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Was the ending to “How I Met Your Mother” planned from the start?

In How I Met Your Mother, Ted tells his kids the lengthy story of his life during his twenties and thirties. His "official" intention is to tell them, as per the title, how he met their mother. In ...
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How can Batman run and climb in the pits without his knee brace?

Okay so after watching The Dark Knight Rises, I spent a bit of time thinking about the film, at first I didn't get it. I understood the storyline but this major plot flaw/continuity error really ...
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Why are there a lot of Hollywood-remakes of successful non-US-movies?

The question-title is my question, but some examples: Seven samurai vs. The Magnificent Seven Nightwatch vs. Nightwatch Taxi vs. New York Taxi The Ring vs. The Ring Open Your Eyes vs. Vanilla Sky ...
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What is the name of this movie with (intelligent?) ants?

I try to remember a movie I saw long time ago on TV. It must be at the beginning of the 90s, possibly the end of the 80s. The movie might be older though. It was something about a scientist ...
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Why does Brody's wife call him by his surname?

I don't think I've ever heard Brody's wife call him "Nicholas" throughout the first two seasons of Homeland. Why does she always call him by his surname?
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Is the Good, The Bad and The Ugly set before a Fistful of Dollars?

In the Man With no Name trilogy the third movie to be made (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (GBU)) is sometimes said to be set before the first of the movies to be released, A Fistful of Dollars (FFD). ...
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Explanation for Lenny's “I've done it” tattoo

I've watched Memento quite a few times. I feel for the most part that I understand it, while most people don't. I’ve seen people go as far as to say that Lenny is Sammy Jankins which is impossible. ...
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What powers a lightsaber?

Jedi use lightsabers, some use them a lot! However you never see a lighsaber being plugged in, on charge or running out of battery. What powers a lightsaber and does it run indefinitely?
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How does Tokyo Drift fit into the time line?

In the third Fast and Furious movie - Tokyo Drift, one of the main characters in the story is Han Lue. Near the conclusion of the movie, he dies when his car explodes in a huge fireball after being ...
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What is the significance of “The Girl in Red” in Schindler's List?

"The Girl in Red" is a character talked about as much as the movie itself! However, I don't exactly understand the significance of the character itself and the usage of the color. Wikipedia ...
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An Animated Short Film About Horses Living In Heaven

A long time ago (about 16 years ago) I watched a large portion of an animated short film. Thinking about it now, I'm not sure it was suitable for an audience of 6-8 year olds. I still have some very ...
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Who was the first actor/actress who made the move from Adult to Non-Adult movies full time?

This question is obviously inspired by Sasha Grey's entrance into mainstream moviemaking in Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience". Was there a Adult actor or actress who made such a move ...
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How true is the plot of 'Arrow' to the comic?

While I've read a few of the Green Arrow comics, I honestly don't remember much of it including anything about Oliver Queen's origins. Does he even have an origin story? How true is the plot of the TV ...
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Can the Omega in “Edge of Tommorow” be killed?

In the movie Edge of Tomorrow , is it possible to kill the omega? Because it seems to me that every time it is killed it will reset the time. At the end Cage killed the omega but still he was ...
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How did the police department survive, and why were they allowed to?

Here's another aspect from The Dark Knight Rises that I was confused about (at the risk of getting overly picky). During the course of the film, the Gotham PD is trapped by Bane underground, and it ...
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2answers
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Why does Walt go by Heisenberg?

In Breaking Bad, Walter White chooses to go by Heisenberg. I know that there has to be some significance behind both why Walt chose the name and why the writers chose that name as opposed to any other ...
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950 views

The Matrix vs. eXistenZ: how did they influence each other?

It cannot have happenend by sheer coincidence that in the first quarter of 1999 two tightly related movie pictures were released - the Wachowski brother's The Matrix and David Cronenberg's eXistenZ - ...
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Was Bane's dialogue spoken during filming or dubbed in during post?

In the film The Dark Knight Rises, Bane wears a mask that covers the bottom half of his face. This obscures his mouth and jaw such that it's pretty hard to tell when the actor is actually speaking. ...
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1k views

Why the Robots were like this?

In Interstellar, why robots are so different from conventional robots. I mean, mostly its tried to made robot more humanly looking but they made them squares, why?
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2answers
4k views

What are the content differences between the 70mm 'Roadshow' print, and the wide distribution digital release?

The Hateful Eight is being released in two formats. Currently, a 70mm "Roadshow" edition is screening in limited theatres, and in a week, a different cut of the film is being released to wide ...
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199 views

Where did the “dream effect” originate?

When a TV or movie character begins to dream (or daydream), there is a common set of effects used to communicate that to the audience: Whitened screen or edges (a "cloudy" effect) Sometimes a brief ...
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332 views

Why doesn't Batman kill?

Why does Batman not kill? He could have at least killed the Joker in The Dark Knight when he had the chance instead of handing him to the law. He would've done the world a great favour.
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Does Bane's voice change in this scene because of plot?

There's a part in The Dark Knight Rises that's stumped me, where it sounds like Bane's voice is suddenly and significantly changed -- beyond his normal post-production mask-speak. It sticks out so ...
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732 views

Nineties sitcom about small software company

I am trying to identify an old TV show with the following properties: Was broadcast in the early 1990s in South Africa, but the show likely came from the United States The main characters were a ...
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Did Natalie really help Leonard or was she just using him again?

We know that the first time Natalie set Leonard up to get someone (a thug named Dodd), her motivation was selfish, and she deceived Leonard in the process. However, when she helps him find the John ...
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What happened at the end of A Most Wanted Man?

Here is my understanding of the end of A Most Wanted Man: the German agents led by Philip Seymour Hoffman's character Gunther set up a sting operation to film Abdullah breaking the law, with the ...
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1answer
140 views

From which years are the Terminators sent back?

From which years in the future are the terminators in Terminator 1, 2 and 3 sent back?
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Why did Bicycle Thieves end so abruptly?

I read that Bicycle Thieves is one of Leonardo DiCaprio's favorite movies of all time. I saw it. It just ended abruptly. I was really hopeful for a happy ending that he would win his bike back but ...
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Is there any difference between a “Walker” and “Zombie”?

Is there any difference between the terms "Walker" and "Zombie" as used in the Walking Dead?
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2answers
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What is the term called for the sudden blackout before the suspense scene?

Mostly in the cartoons and in some TV series or movies sometimes the screen turned black mid-between a sudden surprise scene, which impacts great to maintaining goosebumps. The last i noticed this is ...
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Ending of Silent Hill

I have recently watched Silent Hill again, but I couldn't really understand it's ending. Rose and Sharon seem to be forever trapped within the foggy dimension, but neither of them seems to be really ...
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470 views

How is Bucky even alive?

When you think about it, not a lot of the story on how they kept Bucky alive makes sense. He was shot out of a speeding train and fell to unknown depths, only to be found by Strategic Science Reserve ...
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885 views

IMAX DMR vs 35mm film

I am planning to watch Interstellar, but I'm wondering which version I should watch. It has been released on a wide variety of media, among them classic 35mm film and IMAX. So I'm not sure if I should ...
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670 views

Murder in eight different perspectives

I am looking for a movie which depicts a murder in eight different perspectives. I think it's a whodunit plot movie I saw the ad once on TV where they show something like a influential person like ...
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1answer
397 views

What are the subplots common to both The Force Awakens and A New Hope?

After watching The Force Awakens, I couldn't help but think it's a total remake of A New Hope given the amount of similar subplots. I've listed entire subplots of both movies that are identical in ...
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Movie where author writes the life of some guy?

A few years ago, I remember something about a movie where an author is writing a book (or movie) and, as she writes it, the plot comes to life in a random guy's life? Sorry for the vagueness, but I ...
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Are there union rules requiring stunt performers, and what does this mean for action stars who “do their own stunts”?

In an answer to this question, it is mentioned offhand: There are almost no "live shots" of this as it is technically a stunt and according to union rules ( at least in Hollywood) that requires a ...
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Actors common to both Pleasantville and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Who are the actors common to both Pleasantville and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? As part of my grieving process over the death of Paul Walker1 who was in the Fast & the Furious franchise, I was ...
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80s/90s Film- teenage girl is kidnapped, falls in love with cop who rescues her.

Need help with a movie made in late 80's or early 90's about a teenage girl who has a cop help her and he falls for her. She goes to find her sister who is dead. There's a drug lord who kidnaps the ...
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404 views

A movie about a secret organisation

I'm looking for a movie some time ago, it goes like this. Person A lives a normal life until he meet person B. While they are together A takes B's phone by accident and discovers that B is a member ...
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2answers
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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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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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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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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 changes were made to the Star Wars Blu-ray and what effect did they have on the plot?

The recently released Blu-ray edition of Star Wars has a few changes made personally by George Lucas. The most striking is Darth Vader's "No!" in episode VI. Why were these changes made, and do such ...
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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 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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Red's parole hearings in The Shawshank Redemption

In The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Red has three parole hearings. For the first two, in 1947 (YouTube link) and in 1957, he tells the parole board what he thinks they want to hear, and is ...
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2answers
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Why are 3D films so dark?

Why are 3D films so dark? I watched Brave yesterday and the film was so dark (light wise) in places that it was hard to make out what was happening. Why are 3D films darker than 2D films and does it ...
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Why do Bollywood movies have song and dance sequences?

Unlike Hollywood movies, Bollywood movies are quite different, because they're usually mixed with masala i.e dance, song and love sequences. This is the case in most films which are released in ...

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