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What are all of the chinese phrases in Firefly/Serenity?

Throughout the 14 episode of Firefly and the following movie there are many Chinese phrases strewn about. What are all of the chinese phrases in Firefly/Serenity?
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Why do so many movies & TV shows feature recognizable, un-branded or re-branded products?

I've particularly noticed this in the past with cars in movies & TV shows. A car will quite obviously be of a certain make and/or model, identifiable by certain body features, but it will have ...
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Which episodes of Twin Peaks mention the concept of 'tulpa'?

I'm pretty sure the concept of a 'tulpa' from Tibetan mysticism appeared in the TV series 'Twin Peaks' and I'm trying to find references and if possible the exact quote. I think it was Agent Cooper ...
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How were R2D2 and C3PO made in the original trilogy?

I know they used a lot of mechanics back then, but were R2D2 and C3PO mechanical, a costume, or something else?
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A movie about a bank robbery?

I remember watching this movie at least 12 years ago. It involves a guy sending letters to his criminal associates detailing a planned robbery. After he has posted them, he gets arrested. Then the ...
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Why does the husband leave the family in The Others?

I watched the movie The Others recently, and I was blown away by the ending and the story. I was thinking about this plot element which didn't make much sense to me. It's about the return of the ...
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In the marvel movies what order did S.H.I.E.L.D/Nick Fury appear to the main movie character

Which movie did S.H.I.E.L.D and/or Nick Fury first appear in and what order subsequently did the former appear in other Marvel comic book movie adaptions?
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Knight Rider type movie but was about a motorbike not a car

I've been told what the the name of this movie, many times but for some reason I have a mental blockage in remembering its name. The movie was very similar concept to Knight Rider, advanced vehicle, ...
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842 views

Are all main crimes in CSI solved?

After watching quite a few episodes of CSI:Crime Scene Investigation I get the feeling that all crimes are solved. Is there any episodes where they actually fail in doing this?
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854 views

What's the german quotation in The Sunset Limited?

In The Sunset Limited White aka "the professor" (played by Tommy Lee Jones) quotes a short german sentence. I am german myself, but I was unable to understand it. Were the words he said actually ...
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355 views

What is the name for the symbols next to subtitles, commentaries, dolby, etc?

Some square like symbols similar to : http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/48471/how-to-generate-the-movie-dvd-available-sound-systems-symbols appear on the back of DVDs, with various number of ...
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793 views

“There are two kinds of people” quote

I'm trying to remember the title of a movie that had this quote (or something very similar) in it, can anyone help? "there are two kinds of people in this world, those who bend facts to fit ...
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What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel?

I didn't understand the ending of Apocalypse Now. What did Coppola want to symbolize by the last sequences involving rogue colonel? And what is the purpose of Marlon Brando's character?
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Identifying martial arts movie (possibly with bodybuilders)

I'm trying to find an asian (I think) movie that I watched when I was a kid back in the 90's. The movie itself may be from the late 70's -80s. It had some crazy fights in mid air and what-not, it was ...
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Is the Stay Puft brand brought into any other films?

Many directors or writers keep using brands in other movies they make. Such examples include Abrams with the Slusho brand and Tarantino Red Apple cigarettes. Also many brands are used only in ...
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320 views

Identify an old movie about analyzing a dream

I took an "intro to electronic music" class in university, and we watched several films that demonstrated the evolution of electronic music in cinema. I am trying to remember one of them we watched. ...
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Why is director's name shown last in the title sequence?

Why is the director's name shown last in Title Sequence/Opening Credits rather than first? I've seen this fact not only in Hollywood, but also in Bollywood, Kollywood etc.
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Director's Cut, Editor's Cut, Theatrical Cut. What do these mean?

What do the following terms mean in movie business? Director's Cut Editor's Cut Theatrical Cut What are the differences between them? Are there any other cut s?
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780 views

Movie where Peter Lorre asks, “Can I kill him? Can I kill him now, boss?”

I know this is a bit on the trivial end, but I'm trying to locate a movie for reference in something I'm writing. I know I've seen this somewhere, and I can't place it. I don't think I saw the ...
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Would a psychopath create a false positive Voight-Kampff test result?

The Voight-Kampff test (the so-called "empathy test") in the film has been bothering me for some time... It is acknowledged in the film that the test can give a false negative - Rachael would have ...
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1answer
549 views

What happens to Jane's BMW in Mr.Brooks?

In Mr.Brooks, what happens to Jane's BMW? When Earl asked about the BMW she replied, A friend's going to drive it up. It'll be here next weekend. Again, when the cops asked about the BMW she ...
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1answer
539 views

What does Arnold's quote “Poor Sport” Mean in Predator (1987)

In the movie Predator, near the end, after they try to trap the Predator in that net, and it shoots its way out, a lot of them die. One guy is badly injured, so Arnold and that girl help him walk. ...
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252 views

Machine Gun Preacher

I started watching Machine Gun Preacher. It's not the greatest quality movie I have seen. However the theme is about the warzone in Uganda, and I find it to be a bit coincidental with the whole Kony ...
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5answers
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What is the history between Little Bill and English Bob in Unforgiven?

In Unforgiven, it's understandable why Little Bill beat up English Bob--because he wanted to scare off anyone else who would come to collect the reward from the women and also keep aside the Big ...
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1answer
618 views

How does Clementine know to come to Montauk in Eternal Sunshine?

Joel gets a message from 'Clementine' inside his head, but how does the real Clementine know she is supposed to meet him in Montauk the next morning?
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408 views

Why does the cowboy stab the woman in Unforgiven?

In Unforgiven,Why does the cowboy stab the woman in the beginning of the movie? Was he crazy?
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1answer
276 views

Ending of Chrysalis

At the end of Chrysalis (2007), it turns out that the real daughter of Professor Brügen, Manon Brügen, lies on the bed in a coma at her mother's clinic. So who is the healthy girl? Is she another ...
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457 views

Supernatural connected episodes

I have watched a few Supernatural episodes and I understood that there should be a background story(in the beginning the search for the father and somebody told me that later they find him, but ...
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2k views

Cheesy-looking pac-man monster in an alternate reality where most people disappeared

I think this was a made for TV movie, and a Stephen King novel, but I just looked up his works and nothing rang a bell. The story was about an airplane that flew through some kind of portal or vortex ...
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What was the first full-length feature film shot completely with digital cameras?

Nowadays almost every movie is shot with digital cameras. I would like to know what was the first full-length feature film shot completely with digital technology instead of celluloid.
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What was the first film shot completely with a subjective point of view?

What was the first full-length feature film shot completely with a subjective point of view, i.e. with a subjective camera where shots simulates what a character actually sees (audience, character, ...
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378 views

TV series about a suburban town digging up a space ship?

It was on TV in the US about 10 years ago, it is a mystery with some sci-fi/horror elements. The people in a suburban city start acting weird (possessed/influenced). They would go out at night and ...
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Is Ashley Schaeffer from Eastbound and Down modelled on Ric Flair

The outrageous character Ashley Schaeffer (played by Will Ferrell) from the excellent Eastbound And Down series seems to not only look like Ric Flair but also copy some of his mannerisms, like the ...
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How did Shane and Randall turn so fast?

In the last episode (Better Angels) of AMC's The Walking Dead, Shane and Randall became walkers shortly after dying: According to Wikipedia: This episode suggests that the zombie outbreak ...
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227 views

Video in which a man follows a string all his life to end in the desert

I am looking for the video where a young man stumbles upon a string (or cable) and begins to follow it, out of curiosity. He follows it a really long time as you can see him age and grow old. At the ...
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Romantic movie about two people who speak different languages falling in love?

I'm looking for the name of a romantic film about an out-of-towner staying in, I think, a hotel. The two of them don't speak the same language but fall in love. At the end of the movie he tracks her ...
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1answer
281 views

Seeking a circa 50s/60s science fiction movie with a Portal

I was recently watching Schoolhouse Rock with my son and the cartoon for "Nouns" came on. There is a rectangular portal that acts like a giant television that the animated girl watches and at one ...
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How did Pippin know that Merry was part of the Rohirrim army at Minas Tirith?

After the battle of the Pellenor Fields in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pippin searched for Merry on the battlefield. The last time they spoke, Merry was still in Rohan. How, aside ...
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580 views

First Hollywood movie with “flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks”?

In Super (2010), I noticed the weird concept of flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks. Which was the first Hollywood movie with the same concept?
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In opening credits for TV shows, why does it say 'with so and so' for some actors?

I am thinking of Ally McBeal in particular. For the entire run of the show the opening credits generally had clips of a character and the name of the actor that plays them. The final two actors (Peter ...
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2answers
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What were the sea shells for in Demolition Man?

The three shells used in the toilets even confused poor ol' Sylvester, how were they used?
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How could Eisenheim achieve those reflections on the scene in that era?

In The Illusionist (2006), how could Eisenheim achieve those reflections (visions) on the scene? Even in one of the scenes, there was a (ghost) boy walking through the audience. Given that the film ...
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What is the meaning of the line at the end of Chinatown?

At the end of the amazing film Chinatown, Jake Gittes is told, 'Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown'. What are supposed to deduce from this? Is it that Jake is powerless to prevent or challenge what had ...
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What is the meaning of the Donnie Darko like Rabbit figure in Sexy Beast

In the excellent film Sexy Beast we see a figure dressed in a rabbit outfit similar to the one from Donnie Darko and I wanted to know the significance of this. It appears many times during the film in ...
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Why Are So Many Actors from “Rome” in John Carter?

I just saw the movie "John Carter" (and loved it). But I noticed that four actors in the movie who were also in the HBO miniseries "Rome". Does anyone know why? For instance, was there staff of "John ...
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2answers
563 views

Zombieland - What do main characters survive on during the zombieocalypse

I love Zombieland. I happened to watch it last week on FX acouple of times in a row, and I was thinking after the movie that it never really showed us about their eating habits and how they survive ...
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498 views

What happens at the end of “How to Rob a Bank (and 10 tips to get away with it)”

I don't really get the ending of "How to Rob a Bank (and 10 tips to get away with it)". To be honest, all of it is very complicated. But I think I understand most of the film. What I don't ...
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620 views

How is it decided which parts of a movie need background music?

I think the integration of music in a movie plays one of the key roles in producing a great movie. I have also seen some movies like the award-winning "A Separation" which did not have any background ...
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What was the line that David Prowse said on Bespin set?

In various Star Wars documentaries it is mentioned that Mark Hamill and George Lucas were apparently the only two people on set who knew that James Earl Jones would eventually dub Vader with the ...
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Why don't they align actor & actress names with their photos in film posters?

I've always wondered why they don't do this properly. It seems wrong to me to place a different name on top of an actor's/actress' photo. Why don't they align actor & actress names with their ...

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