Understanding the underlying concepts and themes behind the film/TV-show and its different interpretations. Not to be used for direct plot discussions.

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Why do TV series now-days have to have some homosexuality in it? [on hold]

Almost every new TV series I watched recently had to show a man kissing a man or a woman kissing a woman, even if it adds nothing to the plot, is there a specific reason for that? The 100 Shades ...
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What does “Ex Machina” mean?

The name of the British sci-fi movie "Ex Machina", what exactly does it mean? Is there any relationship to the famous game series "Deus Ex"?
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Is there a common origin to those blue background TV commercials?

I've seen a number of these in my many years of watching TV since at least the 1990s. These are commercials for some random mail order product, and right before the ad ends, the screen cuts to ...
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What was the symbolism behind pushing “The Button” in Lost?

Everyone who watched the Lost series could appreciate the amount of symbolism that the directors have put in. However, I could never understand what was the true symbolism behind pushing the button ...
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Does 12 Angry Men point to the bad jury selection system of the US at the time?

Considering that the jurors almost sentenced an 18 year old to death based on vague evidence and considering their poor deliberance abilities that they showed with the remarks, does 12 Angry Men ...
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In Fargo, why is the 180° rule broken during this scene?

In episode 3 of Fargo, titled "A Muddy Road", the 180° rule is broken during this particular scene, at about 43 minutes into the episode (according to HULU). I couldn't find a clip of the scene ...
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Is the Babadook symbolic of the dead father?

In The Babadook, the monster wears clothes similar to those we find out the father wore, in fact the mother was scared to see his clothes hanging against the wall in one scene, mistaking him for the ...
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In allegorical sense what does the mad dog represent in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

I cannot understand this particular moment in the movie. What does it represent for the story and how is it connected to the storyline? It appears to me that it's outside of context. Maybe I missed ...
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90s Prostitute reference in Law & Order: SVU

Episode 4 in season 1 of Law & Order: SVU is about a policeman that kills prostitutes, and one night he killed a woman that was in good health and had good nutrition, and the mortician referred to ...
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What was with Ron Perlman's character's nose obsession in Cronos?

In Guillermo del Toro's 1993 Bi-lingual first film, Cronos, Ron Perlman's character Angel has an obsession with his own nose. He plans on getting rhinoplasty, and is seen in every scene doing ...
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What is the significance of the color red in “Rebel Without a Cause”?

I recently watched Rebel Without a Cause for the first time and I couldn't help but notice the very intentional use of the color red. Specifically, red seemed to be reserved for the three high school ...
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Why does “The Force Awakens” use an image language associated with national socialism for the First Order?

The scene when the First Order fires their weapon the first time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens uses an image language which clearly references the national socialism in Germany during World War 2, ...
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What is the significance of this line from We Need to Talk About Kevin?

At the end of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2011), Kevin's mother tells him she wants to know why he did what he did. He responds: I used to think I knew. Now I'm not so sure. What is the ...
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What's the meaning of the two scarves during the riot in Straight Outta Compton?

Around 3/4 in the movie Straight Outta Compton during the riots, two people are holding two scarves, one red and one blue, knit together and walking towards the police. Like so: Closeup: ...
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Was Childhood's End Intended To Parallel Biblical Prophecy?

I just finished watching the three-part SyFy channel mini-series adaptation of "Childhood's End", and I was left wondering about a number of seeming correlations between the story told (originally by ...
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What is the significance of 45 Years Movie?

What is the significance of 45 Years? What does it want to convey in the ending scene by the subtle emotions of kate during the anniversary party?
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Why does John Reese always speak with such a low voice volume

I've been watching Person of Interest and couldn't help but notice John's low voice volume. So my question is: why? is it to the character appear more professional or something? is the character's ...
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Why didn't McMurphy escape?

In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, McMurphy and Chief planned to escape to Canada, and near the end of the movie, they trapped Turkle and made him drink in order to escape in the night. But, in the ...
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Why did Chief Bromden fool everyone?

In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, at the beginning of the movie we're told that Chief is a deaf and dumb. However, when McMurphy and Chief were talking just before the electroshock therapy scene, we ...
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Understanding racial messages in The Hateful Eight

I have just seen Quentin Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight. From this Vulture interview: Hateful Eight uses the Civil War as a backdrop, sort of like how The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ...
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Why did Claire give John the earring?

In the movie The Breakfast Club, why did Molly Ringwald's character Claire give the big honking diamond earring to Judd Nelson's character John? I realize there is a new friendship there, but was ...
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Ending of Whiplash…revenge or not?

Was the ending of Whiplash revenge or not? One, I don't believe Fletcher would destroy his own reputation to get back at Andrew. So would he really give up his career to get back at Andrew or did ...
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Lenny taking a picture of Teddy

In the end of Memento (and beginning of its story), Lenny wants to take a picture of Teddy. Does anybody have a clue why Teddy asked to change the place where the picture was about to be taken? ...
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In Cold in July, was the cop killed?

There was a police guy in uniform sat inside guarding the house whilst the family was asleep. After he is attacked, if you look closely there is a wound to the side of his head. Whether he died or ...
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Stanley Kubrik's The Shining clue

Recently, I was watching (for the millionth time) Stanley Kubrik's The Shining. One of my favourite scene is the first meeting between Jack Torrance and Lloyd. At the beginning of that scene, we see ...
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What's the meaning of the hangman game in the phone booth in Fargo?

In the latest episode of Fargo "Loplop" (S02E08), there is a hangman game in the window of the phone booth that Ed Blumquist uses to call the Gerhardt family. What is the answer to this puzzle and ...
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Any significance as to why the sheriff's name in Cut Bank is Vogel?

In many plays, novels etc character names are of some sort of significance. I noticed that in Cut Bank, the sheriff's name is Vogel which means bird in German/Dutch. Is there a connection to his ...
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Why the AKA prefix?

The episode titles for the Jessica Jones episodes are all prefixed with AKA, which stands for Also Known As. I'm curious/confused why this decision was made.
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Significance of blue flowers in What dreams may come

In "What dreams may come", blue flowers are ubiquitous. What do they represent?
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Are the parallels between AI and Slavery intentional?

While watching Ex Machina it occurred to me that the robots could be replaced with human slaves and the plot lines could be essentially unchanged. Here are some of the examples for the parallels: ...
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Significance of the painting behind M in the restaurant

Skyfall made prominent use of paintings, especially paintings of ships, to visualize James Bond's and MI6's state, as previosly discussed. Given this, I couldn't help but notice that its successor ...
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What is the significance of the cat in the movie “Gone Girl”?

Throughout the movie "Gone Girl", there is an orange house cat that appears in numerous scenes. Is this some kind of symbolism?
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What is number chart on sniper rifle?

I was watching the movie "American Sniper", In the first 30 minutes scene ,when Chris Kyle is observing the Afghan woman and child carrying Russian Grenade. There is a number chart pasted on his ...
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Why does the Airwolf series use “photon torpedo”-like missiles?

What wondered me is that they made the effort of Airwolf dodging missiles or using decoys to get rid of them. We see the missile head flying in the background or the missile itself hunting Airwolf. ...
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The “narrator” of a movie

Question Do theorists of cinema use the concept of "narrator" in the sense of the hypothetical person presenting the movie, and if yes who are some of the famous ones and what are the works in which ...
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Why are the emotions colored in the way they are?

Inside Out is a great movie from Pixar & Disney. A movie that will force you to think about your life, emotions etc. Loved it. So there are five emotions shown in the movie that control our ...
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Emotion Leaders/Managers in Inside Out?

In the movie Inside Out, I noticed that in Riley's mom the Sadness emotion was quite the one leading or managing the other emotions while in Riley's dad, the Angry emotion was the one leading the ...
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Taps - What does it mean?

At the very beginning of the 1981 movie Taps, George C. Scott reads from the Book of Remembrance. This book contains all of the soldiers from Bunker Hill Academy (not sure if that's a real school or ...
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What does the Native American Chief symbol mean in the Hackers movie from 1995?

Question: What does the Native American Chief symbol mean in the Hackers movie from 1995? How is it connected with hacker culture? Or is it just a coincidence? Background: I'm a little bit ...
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Why does the priest have a full bottle of wine in The Sopranos S01E05?

I was re-watching The Sopranos. In Season 1 Episode 5, With Carmela, the priest says that he has a communion kit because he went to see a (presumably dying) patient in the hospital (to give ...
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In “Gone Girl”, is there a significance to Amy's repeated head injuries?

In "Gone Girl", it seems as though the are a lot of injuries to Amy's head: the male criminal who steals her money knocks her head against a wall, she conks herself with a hammer, and probably others ...
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Is there any purpose to the short fade to white?

At the end of All Is Lost, when Our Man inadvertently sets his lifeboat on fire while trying to get the attention of some light he sees in the distance, he has to jump into the water and after a ...
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What is the significance of Dick Van Dyke playing both Mr Dawes and Bert?

What is the significance of Dick Van Dyke playing both Mr Dawes and Bert in Mary Poppins? I have a feeling that something of this sort might have been intended, but is there any official word on such? ...
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What's the message of the movie Take Shelter?

The main thing that comes to mind about Take Shelter is how uncomfortable I felt during and after watching it. While I think it was well-made and probably was trying to achieve this effect, I have ...
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Why was Roger Ebert considered one of the greatest film critics?

There have been many film critics in the world, but no one seems as influential as Roger Ebert. If you check the wikipedia page of any movie, it's very likely that, in the reception section, they ...
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What does Costello's drawing symbolize?

In The Departed there is a scene where Jack Nicholson's character makes a drawing. The drawing is of rats and the Massachusetts State House. He sets the drawing afire. What is the symbolism of this ...
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Are there any sequel movies based on true story?

Mostly true stories sometimes also known as biographies end up in single parts, but I really doubt at the very corner some sequels on true stories exist. So are there any sequel movies based on true ...
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What is the significance of the “fly scene”?

I have already consulted the original "fly scene" thread about this, but it doesn't exactly answer my question. I'm asking about the "fly scene" that comes in season five of Breaking Bad when Walt is ...
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What is the meaning of the symbols on the Arrowhead in the season 3 intro?

In the Arrow season 3 starting and ending intro, the Arrowhead got changed from plain to thicker one with symbols embodied on it, as depicted below Is there any deep meaning/symbolism behind those ...
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Does the Chinese song have any further relevance?

The Daredevil episode "World on Fire" (S01E05) sees one of Madame Gao's couriers deliver a package to Vladimir's men. While he sits in the car and the Russians get inside he sings some Chinese song, ...