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“Whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger” - what does it mean?

During The Dark Knight the Joker says: Whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger I believe the original phrase is "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." So what did the Joker ...
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Language of the Moria password in The Fellowship of the Ring

At the gates of Moria there is a riddle on the door. "Speak Friend and Enter". Frodo then asks Gandalf "What is the elven word for 'Friend'?" who replies and the door opens. Given Moria is a ...
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What did David say to the engineer in Prometheus?

In Prometheus, when the android David is talking with the Engineer, first he stumbles a bit and stays crouched, then they are all asking him questions and David seems to translate it. Then they all ...
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What did Black Widow say?

In the film The Avengers, Black Widow is a Russian super-spy. In the scene that introduces her, it ends with her receiving orders to bring in Dr. Bruce Banner. After receiving these orders, the ...
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Why does Obi-Wan say that he'll become more powerful if Vader kills him?

When Obi-Wan fights Darth Vader in Episode IV: A New Hope, he says: You can't win, Vader. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. What does he mean ...
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Why is Pulp Fiction's opening scene different than the one near the end?

In the opening scene (at restaurant) of Pulp fiction, right before titles Honeybunny says: Any of you fucking pricks move, I will execute every motherfucking last one of you! But when the movie ...
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Why do some movies include only one instance of the f word?

While rewatching Mr and Mrs Smith, there is only one instance where the f-word is used. There are several other movies (I can't recall any other at the moment) where f-word is used only once. Is there ...
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What is the meaning of the line at the end of Chinatown?

At the end of the amazing film Chinatown, Jake Gittes is told, 'Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown'. What are supposed to deduce from this? Is it that Jake is powerless to prevent or challenge what had ...
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S04E08 (Hermanos): Why is Gus allowed to live?

I was rewatching the Breaking Bad episode S04E08 (Hermanos) and I didn't quite understand why exactly Don Eladio killed Gus's partner, but he let Gus live. He says: The only reason you're alive ...
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What language do the minions speak?

In Despicable Me; what language(s) do the minions speak? There is a bit of english, but seems like a combination of french with english?
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What does Mycroft mean when he says “we don't want a repeat of 1972?”

In "The Reichenbach Fall" (S2E3) of Sherlock, Mycroft meets with John in the Diogenes Club. In the course of their conversation, Mycroft says to John "we don't want a repeat of 1972.” To what is he ...
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Is this quote originally from The Dark Knight?

You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Now I'm fairly certain I've been saying that line for at least ten years, don't know where I heard it, but now ...
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What did Captain America mean after being kissed by Black Widow?

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Black Widow kissed Captain America in the shopping mall to avoid getting caught, Black Widow asked him if he still feels uncomfortable while Captain said: ...
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How is the opening quote from movie Apocalypto related to the movie?

Before starting of the movie "Apocalypto" it shows the quote: A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. - Will Durant How is it related to the ...
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“Happiness is only real when shared”

IN the 2007's movie Into The Wild, Chris abandons society and starts living in a forest. In the end when he is dying his last words are "Happiness is only real when shared" So was it a mistake to ...
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Reccuring dialogue “That's what she said”?

In the US version of TV show "The Office", many characters keep saying the tagline "That's what she said". There is even a t-shirt on the official store. I never actually understood this punchline as ...
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Does anyone know which movie has a clever retort about “Good Day / Good morning”?

I have read many books and watched many movies, and I just thought of a specific retort that a character made, possibly in the Harry Potter movies (I want to say this was Dumbledore), to being bid ...
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What does Barney say and mean?

It's in season 8 episode 3 of How I Met Your Mother at 8:22min. I found it on youtube too. "Barney!!!" "Icksnay on the ealray amenay!" "Mr and Mrs Erikson?" "Youuu son of a... itchbay!" The ...
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What is the significance of the “Argo fuck yourself” phrase?

What was the significance of the phrase 'Argo fuck yourself'? It is first uttered by Siegel (Arkin) when asked by a reporter at the reading of the fake movie, as to what Argo meant. It is later ...
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What does Indy say to the villagers in “Temple of Doom”?

There's a scene in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" where Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw receive food from an impoverished group of Indians. (This is after Kate and Harrison fall out of a plane ...
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What's the meaning behind the phrase “The blood stays on the blade”?

At the beginning of the movie Gangs of New York, Priest Vallon tells his son not to wipe the blood of the blade after he's cut himself shaving, saying "The blood stays on the blade". I've watched the ...
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What would Jacob Palmer's (Ryan Gosling's) accent in Crazy Stupid Love be classified as?

The movie Crazy, Stupid, Love seems to be shot primarily in California. But still Ryan Gosling has this weird accent. What would you call this accent? Is there a specific reason for this accent?
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What does “yippie ki yay” mean?

In the movie Die Hard, John McClane (Bruce Willis) says the line "Yippie Ki Yay". What does this mean?
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What did Jon Arryn mean?

So in Game Of Thrones Grand Maester Pycelle says to Eddard that Jon Arryn was rambling a lot before he died but he kept repeating "The seed is strong." Now I have seen all four seasons all the way ...
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Why does Indiana Jones say 'I like Ike'?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, short while after the beginning of the movie, Irina Spalko captured Indy and force him to lead the U.S soldiers military base which contains ...
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Is there a reason for this language switching?

During the various scenes that take place in Japan, the characters sometimes speak English and sometimes Japanese, sometimes even a line in English as a reply to a line in Japanese or vice versa. It ...
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Can the King release a man of the Night's Watch from their vows?

In S05E02 of Game of Thrones King Stannis Baratheon offers Jon Snow lordship of Winterfell and the North and a legitimisation. First of all, can anyone legitimise a bastard except for their father? ...
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Why was a '78 Caddy a controversial choice?

I watched Brothers Bloom over the weekend. As Stephen and Bang Bang took Bloom to New Jersey to the Ludicrous Mansion in order to show Bloom the next/last big con, after they watch Penelope crash the ...
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Was Nakatomi corp. involved in illegal activity?

After Hans Gruber's gang seizes control of Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard, Hans and several henchmen accompany Joseph Takagi to his office and this is said: Hans Gruber: Theo has some questions for ...
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Looking for movie with quote “People who sit at home and watch sitcoms… those people are dead”

I saw a movie around 2000 (which would've been made within 5 years or so of this year) where I heard the line "People who sit at home and watch sitcoms... those people are dead" - this is paraphrase. ...
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“There are two kinds of people” quote

I'm trying to remember the title of a movie that had this quote (or something very similar) in it, can anyone help? "there are two kinds of people in this world, those who bend facts to fit ...
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Explanation of the ending of the episode “Kafkaesque” (S03E09)

At the end of the Breaking Bad episode "Kafkaesque" (S03E09) Skyler says to Walt when talking about Hank (who is in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds at the hands of the cartel hit men), ...
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What is said on the Chinese broadcast 34 minutes into Looper?

At 34:00, we briefly see a television depicting mass-destruction and the English words 'Rainmaker'. What is being said in Chinese on this newscast?
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What does Beth mean when she says: “I get it now.”

In The Walking Dead, at the end of the episode Coda, Beth says to Dawn: "I get it now.". What does she mean? How is it related to their earlier conversation?
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How does Quentin Tarantino write dialog for a language he doesn't speak?

How does Quentin Tarantino or any other screenwriter write dialog for a language he doesn't speak? I have never found any mention of Tarantino being able to speak in any language other than English. ...
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What does Captain America mean by 'I have seen her (Black Widow) flirt upclose'?

In the movie Avenger: Age of Ultron Captain America tells Hulk that 'I have seen her flirt upclose' about Black Widow. What does that mean? Is that some dialogue theatrics or is there any reference ...
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What does Newt say at the end of Aliens?

At the very end of Aliens. After Ripley has blown the queen alien out the airlock, and she climbs up over the edge of the airlock door. Newt jumps into her arms and says something. It sounds either ...
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Why can't the soldier “get used to the new rags”?

About 13 minutes into I Am Legend Robert Neville has a flashback where he starts to rescue his family. While he loads them into the car, the camera cuts to two soldiers and one says to the other ...
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See you on the other side

The sentence "See you on the other side." is often used in movies and series, for example Lost, Jason Bourne movies and many others. Is this a reference to an old movie? Or is it just a common phrase ...
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What did Jesse Pinkman mumble in the flashback scene of Breaking Bad S05E14?

In Breaking Bad Season 5, Episode 14, there is a flashback scene at the start of the episode that shows Walt and Jesse during their first time cooking. When Jesse asks how much longer, Walt begins to ...
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What's the origin of the “'ello, gov'nor” line?

This line is often used in TV shows, usually when a character is trying to use an english accent. He will use a british slang and say something along the lines of 'ello gov'nor! Two examples ...
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What did Oliver Queen say to the Russian guard in S02E06?

In the most recent episode of Arrow (season 2, episode 6), what did Oliver Queen say to the Russian guard (in Russian)? The scene is about 18 minutes into the episode.
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Why does Patrick Bateman need to return video tapes?

As far as I can tell, nearly any time Bateman tries to make an excuse in American Psycho, for example, when in the bathroom with his coworker, when breaking up with Evelyn, and when speaking with ...
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“What's up doc?” - Is Bugs Bunny impersonating someone?

It turns out that Bugs Bunny was impersonating someone when he ate the carrot. Was he also impersonating a contemporary actor when he asked What's up doc? or is that a Bugs Bunny original?
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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 does the line “Bangkok has him now” mean?

In the movie The Hangover 2, when Teddy was lost, the people they met (even the Interpol police officer) kept saying "Bangkok has him now". What did they actually mean by that?
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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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Languages in Kill Bill 2 - on purpose?

In Kill Bill 2, there is a long scene which is flash back of Beatrix traversing the stairs in order to stay with the teacher/mentor, and train. In their first encounter, they have a rather long ...
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Are Dwight's “What is my perfect crime?” lines in S05E08 - “Frame Toby” a reference to something?

Are Dwight's "What is my perfect crime?" lines in Season 5, Episode 8 titled "Frame Toby", a reference to something? What is being referenced to? The lines: Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I ...
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Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns: English or Italian?

When I've watched DVDs of Sergio Leone's "Spaghetti Westerns", such as A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, I've had the option to choose soundtracks in either English or Italian. ...