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Although they are Russo's words, I don't agree to their reasoning. I do, however, agree with their decision to pass on the symbol of Captain America to Sam. Bucky is fighting for the right side now but that doesn't absolve him of the crimes he committed. Him being brainwashed doesn't erase his sins. At the end of Civil War Bucky is still a criminal ...


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There is a wide variety of reasons as to why a movie might have alternate endings. The original ending tested poorly during screen tests: In this case the director had a specific ending that made it through production, but was received negatively by test audiences, forcing the studio to re-shoot the ending to better please the target audiences. An example ...


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That post-credit scene is CANON as the writers said during their reddit AMA: Q: IS THE AFTER CREDIT SCENE CANON??? Please tell me I’m dying to know! A: Yes, the after credit scene is CANON! Don't expect that device to stick around beyond this movie, though! So yes, Vanessa is alive and in a universe that is beautiful and just, Green Lantern movie and ...


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Although the ending of inception was meant to be debatable and ultimately was left up to the audience, there are several factors indicating that Cobb is indeed dreaming in the end of the film. In fact if you read my whole theory you shall understand that Cobb is actually on the third dream level and you will understand why. Reason 1. Cobb told Saito and ...


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The ending is largely symbolic, and reading the book helps with its interpretation. Here are some different opinions. The one based on the book goes like this: The black monolith you saw in the beginning of the film, and the one found buried on the moon, were placed there by a supremely advanced alien race as a way to nudge along the evolution of humanity. ...


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There is an Indian movie in Malayalam called Harikrishnans with There were two endings released in theaters, with the endings supposedly chosen based on the "popularity" of the actor in that region.


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Lifehacker.com has provided a "road map" of sort which, if I read it correctly, does have some "non-bad" options but that's a subjective issue.


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One of the closest recent examples to a literal cliffhanger on TV might be the Green Wing finales of season 1 and season 2 from 2004 and 2006, respectively. From a TV Tropes page on the subject: The first season finale of Green Wing was a literal cliffhanger, with three characters in an ambulance about to go off a cliff. The second season also ends in a ...


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Prot is human Prot has a human subconscious Prot has a human history (e.g. the school book, and the probable trauma) Prot remains on earth after July 27th Prot is an alien inhabiting a disturbed human's body He can see ultraviolet rays (perhaps through the glasses) He has an astounding knowledge of astronomy, physics, and advanced psychology (cures ...


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I can recall a few instances of using cliffs/cliffhangers within an episode of a tv show or film, but I'm struggling to think of an episode or a film that ends in a cliffhanger, except Big Little Lies, Hannibal, Game of Thrones, and possibly Alias. Cliffhangers in episodes LOST - 1x05 "White Rabbit" John saves Jack when he goes a over a cliff after chasing ...


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There are 4 different endings: Theatrical Ending: Evan travels back to the birthday party where he first meets Kayleigh and whispers to her "I hate you and if you ever come near me again I'll kill you and your whole damn family." Kayleigh runs away crying.   After a montage of his memories disintegrating, Evan returns to present day in the dorm ...


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There are no right answers to this question. The director has refused to comment on the issue, simply saying it is open to interpretation. Therefore, in this very long answer I've tried to address a whole range of topics to hopefully give some indication as to my subjective interpretation of events. If you want a summary: We have no way of knowing who the ...


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The message of American History X is quite simple: violence begets violence. The whole film is a series of escalations based on revenge; Derek and Danny lose their father and hate consumes them. They win a basketball game against the black gang (and their turf in the process) and the gang try and steal their fathers' truck as revenge, Derek kills them over ...


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The Babadook is really a metaphor for the mother's grief. Once summoned, it initially possesses the mother leading to her becoming a monster of sorts, treating her son badly and hurting the family pet. This continues throughout the movie, this problematic mix of the "good" mother and the Babadook mother which controls her dark thoughts and feelings. When ...


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As this interview (from 2008) with co-creator Craig Thomas reveals: We've had a plan since the pilot and we actually shot a little piece of it at the beginning of season two, using the kids, because we knew if we waited until the finale of the series, the kids would have aged like six years. So yeah, part of our plan for how we want to end it all ...


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In the script, the scene plays out as follows: Renault walks inside the hangar, picks up a bottle of Vichy water, and opens it. Renault: Well, Rick, you're not only a sentimentalist, but you've become a patriot. Rick: Maybe, but it seemed like a good time to start. Renault: I think perhaps you're right. As he quickly pours the water ...


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Encouraged by a comment, I thought I'd try to turn my comment into an answer. The answer to the question is: Black Mirror doesn't make happy endings. I'd argue that is one of their calling cards, and one of the strong points of the series. The shows are heavy in terms of topics, and the overall theme of the show (technology isn't necessarily making things ...


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Copying from my answer to the same question on SFF: Because Sam was the logical choice over Bucky Joe Russo explains it in the following interview. "It made sense that it was Sam," Joe Russo said. "I don't think that there were significant debates at all. Bucky is portrayed in the films as very damaged, and not necessarily the guy that you ...


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Just about every episode of Between the Lions The children's television show Between the Lions (2000-2010), which was all about teaching kids how to read, had a recurring sketch called "The Adventures of Cliff Hanger": The sketch always ends with him literally hanging from a cliff and yelling out "Can't…hold…on…much…longer!...


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At the start of the movie, the main character (as a boy) is intrigued by ideas from multiple religions, but his father says everyone must choose just one religion. So from the beginning, the core dilemma facing the main character involves his personal understanding of God. This dilemma is resolved by the end of the film: when the main character shares the ...


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There can be many reasons for shooting alternate endings; a few of them are: To pass censorship: In 1975's Bollywood film Sholay the director had a different vision for the ending from the one we see in theaters but the Board of Censors didn't allow them to show the brutal killing of the antagonist, and made them re-shoot the scene as a police arrest of ...


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Here is a detailed comparison between the Theatrical and Extended Director's Cut. One of the differences is an additional scene at the end: Doug looks down and removes the bandage from the spot where the injection tattoo was burned in at Rekall – it cannot be seen anymore. One could interpret this as a hint that Quaid is still in a dream world. Although, ...


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To avoid leaks - Game of Thrones springs to mind During a recent talk at his alma mater, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said the show is taking measures avoid revealing its ending. "I know in 'Game of Thrones,' the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens," Bloys said in a recording of his Moravian ...


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I believe he says 'Do you want to go to the roof with me?' or 'do you want to go up with me?' The end of the film is supposed to indicate that Theodore has overcome the crippling insecurities that were stimulated by the failure of his relationship with Catherine. Samantha has allowed him to recognize that he and Amy are a good match, and would probably ...


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Run Lola Run (1998) had three endings, but they were released as part of one movie (unlike Clue which sounds like they released multiple versions of the movie at the same time). In it, Lola must collect a large sum of money in twenty minutes to protect her boyfriend from a gang he owes money to. The story plays out once. When it ends, it restarts but ...


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More than anything the end of Rocky illustrates that Rocky has "gone the distance" (all 15 rounds of the fight). That's all he wanted. He didn't care if he lost, (which he did. Apollo is the victor by points in this match) only that he didn't loose by knock-out. He is elated that he "went the distance" and proved to Adrian that he had what it takes to go the ...


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This is an interview with Edwin Lyman, PhD, scientific director for the Nuclear Control Institute, in November 2001. Member Question: What are the levels of radiation risk at 10 miles, 100 miles, 100,000 miles from ground zero? How far can the radiation travel? Is that based solely on wind direction? Edwin Lyman: Well, again one should distinguish ...


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According to the movie's FAQ on IMDB.com, Neeson's reason was "for respect and the fact that he was proud to portray such a historical figure." Also, the scene shows actual Holocaust survivors as well as the actors who played some of them. I believe it is only the survivors, not the actors, who place stones on the grave. So perhaps it would not have been ...


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Here's a non metaphorical explanation, just an idea I had: Remember when she went down to the basement and saw her husband The first time? He then asked for "the boy" so that they could be together again. This kind of reminds me to the voodoo spells where a spirit invades and takes over a body, (like in The Skeleton Key). My theory is that the spirit of ...


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