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In Sherlock: Study in Pink how does the choice of bottles work?

In Sherlock season 1 episode 1 the serial killer asks Sherlock to take one of two bottles. 1 bottle is ok other is bad (poisonous). Whatever bottle Sherlock takes the serial killer takes the other ...
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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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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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What is the real purpose of the star map in Prometheus?

At the beginning of Prometheus, archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway have discovered a pictogram of a very tall man pointing to a series of stars. The two archaeologists are clearly very ...
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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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Why did Walter tell Lydia what he did to her?

At the end of the very last episode of Breaking Bad, Walter picks up Todd's phone and answers Lydia's call. He tells her that he poisoned her with ricin. Why did he do that? Knowing that she'd been ...
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Why does Aaron Cross lie about being out of medication?

The movie Bourne Legacy starts with Aaron Cross climbing over the mountains until he reaches a rest station occupied by another agent. When Aaron Cross first meets the agent he tells him he lost his ...
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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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In Serenity, how did the woman on Miranda survive?

In Serenity (2005), the crew finds on planet Miranda a video recorded by a woman. That woman explains how the Pax was added to the air system and the effects it had on the inhabitants eventually. How ...
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How was Andy Dufresne able to dig the tunnel for many years without being discovered?

Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption is digging the tunnel to escape through the wall of his cell. He digs slowly and desperses the excavated material in the prison yard so that it doesn't accumulate ...
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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 ...
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How did Sara know what a Looper was?

In Looper (2012), Joe starts explaining time travel to Sara, and she says "You're a looper?" How did she know what a Looper was? What was her previous tie to the criminal world?
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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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Why did Mann's base explode?

After the scuffle between Mann (Damon) and Cooper (McConaughey) in Interstellar, our protagonist gets a hold of a radio and alerts his shipmates to Mann's duplicity. Then his ship explodes. What ...
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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 ...
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Why haven't the Lannisters previously made a bid for power?

They are massively rich and have powerful connections, etc. Why is it they have not stolen Robert's throne previously? NB: I have not read the books and have only seen the TV series.
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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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How long has Alice been fighting the Umbrella Corporation?

I'm looking for the in-universe answer to "How long has Alice (as Alice or her clones) been fighting against the Umbrella Corporation?"
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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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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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The credibility of the Envy killing in Se7en

I find Se7en an amazingly good movie, but among its weaknesses is the Envy killing. I found the justification for it very unconvincing, as if forced into the story, just so we can have the (iconic) ...
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Why is “Based on a True Story” used?

I have had little to no interest in a movie that claims it is "Based On a True Story" since Fargo. It's well known that it was a lie that Fargo was based on a true story. There are many movies though ...
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Why were American accents common?

In Total Recall (2012), most of the world was rendered uninhabitable. Two regions remain habitable, the UK and Australia. So you'd expect accents appropriate to those areas to be common. However, ...
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Reference for 'headlight eyes' in Cars 2?

While watching Cars 2 (again) with my son yesterday, I was struck by the scene in which Mater meets a 'headlight seller' in the Parisian marketplace. In the scene, he approaches a car which appears ...
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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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Why did nobody attack the time bank before?

At some point in the movie In Time, the main character Will Salas and the daughter of powerful businessman Weis decide to rob banks belonging to her father. The first robbery just shows the two ...
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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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Why didn't the fellowship use eagles to travel into Mordor?

Inspired by this parody, why didn't Frodo and the fellowship use eagles to travel (even part of the way) into Mordor?
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Why did the aliens let a 50 year old ship into the Mothership?

In the movie Independence Day Captain Hiller (Smith) and David (Goldblum) fly an alien-ship that had been in our possession since the 1950s (explicitly mentioned more than once in the movie) into the ...
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Why didn't Cobb talk to any of his team members at the airport in the ending of Inception?

In Inception, it always makes me wonder why Cobb didn't say a hello to his team members. He does not even smile at any of his team members at the airport. What is the reason he acts like he does now ...
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Why didn't Magnussen's bodyguards search Sherlock and Watson for weapons?

In the His Last Vow (s03e03) episode when Charles Augustus Magnussen first come to meet Sherlock his bodyguard searched Sherlock and Watson for weapons. But at the climax when the detective duo ...
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Why is the Weasley house destroyed in the sixth Harry Potter film?

The destruction of the Weasley house added no plot element and it was not in the book. The Weasley home was basically supposed to be the safest place for Harry (aside from Hogwarts). Why did the film ...
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Did Col. Landa actually recognize Shosanna?

In the first part of the movie he kills her family and she escapes. He is known as the Jew Hunter and never lets any Jews escape him. Later when he meets her under her assumed name Emmanuelle he makes ...
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Did Bond sleep with Eve?

In Skyfall, during the scene before Bond visits the casino in Macau, when Eve shaves him, it is not completely clear to me if they sleep with each other afterwards, although the atmosphere between ...
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How did Indiana Jones manage to follow Marion to the Island?

From Wikipedia's plot summary of Raiders of the Lost Ark: (all images are taken from here) Indiana Jones and Marion leave Cairo to escort the Ark to England on board a tramp steamer. The next ...
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Where are the real aliens in Oblivion?

Where are the real aliens in Oblivion? Surely with the TET destroyed they'll be coming back. Are they on Titan?
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In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?

In Skyfall, after leaving the floating casino in Macau, Sévérine gets on board a boat. Bond gets on board too and they have an amicable scene in the shower. The boat is shown going out to sea. ...
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Why did Holmes aim at the explosive rather than at Moriarty?

When Holmes and Moriarty are having a stand off in the swimming pool Holmes has a gun trained on Moriarty's chest. He looks at Watson and Watson nods so he moves his aim to the bomb. Why would this ...
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What purpose did Quaid serve Cohagen as an Average Joe on the assembly line?

Both the 2012 and 1990 versions of Total Recall rely on the same back story for the main character, Quaid: Quaid was working for Cohagen Quaid agreed to be brainwashed to think he switched to the ...
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Are seasons of 24 standalone stories or related in some way?

I just got season five of 24 from my local library. I't might be a long wait before I can get the other seasons, although I want to see them all eventually. Will it ruin the storyline if I start ...
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What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel?

I didn't understand the ending of Apocalypse Now. What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel? And what is the purpose of Marlon Brando's character?
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Why don't more things change back?

In Looper, why don't more things change when they kill/maim people? Like when Joe shoots himself at the end and Older Joe disappears, why doesn't it undo the things that Older Joe did seeing as he ...
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What do people think what Walt does now?

In Breaking Bad season 4-5, people are told that Walt has won a lot of money in gambling and hence they have bought a Car Wash and clearly Walt doesn't need to work anymore. But the Car Wash is run by ...
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Star Wars IV : Why was the princess rescued in the first place?

In the 1977 movie release of Star Wars Episode IV, Why was the princess rescued in the first place? As the required information was with the droid and a lot of time had passed since she was captured, ...
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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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How did Quaid know who to shoot when someone pretended to be trying to “wake him up”?

In the Mars version of Total Recall, it was a doctor. In the 2012 version, his friend, Harry. How did he know to not take the pill / shoot his friend rather than Melina?
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Why does Borden want to change the knot used in the trick?

Why does Borden want to change the knot used in the tank trick? Is it because he is poor at tying it?
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Was Zero Effect an early attempt to do a modern Sherlock Holmes?

As far as I can remember (it's hard to check since I don't think there has ever been a region 2 DVD) the fantastic but under appreciated movie Zero Effect featured a somewhat reclusive private eye ...
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What happened to Loki in the Dark World?

In Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Loki and Jane are in the dark elves world. Thor is in a fight and Loki saves him by impaling the foe with a blade. The enemy then grabs Loki and stabs him with the ...
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The planned assassination of Don Corleone - The Godfather

In The Godfather, Sollozzo and the Tattaglia's attempt to assassinate Don Corleone. He is shot several times in the back but survives. An hour before the assassination Sollozzo picks up Tom Hagen. He ...