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Solving 29 Movie Mysteries

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 14, 2012 at 4:06PM

The movie nerds over at Time have attempted to solve and/or explain 29 Movie Head-Scratchers, from "Casablanca" and "The Exorcist" to "The Hangover" and "The Wrestler." They may not deliver solid answers, but they ask provocative questions and lay out relevant evidence. Here are eight head-scratchers. Share your theories in the comments!
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Casablanca

The movie nerds over at Time have attempted to solve and/or explain 29 Movie Head-Scratchers, from "Casablanca" and "The Exorcist" to "The Hangover" and "The Wrestler." They may not deliver solid answers, but they ask provocative questions and lay out relevant evidence. Here are eight head-scratchers. Share your theories in the comments!

Does the top that Dom Cobb spins at end of the movie eventually fall over? ("Inception")

What’s inside the briefcase? ("Pulp Fiction")

Why couldn’t Jack and Rose share space—or even take turns—on their makeshift raft? ("Titanic")

What’s inside the FedEx package that Chuck Noland never opens during all those years stranded on that island? ("Cast Away")

Does Randy “The Ram” Robinson die after he leaps off the top rope in the movie’s final scene? ("The Wrestler")

When Dorothy begins her journey to the Emerald City we see a Red Brick Road intertwined with the Yellow Brick Road. So what’s the deal with this Red Brick Road? ("The Wizard of Oz")

Why does the demon that possesses Regan react to the “fake” holy water sprinkled by Father Karras? ("The Exorcist")

Do Rick and Ilsa—following the emotional confrontation over those letters of transit—end up sleeping together? ("Casablanca")

This article is related to: Classics, Genres, Inception, The Wrestler


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.