Questions tagged [realism]

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

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In movie production, what exactly happens on the other side of phone calls?

There is a small scene that bothers me in the movie Batman Begins. It's a trivial thing, but it prompted a more general question. Rachel Dawes is visiting Bruce Wayne to give him a birthday present....
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Can the Vice President work with equal power as the president?

I'm watching House of Cards (please use spoilers) and First Lady Claire Underwood is President Frank Underwood's running mate. In the show they work as equals, minus a rough patch. In the same way ...
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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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Are the red strings used by Dexter a real thing?

Dexter works as a blood splatter analyst for Miami Metro police. We often see him on a crime scene using red strings to represent the trajectory of the blood: Is this a real thing done by blood ...
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Do the Oxygen Torches in the movie "Life" (2017) exist and how do/would they work?

Yesterday I watched the recent movie Life where the ISS crew revives a life-threatening organism from Mars. I'm usually thorough about realism of scientific elements in Sci-Fi movies, and thought ...
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Is the Bachelorette scripted?

I'm sure this applies to any and all reality tv shows but this came up for Season 13 of The Bachelorette. This started out as a discussion with co-workers to which I think logically I'm correct and ...
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Do patients experience tastes during brain surgery?

In RoboCop (2014), RoboCop tastes something in his mouth during brain surgery. It tastes like peanut butter. He is not eating any food. The surgery creates the experience of a phantom taste. Does ...
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Is it really possible to put a virus in a machine you don't know? [duplicate]

In the movie Independence Day Jeff Goldblum put a virus in a machine coming from another planet and which he didn't know at the moment. He seemed to have used a generic virus judging by the fact that ...
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How big of a deal is the state's attorney's office of cook county? [closed]

In the TV series The Good Wife Peter and Alicia Florrick are running for state's attorney at some point. A lot of effort goes into both of these campaigns: Money: I assume paying for campaign ...
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How much does Homer owe Moe?

In almost every episode, Homer can be found in Moe's Tavern drinking with Barney, Carl and Lenny. Yet we never see them paying for their drinks so presumably they put them on a tab. However, ...
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Could the video recorder of Blair Witch Project (original) last as long as it did?

I live next door to one of the producers of "Blair Witch Project," (1999) so that got me to watch the movie. Not recalling how long a personal home video recorder could work, I was wondering whether ...
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"Would the witness please point at the defendant?"

I wasn't sure which forum to post this on, but I think it belongs here as I believe it relates to the screen more than to the actual law, so here it is. There's a weirdly specific trope that you often ...
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On what basis was Milkin's transfer possible?

In the 4th episode of the 4th season of House of Cards Donald Blythe follows Claire's advice and decides to send Igor Milkin (at the time on a plane circling over the North Sea) to China. What makes ...
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Is the movie I Origins based on a true story?

I recently watched the movie I Origins. In the end it is shown that there is actually an after life because the pattern of eye of two persons matches. On quora it is said that the movie is based on ...
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Shouldn't Elliot have been caught or at least noticed outside of the prison?

I don't know what's considered a spoiler, so I'll put more than probably necessary in a spoiler block... At the end of episode 1.5 of Mr. Robot, Elliot and Vera's brother are standing outside of the ...
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Is Jimmy's trial realistic in Better Call Saul? [closed]

I've just watched early episodes of Better Call Saul's latest season. From a French guy's point of view, Jimmy's trial seems a bit ridiculous. To me, regarding what trials look like in France, this ...
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Do dogs identify twins in humans?

In The Parent Trap (1998), pet dog never recognize Annie (acting as Hallie) as Hallie and thinks as strangers. Even Chessy (working for Nick) thinks Annie as Hallie. Actually, Annie and Hallie are ...
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Can you really drink from Root Beer Barrels?

In Pee-wee's Big Holiday, we often see someone grab a candy "Root Beer Barrel" and use a tiny straw to drink the Root Beer inside the candy. I've never tried this candy before and when I was ...
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Do cops in US always have to answer "Yes" when asked "Are you a cop?" [closed]

This question is not specific to any particular movie or a TV show. Although it came to my mind when I was recently watching a particular episode of Sneaky Pete. It's a great show by the way. The ...
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"A galaxy far, far away..." -- from where?

I have a question about Star Wars. Recently, I pay more attention to the text and come up with a question. There's a quote in the text. Long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away... Far away from ...
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Does blood really come out of our nose if we're deprived of oxygen?

In the movie Men of Honor (2000), Carl & Billy are challenged to hold their breath in an underwater helmet. After 4 minutes, Billy started bleeding from his nose. Does blood really come out of ...
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Realism of the effect of ADHD medicine in Desperate Housewives

In Desperate Housewives season one Linette takes her son's ADHD medicine and becomes very energetic. It gives her the ability to stay awake for hours on end and still do a good job and still have a ...
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Can we carry a Hattori Hanzo sword onboard a plane?

In the Kill Bill, everyone seems to know that Hanzo swords are made for killing. They are killing tools. Then, how could the Bride carry one so easily on the plane she boards to reach Tokyo? Also she ...
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The hydrazine incident: could both astronauts have been saved?

In Europa Report, two of the astronauts (James and Andrei) are coming to the end of a space walk (and are low on air) when there's an emergency in the form of an explosion. Andrei finds a tear in his ...
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What is the light source in the 19th century submarine?

In 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, the timeline of the plot sets it in the 19th century. Edison invented the light bulb at the beginning of the 20th century, but this movie is set even before. What ...
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Is Chicago Justice accurate?

In the Chicago series, Chicago Justice is the fourth spinoff that shows the prosecutors from Cook County State's Attorney. In Law and Order: SVU, which happens in Manhattan and crossovers with the ...
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How did the woman fly through the wind screen?

In the beginning of Zombieland, people are running from an apocalypse of zombies. In one of the attacks, a little girl's birthday party has just gone psycho and is suddenly overrun with zombies. All ...
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NYC Police Codes in Blue Bloods 10-13?

The cast often refers to situations using Police codes, most of which I was able to dig up here. But I came across this piece of IMDb Trivia on Blue Bloods that states: In the standard 10-code, 10-...
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How can you tell distances/duration in Paths of the soul?

In Paths of the Soul, a group of Tibetan shepherd-folk make a pilgrimage to Lhasa. Occasionally we see milestones on the road they follow, with some kind of distance listed. However, it's not clear ...
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Is the brain sequence similar to reality or not?

In Saw 3, a sequence is shown where Dr. Lynn Denlon performs an operation on John (Jigsaw) using a drill and other similar tools. My first question is, how can they perform an operation where ...
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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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What breed was Walt Flanagan's dog (circa 1995)

There was a great line in Mallrats (one of many) that always stuck with me. It was after Jay outruns the mallcop and remarks: "That dude is faster than Walt Flanagan's dog" [paraphrase] It had ...
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Are there any real-world equivalents to spitting fuel into the engine?

I saw Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend, its an incredible film that relies heavily on storytelling through visuals. A lot of the film is open to interpretation but what I want to know is: When fuel is ...
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Why would a ship that is able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water?

In battlestar galactica season 1 episode 2 their watertanks were sabotaged and they lost Almost 60% of total potable water reserves. The rest of the episode were them looking for more water. Their ...
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Is Eisenheim's sword illusion realistic?

Eisenheim performs a sword illusion in The Illusionist (2006). Is this illusion realistic? Could it be practiced in real life? Here is a YouTube video showing what I mean:
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What happens if you call 0118 999 881 999 119 7253?

An IT Crowd episode included a parody of the new directory inquiries services: What would happen if someone (in the UK) actually called that number? I suspect they ...
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Source code on Nedry's workstation: real programming language/s?

There is what appears to be source code depicted on Nedry's work station before he shuts down the gates, I wanted to know if this belongs to real programming language/s? (so we can all laugh/cry at ...
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How did Fenton survive more than 7 days without food in the basement?

In Frailty, Fenton's Dad locked him in the basement for interrupting his killings. After knowing his son was not responding from the basement, he took him out and tried to revive him. Eventually, he ...
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Is it wrong for NAVY SEAL soldiers to be seen with a member of the same sex in public?

In G I Jane, officials questioned Jordan after she was seen with a member of the same sex in public with proof (a picture). Is it wrong for a NAVY SEAL soldier to be seen with a member of the same ...
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Equivalent of 555 for IP addresses

I came across a tweet complaining about 24 using 2.718.281.828 as an IP address, which obviously wouldn't work. Others responded that using a non-functional IP address is like using 555 for phone ...
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Do janitors really earn more than the resident doctors in the US?

This is in reference to Scrubs season 2 episode 22 - My Dream Job. In this episode, Janitor tells J.D. that he earns quite more than the latter. Here is their conversation: J.D.: Mornin'. Janitor: I ...
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Is the healing technique of Karate Kid practically possible?

In The Karate Kid (2010), Jackie Chan uses some fire technique for healing Dre's wounds. I want to know if that technique is real or complete fiction.
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Can a president really leave the White House with barely any security?

In Designated Survivor (episode2 I think), President Kirkman asks the Secret Service about wearing the bullet-proof vest. His answer was "The 2 ways a president leaves the White House is with that or ...
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What is the point of throw the rock?

In this scene they throw and measure the time to reach the ground. They measure 6 sec. But what is the point if they are going to jump with the squirrel flying suits. At the end the scene last for 2 ...
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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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In Spartacus, can gladiators break a Roman formation?

In the series Spartacus, season 3 episode 6, it appears that a small group of 3-4 gladiators (with just swords) manages to break a tight wall formation of 6-8 Romans attacking them with roman shields, ...
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Has any real-life US military unit committed Die-Hard-2-level treason? [closed]

In Die Hard 2, a US military unit consisting of at least a dozen soldiers engages in several treasonous acts, from murdering one of their own to freeing an international criminal to helping crash a ...
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How realistic was the sword fight in Rob Roy?

One previous question asked about the authenticity of sword fights in Game of Thrones compared to actual "medieval" sword fighting--a rather vague standard. Naturally, such choreography is made for ...
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How technically accurate is TV series Mr. Robot?

How accurate are technical parts of the show Mr. Robot? How accurate it is in portraying the lives of hackers? I'm interested in tehnical jargon and the way Elliot get's his information. I didn't ...
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Can a headshot from a sniper really cause muscle spasm?

It seems like a common thing in television and movies to have a bad guy in a stand down with the cops but they won't shoot him even though they have a clear shot because he has a gun on a hostage or ...

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