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The disappearing "wipe" act. You've seen it a hundred times before in as many films — a car or bus drives past the camera and as if by magic, our villain or hero vanishes. Have you ever wondered where they go exactly? This clip by the ever-comedic Aussie-based Michael Shanks provides us with one very surreal (and bloody) theory.

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Video: Wow. This video shows the end of a car chase in northeast Houston and it's totally bananas. The suspect tries to outrun a helicopter in an open field, but while making a break for it, he gets pummelled by a police SUV. Somehow, he bounces off the car, gets back up and manages to keep on running. At this point, a helicopter crew member jumps out of the chopper with his helmet still on and chases after the suspect to tackle him.

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Is there a bank robbery that isn't at least a bit bizarre? Consider the "Geezer Bandit," who's held up at least 16 banks and is either an elderly man, or doing a convincing job imitating one. That's kind of weird, right? But it's small potatoes in the realm of bank-robbing. Here are six of history's most mind-boggling heists.

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Lead is a relatively soft metal, and the fact that it deforms is what makes lead bullets so deadly. It expands inside whatever it hits causing more damage to the surrounding area. But there are metals much softer than lead and their effects on contact are even more pronounced — so naturally someone made them into bullets.

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Video: Star Wars: Exile is a 16-minute fan film about a pair of Jedi who must confront a sinister Inquisitor in the employ of Darth Vader and the dark side. It's a bit talky at times. But it also has high production values including commendable special effects, a refreshingly diverse cast, multiple lightsabre battles, and — I can emphasise this strongly enough — GORE.

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So you think you know everything about James Bond? No? Well, that's fair enough. Even if you were Ian Fleming himself I'd have questions, the first being "How did you get out of your coffin?" Anyway, let's move away from the necromancy, to the romance of Bond, James Bond... and a bunch of things you probably didn't know about the pop culture icon.

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Video: Oopsies in movies are the best because they're so hilariously out of place. Like having a car in the shot of a Braveheart battle sequence or having a camera man inside Hogwarts in Harry Potter or seeing a human arm pat down a velociraptor in Jurassic Park.

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Video: RocketJump Film School put together this really great video that shows us the different kinds of cuts and transitions that filmmakers use in their movies. By showing examples from both classic and modern movies, we get to see the tricks they employ. Cutting on action, cutting away, cross cutting back and forth and jump cuts. It's really, really cool to see it all visualised.

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Picture yourself as an explorer in a distant and dangerous place. Something goes wrong, and you and your team have to abandon the venture and head straight for home. But you get left behind, the rest of the team thinking you are dead, and you have no way to contact them.

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Video: It's pretty simple even if we don't want to acknowledge it: movies are pretty much set up all the same and a hero's journey roughly follows a pretty universal 12-step process. Or at least that's what Iskander Krayenbosch thinks in his animation The Hero's Journey. He deftly utilises characters from popular movies to prove his point for each step.

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You're probably aware that normal elevators make use of counterweights, which reduce the amount of energy it takes to move people up and down skyscrapers with slightly frightening speed. But when it comes to moving hundred-ton boats, a little more precision is required.