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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Symbolism of breastfeeding old woman in Black Moon

Can anybody expound on the symbolism of breastfeeding the old woman in "Black Moon" (1975)?
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“Maximum Effort” Catchphrase significance?

I've seen the Deadpool movie, but don't have any knowledge of or experience with any of the comics. What I noticed is that the film appears to set "Maximum effort" up as a catchphrase of sorts. I ...
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Is this the grave of a child in Akira Kurosawa's Dreams?

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams is a strange symbolic film. My question is about a possible relevance between the first dream (nightmare!) and the last sweet dream in a cyclic story! The following paragraphs ...
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Significance of number 1239 in The Santa Clause

Here's a festive one for all you guys and girls! During The Santa Clause, Scott and Charlie eventually land at the north pole and are greeted by an elf. They watch as the elf raises 'the North ...
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Whose portrait hangs on the wall in the movie “The Godfather Part I”?

In the scene where Clemenza and Tessio ask to split off from the Corleones and form their own family, whose portrait can be seen hanging on the wall behind Vito? And why did the director choose the ...
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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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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 Batman break his no killing rule when he burned down the monastery in Batman Begins?

And if the fire didn't kill anyone, what would be the point? Destroying a headquarters won't prevent the organisation carrying out its plan.
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Why did Yashida “adopt” Yukio?

In The Wolverine we learn that Yukio is neither a real member of the Yashida family nor a mere employee, but she was an orphan found by Yashida when she was a child. When asked by Logan for the ...
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Why does Bane want to destroy Gotham city?

In The Dark Knight Rises, at the end of the movie Talia said, it was her father's dream to destroy Gotham city, and I accept that any daughter who was in that situation will definitely think to ...
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Meaning of the pink soap bar in Fight Club

On the main poster of the Fight Club, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is holding a pink bar of soap in his hand. If I remember correctly, Tyler was a soap maker. But why soap? Is there any hidden ...
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Why is Bolivar Trask a person of short stature?

The character of Dr. Bolivar Trask from X-Men: Days of Future Past, who hates or at least fears the rising population of mutants as a threat for humanity and ultimately develops the Sentinels as a ...
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How true is Magneto's future catharsis?

Magneto's future self in X-Men: Days of Future Past seems to be a refined and wiser man to some degree. While there were earlier instances of him working together with the X-Men and this time it might ...
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What is the song playing on the radio in X-Men: Days of future past?

When Wolverine awakes in his 1973 self in X-Men: Days of Future Past he hears a song on the radio. This same song is heard when he awakes in his future self again at the end of the movie, which is ...
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What song is playing during Quicksilver's first appearance?

When Professor X and the others first meet Quicksilver in his basement in X-Men: Days of Future Past, there is a song playing in the background. Anyone know what that song is, and why it might have ...
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What was the significance of the books exchanged between Spud and The Guv?

In the film Spud, The Guv used to give books to Spud and there were constant references of these books. I can only spot and understand the reference of The Lord of the Rings which he even related with ...
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Evidence for and against the ending of Dark Knight Rises

I've heard a few people mention that the ending of Dark Knight Rises, where Alfred sees Bruce and Selina at the bistro in Italy, was just a dream. When I watched it I thought it was really happening. ...
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Why does Batman trust Selina Kyle all the time?

In The Dark Knight Rises, in the beginning of the movie Selina Kyle stole a necklace from Bruce's home as well as taking finger prints of Batman and helping Bane to steal from the share market. Then, ...
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What was with the giant location titles?

VIENNA I really enjoyed Captain America: Civil War, but I found myself giggling uncontrollably whenever they'd put up the ENORMOUS location titles. LONDON This seemed a very odd choice. The film ...
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Why does Sherlock hate his father so much in Elementary?

I understand that Sherlock does not like his father (Morland Holmes) very much because he was a distant father as a child. But this does not seem to be a strong enough factor for Sherlock's venomous ...
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Explanation of the ending of Easy Rider

This is regarding the 1969 classic Easy Rider. I found the ending was abrupt and very quick. Although throughout the movie it has been shown how society dislikes and avoids hippies like Wyatt and ...
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What is the significance of the direwolf deaths? Is there a hidden meaning?

In Season 1 of Game of Thrones, we saw six direwolf cubs. They match exactly to the Stark children in terms of gender and the one outcast (Jon Snow and Ghost). In five episodes of season 6, we have ...
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Is Lt. Columbo psychic?

So I was watching the old Columbo series, and saw a pattern again and again. Many times, there were no clues against a certain suspect, but still Columbo zoomed in on him/her, and kept asking ...
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What was the point of the interplay between Richard Riddick and Dahl in Riddick?

In Riddick, we get to see something of a "lust triangle" between Santana, Dahl, and Riddick. Now, Dahl, when in dialogue with Santana, states that she doesn't "fuck guys". She is subsequently referred ...
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Why didn't Lou hide from the gangster in the climax of “Nightcrawler”?

After the car crash, even after his partner got shot (his impromptu to kill Rick) while filming the gangster, Lou keeps filming the incident without hiding from the gangster. This scene didn't make ...
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Is the Reimagined Battlestar a reboot or a sequel to the Original Battlestar?

The Reimagined Battlestar started as a remake, or reboot (no real difference) to the original Battlestar Galactica. Due to changes in audience expectations, it was grittier, more realistic than the ...
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Did Miles Dyson kill all these policemen?

I stumbled upon this recent question about Terminator 2, in particular about the scene where Miles Dyson dies after having been wounded lethally and trying to buy time for the others by detonating a ...
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Was the Wheel of Pain actual or allegorical?

My contention (once I got past my teenage years) was that the Wheel of Pain, in the original Conan the Barbarian movie, was supposed to be alegorical...a symbol of Conan's difficult upbringing as a ...
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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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Loophole in the Night's Watch oath?

Let's take take a look at the oath of the Night's Watch from Game of Thrones: "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father ...
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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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Why the name change from Hewitt to Sawyer?

I just watched the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) and I don't understand where the name Sawyer came in. In the original as well as the version with Jessica Beil, the name was Hewitt. "Footage ...
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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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Why is crossdressing so common in Looney Tunes and related WB Cartoons?

Going back to the beginning of Warner Bros cartoons, I always seen Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other characters like Elmer and Taz crossdressing for various bits. Why is this such a reoccurring theme ...
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What is the significance of the scene where Karen and Monnitoff briefly talked about Donnie Darko?

This is about the scene in Donnie Darko where Karen (English teacher) and Monnitoff (Science teacher) have this conversation: Monnitoff: Donnie Darko. Karen: I know. Both of them laugh ...
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What is the in-universe significance of different colours of lightsabers in Star Wars?

In the Star Wars universe Jedi use different colours of lightsabers. I have noticed blue, green and purple in Star Wars original and prequel trilogy (I heard there are more lightsaber colours too). ...
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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 how quiet John's voice is. So my question is: why? Is it to make the character appear more professional or something? Is the ...
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Why are there no guns in Alien³?

I remember watching Aliens and being amazed with the variety of guns, war vehicles and ammunition shown. My expectation was that Alien³ would have at least as much action involving guns and in general ...
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What does the title “Reservoir Dogs” mean?

Aside from speculations of the title coming from Tarantino's mispronunciation of the French film name, what meaning does Reservoir Dogs have in context of the actual story line?
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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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Is Tony in love with Gina?

Throughout Brian DiPalma's 1983 classic, Scarface, Tony Montana has an odd relationship with his sister Gina. His attitude toward her ranges from overprotective to jealous to generous, and just about ...
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What were the suits in the pack of cards used in Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows

This pack of cards is owned by the fortune teller. It includes the Two of Cups, The Fool and The Devil. When was this version of cards in common use?
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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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Is Bane just an agent in Talia's plan, or is he the true mastermind?

At the end of the movie, it is established that Bane would die for Talia, and that she is dedicated to completing Ra's Al Ghul's plan to destroy Gotham. It seems that Bane takes point as "Gotham's ...
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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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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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Why doesn't Lucifer show Decker & Linda that he's the real devil?

In the tv series Lucifer, he claims that he is the devil. He basically tells everyone that he is the devil. Which he is... . Yet Detective Chloe Decker and his Therapist Linda Martin don't believe him....
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Train scene in the movie “Shame”

My question is about a scene in the movie Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan directed by Steve McQueen. Train Scene 1 : In the beginning of the movie, Brandon(Michael Fassbender) is ...
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Is Walter White's character designed so we will be sympathetic to him?

Is Walter White from Breaking Bad intended to be a sympathetic character? I'm just asking this myself because I don't do so. But have a lot of respect for the character. My personal point of view is ...
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What is the meaning of children playing with sun rays in Le Meraviglie?

A couple times in the movie, two sisters play with sun rays. Is there any symbol or allegory in these scenes? This question comes from the "special" games in the scenes. In one, the older sister asks ...