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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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Do the biopic-ized people get paid for being represented in their respective biopic movies?

Biopic movies are based on the true stories of people, like Johnny Depp in Ed Wood. Did the family of Ed Wood get paid for this movie? (because, technically, the story is that of Edward Wood)
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What is the deal with the assassins/bodyguards in “The Reichenbach Fall”?

In "The Reichenbach Fall", we learn that several hired assassins have moved into the apartments surrounding the one John and Sherlock share. They actually save Sherlock from getting hit by cars a few ...
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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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663 views

In the Doctor Who episode “Blink”, why do the angel statues appear in weird places?

There are two specific scenes I'm thinking of where angel statues inexplicably appear in strange places. The first is when Sally Sparrow is in the police depot and looks out the window and sees ...
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968 views

Movie where holding their breath makes people invisible

I remember watching an English language (probably live-action) film as a kid (on the TV, but I don't think it was a series) about which I remember the part where there was a group of people who could ...
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How did Crown fold the painting into his briefcase?

In The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) a painting is stolen and folded into a briefcase. Crown doesn't even have time to remove the stretchers. The painting is later seen no worse for wear. What magic ...
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274 views

Where did Deb live towards the end of the season?

Just finishing the 5th season of Dexter and partway through the season Deb ends up going to live with Quinn because of their relationship and because of Dexter's old apartment becoming too crowded for ...
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What is the symbolism of the uncrossable bridge in Melancholia?

In Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) there are two scenes of the sisters riding their horses. Both end with Justine's (Kirsten Dunst) horse Abraham refusing to cross a small bridge. In the second ...
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912 views

Why has no movie version of I Am Legend dared to keep the original ending?

The original book that led to the movies Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend (and have I missed any?) has a somewhat pessimistic ending (Richard Matheson's great I Am Legend). I know that ...
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Why were Hiro’s powers so sporadic?

In the show Heros, a character named Hiro has the ability to manipulate time (even time travel). However, in the first season his control over time travel is very sporadic, and it stays like this for ...
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What led to Firefly's cancellation?

Firefly is an awesome TV series, so much so that even after its cancellation it spawned a theatrical movie release. What was the ultimate cause of the cancellation of the TV series?
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Why is “Downton Abbey” so vague about its timeline?

I just finished watching the first series of "Downton Abbey" and now, looking at the episode summaries on Wikipedia, I see that each episode was set in specific months in time. While watching the ...
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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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575 views

Boy can bring anyone back to life for 8 minutes

I had a friend tell me this story once .. The boy can bring anyone back from the dead (not physically i think but like a spirit) and talk to him and find out how that person died, ask him questions ...
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604 views

What ('70s cop?) movie is this from?

Can you identify this film? You can hear him say "...just what..." at ~0:57 in this clip. I guess he's a policeman in a '70s film, and there's a "LT. V..." on the office door window, must be some ...
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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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459 views

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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524 views

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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158 views

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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511 views

Strange creatures crawl out of the house's fireplace and attack the inhabitants

Approximately 30 years ago, I watched a horror movie which I have been trying to identify for years. The problem is that after so many years I don't remember a lot about the movie and the only things ...
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177 views

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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Why does Jack Nicholson say “Here's Johnny!” in The Shining when his character is called Jack?

In The Shining, when Jack Torrance has clearly gone mad and is chopping down the bathroom door with an axe to get to his wife, why does Jack Nicholson say "Here's Johnny!" when his character's name is ...
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211 views

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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99 views

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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2answers
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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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254 views

Guy thinks he is chased by cops

So what is the name of this movie: So it is comedy,from US,around 1995-2000. Main character is short guy with blonde hair(short cut) look like Simon Pegg. He works in some large company(desk job),he ...
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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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803 views

Is “Elf” meant to be set in the same universe as the Rankin/Bass “Rudolph” Christmas special?

The 2003 film Elf (starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau) has many visual similarities to the Rankin/Bass produced Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). ...
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440 views

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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512 views

A girl lost in a strange animated city

From what I recall, a girl who is about twenty years old finds herself in a strange and gloomy stop-frame animated city. A very distinct scene, which should identify the film, involves the girl ...
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215 views

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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References to “La jetée” in “12 Monkeys”

In some scenes of "12 Monkeys" Cole (Bruce Willis) wears a t-shirt with the word "Chris" very visible. This is an homage to Chris Marker, the french film director of "La jetée" in which the movie is ...
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What are the key differences between the movie and TV versions of Quatermass and the Pit?

The Hammer movie version of Quatermass and the Pit was released in the mid 1960s and was one of Hammer's best movies. But the original script was broadcast live on the BBC in the 1950s in six 30 ...
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Why is Michael Mann's The Keep currently unavailable?

I've heard that Michael Mann doesn't like his own version of the atmospheric Nazi-Zombie-alien movie The Keep and I know the the original story author, F Paul Wilson, really hated it. It also isn't ...
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What does the woman from the future mean when she says she's “in insurance”?

At the end of 12 Monkeys, the doctor spreading the virus gets on a plane and sits next to a woman we know (or can assume) is from the future. She tells the doctor that she's "in insurance." What does ...
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456 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 be ...
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1answer
526 views

What does 'Roosevelt punched the Porc' mean?

In the film The Social Network in the opening scene while discussing which club Mark should aim to join there's a line from Mark saying The Phoenix is the most diverse. The Fly Club, Roosevelt ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
2k views

Why was non-linear narrative structure used in Memento?

In the movie Memento, a non-linear narrative structure was adopted. What effect does this peculiar narrative structure have on the movie watchers?
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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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Why does J. J. Abrams like to insert the number 47 into his movies?

In another question that used to be on this site, I noticed that J. J. Abrams inserts the number 47 into several of his movies. I'm curious about it... Why is the number 47 significant?
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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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Are the movies Dead Alive and Evil Dead related?

Was Dead Alive influenced by Evil Dead? I see that Dead Alive have a lot of the ideas of Evil Dead such as exaggerated blood bath, monster puppets and stuff. Is Evil Dead the pioneer of this type ...
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Why does Watson call Sherlock, 'Spock'?

In Sherlock: The hound of Baskervilles, Sherlock describes his feelings about not being able to distance himself from his latest felt feeling, fear and he says The grit on the lens, fly in 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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