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What makes The Shawshank Redemption so cinematically important?

I believe it is due to its great acting and very memorable plot. I'm not aware of any widely-used cinematic techniques that were invented due to the film. When the film was initially released, it ...
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Why is the 'You talking to me' speech from the movie 'Taxi Driver' so famous?

Just to get the more superficial reason out of the way first, it's possible that those particular words got stuck in our heads and are now representative of this entire scene because they're repeated ...
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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

The site Box Office Mojo is a good resource. It gives domestic and foreign grosses. For instance, Saving Private Ryan grossed more abroad ($265,300,000) than here in the States ($216,540,909). The ...
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Have GoT's showrunners reacted to the poor reception of the final season?

No, they have not responded. After scanning several search platforms for several minutes I have concluded that no such interview exists, although they must be aware of the dislike. Some of the cast ...
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Why are Aamir Khan's movies so popular in China?

It just started with 3 Idiots' success in China's pirated market that made it into their top 12 list. And then they just captured the opportunity and released all of Aamir's later films in China which ...
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Why is the 'You talking to me' speech from the movie 'Taxi Driver' so famous?

Why is it famous? The delivery. You have to remember that this was entirely unscripted. It was the last week of shooting. They were filming some filler stuff. Scorsese just told DeNiro to just ...
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What makes The Shawshank Redemption so cinematically important?

"Important"? I'm not sure it's really "important", but it's a great movie. It's a wonderfully crafted revenge story. And it's not a revenge you see coming. It's not obvious like "I Know What You ...
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What makes The Shawshank Redemption so cinematically important?

From IMDb's own explanation, the following explains how their rankings are determined How do you calculate the rank of movies and TV shows on the Top 250 Rated Charts? The following formula is used ...
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Did Stephen King like Frank Darabont's ending of "The Mist"?

In a recent interview with Frank Darabont by Nick Schager for Yahoo Movies, Darabont first explains his reason for changing the ending: When I first read Steve’s [Stephen King] story back a zillion ...
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Why is the 'You talking to me' speech from the movie 'Taxi Driver' so famous?

That is a great question. I believe Marty McFly mimics De Niro's acting in back to the future 3, like you said "people either mimic Robert De Niro[...]". Besides the fact that the scene had some ...
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Was Sharknado planned as a trash movie?

Impossible to prove: but almost definitely. There is actually a precedent for this in cinema, known as 'The Castle Rock Rule'... despite the well circulated platitude that "No one sets out to make a ...
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Was Arrow's change in moral alignment motivated by his audience?

I haven't read anything official that would point to this, but I do believe that the shift in Oliver's moral convictions was planned from the start. In the first season, Oliver's alter ego was ...
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Was the ending to Limitless reshot?

Well, there is an alternate ending, which is available on the DVD release. From Kotaku.com (there is a video of the alternate ending on the site): In the theatrical version, Eddie has apparently ...
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Can a B-movie movie get promoted due to high rating from audience?

The term "B movie", at least in modern movies, doesn't have any kind of official meaning. It's not a rating that gets applied to a movie by some organization, it's really just a "genre" of movie. ...
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Real world impact of The Blair Witch Project

Before when The Blair Witch Project was released, the marketing for the film was quite unique at the time. The hype surrounding the film was that it was real and based off a true story. It was ...
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Has a movie from a movie series ever been removed/retconned due to fan/general outcry?

Highlander 2 The 1991 theatrical release changed the backstory of the characters from being immortals of unknown origin to aliens from another planet. It was so poorly reviewed that in 1995 they ...
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Do jazz/classical musicians find "Whiplash" accurate?

Movies like Whiplash aren't striving for an accurate portrayal of life at a conservatory. I'm sure it tries to be accurate, but that's not it's main goal. It's a melodrama. Even so, some of my ...
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Aliens and vampires don't sell?

Firstly, the reason those movies didn't receive as wide a release as others has nothing to do with their respective genres: if we were to say Vampire movies and Alien Movies don't sell, how would we ...
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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

Short answer: yes, provided you don't offend anyone. Longer answer: yes and/or no, depending on how you look at it. Firstly, I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned the language barrier with ...
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Why is the 'You talking to me' speech from the movie 'Taxi Driver' so famous?

I think it is very clear. Let's see the scene If DeNiro was holding a gun when saying the line, it would mean that the other had an opportunity to realize how dangerous DeNiro was, surrender and ...
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Was Arrow's change in moral alignment motivated by his audience?

I think @System Down has summed up all the imported points. Just to add something though, here is an interview from Time Magazine the shows co-creator, Mark Guggenheim, where he discussed the change ...
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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)?

Life imitating art imitating life: "To protect and serve": LAPD cruisers were emblazoned with the department's motto: "To Protect and Serve". Because so many films and television shows are ...
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What makes The Shawshank Redemption so cinematically important?

What can be said about The Shawshank Redemption that has not been said before? The film speaks for itself with the amount of awards that it has been nominated for, and won. The film was released with ...
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Why was Æon Flux not pre-screened for critics?

Does not screening for critics happen often? Of course, many films do that. Even in the related editorial.rottentomatoes.com discussion about Æon Flux, they listed a few films which were not screened ...
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Why is the 'You talking to me' speech from the movie 'Taxi Driver' so famous?

What is the reason behind this dialogue being so famous: 'You talking to me'? The performance is iconic and memorable Robert De Niro is a legend in film and his works are more remembered than ...
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Is The Good Place inspired by Swedenborg as a state of spirit rather than a Place?

It may be one of several influences, but it is not the main or only influence, as the creator Michael Schur explains to The Hollywood Reporter, after doing extensive research, he quite because he ...
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Was there ever noticeable criticism about Breaking Bad possibly glorifying the drug business?

I've tried to google for traces of a public debate on Breaking Bad that would be focused on the show's portrayal of the drug business and the drug addicts characters, and I've found some interesting ...
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Were the sex scenes in "The Handmaiden" perceived as inauthentic, e.g. by lesbian reviewers?

Here's one lesbian critic's perspective that finds it inauthentic. Obviously though, queer women aren't a monolith. One survey suggests tribadism (more commonly called scissoring), isn't ubiquitous, ...
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Has there ever been a sequel that has been scrapped and remade after release?

Superman Returns released in 2006 is a direct sequel to Superman 2 and ignores Superman 3 and Superman 4. The next Terminator movie (scheduled for release in 2019) will ignore the events of all ...
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