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Have there been other candidates to play Jack Reacher?

First, let me emphasize that this is not about the highly subjective question whether or not Tom Cruise should play Jack Reacher. Lee Child's novel One Shot is being turned into a movie. Tom Cruise ...
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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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What purple items have Samuel Jackson's characters had?

Samuel Jackson's (Mace Windu's) purple lightsaber was supposedly at his behest because that's his favorite color. Are there other conspicuously-purple items that Jackson's characters have had?
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Was Disney's The Black Hole the last film to feature an overture?

I have a soft spot for 1979's The Black Hole and, in particular, John Barry's beautiful score for it. It appears that this film, plus Star Trek: The Motion Picture (in the same year) were the last ...
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Are they in France or Portugal at the end of Love Actually?

The Colin Firth character, Jamie, meets Aurelia the Portuguese housekeeper when he is writing his novel by himself at a lake house in France. You know they're in France because the French-speaking ...
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Eating and toilet taboos are reversed

Can anyone identify a (possibly French) film where the cultural taboos about going to the toilet and eating (not at the same time!) are reversed? I remember seeing a scene with someone knocking on a ...
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Was Inspector Uhl actually crazy?

In the end of Illusionist, Are those flashbacks really what happened or is he getting crazy because of the confusing nature of the plot? And if those flashbacks are not true, then does that mean ...
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What are the differences between the alternative versions of Blade Runner?

I may have lost count, but the last time I checked there were 4 different cuts of Blade Runner. The original cinema release (with the voice over and the spliced from another movie ending) followed by ...
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Why did Alan Parker disown Angel Heart (1987)?

I recall watching a South Bank Show documentary on Alan Parker in 1990, and was astonished that, while they discussed his entire repertoire, Angel Heart, which he directed, was skipped over entirely. ...
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Is John Keating to blame for Neil's suicide?

At the end of the movie John Keating is accused of making Neil come up against his father and outing his own dreams ("Carpe diem!") which ultimately leads to him commiting suicide. Was Keating really ...
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Origin of the Mustache Twirling Villain

Whenever someone thinks about silent cinema the image of the laughing villain, twirling his mustache, and tying the hapless blonde beauty to the railroad, pops up in our collective memory. But in ...
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To what extent are child actors exposed to the violent aspects of the movie they perform in?

Some movies feature child characters put in violent situations. This can range from crude language to extreme horror (e.g. torture, gore, etc.). As an example, Child's Play and its sequel has plenty ...
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Meaning of the biblical quote at the end of Raging Bull?

The movie Raging Bull closes with a Biblical quote from the Gospel of John. What is the meaning of the quote, and how does it relate to the plot of the film? "So, for the second time, [the ...
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Is there a rating of the 3D-ness of a 3D movie?

If things aren't thrown in my face during a 3D movie, I feel somewhat disappointed. I also appreciate the use of 3D to enhance a wide-angle shot, a humorous close-up, give a subtle sense of depth, and ...
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In, “There Will Be Blood”, what was the motivation to kill

In the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, the main character -- Daniel Plainview -- puts a bullet into his "brother's" head when he discovers that the man isn't really his ...
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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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Shiny and new in “vehicle mode”, yet battle-damage re-appears in “robot” mode

I've often wondered about this apparent inconsistency. I'm assuming it's a case of Deux ex Hollywood, but could there be a specific explanation for the fact that Transformers in the Michael Bay movies ...
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Is Final Destination 5 the last final destination movie? [closed]

In Final Destination 5 Does it mean that this one is the last movie in the series?
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Is the water mill when O-Ren and the Bride fight a homage to some movie scene?

In "Kill Bill", in the duel between O-Ren and the Bride, there is this small water mill (not sure how else to describe it) that is shown to be a part of the scene. It seems like it is a homage to ...
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Why didn't they use a brute force method to activate the Stargate?

In the movie Stargate, they have been trying to activate the Stargate for the last 2 years but could never get the right sequence. After Dr. Daniel Jackson figures out the seventh symbol, they try to ...
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Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?

Dr. Daniel Jackson ...seven points to outline a course to a position...to find a destination within any three dimensional space, you need six points to determine the exact location...but to chart ...
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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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Who is the guy in the Picture in Naked Gun 2 1/2 “Blue Note” jazz bar scene?

In the 1991 movie The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, there is a joke I don't get. It's in the scene after Frank Drebin finds out Jane Spencer is going out with one Quentin Hapsburg. He gets ...
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Was it the character's inner devil that came up in Devil?

I watched Devil and got the gist of the story. But am confused about the old woman (Satan?) who was in the lift. Is she really the Satan or just the haunting past memory of the other characters in the ...
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In 10000 BC, is the Persian-like civilization connected to any real history?

I have watched 10,000BC and have understood the story. But I am curious as to whether the Persian-like Pyramid-building civilization has any link to a real civilization that have existed during those ...
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In which scene is the White Van in Braveheart?

I've heard many rumors of the infamous movie mistake - the white van, visible in the background of one of the battle scenes in Braveheart. However I've never spotted it. Does anyone have a time code ...
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Why does 2001: A Space Odyssey not provide an explanation of its ending? Are we supposed to read the book?

It's a movie geek's film to watch and to enjoy. But when I reached the end, I had no idea what to take from it. Some of the ideas are amazing, the visuals, and the lines (I'm sorry, Dave. I'm ...
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What does the girl cutting her hand in Animatrix: Beyond symbolize?

In the film, The Animatrix, specifically the Beyond section after the girl and the kids are quarantined, they return to the spot that had the glitch. I understand why she dropped the can (to see ...
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What's the purpose of Solomon's son Dia in Blood Diamond?

Apart from the regular plot, that in order to save his son he must overcome battles and so forth, what other purpose does his son have? This is based on the fact that his son's name is Dia. And in ...
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What are the Ghost of Christmas Present's Brothers?

In A Christmas Carol staring Jim Carrey, the Ghost of Christmas Present mentions that he has a lot of brothers (I can't remember the exact number). What did he mean by this, who are his brothers?
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How are injections given without injuring actors?

In the movie Contagion , Jennifer Ehle's character is shown giving herself an injection. This got me wondering. Are the injections they perform on-screen real? Do needles actually penetrate the skin ...
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Infection timelines of John Carpenter's The Thing?

The paranoia and uncertainty in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is so well constructed that there is still no consensus on who gets infected, or even when some people do. The thing I really like ...
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What happens to Alex at the end of Shallow Grave?

At the end of the movie it was not obvious to me what Alex's ultimate fate was. In particular, I wasn't clear whether he lived or died from his injury. It seemed like he might live, as he was still ...
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Is there an alternative cut of The Truman Show?

When I saw The Truman Show at the cinema, it was edited more heavily to make it look like a documentary about how the show was made, by whom and the actors in it, etc. Some things were mentioned ...
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Does the movie “The Dreamer of Oz” contain any factual events?

I loved this movie when it came out when I was a kid, and always considered its to be factual information that I share when referring to L. Frank Baum's life. While I understand that some of it must ...
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Is Ethan's and Lindsey's relationship seen as platonic?

Based on the long scene for the rescue of Lindsey and the fact that the movie continues even after the mission was a failure, Ethan could have just gone back home. The first plot that we are aware of ...
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Why does the Driver not have a name?

Something just occurred to me, for the life of me, I cannot remember the Driver's name. I am sure this guy does not have a name for the whole movie. Someone had to call out to him. I have heard him ...
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How to describe Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?

Elsa is a very detailed character for the role she plays. She is secretly a Nazi Is constantly around Indiana Gets violent with Indiana but kisses him When Indiana finds her with book again Elsa ...
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Is the time loop on the cruise ship a second timeline in Triangle?

In Triangle, at the start when Jess arrives at the boat for the "first" time, is this the start of the continuation of the ending scene. It's known that the cruise ship and any surroundings after ...
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Why the annoying woman with the kid in the train station?

I just watched The Untouchables and found it to be a great movie, but one scene just seemed strange to me and did not fit in with the overall atmosphere. While Ness is covering the main entrance of ...
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What legends or stories is Hero (2002) based on?

I heard from someone Chinese that she was surprised that anyone in the US was interested in Hero (the 2002 film) at all, since it relied so heavily on Chinese stories...stories that Chinese people ...
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In 'Synecdoche, New York' , what is the significance of choosing the play 'Death of a Salesman'?

The protagonist, Philip Hoffman, is directing the play 'Death of a Salesman' with a twist. He is casting young actors as the characters of Willy and his wife. From my understanding, he is doing this ...
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How would you categorise Shutter Island?

Is there a category for films like 'Shutter Island' where the story is turned upside down at the end of the movie, and then you have a "WTF" feeling?
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What is rosebud?

In the movie Citizen Kane. What is the significance of rosebud? Or is its insignificance a significance? Or the director has achieved what might sound similar to John Travolta's misdirection in the ...
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What is the significance of “Tannis Root”?

After Rosemary was impregnatated by "Satan," many of the occult leaders that knew about this were obsessed with providing her "Tannis Root." What was the significance behind this "Tannis Root?"
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What influenced the story and setting of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville?

Alphaville is one of my favorite movies. The plot, characters, and narration have always seemed very unique to me. I am wondering what influenced them, particularly the idea of a galactic capital city ...
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Why aren't the characters floating two levels down?

If level 0 is reality, the characters in the van are at level 1. The van drops off the edge of the bridge, and goes into freefall. At level 2, in the hotel, they experience the freefall as well. ...
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Explanation of the ending of “Oldboy”

I have a couple of questions about the ending of the horribly disturbing Oldboy (2003). Why does the antagonist "Puppet Master" kill himself in the elevator? Was he so consumed by revenge that he ...
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Christmassy movie about a rat in a toy store

I suddenly remembered seeing a movie on T.V. when I was a kid. I have no idea what the story was about, but I remember the following things: was animated in a very distinct non-Disney style (unlike ...
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What is this animated christmas TV Movie about a sentient ornament?

I have vague memories of a TV movie from the late nineties about a sentient Christmas decoration. It was called something like "the Littlest Christmas Ball." In terms of plot, I have nothing, but I ...

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