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What is the first occurence of a sequence of short shots of the same length separated by fade ins/outs?

This technique is used in several movie trailers to give a feeling of stress, anxiety or urgency. It is also used in several movies (mostly thrillers, action or horror movies), sometimes even before ...
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What is the significance of Dukakis in Donnie Darko?

There are some sections within the movie where Michael Dukakis comes into view. The television The argument between Eddie and Elizabeth What is the purpose of Dukakis and politics within Donnie ...
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Are X-Men called so because Professor Xavier's name?

I have always wondered how the X-Men got their name. Is it because of Prof. *X*aviers' starting letter? or maybe because they are *x*tremely cool ;). Any thoughts and/or proofs?
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Character naming in Synecdoche New York

I recently saw the movie Synecdoche New York. Among other things that intrigued me, the name of the protagonist, Caden Cotard is very interesting. From the Wikipedia article The Cotard delusion ...
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Nicholas wouldn't have as much eggs - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

What does John Cusack's character mean when he says "Nicholas himself wouldn't have as much eggs as you" in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
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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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494 views

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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The credibility of Bourne being shot in the back

Jason Bourne is almost superhuman in terms of mental/physical skill, yet he manages to be shot on the back twice by a supposedly not-as-well-trained dictator. This is a guy who noticed that Bourne ...
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How does the MPAA decide what rating to give a movie?

I know what each rating means, but how does the MPAA decide what rating to give a movie?
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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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What is the symbolism of using American Psycho protagonist's name in Dexter?

When Dexter goes to acquire his drugs for the tranquilizers he uses the name Patrick Bateman. Anyone aware of this name will know this person to be the protagonist in American Psycho. Seeing that ...
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Why did Terry Gilliam include Jeffrey as a character in Twelve Monkeys?

The movie La jetée has already the story of 12 Monkeys, including also key-settings like the airport and the mall. But there is one big difference in 12 Monkeys to the older movie: Terry Gilliams ...
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Why are Lex's and Tim's ages switched in the film adaptation of Jurassic Park?

In the novel, Tim is the older sibling, computer wiz, and dinosaur enthusiast. In the movie, their ages and personalities are swapped (mostly) so that Lex is the older sibling and the computer wiz ...
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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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