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Movie about an old lady who takes the blame for murders committed by a serial killer

The movie begins with some statement like: this is based on a true story, but the parts that are hard to believe is the part that happened in reality! "Go figure" -- I don't remember it exactly. The ...
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860 views

What is the machinery at the top of the elevator in Mission: Impossible?

Towards the beginning of the film Mission: Impossible, the first person on the team to die is Jack. He's on top of the elevator when it starts uncontrollably accelerating towards the top of the ...
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223 views

stand up comedy show in early 80s

In the early 80s, I remember watching a stand-up comedy special with several now-famous comedians and it was hilarious. It had Seinfeld, and Reiser as they were just starting out. I can't remember if ...
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639 views

Horror Ghost Movie; Water dripping from basement knob

Well I've been trying to get the name of this movie for years. It aired on TV in Canada at least 5 years ago. Here goes: I think the movie may or may not have "lakehouse" in the title. The movie ...
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122 views

Guy lives in dumpy hotel in turn of century Los Angeles

I'm trying to think of a movie I saw a few years back. It is about a writer or a detective, he moves to L.A. before it was a major city and lives in a dumpy hotel room. He has run ins with a beautiful ...
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292 views

What is the “moral” in Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite)?

After watching and enjoying "City of God," I was highly recommended to watch "Elite Squad." While it's an enjoyable action movie, I was left perplexed about the moral and / or theme of Elite Squad. ...
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765 views

Post-apocalyptic movie with food cans

I'm looking for a title of an movie I saw as a child (at least 25 years ago). The movie is probably produced in the '80s. It could be European, but I'm not sure about this. It could be a ...
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1k views

Movie about two sisters, one of them is professional killer

It's a movie about two sisters, one of them is professional killer. At the start of the movie the killer one meets with a man and his guards and she kill the guards with guns and the main guy protects ...
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1answer
3k views

Guy brings his friend's sister to a wedding

Movie is about a guy who needs to go to a wedding in his home town, not clear whose (might be his sister's) and he has to bring someone along because his father is terminally ill and guilt tripped ...
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2k views

What's the old guy (Chuck?)'s problem in the end of Better Call Saul episode 4 of season 1 [duplicate]

In Better Call Saul episode 4 of season 1 (the one aired on Feb 23, 2015), there's an old guy (Chuck?) in the end, who James hid the newspaper from, and apparently can't go outside without a shield ...
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382 views

Obscure movie about orphans forced to work in mill/factory

This movie has bugged me for years, I watched it on television a couple times (perhaps Disney channel but perhaps HBO) in the very early 90's. I was a young child and it sort of disturbed me. I ...
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920 views

How can I objectively assess or rate a movie? [closed]

I understand this could be an unusual question but, how can I objectively assess or rate a movie? Do critics use some set of rules to determine the quality of a movie? Is there any further reading I ...
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Why does John du Pont do that to Dave Schultz?

In Foxcatcher, we see John du Pont and Mark Schultz build some kind of friendship, based primarily on Mark's need of stepping out of his brother's shadow and John trying to impress his mother by ...
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1answer
161 views

What is the “vector analysis” used in The Bletchley Circle?

In the second episode of season one of the series The Bletchley Circle, the protagonists refer to a technique they call "vector analysis" that was used at Bletchley Park, and then apply it to a crime ...
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2answers
540 views

Why did Ford Prefect try to introduce himself to a car?

Ford Prefect has been stranded on earth for fifteen years, which leaves about nine years before he was saved by and met Arthur. How, in those nine years, did he not realize that cars weren't the ...
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1answer
120 views

How did Emmet build the Double Decker couch?

In The LEGO Movie, if Emmet was not yet a Master Builder then how did he build the double decker couch inside the submarine?
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2answers
586 views

Movie where a guy (possibly the main character) pulls his teeth out at some point

This one is one of my oldest memories about a movie so please forgive the ambiguity. I barely trust the details myself. I marked the details that I'm not sure about with *. I remember just a few ...
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12k views

Why this turn in Shae's character?

Ever since her introduction in Game of Thrones, we as viewers are made to believe that Shae was always in love with Tyrion. We are shown that she gets jealous when Tyrion was forced to marry Sansa, ...
2
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2answers
407 views

Can using fake names or pseudonyms in the credits really protect you from legal troubles?

I've seen this happen a few times but the one with the most notoriety is the South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet". That's the episode where they basically make fun of Scientology. Both because ...
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1answer
136 views

Identification of an old (black and white) drama/thriller with a twist

This one has been bugging me for years - I saw the film one afternoon about 15 years ago. Its black and white, and quite old (poss 1930's). It's set in Paris (or other European city) at some kind of ...
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1answer
291 views

Help identifying an old alien movie

I need help identifying an old alien / sci-fi movie. I think it was from the 80s or early 90s possibly. I remember a couple of things about the movie such as these scenes: The movie begins or ends ...
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0answers
280 views

When did bombs start having fancy countdown timers?

I think that it's widely considered that bombs with cute LCD displays and timers displaying the time left, all in movies and video games, are highly unrealistic, because what evil villain wants to let ...
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3answers
7k views

Help me understand the interaction between Marcus and John Wick

Marcus was given the contract to kill John Wick. Then the next thing we know that he was helping John Wick. Question is why? Did I miss anything? They must have been communicating, otherwise Marcus ...
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1answer
395 views

What movie has alien assassin feeding his own stomach “mouth”

I saw this movie when I was a kid and I was very creeped out by it. All I can remember is a White male, mid 30's, wearing black sunglasses and a black trench coat, who was secretly an alien, assassin. ...
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1answer
612 views

Movie like the song hotel california

This movie, I can't seem to find. I've been looking for years. I'm guessing it came out sometime after 2000. The plot is something like the song hotel California. Though it's four friends driving ...
2
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1answer
68 views

How does Ronnie get out of the neighbor's house while videotaping?

In Disturbia (2007), how does Ronnie get out of the neighbor's house while videotaping? Ronnie just suddenly appears in the closet and I don't think it's explained how he gets there.
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1answer
154 views

The Legendary Enormous Boulder Scene

Everyone knows this scene! Indiana Jones narrowly escapes death by a huge rolling boulder in the Raiders of the Lost Ark. However I recently watched the original Journey to the Center of the Earth ...
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1answer
218 views

What is the purpose of a mid-season finale?

With shows like The Walking Dead, why do they use a 2-part season? There are other shows like Son of Anarchy that do not have a 2-part season. Some shows such as American Horror Story take a break for ...
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1answer
2k views

Does the music festival really exist?

I saw Project Almanac today and I am not even going to ask about any of the highly illogical time travel events of the movie. Instead I want to ask about one of the events that takes place and the ...
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1answer
289 views

Is the title a homage to Back to the Future?

I am not sure why this movie was called Project Almanac. As far as I remember the protagonists just make up the name out of the blue and never mention it again, so maybe there is no significance at ...
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2answers
249 views

Why didn't Balian ask for terms with Saladin before the siege of Jerusalem in Kingdom of Heaven?

In Ridley Scott's 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven, only after the bloody 3 day siege of Jerusalem ends in stalemate do Balian and Saladin agree to terms allowing the inhabitants of the city to peacefully ...
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6answers
6k views

How does one identify a Valyrian Steel?

There were so many instances in Game of Thrones when someone unsheathes a Valyrian Steel like when Mormont presents Jon Snow with Longclaw and like the one where Brienne pulls out the reforged sword ...
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1answer
479 views

Horror movie with teenagers tormented by a summoned demon

The film starts off with 4 or 5 students that try communicating with the dead. One of them uses a hand held camera and this "demon" comes through and picks up one girl and pulls her into the darkness. ...
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1answer
3k views

Has the pronunciation of Arya Stark's name changed?

In the first few series of Game of Thrones Arya's name was pronounced Arryah (leading to her name 'arry). However towards the end of series four (particularly the fight with Brienne and The Hound) ...
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1answer
680 views

Big Trouble In Little China Ending

Yesterday I watched Big Trouble in Little China for the third time in a week. What a hidden gem this film is! Anyway my question is why did Jack Burton refuse to kiss Gracie at the end? he has ...
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2answers
7k views

Why was The Lego Movie not nominated at the Oscars?

Given that The Lego Movie displayed a new style of animation, was there any specific technical reason why it was not nominated in the category of "Best Animated Feature Film" at the 87th Academy ...
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What are the differences between the US and UK cuts of the church scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service?

I will try to avoid spoilers but this question is meant for people who HAVE seen the movie. Apparently there are three different cuts of this movie as far as I know: US cut UK cut Indonesian cut ...
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0answers
104 views

Any known cases of a person appearing in one reality TV show as having one career but later in another reality TV show as having a different career?

This question is not about following types of reality TV shows: "Big Brother" or "Jersey Shore" were the portrayed individuals are recognized as "actors"/"participants". "Cops" where the portrayed ...
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1answer
282 views

Identify this movie with a black blob-like creature breaks out of some sort of chamber

I have this vague memory of a film… could be 50s – 60s, black and white as I recall, possibly British. The scene that I remember most takes place in some sort of industrial facility, could be like a ...
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1answer
322 views

Exact french quote meaning “To want something you have to be alive”

I can't make out a quote in Pierrot Le Fou which is translated from French to "To want something you have to be alive." It's in the first part of the movie, as they first take off in the car, where ...
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1answer
163 views

An outcast, a small town, an abused kid and baseball

Saw a movie when I was younger, think it was from the USA, probably in the 90s though it could have been a re-run at that point, it's been driving me nuts lately trying to remember what it was, I only ...
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1answer
405 views

Martial arts movie where man shoots darts/arrows out of stringed instrument?

I saw this movie in the last 20-25 years - for some reason I think it was released in the 90s in the US (possibly early 2000s), but I'm not certain. Anyway, it's a martial arts movie based in China ...
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1answer
69 views

identify this Finnish movie about father who meets his son after years

It's about a Finnish drama movie. A father decides to find his son whom hasn't see for years. He goes out of his son's apartment and wait for him. The son comes back from a concert, he is a famous ...
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2answers
646 views

Why did Riggan Thomson choose to end his play that way?

The Broadway play that ex-Birdman Riggan Thomson is about to stage ends with the protagonist, played by Thomson, shooting himself in the head with a gun. And at the end of the actual premiere Riggan ...
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0answers
275 views

Was Gabriel Osbourne really a psychic?

The last three episodes of "The Mentalist" are about arresting a serial killer (Keller). In episode 11, a man named "Gabriel Osbourne" claimed to be a psychic and told the FBI about buried bodies in ...
4
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1answer
98 views

Why does Nina Myers call Palmer in episode 22 to help save Jack from the Drazens?

I've been watching season 1 of 24 for the third time, and trying to work out if Nina's behaviour does add up to the season's final plot twist. This question pretty much explains everything: Why did ...
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1answer
250 views

Why was “13” written on the wall as the train leaves District 12 in Catching Fire?

Why was "13" written on the wall as the train leaves a tunnel from District 12 in Catching Fire? This 13 would seem to me to label a tunnel to District 13 but they're on a train leaving this ...
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2answers
9k views

Was there a specific meaning behind each child in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Just curious if each child stood for some specific evil or something. I feel like Augustus Gloop stood for Glutony (his name even has some similarity), but can't quite put my finger on the other ...
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2answers
17k views

Why does Chuck ask people that enter his house if they have 'grounded themselves'?

On the show Better Call Saul, when someone enters Chuck's house, he asks Ground yourself? By which he means to leave watches, mobile phones et cetera outside of the house. Also, he doesn't have ...
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1answer
286 views

How did the US PoW infer the end of WW2?

In the 2014 movie Unbroken, at (approximately) the 1 hour 55 minute juncture, a US B-29 flies above the PoWs who were told to bathe in the water, before other B-29s do so. I personally observe that ...

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