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What are the specific parallels between Shakespeare's The Tempest and Forbidden Planet?

It is often said that the classic 50s movie Forbidden Planet is basically just a remake of The Tempest, Shakesepeare's last play. (The original credits don't reference this.) Is this right? What are ...
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Dolores Umbridge: Misguided or Sinister?

This is an on-going debate between my husband and I stemming from our viewing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend. In OOTP, Umbridge really appears to be more of a misguided ...
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What is the purpose behind “wax on, wax off” in Karate Kid?

In The Karate Kid, his first lesson is cleaning and waxing his masters car. His master tells him to "wax on, wax off". Is the purpose of this simply to teach him the value of hard work?
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441 views

Is there a good resource which analyzes many parody movies for “what is being lampooned”?

Good parody movies (e.g. Airplaine, Hot Shots) lampoon a whole bunch of things, in nearly every scene. Is there a good resource which analyses some of the main ones scene by scene and notes a full ...
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530 views

What's that movie with a surreal golden tree appearing from time to time?

I once watched a movie of which I only remember a few things... The most present memory is this huge golden tree... Or at least I think the tree itself was golden. Then scene in which this tree ...
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327 views

District 9 - References to Apartheid

How far can the character Wikus be related to that of Biko, and his role to abolish apartheid? I've recently realized the similar phonetics of the name, so it rang a bell and the question immediately ...
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How are older movies post-converted to 3D?

I went to see Hugo in 3D today, and beforehand there was a trailer for the upcoming re-release of Titanic in 3D. I must say, I was impressed. How much of the conversion to 3D of a movie that was ...
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417 views

In “Citizen Kane” does Bernstein purposely take a tumble into the newspaper office?

The "Citizen Kane" scene that shows Kane's first day at the newspaper includes a moment where Kane's assistant Bernstein enters the action by tumbling loudly into the room amid a collapsing pile of ...
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When did each Horcrux get destroyed in the Harry Potter movies?

I have just watched the last of the Harry Potter movies for the second time on a long flight and my brain was addled through lack of sleep. As far as I remember, three of the eight horcruxes were ...
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462 views

Movie about a couple moving into a neighborhood and are acually salespeople?

What's that movie about a couple moving into a neighborhood, having a "perfect" life and they are trying to impress and influence the neighbors to buy things. They are acually employed salepeople.
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250 views

What purpose do the racial and discriminatory slurs serve?

I was re-watching The Boondock Saints last night with a friend and noticed that racial slurs and discriminatory names are injected through the entire movie. It wasn’t tied to any one character, and ...
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Movie asking the scientist what should be the color of the pill they have developed, deciding on orange/purple?

There was a movie with following scene (to the best of my recollection): Manager: What should be the color of this pill for market, orange or purple? Scientist: [Delves into the intricacies ...
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6k views

Was there a fight during the filming of Caddyshack?

During the filming of Caddyshack it's said that Bill Murray and Chevy Chase had a fight. Ever since then they refuse to work together. I'm wondering if it's known if there is any truth to this or is ...
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406 views

Diction in original vs remake of True Grit

The diction in the 2010 production of True Grit is much different than that of the 1969 True Grit. Why did the Coen brothers decide to follow the diction of the original novel so closely? Did folks ...
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136 views

Was the Pack's memory of eating the Principal ever mentioned again?

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Episode 6, Xander and 4 other students are possessed and they eat a pig. At the end they are all freed of possession and Xander claims memory loss. However Giles ...
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717 views

Star Wars-Who REALLY shot first, revision by revision: Han or Greedo?

There has been numerous debates about who shot first in Star Wars Episode IV: Han or Greedo. It's also been rumored that who shoots first has changed between each subsequent release of Star Wars. ...
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What was the purpose of 'Pursuit of Happyness'

I heard that there was a history behind the movie 'Pursuit of Happyness', as this was the dream project of Will Smith. I loved that movie and want to know the story. Can anyone help me find it?
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Are there references to WWE Superstars in Real Steel?

In the movie Real Steel, Atom is called the People's Champ, which seems like a direct reference to The Rock. In the final fight against Zeus, after Atom is down, he got up just like Undertaker ...
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513 views

In the Time Travellers Wife why does Henry never meet himself?

There are several occasions in the Time Travellers Wife where Henry arrives at the same point as he's already been, such as when he sees himself die and when Alba is conceived. Why does he never meet ...
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1answer
678 views

Are Max Cooperman and Ryan McCarthy friends in Never Back Down?

I don't understand the relationship between Max Cooperman and Ryan McCarthy. At the beginning of the film scene they appear to be on good terms Ryan is observing the fight Jake interupts Max and ...
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1answer
659 views

Never Back Down relationship between Mr and Ryan McCarthy

There's a scene in Never Back Down where Mr McCarthy attempts to provoke his son into reacting in front of his friends. It seems strange to me that the character would be included at all if it was ...
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11k views

How does Clarice know “Jack Gordon” was actually the real Buffalo Bill?

In The Silence of the Lambs, Mr. Crawford told Agent Starling the subject's name is Jamie Gumb, also known as John Grant and traced out the place of the subject. But she went to Jack Gordon's house. ...
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663 views

Does the movie featured in this Mike and the Mechanics music video exist?

In the 1980s Genesis spin off group "Mike and the Mechanics" released a song called, "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)." The video (a copy on youtube) is the subject of a question I've been trying ...
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Is the Good, The Bad and The Ugly set before a Fistful of Dollars?

In the Man With no Name trilogy the third movie to be made (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (GBU)) is sometimes said to be set before the first of the movies to be released, A Fistful of Dollars (FFD). ...
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How did Fred (mannequin) move outside the store?

Remember Fred from I Am Legend? This is the scene. Any idea how Fred did get there in the first place?
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475 views

Why does Agatha buy the book titled The Number 23 for her husband?

Agatha buys the book (titled The Number 23 written by Topsy Kretts) for her husband Walter as a birthday present. Why does she choose this book? Is it a coincidence? Doesn't she know about the past of ...
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4answers
7k views

Why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?

In No Country for Old Men, why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?
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3answers
22k views

How did the T-Rex kill everyone on the boat?

In Jurassic Park: The Lost World, a T-Rex is captured from the island, sedated, and put on a boat for the mainland. During the trip to the mainland, the T-Rex got free and killed everyone. When the ...
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1answer
120 views

How did they know to go to the female detective's house?

In the movie "Blitz", after some time through the movie, just as the female detective (Falls) is being assaulted by the cop-killer (Weiss), the police emerges. How did they know to go there at the ...
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1answer
359 views

Kids movie about a kleptomaniac girl with a fear of fire and an abusive piano teacher

Somewhere in the late 70s to early 80s. I remember a movie that I enjoyed (though apparently not enough to remember) that featured a girl somewhere in the age range of 10-14. She is very bright and ...
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Why is there no Wilson brother in the new Wes Anderson movie?

Wes Anderson's new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, does not include any of the Wilson brothers, i.e.- Luke, Owen or Andrew in the cast. In every previous film a Wilson brother has been cast. In fact Owen ...
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453 views

Why does Mr. Brooks call Atwood?

Recently i've watched the movie named Mr.Brooks. It was a wonderful movie with lots of twists and it certainly has its fair share of suspense and violence. But i don't understand, Why does ...
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First movie with product placement?

We were watching The Goonies (1985) tonight and I noticed that in the initial scenes one of the characters is rather prominently holding a Pepsi in his hand. I know product placement has been a ...
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1answer
189 views

Is the Arrested Development movie really being made?

At the risk of provoking nothing but speculation, I was wondering if there is any definite proof as to whether the long-awaited Arrested Development movie will be made. Usually each time I check every ...
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1answer
2k views

Is there real connection between The Machinist and Dostoyevsky's books?

I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot". According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers ...
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1answer
702 views

What's taking Sin City 2 so long?

According to wikipeida, Robert Rodriquez announced that he would do Sin City 2. The latest update, according to Wikipedia, is that they're almost done writing the script. Is there any indication as ...
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2answers
696 views

Where did the T-Rex come from?

Although there is no disputing the impact that Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park had when it was released in 1992, there has always been one scene that has bugged/perplexed me. I speak of the climax, ...
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1answer
741 views

Where did the chicken come from?

During the photo-montage end credit sequence for the 2009 comedy hit, The Hangover, some light is shed on many of the unexplained occurrences that happened during that lost night. However, I do not ...
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814 views

Movie about a guy who receives a mysterious list of all his girlfriends, past and future

I watched a movie a few years ago, and now can't remember the title. The main character received a mysterious email at work containing a list of every woman he had, or would have sex with--past and ...
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Outside of the movie, what evidence confirms scoring battles of “King of Kong” are real?

I loved King of Kong. But is it real? More specifically, what evidence proves the scoring battles of King of Kong really happened? If you haven't seen it, the movie's main characters are the perfect ...
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95 views

How did the jet airplane knock one of them out?

In Chronicle, the three guys learn how to fly. While playing around they end up encountering a jet airplane. In this encounter one of them gets knocked out. I didn’t see him get hit by it, so how ...
6
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1answer
354 views

Trying to identify a martial arts movie, I thought it was called “The Golden Arrow”

Hi I'm trying to identify a martial arts movie, I thought it was called "The Golden Arrow". I saw it sometime in the early 90s I can't remember all that much, but the scene I remember is when the ...
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Why does Don Corleone give in so easily in The Godfather?

One of the last acts of Don Corleone as Godfather is to bring back the peace by calling for a meeting of the five families. You can watch the scene here: ...
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Why is death metal being played in the interrogation room in Homeland: Blind Spot

In Homeland: Blind Spot, after Afzal Hamid (I think) is interrogated by Saul Berenson and left alone in the room to reveal details of the Terrorist organization, why is there silence and death metal ...
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1answer
651 views

Was Blaster from “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” the same character as the big farmhand from “Mad Max”?

In the movie "Mad Max", there was a large farmhand character. In the "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" movie, Max fights a masked giant in the dome. I have always imagined it was the same character (big ...
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1answer
191 views

Identify 1970s Martial Arts movie: 2nd place Hero goes on quest. Disqualified Hero follows, takes over quest.

Guy fights to be the guy that gets to go on quest. Guy gets disqualified. 2nd place guy goes on quest. Disqualified guy follows along until first guy gets bumped off. Disqualified guy takes over. It ...
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2answers
501 views

Murder in eight different perspectives

I am looking for a movie which depicts a murder in eight different perspectives. I think it's a whodunit plot movie I saw the ad once on TV where they show something like a influential person like ...
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1answer
760 views

What is this movie with a group of kids and a paper route?

I remember watching a movie a few times about a group of kids with a paper route. The main kid is a teenager that just moved to the area. The main scene I remember is the main kid trying to deliver ...
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1answer
611 views

Who is the boss of Mrs. Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith?

It's been awhile since I saw the film, so I may be remembering the scene wrong. However, early in the film, when "Tank" is called upstairs for a meeting (which he thinks is a promotion, but which ...
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2answers
771 views

Was anyone ever KIA in the GI Joe cartoon series on TV?

Like many American boys who grew up in the 1980s, I loved the GI Joe cartoon series. Looking back, I think just about every episode of the show included at least some scenes of intense combat -- but ...

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