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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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1answer
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Was it arranged?

Was the win in Southpaw arranged? I'm asking this based on the fact that Hope himself mentions Jordan Mains 'paying' a decision win over Night Train early in the movie. Also, it's a close fight for ...
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4answers
401 views

80s 90s Sci Fi Movie - one scene with flying knife auto aiming at a protagonist saved by lifting a chair

I have watched this movie as a kid about 20 years ago, my memory is sketchy, but one scene stuck. Scene: Cantina or bar. Protagonist gets surprise attacked by someone launching a self propelled ...
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2answers
1k views

Why was Terry killed?

In Roman Polanski's classic Rosemary's Baby, Terry Gionoffrio throws herself from a window. Is it ever explained why she killed herself? Was she under some kind of spell or is it just a plot ...
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1answer
248 views

In Family Guy, who voiced GRR Martin?

In the Family Guy episode "Pilling them Softly", Brian and Stewie go to a book fair where they meet George RR Martin. Who voiced the character? Was it Martin himself, or a different voice actor?
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6answers
46k views

What was wrong with Betty's hands?

Early in the first season of Mad Men, Don Draper's wife Betty seems to be suffering from some kind of affliction that makes her hands go numb. She eventually sees a psychiatrist and the whole thing ...
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1answer
163 views

Is “Absolutely Anything” a remake?

Today I saw a trailer for the forthcoming Simon Pegg / Monty Python film Absolutely Anything. The plot, as far as I can tell from a trailer, is identical to that of the 1936 H.G.Wells classic The Man ...
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6answers
5k views

Why would the Joker have half of the money?

In the warehouse scene, the Joker lights the stack of money on fire and says Don't worry, I'm only burning my half. The mafia guy doesn't seem to have much of a reaction to this comment, though ...
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1answer
151 views

Movie about a psychic teenage girl going to haunted house

When I was a kid, I always watched my mother's collection of horror movies when she wasn't home. I remember one particular movie about a group of people (including a psychic teenage girl who doesn't ...
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3answers
383 views

Did the Basterds actually change anything?

Hitler was definitely shot to death by the Basterds but he would have died in the fire anyways. Shoshanna had everything planned well to trap everyone in theatre including her, there was no escape. So ...
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3answers
2k views

Is the movie “Vacation” (2015) a sequel, reboot, or remake?

I saw the movie "Vacation" (2015) on DirecTv last night. I consider the new movie to be a sequel to the original film (National Lampoon's Vacation, 1983), since the plot revolves around the character ...
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5answers
22k views

Why are some actors uncredited in certain films?

Eli Wallach appears in Mystic River. Olivia Williams plays a role in X-Men: The Last Stand. However, neither of them (according to IMDb) is credited in the movie. These two instances are simply ...
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2answers
2k views

What is the problem with a planet where everything is “on a cob”?

In season 2, episode 10 of Rick and Morty, "The Wedding Squanchers", Rick and the Smith family evaluate an Earth-like planet for habitation, only to discover that everything is "on a cob" (Video). ...
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3answers
488 views

Film with a hero whose memories of last years are erased

There is a film that my friend saw 10 years ago, but remembers only the plot. Is there anyone who knows what film is he talking about? Here is the plot. The film is about a man, who doesn't remember ...
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2answers
148 views

Significance of Rorschach's journal at the end of The Watchmen

After the world was saved and temporary peace occurred, what is implied when Rorschach's journal (he left it before he's going to deal with Adrian Veidt) is found?
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1answer
164 views

Need help, cannot find this movie!

I watched a movie on cable (most likely on IFC or Sundance, but possibly another paid movie channel) sometime between 2004 and 2006. I watched it, along with "House of Spirits" a few times back to ...
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0answers
204 views

The Last Man On Earth Plot Trick

I was watching The Last Man On Earth S02E05 and I was assuming it was the body of Gordon (Will Ferrell) from episode 1 in the fridge the whole time and Todd was doing cannibalism but then it was ...
8
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1answer
176 views

Ripple effect in Back to the Future saga

The ripple effect caused by Marty in 1955, takes a week to reach 1968 in which he was born and begin to make him disappear. Why the ripple effect caused by Doc in 1885 only takes a few seconds to ...
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1answer
109 views

Teenager picked up a radio signal from space that was trying to warn people of earth that the sun was going supernova

I remember watching a movie years ago about a teenager in Cali that picked up a radio signal from space that was trying to warn people of earth that the sun was going supernova. So he listened, he and ...
3
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0answers
170 views

Textual vs material representation in Blade Runner cinematography

Do the cinematography techniques in Blade Runner use textual representation (image as text) or material representation (image as presence) in order to convey the themes or motifs of the film? I ...
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3answers
7k views

In the children's show Toopy and Binoo, Is Binoo a boy or a girl?

Help me settle a debate with my 5 year old daughter. In the children's show Toopy and Binoo, is Binoo a boy or a girl?
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1answer
472 views

What's the problem with the temperature getting to 88 degrees?

In the Black Books episode "Fever", the characters are complaining that the temperature might get all the way up to 88 degrees. They're in the UK, so I'd assume they mean 88 C, but that's ...
6
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1answer
1k views

70s movie ends with a train/car crash

I saw it on TV in the 80s, as best as I can recall it was produced in the 70s. I have no idea about title, actors, or plot, but I do remember the ending: A man and a woman were driving on country ...
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6answers
5k views

Is it possible to tell who is who in each scene?

After reading the answer to this question: Why doesn't Borden know which knot he tied?, in which Angler was told by the wrong twin which knot resulted in his wife's death. Is it possible to tell ...
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1answer
89 views

Is the black egg on House's desk a reference to Tesla's 'Egg of Columbus'?

Is the black egg on House's desk a reference to Tesla's 'Egg of Columbus'? e Image from here.
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5answers
6k views

Why was McGarrett wearing an Army uniform?

I don't normally watch Hawaii Five-0, so I'm not familiar with the intricacies of the characters' histories, but last night I watched an episode from Season 3 (episode 20) titled "Olelo Paʻa", or "The ...
3
votes
1answer
103 views

Which was the first reality competition TV program that used the now common format of eliminating one contestant each episode?

It's now a common trope of the genre, whether it's getting kicked off the island or being told "You're fired!" but somebody had to have come up with this first. Who created the episode-ending ...
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1answer
512 views

Why does the desert facility explode?

During Spectre, Bond and Swann escape Blofelds desert facility, only for it to explode. WHY/HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? Bond is stripped of weapons (except the concealed explosive within his wristwatch) ...
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1answer
56 views

Music Before Eric Idle's “Storytime/Children's Stories” in Monty Python Season 1 Episode 3?

There's some springy orchestral music that plays as an introduction to Eric Idle's "Children's Stories" sketch in Season 1 Episode 3. This is the sketch where Rumple Tweezer lives by Dingly Dell and ...
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5answers
11k views

The Quiet Earth conclusion analysis

The conclusion of The Quiet Earth (1985) has Zac pushing the explosive detonator button just as the sun experiences its "effect" probably from the distortion of time and space. (See the finale ...
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5answers
8k views

How come the unsullied are overwhelmed so easily?

Ever since their introduction in Season 3 of Game of Thrones, The Unsullied had the reputation of being the finest trained army in Westeros, but in S05E04 how come a bunch of Unsullied soldiers (who ...
2
votes
1answer
50 views

Car stopped on side of road, passengers threatened with being shot if they try to get out of the car or call for help

So I only remember seeing the trailer for this movie, it was fairly new, definitely in the 2000s most like 2010 or later. In the trailer this family or friends is driving along a road when something ...
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0answers
33 views

How does arresting Ian exempt Ben of his jail sentence?

In National Treasure, Agent Sadusky reminds Ben that "someone's gotta go to prison". Ben asks him to reach Boston and arrest Ian and his gang. They are obviously guilty as well, but what does it have ...
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1answer
123 views

Movie with two orphan boys

I saw a movie about late 70s, when I was a child. It was about two orphans, a black and a white boy. They became very close friends and one night, I don't remember why, they were out and it was very ...
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0answers
99 views

What is the significance of the cat in the movie “Gone Girl”?

Throughout the movie "Gone Girl", there is an orange house cat that appears in numerous scenes. Is this some kind of symbolism?
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1answer
68 views

Movie where kids are transported to an unknown planet in the galaxy/universe

I only saw the trailer for this several years ago (post 2000's) about earth being able to transport people to a planet that they don't know where it is. The trailer described it as a, now contest, ...
1
vote
1answer
144 views

Movie/TV where guys eyes hurt, tear, and burn like crazy while proposing his love to a woman

I'm looking for a movie or possibly a TV show with the following scene in it: One guy gives another guy a little flask with a clear liquid in it and tells him to apply a few drops underneath his eyes ...
5
votes
1answer
831 views

What is number chart on sniper rifle?

I was watching the movie "American Sniper", In the first 30 minutes scene ,when Chris Kyle is observing the Afghan woman and child carrying Russian Grenade. There is a number chart pasted on his ...
7
votes
1answer
690 views

What is Bond's first line in Spectre?

At the beginning of the new James Bond film, Spectre, we see Bond and an anonymous girl go into a hotel room. Right at it looks like they're about to begin a romantic interlude, he turns to go. She ...
4
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2answers
743 views

Why was Butch's taxi ride background black and white?

In Pulp Fiction, Butch has a scene where he takes the cab. In this scene, the background is black and white, and is quite surreal. I am guessing there is a reason for this, most likely a reference ...
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vote
1answer
99 views

Thriller/sci-fi movie identification [duplicate]

I am looking for this thriller/sci-fi movie. The main plot is that passengers and crew of an airplane travel to the world that is "behind" time in real world by flying through portal in sky. Anyone ...
7
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2answers
465 views

What's with the “wobbly” swords in Chinese martial arts movies?

In various martial arts movies set in China, we see swords that are "wobbly" (for lack of a better term). Sometimes the effect is subtle, visible only if you pay attention to the moment when two ...
3
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0answers
143 views

Movie with some type of creature/alien

I was a kid when I first saw a glimpse of this movie (my parents sent me to bed afterwords for being a creepy movie), but I clearly remember: A scene in which two lab coaties are in a room, a ...
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6answers
81k views

Explanation of the ending of A Clockwork Orange

The ending of the film perplexed me a bit. The main hero says, quote, "I was cured alright". While that could be interpreted as honest and truthful, the final scene (the fantasized orgy) makes me ...
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5answers
15k views

What does the “they've gone to plaid” joke mean?

When Dark Helmet orders Spaceball One to go to ludicrous speed, we see it leave a trail of plaid behind. Is this a reference to a specific movie or language idiom?
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2answers
322 views

Couple has a romance, one of them jumps off a building

I'm trying to find the name of a movie I saw someone cut and edit as a music clip online. I can't find the video so I'm looking for the original film as a result. The film was set in blue/grey tones, ...
4
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2answers
346 views

Did Batman Beyond's version of Superman have any inspiration from previous works?

In Batman Beyond S03E06/07, Superman appears in a very different version of his costume and looks a bit older, as shown below: But it was never made clear why he is wearing such a different costume ...
3
votes
1answer
7k views

Cartoon similar to Transformers and Voltron with big animal robots

Some time in the 90's maybe early 2000's. It was a TV cartoon show featuring these people who would man these huge robot animals and ride around in them. Not sure on the plot but it basically ...
2
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0answers
109 views

Hero sees an opponent reflecting in someone's sunglasses

I remember a movie which has the following scenes: The Hero is tied with ropes to a chair and he manages to tear the rope with a piece of broken glass. The Hero climbs up or down a mountain. Hero is ...
0
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1answer
126 views

What is the IMDb Title of this Chinese movie about Yang Yuhuan?

This movie was telecast on Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC). The story of the movie deals with Yang Yuhuan. I like this movie very much. All the actors performed well. I found a movie clip of ...

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