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Ending of Half Light

At the end of Half Light (2006), Angus commits suicide by jumping from the top of the lighthouse. Is he the ghost Angus McCulloch, or the real person who pretended to be the ghost? I got a bit ...
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Set in a library and switches from live action to animation

All I can remember is that it starts with a boy who is in a library late at night. At first it's live-action, but then there are these animated colors (don't know how else to describe it) that flood ...
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Help identify circa 1970s animated movie with bizarre wedding

I remember a movie from my childhood that was based on a common folk tale. It was in a very odd animation style (though I cannot remember which). The strongest memory was that there was a very strange ...
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In Jagged Edge, why does the killer need to conceal their identity?

I remember being impressed by the 1998 thriller Jagged Edge when I first watched it. The plot (in case you don't remember) involves a prominent Editor (Jeff Bridges) accused of killing his wife ...
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In Tombstone what is the meaning of the line spoken by Doc Holiday?

In the movie Tombstone, Val Kilmer gives a brilliant delivery of the line "I'll be your huckleberry." I cannot remember any dialogue leading up to it that explained this retort. Was there any or ...
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How does Mal knows where to find Robert Michael Fischer?

In Inception Cobb tells Ariadne not to show him the architecture plans so that Mal will not appear in the dream. Still Mal appears at the end of movie and kills Fischer who is standing in front of ...
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In Secret Window, why did the dog have to die?

In the movie Secret Window, Mort's dog Chico is found dead stabbed with a screwdriver and Mort deduces that Shooter have killed the dog (as a letter was attached to the dog's body). But later in the ...
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601 views

When was the Star Wars Chasm Fail edited out?

I saw Star Wars the weekend it was released in L.A. I distinctly remember Luke trying to rope the scaffolding and missing when crossing the chasm with Leia. Leia gives him a kiss and says, "For Luck" ...
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Why was this movie called 'The Brothers Bloom'?

This has bugged me since I saw the movie. Why was the movie called 'The Brothers Bloom'? The brothers are Stephen and Bloom. We are never given their last names and the credits don't show a last ...
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610 views

What is going on in Kill List?

The British horror/thriller/mystery/I-have-no-real-idea-what-genre-fits movie Kill List was described by many critics as one of the best genre movies from the UK for ages. It starts like a thriller ...
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940 views

Early 2000s comedy with man being interrogated

Trying to find a movie that I can only remember one scene. The main person is being questioned about being assaulted and he lies and describes the person as being "black but looks white or white and ...
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330 views

Movie about a startup during the dotcom

I can't seem to remmember or find the name of the movie or the company that was in the movie. The movie was about a mobile game developer (developing on old Nokia phones) company that was based in ...
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518 views

Nickelodeon show with a wizard and gifted children leaping from adventure to adventure

I'm looking for a show that was on during the early years of Nickelodeon. It was live action and as far as I can remember it had maybe Jonathan Harris (Old English-like actor) playing a frail wizard. ...
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521 views

What do the colours in the different areas in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover signify?

Peter Greenaway's art house epic The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover was adored by many critics but never got a wide audience. The movie is set in various rooms of a restaurant frequented by a ...
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From where does Detective Bobby Goren draw his wealth of knowledge?

Detective Robert Goren of Law and Order: Criminal Intent is often compared to Sherlock Holmes and draws on experience in the US Army as a criminal investigator. He knows facts from a huge variety ...
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392 views

What is the name of this movie about a secret group of freaks/monsters

I'm looking for the title of this movie I watched years ago set in modern times where the hero comes across this society of monsters (mutated people with strange powers) living underground in secret. ...
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Who was the first actor/actress who made the move from Adult to Non-Adult movies full time?

This question is obviously inspired by Sasha Grey's entrance into mainstream moviemaking in Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience". Was there a Adult actor or actress who made such a move ...
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What exactly was the homage to Eisenstein in “The Godfather”?

While answering a previous question, I noticed that "The Godfather" was listed as an example of a movie that paid homage to Eisenstein's "Odessa Steps Sequence" from "Battleship Potemkin", according ...
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Were there any Russian or Soviet moviemakers who were widely imitated by Western ones?

It's well known that many Western moviemakers respect and love foreign moviemakers and liberally borrow/steal/copy/homage ideas and scenes. Anything from Tarantino and Wuxia movies, to Lucas and ...
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817 views

What was the earliest mass-release movie that used Matrix-like “bullet time”?

One of the things that The Matrix was famous for was "bullet time" cinematography. I'm fairly sure that, while it was the first one to use the technique extensively and become famous for it, it ...
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Are the password cracking methods used in the film remotely realistic?

Prompted by this question Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways? I trawled my brain to find any examples I could remember of anything resembling ...
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Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander was really good at hacking computers as well as other security breaking skills, to the point where it was way too easy to do from a ...
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Was the original Starship Troopers meant to be funny?

According to imdb Starship Troopers is an Action adventure sci-fi where "Humans of a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival." I remember going to the ...
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Why was the game designer actor replaced in the show Level Up?

On the Cartoon Network show Level Up they changed the actor that plays Max Ross the creator of Level Up. In the movie he was one guy and now for the series he is someone else. It seemed that the ...
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Why does Neo's cubicle not look like the workplace of a programmer?

The Matrix is not a movie with an overdose of realism. But parts of it take place in the normal "real" world. We see Neo at work in his software company in his cubicle before the Agents come to his ...
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Was the original Evil Dead meant to be funny?

In The Evil Dead series of Sam Raimi movies, the two sequels are meant to be funny. But was that the intent of the original movie?
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Two foster kids talk (as captives) through an air duct between their rooms?

Several years ago I remember seeing part of a movie - perhaps even a TV only movie - but I can't remember the name of it. I think the premise was that a (married?) couple acted as temporary foster ...
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Why did the man-next-door attempt to kill the family-next-door?

In the movie Dream House, near the end its revealed that: Its actually the man-next-door (Ann's husband and Chloe's father) who kills the Ward's wife and two daughters. We are shown that he is ...
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102 views

When did Peter/Will go to Greenhaven?

In the movie, "Dream House", it's revealed that: Will Atenton is actually Peter Ward. And that he had been in the Greenhaven Psycological Hospital for a long time and then discharged. When was ...
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Is the female “Ralph” character playing along?

In "So I Married an Axe Murderer", Harriet (Nancy Travis) cries out for "Ralph!" in her sleep, which Charlie (Mike Myers) correctly attributes to one of her "missing" fiancés. In trying to cover for ...
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In which Indiana Jones movie do the planets align?

I really hope I am not losing my mind. I swear there was an Indiana Jones movie in which the planets align and cause something mystical to happen, but I can't for the life of me remember which one it ...
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Why did the rendezvous fail?

In Redtails, on the last mission of the movie the Redtails were supposed to escort the bombers only during a part of the flight, they were supposed to rendezvous with other fighter pilots and then ...
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What was Lightning's motivation for recklessness?

In the movie Redtails, Lightning shows that he has a tendency to be pretty reckless. This is shown by him taking the armed train by himself or attacking the german destroyer on his own. However, I ...
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How is 2D movie created from 3D?

There is a lot of 3D movies out there in these days, but they are also released in 2D (dvd, blu-ray, ...). I think, they are originally captured as 3D movies (with stereo camera). So each frame has 2 ...
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Why did Michael Richards refuse to portray himself?

In the 1999 film "Man on the Moon" starring Jim Carrey as the infamous comic Andy Kaufman, the movie takes great pains to recreate specific points in Kaufman's life. In a somewhat unorthodox fashion, ...
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TV series about what a real man should be able to do on Discovery channel

Does anyone know the name of a TV series/documentary that ran on Discovery channel and is featuring a British actor whose name I cannot recall but I do remember that he show all the stuff that a "real ...
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What does Sherlock say just before opening Irene Adler's safe?

In Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, the americans force Sherlock to open Irene Adler's safe by threatening Holmes and Adler at gunpoint. The safe turns out to be booby trapped. But just before he ...
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Empire Strikes Back - Scene in Dagobah with Darth Vader

I have never understood why Vader appears in Dagobah in TESB, I understand that the cave Yoda takes Luke to is strong with the dark side of the force but don't understand why the rest of the scene at ...
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925 views

Why was it necessary for St. Elsewhere to end the way it did?

The series is (implied to be) a figment of Tommy Westphall's imagination, existing in the snowglobe that he is focused on. What is the rationale/justification for ending the series this way? What ...
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Subconsciously influencing the audience with embedded single frames

Is it considered a filming technique to get one-shot frames unnoticeably embedded in movies to subconsciously affect the viewers' mind?
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How did Eloise Hawking know which flight the losties had to catch?

In Lost tv series, Daniel Faraday's mother (Eloise Hawking) meets the losties who want to return to the island. How does she know what flight they have to catch to "crash" again and return. What's the ...
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What techniqes are used by directors to make an actor cry?

I have always wondered what techniques directors use to get amateur actors, especially young ones, to cry. How can someone surrounded with so many film crew and cameras can concentrate enough and feel ...
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261 views

Did Petey actually kill himself or did someone else kill him?

In the movie "Setup", When Sonny and Petey visit their friend (with the guns and drugs), Petey starts playing around with guns. Later, while Sonny and his friend were talking, they hear a shot and ...
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272 views

Where did the creators of the Six Million Dollar Man come up with that dollar amount?

When deciding the value of the bionics for Steve Austin, how did the creators/producers come up with the six million dollar figure? Was this just to be catchy with the title, or was there an ...
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577 views

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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670 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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978 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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