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Is the movie in Skinner's Sense of Snow based off a real film?

In the Simpsons episode, Skinner's Sense of Snow there is an imaginary film called, "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't, But Then Was". The movie was set in Santa's workshop, and featured Christmas ...
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What detail should I be looking for in Leonard in Memento to determine the plot?

I have watched Christopher Nolan's Memento more than once and I still can't get the real thing that happened. Yes I get that the movie is shown backwards, but it really confuses me. I understand that ...
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Unrealistic story in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

In the Hindi movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, 'Taani' (Anushka Sharma) can not identify the 'Suri' (Sharukh Khan) until 'Suri' revels the truth himself, This is kind of unbelievable and impractical as ...
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Was Edmond Dantès Actually a Traitor?

In the movie adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Edmond Dantès lands at Elba, kills some British soldiers and knowingly accepts a letter from Napoleon Bonaparte. Whereas in the book he ...
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What does the scene during the ending represent?

In the ending of The Shining, the camera slowly zooms into a photo and closes into a person who resembles Jack Nicholson (or is it him?). What does this scene depict? How does it relate to the movie? ...
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Kill Bill colour changes to Black and White

In the movie Kill Bill, why does the colour keep shifting from standard colour to black and white? Is it to keep the gross-levels down?
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Was Mr. Orange switching guns between scenes the first indication of a character shift?

In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Orange (Freddy) switches guns between the bar scene and the killing of the woman in her car, indicating his loss of sense of self once he understands the consequences of his ...
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Mark's development of character in Operating Systems

Mark stays near the back of his Operating Systems class. He receives a note in class that is passed to him from the front. He then storms out and answers the professor's question accurately. Here is ...
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Ending of Social Network

At the start Erica tells Mark But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be ...
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Origin: Spirits of the Past - Any ideas on who makes the 'phone call'

In Origin: Spirits of the Past, Toola at the beginning receives a (what can only be called) a phonecall which she doesn't end up answering. From memory, Shunack claims he didn't make the call, but ...
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Movie about army reserve soldiers on rotation and they are stranded with combat knives

I am trying to remember the name of a movie where there is a group of soldiers from the reserve (or health backup? but there is indeed a doctor/paramedic guy in the group). They go out in rotation (I ...
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How was the nuclear reactor failure simulated?

Maybe someone who read the homonymous book that The Hunt for Red October is based on can answer this. The officers of the Red October (except for the doctor) simulated a reactor failure and leak of ...
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What is the name of this SF-movie with (intelligent?) ants?

I try to remember a movie I saw long time ago on TV. It must be at the beginning of the 90s, possibly the end of the 80s. The movie might be older though. It was something about a scientist ...
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What fills the void left by the lack of character development in Inception?

Most of the characters excluding Cobb and his wife, do not have very developed roles. The roles are actually shallow and it is at times hard to see the motivation behind characters to do what they do. ...
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Is the opening break-up scene in The Social Network intended to be humorous?

In the opening scene we have Mark and Erica talking about knowledge of people in China, SAT and Mark's infatuation with getting into the Finals Club. How is this scene humorous? Someone told me they ...
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What is Harvey's purpose?

In the movie Harvey from 1950 in the ending it is made clear that Harvey actually exists and is a Pooka, some sort of fairy from the celtic mythology. Apparently he has chosen Elwood P. Dowd as some ...
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What layers of hell are shown in What Dreams May Come?

In What Dreams May Come, Robin William's character Chris Nielsen travels through hell. They show some of the layers in hell as depicted in Dante's Inferno, but I don't believe they show all of them. ...
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Why did Jodie Foster decide not to reprise the role of Clarice in Hannibal?

After winning an Oscar for her performance as Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster decided not to reprise the role in the sequel. When asked about it in an interview with Total Film, ...
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Why did Ennio Morricone write the soundtrack of “The Thing” (1982) instead of John Carpenter?

There is something I always found odd about the soundtrack of John Carpenter's 1982 version of "The Thing". It has a very atmospheric and fitting subtle synthesizer soundtrack, which is indeed very ...
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Why is James Bond less tech savvy in the Daniel Craig movies?

The most recent installments of James Bond (ones featuring Daniel Craig) have fewer gadgets but more raw action (like the chase sequences in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace). Is it because of plot ...
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In the movie “The Social Network” - which class is Mark sitting in when he falls asleep?

In the movie "The Social Network" - which class is Mark sitting in when he falls asleep? He then wakes up and answers the question. I think it might be Computer Architecture.
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How credible is the ending of Collateral?

Here's what happens at the end of Collateral (2004): The taxi driver manages to defeat a highly skilled hitman. Is it mere luck? Should we accept this as a screw-up on the part of the movie ...
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What was the origins of Persephone in The Matrix: Reloaded?

As shown in the movie Persephone was the wife of The Merovingian, who himself was an obsolete program who denied being deleted. My question is, does anybody know anything about the origins of ...
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How do the differences between the replicants and Deckard evolve in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner, replicant detection occurs via the subject's ability/inability to show advanced emotion. But early in the movie Deckard starts off as emotionless as the replicants. How do the ...
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Why isn't Bruce Willis's character in the Sixth Sense self-aware?

Why doesn't Bruce Willis's character realize he is dead? If I remember correctly, the plot takes place several months after he is killed. Shouldn't there have been some clues during that time? They ...
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Why does Harry only make use of time travel in The Prisoner of Azkaban?

At the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione travel back in time to save Sirius (and as it turns out, Buckbeak) and escape the Dementors. If this is a legitimate option for saving ...
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Movie about a toy factory and war toys?

I'm looking for a movie about a toy factory. From what I remember, it was about competing sides making toys - one side made violent war toys and the others made nice friendly ones. The makers of the ...
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What's the name of the sheep who's eating stuff backstage?

I can't find a screencap of this character just yet, as the movie was released only very recently. But every now and then in scenes set backstage at the Muppet Theatre, there's a sheep chowing down on ...
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Why are there a lot of Hollywood-remakes of successful non-US-movies?

The question-title is my question, but some examples: Seven samurai vs. The Magnificent Seven Nightwatch vs. Nightwatch Taxi vs. New York Taxi The Ring vs. The Ring Open Your Eyes vs. Vanilla Sky ...
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Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end ?
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Did the original Fantomas movies also include a lot of gadgets like the movies from the 60s?

In my childhood I liked the Fantomas-movies from the 60s (1, 2, 3) with Louis de Funès as inspector Juve. I can see they are remakes of much older Fantomas-movies from 1913, 1932 and 1947. I liked ...
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What is a “performance capture” animation movie?

The recent movie "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" is a performance capture animated movie. What is a "performance capture" movie and what is the need for this technology when the ...
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Was the interview with the Norwegian prime minister real?

At the end of the movie Trolljegeren (Trollhunter) they include some footage with the Norwegian prime minister talking about trolls. Is that new text that is dubbed over the scene, or did he really ...
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Why wasn't the poltergeist Peeves in the Harry Potter movies?

In the Harry Potter book series, Peeves is a poltergeist that roams the hallways causing trouble. He never really adds anything essential to the plot line, but his scenes are amusing. Obviously they ...
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What's the purpose of Aurra Sing appearing in Star Wars Episode One?

In Star Wars Episode One, the bounty hunter Aurra Sing can be seen for a few seconds watching the pod race on Tatooine. She never reappears again in this episode or any other episodes, though later ...
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What Muppets were not played by their original puppeteers?

I can see on IMDB that many of the puppeteers who starred in The Muppets (2011) have been working with those characters for decades. Most, if not all, were involved in the original Muppet Show from ...
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Have rights disputes kept Skeeter out of the Muppet movies, including “The Muppets”?

"The Muppets" has been celebrated by hardcore Muppets fans for bringing back long forgotten characters in a big way (like Uncle Deadly and Scooter). Skeeter, on the other hand, was left out again. ...
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How much of Melissa McCarthy's role in “Bridesmaids” was improvised?

In the 2011 film "Bridesmaids," Melissa McCarthy plays Megan, the no-nonsense, carpal tunnel afflicted sister of the groom and one of the titular bridesmaids. All of her character's scenes are ...
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Is Chandhramukhi / Manichitrathazhu / Bhool Bhulaiyaa a partial copy of Vertigo?

I watched vertigo recently and I noticed that there were some really striking similarities between vertigo and Chandramukhi/ Manichitrathazhu /Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Is it true that the makers really ...
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Why is the bride's name bleeped in Kill Bill Vol 1?

In the movie Kill Bill Vol.1, whenever someone mentions the bride by her name Beatrix Kiddo Her name is censored with a beep. Is this explained somewhere in the movie? Or is it just a signature ...
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Why don't Marty's parents ever mention how similar he looks to the Marty of 1955?

Although Marty is only in 1955 for one week, he plays a pivotal role in getting his parents together. He even briefly dates his mother. So, considering he plays such a pivotal role, does it make sense ...
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What has the greatest chance of being in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase in Pulp Fiction

In Pulp Fiction, there is a briefcase who's content is kept very secret. What item gathers the most evidence for being in the briefcase?
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Is there any evidence of “Big Twist” movies having poor post-cinema sales?

I have watched many movies such as Sixth Sense, where there is a major twist that if known prior to watching the movie can potentially spoil the enjoyment of viewing. I tend not to watch this type of ...
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Captain Miller's thought process in Private Ryan “School Teacher” scene?

As Captain Miller says to "gear up" after releasing the hostage, one of the sub-ordinates refuses. What I am trying to understand is what the movie was trying to portray in that minute or so when ...
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What changes were made to the Star Wars Blu-ray and what effect did they have on the plot?

The recently released Blu-ray edition of Star Wars has a few changes made personally by George Lucas. The most striking is Darth Vader's "No!" in episode VI. Why were these changes made, and do such ...
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Outcome of relationship at the end of 'Blue Valentine'

At the end of the movie 'Blue Valentine', or does it mean anything else as you think?
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What is the main theme of The Dark Knight?

According to Wikipedia, the main theme of The Dark Knight is escalation, such that each event lead to an escalation that results from the choices Batman and James Gordon make. A separate source said ...
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Why did they change the location of Akira in the remake?

As described on IMDB site, the Akira remake: Set in New-Manhattan a city rebuilt with Japanese money, the story focuses on two biker friends. Further plot is not known at this time. My issue is ...
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Why did Hel get cut from the American version of Metropolis?

In the American cut of Metropolis the mentioning of Hel is completely removed from the movie. But it pretty much explains Dr. Rotwangs actions. Why was such an important story-element taken away?
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Where did the speaking-disease come from?

In the movie Pontypool, the people have a disease that is transferred by hearing the mumbling of an infected person and thinking about it. Where did the disease come from? In the plot the possibility ...

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