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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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567 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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222 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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462 views

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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169 views

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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506 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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602 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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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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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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591 views

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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How is the fluent conversation with spacecraft possible in Capricorn One?

In Capricorn One, the NASA mission control center maintains fluent communication with the spacecraft crew, which is obvious especially in the scene where the astronauts talk with their wives, even ...
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6answers
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What caused and ended the time loop in Groundhog Day?

I've always wondered what caused the Time Loop experienced by Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, as well as what ended it, but I don't recall it being discussed in the movie. What was the cause for the ...
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969 views

What was the significance of the necklace?

At the end of the movie, when Leonidas knows he is going to die, he tells Dilios to go back and tell everybody what happened. He also takes some sort of braid or string out of the back of his hair and ...
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366 views

Are the teletubbies cyborgs?

Look at the evidence: As the name suggests, they have implanted televisions! Were they born that way or did they undergo some fiendish experiment?
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455 views

Did Guy Ritchie pay homage to Charlie Chaplin in the first Sherlock Holmes movie?

Upon re-watching Charlie Chaplin's classic film, Modern Times (1936), I was struck by the similarities between the conclusions of the shipyard scenes in both Chaplin's film and the first Sherlock ...
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555 views

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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289 views

In Avatar, does Ninat refer to Ninet Tayeb, Israeli singer?

In the movie Avatar, Neytiri refers to "Ninat" as being the best singer, this sounds awfully similar to Ninet Tayeb, the first person to win on Israel's version of American Idol. (Supposingly, the ...
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4k views

Why couldn't Ocean's team show Benedict the live feed? Why was the recording needed?

In Ocean's Eleven, during the vault robbery, Terry Benedict is shown a recording of a copy of his vault with the robbery in progress. The way I understand the time line, when this was happening Ocean, ...
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384 views

Late 90's/early 00's movie about a revolutionary leader and an agent hunting him

I do not have actors' names for the movie for which I am searching. I think it was done in the late 1990's or early 2000's. In the first scene a truck on a country/road in a Latin American country ...
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What is the significance of the cigarette in 'Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia'?

Mycroft Holmes, gives a cigarette to Sherlock and says "Merry Christmas". Then in the following scene, Dr. Watson asks Mycroft if he gave the cigarette to Sherlock. So, it seems to me that the ...
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448 views

Movie about a kid with a terrible illness (with many phases of body function losses)

I've been looking for this movie about a boy who gets a rare illness. This illness starts when the boy is between 5-9 years old and is based on a real person's story. The illness has many symptoms ...
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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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665 views

Where did James Bond pick up his rental car in Bahamas for Casino Royale? [closed]

In Casino Royale, James Bond is seen in a car driving along in Nassau. When first arriving, he leaves from a helipad near Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island. While driving, he is seen driving along from ...
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568 views

Why was one of the last scenes from the original Superman film cut?

In the first Superman film, there's a scene at the end of the film where Lex Luthor has Miss Teschmacher hanging from a rope, where he then drops her to the lions (in my memory, it was crocodiles, but ...
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What is the major reason for casting Heath Ledger as The Joker?

What could be the major factor that convinced the casting directors of The Dark Knight to decide that Heath Ledger will play The Joker's role?
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What is Jerusalem worth?

Towards the end of the movie Kingdom of Heaven, after Balin surrenders control of Jerusalem to Saladin, he asks the question, "What is Jerusalem worth?" Is there any deeper meaning to the reply? ...
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2answers
575 views

What is Belgravia in 'a Scandal in Belgravia'?

The title of the 1st episode on Season 2 of Sherlock, the TV-series is A scandal in Belgravia. What is Belgravia?
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Why is the blog text removed over Bull's head in Sherlock : A scandal in Belgravia?

In the episode A scandal in Belgravia (Sherlock season 2 episode 1), when Dr. Watson is blogging and his blog text is shown to the viewers overlaid on the wall of 221B, Baker St., why is the text that ...
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368 views

What's the title of this German movie about a couple moving in to a new house?

It's a German drama about a young couple that is moving into a new house. The man is kinda short and has a mustache, the girl is pretty. The man's brother and another female friend is joining for a ...
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2answers
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What does the quote from Sgt. Apone in Aliens “Look into my eye” mean?

When the Marines are waking up you get this dialogue between Hudson and Apone: Hudson: Man, this floor is freezing. Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you? Hudson: Gee, ...
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3answers
1k views

Do contemporary cinemas really project at 25fps?

In a conversation with a UK film professional, I was told that in order to simplify technical stuff associated with projection, all modern film are projected slightly sped up at 25fps - although they ...
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Is Batman Begins based on any Batman comic or was it entirely written from scratch?

Were Batman Begins or The Dark Knight based on any particular comic(s) or was were they completely created from scratch?
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2answers
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Were the 3 prequels intended?

After the making of Episode IV V and VI of star wars, was it immediately decided to make the 3 prequels or was it due to some other factors (eg: financial)?
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564 views

Is that Hergé at the start of The Adventures of Tintin?

Out of curiosity, is the street cartoonist/caricature artist who draws our protagonist at the start of The Adventures of Tintin (2011) a "cameo" by creator Hergé?
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Did Karen almost die in Goodfellas?

Let's go over exactly what happens in this scene again: Karen brings something to Jimmy and Jimmy asks how Henry's doing. He gives kind of a flippant response to her answer, then looks down and is ...
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527 views

What evidence is there for each side of the debate over the authenticity of “Exit Through The Gift Shop”?

I recently watched "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and thought it was absolutely excellent. After the movie was over, my friend told me that a lot of people think that Bansky invented the character of ...
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Why let Leamas and Nan escape?

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is one of my all time favorite movies, and I've seen it half a dozen times by now, but there's one part that always seemed a little sketchy. At the end of the movie, ...
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1answer
365 views

What was Holmes's original plan?

When Holmes, Watson and the Gypsies go to the arms factory, Holmes leaves Watson a note asking him to meet him at the big tower. Holmes gets captured by Moriarty and his henchmen. Watson runs into ...
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3answers
551 views

Tron Legacy - Why Doesn't CLU Visit Flynn Earlier?

In Tron : Legacy, When Quorra initially rescues Sam she tells him that Rinzler and co. can't follow them off the grid. But then when Quorra and the Fylnns go back into grid city, CLU and his cronies ...
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Was Edward Furlong allowed to watch Terminator 2: Judgement Day when it was released?

Edward Furlong was 14 when Terminator 2: Judgement Day in 1991. And it is R-Rated. My question is: Was Edward allowed to watch this movie with a bunch of his under-age friends. Or do they make an ...

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