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Any basis for indiscriminate shelling of Five Points in Gangs of New York?

The New York Draft riots of 1863 close The Gangs of New York both in terms of time and content. The most extraordinary element of this sequence is the (apparently) indiscriminate shelling of the Five ...
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What is wrong with the bleach and the fish in the Machinist?

I notice that Trevor always cleaned his hands and toilet floor with bleach. He surely kept things clean at home that he always bought bleach, he kept several used toothbrushes to scrub his floor in ...
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How come Ivan exists in the Machinist?

Maria and Nicholas existed in Trevor's daily delusion because of his guilt about the past hit and run. But how come Ivan exists in his imagination? Are there any clues in movie that can prove ...
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What is the significance of the cat?

In Way of the Dragon, Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee fight. This scene is not comedic; yet there are numerous cuts to a cat. At one point at the end, the camera actually zooms in and out on the cat! ...
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Does “…you're a cantaloupe” have any meaning?

In True Romance, there is a scene where Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken) interrogates Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper) on Worley's son's whereabouts. After Worley tries a couple of failed lies, ...
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354 views

Why did Lovett invite Rose aboard his search boat in Titanic?

The opening to Titanic shows Rose "Dawson" watching a TV news report of Brock Lovett's ship searching the Titanic wreckage. She then makes a phone call to Lovett during which a private conversation ...
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Are the events in Black Gold based on fact?

The history of which country is depicted in the movie Black Gold? Is it Qatar? It seems to be, considering the movie is made by France | Italy | Qatar | Tunisia :D And Qatar Being the richest country ...
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420 views

Identify this late 80s, possibly early 90s stand-up special with a comedian who sings “I don't care.”

I watched this stand-up comedy special at a friend's house sometime between 87-91. It would have been on a premium channel (my guess is either HBO or Cinemax). I don't remember if there were ...
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644 views

What's written on Cook's hand in The film Drive

What's written on Cook's hand in The film Drive? When The Driver is planning the pawn shop robbery with Standard, Cook and Blanche, Cook sends Standard and Blanche away and says to the Driver that ...
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Why did Nolan choose “Non, je ne regrette rien” as a kick song in Inception?

Can someone explain to me the reason behind Christopher Nolan choosing Edith Piaf's Non, je ne regrette rien as a kick song in Inception?
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Why is Drunken Angel considered to be a masterpiece?

I watched Drunken Angel by Akira Kurosawa last night. Though I really enjoyed the film and found it entertaining - even though it is made 60+ years ago, I could not understand why so many people ...
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Did Spiderman filming halt so Tobey Maguire could bulk up?

Spiderman 1 with Tobey Maguire tells the story of how Peter Parker acquired his abilities. Most of the time he is fully clothed. However, we are privy to at least one scene (the day he gets bit) ...
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Why didn't James believe Beckham was alive in Hurt Locker?

After watching The Hurt Locker, I initially thought the dead boy covered up with bomb was Beckham, but after googling I'm certain they were two different kids. Now, I am puzzled to know, What's the ...
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Why didn't Cobb talk to any of his team members at the airport in the ending of Inception?

In Inception, it always makes me wonder why Cobb didn't say a hello to his team members. He does not even smile at any of his team members at the airport. What is the reason he acts like he does now ...
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321 views

How did Pulp Fiction spawn Travolta's comeback?

If you were to analyze the popularity surge Travolta earned after doing Pulp Fiction, how would it breakdown? He did a great job in the movie and his character was very entertaining; but all the ...
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612 views

identify movie where army goes back in time to ww1 or ww2 era

My father and I were talking about this movie, we saw it a VERY long time ago. All I remember about it is, that the army(present day in the movies time) somehow either Bermuda Triangle or something, ...
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325 views

What causes a high budget title to be direct-to-DVD?

We've all heard the saying "released straight to DVD" to indicate the failure of a movie to make it into the theaters. Now, I'm not talking about the "made for DVD" films, or foreign films that were ...
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861 views

Identify a horror movie with a girl on a boat

I remember watching a small piece of a movie in which a girl is on a boat and she keeps on doing the same weird things. She then sees a note that she has written for herself and when she dies, she ...
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How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?

I know long ago they would have the car stationary and use a projector screen to with moving scenery to make it look like the car was moving. It was obviously staged, but good enough. I've seen ...
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What was really behind the mysterious number sequence in Lost?

4 8 15 16 23 42 - every Lost fan knows this sequence. But even after watching the ending, I am still not sure what the numbers really mean and how it's all connected. If I recall correctly, in the ...
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273 views

Was Gremlins 2 the first film to re-adapt a scene for home video release?

In Gremlins 2 the Gremlins supposedly get into the projection booth and wreak havoc with the film. It snaps and the Gremlin in the projection booth starts making hand shadows.... Etc. In the home ...
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Who is “The Mask” impersonating after he gets “shot”?

After the Mask finishes kissing a young, gorgeous Cameron Diaz; the jealous boyfriend comes downstairs with his cronies to confront him. The big guy pulls out his gun and--after several failed ...
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274 views

Has Ethan Hunt ever refused a mission?

In the Mission: Impossible series and movies, Ethan Hunt's mission briefings always end with the sentence "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to (...)". Has he ever used that option and ...
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286 views

What was the first movie released with a tagline?

I know taglines in movies are used for advertising purpose and to create a memorable phrase to make the audience remember the film for many years. I've seen numerous movies with taglines and some of ...
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134 views

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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Are there any differences between the new and old Titanic version besides 3D?

The newest Hollywood trend seems to be taking old movies like Star Wars and Lion King and rerelease them with an additional third dimension to squeeze the last bit of money out of them. Now it hit ...
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Final Scene in Planet of the Apes (2001)

I'm confused by the final scene in the Planet of the Apes film (2001 not the recent Rise film). Leo lands on Earth in his own time to find it run by the Apes. How does this happen? I'm assuming ...
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Why do the aliens see things as green or red?

In Battleship, the aliens wear helmets that enhance their vision by highlighting things in either green or red. It is quite clear that green things are deemed harmless while red things are threats. ...
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What was the first movie to use a cross-cutting technique like The Hours?

The Hours is a very good cross-cutting film because throughout the film it jumps back and forth between three different stories in three different time periods. According to wikipedia, ...
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1answer
404 views

Seeking a sci-fi movie with a laser pistol and an amulet

I'm looking for a movie (Circa early 80s, maybe late 70s) about a teenager who finds a laser pistol and succumbs to "Power corrupts" eventually going on a killing spree. I remember that the gun ...
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537 views

Ending of Source Code

By the end of Source Code (2011), we learn that the flashbacks were reality in an alternate timeline/universe. On the other hand, Captain Stevens manages to save the train in both alternate ...
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562 views

Why does Leon remain in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”?

I was re-watching "Curb your enthusiasm" 6 (end) & 7(beginning). In end of season 6, Loretta and Larry David are dating (the precise exact season isn't the issue; apologize if i have this ...
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661 views

What was Sloth's handicap?

In The Goonies, Sloth was the unwanted son of Mama Fratelli and the hero at the end of the story. He had an obvious facial deformity, but he was also really strong, could speak and capable of love. ...
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What was the first crossover movie like The Avengers, using only movie franchises?

The Avengers is taking 4 separate movie franchises (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America) and combining them all into one huge movie with all the main characters from each movie. Doing some ...
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What is Billy Ray Valentine doing on the trading room floor?

Near the end of Trading Places, Winthorpe and Valentine concoct a plan to get back at the Dukes while making themselves rich. I understand they used insider trading; but what exactly is Billy Ray ...
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Who nukes the USA in The Divide?

In The Divide (2011), I am confused as to who nukes the USA? Was it the Arabs? Maybe the Koreans?
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What is the purpose of the lab in The Divide?

What exactly happens at the laboratory in The Divide (2011)? Who are the guys at the laboratory and what do they try to achieve?
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549 views

Why is the father blind in the dream world?

In Stay, you witness the story of Henry Letham as he deals with his survivor guilt in his mind. One representation of this world, however, has baffled me recently. In his dream-like world, it is ...
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What is the implicit meaning of Mal's riddle in Inception?

You're waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter, because we'll be together. ...
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568 views

How did Saito know he was under attack by extractors Cobb and Arthur in Inception?

In the train scene, when Saito was having information extracted by Cobb, the extraction team were using a two layer dream. In the first layer of the dream Saito knew that he was in a dream because of ...
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What exactly happened to Aaron Eckhart's character?

In The Missing (2003), Brake Baldwin (played by Aaron Eckhart) is found stuffed in something on top of what appears to be a camp fire. Wikipedia makes a reference to a ritualistic killing, but does ...
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TV show about man transforming into animals

I recall very rough memories about a TV show where a man could transform into animals, which you might help me identify. I watched it a long time ago and it should be a US-show from the 80s or very ...
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1answer
684 views

Why can't the soldier “get used to the new rags”?

About 13 minutes into I Am Legend Robert Neville has a flashback where he starts to rescue his family. While he loads them into the car, the camera cuts to two soldiers and one says to the other ...
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Where was the opening scene of Knight and Day filmed?

The opening scene of Knight and Day shows the two main characters "accidentally" bumping into each other twice, in the Wichita airport. The city of Wichita, and the state of Kansas, are mentioned many ...
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Where is Gemma Arterton in The Wrath of the Titans?

I've just been to see Wrath of the Titans, Gemma Arterton is credited very highly however I did not see her in a single scene? Is she in the film? If so where? If not why is she credited?
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Did Mavis cause the crash that disabled her cousin?

In the film Young Adult, Mavis and Matt discuss her cousin, who is in a wheelchair. She mentions that the car accident that disabled her cousin happened on the weekend of her sweet 16. Given her ...
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1answer
286 views

Cowboys and Indians TV-series produced in Germany

Possibly made 20-30 years ago, with those now in their late 30's probably watching it when they were children. It was an American style western but produced in the outback of Germany somewhere. It ...
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940 views

Why was the body needed in Lucky Number Slevin?

Lucky Number Slevin is a fantastic genre bending movie with a strange blend of thriller-crime-humour. And it has an excellent twist which I won't reveal for those who have not seen it (but it is the ...
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214 views

Why are rainy scenes in Thelma & Louise sunny?

Why do rainy scenes in Thelma & Louise movie happen in sunny weather? I know sometimes when it rains it's possible to see the sun in sky, but this happens in several scenes even in different ...
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433 views

Which was the first movie with alternate ending?

Was "The Game of Death(1978)" the first movie with alternate ending? In Game of Death, after Billy was attacking Dr. Land, he falls from the rooftop. The police arrest Billy and the ambulance takes ...

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