Understand underlying concepts, character portrayals and different interpretations within a film/tv show.

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Is there any definitive evidence that Teddy was or was not crazy?

The ending of the film Shutter Island is purposely ambiguous, with two different interpretations: Teddy was crazy, and the whole movie was part of a role-play therapy. There is a conspiracy to ...
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Why don't Marty's parents ever mention how similar he looks to the Marty of 1955?

Although Marty is only in 1955 for one week, he plays a pivotal role in getting his parents together. He even briefly dates his mother. So, considering he plays such a pivotal role, does it make sense ...
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What has the greatest chance of being in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase in Pulp Fiction

In Pulp Fiction, there is a briefcase who's content is kept very secret. What item gathers the most evidence for being in the briefcase?
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Why is the bride's name bleeped in Kill Bill Vol 1?

In the movie Kill Bill Vol.1, whenever someone mentions the bride by her name Beatrix Kiddo Her name is censored with a beep. Is this explained somewhere in the movie? Or is it just a signature ...
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What significance does Mike Yanagita have in Fargo?

In the Coen brothers' movie "Fargo" the detective Marge Gunderson gets called by and meets an old schoolmate, Mike Yanagita. He tells her that he is widowed and tries to make a move on her. Later ...
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What kind of company is Initech?

What kind of company is Initech in the movie Office Space? There are a few important things we know about Initech that the movie plot hinged on. Are there any real-life companies that actually fit ...
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Why do Disney parents usually die?

It's well known that many animated Disney movie parents (at least one of a set) die, were never in the picture, or started the movie already dead. Is this just a financial thing (like in Toy Story), ...
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What is the main theme of The Dark Knight?

According to Wikipedia, the main theme of The Dark Knight is escalation, such that each event lead to an escalation that results from the choices Batman and James Gordon make. A separate source said ...
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Did Tyler Durden forget his name?

Ed Norton plays the Narrator or Jack ( due to reading a book that described someone called Jack's body parts from a 1st person perspective). Meanwhile Brad Pitt is introduced as Tyler Durden. Later ...
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Why does Bane protect the girl?

In the final twist of the movie, it is revealed that Talia is actually the one to have climbed out due to Bane helping her get up the hole. However, Bane's pure motivation during the events of the ...
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Why was Being John Malkovich based around John Malkovich?

The film Being John Malkovich is replete with unique plot ideas, the most captivating being the portal discovered by Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) taking him into actor John Malkovich's head. Why did ...
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Why the stoic acting style in 2001 Space Odyssey?

One of the things that I have always found striking about 2001 is the almost mechanical acting of the human characters, especially the radio operator. I'm pretty sure it's a conscious choice on part ...
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What was David's motivation in Prometheus?

For me, perhaps the most interesting person aboard the Prometheus was the android, David. I'm still confused by his seeming fascination with the movie, Lawrence of Arabia. Although I couldn't make ...
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Is Amy right about Indiana Jones being irrelevant to the outcome?

  In the episode The Raiders Minimization of The Big Bang Theory Amy ruins Raiders of the Lost Ark for Sheldon by making the following claim: Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of ...
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Did Batman break his one rule?

In the final scene of The Dark Knight, we see Batman go on a final confrontation with the corrupted Dent. Dent, hell bent on making Batman and Gordon pay for Rachel's death, flips his trademark ...
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What happened to the last of the sins in Se7en?

I have watched Se7en and followed Gluttony, Greed, Sloth and Lust. But I couldn't place the events of the other sins: Envy, Wrath and Pride. Please provide some light on these. I am really ...
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Why did Michael Richards refuse to portray himself?

In the 1999 film "Man on the Moon" starring Jim Carrey as the infamous comic Andy Kaufman, the movie takes great pains to recreate specific points in Kaufman's life. In a somewhat unorthodox fashion, ...
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What would be the equivalent of the carnivorous island?

Towards the end of the movie Life Of Pi, we are given a new vision of the events depicted in the story. The writer that interviews the main character explains that the Zebra, Orang-Utan, Hyena, and ...
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Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end ?
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What type of leader is Bane?

Bane appears to be an incredibly effective leader, commanding dozens or perhaps even hundreds of criminal underlings in a successful campaign to capture Gotham and hold the entire city hostage for ...
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Why cutting an 'X' into ammunition?

I have seen this in a lot of movies and noticed it again now in "Taxi Driver". There is a scene where Robert De Niro cuts an 'X' into his pistol rounds with a knife. I don't know much about weapons, ...
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Does Lt. Columbo have an imaginary wife?

In several episodes of Columbo, he talks about his wife, but we never see her. In one episode based in Mexico, she is even invited to lunch, but leaves at the last moment. This seems to happen a lot - ...
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Why exactly did Walt leave Grey Matter?

Early on in the series Breaking Bad, it is revealed that Walt and Gretchen had a history together with Elliot in the construction of their company "Grey Matter". However, one day while on vacation ...
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“No Country for Old Men”, why is it called so?

One thing bugged me after watching the highly acclaimed movie "No Country for Old Men" - Why is it called so? I tried to analyze the plot and the sequences and the climax, but I could not understand ...
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Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?

In Inception, why do the kicks on the different levels have to occur simultaneously, rather than one after another?
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Evaluating characters by means of description

In his Star Wars Episode 1 review/analysis, Mike Stoklasa used a certain challenge as a device to illustrate how poorly thought out the characters were: "Describe the following characters without ...
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Who hired Malcolm Crowe?

In The Sixth Sense, several months(?) after an "incident", child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) takes up a new case: 8-year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). [Source] But how did Crowe ...
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How do the differences between the replicants and Deckard evolve in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner, replicant detection occurs via the subject's ability/inability to show advanced emotion. But early in the movie Deckard starts off as emotionless as the replicants. How do the ...
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Why is the ending of Forrest Gump different from the novel?

I have read the book Forrest Gump and also watched the Forrest Gump movie version. In the movie version at the end of movie, Jenny told Forrest that she was suffering from HIV/AIDS virus then she ...
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Why does Watson call Sherlock, 'Spock'?

In Sherlock: The hound of Baskervilles, Sherlock describes his feelings about not being able to distance himself from his latest felt feeling, fear and he says The grit on the lens, fly in the ...
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Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?

In Edge of Tomorrow William Cage is reliving the same day over and over again. The time loop always starts with Cage waking up at Heathrow, after his meeting with the General.       ...
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Is John Keating to blame for Neil's suicide?

At the end of the movie John Keating is accused of making Neil come up against his father and outing his own dreams ("Carpe diem!") which ultimately leads to him commiting suicide. Was Keating really ...
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Why is Aronofsky's Pi not Pi?

In Darren Aronofsky's famous and mysterious film "Pi" there are many mathematical secrets. My question is about one of them. When the film begins one can see the digits of the number Pi. But here ...
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What's the significance of Cobb's ring in Inception?

In Inception, Cobb was wearing his wedding ring in some scenes and in some scenes he doesn't. After watching the movie so many times, according to me, in every scene of a dream he was wearing his ...
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What does the pink teddy bear represent in Breaking Bad?

After the plane crash in season 2 of breaking bad a pink teddy bear falls into Walts pool. We see the bear in several scenes before the plane crash in previous episodes of the season. In these ...
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Why does Buzz Lightyear act like a toy around people in Toy Story?

Early in the first Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear believes he truly is a Space Ranger. His struggle to accept that he is not actually Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger is a key part of the first movie in the ...
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What does the quote from Sgt. Apone in Aliens “Look into my eye” mean?

When the Marines are waking up you get this dialogue between Hudson and Apone: Hudson: Man, this floor is freezing. Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you? Hudson: Gee, ...
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Does each season of Dexter have an overarching theme?

This thought recently occurred to me while reading up on theories for the finale. Season 7 had an overwhelming theme of love and what one would do in the name of love with all the storylines: ...
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Was the original Starship Troopers meant to be funny?

According to imdb Starship Troopers is an Action adventure sci-fi where "Humans of a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival." I remember going to the ...
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Explanation of the ending of “Oldboy”

I have a couple of questions about the ending of the horribly disturbing Oldboy (2003). Why does the antagonist "Puppet Master" kill himself in the elevator? Was he so consumed by revenge that he ...
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In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly?

In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly at the airport in the final scene i.e, the date was missing. Was it really intended and is there any implicit reason for that ...
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How to describe Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?

Elsa is a very detailed character for the role she plays. She is secretly a Nazi Is constantly around Indiana Gets violent with Indiana but kisses him When Indiana finds her with book again Elsa ...
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What is the significance of Walt Whitman to a broader understanding of Breaking Bad?

Beware: spoilers for Breaking Bad season 5 below. These are the facts as I understand them: Leaves of Grass is a compendium of poems by Walt Whitman, an American influenced by Transcendentalism ...
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Why is Donnie Darko set in the 80s?

The movie Donnie Darko is timed in the 80s (to be precise 1988), but the movie was released 2001. I can see no significance, to put it in the past. Yes, there was the presidential election, but that ...
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What does the origami represent in Blade Runner?

Throughout Blade Runner we see Gaff (Edward James Olmos) making origami figures at various points in the movie. He makes a chicken, matchstick men and at the end of the film there is a unicorn waiting ...
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What is the significance of a man sitting on the train engine in the last scene of “Live and Let Die”?

In "Live and Let Die", after Bond throws Tee Hee Johnson from the train window at the very end of the movie, and returns to Solitair, we see an image of smiling Baron Samedi sitting on the train ...
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Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin?

In Pulp Fiction, Vincent and Jules killed all the guys at Brett's apartment for stealing the briefcase from Marsellus Wallace but not Marvin. Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin in Pulp Fiction? ...
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Why does the Driver not have a name?

Something just occurred to me, for the life of me, I cannot remember the Driver's name. I am sure this guy does not have a name for the whole movie. Someone had to call out to him. I have heard him ...
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Why the long takes in Rope?

Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope is known for it's long takes. There is plenty of documentation regarding the length of each shot and the limitations of the technology available, but less so ...
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What is the significance of the iconic imagery in the ending of Dredd?

There are two things that stand out visually at the end of Dredd. When Dredd finally confronts Ma-ma in her apartment there is a display of guns and a jacket on the wall. When Anderson is laying down ...