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First example of “ringing in ears” sound design?

I was randomly reminded of the amazing aspects of the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan today. I remember when I first saw it, I was struck by the genius of the following sound design: When a bomb ...
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What do actors actually inhale when they snort cocaine or smoke crack?

While film scenes where an actor injects something into his/her arm can perhaps be faked with edits and maybe prosthetics, how do actors manage to snort cocaine or smoke crack? Are there approved safe ...
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Why didn't Voldemort create a seventh Horcrux not knowing Harry was one?

From Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince we can know that Voldemort wished to make 7 Horcruxes. But we know that Voldemort's 7 Horcruxes included Harry. But as this was unintentional, Voldemort ...
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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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Jaime's character change in Game of Thrones

In Game Of Thrones Jaime's character is shown to be bad and ruthless in the beginning. He pushes a little kid off a window. Later he's shown to have honor and sympathy and looks after Sansa, tries to ...
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Were oranges an intentional use of symbolism by filmmakers?

There is a lot of speculation surrounding the potential symbolism of oranges in The Godfather. The primary interpretation being that whenever an orange is shown, there is impending doom on either the ...
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What kind of company is Initech?

What kind of company is Initech in the movie Office Space? There are a few important things we know about Initech that the movie plot hinged on. Are there any real-life companies that actually fit ...
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What is the longest aired episode of a TV series?

It has been rumored that every episode of Season 8 of Game Of Thrones could be ninety minutes long - making each episode comparable with the running time of full-length feature films. It seems very ...
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Why does Darth Vader not use the Force to prevent Luke from falling?

In Star Wars: Episode V– The Empire Strikes Back, When Darth Vader gives Luke the news that he is his father, Luke is hanging just a few feet away from Vader. Then, Luke decides to jump off his ...
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Is it really as easy to knock someone out in real life as in the movies?

As a child I watched (with my father) a boxing match which lasted 12 rounds. At the end neither fighter resembled his previous pretty self, but nobody got knocked out either. I just watched Terra ...
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What is the purpose of this “red room” in Stranger Things?

In Stranger Things, we frequently see Jonathan go inside this to "refine" his photos or something. I don't quite understand what happens here. He puts the photo in water, and somehow this makes it ...
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How is this practical and very old scene shot?

Saw a Reddit post talking about this scene from 1937's Sh! The Octopus: It is 82 years old and a great practical effect. How was it shot, though?
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What does War Machine's “Canopy! Canopy!” line mean in “Avengers: Endgame”?

In Avengers: Endgame after Thanos arrives and destroys the Avengers base, we see War Machine yell out, "Canopy! Canopy! Canopy!" This appears to be a command which releases him from his suit and ...
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How can I find tv shows/films similar to one I like?

As a general case, how can I find movies or TV shows similar to an existing movie or TV show that I like?
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Was Thanos really committed or just a hypocrite?

The title is extremely vague, because this question contains HEAVY spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, specifically the very last scenes of the movie. I can't reasonably put the entire question in ...
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Is there a full canon version of Tyrion's jackass/honeycomb joke?

Throughout Game of Thrones Tyrion attempts to tell a joke about walking into a brothel with honeycomb and a jackass but never gets to finish it. I know of a similar joke but wondered if there is a ...
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Why didn't Loki's mind control work on Tony Stark?

Right before the final fight, we see Loki and Stark discussing the terms of the upcoming battle, bantering back and forth between who will win. It is then that Loki gets the idea of turning Stark ...
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How does the title 'The Imitation Game' justify the story of the movie?

Alan Turing's biopic is entitled as 'The Imitation Game'. In this movie what has actually been imitated?
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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 do mouse cursors never align with actors' hand movements (or always move perfectly straight)?

Most of the time when you see a computer screen in a film the cursor always moves in a perfectly straight line. Sometimes you can even see actors moving the mouse, but it would in no way align with ...
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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), ...
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What was Hans Gruber's plan in Die Hard?

In Die Hard, at some point, Hans Gruber reveals a part of his plan to John McClane: When you steal six hundred dollars, you can disappear...but when you steal ...
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Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?

I was wondering how it is possible that Jack Nicholson wasn't nominated for his acting in The Shining. Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?
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Use Force Lightning can Yoda?

In Star Wars Episode II, battling with Count Dooku Yoda was. Force Lightning against Yoda Dooku uses. The lightning from affecting him Yoda stops. Then Force Lightning back at Count Dooku he uses. ...
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In Fight Club is Marla Singer a second figment of Jack's imagination?

After reading this article on the existence of Marla Singer, I am fairly convinced she represents his guilt and remorse. It seems entirely plausible Marla Singer materializes to remind Jack he is ...
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Switch in *The Matrix* - Two Actors?

Recently I found an article quoting an IMDb Factoid that the character Switch in The Matrix was supposed to be played by two actors, one male and one female: When Belinda McClory auditioned for ...
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The most roles played by the same actor in a movie?

What is the most distinct roles played by the same actor within a single movie?
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Why were people led to believe that the Apollo mission was fake in Interstellar?

In the movie Interstellar, Cooper goes to school where he and Murph's teachers have this conversation. Teacher: It's an old federal textbook. We've replaced them with the corrected versions. ...
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Why did Victor die?

In Breaking Bad season 4 episode 1 "Box cutter", Gus kills Victor. Why does he do this? What does he gain from it other than scaring Walt and Jessie? Or is making them fear him his only motive?
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Why did Varys remove his rings?

In Season 8 episode 5 of Game of Thrones, when Varys hears the sound of the Unsullied coming to his chamber, he burns a letter and removes his rings. Maybe he burns the letter so that they won't ...
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How do productions like Stranger Things or other similarly “not modern but still within recent memory” productions acquire period props?

For productions like Game of Thrones or The Hobbit, I assume prop and dress production is relatively easy -- While we have drawings and paintings, no one is alive who remembers what people wore in the ...
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Why don't they show subtitles for the Spanish dialogue?

I am a huge fan of Breaking Bad and I am currently watching season 3. One thing that I have noticed is that there are several scenes where characters speak in Spanish - some of these scenes are quite ...
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How was this shot in Contact (1997) really made? [duplicate]

There was this tricky mirror scene in Contact The effect is: the camera is moving backwards, always facing a character running towards something and keeping the same distance from that character (...
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How could the human race be saved in Interstellar?

In Interstellar (2014) the human race seemed to be facing pretty poor odds until they discovered a convenient wormhole placed by an unknown entity expressed as "they". Later in the movie, we discover ...
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Why is Arya visibly scared in the library in Game of Thrones S8E3?

In Game of Thrones S8E3, Arya fiercely kills a way lot of wights after which she has to escape from them and enter the library. In the library she seems pretty shaken and also not as brave as she ...
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Point of the Dothraki's attack in GoT S8E3?

From Game of Thrones, S08E03, now I'm not a military expert, but I think the Dothraki's attack was obviously pointless, so why did they do that? Against such an enemy every move should be perfect and ...
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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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Why do people repeatedly hit the phone hook switch when disconnected?

Watching a "Columbo" episode recently (c.1971), it had a scene that I realized I used to see a lot in older movies and TV shows. A woman is talking on her rotary phone, when the person on the other ...
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Why were movies shot on film shot at 24 frames per second?

Title says it all! Nowadays, everything is digital, frame rates vary and are displayed properly by media playback devices depending on need, requirement or desire. But back before quality digital ...
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Does Disney no longer produce hand-drawn cartoon films?

Over the past few years Disney has remade a lot of their hand-drawn films with either live-action or [modern] computer animation. Examples that immediately come to mind include: The Jungle Book, ...
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How does one identify Valyrian steel?

There were so many instances in Game of Thrones when someone unsheathes a Valyrian steel weapon, like when Mormont presents Jon Snow with Longclaw and like the one where Brienne pulls out the reforged ...
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Is Amy right about Indiana Jones being irrelevant to the outcome?

  In the episode The Raiders Minimization of The Big Bang Theory Amy ruins Raiders of the Lost Ark for Sheldon by making the following claim: Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of ...
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Why did they avoid Charlie's name in the film title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory?

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) is a film based on the novel named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But what was the reason for the shift from Charlie to Willy Wonka in the film title?...
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Explanation of Jules' ending monologue

I partially understand Jules' ending monologue at the end of Pulp Fiction, although the full meaning doesn't click for me. What is he trying to say in simple terms? Jules: Well there's this passage ...
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Did the White Walkers spare Sam?

In S02E10 of Game of Thrones, Sam hides behind a rock when the White Walkers walk by. One mounted White Walker seems to look directly into Sam’s eyes. After that the White Walker screams and all of ...
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Is Borden's true identity real, or another ruse?

Towards the end of The Prestige, it's revealed that Borden accomplishes his Transported Man trick by using his twin brother as a double. It then becomes clear that he has been doing this in his ...
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Why were sloths chosen to depict DMV workers?

In the movie Zootopia, it was shown that they were using sloths for every position at the DMV (Department of Mammal Vehicles). In the story why did they use sloths considering they are very slow ...
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Why is Spaceballs specifically numbered Chapter XI?

I know Spaceballs is a Star Wars parody but why is it specifically called Chapter XI and not any other number? Does the number 11(XI) have any other significance or is it just random?
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How do they phrase casting calls when casting an individual with a particular skin color?

This is a bit of a questionable question, but I am curious. When filmmakers hire actors for a movie/show that has a focus on skin color, and they need actors with a particular skin color to take the ...
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Why is Vision so weak?

Why does Vision appear so weak in the Avengers - Infinity War movie? I mean, he doesn't even fight most of the time. If I remember correctly in Age Of Ultron, Vision appeared to be a very strong ...

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