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Why didn't the fellowship use eagles to travel into Mordor?

Inspired by this parody, why didn't Frodo and the fellowship use eagles to travel (even part of the way) into Mordor?
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What is the significance of the “Argo fuck yourself” phrase?

What was the significance of the phrase 'Argo fuck yourself'? It is first uttered by Siegel (Arkin) when asked by a reporter at the reading of the fake movie, as to what Argo meant. It is later ...
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What happened at the end of The Grey?

I am confused, what happened at the end of The Grey (2011)? Did Ottway die or did he manage to survive?
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What is the symbolism of the uncrossable bridge in Melancholia?

In Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) there are two scenes of the sisters riding their horses. Both end with Justine's (Kirsten Dunst) horse Abraham refusing to cross a small bridge. In the second ...
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Why didn't Magnussen's bodyguards search Sherlock and Watson for weapons?

In the His Last Vow (s03e03) episode when Charles Augustus Magnussen first come to meet Sherlock his bodyguard searched Sherlock and Watson for weapons. But at the climax when the detective duo ...
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Why is “Based on a True Story” used?

I have had little to no interest in a movie that claims it is "Based On a True Story" since Fargo. It's well known that it was a lie that Fargo was based on a true story. There are many movies though ...
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What is the significance of the statue given to Hank?

Hank is given a little statue in one episode of Breaking Bad, which looks like a railway employee from his cloths, with the phrase 'know your enemy'. Which he hands over to his partner later. So what ...
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How much of a film's revenue comes from its cinema release?

Very often when a film's success is being judged, its opening few weeks takings are considered. However many films and franchises also generate revenue from DVD/BluRay sales and merchandise. What ...
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In “Prometheus” why bring anyone but David-type androids?

In the movie "Prometheus" the android David flawlessly executes a seemingly endless range of tasks: learns to read and speak an alien language shoots a basketball with precision keeps the spaceship ...
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Evidence for and against the ending of Dark Knight Rises

I've heard a few people mention that the ending of Dark Knight Rises, where Alfred sees Bruce and Selina at the bistro in Italy, was just a dream. When I watched it I thought it was really happening. ...
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Have there been other cinematic crossovers like the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

I know this has been covered very similarly in this question, but as opposed to just cross-overs, have there been other attempts at creating a cinematic universe? Freddy vs Jason, Aliens vs Predator, ...
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Why did Magnussen need to pressure so many people to get to Mycroft?

In the last episode season 3 of Sherlock, The Last Vow, Magnussen seems to use a very circuitous approach to beating Mycroft, whom he regards as essentially the head of England. My question is, if ...
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When and why did the decline of Musicals in American Cinema happen?

It seems to me that musicals are much less common in the American Film Industry these days in comparison to the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Of course, I'm not saying that they never make musicals (e.g. ...
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Did Angier know that Borden was backstage at his final magic show?

I recently rewatched The Prestige and find this question to be central to understanding the plot. In the final narration Cutter seems to be challenging the audience to discover a further, hidden ...
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Why don’t Bruce Banner’s pants rip open when he turns into the Hulk?

Why don’t Bruce Banner’s pants rip open when he turns into the Hulk? Is it because nobody really needs to see Hulk-junk. :)
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Why did Jose give Cole the gun?

At the airport Cole meets Jose who gives him a gun and instructs him to kill Dr. Peters. Now the question is - why? They make it clear in the film that the past cannot be altered and that is why he ...
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Why did Lovett invite Rose aboard his search boat in Titanic?

The opening to Titanic shows Rose "Dawson" watching a TV news report of Brock Lovett's ship searching the Titanic wreckage. She then makes a phone call to Lovett during which a private conversation ...
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What type of mental illness does Nina suffer from?

What type of mental illness does Nina suffer from? It looks like she has schizophrenia. Her mother also appears to be unwell or just extremely overbearing.
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How are dual-role films shot?

How are dual/double role films shot in which the actor is shown on the screen at the same time in the same or different z-index planes and are in a fight scene in which one actor is punching the ...
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Why not make full use of the eagles in The Hobbit?

I realize of course that if Gandalf had summoned his eagle friends at the beginning of the story, and flown the entire party to Smaug's mountain, then this would not make a particularly riveting ...
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Has the continuity timeline been established for the new X-men movies?

With the recent twitter announcement from director Bryan Singer that reveals Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will be in the new film, X-men: Days of Future Past, this has further cemented (following the ...
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Is Dogville inspired from Hitchcock's Rear Window?

Watching these 2 movies I found similarities between them. The visual city in Dogville reminds me of Rear Window, where the hero is watching to everything from his window. Is this a case of an ...
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What is the meaning of Teddy's memories of Dachau?

During his visit on Shutter Island Marshal Teddy Daniels repeatedly has traumatic memories of the liberation of the KZ Dachau during his service in WWII, where he saw the piles of corpses, let an ...
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How does Batman know to rescue Selina Kyle outside the home of John Daggett?

In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle enters the home of John Daggett to confront his henchman for a copy of software she had been promised that would erase her name and criminal record from every ...
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Where do the historical accuracies end and fiction begin in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

There are innumerable fictions in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (based on Seth Graeme Smith's 2010 novel). From the existence of vampires, to the mass collection of silver to combat the ...
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Who is this guy helping Harry Osborn?

At the end of the movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a guy meets Harry Osborn in the penitentiary and talks to Harry about unleashing villains like Rhino. Who's this guy helping Harry? Is he Harry's ...
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Why did James Moriarty decide to end it this way?

At the end of Sherlock S02E03 it simply doesn't make sense for me that James Moriarty killed himself. I mean, for me there is nothing greater than life, so why would he kill himself? I understand ...
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Will there be any more seasons of “Prison Break”?

I am a big fan of "Prison Break". And want Michael Scofield in action again. So please can anybody tell me. Will I be able to see the gang again in action or not? Are there any plans for Season 5?
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Why did the Gilligan's Island theme song change between seasons?

There was a variation of the Gilligan's Island theme song between seasons. In the first season, the theme song lists the castaways as {...} Gilligan, the Skipper too; the millionaire and his ...
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Which movie holds the record for using the highest number of extras in a scene?

Often they make use of extras in a movie scene typically for depicting a crowd, a stadium filled with people, a rally, a procession etc. I want to know that in which movie the highest number of ...
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Which film has the most direct sequels/prequels?

With the recent news that Disney has bought LucasFilm and plans to make at least 3 new films in the Star Wars series, that would make 9 films in total (presumably all linked story-wise). Would this ...
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Why is the German version of Prometheus released 2 months after the world premiere?

Usually Big Blockbusters are timed to be released in major countries at roughly the same time. This even includes movies that are dubbed for localised version. The London premiere was on 31 May 2012 ...
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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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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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To which degree was the image of the “Angel of Verdun” influenced by Jeanne d'Arc?

After Rita Vrataski proved herself a war hero in the battle of Verdun prior to the events of Edge of Tomorrow she became known and advertized as the "Angel of Verdun", a symbol of hope and a possible ...
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A black and white movie about waking up

I recall an old Twilight Zone-type movie which begins with a car driving up to a house. There are a series of events/stories told via the characters in the house but at the end (after some ...
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Is X-Men First Class based earlier in time than X-Men Origins:Wolverine?

If X-Men First Class (XFC) is based before X-Men Origins (XMO) then how did Emma Frost end up being captured by Colonel Stryker? The last we see of Emma Frost in XFC she is with Magneto and Raven, ...
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What is Godzilla and what does he know and want at all?

While at first seeming like a giant monster crushing everything in its way for the sake of its own, the Godzilla from Hollywood's 2014 take on him was in the end only hunting and killing the MUTOs ...
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Flooded quarry monster revealed to be excavator

Looking for the name of this movie that I believe is from the 1980s. There is an abandoned quarry that is filled with water. A couple of kids are playing around it and discover there is something in ...
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Was the FBI agent's book about the kidnapper?

In Prisoners, Bob Taylor is said to be obsessed with a book titled Finding the Invisible Man written by an FBI agent about "a theoretical suspect that he believed was responsible for a bunch of child ...
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Where does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline?

Is it ever made clear officially what the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is and where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D falls on it?
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Why isn't the killer of Uncle Ben killed by Spider man in The Amazing Spider Man?

A big difference between the Sam Raimi's trilogy of Spider-Man and the new Spider-Man reboot is Uncle Ben's killer is neither found, nor killed by Peter in the new movie. Why is that? I thought they ...
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Good guy defeats bad guy in a virtual reality resembling Half-life

I am looking for a movie/TV movie or maybe an episode of a series.... I don't know when it's from, probably 1997-2006. Sorry that's the best I've got. My guess is it's in the sci-fi genre. All I ...
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What happens to the hard drive with agents' names in Skyfall?

Apologies for ripping off Honest Trailers, but that was something I didn't figure out as well from watching Skyfall and it bugged me: Silva stole the hard drive with names of NATO agents, presumably ...
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Why was Alex not killed?

In Prisoners, Holly Jones and her husband were a religious couple who lost their son to cancer. This led to a loss of faith and in their thirst for revenge, they attempt to deny happiness to other ...
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Why did the Italians want Rocco killed by the Russians?

Why did Papa Joe and his Italians want Rocco killed by sending him to assassinate the Russians? Considering that Rocco was known to be part of their gang, did they want to start a war?
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Why does Ginger use DEA as her cover in Swordfish?

For a movie about hacking, technology, terrorism and patriotism, why in the world does Ginger use DEA as her cover when talking to Stan? DEA - Drug Enforcement Agency. The movie never once mentions ...
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Why would a bad defense attorney be better than a good one?

In the film Sleepers (1996), why is Michael so adamant about Danny being the defense lawyer? He says it's because Danny's something of a hack and a drunk, and that they need the situation to seem ...
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How did Nomak learn about the supposedly secret location where Blade was being held?

As per the ff: dialogue between Kounen and Blade in the film, Blade II: KOUNEN: But fortunately for us, he doesn't know this location. BLADE: Now... he does. Kounen was talking about Nomak ...
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What is the sequence of events during the denouement?

In The Best Offer's denouement, as Oldman (Rush) begins to understand exactly what has happened, there is a series of events involving him going to a restaurant in Prague, moving into a new room ...

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