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

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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 ...
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Is Cobb's reaction honest or sarcastic/angry

In Inception there is the following dialogue between Cobb and Ariadne (forgive me for not being word-accurate): Ariadne: Why can't you return home? Cobb: Because everybody thinks I killed her ...
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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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What does the title of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie mean, especially the Discreet Charm part?

This 1972 movie, co-written and directed by the surrealist Luis Bunuel. I never actually get what is this the title about, especially "discreet charm". Foremost, why is it "discreet"? Secondly, is ...
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Why does cheryl change her name often?

In Archer season 1 why does Cheryl (shown below) change her name quite frequently? She goes by Carol, Carina, Crystal etc. in the first few episodes.
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When did the writers decide that Dallas season 9 was a dream?

I'm watching through Dallas, and I'm to season 9 (by the DVD numbering; I understand it was previously called season 8). Patrick Duffy left at the end of season 8. Season 9 is all a dream Pam was ...
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What was the alternative world in Sucker Punch?

In the movie Sucker Punch, while the girl Baby Doll dances the movie cuts over to scenes of her and the other girls in a different world. Is this world supposed to be Baby Doll's imagination, or what ...
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Kid's pictures in Clint Eastwood's True Crime (1999)

Around 0.02.24 (hh.mm.ss) into this movie there's a close-up of the picture just drawn by Gail Beechum (daughter visiting her father Frank on death row. It's just your bog-standard green field, fence ...
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Is Dr.Crane/Scarecrow part of the League of Shadows?

He originally works for Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins poisoning patients with his neuro-toxin. And in the Dark Knight Rises he is appointed judge of the court trying the rich and powerful. Is he part ...
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Was this a representation of Batman’s fall?

During the end of The Dark Knight, Batman knocks Dent off the building, barely managing to catch himself and the kid. After Gordon gets the kid Batman falls. After his fall from the building the ...
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Why did Phoebe live on the streets?

When Phoebe's mum died, Phoebe says she went and lived on the street - but why? Surely before her mother died they would have lived in a house, why would someone take it away from them?
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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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Is Ethan's and Lindsey's relationship seen as platonic?

Based on the long scene for the rescue of Lindsey and the fact that the movie continues even after the mission was a failure, Ethan could have just gone back home. The first plot that we are aware of ...
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What's with the “one-sided” dialogue scenes in Midnight in Paris?

I re-watched Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris last night. I noticed that during a lot of dialogue scenes with only two or three people, there will often only be one of the characters in the shot. It ...
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In, “There Will Be Blood”, what was the motivation to kill

In the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, the main character -- Daniel Plainview -- puts a bullet into his "brother's" head when he discovers that the man isn't really his ...
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Moonrise Kingdom: What is the significance of Benjamin Britten's “The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra”?

In the beginning of Moonrise Kingdom the children are listening to Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra". Basically the structure of this musical piece is: All musical ...
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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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Faucets in “Garden State”

Garden state is my favorite film of all time, and I watch it time after time enjoying the incredible subtleties that Zach Braff includes. However, the one detail that I don't understand is when he is ...
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Is there a special significance to the cat in The Closer?

When Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson moves into a new house in season one (two?), she discovers a cat that has been living in the home already, whom she names "Kitty". "Kitty" is a she, but Brenda ...
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Does Hattori Hanzo commit suicide in Kill Bill?

Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill says that despite he made a blood oath to never make another sword, he would make one for the Bride because of the goal she has. When he later hands over the sword, he is ...
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Was Alfred Hitchcock a feminist?

Many of Alfred Hitchcock's films contain a strong female lead. From Grace Kelly's Lisa in Rear Window to Ingrid Bergman's Alicia Huberman in Notorious, these actresses were characteristically ...
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What was Frank?

During the film Donnie Darko, Donnie occasionally talks with Frank, who we end up finding out at the end of the film is a guy that Donnie shot because he accidentally ran over his girlfriend. Is ...
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Why did Ricky's dad kick him out?

In the movie American Beauty, towards the end of the movie a scene happens which leads Ricky's father to believe that he was gay. He confronts Ricky and Ricky lies to him, telling him that he is gay. ...
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Why did Joshua go to Murtaugh's house instead of fleeing?

During Lethal Weapon, after Riggs and Murtaugh escape their captives after being tortured, Riggs chases down Joshua, the mercenary, but he gets away. Joshua then proceeds to go to Murtaugh's house, ...
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What is the significance of exchanging names at the end of 12 Angry Men?

Throughout the film 12 Angry Men (1957) (as well as the other plays and films, I assume) the jurors do not know each other by name, only number. That is until the final scene when jurors 8 (the ...
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What is Scott Pilgrim's motivation for fighting Gideon the second time?

After his demise to Gideon towards the end of the movie. Scott is trapped in the deserted sub-space world, left to contemplate his mistakes for, seemingly, eternity. However, he suddenly remembers ...
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Why did Hendricks jump from the parking structure at the end of the fight scene in MI4?

In Mission:Impossible-Ghost Protocol, at the last fight scene, Ethan and Hendricks were in a parking structure and Ethan was trying to get that brief case which contains the Satellite launch terminal. ...
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Are Teletubbies prisoners?

Even though they seem happy during the show, at many times they are following commands from the voice-over ("show Tinky Winky the bowl"). They also seem to obey the wind mill when it starts spinning, ...
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What is the relationship between the three intertwined stories of The Fountain?

In The Fountain (2006) there are three separate but related stories told in parallel--Imperial Spain, present day, and .. um, space bubble. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz play the leading lad & ...
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Why is Walt special?

In Lost, there are countless mysteries, but one that started in the beginning of the series has struck my mind recently and my research cannot bring anything up. Walt Lloyd, Michael's son who he ...
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Why did Nolan choose “Non, je ne regrette rien” as a kick song in Inception?

Can someone explain to me the reason behind Christopher Nolan choosing Edith Piaf's Non, je ne regrette rien as a kick song in Inception?
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Which was the first movie with alternate ending?

Was "The Game of Death(1978)" the first movie with alternate ending? In Game of Death, after Billy was attacking Dr. Land, he falls from the rooftop. The police arrest Billy and the ambulance takes ...
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What is the Significance of the Sound Amplification in George Valentin's nightmare?

In the nightmare in the middle of the film, George Valentin experienced a sort of sound amplification in his changing room. For example, some sounds got extremely louder when he put down his glass, ...
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Which film was the first to show us the face of God?

There have been a lot of greek myth Gods depicted in film. Which film was the first to show us the face of the Christian God Jehovah?
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What happens to Jane's BMW in Mr.Brooks?

In Mr.Brooks, what happens to Jane's BMW? When Earl asked about the BMW she replied, A friend's going to drive it up. It'll be here next weekend. Again, when the cops asked about the BMW she ...
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Why does the cowboy stab the woman in Unforgiven?

In Unforgiven,Why does the cowboy stab the woman in the beginning of the movie? Was he crazy?
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Why does Mr. Brooks call Atwood?

Recently i've watched the movie named Mr.Brooks. It was a wonderful movie with lots of twists and it certainly has its fair share of suspense and violence. But i don't understand, Why does ...
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What do the colours in the different areas in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover signify?

Peter Greenaway's art house epic The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover was adored by many critics but never got a wide audience. The movie is set in various rooms of a restaurant frequented by a ...
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What is Belgravia in 'a Scandal in Belgravia'?

The title of the 1st episode on Season 2 of Sherlock, the TV-series is A scandal in Belgravia. What is Belgravia?
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Why did Terry Gilliam include Jeffrey as a character in Twelve Monkeys?

The movie La jetée has already the story of 12 Monkeys, including also key-settings like the airport and the mall. But there is one big difference in 12 Monkeys to the older movie: Terry Gilliams ...
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What fills the void left by the lack of character development in Inception?

Most of the characters excluding Cobb and his wife, do not have very developed roles. The roles are actually shallow and it is at times hard to see the motivation behind characters to do what they do. ...