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Why was Tyra so worried about college in season 1?

Throughout the first season of "Friday Night Lights," it is assumed that most of the main teenage characters (Jason Street, Tim Riggins, Lyla Garrity, Tyra Collette) are seniors. Specifically Tyra, ...
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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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In Alien Resurrection, the crew are afraid of returning to Earth? Why, what has happened on Earth?

When the crew learn that the ship is set to automatically return to Earth they are clearly disturbed by this. What is Earth like at this time in the Alien story? What has happened to Earth to make ...
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What does Tuco throw away in “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” when they reach the graveyard?

Right when "The Ecstasy of Gold" starts to play, after he's done being shot with the cannon (really weird, by the way, that they camped out only 100 yards from the graveyard and yet he tried to steal ...
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What is the point of the ending scene in In The Mood For Love?

First of all, the movie was incredibly difficult for me to follow. Contrary to the way Wong Kar wai directed 2046, which was just as confusing in places but always backed up by narration, In The Mood ...
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What are they doing with the Union soldier in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?

I always thought this scene in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was weird. At about 2:10, as Blondie and Tuco are running down to the bridge with a stretcher and the explosives, they stop suddenly and ...
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Why would anybody pay the toll if an alternate road already exists?

In the film In Time, it is shown that the toll rates are very high to get to the city area from the ghetto. But later, it is also shown that there is an alternate route for people to use which is free ...
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La Pianista - why did she break the girl's hand?

In the middle of the movie, the main character (the piano teacher), breaks one of her students' hands by placing a bunch of broken glass in the pocket of her jacket, destroying her musical ambitions ...
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Did Mary really attend the French class?

In The Caller, Mary attends a French class and she sits there with all the other children and is taught my a teacher (John). But later it is revealed that John died when he was a child and the ...
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In The Caller, why didn't Mary just go to her mom's home?

In the movie- The Caller, why didn't Mary just go to her mom's home? when Steve kept hindering her and when she discovered the bodies, she could've just gone to her mom's home. So why didn't ...
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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 stay in Los Angeles?

I always thought it was shocking at the end of American History X that Derek didn't leave Los Angeles and possibly take his family with him. I was under the impression that, after he got out of ...
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What is the extinction event?

What is the extinction event that happened in the movie "The Road"? Did an asteroid hit or a super-volcano eruption? Does anybody know for sure what the director intended it to be?
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K-PAX ending explanation

In K-PAX, there are two possible explanations: Prot is crazy. He is truly an alien. There are facts that indicate 1, but also 2. Examples: He seems to respond to hypnosis, has a sort of phobia ...
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Why did the Senate stick around?

From the beginning of the "I find your lack of faith disturbing" scene in "A New Hope": "The rebellion will continue to get support in the Imperial Senate.." "The Imperial Senate will no longer be ...
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How did “Jack” (the narrator) manage to attract people to join Fight Club?

In Fight Club "Jack" (the narrator) and Tyler Durden pick a fight behind the bar and through that fight they manage to attract people to first join the fight and then after founding Fight Club, to ...
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Explanation of the events at the end of Fight Club?

At the end of Fight Club, the narrator disables a bomb that Tyler had set up in a van in the basement, and then he and Tyler get into a fight. The fight ends with the narrator being thrown down some ...
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Why didn't Sherlock Holmes investigate the events surrounding Irene Adler?

In the 2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Moriarty and Irene Adler have an brief conversation in a restaurant. After the exchange, she passes out before exiting. Later in the film, Moriarty ...
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What happens to the mom in A Bronx Tale

In the 1993 movies A Bronx Tale what happens to Calogero's mom Rosina. She sort of just dissappears after Calogero turns 17 but you see the dad (Deniro) quite a bit. Does she die? Divorce?
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What did Penelope say to the police chief in The Brothers Bloom?

What did Penelope (Rachel Weisz) say to the police chief in The Brothers Bloom after she was caught in the castle in Prague so that he let her go? Or was this ever explained in the movie?
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Why does Blake ask the salesmen if they have “Made your decision for Christ”?

During Blake's (Alec Baldwin) motivational speech to the salesmen, he explains the acronym AIDA - Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. When it comes to 'decision', he asks "Decision. Have you made ...
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How is the fluent conversation with spacecraft possible in Capricorn One?

In Capricorn One, the NASA mission control center maintains fluent communication with the spacecraft crew, which is obvious especially in the scene where the astronauts talk with their wives, even ...
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What caused and ended the time loop in Groundhog Day?

I've always wondered what caused the Time Loop experienced by Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, as well as what ended it, but I don't recall it being discussed in the movie. What was the cause for the ...
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What was the significance of the necklace?

At the end of the movie, when Leonidas knows he is going to die, he tells Dilios to go back and tell everybody what happened. He also takes some sort of braid or string out of the back of his hair and ...
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In Avatar, does Ninat refer to Ninet Tayeb, Israeli singer?

In the movie Avatar, Neytiri refers to "Ninat" as being the best singer, this sounds awfully similar to Ninet Tayeb, the first person to win on Israel's version of American Idol. (Supposingly, the ...
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Why couldn't Ocean's team show Benedict the live feed? Why was the recording needed?

In Ocean's Eleven, during the vault robbery, Terry Benedict is shown a recording of a copy of his vault with the robbery in progress. The way I understand the time line, when this was happening Ocean, ...
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What is the significance of the cigarette in 'Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia'?

Mycroft Holmes, gives a cigarette to Sherlock and says "Merry Christmas". Then in the following scene, Dr. Watson asks Mycroft if he gave the cigarette to Sherlock. So, it seems to me that the ...
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Where did James Bond pick up his rental car in Bahamas for Casino Royale? [closed]

In Casino Royale, James Bond is seen in a car driving along in Nassau. When first arriving, he leaves from a helipad near Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island. While driving, he is seen driving along from ...
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What is Jerusalem worth?

Towards the end of the movie Kingdom of Heaven, after Balin surrenders control of Jerusalem to Saladin, he asks the question, "What is Jerusalem worth?" Is there any deeper meaning to the reply? ...
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Why let Leamas and Nan escape?

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is one of my all time favorite movies, and I've seen it half a dozen times by now, but there's one part that always seemed a little sketchy. At the end of the movie, ...
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What was Holmes's original plan?

When Holmes, Watson and the Gypsies go to the arms factory, Holmes leaves Watson a note asking him to meet him at the big tower. Holmes gets captured by Moriarty and his henchmen. Watson runs into ...
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Tron Legacy - Why Doesn't CLU Visit Flynn Earlier?

In Tron : Legacy, When Quorra initially rescues Sam she tells him that Rinzler and co. can't follow them off the grid. But then when Quorra and the Fylnns go back into grid city, CLU and his cronies ...
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Nicholas wouldn't have as much eggs - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

What does John Cusack's character mean when he says "Nicholas himself wouldn't have as much eggs as you" in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
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How did Jason Bourne know the location of the only other living Treadstone assassin?

I don't remember a hint on the movie how Jason Bourne found the home of Jarda, the only other living Treadstone assassin. Is it mentioned somewhere or are we just supposed to assume that Bourne simply ...
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How did they fill the bags with paper in Ocean's Eleven?

It is shown that the bags of money are in fact bags full of some paper. How did the Oceans gang manage to achieve this?
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Why was Officer Deville guarding the road during the opening?

In The Encounter (a movie I can't really recommend, due to the low quality acting and predictable story), Officer Deville is found guarding a road that has been closed due to poor weather conditions, ...
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Why is the Salieri-Mozart relationship projected falsely in the movie Amadeus?

Anselm Hüttenbrenner was a composer who studied with Salieri and it has been noted in Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera and quoting him Of Mozart, he always spoke with the most extraordinary ...
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What is the significance of the veil in the Harry Potter series?

What does it mean? Why is it never explained?
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What is the significance of Jesus/Christianity?

Is there any other religious significance? Does this come up in any other Hellraiser movies? Why are Frank's last words "Jesus wept"?
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Ants and goo in Euclid?

There are scenes shown in the movie Pi which have ants and goo in the protagonist's apartment which also houses his computer Euclid. Is there any significance of these ants/goo? Really lame pun ...
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Explanation of the ending of A Clockwork Orange

The ending of the film perplexed me a bit. The main hero says, quote, "I was cured alright". While that could be interpreted as honest and truthful, the final scene (the fantasized orgy) makes me ...
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How does Ed Exley hear what's said outside the interview room?

At the end of L.A. Confidential, Ed Exley is in a (supposedly) sound-proof interview room, giving a statement to two detectives. He is observed by a group of others, including the chief of police and ...
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Are they in France or Portugal at the end of Love Actually?

The Colin Firth character, Jamie, meets Aurelia the Portuguese housekeeper when he is writing his novel by himself at a lake house in France. You know they're in France because the French-speaking ...
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Was Inspector Uhl actually crazy?

In the end of Illusionist, Are those flashbacks really what happened or is he getting crazy because of the confusing nature of the plot? And if those flashbacks are not true, then does that mean ...
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Meaning of the biblical quote at the end of Raging Bull?

The movie Raging Bull closes with a Biblical quote from the Gospel of John. What is the meaning of the quote, and how does it relate to the plot of the film? "So, for the second time, [the ...
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What was the disease Moriarty used?

In the new Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Moriarty uses a deadly disease on Irene Adler which caused near-instant death. What was this disease? And why didn't Moriarty use it on Watson and ...
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Shiny and new in “vehicle mode”, yet battle-damage re-appears in “robot” mode

I've often wondered about this apparent inconsistency. I'm assuming it's a case of Deux ex Hollywood, but could there be a specific explanation for the fact that Transformers in the Michael Bay movies ...
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Why didn't they use a brute force method to activate the Stargate?

In the movie Stargate, they have been trying to activate the Stargate for the last 2 years but could never get the right sequence. After Dr. Daniel Jackson figures out the seventh symbol, they try to ...
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Who is Gabriel referring to when it told Constantine he took a life?

In the building where Gabriel and Constantine spoke, he expressed his dismay that he has not repaid his debt to God to which Gabriel replies, You are going to die young because you smoked 30 ...
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Was it the character's inner devil that came up in Devil?

I watched Devil and got the gist of the story. But am confused about the old woman (Satan?) who was in the lift. Is she really the Satan or just the haunting past memory of the other characters in the ...