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Why is the movie titled “The White Balloon”?

If anyone has seen The White Balloon by Jafar Panahi, could you please share your view why the title of the film is that?
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First American High School film?

I was wondering what would have been the first film to depict stereotypical ideas of American High Schools. I can only think back as far as Grease (1978) or maybe Rebel Without a Cause (1955) but I'm ...
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College-aged kid sent away for some kind of identity theft

This has been making me crazy! I've been thinking about this movie that I saw in the last 5-7 years that, I'm pretty sure, begins with a young guy being sent away from home because he got involved in ...
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Why didn't Tri-Klops see He-Man hiding in Castle Grayskull?

In the first episode of He-Man (1983), Skeletor approaches Castle Grayskull with his cronies, and says: Without He-Man to defend it, Castle Grayskull will be ours! Then the door is forced open, ...
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How does Quentin Tarantino write dialog for a language he doesn't speak?

How does Quentin Tarantino or any other screenwriter write dialog for a language he doesn't speak? I have never found any mention of Tarantino being able to speak in any language other than English. ...
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572 views

Why was Steve Gomez not promoted and did not move to El Paso?

Since Hank turns down the offer to return to El Paso, Steve Gomez is promoted instead of him. However, later in the series, in seasons 4 and 5, Steve Gomez is still in ABQ, working with Hank. Why is ...
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Why does Xerxes think he's a god?

In 300 (2006), why does Xerxes consider himself a god? Is there a back story for him somewhere?
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Who or what was Hummingbird?

In the Jason Statham film Hummingbird (AKA 'Redemption' & 'Crazy Joe'), who or what was 'Hummingbird'? I guessed it was his operative name in the special forces, but could not confirm that from ...
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When did the writers plan that Monica and Chandler would get together?

When did the writers plan Monica and Chandler were going to get together in Friends? I am wondering how far in advance it was planned, as there's such a long history between the two characters.
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How did Daniel Atlas get the “Suck It” card into Thaddeus Bradley's pocket?

In the scene where Thaddeus Bradley visits the Four Horseman before their second show, J Daniel Atlas performs a trick where he somehow gets a card with the words "Suck It" into Thaddeus Bradley's ...
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Wouldn't Thaddeus Bradley having all of the money stuffed into his car demonstrate his innocence?

For the Four Horseman's final trick, they steal a safe and pack all of the money into Thaddeus Bradley's car in a way that would prevent you from being able to get into the car, let alone drive it. At ...
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Wouldn't Arthur Tressler's bank return all of his money under the circumstances?

In the movie "Now You See Me", during the second magic show, the Four Horseman steal all of Arthur Tressler's money and give it away to people who had previously held insurance agreements with one of ...
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Would the plot have worked without Salino?

Would the plot of The Sting have worked if the character of Salino had never been introduced? While she does kill one of Lonnegan's other assassins, she doesn't appear to impact the plot in any other ...
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The confusion between Hooker and Kelly

In The Sting, a key element lies in the fact that Lonnegan and his people do not realise that Hooker and Kelly are the same person. Why is this? Questions to consider: How do Lonnegan's two goons ...
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Why the subterfuge by Salino?

In The Sting, Loretta Salino, Lonnegan's assassin, masquerades as a waitress in a diner in order to get close to Hooker. Why the need for all the subterfuge? Considering how easily she herself was ...
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148 views

How does the 2012 storyline connect to the prior storylines in Cloud Atlas?

In Cloud Atlas, the timelines are not only connected mystically through reincarnation and imagery of past lives (broad explanation), but directly via stories transferred over time. Half of the ...
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Is the ending of the movie “Taking Lives” legally justified?

My question is if this whole sacking of Scott & her living secluded, pregnant, was a set up to catch Asher/Costa, as he would come to her, How can Scott kill him? She is bound by the law, this ...
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992 views

Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries

What is the connection between Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries? Is it Carrie Bradshaw's childhood days shown in The Carrie Diaries? If so what happens to Carrie's sister in The Carrie Diaries? ...
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What happened to Saul's right hand man Huell?

In the last season of Breaking Bad, Hank and Gomez put Saul's right-hand man Huell in their custody and instructed him not to leave until they said so. A few episodes later Hank and Gomez are killed ...
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What role does God (the character) play post season five?

AFAIK the original story arc ended in season five, before they started writing new material. All I remember is that there was some sort of conspiracy going on within the ranks of the angels and that ...
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97 views

Why does Dormer hesitate to sign Ellie's report?

During the course of Insomnia Ellie is given the task of investigating the death of Det. Eckhart, who is supposed to have been shot by the killer, but who we know was shot by his partner Det. Dormer. ...
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161 views

Who is this man changing the name of Little Dice to Li'll Z?

In the movie City of God, who was the man that Changes the name of Li'll Dice to Li'll Z?
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263 views

Nanny kills mother of the house in a bathtub

All I can seem to remember from this film (pretty sure it was a tv movie) is the scene where the nanny is confronting the mother of the house in the bathtub. While they talk to each other the nanny ...
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785 views

What happens to unbroadcasted episodes of cancelled series?

Recently the CBS sitcom "We Are Men" was cancelled after just two episodes aired. I imagine that several more episodes of the show had been filmed. Am I correct? And if so, what will happen to these ...
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Did anyone ever actually take home the goat from “Let's Make A Deal”?

After reading today's XKCD, I've actually become curious. Is there any record of a contestant actually wanting to go home with the goat (or other Zonk!) on Let's Make a Deal?
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812 views

Why are the movie adaptations of the Robert Langdon book series in a random order?

The movie adaptations of the Robert Langdon book series have been released in the wrong order. The order of the books is "Angels & Demons", "The Da Vinci Code", "The Lost Symbol", and then ...
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339 views

What were the numbers shouted by the dwarf woman?

A dwarf woman character appeared a few times in The Best Offer, reciting some numbers. During her final appearance, the numbers and their meaning were obvious. During a previous scene, she probably ...
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473 views

Was Tony the Boss of the family in the Sopranos pilot?

I just watched the pilot of the Sopranos. In the pilot there is no mention of Jackie Aprile who is the boss of the family. There is also a scene where Junior Soprano snaps at Tony "You may run North ...
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73 views

Phillip Marlowe: How many films?

I recently attended a 24 Hour Film-Noir-A-Thon, which was brilliant (if not a little exhausting), and talking to some of the other patrons they were discussing the lack of Philip Marlowe movies, him ...
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211 views

Why “Terminator Salvation” and not “Terminator: Salvation”?

After the success of The Terminator, most of the titles of the franchise have followed the "Terminator: subtitle" template. Examples include: Terminator 2: Judgment Day Terminator 3: Rise of the ...
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260 views

How did Skynet know about Kyle Reese?

In Terminator Salvation, Skynet casts Kyle Reese and John Connor as its two most wanted humans. How did it know about Kyle Reese's existence? John Connor's story as something of a messiah appears to ...
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248 views

What was Skynet doing with the humans in San Francisco?

In Terminator Salvation, we see Skynet capturing humans and herding them in its main facility in San Francisco. What was the purpose of this exercise? Was it trying to locate Kyle Reese? Or was it ...
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767 views

Why did Jules have to give Ringo $1,500?

In one of the more famous Pulp Fiction scenes, Jules and Vincent are eating at a diner when Ringo and Honey Bunny decide to rob it. Their attempt doesn't go well. At one point, Jules tells Ringo to ...
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690 views

What does the title “Prisoners” mean?

While the title of the movie Prisoners could obviously refer to all the different protagonists who have literally been imprisoned or held captive at one point or another (the girls by Mrs. Jones, Alex ...
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502 views

What was Walt doing between leaving Grey Matter and becoming a school teacher?

There is a flashback scene in Breaking Bad in which young Walt and Skyler are buying their house. Walt sounds very optimistic about his career opportunities, suggesting that they should not buy a ...
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202 views

Why choose 'Black Orpheus' (Orfeu Negro)?

Arcade Fire recently released (through their official YouTube account here) a video containing their entire new album, Reflektor, played over the film Black Orpheus. What do the two have to do with ...
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841 views

Kids TV show with a flying couch

Can anyone remember the name of this show? I remember it has a flying couch.
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851 views

Was Coulson dead or near-dead? Is Tahiti a metaphor?

In Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Coulson makes repeated references to his having been brought back from the dead after having been stabbed by Loki. Wasn't he confirmed dead in Avengers? Or ...
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What is the significance of the painting of Tony Soprano in the generals uniform with the horse?

In the Sopranos there was a painting of Tony Soprano with his horse Pie-O-My. After Pie-O-My dies Tony ordered for the painting to be destroyed. Instead of destroying it Paulie Gaultieri keeps it on ...
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Why are there no computers in Saajan's office?

In the Bollywood movie, The Lunchbox, why are there no computers in Saajan's (Irrfan Khan) office? I was surprised to see that all the employees were doing their work manually where they all were ...
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Why does Robert Angier not use a double for “The Real Transported Man”?

Why does Robert Angier choose to die everyday instead of using the machine just once to create his clone? Here are some reasons that I don't think justify his act. Ego issues: It didn't work well ...
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379 views

Why did Walt leave his gun on the couch when Jesse came to confront him?

This question is about "End Times", the twelfth episode of the fourth season of Breaking Bad. When Jesse learned that Brock had been poisoned, he came over to Walt's house to confront him. Walt ...
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How much planning time do the contestants have?

In the TV show The Great British Bake Off, contestants are set a number of challenges. For example in the final they had to create: A picnic pie Two types of pretzels A wedding cake A lot of the ...
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How was Walt unharmed after throwing the mercury fulminate on the floor in Tucos office?

In season 1 of Breaking Bad, Jesse visits Tuco in order to make a drug deal. Tuco takes Jesse's meth, beats him pretty severely, and doesn't pay him. Later, Walt visits Tuco to make a deal and get ...
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How accurate is the depiction of the KGB?

The movie Commander Hamilton (orig.: Hamilton) seems to be set roughly at the time it was produced (1998), due to its use of cell phones and Russia instead of the Soviet Union, as well as the ...
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Father moves family into house where previous family was killed, might be the killer

I saw a trailer for a movie a while back where this guy moves into this old house with his family. Strange stuff starts happening they find out the previous family was murdered. Then, surprise ...
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346 views

What is the law enforcement structure of Sleepy Hollow/Westchester County?

In the pilot episode of Sleepy Hollow, Abbie is identified as a lieutenant in the Westchester County PD, working under Sheriff August Corbin. Later, after Corbin's death, she introduces herself to ...
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874 views

Why would Gus do business with Walter knowing his brother in-law was a DEA agent?

The first time Walt sold Gus meth was toward the end of season 2 of Breaking Bad after they met in Los Pollos Hermanos. Guss trait as a careful man is highlighted several times. One example was his ...
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Was the member 'Tick' always supposed to be a part of the colony?

In season 2 of Discovery's 'The Colony' later in the series a man named Tick reveals himself to the rest of the group. This brings their number up to 10, which is the same number that the first season ...
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351 views

How did Andy know for sure that the tree in Buxton was still there after 19 years?

In The Shawshank Redemption, Andy told Red about his dream of the pacific ocean and at last when Andy is about to break out he told Red to visit a specific hayfield near Buxton to retrieve a package. ...

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