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What is the significance of the narrator's fight and Tyler Durden's subsequent actions?

In the movie Fight Club (1999), the narrator (often referred to as "Jack") struggles to keep up with and understand his alter-ego's actions and motives. In one scene, he loses his head and pounds ...
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Is the ending of Brazil a nod to An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge?

I was thinking of the ending of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and was thinking of ways it could be modernized, and suddenly the ending of Brazil popped into my head. Now, I haven't seen Brazil ...
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What exactly was the homage to Eisenstein in “The Godfather”?

While answering a previous question, I noticed that "The Godfather" was listed as an example of a movie that paid homage to Eisenstein's "Odessa Steps Sequence" from "Battleship Potemkin", according ...
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Are there references to WWE Superstars in Real Steel?

In the movie Real Steel, Atom is called the People's Champ, which seems like a direct reference to The Rock. In the final fight against Zeus, after Atom is down, he got up just like Undertaker ...
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Did Guy Ritchie pay homage to Charlie Chaplin in the first Sherlock Holmes movie?

Upon re-watching Charlie Chaplin's classic film, Modern Times (1936), I was struck by the similarities between the conclusions of the shipyard scenes in both Chaplin's film and the first Sherlock ...
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Is there a hidden meaning in the Alaska sex scene?

There seems to be a striking similarity in the ambiance in the Alaska sex scene and the one in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Was this intentional?
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Two men talk in a small room about god and other deep meaning subjects?

One of the two men wants to kill himself and he is saved by the other one. All the other scenes take place in a small apartment room where they talk about different things like family or god. Other ...
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Was Disney's The Black Hole the last film to feature an overture?

I have a soft spot for 1979's The Black Hole and, in particular, John Barry's beautiful score for it. It appears that this film, plus Star Trek: The Motion Picture (in the same year) were the last ...
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Did the original Fantomas movies also include a lot of gadgets like the movies from the 60s?

In my childhood I liked the Fantomas-movies from the 60s (1, 2, 3) with Louis de Funès as inspector Juve. I can see they are remakes of much older Fantomas-movies from 1913, 1932 and 1947. I liked ...
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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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Made for TV series on counter intelligence and CIA during cold war

I have watched this series/movie (I think netflix) but can't remember the name after trying so hard. The story spans during and after cold war era. It's about 2 friends; who join CIA, and the lead ...
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3 scenes from Total Recall: The Original vs. The remake

I've heard from several sources that the Total Recall remake is "humiliatingly bad." This may or may not be true, but no matter what, I have no intention of spending close to 3 hours to watch it. I ...
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With a million years with them, how did they ever managed to almost die?

I the movie, In Time, the main characters stole a million years but still how did they manage to almost die at the last part of the movie? Or, why did they ever put themselves in such a position that ...
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How did the jet airplane knock one of them out?

In Chronicle, the three guys learn how to fly. While playing around they end up encountering a jet airplane. In this encounter one of them gets knocked out. I didn’t see him get hit by it, so how ...
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X Files shot on location at UMD's campus?

This is a somewhat obscure question, but through a bit of Googling and a bit of background work, I've been unable to find an answer. I'm a UMD student, and have been trying to ascertain whether or ...
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What influenced the story and setting of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville?

Alphaville is one of my favorite movies. The plot, characters, and narration have always seemed very unique to me. I am wondering what influenced them, particularly the idea of a galactic capital city ...
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Movie in which time is money

I saw this movie on an American PBS station, I think in the late '70s or early '80s. The premise was very similar to the Justin Timberlake film "In Time". Time is used as currency, and people die ...
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Where did Tron Legacy take place?

In the movie Tron Legacy, Sam Flynn finds his fathers computer still running in the old arcade. After typing on the keyboard he triggers the digitizer and is transported to the grid. Where is the ...
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Was the 2012 Finnish film Iron Sky shown in full in Germany despite the multiple uses of Swastikas?

The Nazi comedy-satire movie Iron Sky features numerous swastikas throughout - on uniforms, buildings, artworks etc. As per German law post-war: The German and Austrian postwar criminal code ...
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Why were Hiro’s powers so sporadic?

In the show Heros, a character named Hiro has the ability to manipulate time (even time travel). However, in the first season his control over time travel is very sporadic, and it stays like this for ...
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Where did the creators of the Six Million Dollar Man come up with that dollar amount?

When deciding the value of the bionics for Steve Austin, how did the creators/producers come up with the six million dollar figure? Was this just to be catchy with the title, or was there an ...
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Why is Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in the Amazing Spider-man?

This is a re-telling of the origin story of Spider-man. There wasn't any girlfriend in the comic origin. I understand that a love interest is needed in a movie but why was Gwen Stacy chosen instead of ...
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290 views

District 9 - References to Apartheid

How far can the character Wikus be related to that of Biko, and his role to abolish apartheid? I've recently realized the similar phonetics of the name, so it rang a bell and the question immediately ...
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Did Rutledge lie about the “Source Code”?

Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright) explains that the Source Code is not actually time travel, but merely a computer "construct" or "simulation", using the last 8 minutes of memory a person has (in this case: ...
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Star Wars-Who REALLY shot first, revision by revision: Han or Greedo?

There has been numerous debates about who shot first in Star Wars Episode IV: Han or Greedo. It's also been rumored that who shoots first has changed between each subsequent release of Star Wars. ...
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Why was the surgery pod configured only for men in Prometheus?

In Prometheus, when Shaw touch the surgery-pod Vickers warned her not to touch it because it is rare and so expensive, but i could not understand why the operating pod was made for a male, but the ...
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Was the original Starship Troopers meant to be funny?

According to imdb Starship Troopers is an Action adventure sci-fi where "Humans of a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival." I remember going to the ...
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In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly?

In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly at the airport in the final scene i.e, the date was missing. Was it really intended and is there any implicit reason for that ...
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What led to Firefly's cancellation?

Firefly is an awesome TV series, so much so that even after its cancellation it spawned a theatrical movie release. What was the ultimate cause of the cancellation of the TV series?
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What's the purpose of the cube?

I've just watched a sci-fi horror movie called Cube. It was pretty awesome, as well as it left a lot of questions unanswered. However, the one that frustrated me a lot was, the Cube's purpose. I mean, ...
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956 views

Why has no movie version of I Am Legend dared to keep the original ending?

The original book that led to the movies Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend (and have I missed any?) has a somewhat pessimistic ending (Richard Matheson's great I Am Legend). I know that ...
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186 views

Movie depicting aliens physically connected into group-mind

I think this was a made-for-TV movie, and I think I saw it in the late '80s or early '90s. A small group of humans are fleeing on a spaceship from a bad guy, also human, on another spaceship. The ...
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What happened to the Predator blaster at the end of AVP Requiem

During a battle between the Predator and the Aliens the Predator's shoulder cannons are damaged. As a result he modifies one into a hand-held blaster. In the final battle Dallas ends up with the ...
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Identify this alien invasion movie with invisible aliens

There was a movie that came out about 1-3 years ago at most that was about an alien race that invaded Earth and they hid in plain sight, and would literally snuff people right out of thin air. I think ...
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908 views

Movie where a little boy and an alien outrun the police in a spacecraft?

I remember watching this movie on the Disney Channel around 1998, but even then it seemed old and out of date. The flying saucer was reflects like polished chrome or like a mirror and a ramp opened ...
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One-eyed, tentacled aliens that disguise themselves as humans

I saw this when I was very young, so my memories are spotty. I cannot recall if this is a movie or a TV episode (older), nor whether it was color or black and white (though my memories include ...
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Why did the Engineer at the start of the movie drink the dark liquid?

Why did the Engineer at the start of the movie drink the dark liquid? From Wikipedia: Above a waterfall, a humanoid alien consumes a dark liquid, and a hovering spacecraft departs. After ...
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Why was “The Social Network” made so quickly after Facebook took off?

The movie was released in 2010 and had to have started being planned for at least 1-2 years before that. It seems this was incredibly fast after Facebook was released to the whole world and took off. ...
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What did Black Widow say?

In the film The Avengers, Black Widow is a Russian super-spy. In the scene that introduces her, it ends with her receiving orders to bring in Dr. Bruce Banner. After receiving these orders, the ...
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Explanation for the ending of Super 8

Can someone explain the ending of Super 8 to me by helping out with the following queries? What caused all the metal to be attracted towards the water tower? Why in the world did the military leave ...
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Identify a hollywood 2000's romance genre movie

Genre : Romance + Thriller (Thriller, in the sense there is no crime nor shooting) Actors : Male part is played by someone similar in age/appearance to Ryan Reynolds/Gosling. Female protagonist, not ...
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Have Finch's back problems been explained?

In the present, Finch shows signs of significant spinal trauma. He has a severe limp and his neck and upper back are generally held very rigidly. He'll turn his whole torso, or sometimes even his ...
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What were the car attachments/retrofits in Looper?

In Looper (2012), we see a number of "old" (for 2044) cars driving around. Many (maybe all?) have some sort of tubing running into the fuel tank. Do we have any idea what these are? I can only ...
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Did Billy really play Myra in Hans's vision?

In the movie Seven Psychopaths in the night Hans is high on peyote he has a vision of his late wife Myra telling him that there is no heaven and that she's just sitting in a completely grey room, ...
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679 views

What is in the box in Rear Window?

Towards the end of rear window we find out Thorwald dug up what was buried beneath the flowers as the neighbors dog got too inquisitive. He moved what he dug up to a hat box in his apartment. What ...
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Was Rear Window making a statement about 1950s gender roles?

Alfred Hitchcock was a master of mise-en-scène, whereby in film just about every inch of every frame of a film was intentional. Rear Window is one of his greatest and most influential films. ...
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Is it common to see directors acting in their own films?

There are a few movies I can note where their directors also played a role in their films. Orson Welles tended to star in many of his films, but that was during the 40's. Roman Polanski played the ...
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601 views

What movie is playing in the theater in Conspiracy Theory?

There is a relatively brief scene in Conspiracy Theory where the main character (Jerry/Mel Gibson) runs into a theater. There are a couple of shots where you can plainly see what is being played on ...
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Was there a fight during the filming of Caddyshack?

During the filming of Caddyshack it's said that Bill Murray and Chevy Chase had a fight. Ever since then they refuse to work together. I'm wondering if it's known if there is any truth to this or is ...
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970 views

What is a chemistry test?

In the context of casting for a movie, what is a chemistry test and how is it performed?

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