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What is it called when a movie breaks the illusion of fantasy?
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It's widely known as Breaking the Fourth Wall. Breaking the fourth wall is when a character acknowledges their fictionality, by either indirectly or directly addressing the audience. Alternatively, ...

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Does this room exist in the Simpsons' house?
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This is the Simpsons' recreation room. It has indeed been rarely used in the series, but has appeared on the show a few times. Here's one of them (from Lady Bouvier's Lover, Season 5, Episode 21): ...

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Why is the number '4' so prominent in the Death Note?
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Because apparently, Four is Death. from the TV Tropes page of the same name: In most Chinese languages and languages that borrow words from it, the words for "four" (四) and "death" (死) are written ...

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Meaning of the Silence of the Lambs poster
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This award-winning poster art conveys many of the movie's themes and plot points: Clarice's skin is pale (in stark contrast to the darkness surrounding her) and blue like a corpse while her blue eyes ...

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Why is the 'You talking to me' speech from the movie 'Taxi Driver' so famous?
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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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Has there been a movie or a TV show where an abortion was portrayed without negative connotations?
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Obvious Child A somewhat recent romantic comedy has actually been lauded for its treatment of this subject: Obvious Child from 2014 starring comedian Jenny Slate. From a Slate article: In the new ...

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Where does the "One of us! One of us!" chant originate?
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Tod Browning's controversial cult horror film Freaks from 1932. The central story is of this conniving trapeze artist Cleopatra, who seduces and marries sideshow midget Hans after learning of his ...

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Jokes about Monica's haircut
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They're both references to Dudley Moore, which Monica was unfortunate enough to have his haircut. 10 is a famous film he starred in, while "When you get caught between the moon and New York City" is ...

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Comedy movie about 3 software programmers who tried to hack the company's account system
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Office Space from 1999. Three engineers have had enough of the daily grind working their dull, mundane jobs at Initech Corporation. Subjected to filling out useless forms, fighting with faulty ...

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Why did Groundhog Day take place on Groundhog Day?
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Apparently, it was mostly arbitrary. From a TCM article about the film: Some viewers may be surprised to learn that there was no major reason why Groundhog Day was the holiday chosen for the film's ...

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A movie in which aliens attack the Earth and destroy it, and then replace it with a new Earth
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy from 2005. Everyone has bad mornings. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast...but for a man named Arthur Dent, this goes far beyond a bad day. ...

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Why is the apartment door unlocked?
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I can think of many reasons: Jeff keeps the door open throughout the movie because he broke his leg and he's immobile. That way visitors could enter easily. He's probably doing this because there are ...

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In "The One With The Flashback", why doesn't Rachel comment about Monica's weight(loss)?
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The episode is from 1996. The flashback takes place three years prior, so around 1993. However, according to another flashback episode from season 5, Monica already lost all that weight by ...

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Why didn't Mal use her totem (spinning top) before she actually died?
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Because you can't battle a notion once it's successfully inserted into your subconscious. Cobb: An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can ...

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What is the body part that rhymes with Dolores?
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Clitoris, though it only rhymes with a specific pronunciation (cli-TO-ris instead of CLI-toris). It's discussed on the episode's Wiki page which also explains George's bizarre name suggestions (e.g. ...

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What was the movie playing in Sherlock (The Final Problem)?
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It's not a real film. It's a fictional 'classic' noir film made for this show. If you look them up on IMDb, the actors playing 'Leonard' and 'Velma' in that movie are contemporary actors and started ...

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What do the spear and watermelon jokes in "Airplane!" mean?
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My take Overall: These are visuals meant to exaggerate the chaos in a disaster movie's control room much like the various people panicking in it as well as literal s#!% hitting a literal fan. But more ...

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Where is the original Fabergé egg in Octopussy?
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It's been a while, but as far as I know, the chain of events is this one (quoted from an entire thread about this confusing matter in a James Bond forum and corroborated by IMDb here, which also ...

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Why is Pulp Fiction's opening scene different to the one near the end?
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It clearly looks like a continuity error, but if IMDb's Pulp Fiction FAQ page is to be believed: Why is what Yolanda says in the beginning different from what she says at the end? Tarantino has ...

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Sleeping Beauty and Snow White in the same movie
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Your daughter can rest easy; she's absolutely right. You are looking for The Seventh Dwarf (2014), a German 3D-animated film based on Sleeping Beauty that borrows characters from Snow White (and other ...

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Why did Professor Snape hide his relationship with Lily from Harry Potter?
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He didn't want Harry to know for 2 main reasons. He couldn't bear Harry knowing he had feelings for his mother because Harry still reminded him of James, whom he despised. This is explained in the ...

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Why does nobody want to give Voldemort their wand?
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You raised some good arguments in your comment. And if Voldemort's followers were smart enough, brave enough and selfless enough, they might've had more weight. But these aren't exactly traits shared ...

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How did they make Yogurt so short?
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I always thought it was part of the joke that he's obviously walking on his knees. In the DVD commentary, Mel Brooks talks about how difficult it was playing the Yogurt character. The gold-colored ...

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Did John Doe manage to complete his 'masterpiece' in Se7en?
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John Doe planned this meticulously for a very long time, and with the exception of that small glitch where Somerset and Mills find his apartment a bit too early, it's safe to say his plan is carried ...

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Why do Mickey's ears rotate and shift location when he is not facing the camera?
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To make the Mickey symbol more recognizable, the more authentic depiction was abandoned. From Wikipedia: Ub Iwerks designed Mickey's body out of circles in order to make the character simple to ...

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A hitman falls in love with a victim girl
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This sounds like Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional from 1994 with Natalie Portman about a hitman adopting a girl after her family is wiped out (he also finds her sitting and smoking on the stairs in ...

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What was this lawyer eating?
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Pretty sure that's candy corn, a common Halloween candy in the US (note that the episode indeed takes place during Halloween):

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Why didn't Tom Riddle kill Harry in Chamber of Secrets?
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In-Universe Reasons Riddle is not fully formed yet. He's a memory almost made flesh, so he can grab Harry's wand and even create some shiny letters with it, but it's possible that's the extent of his ...

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Identify movie about a mother and daughter trapped in their home due to a break in
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Sounds like David Fincher's Panic Room from 2002 with Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart. A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three ...

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Are (literal) cliff hangers still used as cliffhangers?
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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: ...

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