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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 did Indy know not to look into the Ark?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, at the Ark opening ceremony the Nazi troops brings the Ark of the Covenant to the top of the mountain as Belloq said something before opening the Ark. Then they took the ...
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What does Mr Bean have against the three-wheeled car?

One of Mr Bean's quirks is that he hates this particular three-wheeled car: My question is then, do we know why he hates this car? Has Atkinson or any of the writing staff ever commented regarding ...
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Why does Gus walk away from his car?

In Breaking Bad S04E12 End Times, at the end Gus walks towards his car at the hospital parking with his two bodyguards, with Walt watching from an adjacent rooftop. As Gus is approaching the car he ...
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Why is Gandalf referred to as Mithrandir?

I've read that Mithrandir is one of Gandalf's aliases. Why do certain people call him by this name and not Gandalf? I've noticed in particular that Galadriel uses the name Mithrandir quite often.
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1990s sci-fi/horror film or episode where device lets women look into an underwater parallel dimension

I believe this was from 1990s because I recall the images being sleek, like the re-make of Outer Limits. Not grainy. Not cheap film. Not foreign either (like Italy); they spoke English. Pretty sure ...
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Empire Strikes Back - Scene in Dagobah with Darth Vader

I have never understood why Vader appears in Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back, I understand that the cave Yoda takes Luke to is strong with the dark side of the force but don't understand why the ...
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Why does Trinity's kiss revive Neo in The Matrix?

This one aspect of the movie has always seemed out-of-place to me. It's like a stupid cliche out of a kids story in a movie that was previously exploring some fascinating ideas. Up until the kiss, ...
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Did Batman break his one rule?

In the final scene of The Dark Knight, we see Batman go on a final confrontation with the corrupted Dent. Dent, hell bent on making Batman and Gordon pay for Rachel's death, flips his trademark ...
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Why wasn't the poltergeist Peeves in the Harry Potter movies?

In the Harry Potter book series, Peeves is a poltergeist that roams the hallways causing trouble. He never really adds anything essential to the plot line, but his scenes are amusing. Obviously they ...
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What is the purpose of taxi-cabs and buses in Pixar’s 'Cars 2' movie?

I recently had the chance to watch Pixar’s Cars 2. Although the story is located in a pure imaginative universe, there is an issue that goes beyond any (even imaginative) logic. When the story is set ...
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What do they use for broken glass pieces in movies?

Most of action movies involve tremendous amounts of explosions and shattered glass. I remember watching Die Hard (1988) and the amount of broken glass made me wonder, what was it made of to keep ...
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What is it called when a movie breaks the illusion of fantasy?

What is it called when a movie breaks the illusion of fantasy? For example, a character talks to the camera or otherwise breaks character so the movie violates the illusion of the fiction.
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Why does J. Jonah Jameson call Peter Parker “Atticus”?

In 2002's Spider-Man, the following exchange happens: J. Jonah Jameson: [describing a headline] "Spider-Man, Hero or Menace? Exclusive Daily Bugle Photos". Peter Parker: Menace? He was ...
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Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end?
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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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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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Why are trailers called “trailers”?

Why are trailers called "trailers"? Considering the verb "to trail" means "to follow behind", why would something that is shown before the main movie be called a trailer?
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Is Borden's true identity real, or another ruse?

Towards the end of The Prestige, it's revealed that Borden accomplishes his Transported Man trick by using his twin brother as a double. It then becomes clear that he has been doing this in his ...
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Why did three actors play Darth Vader?

In the original Star Wars movies (IV, V, and VI) three actors ended up playing Darth Vader. David Prowse was the actual physical body for the most part, James Earl Jones was used for the voice, and ...
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What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured?

I've always been curious what decides if a credit is in the opening or closing credits. It seems loosely that cast (in order of today's "big name" significance), directors and financiers get the ...
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What is Jack Nicholson tossing aside in this scene in The Shining?

What are those round metal objects that Jack Torrance is throwing to the floor in this scene in The Shining?
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What is the point of the Red Thread/Tape around evidence or newspaper clippings?

I have seen in a lot-lot of movies that the person who searches for a crime or another person creates a web of red tape or wire around the newspapers and evidence he acquires. I never guessed its ...
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Why does Dr Mann act so stupidly?

When Cooper and Tars figure what Dr Mann is up to in Interstellar, he tries to escape with a shuttle and manually docks the Endurance but he doesn't manage to get a secure lock. As a highly-trained ...
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“Whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger” - what does it mean?

During The Dark Knight the Joker says: Whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger I believe the original phrase is "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." So what did the Joker ...
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Do the actors really go nude in the shooting of the movies?

I often wonder if actors really go nude for certain scenes in films. I am not talking about those movies where we can see the sexual body-parts or genitals of the actors/actresses, but instead less ...
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Why does Christian Bale deform his voice when playing Batman

As almost every Batman fan, I like the Christopher Nolan's interpretation of Batman. But why does Christian Bale deform his voice when playing Batman? Is it to scare off/intimidate people? Or to ...
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Why exactly did Walt leave Gray Matter?

Early on in Breaking Bad, it is revealed that Walt and Gretchen had a history together with Elliot in the construction of their company "Gray Matter". However, one day while on vacation with ...
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What is the meaning of the “fly scene” in Breaking Bad?

One of the Breaking Bad episodes involves a scene with a fly. Walter is obsessed by a fly in the lab and tries to kill it in order to keep the room clean. I was told there's a special meaning but I ...
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Comedy movie about 3 software programmers who tried to hack the company's account system

I saw a Hollywood movie around the year 2001, it is a comedy movie. I forget the movie name, help me to get the name. I can recall few things from the movie: 3 men are involved in the main roles, 2 ...
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What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?

There has been a bit of controversy lately over the release of Tarantino's Hateful Eight movie. As I understand it, the movie was scheduled to play in a particular theater in Los Angeles that plays ...
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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, ...
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What is rosebud?

In the movie Citizen Kane, what is the significance of rosebud? Or is its insignificance a significance? Or has the director achieved what might sound similar to John Travolta's misdirection in the ...
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Why were the villagers and the axe-wielding hitman brothers crawling towards a shrine?

At the start of Season 3 Breaking Bad, we see a bunch of villagers and Tuco's cousins crawling on their bellies towards some shrine where they put a drawing of Walter White as some kind of "offering". ...
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Why does James Bond use his real name?

In the James Bond universe most characters go by a code name M, Q, the various 00s, In Skyfall Silva is a made up name. Others such as Tanner, Robinson and Moneypenny, Trevelyan we're not so sure but ...
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Language of the Moria password in The Fellowship of the Ring

At the gates of Moria there is a riddle on the door. "Speak Friend and Enter". Frodo then asks Gandalf "What is the elven word for 'Friend'?" who replies and the door opens. Given Moria is a ...
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At which dream level did Inception end?

In the ending of Inception, there is some doubt that Cobb is in real world. But if he is not in real world then at which level of the dream is he? Starting at the presumed 'real world' as the first ...
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Top-billed actor with the least screen time

What is the least amount of screen time, relative to the total running length, that the single highest-billed actor (or actress) has ever had in a feature-length, non-experimental film? (For the ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when the movie tricks you for a moment like this?

I know I've noticed this effect many times but I can only think of the most recent example: At the end of a scene, someone (bad) is locked out via mechanical door, and is pressuring the people inside ...
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Did Ned Flanders murder anyone?

In the last scene of this gif Ned throws a body out. The end of it is seen here: What's going on? The rest of the gif shows that he's doing regular stuff, as seen in the full video:
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Jon Snow and the White Walker, please explain

In "Hardhome", the eight episode of season five of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow battles a White Walker. As established White Walkers can only be killed by dragonglass. But in this battle, Jon Snow kills ...
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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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Why Keep Forming Voltron?

Like the title says, isn't it better to form Voltron, and keep Voltron formed so Voltron is always ready? Why separate after Voltron is formed? Is there some specific tactical advantage to keeping the ...
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What is the name of the movie in which eating and toilet taboos are reversed

Can anyone identify a (possibly French) film where the cultural taboos about going to the toilet and eating (not at the same time!) are reversed? I remember seeing a scene with someone knocking on a ...
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Is there an alternative cut of The Truman Show?

When I saw The Truman Show at the cinema, it was edited more heavily to make it look like a documentary about how the show was made, by whom and the actors in it, etc. Some things were mentioned ...
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How can Philip J. Fry be his own grandfather if he is sterile?

In season one, "Fry and the Slurm Factory", Bender uses the F-ray on Fry. BENDER What should we point it at first? ...
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“No Country for Old Men”, why is it called so?

One thing bugged me after watching the highly acclaimed movie "No Country for Old Men" - Why is it called so? I tried to analyze the plot and the sequences and the climax, but I could not understand ...
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The most actors playing the same role in one movie?

The most roles played by the same actor in a movie? is an interesting question, so I'm wondering about the opposite: Which movie-character was played by the most amount of distinct actors in a single ...
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Why wasn't Interstellar shot in 3D?

A large part of the story in Interstellar takes place in space and hence there are many occasions when it feels like "wouldn't it have been better to watch this scene in 3D?". Especially after Gravity,...
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Is there any reason why mostly technology deprived planets are pictured in the Star Wars movies?

Just watched the Force Awakens, and I noticed that once again, mainly low-tech planets are shown in the movie, which is at odds with the technology described. Jakku seems to be a garbage dump, the ...

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