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What does the ending of The Beach mean?

What does the ending of the movie "The Beach" (2000) starring Leonardo DiCaprio mean? My understanding is that it means that there can be no paradise on earth or that the system that we live in ...
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Was the little girl at Lerner Airfield real?

When the passengers of Con Air arrive at Lerner Airfield serial killer Garland Greene goes on a little scouting trip and finds a little girl playing tea party at a deserted swimming pool. He talks ...
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Why did Allanon want to live and changed his mind all of a sudden to die?

In The Shannara Chronicles, around episode 5-6. The druid (Allanon) gets wounded by the 'special' sword obtained by the kings son. He lies in his druid cave, bleeding to death. Q: What was the ...
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Relationship between “Mr. Orange” and “Mr. White” in “Reservoir Dogs”?

I find the relationship portrayed between Mr Orange and Mr White intimate and I saw a powerful emotional bond formed between these two characters. In the opening when Mr. Orange was shot and ...
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What is the significance of cats in “Belle de Jour”?

Severine asks her husband not to let the cats out while she's being whipped in the film's opening scene. Then, midway through the film, a butler bangs on the door of a room in a mansion and asks the ...
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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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Connection between Jar Jar Binks and the film “Alice”?

I was watching Jan Švankmajer's 1988 film Alice recently and was struck by the strong apparent similarity between the Frog Footman character that takes delivery of an invitation for Alice and Jar Jar ...
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Why were they covered in ice/snow the first time through the portal in SG1?

In the Stargate SG-1 series, the first time they go through the portal. They are covered in ice/snow and it's super cold. (yet lands on a decently warm planet) If you go further through the series ...
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How did Hugo not lose weight while on the island?

Has always wondered, in Lost series, the "big" guy by name Hugo did not seem to be losing any weight while on the island. This seems rather impossible considering the drastic change in the amount of ...
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What is the significance of the Vichy Water scene at the end of Casablanca?

At the end of Casablanca, we see Captain Renault open a bottle of Vichy water: He pours himself a glass of it, before binning the rest of the bottle. Given the prominence of the label and the ...
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What is the significance of floor 7 1/2?

Being John Malkovich is based on Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), an unemployed puppeteer, discovering a portal in his office at LesterCorp which transports the person in it into the mind of John ...
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What happens to Jen when she jumps off the cliff?

What happens to Zhang ziyi (Jen) in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon when she jumps off the cliff .. she dies? becomes immortal? Just before jumping what does she want Lo to become - a master? Why does ...
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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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What is the moral about 'The pit' in Batman?

In the movie The Dark Knights Rises there is a scene called 'the pit'. What is the moral of the story? Is it that one has to have courage to get out of the pit without using the rope?
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How does one interpret the plot wrap-up of Beasts of No Nation?

I recently saw Beasts of No Nation and I think it's a great movie be it fictional. Although I was quite intrigued by the ending I am unsure how to interpret it. My initial reaction was to read the ...
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What is the significance of the Blacklist numbers?

The Blacklist is A list I've been cultivating for over 20 years. — Reddington, The Blacklist, S1E1 "The Pilot" The first subject on the list that Reddington tells the FBI about, is #52, ...
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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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Did anyone understand the ending of “Zodiac”?

I get most of Zodiac but it's the ending I don't get. Anyone that can explain what happened in a way I could understand would be great. At the end (I can't remember their names) the guy who's ...
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Is this a genre, a plot template or something else?

I've stumbled upon (and watched) a number of films that share many things: Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver and so on (I will add as I recall othrs that I've seen and from comments). These ...
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Significance of Charlie's tattoo in the Lost series

In the Lost series, a young guy named Charlie has a tattoo on his arm that reads "Living is easy with eyes closed". Does it carry any significance within the series or is it a real actor's tattoo?
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Why is the base of Snoopy's dog house hidden when it flies?

Throughout The Peanuts Movie (2015), the base/bottom of Snoopy's dog house is never shown when he flies. It is outside the screen or hidden by another object. For example, like this: Or like this: ...
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What does “Ex Machina” mean?

The name of the British sci-fi movie "Ex Machina", what exactly does it mean? Is there any relationship to the famous game series "Deus Ex"?
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Is there a common origin to those blue background TV commercials?

I've seen a number of these in my many years of watching TV since at least the 1990s. These are commercials for some random mail order product, and right before the ad ends, the screen cuts to ...
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What was the symbolism behind pushing “The Button” in Lost?

Everyone who watched the Lost series could appreciate the amount of symbolism that the directors have put in. However, I could never understand what was the true symbolism behind pushing the button ...
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Does 12 Angry Men point to the bad jury selection system of the US at the time?

Considering that the jurors almost sentenced an 18 year old to death based on vague evidence and considering their poor deliberance abilities that they showed with the remarks, does 12 Angry Men (1957)...
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In Fargo, why is the 180° rule broken during this scene?

In episode 3 of Fargo, titled "A Muddy Road", the 180° rule is broken during this particular scene, at about 43 minutes into the episode (according to HULU). I couldn't find a clip of the scene online....
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Is the Babadook symbolic of the dead father?

In The Babadook, the monster wears clothes similar to those we find out the father wore, in fact the mother was scared to see his clothes hanging against the wall in one scene, mistaking him for the ...
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In allegorical sense what does the mad dog represent in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

I cannot understand this particular moment in the movie. What does it represent for the story and how is it connected to the storyline? It appears to me that it's outside of context. Maybe I missed ...
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90s Prostitute reference in Law & Order: SVU

Episode 4 in season 1 of Law & Order: SVU is about a policeman that kills prostitutes, and one night he killed a woman that was in good health and had good nutrition, and the mortician referred to ...
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What was with Ron Perlman's character's nose obsession in Cronos?

In Guillermo del Toro's 1993 Bi-lingual first film, Cronos, Ron Perlman's character Angel has an obsession with his own nose. He plans on getting rhinoplasty, and is seen in every scene doing ...
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What is the significance of the color red in “Rebel Without a Cause”?

I recently watched Rebel Without a Cause for the first time and I couldn't help but notice the very intentional use of the color red. Specifically, red seemed to be reserved for the three high school ...
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Why does “The Force Awakens” use an image language associated with national socialism for the First Order?

The scene when the First Order fires their weapon the first time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens uses an image language which clearly references the national socialism in Germany during World War 2, ...
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What is the significance of this line from We Need to Talk About Kevin?

At the end of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2011), Kevin's mother tells him she wants to know why he did what he did. He responds: I used to think I knew. Now I'm not so sure. What is the ...
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What's the meaning of the two scarves during the riot in Straight Outta Compton?

Around 3/4 in the movie Straight Outta Compton during the riots, two people are holding two scarves, one red and one blue, knit together and walking towards the police. Like so: Closeup: What'...
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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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Was Childhood's End Intended To Parallel Biblical Prophecy?

I just finished watching the three-part SyFy channel mini-series adaptation of "Childhood's End", and I was left wondering about a number of seeming correlations between the story told (originally by ...
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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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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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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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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 didn't McMurphy escape?

In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, McMurphy and Chief planned to escape to Canada, and near the end of the movie, they trapped Turkle and made him drink in order to escape in the night. But, in the ...
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Why did Chief Bromden fool everyone?

In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, at the beginning of the movie we're told that Chief is a deaf and dumb. However, when McMurphy and Chief were talking just before the electroshock therapy scene, we ...
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Understanding racial messages in The Hateful Eight

I have just seen Quentin Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight. From this Vulture interview: Hateful Eight uses the Civil War as a backdrop, sort of like how The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ...
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Why did Claire give John the earring?

In the movie The Breakfast Club, why did Molly Ringwald's character Claire give the big honking diamond earring to Judd Nelson's character John? I realize there is a new friendship there, but was ...
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Ending of Whiplash…revenge or not?

Was the ending of Whiplash revenge or not? One, I don't believe Fletcher would destroy his own reputation to get back at Andrew. So would he really give up his career to get back at Andrew or did ...
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Why Teddy asked to change the place where the picture was about to be taken?

In the end of Memento (and beginning of its story), Lenny wants to take a picture of Teddy. Does anybody have a clue why Teddy asked to change the place where the picture was about to be taken? ...
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In Cold in July, was the cop killed?

There was a police guy in uniform sat inside guarding the house whilst the family was asleep. After he is attacked, if you look closely there is a wound to the side of his head. Whether he died or ...
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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining : Clue

Recently, I was watching (for the millionth time) Stanley Kubrik's The Shining. One of my favourite scene is the first meeting between Jack Torrance and Lloyd. At the beginning of that scene, we see ...
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What's the meaning of the hangman game in the phone booth in Fargo?

In the latest episode of Fargo "Loplop" (S02E08), there is a hangman game in the window of the phone booth that Ed Blumquist uses to call the Gerhardt family. What is the answer to this puzzle and ...
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Any significance as to why the sheriff's name in Cut Bank is Vogel?

In many plays, novels etc character names are of some sort of significance. I noticed that in Cut Bank, the sheriff's name is Vogel which means bird in German/Dutch. Is there a connection to his ...