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

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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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How did Cobb come to the basement using the elevator?

In the movie Inception when Cobb is dreaming about his wife Ariadne enters his dream and lands up in an elevator with each floor containing Cobb's memory of Mal. In this scene Ariadne enters the ...
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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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What is the significance of the hat in Miller's crossing?

Miller's crossing pays a lot of attention to Gabriel Byrne's hat. Does it symbolize anything in the movie or have any significance to the plot or is this a bit of a red herring?
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Did James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson really find out the source of the river Nile in BBC TopGear?

Did they? In season 19, the African Special, they go on to find the true source of the river Nile theorizing that Lake Victoria isn't the actual source as experts suggest but even farther east ...
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Why is Hanna so snappish and rude to Michael at times?

I loved The Reader, but there are some things I didn't understand about Hanna's character: Why is she so snappish and rude to Michael at times? For instance on his birthday, as well as the fight ...
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What game is it Bond can't afford to play?

In The World Is Not Enough there is a scene where Electra King, against Bond's warnings, visits Zukovsky's casino and loses 1 million dollars against him in a simple game of cards (on purpose as we ...
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Why is the blog text removed over Bull's head in Sherlock : A scandal in Belgravia?

In the episode A scandal in Belgravia (Sherlock season 2 episode 1), when Dr. Watson is blogging and his blog text is shown to the viewers overlaid on the wall of 221B, Baker St., why is the text that ...
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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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What is the symbolism behind the young people making out in the cemetery?

The Netflix show House of Cards is replete with symbolism throughout. While some symbolic events are more obvious (Claire observing an older woman similar to a colleague she fired struggling at a cafe ...
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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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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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Was “The 400 Blows” influenced by “The Catcher in the Rye”?

Truffaut's The 400 Blows is considered by many to be the first film of the French New Wave, and somewhat autobiographical, and Truffaut has been quoted as saying that the film saved his life. It has ...
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Why does the score not match the movie's atmosphere?

The main theme of the movie "The Third Man" sounds weird to me! The movie is dark and full of mystery, but the theme is something funny and happy! What's the reason behind this apparently intended ...
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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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How did the Court prosecute Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men

Here is an iconic dialogue from the movie "A Few Good Men" Lt. Kafee: Did you order the CODE RED? Col. Jessup: YOU GODDAMN RIGHT I DID! My question is whether the evidence against Colonel ...
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300 Rise of an Empire sea serpent explanation

In 300 Rise of an Empire, what do the sea serpents represent? Are they meant to symbolize something or is it a random piece from mythology? If they are meant to be from greek mythology, what are these ...
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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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Would a psychopath create a false positive Voight-Kampff test result?

The Voight-Kampff test (the so-called "empathy test") in the film has been bothering me for some time... It is acknowledged in the film that the test can give a false negative - Rachael would have ...
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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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Is Jack Bauer an antihero?

Have seen both used. Some articles typically say "The antihero is back", whilst others say he is a hero. Breeanna Hare at CNN even gets to the point by: -- At first it may seem "24's" Jack Bauer ...
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Did Terence Mann die?

At the end of "Field of Dreams", Terence Mann gets invited to go with the baseball players into the corn field, and presumably the after-life: Ray. Ray. Listen to me, Ray. Listen to me. There is ...
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How does Clarice know “Jack Gordon” was actually the real Buffalo Bill?

In The Silence of the Lambs, Mr. Crawford told Agent Starling the subject's name is Jamie Gumb, also known as John Grant and traced out the place of the subject. But she went to Jack Gordon's house. ...
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Is the Janjira incident a reference to Fukushima?

At the beginning of Hollywood's 2014 take on Godzilla we experience a disaster in the Japanese Janjira nuclear power plant, in the wake of which Joe Brody's wife Sandra dies. This disaster, which ...
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Is there any significance to the difference in Godzilla's roar?

As soon (or late, for that matter) as Godzilla appears in full size in Hollywood's 2014 take on it, he utters a giant roar that seems to a large degree similar to his original roar from the Japanese ...
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Significance of Gabriel Engel's name

The antagonist from Antibodies (orig.: Antikörper) carries the name Gabriel Engel. Given that "Engel" means "angel", this name is likely not just a coincidence and seems to refer to the Archangel ...
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Why was Monica Geller overweight in her younger years?

Monica Geller was shown as overweight in her early or college days in Friends. In all seasons she was shown as normal weight. Why was Monica Geller overweight in her early years? How did she become ...
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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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In Dragon Ball Z if Androids and Cell are stronger than Frieza, then how does the physics make sense?

In the Frieza Saga of DBZ, when the Ginyu Force attacks Goku, he's sooo fast that it looks like he's absorbing all the attacks, but actually moving so quickly that it's barely noticeable, and we're ...
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Why did they make Molly Single?

In the 2014 TV adaptation of the 1996 movie "Fargo" by the Coen Brothers, one of the main characters, the female police officer Molly Solverson, is investigating a strange series of crimes happening ...
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Is there any symbolism behind the bunny face?

In Donnie Darko, Frank wears a scary bunny face. Why is a bunny face is selected for Frank's mask? Is there any symbolism behind it? There are various moments in the film where jumping scenes are ...
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Is Judge Dredd a psychic himself?

In the very beginning of Dredd (2012), when the officer asks Anderson about the person who's with her, she begins to describe Dredd and her head tilts and she says "I even detect". The officer cuts ...
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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 ...
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What are the differences among Celtic American comedy, Jewish American Comedy and African American comedy?

I am not American but I watched a lot of American comedy movies and I noticed something. That is, the types of jokes of Celtic American comedy, Jewish American Comedy and African American comedy are ...
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What does this scene with Meg turning her room's lamp on and off refer to?

In Season 5 Episode 8 of Family Guy (Barely Legal), there is a scene where Meg turns the lamp in her room on and off while spinning the tag on Brian's collar while somebody sings an aria. The context ...
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Did Stephen really get what he wanted?

After Stephen got shot by Diamond Dog's men right in front of his Brother Bloom he reveals to him that it was only fake blood and he pulled of the ultimate con. He says farewell to Bloom, that he ...
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Was Nola really pregnant during the time of her murder?

In the movie Match Point by Woody Allen, the character played by Scarlett Johansson, Nola reveals to Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) she is pregnant and she is not willing to abort the baby. But ...
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Is there a trend in recent crime shows to complement eccentric protagonists with grown-up and intelligent daughters? Why?

When watching Shark, Lie to Me and Castle which were all released in the late 2000s, it ocurred to me that they all pose their strong but slightly eccentric/difficult male protagonists as divorced ...
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Who is our hero, Frodo or Sam?

The ring of power has a strange power to deceive people. There are many characters from "good" races who ring is successful to pollute their heart. Isildur, Sméagol and Boromir are among them. They ...
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Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Analysis, Interpretations and randomness

Tetsuo is an Experimental Movie released in 1989 by Japanese director Shin'ya Tsukamoto. The score of the movie was composed by Chu Ishikawa and is inspired by the german pioneer bands in ...
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Looking for a film about handling sadness to compare to the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami [duplicate]

For a school assignment, I need to write an essay comparing the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami to a film with a similar theme. Over the course of the novel, the main character is torn with ...
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Was the William H. Macy character part of the con?

In the David Mamet movie House of Games, Mike (Joe Mantegna) lures Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) into their circle by proving a small con at the Western Union Office. He explains that the basic idea ...
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What is the Significance of the train wreck in Hugo?

In the middle-end part of the movie Hugo, there is a train incident (symbolizing Montparnasse Train Wreck, 1895, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_wreck) in the station. It seems pretty strange that ...
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Why was Ender so defiant?

During Ender's training in preparation for Ender's Game he and his comrades are inspected by Colonel Graff and Seargent Dap. Graff holds a speech about possibly promoting some of the cadets and that ...
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Why the prevalence of Latin forenames in the Capitol?

When watching The Hunger Games as well as its sequel Catching Fire, it occured to me that the members of the Capitol often bear Latin forenames, like Seneca, Ceasar, Claudius, Plutarch, Octavia, ...
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What was the purpose of the lightning tree?

I don't feel like the movie fully explained this. It seems awfully convenient to have a tree where lightning strikes 12 times every hour. What would possibly be the point of this in the "game"? It ...
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How did the package save his life?

In the climax of Cast Away, Chuck (Tom Hanks) writes a note on the Fedex box which states that this package has saved his life. How exactly did that package save his life? If I am correct, he never ...
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Was The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus a Suicide Note? [closed]

The question which I am asking could spoil the ending of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. I strongly, very strongly believe that this movie was the Suicide Note of Heath Ledger. So, the question ...
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What is the significance of Walt Whitman to a broader understanding of Breaking Bad?

Beware: spoilers for 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 and ...
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Why are those robots called Jaegers?

When watching Pacific Rim in German it didn't strike me much to hear those giant robots being called "Jäger" (hunters), only to be surprised by the fact that they are called "Jaegers" in the original, ...