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What really happened in Memento?

So I watched Memento for the second time, and I felt like I understood the story pretty well, however, some things don't make so much sense to me. As far as I know: Leonard, the main character, did ...
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3answers
11k views

What techniqes are used by directors to make an actor cry?

I have always wondered what techniques directors use to get amateur actors, especially young ones, to cry. How can someone surrounded with so many film crew and cameras can concentrate enough and feel ...
24
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6answers
22k views

How did Angier know not to appear in The Prestige?

In The Prestige, the secret to Angier's 'disappearing man' trick is that he is effectively cloned while teleporting, and the original Angier is drowned when disappearing under the stage. When Alfred ...
20
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0answers
582 views

Is James Bond explicitly described as caucasian in Ian Fleming's books? [closed]

There is currently some controversy over the subject of James Bond's race since a minor celebrity has stated that Idris Elba would not be a good casting choice because James is "caucasian". Was James ...
20
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5answers
2k views

Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?

In Inception, why do the kicks on the different levels have to occur simultaneously, rather than one after another?
13
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1answer
4k views

How many Tarantino films are set in the same universe?

Django Unchained and Inglorius Basterds are both set in the same alternative history universe according to Tarantino. How many of the films made by Tarantino are set in the same universe? Are any of ...
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6answers
2k views

When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?

My recollection of the prime-time television I watched growing up -- the 70s and 80s plus whatever were on at the time -- are almost invariably of episodic television. At the end of each episode, ...
23
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4answers
44k views

What happened to Bruce Wayne/Batman's knee?

Early in The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce is seen limping with a cane. Some characters allude to an injury sustained from a fight, but we never see this in The Dark Knight. At the conclusion of that film, ...
17
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1answer
115k views

What language do the minions speak?

In Despicable Me; what language(s) do the minions speak? There is a bit of english, but seems like a combination of french with english?
17
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7answers
14k views

What is the geographic location of the pit Bruce Wayne is imprisoned in by Bane?

What is the geographic location of the pit Bruce Wayne is imprisoned in by Bane? Is this prison in Gotham or somewhere else? Bane and Bruce seems to travel between the two rather quickly. It seems ...
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2answers
450 views

How does the dream sharing actually work?

In Inception, dream-sharing is (obviously) a huge part in how the entire plot functions. Is there any valid references (either scientific or even just an explanation from the writers/director) as to ...
13
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2answers
4k views

Does the Game of Thrones intro change to reflect the current story?

In the Game of Thrones intro, we are presented with a very steam-punk like map of interactive pieces representing the kingdoms and what they represent. However, I noticed when Theon Greyjoy arrived ...
11
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1answer
140 views

How are the measurements used by Nielsen evolving to meet new methods of content delivery and viewing?

I was interested to find out that in the 1950s, Nielsen used devices in the homes of the families that were surveyed to record their viewing preferences, and only later introduced their system of ...
9
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3answers
2k views

Why do many movie titles differ between the U.S. and the UK?

Why are movies titled differently in the UK? For example; The Avengers changed to Avengers Assemble. Similarly Vertige is called High Lane. What is the reason why so many movies are retitled for ...
29
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1answer
1k views

What is a “Spaghetti Western”?

I've seen numerous films being described as a Spaghetti Western. What exactly makes a film a Spaghetti Western?
29
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4answers
7k views

Why did Neo have powers in the real world?

In the Matrix, why did Neo have magic powers in the real world? For example, (1) Those scenes where he blows up those robots purportedly with his mind. (2) That one where he has no eyes but can ...
27
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5answers
2k views

What was the first crossover movie like The Avengers, using only movie franchises?

The Avengers is taking 4 separate movie franchises (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America) and combining them all into one huge movie with all the main characters from each movie. Doing some ...
27
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1answer
5k views

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?
26
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4answers
1k views

Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end?
24
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6answers
48k views

What would be the equivalent of the carnivorous island?

Towards the end of the movie Life Of Pi, we are given a new vision of the events depicted in the story. The writer that interviews the main character explains that the Zebra, Orang-Utan, Hyena, and ...
21
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1answer
7k views

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 ...
20
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2answers
591 views

Ending of Source Code

By the end of Source Code (2011), we learn that the flashbacks were reality in an alternate timeline/universe. On the other hand, Captain Stevens manages to save the train in both alternate ...
20
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3answers
5k views

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 ...
18
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4answers
808 views

Why did it take a rocket to lift off the Earth but just shuttles to lift off the other planets?

I remember gravity in both the planets in Interstellar being comparable to that of Earth's. 80% of Earth gravity in case of Mann's planet and 130% in case of Miller's planet. So, why did it take a ...
18
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5answers
5k views

Rookie Anderson's initial evaluation of Dredd

During the scene chief judge introduces Dredd to rookie Anderson, this conversation ensues. Chief judge: Rookie Anderson what can you tell me about the person I am with? Rookie: Male, another ...
17
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4answers
9k views

What are the differences between the alternative versions of Blade Runner?

I may have lost count, but the last time I checked there were 4 different cuts of Blade Runner. The original cinema release (with the voice over and the spliced from another movie ending) followed by ...
15
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3answers
4k views

Man sent many times to the past to find a train bomber

A man is sent back to the past so many times to find a man who puts a bomb in the train. The train actually explodes but the man's brain which is still functional was used by some officials to find ...
13
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2answers
7k views

Is Ra's Al Ghul alive or dead?

Viewers are lead to believe that Ra's Al Ghul died when the train de-railed and crashed into Wayne Tower in Batman Begins. But he appears to Bruce while he is in the pit during the Dark Knight Rises. ...
12
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1answer
285 views

What is so good and unique about Citizen Kane?

Citizen Kane is the best movie on AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIES, second best on BFI's The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time and has score a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. But I for myself cannot comprehend ...
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3answers
3k views

Why did Zod ask for Lois Lane to come on their spaceship?

In Man of Steel (2013), when Zod and his subordinates come to take Superman, they ask for Lois Lane too. But when they take her, they don't ask her anything. They just put her in some kind of prison, ...
11
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2answers
315 views

Why would Q attach the computer of a known cyberterrorist to the MI6 computer network?

In the movie Skyfall Shouldn't Q like connect Silva's computer to a secure line or something, considering that he was a known cyberterrorist? Isn't there any sort of internal protocols for the ...
10
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3answers
18k views

How did Liam Neeson know his location in Taken 2?

In Taken 2 when Bryan Mills/Liam Neeson, was kidnapped, and calling Kim/Maggie Grace from his locked cell. He asked her to draw 2 circles, according to the map chart: One of 3 km from the hotel, ...
10
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2answers
4k views

What nationality is Bane?

It has been clearly established that Ra's Al Ghul & Talia Al Ghul are Moroccan. And it is assumed that The Pit is in Morocco. Does this mean that we should assume Bane is also Moroccan? Or is it ...
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2answers
2k views

What is the reason for choosing Mary Jane over the Gwen Stacy in the 2002 Spider-Man movie?

As per the original storyline of Spider-Man Gwen Stacy is the first serious love of Peter Parker (Betty Brant is the first relationship of him which never worked). Then why did Marvel/Columbia ...
6
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1answer
669 views

Seeking a 1960s Sci-Fi movie about a female humanoid robot

I've only a vague recollection of this science fiction movie, probably released between 1965 and 1972, which features two humanoid alien men on Earth, hunting for a female alien, who has disguised ...
5
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1answer
116 views

What are the rules regarding usage of non-featured songs in films?

In films like Step Up, Wikipedia shows some songs as featured songs and some songs as non-featured. Even only featured songs appear on their album. So what are those non-featured songs and what are ...
5
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2answers
448 views

Why is international distribution so tangled even for recent movies released first online?

The iTunes trailer for John Dies at the End proclaims that it will be available online, "everywhere" from december 2012 before its cinema release in January 2013. Of course by "everywhere" they mean ...
4
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1answer
721 views

A movie with giant lampreys (snake-like sea creatures) attacking a boat

I'm trying to remember the name of a (somewhat horror) movie in which some people get somehow stranded in a boat , and as usuall, things go wrong. The main plot is that some giant lampreys ...
4
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2answers
432 views

Male lead falls in love with one of the two female thieves who try to rob him [on hold]

There is a movie about 2 female thieves who steal from places, while trying to escape from the main male lead's house, he captures one of them and the story goes on on how they fall in love. I don't ...
4
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2answers
589 views

Why Reboot Spiderman?

I can understand the reboot of Batman Series, but I cannot understand why Hulk was rebooted and now why do we have to reboot Spider-man? Is it they are not able to write script in the same back-drop ...
3
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1answer
3k views

What was Interstellar's post-climax scene all about?

I'm confused about the scene where Matthew McConaughey wakes up in this new habitat of the humans. I presume that it's not earth, he's on another planet. And why does the land look like a tunnel ...
3
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2answers
216 views

Woman leaves temple to learn how to fight

I need help figuring out the name of the movie and the actress in this picture. I know its not a great picture but if anyone can help i'll be very thankful Details that I can remember: It takes ...
3
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1answer
397 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. ...
2
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0answers
70 views

Movie about a man who escapes from being hung and is reincarnated

This is and old movie I am looking for. I don't remember the name of it. It starts out with a terrier dog laying on a rug an starts to tell his story. A man is hung but escapes with the help of his ...
2
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2answers
397 views

What personality traits did Walt pick up from his enemies?

I've noticed that, throughout Breaking Bad, Walt picks up certain attributes from everyone that he kills, e.g. Gus' ruthlessness and one-step-ahead approach, Krazy-8's ability to manipulate people, ...
2
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1answer
180 views

Episode where a family is trapped inside a house

I remember seeing this episode when I was a child, around 1985, and at that time, it was the scariest thing I had ever seen. Here is the plot (or at least what I remember of it, so this may not be ...
2
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1answer
518 views

Why does Alex only help Keller randomly?

In Prisoners, when Keller roughs up Alex Jones in the police station car park, he immediately tells him something about the girls not crying until he (Alex) left them. He then denies saying this. Why? ...
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1answer
925 views

Horror movie, father rescuing son from world found behind a mirror

The scene depicts a father, who I believe has a shotgun slung around his back, searching for his son in what I believe is a house. He hears his son calling for him, shouting for help in a ghostly ...
18
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6answers
9k views

How did Murph know about Edmunds?

During the end of Interstellar
17
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1answer
2k views

Test scene in Men in Black

In the beginning of Men in Black, when Will Smith is in the room with the other candidates for the job, they're all sitting those egg-style chairs with a table in the middle. This is where they're ...

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