Questions tagged [realism]

The general attempt to depict things accurately in films and tv shows.

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Is the Unix operating system featured in Jurassic Park real?

When the film Jurassic Park came out, and I saw that scene where Ariana Richards is sitting in front of the computer and says; This is a Unix system. I know this. It's the files for the whole ...
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Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?

Why does the depiction of the black hole Gargantua in Interstellar look the way it does? I understand why the ring is bright (due to the friction) but why does it loop around what seems to be two ...
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Are the events depicted in FX's Fargo TV series really true?

The first episode of FX's Fargo series begins with the disclaimer- THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in 2006. At the request of the survivors, the names have ...
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How realistic is House MD series with respect to medical science?

Since I have been watching House MD, all the episodes seem to be a bit unrealistic. Does this series have any close actual relevance to medical science? The series is about cases that most doctors ...
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Is this mask really possible?

Sometimes we see a mask is used by an actor of a film by which he drastically changes his face. I was under the impression that only after plastic surgery one can change his face. I stumbled upon this ...
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Can a single bullet from a handgun kill three people in the way Deadpool did?

In Deadpool's bullet-counting action scene, Deadpool kills three guys with his last bullet. The bullet is shown going through all the three men's skulls. So, how feasible is that in the real world (...
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Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander was really good at hacking computers as well as other security breaking skills, to the point where it was way too easy to do from a ...
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What's the purpose of people shouting “Hello” into the phone several times after they've clearly been disconnected?

This is usually done with a landline phone. The character calls someone or someone is calling him, they talk for a while and then for any reason the other person hangs up earlier than the character ...
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Can time really slow down due to earth revolution?

From The Elseworlds episode 3 (Supergirl season 4 episode 9), When Evil Superman (Dr. Deegan) regained The Book of Destiny and started to rewrite reality (@26:13 min), Flash (Barry Allen) suggested ...
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Why do most characters have perfect, white teeth even if the film's setting makes them unlikely? [closed]

I understand the premium that's placed on perfectly straight pearly white teeth in American society (or at least I think I do) but one thing that really irks me is the dental perfection on display in ...
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How accurate is Scrubs' depiction of the medical profession and the community?

How accurate are they while portraying the incidents, medical methods and procedures, problems they face and the solutions they apply, the cultural stereotypes, policies and rules etc?
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What was with the two different colored prison uniforms in Daredevil season 2?

In Daredevil S02, we see two kinds of prison uniforms, full orange and full white. We see in the flashback that Wilson Fisk gets a white prison uniform but his current one was orange. The Punisher ...
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How did Brian blow out the floor plate in his car?

In The Fast & The Furious (2001), during Brian's first race with Dominic Toretto, he engages the NOS and the car has a burst of speed. During that burst, the front floor plate of his car comes ...
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Why always 555?

It's always bothered me that US TV shows invariably use 555 in telephone numbers, which makes them obviously fake, whereas in the UK phone numbers always look real, down to correct area code and a ...
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How can Skyler buy a $800k car wash

I don't get how an unemployed teacher can buy a car wash? I know it's just a plot, but do the writers ever refer to loaning the amount or justify buying Bogdan's car wash? Any money laundering ...