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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Could someone explain the meaning of the “subway man” hallucination in the movie “Pi” (1998)?

In the movie Pi (1998), Max has several hallucinations. One hallucination I did not understand was the singing man in the subway. We see the man twice in the movie. We first see the man singing, then ...
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Does Carl Fredricksen decide to commit suicide?

In the Pixar Movie Up, is Carl Fredricksen's decision to go to Paradise Falls a metaphor that indicates the intention to commit suicide? I know that after all this movie is a comedy-drama adventure ...
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Why did Will need to speak first in the film “Good Will Hunting”?

In one of the therapy sessions, Will and Sean do not speak to each other. Professor Lambeau asks Sean why he didn't say anything and Sean replies by saying that Will is the one who needs to speak ...
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Connection between Interstellar and 'Flora's Letter'?

I work in a cinema, and today we received our copy of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: which came packaged and labelled as "Flora's Letter" As is quite well known, film's are distributed (and ...
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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 bizarre costumes, but when a kid dressed up like Yoda walks aside, E.T is seen rushing ...
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What's the significance of Shireen's stag?

In Game of Thrones S6E9, Ser Davos went for a walk just before the battle and found a stag (assuming that will be the one he gifted to Shireen). So what is the significance of this scene and what does ...
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Is the Bolton sigil meant to look like the British Flag?

In season 6 episode 9 of Game of Thrones, we see the Bolton sigil quite a few time on various flags and shields. It just struck me how much it looked like the British flag. Is this intentional or ...
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Is Project Mayhem, or Tyler Durden, buddhist?

It'd seem that there are zen/buddhist practices and elements in Fight Club: Narrator does bunches of haikus Narrator's home intends to be zen-like looking Penguin says slide Car crash scene Tyler ...
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What is David Lynch's obsession with stages, red curtains, and female singers?

Just finished Mulholland Drive again (still don't fully understand), and I noticed once again there is a woman on a stage singing (in front of a red curtain), as well as the casting scenes involving ...
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Why do many horror movies involve children?

I just finished watching the Spanish movie 'The Orphanage' and I suddenly observed that many of the horror movies, especially some very popular ones, involve children as a central part of the story, e....
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Why was this specific character in Age Of Ultron killed off?

After watching Avengers: Age Of Ultron, I was wondering whether the motives behind the death towards the end of the movie had anything to do with the fact that Fox owns the rights for X-Men, and ...
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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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What does the ending of 2015's Macbeth mean?

In contrast to the original, Justin Kurzel's 2015 adaptation of Macbeth does not end with Malcolm giving an optimistic speech about cleaning up the mess that is Scotland. Instead after Macbeth was ...
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How does the Macbeths' child add to their characterization and does it have a precedent?

Even before the witches appear Justin Kurzel's 2015 adaptation of Macbeth actually starts with Lord and Lady Macbeth and their household at the funeral of a child. From the looks on their faces and ...
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Guy with Turkish Flag T-Shirt in Movie “13 Hours”

I've seen the movie "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" recently. In the movie, there was a guy who was shown multiple times (he is one of the certain bad Libyan guys in the movie, which I ...
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Girl cutting hair to short length and roughly when broke [closed]

Why is it shown in many movies and drama that when a girl is broke, she cut her long beautiful hair to short length. What is emotional or psychological effect of cutting hair?
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Why do movie coroners eat while they do an autopsy?

I have seen this in movies and in TV. They are either already eating, un wrapping their lunch or offering food to the cop that wants info on the body. I would have though food within range of a dead ...
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How could Jon Snow do what he did in “Oathbreaker”?

At the end of the third episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, after hanging the culprits who tried to kill him, Jon Snow relieved himself from the Night's Watch. How can he do so? One can ...
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Why does Cobb wake up in the water?

Inception begins with Cobb waking up or lying on the beach in the water. He is brought before Saito. Later on, we learn that this is limbo. From Eames' dream (level 3), Cobb and Ariadne go a level ...
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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. ...
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How does Te3n justify its title?

In the movie Te3n, the child that is kidnapped is around six to eight years. Then how is the movie named teen? Is there any other logic for this title?
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What is the symbolism of eating Chinese take-out in a scene?

It is a frequent idiom for a group of characters to interact while eating Chinese food. Generally of the carry out variety, with chop sticks being plunged into the deep fold-up boxes. It seems to me ...
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Is there any significance to the Angels' wing colours?

In the TV-series Lucifer, Lucifer used to have wings and they are later revealed to be of bright white colour. But his brother had blackish wings. Is it due to his skin colour or is there any ...
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“true love and Munich olympic…” what does this reference in S01E05 mean?

I would like to know when Bojack horseman told Diana Nguyen, that was telling about closure, made up by Spielberg, it doesn't exist in real world. The only thing is to keep living forward. Can anybody ...
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What is the last line spoken in Texas Chainsaw Massacre

In the 2013 new release Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, the last line in the film is spoken by Heather as she takes the food upstairs from Jed and locks the door. I couldn't make out what she said, and ...
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What's the significance of the scene where the twins encounter a man burning a field in Goodnight Mommy?

In Goodnight Mommy, the scene where the twins encounter a man burning a field seems out of place to me. I'm not sure how it moved the plot or if it is of significance. Is there symbolism or ...
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Why didn't Locke realize his feet do not feel anything?

In the series Lost, when John Locke is trying to crack open the hatch, his leg gets pierced but he does not feel anything. He later tries to pin his leg and burns his foot and still feels nothing. How ...
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The weight of the tank in Ant-Man? [duplicate]

According to the science behind becoming small and large, the sub-atomic distances are shortened or lengthened, and subsequently the small guy has a great density and his punches carry a greater force....
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What is the significance of Dukakis in Donnie Darko?

There are some sections within the movie where Michael Dukakis comes into view. The television The argument between Eddie and Elizabeth What is the purpose of Dukakis and politics within Donnie ...
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What would happen if they pushed 'YES' in the Cube Zero?

In the Cube Zero, the last movie of the trilogy, Owen made up to one of the exit points. So Wynn and Dodd execute the exit procedure, they asked two questions: Question one. Please state your name. (...
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What should be assumed to justify the multiple timeline in the remedial chaos theory?

I had this discussion about this episode of Community some time ago. I am actually bothered by the fact that since there is a timeline where Abed catch the dice there should not be other timeline. ...
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Is Nolan citing Borges?

When I was watching Interstellar a few days ago and Cooper passed the black hole horizon to find himself in a "non-space" on the other side of his daughter's bookshelves where he had access to all ...
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Has the name “White Portuguese” a deeper meaning?

In the movie Batman v Superman "White Portuguese" is the name of a ship used for smuggling. Does the name have a special meaning? I know of the White Fleet, the Portuguese cod fishing fleet operating ...
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What is the moral of Zootopia?

Watching the movie, I was wondering what the moral of Zootopia is supposed be. The story has the "dumb bunny" given the opportunity to stay low, to stay safe in the farm with her parents, but instead ...
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What was the significance of the words written by Oliver on the advertisement board?

In a scene from the movie Beginners (2010), the character Oliver is spraying some words on an advertisement board with spray paint and he sprayed these words, YOU MAKE ME LAUGH, BUT IT'S NOT ...
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Why did American History X end so unexpectedly?

My understanding of how the story in movies proceeds is that the writer builds up the expectation of the audience and then concludes it appropriately. I did not see that in American History X. All ...
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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 ...