Seeking to understand a story plot better, or to clear up confusion about certain aspects or plot points.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

18
votes
3answers
53k views

What is the meaning of the Four Corners scene?

In Breaking Bad season 4 episode 6 Cornered, at one point, we see Skyler go the the border of four states and flip a coin. Upon seeing the coin land in one quadrant and looking frustrated, she then ...
18
votes
4answers
4k views

How could the murder weapon in The Sign of Three possibly work?

In the Sign of Three, we learn of a murder and an attempted murder in which the assailant had hidden an extremely sharp blade on the inside of a belt. The blade is so sharp that the victim doesn't ...
18
votes
2answers
88k views

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 ...
18
votes
3answers
12k views

What was the meaning of Schultz's flashback of dogs?

Near the end of Django Unchained, Schultz has a flashback to the dog-mauling that Candie had ordered earlier in the movie. Soon after the flashback, Schultz takes his climactic action. Did the ...
18
votes
2answers
3k views

Why are loopers required to kill themselves?

I was just wondering if anyone could think of any reasonable reason as to why in Looper the loopers have to kill their older selfs? I mean why not just send the older looper back to a different looper ...
18
votes
3answers
6k views

How does Bane know that Batman is Bruce Wayne?

In The Dark Knight Rises, when Catwoman (Selina) brings Batman to Bane's place, she trapped him in Bane's place, after a short while Bane came and called Batman by his real name, Bruce Wayne. I was ...
18
votes
5answers
3k views

How did they bring Fischer back to life within the 3rd layer of the dream?

Near the end of Inception, Mal shoots Fischer, killing him (or at least mortally wounding him) within the 3rd layer of the dream. Dom and Ariadne go down a level to find him and bring him back. How ...
18
votes
2answers
813 views

How does the dream sharing actually work?

In Inception, dream-sharing is (obviously) a huge part in how the entire plot functions. Is there any valid references (either scientific or even just an explanation from the writers/director) as to ...
18
votes
2answers
2k views

Who was Brett in Pulp Fiction?

Who were Brett and his crew in Pulp Fiction? What did they have to do with Marcellus Wallace and his case?
18
votes
1answer
723 views

How does Frodo write in English?

There's a scene at the ending of "Lord of the Rings - Return of the King", where Frodo appers finishing writing a book called "Lord of the Rings"... in plain English! This kind of broke down my ...
18
votes
3answers
1k views

How does Borden do The Transported Man after his date with Sarah?

At the end of Alfred Borden's first date with Sarah, he asks her if he could come into her apartment for a cup of tea. When she says that the landlord would not allow it, Borden jokes that a small ...
18
votes
1answer
603 views

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 ...
18
votes
3answers
775 views

How much is Claire Underwood aware of her husband's more serious deeds?

While Francis Underwood's motivation and moral limitations (or lack thereof) in House of Cards most of the time seem rather clear-cut, his wife Claire and her state of mind sometimes stay a bit more ...
18
votes
2answers
1k views

Around what time did this scene where Ted encounters Naomi take place?

Recently, I watched the How I Met Your Mother episode, "The Poker Game"(S09E05), when my sister pointed me out this jarring inconsistency from approximately minute 09:56: Here, you could explicitly ...
17
votes
7answers
4k views

Why didn't Jesse shoot Walt?

During the last few minutes of Felina, the last episode of Breaking Bad, after Walt has killed the Nazis, he gives gun to Jesse and asks him to shoot, but Jesse doesn't shoot him. What could be the ...
17
votes
5answers
3k views

Fox's analysis of the Bat

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Fox examines the Bat and finds out that an auto-pilot had been installed. This seems to me a bit strange, because we have seen the Bat carrying the bomb far from ...
17
votes
5answers
8k views

Why does Skyler put down a towel underneath her feet in Ted's house?

In Breaking Bad 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 ...
17
votes
5answers
10k views

Why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?

In No Country for Old Men, why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?
17
votes
5answers
58k views

Final Scene in Planet of the Apes (2001)

I'm confused by the final scene in the Planet of the Apes film (2001 not the recent Rise film). Leo lands on Earth in his own time to find it run by the Apes. How does this happen? I'm assuming ...
17
votes
6answers
3k views

What causes the tension in the strap between Dr. Ryan and Matt?

In the scene where Dr. Ryan Stone's (Sandra Bullock) leg is entangled in Soyuz's parachute cords and she is tethered with Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) through a strap, there is tension in the strap, ...
17
votes
4answers
14k views

Why did Arya refuse to end it?

During the end of the season 4 finale of Game of Thrones, after "The Hound" has been defeated by Brienne of Tarth, he lies bleeding and dying and wants Arya to finish it and kill him. At first he ...
17
votes
2answers
7k views

Why was the kid's homework in The Dude's car after it was stolen?

It's been a little while since I've seen The Big Lebowski (1998) but I remember The Dude having a string of car problems. At one point his car is stolen for a briefcase full of money. The Dude does ...
17
votes
3answers
11k views

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? As ...
17
votes
2answers
981 views

How did they get everyone to play along?

Shutter Island is a really fascinating, thought-through movie, but one thing never made sense to me when rewatching it, knowing the twist. How did they manage to get everyone to play along? With the ...
17
votes
5answers
5k views

Why was the wormhole in Interstellar placed near Saturn?

Why was the wormhole placed near Saturn in Interstellar? If 'they' (advanced future humans) placed the wormhole from future, why didn't they place it near Earth or at-least near the planet Mars? ...
17
votes
3answers
2k views

How did Thor know Loki was on the plane?

During the movie Avengers, we are first introduced to Thor when he crashes the party on the plane, taking his brother Loki to get the location of the Tesseract from him. How did Thor know that Loki ...
17
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
17
votes
2answers
978 views

Was Walter going to kill Jesse?

In the very last episode of Breaking Bad (Season 5), Now my question is, did Walter actually intend on killing Jesse? I mean, he had assumed that Jesse was working with Jack and his crew but he ...
17
votes
2answers
7k views

What did the Dent Act do?

After the passing of Harvey Dent, Gotham City passed the Dent Act, which allowed Gotham to clean up the streets quite a bit. It was stated that the act gave the police department the teeth it needed ...
17
votes
1answer
3k views

What happend to Walt's Aztek at the end of Breaking Bad season 4?

I think one of the lesser praised characters in Breaking Bad was the Aztek walt drove the first 4 seasons. It seemed like a very purposeful bit of 'casting'. That said, what happened to it? The ...
17
votes
1answer
671 views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
432 views

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 ...
17
votes
3answers
4k views

What is Bruce's alibi in the end?

At the end of Dark Knight Rises, we see the twist of Bruce/Batman taking the bomb himself across the sea, presumably, to sacrifice himself to keep Gotham safe. We know this isn't the case for Bruce ...
17
votes
5answers
7k views

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 ...
17
votes
2answers
448 views

In “Citizen Kane” does Bernstein purposely take a tumble into the newspaper office?

The "Citizen Kane" scene that shows Kane's first day at the newspaper includes a moment where Kane's assistant Bernstein enters the action by tumbling loudly into the room amid a collapsing pile of ...
16
votes
6answers
4k views

Did Anderson actually pass?

In the 2012 movie Dredd, rookie Anderson who is a psychic is put on an assessment mission with Dredd. At the very end of the movie, Dredd states that her assessment is over and she hands her badge ...
16
votes
4answers
6k views

Why did Walt suspect Krazy 8 of hiding a shard of the broken plate?

In S01E03 of Breaking Bad, why did Walt suspect Krazy 8 of hiding a shard of the broken plate? What made him suspicious, sort through the garbage, and put together all the broken pieces of the plate ...
16
votes
3answers
26k views

How did Tony fix himself by the end of Iron Man 3?

Tony had a shrapnel in him which the electromagnet 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 ...
16
votes
6answers
3k views

Why does Jeanie help Ferris out at the end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off?

One thing I have never understood about one of my favorite movies, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off": why does Jeanie decide to help Ferris out at the end of the movie and save him from being busted by Mr. ...
16
votes
2answers
5k views

Why does Audrey Hepburn's character ask for 50 dollars from her admirers every time she goes to “the powder room”?

Why does Audrey Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's ask for 50 dollars from her admirers every time she goes to "the powder room"? It seems like a gold digger, master level but was that some ...
16
votes
2answers
4k views

Why didn't Saito kill himself when he was stuck in limbo?

In Inception Cobb tells Ariadne that he was stuck in limbo with Mal for 50 years. Then they killed themselves by lying on the railway track. So, it is possible to commit suicide even if you are in ...
16
votes
3answers
2k views

Why did the pipe explode in The Shawshank Redemption?

I have a question regarding the end of The Shawshank Redemption when Red is narrating Andy's escape - can some one explain why the pipe erupts when Andy breaks it when he is escaping from Shawshank? ...
16
votes
13answers
45k views

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. ...
16
votes
6answers
12k views

What goes down in final scene of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”?

The awesome relationship movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ends with a scene in which the two main characters are tempted to get back together but are not sure. The woman points out that ...
16
votes
4answers
872 views

How did NASA figure out Mark was still alive?

In The Martian, the whole reason that NASA end up trying to help stranded astronaut/botanist Mark Watney is because someone happens to notice that since the Hermes left Mars, the "base camp" on Mars ...
16
votes
3answers
1k views

Why did the crew take off their helmets?

These were a group of some of the brightest scientists in the world, right? So why would they decide to take off their helmets on an alien planet? Even if things were safe, they would still be ...
16
votes
5answers
3k views

Why didn't Hank or Gomez call for help?

In the Season 5B episodes "To'hajiilee" and "Ozymandias", Hank and Gomez are cornered by Jack and his men in the desert. Once it's clear that they're both outnumbered and outgunned, why doesn't Hank ...
16
votes
9answers
12k views

Why did Jose give Cole the gun?

At the airport Cole meets Jose who gives him a gun and instructs him to kill Dr. Peters. Now the question is - why? They make it clear in the film that the past cannot be altered and that is why he ...
16
votes
1answer
1k views

How did Sherlock know there must be a code to call off the killers?

In The Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock is standing on the rooftop after it became clear, that he has to jump and kill himself in order to save his friends. He then starts laughing and turns around to ...