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What is the meaning of Teddy's memories of Dachau?

During his visit on Shutter Island Marshal Teddy Daniels repeatedly has traumatic memories of the liberation of the KZ Dachau during his service in WWII, where he saw the piles of corpses, let an ...
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How does Batman know to rescue Selina Kyle outside the home of John Daggett?

In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle enters the home of John Daggett to confront his henchman for a copy of software she had been promised that would erase her name and criminal record from every ...
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Why is there an asteroid scene at the beginning and at the end of Birdman?

Why is there is an asteroid scene at the beginning and at the end of the movie Birdman? Did that asteroid strike Riggan and give him the power to fly?
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Why didn't the Vulcan nerve pinch work?

During the final fight sequence between Spock and Khan. Spock applies the Vulcan nerve pinch to Khan, who lets out a scream of pain but doesn't collapse. Why didn't the nerve pinch work?
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Are there any guides to the timeline of Donnie Darko?

I have the basic understanding that the entire plot to Donnie Darko revolves around time traveling. As far as the ending is conceded, you may have various interpretations of what actually happened. ...
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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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Is X-Men First Class based earlier in time than X-Men Origins:Wolverine?

If X-Men First Class (XFC) is based before X-Men Origins (XMO) then how did Emma Frost end up being captured by Colonel Stryker? The last we see of Emma Frost in XFC she is with Magneto and Raven, ...
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Was the FBI agent's book about the kidnapper?

In Prisoners, Bob Taylor is said to be obsessed with a book titled Finding the Invisible Man written by an FBI agent about "a theoretical suspect that he believed was responsible for a bunch of child ...
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Why did the Italians want Rocco killed by the Russians?

Why did Papa Joe and his Italians want Rocco killed by sending him to assassinate the Russians? Considering that Rocco was known to be part of their gang, did they want to start a war?
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How can Cooper communicate with his daughter before the time he went to space?

In the movie Interstellar it's shown that after Cooper fell into the Black Hole, he communicates with his daughter Murph through some codes as Ghost. My doubt is how can he communicate to his daughter ...
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What happens to the hard drive with agents' names in Skyfall?

Apologies for ripping off Honest Trailers, but that was something I didn't figure out as well from watching Skyfall and it bugged me: Silva stole the hard drive with names of NATO agents, presumably ...
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Why was Alex not killed?

In Prisoners, Holly Jones and her husband were a religious couple who lost their son to cancer. This led to a loss of faith and in their thirst for revenge, they attempt to deny happiness to other ...
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Why does Ginger use DEA as her cover in Swordfish?

For a movie about hacking, technology, terrorism and patriotism, why in the world does Ginger use DEA as her cover when talking to Stan? DEA - Drug Enforcement Agency. The movie never once mentions ...
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Why would a bad defense attorney be better than a good one?

In the film Sleepers (1996), why is Michael so adamant about Danny being the defense lawyer? He says it's because Danny's something of a hack and a drunk, and that they need the situation to seem ...
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How did Indy know not to look into the Ark?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, at the Ark opening ceremony the nazi troops brings the Ark of the Convenant to the top of the mountain as Belloq said something before opening the Ark. Then they took the ...
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What is the meaning of the “fly scene” in Breaking Bad?

One of the Breaking Bad episodes involves a scene with a fly. Walter is obsessed by a fly in the lab and tries to kill it in order to keep the room clean. I was told there's a special meaning but I ...
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What was the code that could have affected the outcome of “The Reichenbach Fall”?

At the end of "The Reichenbach Fall", Sherlock and Moriarty have a confrontation on the roof of the hospital. (I am not sure why Sherlock chose the roof in the first place, but that is neither here ...
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Why does Walt leave the Bar after calling the Cops in Granite State?

In the second last episode of Breaking Bad - "Granite State", After talking to his son, Walt calls the cops and indicates his location. After that we see him having a drink just when he watches his ...
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Why doesn't Andy have a dad in Toy Story?

Despite the diversity of characters filling out the cast in Toy Story, Andy's dad wasn't created. It can't be especially difficult for the filmmakers to create a dad character because they've created ...
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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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Butterfly effect: what was the original ending and why was it changed?

The movie The Butterfly effect has multiple and very different endings. Specifically there appears to be two factors on the main character's decision: Save his girlfriend's life Save his ...
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How/Why did Tyler Durden got shot in the head?

From the movie Fight Club, in the ending scene we can see the narrator shoot himself in the mouth asking Tyler to "really listen to him"... The question is How/Why did Tyler got shot in the head when ...
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When grabbing the commisoner what is Tyler Durden actually doing?

In the movie there is a scene where the group grab the police commissioner at fund raiser and drag him into the bathroom to threaten him so that he doesn't follow through on a vow to take down their ...
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Explanation for Lenny's “I've done it” tattoo

I've watched Memento quite a few times. I feel for the most part that I understand it, while most people don't. I’ve seen people go as far as to say that Lenny is Sammy Jankins which is impossible. ...
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How was Walt unharmed after throwing the mercury fulminate on the floor in Tucos office?

In season 1 of Breaking Bad, Jesse visits Tuco in order to make a drug deal. Tuco takes Jesse's meth, beats him pretty severely, and doesn't pay him. Later, Walt visits Tuco to make a deal and get ...
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Why does Weyland have to hide that he was on the ship?

In Prometheus, for what reason did Weyland hide on the ship? When he finally revealed that he was in the ship, it turns out nothing happens, there are no particular consequences and the reason for the ...
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Why does Robert Angier not use a double for “The Real Transported Man”?

Why does Robert Angier choose to die everyday instead of using the machine just once to create his clone? Here are some reasons that I don't think justify his act. Ego issues: It didn't work well ...
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How could Lt. Hicox fluently speak German and then give himself away by using the wrong gesture?

In Inglorious Basterds Lt. Hicox is an English officer who speaks German fluently yet with a mild accent. Speaking a language fluently requires a lot of practice with native speakers and so spending a ...
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Swords in The Hobbit

Why don't Orcrist / Goblin-cleaver and Glamdring / Foe-hammer glow like Sting when orcs/goblins are near?
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Why did Mrs Robinson ask Benjamin not to take Elaine out in The Graduate?

In the movie The Graduate, Mrs Robinson asks Benjamin not to take Elaine Robinson out or date her. Why does she want to prevent Benjamin from dating her daughter? Would it be that she thinks ...
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Why does Doug Stamper have so much influence over Rachel?

Why does Doug Stamper have so much influence over Rachel in House of Cards? I don't see why Rachel can't simply escape Doug.
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Was Patrice hired for murder or suicide?

In Skyfall, the contract killer Patrice travels to Shanghai where he forces entry into a skyscraper and shoots a man in an adjacent building with his sniper rifle, when he is attacked and inadvertedly ...
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Why did Aaron Cross take the watch from the security chief?

At one point during The Bourne Legacy Aaron Cross comes up behind an Austrailian security chief and knocks him unconscious. He then proceeds to take the man's watch, and then leaves the area. In this ...
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Did the black goo affect life forms in different ways in Prometheus?

In Prometheus, the black goo appears to affect life forms in five different ways. At the very beginning of the movie, the Space Jockey drinks the black-goo, and it kills him and makes the body ...
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No “spider-sense tingling”?

In Spiderman-2 [2004] there are a number of scenes where Peter Parker exits and comes back as Spider-man only after he witnesses something wrong (even if he is in the vicinity of the occurring crime). ...
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How did Jesse end up with the cigarettes in his pocket?

I watched the season 4 ending of Breaking Bad and the story is that Huell underhandedly replaced Jesse's cigarettes with an other pack. Jesse desperately looks for the ricin cigarette at the hospital ...
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What does the song “Rains Of Castamere” signify?

Is there any special meaning or occasion associated with the song "Rains of Castamere" in Game of Thrones? In the eponymous 9th episode of the 3rd season I noticed So I am beginning to assume ...
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Where was the Hulk during the events of Iron Man 3?

After the Avengers, Tony Stark drives off with the Hulk, hinting at them working together. There were references in between the movie where Stark offers Bruce Banner a chance to work with him. Also ...
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What happened to Peter's parents?

In The Amazing Spider-man, Peter's parents leave him with his aunt and uncle at the start of the film. They're never heard from again. Where did they go, what happened to them?
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Significance of Matthew 7:7 in Imitation Game

I don't understand how the Bible passage (Matthew 7.7) let Alan Turing to identify the Russian spy on the team in The Imitation Game. Can anyone explain (in some detail?)
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Why is the Professor still in a wheel chair?

Charles Xavier died in X-Men Last Stand. But according to the post credits scene of that movie and this link, Charles transferred his mind to his brain-dead twin brother's body. So now that he is ...
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How did the Iranians realize the fraud?

At the end of Argo, right after the supposed film team is allowed to board their plane, Iranian soldiers storm the house of the Canadian ambassador. They find a desolated home and what I think to be a ...
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Did Miles Dyson kill all these policemen?

I stumbled upon this recent question about Terminator 2, in particular about the scene where Miles Dyson dies after having been wounded lethally and trying to buy time for the others by detonating a ...
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Why didn't Simran get into bogey from first door in DDLJ?

Off-late, many people on Facebook have been sharing this particular still from DDLJ. It seems funny or logical? Why didn't Simran get into bogey from first door? Does director want to show LOVE IS ...
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Punishment for bad behavior - a moped!

In Donnie Darko there is an exchange between Donnie's parents about some behavior over which they were called in to see the principal. Later, they are sitting together, eating in silence, each lost ...
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What does the smile in Railley lips signify?

In the final scene of 12 monkeys, we see James Cole is shot dead and as he said earlier his child copy is present there. Railley sees him and smile comes to her lips. What does it signify? Does it ...
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Inception: Transferring a totem

In "Inception" it seems that Cobb takes over the user 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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Does Major Cage Still Have the Reset Ability?

At the end of Edge of Tomorrow, after Cage kills the Omega and gets soaked in Omega blood, he regains his ability to jump back in time. We see that he dies and wakes up in the helicopter and all is ...
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What's in the package which Billy gives Madolyn in The Departed

Just before the climax of The Departed, Billy comes to Madolyn's apartment and gives her a package to keep safe and asks her to open it if he's dead or if he tells her to. In a later scene, we ...
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How did the machine work before this realisation?

Perhaps this would fit the History SE or another, but I'm asking here because I don't know how historically accurate the film is. In the film The Imitation Game, Alan Turing's team has created a ...