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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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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 ...
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Why Ava behaved like that with Caleb?

I'm talking about Ex Machina, a masterpiece. I tried to give a title so that it doesn't contain any spoiler. Now spoilers ahead Ava an advanced AI developed human consciousness. So while Caleb ...
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Wasn't Iron Man smart enough not to fight the Winter Soldier?

At the end of Captain America: Civil War Iron Man gets mad at the Winter Soldier when he finds out that he killed his parents. Isn't Tony Stark smart enough, though, to know that this is exactly what ...
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Underwater scene in Mission Impossible 5

In the underwater scene in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Ethan Hunt is told that he can't take any oxygen tanks because there are metal detectors. So why does it have to be metal? I know this ...
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Why doesn't the Mosasaurus attack the audience since we know it can reach them?

In Jurassic World, there is a scene in which the Mosasaurus eats a shark. There is a little distance between the pool and audience. Here it does not jump out of the pool and attack anyone. ...
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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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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 ...
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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?
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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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What goes down in final scene of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”?

The awesome relationship movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) ends with a scene in which the two main characters are tempted to get back together but are not sure. The woman points out ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Why did Zod ask for Lois Lane to come on their spaceship?

In Man of Steel (2013), when Zod and his subordinates come to take Superman, they ask for Lois Lane too. But when they take her, they don't ask her anything. They just put her in some kind of prison, ...
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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 ...
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What happened to Jarvis at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron

Towards the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron JARVIS uploads himself into a lifeless Virbranium android. This process creates Vision. Then before the final battle we see Tony Stark uploading a program ...
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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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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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Where did the chicken come from?

During the photo-montage end credit sequence for the 2009 comedy hit, The Hangover, some light is shed on many of the unexplained occurrences that happened during that lost night. However, I do not ...
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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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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 ...
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Why is it impossible for women to be impregnated on the Island and survive the whole pregnancy?

Claire was able to give birth on the Island because she had conceived her child off the Island. However, no women who were impregnated on the Island could complete the term / give birth, and all died. ...
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Why did Professor Snape hide his relationship with Lily from Harry Potter?

I just re-watched Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and was wondering why Snape kept his relationship with Lily a secret from Harry Potter. Why didn't he let him know that he was on the ...
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Why was there a painting of Rue?

During Katniss' individual assessment in front of the Gamemakers in Catching Fire, we see Katniss pass by and notice a painting of Rue on the ground of the training center. Katniss is affected by this,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Who is in the cafe scene in Dark Knight Rises

In the final scene of The Dark Knight Rises we see Bruce sitting at the table with a brunette. Is this woman Selina Kyle or is it someone he's met in his new life?
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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 ...
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Why was the surgery pod configured only for men in Prometheus?

In Prometheus, when Shaw touch the surgery-pod Vickers warned her not to touch it because it is rare and so expensive, but i could not understand why the operating pod was made for a male, but the ...
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What happened to Bran and Hodor?

As the title suggests, what happened to Bran and Hodor in Game of Thrones? Why are they not featured in season 5? Did their story end? If not, will they be playing an important role in the future? ...
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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 did Batman survive when he was stabbed?

Near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Batman was stabbed by Miranda. After a while Batman took his bat and flew away to detonate the bomb. Then at the end of the movie he was at the dining table with ...
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Who was the man who slew the Kingsguard Knight?

In Game of Thrones season 6, episode 3, 'Oathbreaker', we see that Bran and the three eyed raven are mentally traveling back to a time where Eddard was a young lord. I might've missed the part ...
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How Did Obara Sand manage this?

In the final episode of Game of Thrones season five, Ellaria and Doran Martell with her daughters, the King of Dorne were seeing off Myrcella, Trystane, Jaime and Bronn who were leaving for Kings ...
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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 unable ...
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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 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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Who fired the shot and what is the symbolism in firing shot right next to Lucas at the end of the movie?

At the end of The Hunt (orig.: Jagten), during the deer hunt, there’s a shot fired right next to Lucas (deliberately missing the shot). Who fired the shot? Is it Theo's son? What is the meaning of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why does Cobb use the spinning top?

In the movie Cobb (DiCaprio) tells Ariadne (Page) that the most important rule in choosing a totem is to make sure that no one else has ever touched it. This is emphasized with flashbacks showing ...
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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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Is kin-slaying not sin on the Iron Islands?

Season 6 Episode 5 Spoilers I believed kin-slaying in Game of Thrones is a big sin in the North. And all the Northerners respect guest right and see kin-slaying as a big crime. However in Season 6 ...
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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 ...