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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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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Why does Frank peel off the labels from bottles and things?

Catch Me If You Can's fictionalized version of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. uses to peel off labels from things. While in certain cases this is part of his check frauds (especially the Pan Am labels), he ...
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Who hired Malcolm Crowe?

In The Sixth Sense, several months(?) after an "incident", child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) takes up a new case: 8-year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). [Source] But how did Crowe ...
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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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Was the original Starship Troopers meant to be funny?

According to imdb Starship Troopers is an Action adventure sci-fi where "Humans of a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival." I remember going to the ...
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What does the symbol V stand for in the movie V for Vendetta?

Yesterday one of my friend asked me the question what the V symbol in V for Vendetta stands for. I never thought about it before. Does V stand for a group or just the name of the main character? Does ...
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What is the meaning of Teddy's last dialogue in Shutter Island?

In Shutter Island, at the end of the movie Teddy had a chat with Chuck, in that scene Teddy told to Chuck as, Which would be worse: To live as a monster, or to die as a good man? What's the ...
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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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Why does Banner finally allow the Hulk to come out?

During the course of the Avengers, you see Mr Banner talk about his alter ego as just another entity inside of himself. Afraid, reluctant and very much un-willing to let him out, even if it means his ...
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Why is Donnie Darko set in the 80s?

The movie Donnie Darko is timed in the 80s (to be precise 1988), but the movie was released 2001. I can see no significance, to put it in the past. Yes, there was the presidential election, but that ...
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Are Sean Bean's characters more prone to die than others? [closed]

An image making the rounds on the Internet claims that Since 1986 Sean Bean has died in over 20 films and TV productions. He has been brutally killed by bow and arrows, handgun, ...
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Why didn't Cobb talk to any of his team members at the airport in the ending of Inception?

In Inception, it always makes me wonder why Cobb didn't say a hello to his team members. He does not even smile at any of his team members at the airport. What is the reason he acts like he does now ...
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What's the significance of Cobb's ring in Inception?

In Inception, Cobb was wearing his wedding ring in some scenes and in some scenes he doesn't. After watching the movie so many times, according to me, in every scene of a dream he was wearing his ...
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Why the long takes in Rope?

Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope is known for it's long takes. There is plenty of documentation regarding the length of each shot and the limitations of the technology available, but less so ...
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Why is the connection between Hank and Marie and the colour purple?

In Breaking Bad, it is seen in a mass sense that Marie has the entire home decorated in as much purple as possible: (Best image I could find) What is the significance with this colour in ...
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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 John Keating to blame for Neil's suicide?

At the end of the movie John Keating is accused of making Neil come up against his father and outing his own dreams ("Carpe diem!") which ultimately leads to him commiting suicide. Was Keating really ...
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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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What does the origami represent in Blade Runner?

Throughout Blade Runner we see Gaff (Edward James Olmos) making origami figures at various points in the movie. He makes a chicken, matchstick men and at the end of the film there is a unicorn waiting ...
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Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin?

In Pulp Fiction, Vincent and Jules killed all the guys at Brett's apartment for stealing the briefcase from Marsellus Wallace but not Marvin. Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin in Pulp Fiction? ...
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What is the meaning of Rorschach's mask and name?

In Watchmen, Rorschach wears a mask that shows continuously changing symmetrical patterns of black "ink" on white cloth, resembling those of, well, a Rorschach test. In fact, in some scenes he is very ...
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What does the quote from Sgt. Apone in Aliens “Look into my eye” mean?

When the Marines are waking up you get this dialogue between Hudson and Apone: Hudson: Man, this floor is freezing. Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you? Hudson: Gee, ...
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How to describe Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?

Elsa is a very detailed character for the role she plays. She is secretly a Nazi Is constantly around Indiana Gets violent with Indiana but kisses him When Indiana finds her with book again Elsa ...
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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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How did the DHARMA Initiative fit into Lost's story?

I just finished rewatching Lost and as everyone well knows it was confusing to say the least. The ending seems to lean more towards a religious explanation of "preparing to move on to the afterlife", ...
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What does 'How you doing?' by Joey mean?

The 'How you doing?' line of Joey in Friends is very famous. English is my third language. I seem it's general conversation dialogue. What's so special about it?
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Why does the Driver not have a name?

Something just occurred to me, for the life of me, I cannot remember the Driver's name. I am sure this guy does not have a name for the whole movie. Someone had to call out to him. I have heard him ...
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Why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?

In No Country for Old Men, why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?
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Significance of the Owl in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

There's a scene in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" where Prideaux (Mark Strong) is in the class room teaching, then suddenly an owl pops out of the fireplace. Prideaux quickly dispatches it. Later on, in ...
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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 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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Is there a good resource which analyzes many parody movies for “what is being lampooned”?

Good parody movies (e.g. Airplaine, Hot Shots) lampoon a whole bunch of things, in nearly every scene. Is there a good resource which analyses some of the main ones scene by scene and notes a full ...
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Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander was really good at hacking computers as well as other security breaking skills, to the point where it was way too easy to do from a ...
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What's the significance of the roses on Oskar Schindler's grave?

Jews have a tradition of placing stones on the grave. In the Film Schindler's List, in the ending scene everybody places stones on the grave of Oskar Schindler. But Liam Neeson places a pair of roses ...
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Why did the prisoners help Bruce?

When Bruce is left broken and suffering in the Prison Pit, Bane explains that this is where he suffered and where Bruce will fully realize his failure with Gotham, and then be killed. During his time ...
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What was the alternative world in Sucker Punch?

In the movie Sucker Punch, while 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? If not, what ...
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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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What is the significance of the appearance of the wolf?

Near the end of Fantastic Mr. Fox, and just after the film's climax, Mr. Fox, Ash, Kristofferson and Kylie encounter a wolf. Like the scene, the wolf seemingly came randomly and out of nowhere (with ...
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Who fired the shot and what is the symbolism in firing shot right next to Lucas at the end of the movie?

At the end of The Hunt (orig.: Jagten), during the deer hunt, there’s a shot fired right next to Lucas (deliberately missing the shot). Who fired the shot? Is it Theo's son? What is the meaning of ...
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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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Why did Kubrick avoid a direct explanation to “Clockwork orange”'s meaning?

I am curious about a significant difference between the book and the movie of "A clockwork orange". In the novel by Burgess, "A clockwork orange" is a sort of meta-title; when Alex and his friends ...
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What was the silver “valhalla spray” in Fury Road?

Five of us watched Mad Max: Fury Road and were unsure what the silver "valhalla spray" was- certainly it had to do with Valhalla, but.. is it paint? Freezing spray? What is its significance, and how ...
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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 is the purpose of Rust's one-eye mirror?

In the 1st season of True Detective one of the very few things in Rust's apartment back in 1995 is a very small mirror, just large enough to reflect a single eye, which he repeatedly looks into during ...
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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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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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Why did Blade Runner deviate from the source novel so significantly?

In Philip K. Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' there are key aspects of the plot of the novel that are completely excluded from Blade Runner, including: That animals have almost ...
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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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Why is “Based on a True Story” used?

I have had little to no interest in a movie that claims it is "Based On a True Story" since Fargo. It's well known that it was a lie that Fargo was based on a true story. There are many movies though ...
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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 ...