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None of the different means you can use to guess whether Cobb is in a dream or not at the end of the movie are completely reliable. The spinning top has huge issues - the fact that it was Mal's totem, that it appears to act in a simplistic way that perhaps other people could dream, hence invalidating its usefulness - and of course the fact that we are never ...


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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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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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There is a wedding ring theory which leads to the conclusion that he is indeed back in the real world. A quick Google will turn up a number of explanations of that theory. On the otherhand, Christopher Nolan refuses to answer the question, indeed here he seems to go so far as to insist there is no answer. Personally I think that's nonsense: either the ...


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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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Per director Stanley Kubrick: The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests the reincarnation of Jack. How does it relate to the movie? It sort of echoes the "You’ve always been the caretaker." line earlier in the film, which suggests something along the lines that his soul is perpetually stuck at/destined to end up at that hotel.


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What makes you think he saved the train in the original universe/timeline? From my understanding the source code program works a lot like time lines in "Back to the Future": Colter Stevens' consciousness is being projected through a black hole into a parallel universe, where everything is the same except that he is in the body of Sean Fentress now. By that ...


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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 ...


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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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I found a very interesting article based on the differences between movie and the novel. I'll quote some of them, that should answer your question: Robert Zemeckis, director of Forrest Gump, chooses not to include several adventures that are present in the book and to change the character’s personality. This significant changes play an important role ...


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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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Basically what happens is Donnie ends up sending the jet engine back, and in the new timeline (yay time travel!) he stays in bed, gets killed, and prevents most of the events from happening near the end of the movie. Wiki link


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I'm going to assume you did not get the twist of the movie and will do my best to explain what happens: The whole twist of the movie (and an excellent reason to watch it multiple times) is that The Narrator (nameless, some assume his name is Jack) actually has a split personality disorder. Tyler Durden does not exist and is just a figment of his split ...


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The scene goes like this: Joel: I can't see anything that I don't like about you. Clementine: But you will! But you will. You know, you will think of things. And I'll get bored with you and feel trapped because that's what happens with me. Joel: Okay. Clementine: [pauses] Okay. Clementine is warning him that she will eventually feel bored with him, ...


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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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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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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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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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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 would want to ...


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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. ...


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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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