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What does “circle the flame” mean?

In the movie American Sniper, when Chris was holding his baby girl, Taya said this sentence "You can only circle the flames so long." to him. What does it mean? I couldn't find any definition for ...
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Where did the term “movie house” come from?

Where did the term movie house come from? Is it a regional term? I am from the Midwest with also Texas influences from military service. I now live in New England and was called on using the term ...
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Asgard is not a place, it's a people

In the movie Thor Ragnarok the sentence Asgard is not a place, it's a people. is used by multiple characters multiple times but shouldn't it be " Asgard is not a place, it's the people" Am I ...
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Meaning and etymology of the “Rhodesia Solution” [closed]

An example of the term "Rhodesia solution" being used is in The whisky Priest, an episode from the BBC comedy series Yes Minister, which follows a government minister and some of his closest staff ...
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What is 'the game' mean here? From “Chicago , 2002”

The script is from "Chicago, 2002". I have a few questions. Thank you. Q1. In the last paragraph, I don't understand the sentence grammatically. Is the sentence same as: the assistant D.A. ...
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Meaning of “garn” in My Fair Lady

At the beginning of the My Fair Lady movie, there is a monologue of prof. Higgins like this: Hear a Yorkshireman, or worse Hear a Cornishman converse I'd rather hear a choir singing flat Chickens ...
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Word to describe “not very old” movie

The other day when we are talking about movies, I was kind of struggling to find the proper word to describe a movie that is not very old, but also not quite new. For example, movies from around ...
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What does “number f**king ten” mean?

I was watching "Casualties of War" today. One of the characters, a soldier, interrogates a suspected VC (Viet-Cong) old man by asking him "Are you VC? Number fucking ten?" Is "number fucking 10" ...
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What does the idiom “That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise” mean?

I just watched the movie The apartment (by Billy Wilder, 1960) and hear the main character say: That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise I kind of understand it as "that's life", as someone would ...
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No “are” in movies sometimes?

I often hear sentences in movies like "Fight back, you coward!", "You filthy, dirty hippy", etc. And I had thought it sounded like this only to me but when I found the subtitles for those movies, I ...
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What does “two-meal” mean in “There's nothing that could get him away from that two-meal town.”?

It's a quote from the movie "The Godfather II", Tom and Frankie's scene: Frankie: Did my brother go back? Tom: Yeah, don't worry. Frankie: He's ten time tougher than me-- my brother. He's ...
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What do these words and sentences mean?

I'm translating an episode of a TV series called "Sons of Anarchy". In a scene (where business partners have a meeting): A: "Quinn showed us some Red Woody rough cuts. Business is good." B: ...
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What is meant by “Prince in Exile”? [closed]

I saw the tag Prince In Exile in a movie poster. But I still don't get its meaning.
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What is the origin of the term EPK or Electronic Press Kit on movie productions? Any history welcome!

EPK stands for Electronic Press Kit, which I am defining as "recorded cast and crew interviews and other clips that capture the making of the movie to be used for publicity." Is that right? Next, ...
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What is the meaning of 'plain' dangerous?

I watched a movie and found a line saying: It's just plain dangerous. They carry different diseases than we do. I am wondering what the meaning of 'plain' dangerous is? I checked Cambridge ...
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Proper word for non-sequitur asides in TV and Film

The TV show Family Guy very often, usually multiple times per episode, will cut away from the main plot to show a weird flashback or just a miniature story that is completely unrelated to the main ...
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Meaning? “One of a kind. Top of the line. A real doggone keeper”

One of a kind. Top of the line. A real doggone keeper This a phrase spoken by Walter to Chris in the movie "Get Out". YouTube link I think I can understand the first two phrases... "One of a kind, ...
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What is the name of the occupation of the person in charge of lighting effects on stage?

On a drama or stage show, there's always a person takes care of the lighting effects, but I don't know how to express that occupation. Does anyone know what it's called?
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Is there a term to refer to movies in which one or more actors died during production period and stand-ins were used?

The best I can think of is "movie with late actors", but it sounds weird and not very concise. I wonder if there's a technical term to refer to that type of movies.
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Meaning of dialogue in “Madam Secretary” episode

I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season 1, episode 14. And there are some dialogues I can't understand. I wonder what the meaning of last two sentences is. Please help me! Russell:I'm ...
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Is there any specific meaning of 'export' in this context?

When I saw Shape of Water, the movie, I heard the following dialogue: Now, that's one thing. That's real decent of him. But the other kind of decency... it doesn't really matter. We sell it,...
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Cinematic term for: A known symbol confirms the location of the scene

What is the term for when a scene in a film shows e.g. the Eiffel tower so that the viewer knows that the scene takes place in Paris. I know the term exists but I cannot recall it.
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What is meant by “Nothing up your sleeves”

Background: Hi, this one is my first question on this site. Until now I was just a developer asking for help on stackoverflow.com. So today I was watching the movie Now you see me, where they all ...
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Do I say 'in 3D' or 'on 3D' [closed]

Shoulda I say 'I've watched it in 3D' or "I've watched it on 3D"
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Have you never loved again [closed]

I am trying to understanding the lyrics of Django Unchained 2012 soundtrack and in one line there is a phrase. "Django, have you never loved again?" Unfortunately, I cannot make sense of it. ...
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What is the meaning of phrase “Why on earth” [closed]

I was watching a movie "Tangland" and one character says to another: "Why on earth I would do that." Could anyone please tell what is the meaning of this phrase and how I can use it in different ...
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Advanced English: What can be “rather than a subtle ______ ” in movies?

I have this book, donkey's years old—1991—called Cambridge Advanced English, written by Leo Jones. The topic of films, shows, and concerts is dealt with in chapter 3 but there's a problem, it's a ...
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Search for the meaning 'Even better than the free stash I got off him' [closed]

I heard the sentence 'Even better than the free stash I got off him' in a TV show I watch. I can't grasp the real meaning of it. Can someone help me here? Dexter s02e06 Episode Script
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Third conditional from 'Sweet Home Alabama'

I heard this 'You ever wonder what would have happened if we hadn't have gotten pregnant?' Is this right? Why not just '...if we hadn't gotten pregnant?'
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Was “fong” a Middle English word?

I just watched the movie A Knight's Tale, and the character Wat repeatedly threatens to "fong" people (as in "I'll fong you," clearly meaning some kind of bodily violence.) There are claims around ...
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What is meant by “Are you even up there?” [closed]

I have seen "The edge of seventeen" movie last Friday. In that film, Nadine used to say this sentence (See image) Can any one tell me what it means?
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What does the phrase “laying pipe” mean? [closed]

In the movie Dead Poets Society, there is a line by Robin Williams:"We are not laying pipe, we are talking about poetry." I have checked it up on Urban Dictionary and according to the top scoring post ...
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What are the scenes in action movies where two cars try to ram each other head-on called?

You know, like when one guy in one car "takes" on the other guy in another car "athwart" the alleyway in a deadly chicken-play and whoever "flinches" first is the "loser/pussy". Such scenes are ...
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Opposite of “trick film”

What's the term for the opposite of a "trick film" (animated or computer-generated film), i.e. a "real" film shot on a real location with real objects and people?
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word for unused part of a story

I believe there is an expression to refer to a part or an act of a story/movie that is not used for anything later, that does only exist and not used to built anything else on it. It's something like "...
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Watch movies with subtitles or without ( understanding spoken english )? [closed]

it's been over a year now since a started learning english , i've improved a lot , but there's something that enrage me literally ... i just can't understand spoken english i can watch a movie and ...
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What do you call a person who works on old home movies and paper photographs?

What do you call a person who works on old home movies and paper photographs? I'm not talking about someone who operates a camera. Simply just scans, edits, and creates from photographs and old video ...
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Question about the phrase “fought fire with oil” as used in the film “Spartacus”

In the film "Spartacus," the character Crassus remarks that he "fought fire with oil" in regards to him buying the Senate behind his rival's back to appoint his friend to a position of prominence. ...
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The meaning of a short excerpt of dialog from the “La-La Land” movie [closed]

I came across the following dialog while watching La-La Land in English with subtitles: Mia: How’d you get on the lot? Seb: I basically just hauled ass past the guard gates. I think I have 20 ...
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What is the meaning of “old sport”?

In the film "The Great Gatsby," Mr. Gatsby says "Sorry, old sport, I thought you knew"; what is the meaning of old sport?
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What is a word for an unaffiliated gunfighter in western movies?

I'm trying to think of a word for the kind of person in western movies (I mean like "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" etc) who is a gunfighter who does not have a group affiliation. The closest I can ...
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What does being back to something mean?

What does the phrase "Now it's back to all the brightness, and everything I hate" mean? (Riddicks s dialogue in The Chronicles of Riddicks movie) https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/...
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“You are not your f***ing khakis” - What does “khakis” exactly mean in the Fight Club movie?

You are not the car you drive You are not your fucking khakis! I absolutely love Fight Club - this is a cult movie. I know that khakis mean a special color used for army dresses; but I want to ...
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Informal Vocabulary - 'Mank you'

I understand the character is being sarcastic but I don't understand why exactly he says 'mank you'. I looked up the word 'mank' and it doesn't make sense in the context so I suppose 'mank you' is ...
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Midnight Cowboy quote that I can't understand

In Midnight Cowboy, Dustin Hoffman's character (Ratso Rizzo) says: "You can't scratch yourself without getting a bellybutton up the old kazoo there." This was when he was talking about going to ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “And scene!”

I've run across this phrase a couple of times recently, and was curious about its origins. I would specifically like to know: In what context did the phrase originally arise? Exactly what did it ...
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What does “Has been bought” stand for [closed]

What is the term "Has been bought" used for? I saw it in the movie Eraser (1996). Here are some lines of the transcript: -Captain. -John, where are you? -DeGuerin is the mole. He killed -the ...
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Definite article before “cinema”?

I'd like to speak about cinema as an invention. Do we say The cinema was invented in 1895. or Cinema was invented in 1895.
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What verbs can you use in a sentence “The movie ”Boyhood“ runs for three hours”?

What verbs can you use to express the duration of a movie other than "run"? Example sentence: Boyhood runs for three hours.
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What is the word for a 'hint' that might help give the solution at the end of movies?

For example, in The DaVinci Code (movie), there's an upside-down pyramid shown at the beginning of the movie. When the movie comes to an end, the whole story kind of "gathers" around this pyramid. I ...