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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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What did Black Widow say?

In the film The Avengers, Black Widow is a Russian super-spy. In the scene that introduces her, it ends with her receiving orders to bring in Dr. Bruce Banner. After receiving these orders, the ...
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What led to Firefly's cancellation?

Firefly is an awesome TV series, so much so that even after its cancellation it spawned a theatrical movie release. What was the ultimate cause of the cancellation of the TV series?
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in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?

Skyfall opens with a chase scene that culminates in Bond's partner accidentally shooting Bond instead of shooting the bad guy. The bullet hits Bond hard enough to blow him off a train into the river ...
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Why did Captain America give Nick Fury a ten dollar bill?

When Captain America walks onto the bridge of the ship, he gives Nick Fury a ten dollar bill. Is this because he is amazed by the ship or is it some reference to the fact that he is from a time when ...
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Man's wife turns back into a monster when he talks about it

I'd say it's a movie from the 80's or 90's. At one point the main character sees a monster in the street (I'd say at night, in an alley). It's quite a big monster and the monster can talk. They ...
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Did the White Walkers spare Sam?

In S02E10 of Game of Thrones, Sam hides behind a rock when the White Walkers walk by. One mounted White Walker seems to look directly into Sam’s eyes. After that the White Walker screams and all of ...
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Explain the plane scene in The Dark Knight Rises?

In The Dark Knight Rises, at the beginning of the film Bane kidnapped a guy from the plane, then he drew blood from the guy he kidnapped. And then throughout the movie I didn't see any news regarding ...
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Movie about a toy factory and war toys?

I'm looking for a movie about a toy factory. From what I remember, it was about competing sides making toys - one side made violent war toys and the others made nice friendly ones. The makers of the ...
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Why cutting an 'X' into ammunition?

I have seen this in a lot of movies and noticed it again now in "Taxi Driver". There is a scene where Robert De Niro cuts an 'X' into his pistol rounds with a knife. I don't know much about weapons, ...
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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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Toy Story 3 in Spanish

What do they do on the Spanish version of Toy Story 3 when Buzz is set to Spanish mode? Anyone out there who has seen the Spanish version?
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Does Lt. Columbo have an imaginary wife?

In several episodes of Columbo, he talks about his wife, but we never see her. In one episode based in Mexico, she is even invited to lunch, but leaves at the last moment. This seems to happen a lot - ...
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What's the significance of the Disney movie intro ident?

At the start of recent Disney movies, there's a short 30 second animation of a river with an old sailing ship, a bridge with a steam train and then the familiar Disney castle and fireworks. Is ...
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How do they prevent animal cruelty in movies?

According to a number of sources , cruelty to animals is an offence and it is punishable in most countries. But in historical film it's inevitable, because if a film is looking to be historically ...
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Why is Bob Saget the future voice for Ted Mosby'?

Well for one thing Ted is already an adult in his 30's and also isn't he telling the story to his kids in 2030 (which is only 18 years from now), so someone's voice does not change that much in 18 ...
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Is the 10th man rule purely fictional, or is it based in fact?

In World War Z, one of the characters described something called "the tenth man rule." After several disasters that NO ONE thought could happen, the Council decided that if a vote was unanimous ...
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Why does the eye surgeon help Anderton

I just watched Minority Report again and I always wonder about one part of the story. When Det. Anderton is about to get his eyes transplanted illegaly, the eye surgeon tells him, that he got ...
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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 dream he is? Starting at the presumed starting 'real world' as the ...
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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 ...
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Why exactly did Walt leave Grey Matter?

Early on in the series Breaking Bad, it is revealed that Walt and Gretchen had a history together with Elliot in the construction of their company "Grey Matter". However, one day while on vacation ...
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What does “Zero Dark Thirty” mean?

I'm looking forwards to Zero Dark Thirty, and curious to know where the title comes from. Does anyone know?
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How are injections given without injuring actors?

In the movie Contagion , Jennifer Ehle's character is shown giving herself an injection. This got me wondering. Are the injections they perform on-screen real? Do needles actually penetrate the skin ...
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Why did Vincent Vega diss Butch?

I've always wondered about this exchange of dialogue in "Pulp Fiction": Butch: You lookin' at something, friend? Vincent: You ain't my friend, Palooka. Butch: What's that? Vincent: ...
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Why didn't James Earl Jones get voice over credit for Star Wars?

I just watched Star Wars and noticed that James Earl Jones is not listed anywhere in the credits. I wanted to know why, given that he voiced Darth Vader?
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What does Walt mean by 'Inertia'?

Towards the end of 508 Gliding Over All. Walt and Jesse are awkwardly reminiscing about their times cooking in the RV. At one point, Jesse brings up the point of how much money they had made at that ...
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Who was the guy in the scene after the credits in The Avengers?

After the credits roll on The Avengers, there is a brief scene that appears to hint at who the next villain will be. I thought it looked kind of like the Red Skull, but others I saw it with disagreed. ...
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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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Why was non-linear narrative structure used in Memento?

In the movie Memento, a non-linear narrative structure was adopted. What effect does this peculiar narrative structure have on the movie watchers?
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How did they create the hole in Robert Downey Jr.'s chest for the Iron Man movie?

Don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but I'm wondering how they created the hole in Robert Downey Jr.'s chest so they can put the reactor there? Here is the video "Iron Man: Behind the ...
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Are there different endings to Cloverfield?

In particular, I'm talking about the scene at the very end, where the camera is on the happy couple in the ferris wheel. The first time I watched it, my friend pointed out the faint streak that ...
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Does it matter in which order I watch the “Man With No Name” trilogy?

I've never watched a classic Western, so I'm looking to give the genre a try. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly seems to be the most popular (and rated #4 on IMDB's top 250) so I thought I'd watch that ...
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What’s with the “dead” characters at the end?

Near the end of V for Vendetta, while the building is exploding, you see people pulling off their masks to watch it explode. During this scene you see some characters that have been previously said ...
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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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Why has no movie version of I Am Legend dared to keep the original ending?

The original book that led to the movies Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend (and have I missed any?) has a somewhat pessimistic ending (Richard Matheson's great I Am Legend). I know that ...
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Where does the barrel come from in which Bombur jumps in The Hobbit: DoS?

Just saw the second part of the Hobbit. I wonder in which barrel Bombur jumps in "Barrel down the River" scene. All the Dwarves are in their barrels floating and fighting of the Orcs then miraculously ...
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What does the “keep the fruit” term mean in Casino Royale?

In Casino Royale, when everyone orders Bond's martini cocktail, Felix Leiter, the CIA agent, says to the bartender "keep the fruit". What was he trying to say? What fruit is he referring to? Also was ...
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What is the best order to watch LotR/Hobbit franchise?

I have not watched any of the entries in the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchise and as per my knowledge The Hobbit's story occurs before LotR but the release order is different. So for better ...
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Why does Walt want to retain Jessie as his partner?

In Breaking Bad series 3, Gus organises a whole high-tech lab so Walt can make large volumes of his high quality crystal meth. The lab comes with a competent and reliable assistant. But Walt ...
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How do the writers of The Simpsons handle the character's aging and time progress?

The Simpsons has been running for a long time, how does the series handle the character's aging? There's an annual Halloween episode, so we know the years pass in Springfield, but do the characters ...
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Did James Bond fail his mission in “Skyfall”?

If I understand Skyfall correctly, James Bond's primary mission is to protect M from being killed by Silva -- despite this, near the end of the movie, M dies from a wound inflicted by Silva's men. ...
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Why didn't Doc and Marty buy “petrol” in 1885?

There was a refined petroleum product called "petrol" available as far back as 1870 which was used (among other things) to kill lice nits and as a solvent. When internal combustion engines were being ...
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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 ...
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Why does Jack Nicholson say “Here's Johnny!” in The Shining when his character is called Jack?

In The Shining, when Jack Torrance has clearly gone mad and is chopping down the bathroom door with an axe to get to his wife, why does Jack Nicholson say "Here's Johnny!" when his character's name is ...
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Why wasn't Arya left at the Eyrie?

In S4E8 of Game of Thrones, the Hound and Arya finally reach the Eyrie and are informed of Lady Arryn's death. In S4E10, Brienne finds Arya and the Hound ten miles away from the Eyrie, leaving. Why ...
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Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?

In Edge of Tomorrow William Cage is reliving the same day over and over again. The time loop always starts with Cage waking up at Heathrow, after his meeting with the General.       ...
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What does the scene during the ending represent?

In the ending of The Shining, the camera slowly zooms into a photo and closes into a person who resembles Jack Nicholson (or is it him?). What does this scene depict? How does it relate to the movie? ...
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How are Huey, Dewey, and Louie related to Scrooge?

In Duck Tales, Huey, Dewey, and Louie call Scrooge McDuck, "Uncle Scrooge". They call Donald "Uncle Donald" and Donald calls Scrooge, "Uncle Scrooge". How are they actually related to one another?
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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?
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Kill Bill ending Q & U. What does that mean?

What is the meaning of Based on the character of 'The Bride' created by Q and U that appears at the end of the film?

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