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How did Red get approval for rehabilitation? [duplicate]

In Shawshank Redemption, Red receives parole after serving 40 years in Shawshank. In the beginning of movie it is shown that Red's plea for rehabilitation got rejected multiple times. When Andy ...
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Protagonist smuggles swords through an airport in a case filled with clay

I saw this movie when I was very young, and remember bits and pieces that are largely unsearchable. It has sentimental value to me, and I'd love to watch it again as an adult. The main guy in the ...
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Hero is fired by his company and his wife leaves him too

The movie starts with the hero being fired because he saved the company in a law suit and now can never do anything like that again. When he gets home to be consoled by his wife he finds a note that ...
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393 views

Why didn't the abducted victims talk?

In the movie Prisoners (2013), the abducted victims (Alex Jones, Bob Taylor and then Anna and Joy) didn't talk -that much- Anna and Joy maybe didn't talk because they were shocked and tired but what ...
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334 views

Nick Nolte or Gary Busey lookalike who lives in a warehouse and is a bounty hunter

This movie starts out with a convenience store being robbed in a desert setting. This bounty hunter(a Nolte or Busey lookalike) comes in and shoots the store up with a sawed off shot gun. I believe he ...
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Slowing down the frame rate vs. using a slow-motion camera

Why do even some of the big budget films slow down the frame rate to give slow motion effect rather than use a slow-motion camera? The point is that the first technique almost always give a hint of ...
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A weekend of survival in Chicago in an RV

A couple of buddies are heading outta town without the wives. They rent an RV for the weekend and load up. They end up getting lost in the bad part of town and spend the whole night trying to escape ...
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What is the symbolism of the uncrossable bridge in Melancholia?

In Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) there are two scenes of the sisters riding their horses. Both end with Justine's (Kirsten Dunst) horse Abraham refusing to cross a small bridge. In the second ...
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Why does Joss Whedon use the same actors so frequently?

When I watch Joss Whedon's shows I'm very aware of how often the same actors appear. Here's a quick list of ones I've spotted. Eliza Dushku - Dollhouse and Buffy/Angel Alexis Denisof - Buffy/Angel ...
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How was the cameraman removed from the mirrors in the elevator scene? [duplicate]

In the movie Shattered (aka Butterfly on a wheel), at about the 7th minute, Neil Randall (Gerard Butler) is going up an elevator, with another person in it. From the angle of the shot, I am 100% ...
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Preteen boy travels to Africa to find his lost father

Early 80's movie. An American preteen boy (more generally of white race) decides to know why his father doesn't return from Africa (or maybe it was the Amazons... I remember tropical jungles) and ...
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What species are the Minions?

In Despicable Me, Gru has an army of minions who do everything from looking after the girls to assist him in his attempts to become a super villain. But what are they? Are they aliens? Are they ...
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How was the aerial prison scene shot?

I have been wondering, knowing that back when this movie was shot technology wasn't comparatively so advanced, how could they have shot the opening scene of The Shawshank Redemption? If it was shot ...
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279 views

Movie about aliens attacking the earth with an invisible net

Aliens attacking the earth by creating some sort of invisible net that absorbs humans inside. The Military tries to bombard and put missiles to stop the net..but it also just goes inside without any ...
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Town infested with alien parasites causing people to lose their teeth

I saw this movie a long time ago. The action takes places in a small town as far as I can remember. The people there get "infested" with some sort of parasite and they start losing their teeth. I only ...
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295 views

Man looks out of the window and sees a man kill himself

I can only remember one scene of a (possibly thriller) movie that I would like to watch again. The scene could be described as: A man looks out of his apartment window and sees another man at a ...
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Punishment for bad behavior - a moped!

In Donnie Darko there is an exchange between Donnie's parents about some behavior over which they were called in to see the principal. Later, they are sitting together, eating in silence, each lost ...
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Why did Ben try to help Dan?

At the end of the movie 3:10 to Yuma, we see Ben killed his teammate Charlie after failing to save Dan. We have seen that Ben tried to cooperate with Dan during the second half of the movie. So, was ...
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Ninja and a beach bum sidekick with a lot of pistols

I recall a TV series I used to watch with my dad. It was about an american ninja and his side kick who was a beach bum or sailor. One memorable scene is in a small area like an apartment living room ...
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A Meticulous Killer is Killed by His Daughter

A meticulous killer is training his replacement/protege but really is setting him up, his daughter is also home from college because of a murder there and it turns out she has his same disease or ...
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77 views

Who's the energy drink guy?

I saw the video for The Lonely Island's "Threw It on the Ground" recently and, approximately 10 seconds in, there's a guy who almost looks like Joel Spolsky. Who's the actor? I'd be very surprised if ...
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110 views

Did Rage spread from Britain or not?

In 28 Days Later..., the soldiers are discussing that Rage is so infectious and manifests so quickly after infection (within seconds) that it couldn't have spread outside of Britain. However, in the ...
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369 views

Woman out to get revenge on men who killed her kid

I remember watching this movie when I was a little kid (though, I probably shouldn't have). The title had something to do with dragons, but the movie itself did not. The movie was about a woman who ...
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Significance of the slow boats to China

In The Master, there are two scenes with a reference to China. The first time we hear of it is when Freddie leaves Doris behind and joins the crew of a ship leaving for Shanghai. The second time is at ...
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Why does Freddie attempt to “process” the blonde in the final scene?

In the final minutes of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (2012) the character played by Joaquin Phoenix enters a bar and makes suggestive eye contact with a woman there, and then scene cuts to the ...
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485 views

Village girl with sensitive ears wants to get into music school

I'm looking for a non-English movie in which the girl is from a village and she wants to get into a music school as she plays violin. She has very sensitive ears as she has sex with anybody who kisses ...
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298 views

Spaceship on an exploratory mission encounters enemy fleet

I've been remembering parts of an older scifi movie for awhile now but can't remember the name or find it. It's been driving me crazy today. It's an older movie, I remember it from TV and that was ...
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475 views

Is 'Prisoners' an anti-religious commentary?

Prisoners is tinged with religion. Keller appears to be a deeply religious man. But he is very flexible with his morality when it comes to torturing Alex Jones for information about his daughter. ...
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Why didn't Katie Holmes play Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight?

Katie Holmes played Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins but Maggie Gyllenhall played the character in The Dark Knight. Was there any particular reason why Katie Holmes didn't continue on in the role?
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Darth Vader with his mask off: was that David Prowse?

In The Empire Strikes Back, is that the back of David Prowse's head that we see in the hyperbaric chamber before Darth Vader is fitted with his mask?
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What does the mouse symbolize?

In the movie, The Green Mile, I knew instantly that the small, "magical" like mouse had some sort of symbolic meaning but I cannot for the life of me think of what that meaning could be. Does anyone ...
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Symbolism of eating as a main human activity

I just saw once again Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and noticed something I hadn't given so much attention in my previous viewings. Namely, the fact that all main characters are shown, at some ...
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Australian comedy movie where a guy has house near airport

I think the movie should be somewhere between late 80's and early 90's. I watched this movie in my friend's netflix account. The guy has three sons and a daughter, and one son would be in jail. They ...
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What is the “multi pass” Leeloo had?

In Fifth Element Leeloo has some document that's pretty much looks like a driver license but bears a large "Multi pass" caption on it. She display it when boarding the spacecraft and introduces ...
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Why do they often hide the money figures in TV and movies?

I have seen on a million occasions that the actual figures are kept hidden. If a cheque is offered to a character, he often looks at it and says something along the lines of "That's a lot of money!" ...
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What are the Planets?

In the movie "After Earth" the humans are relocated to another planet. What is that planet and the planet the ship crashes? Is it the Earth?
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Why did the intersect turn the Gretas into emotionless killers?

When the Gretas, Agent Richard Noble and Agent Victoria Dunwoody, had the intersect uploaded to them, they turned into mindless killers only able to follow protocol, which turned them into a serious ...
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Why were there no interrogation scenes with Jack and Henley?

In Now You See Me, during the FBI investigation of the supposed bank robbery (the first trick of the Four Horsemen) they're all interrogated seperately by Agent Rhodes in the usual plain grey ...
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Why the stoic acting style in 2001 Space Odyssey?

One of the things that I have always found striking about 2001 is the almost mechanical acting of the human characters, especially the radio operator. I'm pretty sure it's a conscious choice on part ...
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How was the space station fly-through in 2001: A Space Odyssey filmed?

In the sequence set to the Blue Danube Waltz, we see a Pan Am orbital shuttle docking with a partially-completed space station. Here is a clip from that sequence on YouTube. There are good views of ...
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Who slashed Matt Reynold's throat in LA Confidential?

In LA confidential, Sid Hudgens and Jack Vincennes set up this one kid, Matt Reynolds, to have sex with the district attorney so they can take pictures of the two of them. However, when Jack has a ...
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What is the term called for the sudden blackout before the suspense scene?

Mostly in the cartoons and in some TV series or movies sometimes the screen turned black mid-between a sudden surprise scene, which impacts great to maintaining goosebumps. The last i noticed this is ...
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How can weightlessness be simulated on film?

How can the weightlessness of space be realistically simulated on film? Does it require CG or can a convincing simulation be achieved using wire fu and editing? (I'm happy to hear of good examples of ...
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How is the dialogue for wide shots recorded?

In scenes where the boom mic would have to be placed much too far from the actor in order to film the scene, how is the dialogue recorded? Is there some hidden microphone on the actor's clothing or ...
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248 views

Identify this film about a couple who escape from the police down a waterfall

There's a girl in an all-girls school, or perhaps a convent. One night they have some kind of dance, and get to dance with these men, who I seem to remember are convicts, seems a bit strange though. ...
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Zombie Movie where girl realizes that zombie apocalypse happened

I saw this movie a few years ago and don't remember much about it, but I'll try my best. Pretty sure it was an indie film on Netflix. This college-aged girl wakes up after being knocked out (tried to ...
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188 views

Movie about a girl who can make everthing real

I don't remember the movie name, but it had something like this story line. Girl joins a boy high school, she races joins a race that's meant for boys only. Then she becomes friend of a boy. Both ...
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Asian film where the main character returns to the village he is from to visit his dying mother

This was an Asian film where the main character is returning to the village he is from to visit his dying mother. The movie takes place either during World War 2, or the Korean War. While he's there, ...
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He loses his sense of touch while trying to have sex

The man sometimes loses some of his 5 senses or sometimes some of them gets a bit boosted and is incapable of getting his penis erected. Some of the scenes i know. like his sense of sight gets boosted ...
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Circus setting with a high wire act over a wooden bed of swords

Timeframe I was somewhere around 8-12 years old, which would be in the 1974-1978 span, the movie would possibly be older since it was on television at the time, and shot in black and white. (Of ...

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