided ...
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Why was Dr. Manhattan naked?

He was disintegrated and then reformed, I get that but at what point did he decide not to bother with wearing clothes? I would imagine that if he walked into someone's office after regenerating the ...
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Why is Tom Hanks firing at the tank in Saving Pvt. Ryan?

Towards the end of the movie Saving Pvt. Ryan, most of the soldiers led by Capt. Miller (Hanks) are dead and he himself too is fatally injured. It is obvious that they have been overwhelmed by the ...
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How to describe Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?

Elsa is a very detailed character for the role she plays. She is secretly a Nazi Is constantly around Indiana Gets violent with Indiana but kisses him When Indiana finds her with book again Elsa ...
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Who was the girl in Django unchained?

Who was the blue eyed women in the blue mask , seen twice in the movie; once when they rode into Candi land and the other when it is night and she is looking through a magnifying glass at a photo of a ...
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Is Captain Haddock Scottish?

I just saw The Adventures of Tintin and I could see that Captain Haddock's character has a very thick Scottish accent. I don't recollect any reference made in the original series by Hergé about ...
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Why do Jerry and Newman dislike each other?

Throughout Seinfeld, Jerry and Newman have an adversarial relationship, marked by the infamous exchange of "Hello, Jerry" "Hello, Newman." While at times they get along (In "The Barber," (S5E8) Jerry ...
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Why did Lisa Edelstein not return for the final season of House?

With the ending of House, a lot of cast members returned to their roles in order to give some sort of closure either to their story or even just as more character development to House. However, the ...
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Why does Buzz Lightyear act like a toy around people in Toy Story?

Early in the first Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear believes he truly is a Space Ranger. His struggle to accept that he is not actually Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger is a key part of the first movie in the ...
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Why does Banner finally allow the Hulk to come out?

During the course of the Avengers, you see Mr Banner talk about his alter ego as just another entity inside of himself. Afraid, reluctant and very much un-willing to let him out, even if it means his ...
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Was Bugs Bunny impersonating someone when he ate the carrot?

I've heard that when Bugs Bunny was first shown eating a carrot he was impersonating a popular movie of the time. People of that time got the "joke" and he just kept eating carrots. In time that ...
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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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Why are geniuses often portrayed as socially awkward?

There is a Hollywood stereotype that very intelligent characters are often socially awkward and struggle to understand human interaction: Sherlock Holmes, in almost every interpretation of his ...
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Was Archie Hicox's accent actually strange?

In the tavern scene where Archie's disguise is blown through his English hand gesture, he is initially questioned by Cprl Willhelm about his unusual accent. Can the German visitors to this site ...
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Does Tony Stark really have PTSD or just a fear of things to come?

In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark seems to display what can be assumed as PTSD due to his dealings with the chitauri and the events surrounding New York that took place during The Avengers However, is this ...
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Alternate conclusions of The Usual Suspects

I've heard Stephen Baldwin talk about The Usual Suspects fellowships who meet and try to pin the Keyser Söze identity on characters other than Verbal. I know that Verbal is the true Keyser Söze, but ...
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Was Bane's destiny pre-plotted?

Its of no doubt that Talia was the mastermind behind the plan and Bane her executor. Did she plan for Bane to be sacrificed(if needed) for the successful execution of the plan? I ask this question ...
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Why would Gus do business with Walter knowing his brother in-law was a DEA agent?

The first time Walt sold Gus meth was toward the end of season 2 after they met in Los Pollos Hermanos. Guss trait as a careful man is highlighted several times. One example was his straight up ...
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Why did Bourne fire a shot in the air?

Bourne and Marie seeks refuge in Marie's ex-boyfriend Eamon's house. The Professor arrives there in the morning. Bourne grabs Eamon's shotgun and starts looking for The Professor in the field near ...
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What character/actor combo have appeared in the most movies?

What character/actor combo have appeared in the most movies? I know Christopher Lee has done at least nine Dracula roles by my count, and a lot of Harry Potter actors reached eight movies in the same ...
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Why is Bond shown to have a disregard for collateral casualties?

There are several scenes in Skyfall where Bond has opportunities to save people and apparently doesn't try: The security guard Patrice shot in Shanghai The man viewing the painting shot by Patrice ...
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Why does Skyler put down a towel underneath her feet in Ted's house?

In Season 3 Episode 05 - Mas, there is a scene in Ted's house, in the bathroom, where Skyler puts down a towel under her feet. In earlier episode Ted speaks about how the contractor talked him into ...
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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 does everyone on Arrested Development dislike Ann?

George Michael Bluth's on again off again girlfriend, Ann Veal, is either disliked or ignored by the other members of the Bluth family (with the exception of when Gob dated her in the third season), ...
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Who is the third girl in “Black Swan”?

In the 2010 movie Black Swan, Nina and Lily are the two main characters, but a couple of times in the movie, a third girl pops up out of nowhere. I cannot find any information about who this third ...
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Does George Costanza have a brother?

In two separate episodes of Seinfeld, George mentions his brother. The first, in episode fifteen of the third season, titled "The Suicide": RULA: Who’s Pauline? GEORGE: Pauline? . . . Wait a ...
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How long did Cliff date Clair in the Cosby Show?

I'm trying to reconcile the relationship between Cliff and Clair. It seems as though they started courting at a very young age (12?). Cliff says he went to Hillman college because Clair was going ...
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What is the meaning behind Pussy Galore's name?

While I was watching James Bond 007 - Goldfinger on TV, I remember a lesson I had back in high school. We were learning about how movies are affected/released by what is going on in society. We looked ...
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How did Tony fix himself by the end of Iron Man 3?

Tony had a shrapnel in him which the electro-magnet in his chest (powered by the miniature arc reactor) kept from reaching his heart. Tony never took any attempts to remove that shrapnel in Iron Man 1 ...
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In Toy Story, Why is Buzz the only toy that does not believe he is a toy?

In Toy Story, Why is Buzz the only toy that does not believe he is a toy? Is this a stage of being a toy or does Buzz have some sort of neurological dysfunction?
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Why does Frank peel off the labels from bottles and things?

Catch Me If You Can's fictionalized version of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. uses to peel off labels from things. While in certain cases this is part of his check frauds (especially the Pan Am labels), he ...
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What evidence is there for each side of the debate over the authenticity of “Exit Through The Gift Shop”?

I recently watched "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and thought it was absolutely excellent. After the movie was over, my friend told me that a lot of people think that Bansky invented the character of ...
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Was Coulson dead or near-dead? Is Tahiti a metaphor?

In Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Coulson makes repeated references to his having been brought back from the dead after having been stabbed by Loki. Wasn't he confirmed dead in Avengers? Or ...
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Who are the two stars in Avengers who support superheroes?

I am not much familiar with superhero-type movies, so please let me know if I am wrong somewhere. The last time I watched The Avengers, I thought that all the team members were supposed to be ...
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What is the significance of the scene with the cop near the end of the film?

Near the end of The Artist, George Valentin is looking at his own reflection superimposed on a tuxedo in a shop window (the scene used in the trailer) when a cop comes strolling around the corner. ...
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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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Why does the Joker always use a knife?

In The Dark knight, except for when the Joker had to use big weapons for different reasons, we always saw him using a small knife. Why does he prefer a knife? Like we know Batman does not use any ...
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What is the significance of “The Girl in Red” in Schindler's List?

"The Girl in Red" is a character talked about as much as the movie itself! However, I don't exactly understand the significance of the character itself and the usage of the color. Wikipedia ...
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Who is our hero, Frodo or Sam?

The ring of power has a strange power to deceive people. There are many characters from "good" races who ring is successful to pollute their heart. Isildur, Sméagol and Boromir are among them. They ...
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What is the significance of the Massachusetts State House in the Departed?

The Massachusetts State House is visible in numerous scenes in the Departed. These scenes always include Colin Sullivan. It is even visible from his apartments window and he often looks out upon it. ...
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What does The Man from Another Place in Twin Peaks symbolize?

The Man from Another Place is one of the major characters in Twin Peaks. He lives in The Black Lodge and dances like Laura's father. Mike says that he lost his left hand and I read somewhere that The ...