20
votes
4answers
1k views

When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?

My recollection of the prime-time television I watched growing up -- the 70s and 80s plus whatever were on at the time -- are almost invariably of episodic television. At the end of each episode, ...
2
votes
6answers
9k views

What is the Butterfly-Effect in Mr. Nobody?

In Mr. Nobody, the concept of time-travel is blended with the butterfly effect. In the movie, when the old man tells his story as a child, he says that he chose his mommy and daddy because they would ...
1
vote
0answers
11 views

Woman likes married man who kindly turns her down

I'm trying to identify the source of this scene in a movie or TV show: this was a TV show or movie from the 1990s or 2000s a younger woman is attracted to an older, married man he might have been of ...
0
votes
1answer
20 views

Please identify the movie: Joker looking guy with a gang of boys, ends up in psychological treatement against Cynical activities

Hero is leader of a gang that does lots of public destruction and gets psychological treatment not to do such activities.. later he goes into hands of the guy whose daughter was raped and killed by ...
1
vote
4answers
64 views

Why aren't there any animated movies of real life personalities?

When the technology became available, people in the industry would've found it easy to overcome some of the normal movie limitations such as: Studio and locations Impossible human actions Twins, ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

how can I follow new episodes coming out?

I watch a lot of TV shows and I can't follow all of the new episodes coming out. Until now I used tvcountdown.com. I picked all the shows I watch and it generated a link in which I can see what ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

How does the dagger work in Prince of Persia

How does the dagger work in Prince of Persia? If the holder goes to the past to change things what becomes of that time/world/characters which passed that time? If it was illusion, then everything ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

Why didn't the bomb detonate earlier?

During the beginning of the 2014 version of Robocop Alex Murphy is severly injured by a car bomb when he is forced to check his car at home after the car's alarm system activates at night. But this ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

What is the best way to get BBC America (Who and Top Gear) in the US? [on hold]

I've got FIOS and I'm on the ExtremeHD plan. PrimeHD, the next step down is $38 cheaper a month, and has all the channels I want, except BBCA. I could use Amazon and get episodes the next day, buy all ...
1
vote
0answers
11 views

Was Miss Gulch's 'theme' original?

In The Wizard of Oz, while Dorothy is still in Kansas before the tornado, the mean old lady Mrs. Gulch, from a couple farms over who rode the bicycle and kept threatening Toto had sort of a menacing ...
1
vote
1answer
21 views

Identify film about Mother hijack the hospital to save her child

It is hollywood film, Story is: The child(i can't remember boy or girl) admits in hospital. The hospital does not treat her child because she can't pay the huge amount. A mother hijacked the ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Why does Doc Holiday want to fight Wyatt in My Darling Clementine?

In My Darling Clementine Doc Holiday doesn't seem like he'd have any sensible reason to want to fight Wyatt. Why does he want to challenge him to a gun fight?
5
votes
1answer
103 views

The three note danger idiom

There is a three note idiom that has appeared in SEVERAL theatrical releases (comedies) recently that indicates danger. I do not know the notes, but it goes "dum dum DUM", and the viewer knows ...
8
votes
3answers
409 views

Why did Magnussen need to pressure so many people to get to Mycroft?

In the last episode season 3 of Sherlock, The Last Vow, Magnussen seems to use a very circuitous approach to beating Mycroft, whom he regards as essentially the head of England. My question is, if ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

@Midnight end credits

At the end of Comedy Central's show @Midnight they show the audience during the end credits. They seem to often show the same audience which includes sleeping people, and a couple furries (a panda and ...
3
votes
0answers
24 views

Trying to identify a late 70's early 80's animated television special about an evil magician who kidnaps a young boy

I have a somewhat vague memory of a animated television special from when I was a preteen in the late 70's or early 80's. All I can remember was that there was an evil magician who was forcing a young ...
34
votes
5answers
7k views

Why do Disney parents usually die?

It's well known that many animated Disney movie parents (at least one of a set) die, were never in the picture, or started the movie already dead. Is this just a financial thing (like in Toy Story), ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Trying to find this Horror movie

I'm looking for a movie that I just saw the preview for it must be 2-3 years old. The trailer is a group of friends end up in the night of the living dead movie. I think they end up in their favorite ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Why did they say the pageant was their first live show?

Multiple times throughout the movie Hairspray, they make numerous references to the Corny Collins show being broadcast live. So why, on the day of the Ms. Teenage Hairspray pageant, do they say it's ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

What movie between 1970-1989 involves computer attacks?

What is the name of the movie (between 1970-1989) that involved programming/reprogramming/hacking computers to trigger or stop a (probably global?) war? I'm not sure whether the name of the movie ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

What was the relevance of the tea?

In The Escape Artist there's an in reference to tea which I don't understand. When acting as Liam Foyle's defence Maggie Gardner drinks some tea which he asks about. Foyle: What tea is that? ...
4
votes
1answer
372 views

Why don't we have more Disney prince stories?

I only know of a few Disney movies that center the story on a male royal lead: Robin Hood (sort of counts?) Hercules Aladdin The Lion King Atlantis (sort of?) I feel like it's been a long time ...
3
votes
1answer
112 views

Soundtrack idioms in movies

I use the term "Soundtrack idiom" to mean a very short musical phrase that immediately informs the viewer that the scene has shifted to a new location, and also suggests where the location is. A ...
12
votes
1answer
194 views

What is the significance of Walt Whitman to a broader understanding of Breaking Bad?

Beware: spoilers for season 5 below. These are the facts as I understand them: Leaves of Grass is a compendium of poems by Walt Whitman, an American influenced by Transcendentalism and ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Name of movie that had brother sister subhuman special agents

This was maybe 20yrs ago. Action sci fi movie. There was one sequel to the first movie. Two organizations had special agents called 'subs'. They were humans combined with animal genetics. The sister ...
4
votes
2answers
109 views

Do contestants receive additional unseen help as they progress?

In Masterchef, the contestants go from creating fairly basic looking dishes to much more complex dishes using tools & techniques such as Sous-vides, smokers etc. The presentation also improves ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

Is it really possible to create a mind palace?

In Sherlock the BBC TV series the protagonist Sherlock and the villain Magnussen are able to recall information from their mind similar to searching for a file in Windows. Is this really possible? If ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

What was in the package Nicholson gives to Damon?

After Matt Damon's character in The Departed graduates the state police academy, he is picked up by Costello ("no more pencils, no more books"), and given a box as a graduation present. Though what is ...
3
votes
2answers
122 views

In the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the “timeless aliens” were a paradox, right?

In the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I remember there were aliens who had no sense of time. (It was a long time ago; forgive me if I get some details wrong!) I remember the commander ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

What is this movie that features a “moon pool”?

A moon pool is a chamber, e.g. on an underwater habitat or a submarine, that allows access to the water. I am trying to think of a movie that features one. I remember reading about one in the Michael ...
3
votes
0answers
44 views

Was Nick Fury treated with GH-325?

During Captain America: The Winter Soldier... Nick Fury recovers from multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen within a relatively short space of time. Whilst we are shown him in an injured but stable ...
10
votes
5answers
2k views

Did Col. Landa actually recognize Shosanna?

In the first part of the movie he kills her family and she escapes. He is known as the Jew Hunter and never lets any Jews escape him. Later when he meets her under her assumed name Emmanuelle he makes ...
1
vote
1answer
449 views

Why does the species of Gemma's bird change?

In numerous early episodes of Sons of Anarchy, Gemma Teller is shown to own a cockatoo (an umbrella, IIRC). In at least one episode (in either season 4 or 5), the same cage is suddenly occupied by a ...
1
vote
1answer
92 views

How did Matt Damon's partner know he went to meet Leonardo DiCaprio?

In the end of The Departed, Matt Damon's partner comes to his rescue, shooting Leonardo DiCaprio's character along with the friend whom Leo had asked to come to Damon's arrest as protection. My ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Why didn't Joanna (Cersei & Jamie's mother) notify Lord Tywin about their illegal relationship? [migrated]

When Joanna discovers of the incest between Cersei and Jamie, she does not inform Tywin. According to this link, When Joanna learned of this, she send the maid away, moved Jaime's chamber to ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Was the success of Rupert Pupkin real in King of Comedy?

In the final scene of Martin Scorsese's 'King of Comedy' a news report suggests that Rupert Pupkin (played by Robert De Niro), after coming out of prison, becomes a sensation and releases his much ...
-3
votes
1answer
71 views

Does anybody recognizes the movie with cops in white plastic armor?

I recognized the Gravity (2013 with S.Bullock) in this video, but I really interested which other sources used to make this video? I'm talking about these cops: http://youtu.be/ckokXlPXClU?t=23s (on ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

What is the meaning/symbolism behind the spider, when Jesse and Saul are waiting for Walt?

In the middle of the episode entitled "Confessions", Jesse and Saul are waiting to meet Walt somewhere in the desert. As they are standing next to their car, the camera brings up a close shot of a big ...
1
vote
0answers
45 views

Coming to America sparring scene; stunt men, or self-performed?

In the beginning of Coming to America, there is a scene where Eddie Murphy's and Arsenio Hall's characters engage in a sparring session with I think they would be bo staffs. Did they perform the ...
15
votes
2answers
588 views

Why was Professor Moriarty killed off?

Professor Moriarty is generally known as the greatest villain Sherlock Holmes has ever faced. I know that Sherlock was planned to end after the third season, concluding with the death of Sherlock, ...
1
vote
2answers
142 views

Identify a drama(?) with a blind man/woman regaining sight at end

I remember watching this film when I was younger and really not liking it, because it was too serious and the idea of it scared me. But it has always been an annoyance to me that I can't remember what ...
22
votes
4answers
19k views

Why does the Amazing Spider Man not have the natural power to shoot web?

I have been watching Spider Man movies from the start. The recent movie I watched was The Amazing Spider Man. But the difference I found in this movie and the last one was that, in this movie the ...
-2
votes
0answers
49 views

Which is the most popular Kannada movie? [on hold]

I want to know which is the best movie in Kannada where Dr. Rajkumar is the lead actor? Best means making wise, story wise and any message given to society from movie.
0
votes
0answers
10 views

Why does Ivan Sonneschein destroy his family's belongings?

In the 1999 movie Sunshine what was Ivan Sonnenschein's motivation to dispose of most of his family's belongings and souvenirs?
2
votes
1answer
30 views

1970s short film about pollution and a greenhouse?

When I was in elementary school, I remember seeing a film about a future of Earth in which it was so polluted that everything natural was dead and people had to wear hazmat-like suits and gas masks. ...
2
votes
2answers
547 views

Why did James Moriarty decide to end it this way?

At the end of Sherlock S02E03 it simply doesn't make sense for me that James Moriarty killed himself. I mean, for me there is nothing greater than life, so why would he kill himself? I understand ...
6
votes
3answers
190 views

What was going on with Tom Hagen?

In The Godfather, Part II there's some conflict between Michael and Tom: TOM: That plane goes to Miami. MICHAEL: That's where I want it met. TOM: Mike that's impossible -- they'll turn ...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

Can't remember a movie

Looking for a movie possibly made in 1990's. All I can remember: Good interesting dialogue in a dining room setting. The "villains" had kidnapped the owners of the house and were tied up in a back ...
0
votes
2answers
49 views

Is “Life Is Beautiful” dubbed in English?

I'm Italian. In a discussion with some international friends, they mentioned that they have seen Life Is Beautiful in English, and I guessed it was dubbed. The production is Italian, and the actors ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

How does the budget breakdown for a US TV season compare to a UK TV Season?

Firstly, regardless of the total amount how is the budget for a US TV Season of twenty odd episodes typically broken down? What percentage goes on writing, sets, equipment, actors, etc? Secondly, how ...

15 30 50 per page