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Why is the 'You talking to me' speech from the movie 'Taxi Driver' so famous?

So I recently watched the movie Taxi Driver after hearing a lot about it, and I have one question. Why is the 'You talking to me'? speech so famous? I've heard this dialogue so many times in other ...
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What makes The Shawshank Redemption so cinematically important?

The Shawshank Redemption is ranked as the "Top Rated" movie according to IMDB's Top 250 List. What makes it so important and unique in the world of cinema? Does it have to do purely with acting/plot,...
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Have GoT's showrunners reacted to the poor reception of the final season?

The final season of Game of Thrones is coming to an end but many fans are disappointed by the rushed conclusion of the final episodes. Ratings for season 8 have taken a "critical nosedive" and some ...
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Why does 2001: A Space Odyssey not provide an explanation of its ending? Are we supposed to read the book?

It's a movie geek's film to watch and to enjoy. But when I reached the end, I had no idea what to take from it. Some of the ideas are amazing, the visuals, and the lines (I'm sorry, Dave. I'm ...
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How is the relationship between the reader and the story affected by movies that are released prior to the completion of a book series?

The Harry Potter movies are clearly intended for people who have been reading the books but unlike situations where a single movie is made from a single book, these movies were released prior to the ...
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Did The Revenant movie team kill animals for the movie?

I found this article claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio really ate raw bison liver and slept inside of dead animals for the filming of The Revenant (2015). Yet I never heard a single complaint, e.g. from ...
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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

As an American, I enjoy watching movies based on the US and its military, and I want to know if these movies are popular outside of the US. I'm talking about movies of various genres that are based ...
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Why are Aamir Khan's movies so popular in China?

According to Wikipedia page for PK: PK became the highest-grossing Indian film in China in just 72 hours and grossed US$19.5 million (Rs 122 crore) in China. It became the first Indian film to pass ...
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How was Kung Fu Panda received in China?

Considering that the film is an American kung-fu production which takes on Chinese traditions and culture, how was it received in China? Did local critics consider it a humorous animated Chinese tale? ...
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Did Stephen King like Frank Darabont's ending of "The Mist"?

Frank Darabont's movie The Mist is based on a Stephen King short story The Mist. But the two do not have the same ending. Here is how the short story ends (as per Wikipedia): Whereas the movie has a ...
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Did the marketing of Terminator 2 actually spoil the movie?

I recently read this article which points out the build-up James Cameron did intentionally to mislead who the assassin robot was in Terminator 2: Judgement Day and how the marketing campaign ...
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Has there ever been a chain of art imitating life, and life returning the favour, like the one involving the film Taxi Driver (1976)?

The 1976 film Taxi Driver featured the character Travis Bickle, whom screen-writer Paul Shrader based on Arthur Bremer, who tried to assassinate presidential hopeful George Wallace in 1972 to impress ...
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Were the sex scenes in "The Handmaiden" perceived as inauthentic, e.g. by lesbian reviewers?

The Handmaiden features several sex scenes between its two women protagonists, Hideko and Sook-Hee. These move the plot along, serve to characterise the two women and their relationship and fit into ...
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Have any participants ever apologized for their involvement in "Mazes and Monsters"?

The 1980's film "Mazes and Monsters" is often cited along other materials as evidence of the dangers of pen-and-paper role-playing games; the film is a thinly-veiled fictionalized adaptation ...
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Was Gunda planned as a Trash movie?

There is a lot to read and talk about the 1998 Bollywood movie Gunda. General perception is that it's so bad it's good. The movie holds a rating of 8.2 on IMDB and holds a cult status. I want to ...
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Was Arrow's change in moral alignment motivated by his audience?

The 1st season of Arrow had me (who is largely unacquainted with its literary source material) draw quite some comparisons to Bruce Wayne and his background, except for the fact that Oliver Queen has ...
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Do jazz/classical musicians find "Whiplash" accurate?

I find "Whiplash" to be a great movie, literally a masterpiece, but here's what I want to ask. I'm coding and writing articles for a living, and in 95% percents of cases when I see programmers or ...
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Was Sharknado planned as a trash movie?

I just watched the movie Sharknado and I wondered myself, if this movie was planned as a Trash-Movie or if this 'just happened'. There are so many really strange scenes, cuts, dialogs etc. so that I ...
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Did any of Alfred Hitchcock's American films receive poor reviews upon release?

I could see reviewers taking issue with some elements of Psycho, (namely the shower scene), though the violence is understated and possibly more of a distraction from the mystery and suspense. In The ...
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Was the ending to Limitless reshot?

I love the 2011 movie Limitless. In the last scene, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro talk about Bradley becoming president and how Bradley has made his intelligence permanent. Does anyone know ...
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Has a movie from a movie series ever been removed/retconned due to fan/general outcry?

A petition to strike the events of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) from the main Star Wars timeline that is going around online has made me wonder if there has ever been a retcon/...
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Was there ever noticeable criticism about Breaking Bad possibly glorifying the drug business?

While Breaking Bad was about the production and trade with methamphetamine and the huge amounts of money to be made with it, it was quite lacking in the actual depiction of drug use and its ...
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Have movies successfully defied pre-screening tests?

In many cases movies have been altered after pre-screening tests. A notorious example is Little Shop of Horrors (1986). In the original ending, Audrey and Seymour are devoured and the plant takes ...
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Is there an indication that the multiple "Clue" endings influenced it's box office reception?

The movie Clue had three filmed endings (with a fourth planned but supposedly not filmed). When released, different theaters got different copies, so not everyone saw the same ending. The movie has ...
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Was "Adam's Rib" advanced for its time?

The movie, Adam's Rib came out in 1949. It was about a married couple, both lawyers, facing off against each other in court, about whether a woman, as opposed to a man, could invoke the "unwritten law"...
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Real world impact of The Blair Witch Project

In the beginning of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, some reports are shown about the original Blair Witch Project, claiming that the town of Burkittsville was filled with believers wanting to explore ...
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Why is the "I coulda been a contender" line from On the Waterfront so famous?

This line from the film On the Waterfront generally appears on most lists of the greatest or most famous movie lines ever uttered: You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a ...
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Was Birdemic intended to be a bad movie?

I would like to know if Birdemic was intended as a funny non-serious movie or if it was really made with the intention of producing a genuinely scary movie that just got bad. Were they serious when ...
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Aliens and vampires don't sell?

Where are they? Two recent movies that were not distributed locally, or nationally, as far as I can tell: “Under The Skin,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.” As you can see, I enjoy sci-fi and vampire ...
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How was Coming to America received in the black community?

As a kid, I enjoyed Coming to America immensely. Rewatching it as an adult, it occurred to me that it's one of the first films I can think of with an almost all black cast, almost all in empowering ...
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Is Malick's Tree of Life a “too masculine” movie?

It's not a secret that all of Malick's movies revolve around male characters. Nevertheless, I was a bit impressed when checking this infography about how a set of critics commissioned by the BBC voted ...
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Is The Good Place inspired by Swedenborg as a state of spirit rather than a Place?

The Good Place goes under the premise that four people died and are in the afterlife. In different seasons it is hinted or explicitly said that everything in The Good Place as a place is: However ... ...
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Are shows with laugh tracks considered a lower form of comedy by the TV industry?

I personally don't like to watch shows with laugh tracks, but we do know that a crowd can be "warmed up" to laugh at almost anything, laughter is contagious, and people can thus enjoy the group ...
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What are the controversies around the movie Elle?

I watched Elle (2016) last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Before watching the movie I read in many places that it's a highly controversial movie. But after watching the movie, I could not really ...
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What is the relevance of the 'You're So Cool, Brewster!' line in 'Fright Night'?

Most people know it, it is a well known line from the cult classic Fright Night (1985). As a non-native English speaker, I can't understand what makes this ...
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Homosexual implications in Every Day and viewer/reader response

I enjoyed Every Day (2018) very much. A lighthearted and cleverly devised teen romance story where a traveling soul who wakes up every day in a different body falls in love with a high school girl. So ...
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Was there any notable pushback against "dark" (lack of lighting) cinematography? [closed]

One of the most common "normal people" gripes I usually hear about TV shows and films is that directors love to shoot "dark" scenes (literally dark - there is not enough lighting to be able to see ...
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Can a B-movie movie get promoted due to high rating from audience?

As I understand, a B-movie gets its rating prior to becoming publicly available. As a result (correct me if I am wrong), it is not yet known the true public rating of the movie at that time. What I ...
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Why did "Mulan" (the live action movie) not do well in China?

I know that Disney has been trying to appease the China CCP just to have their share of sale in the middle kingdom especially for their customized Iron Man. I heard that the initial audience study of ...
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Why was Æon Flux not pre-screened for critics?

In 2005 I had the pleasure to see an animated cartoon brought to life on the big screen: Æon Flux. The post-modern architecture, the action, the cheesy lines all paid homage to the MTV cartoon with a ...
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Was there any consideration to set "The Interview" in a fictitious country?

It seems much of the controversy around "The Interview" could have been prevented by setting it in a fictitious country instead of the real North Korea, like they did for example in "The Dictator". ...
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How do movie makers get people to watch a movie many times?

I notice that some movies are so densely packed with nuanced layers that you have to watch them a few times before you really start to see everything. Some people watch some movies 10+ times. But ...
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What was the reaction when Kochanski replaced Rimmer in Red Dwarf? [closed]

Actor Chris Barrie left Red Dwarf for a time and the character of Rimmer was replaced by a version of Kochanski from a parallel universe. What was the overall reaction by audiences at the time and ...
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How has "Unbroken" fared in Asian markets?

'Unbroken' unable to draw local audience yet and South Korea Box Office: 'Unbroken' Debuts in Fourth Place seem to indicate that "Unbroken" hasn't fared particularly well in Asian markets. Angelina ...
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Why did the ratings for Game of Thrones drop for the last season(s)?

I’m watching Game of Thrones for the first time. So far, I’m partway through the third season and am enjoying it. However, I remember hearing that a lot of the fans were disappointed with the way the ...
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What is the rationale for calling "The Interview" racist? [closed]

I've seen some people calling "The Interview" racist, including on Twitter. What is their rationale for that claim?
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What was so scandalous about "Nightmare Alley" (1947)?

On the Wikipedia page for "Nightmare Alley" (1947) it says ....the film was not a financial success upon its original release, due in part to protests against some of the scandalous content I ...
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How was The Second Coming received by Christian groups?

I recently watched The Second Coming which is a story of Steve, a kind-hearted video store clerk from Manchester who disappears for forty days and forty nights before he is found wandering the Moors ...
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Why have there been no reviews of The Greatest Showman?

The Greatest Showman will be in theaters in two days, but I cannot find any reviews of it online. Reviews usually come out days or weeks before a movie's release. They are often used by marketers to ...
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Were "Baadshah" and "Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani" well received upon release? [closed]

Were the movies "Baadshah" and "Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani" well received upon release? I have heard that both of these movies were flops, however many people love both of these movies. Were these ...
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