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

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Is Dogville inspired from Hitchcock's Rear Window?

Watching these 2 movies I found similarities between them. The visual city in Dogville reminds me of Rear Window, where the hero is watching to everything from his window. Is this a case of an ...
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Interpretation of the ending of Being There

What is the meaning of the final scene of Being There, where Chance walks on the pond's surface? The film's Wikipedia page says something about a metaphor of Chance being seen as a messiah, but I ...
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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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Was Rear Window making a statement about 1950s gender roles?

Alfred Hitchcock was a master of mise-en-scène, whereby in film just about every inch of every frame of a film was intentional. Rear Window is one of his greatest and most influential films. ...
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Why was Romeo + Juliet set in modern times?

Why was the Romeo + Juliet (1996) movie set in modern times?
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Interpretation of the ending of Lost In Translation

Bob Harris gets ready to leave Japan and initially bids goodbye to Charlotte near the elevator in the hotel. He sees her again on the way and they share a kiss and he whispers something in her ear ...
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What is the meaning behind the silent dream scene in Battle Royale?

Sometime after the Battle Royale started, either Kitano or Noriko (not entirely sure) have a dream. They are both walking casually by a river, eating popsicles, and talking to each other. We do not ...
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Why is the breeding aspect important?

In one scene, we are clearly told that the dinosaurs couldn't breed on their own because they are all female. We later find that, in fact, since they used frog dna to create the dinosaurs, they can ...
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Who is the person who passes in front of the narrator on the automated walkway?

In Fight Club, before we see the scene of the Narrator (Ed Norton) meeting Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) for the first time on the airplane, we see another scene - here the narrator is passing on an ...
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In “A Late Quartet”, is the Pablo Casals anecdote based on a true story?

In the movie, A Late Quartet, Peter (Walken) relates to his class an anecdote involving him and the cellist, Pablo Casals. Is this adapted from a true story? (Please provide the complete anecdote if ...
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Is classic literature a common and intentional inspiration for the Coen Brothers?

It is widely accepted that "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" is a modern retelling of Homer's "Odyssey." I can see some allusions to the Inferno chapters from Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy" in the ...
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Why does Sofia Vergara have an accent?

Is that Sofia Vergara's original accent or is she doing it for the sake of playing the Colombian character Gloria?
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Angier actually British?

In the Prestige, when the identity of Lord Caldlow is revealed to be Angier, he speaks with a British accent instead of the American accent he's used all film. Which is the real voice?
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Why E.T. moves towards Yoda like kid calling “Home Home”?

In the 1982 classic, E.T., when Elliot and Mike take E.T. out on Halloween, E.T. sees people dressed up in bizzarre costumes, but when a kid dressed up like Yoda walks aside, E.T is seen rushing ...
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How did Conrad come back to life after the gunshot in “The Game”?

In The Game, At the end of the movie Conrad was shot by his own brother Nicholas Van Orton. But Conrad came back to life at the very end of the movie. How does it possible? Because, Nicholas Van ...
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Is the pit in Dark Knight Rises a representation of Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus pit?

Everyone familiar with Batman universe would be quite familiar with Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus pit. Given the realism shown in the Batman movies by Nolan, for instance Bane's character and his mask. In ...
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In “Synecdoche, New York” what is the meaning of the character name Sammy Barnathan?

Sammy Barnathan is a key character in "Synecdoche, New York," which was written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. In the interview excerpt below, Kaufman suggests that there is meaning behind the name: ...
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What is meaning of movie title “The Naked Gun”?

What is the meaning of the title "The Naked Gun" in the series of detective-spoof movies starring Leslie Nielsen? Is it a joke based on an existing detective movie with a similar name? Or perhaps a ...
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What is the reason for the four-way fight scene on the train?

In Hitman, after watching the four-way fight scene on the train, many questions came to mind: What is the reason why the three agents came to kill agent 47? Why did they point their guns at each ...
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Why did Chandler Bing get into the advertisement field?

Chandler Bing was working with a firm and then he changes his job. Why did Chandler Bing gets into advertisement field in Friends?
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Why was Tommy allowed to be a psychopath?

Tommy (played by Joe Pesci) is one of the most interesting characters to me in this film. His story arc starts with him being slightly off balance funny guy and a real tough guy then moves quickly ...
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Is the opening break-up scene in The Social Network intended to be humorous?

In the opening scene we have Mark and Erica talking about knowledge of people in China, SAT and Mark's infatuation with getting into the Finals Club. How is this scene humorous? Someone told me they ...
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Who is elder in Charlie and Alan?

In the TV series 'Two & a half men',Charlie and Alan are brothers, but there is no indication that who is elder. Even Wikipedia doesn't say anything about this. I have watched only season 1. So ...
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In Secret Window, why did the dog have to die?

In the movie Secret Window, Mort's dog Chico is found dead stabbed with a screwdriver and Mort deduces that Shooter have killed the dog (as a letter was attached to the dog's body). But later in the ...
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Is Independence Day a comedy spoof?

I haven't seen it since I walked out of the theater disgusted in 1996, but I've recently been wondering if the movie Independence Day was intended to be a comedy. I was 19 then, and I went to see ...
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First occurrence of subliminal messages in film?

Subliminal messages in films isn't a new thing. They have taken many forms by flashing words for a single frame, using iconic images on props and product placements. There are also stories in the ...
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Why did the Observers choose the year 2015?

[Source] In the year 2015, the Observers invaded from the future, instituting "The Purge" and killing many humans. Although humans continued to resist well into the year 2036, the Observers ...
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Where did the river of pink slime come from?

[Source] In the sequel the Ghostbusters discover a river of pink slime underneath Manhattan. The slime reacts to emotions, positive or negative, and can therefore be used for good or bad. ...
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The bleeding man in Pi (1997)

Who is the bleeding man at the train station? He is most likely just imagined, as is so many other things in the movie (e.g. the brain), but I can't imagine what it means.
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School Custodian as All-Knowing Insider

In Mike and Molly episode “Peggy Gets a Job” (season 2, episode 8), when Peggy, Mike’s mother, gets a job at Molly’s school, she, as a support facilities personell, quickly accustoms herself with all ...
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What was so dangerous about the listening device?

Batman has Lucius Fox man a device that monitors all of the cell phones in Gotham to give Batman an edge in his fight against the Joker. Fox is so against using this device that he says he will resign ...
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Significance of the painting in Mallory's office

In the movie Skyfall while Bond first meets Q in a museum they are watching the painting of a ship dragged by another ship and Q remarks: Always makes me feel a little melancholy. A grand old ...
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Why didn't Alfred want Bruce to acknowledge him?

Alfred told Bruce of his hope that he had when Bruce was gone for seven years. There's this specific cafe he went to once a year when he took vacation. He would go there and look around and hope that ...
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Was The Great Escape meant to be funny?

I recently had a debate about the 1963 movie The Great Escape. While I thought the movie was very funny to a certain extent and could possibly be seen as a satire, the person I was talking to denied ...
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What is the reason for setting the movie storyline 8 years apart?

In The Dark Knight Rises, it is stated many times that it's 8 years after the end of The Dark Knight. This personally threw the storyline off for me. Why did it need to be 8 years after? 4 years would ...
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Fight club ending question

Does the building Tyler and Marla are in collapse at the end? Because I hear Tyler saying to the rest of the guys "I'll meet you downstairs"
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Why did Phoebe hate massage parlors?

Though Phoebe was working as Massage Professional, why did she hate massage parlors? And convincing her friends not to go there?
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What does 'How you doing?' by Joey mean?

The 'How you doing?' line of Joey in Friends is very famous. English is my third language. I seem it's general conversation dialogue. What's so special about it?
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Is the Land of Ooo really a post apocalyptic Earth?

I have heard a lot of theories spout about how the world of Adventure Time is actually based on a Post-Apocalypic Earth that has adapted to nuclear fallout, changing all living things with what they ...
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What is Harvey's purpose?

In the movie Harvey from 1950 in the ending it is made clear that Harvey actually exists and is a Pooka, some sort of fairy from the celtic mythology. Apparently he has chosen Elwood P. Dowd as some ...
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Why didn't James believe Beckham was alive in Hurt Locker?

After watching The Hurt Locker, I initially thought the dead boy covered up with bomb was Beckham, but after googling I'm certain they were two different kids. Now, I am puzzled to know, What's the ...
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In 'Synecdoche, New York' , what is the significance of choosing the play 'Death of a Salesman'?

The protagonist, Philip Hoffman, is directing the play 'Death of a Salesman' with a twist. He is casting young actors as the characters of Willy and his wife. From my understanding, he is doing this ...
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South Park and references to Mohammad

In the most controversial episode of South Park, involving Mohammad, did the producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone intend to show the face of Mohommed, or did they cave into network pressures demanded ...
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Diction in original vs remake of True Grit

The diction in the 2010 production of True Grit is much different than that of the 1969 True Grit. Why did the Coen brothers decide to follow the diction of the original novel so closely? Did folks ...
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What layers of hell are shown in What Dreams May Come?

In What Dreams May Come, Robin William's character Chris Nielsen travels through hell. They show some of the layers in hell as depicted in Dante's Inferno, but I don't believe they show all of them. ...
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What's the purpose of Solomon's son Dia in Blood Diamond?

Apart from the regular plot, that in order to save his son he must overcome battles and so forth, what other purpose does his son have? This is based on the fact that his son's name is Dia. And in ...
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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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Why does Buster not join in the family chicken dance?

Throughout the series Arrested Development, the various adult members of Michael's family all perform variations of the chicken dance to annoy Michael. At one point in Season 3, Michael himself does a ...
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Is the Frankenstein franchise antisemitic?

At a glance Frankenstein seems quite anti-semitic: The name "Frankenstein" is a very Jewish name. The creator is Dr - a common Jewish profession. The townsfolk (symbolised by pitchfork {ei. farmers ...
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What is the point of the masturbation scene in Donnie Darko?

While reading this question What was Frank? it reminded me of one scene in Donnie Darko that I especially don't get how it ties into the story or why it's even there. He is under hypnosis with his ...