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

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Water as a symbol in Fatal Attraction

I noticed the reoccurring use of water in the movie Fatal Attraction. When they first have the affair, the water from the sink appears. Then in the rabbit scene, there is boiling water. And at the ...
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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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Why is she calling him a loser?

In the very last scene of Moneyball (2011), Billy listens to song that his daughter recorded for him while driving in his car. She changed the lyrics in the end, singing You're such a loser, dad, ...
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Significance of the shoes

During the course of Pacific Rim we share with Mako Mori a memory of her childhood when she was saved from a Kaiju attack by Marshal Pentecost in his Jaeger. During those events she somehow lost a ...
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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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Is there a name for a dead character (both male and female) that appears more frequently than others in TV / movie scripts?

Scripts often employ device of a dead relative, to explain a characters motivation. In most cases, we never meet these characters, but they are named. For example, in Children of Men, Clive Owen and ...
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Is Peter Venkman from ghostbusters a narcissist?

In Ghostbusters I scientist Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) has a very interesting personality, he is always flirting with female clients and is more laid back it seems than the other Ghostbusters. While ...
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Which audience was targeted by “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”?

"Scarecrow and Mrs. King" told the story of a divorced mom who accidentally meets a hunky secret agent and -- unbeknownst to her family and friends -- joins the secret agent on many spy adventures. ...
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Back-story of the “crawling worshippers” in S3 of Breaking Bad? [duplicate]

One of the early S3 episodes opens with men and women crawling across a town. Crawling up a road. The car with Tuco's cousins pulls up, they both get out and start crawling too. Towards what ...
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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, ...
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Why was Ronan/Thanos not interested in the other Infinity Stone in possession of The Collector?

Both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy seem to spin around the 6 Infinity Stones. In Thor: The dark world, the Aether is given to the Collector. He explicitly says "One down, five to ...
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What are the qualities of Watchmen unique to comics and in which way did the movie achieve to adapt those to the medium of film?

The comic book Watchmen is universally regarded as one of the best examples of its medium. But even more than that, a large part of its point seems to have been to play with the medium of comics ...
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In Lucy, are the inserted predator/prey shots an example of Expressionism?

Maybe this isn't the right forum, but I don't see an "Art Theory" stack exchange. In the movie Lucy, just opened this weekend, near the beginning the bad guys are closing in on the main character and ...
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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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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 is the last scene supposed to tell us?

At the end of Out of the Furnace, after Russell lethally shot DeGroat, much to Wesley's dismay, the last shot of the movie shows Russell sitting in his house at the table doing nothing: But I'm not ...
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Is there any further significance to Russell's tattoo?

Russell Baze, the main protagonist of Out of the Furnace, has a quite prominent tattoo on his neck, which on a closer look seem to be the numbers 15104 or something similar: While there might very ...
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Why Harlan DeGroat had to do that to Rodney Baze Jr.?

I'm talking about the movie Out of the Furnace where Harlan kills Rodney and John Petty. In the movie, Rodney owes a lot of money to Harlan. So, Rodney agrees to fight with some guy to clear his debt ...
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What is the device of Alex Trusks at the end of Hypercube?

Cube series are really complicated movie series. At the end of the Hypercube, Kate gives a device some serious guys (some military guys maybe). This device was taken from Alex Trusks' neck. What is ...
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Why the title 'Unforgiven' in the movie Unforgiven?

I just watched the 1992 film Unforgiven and I liked it a lot. But how does the title of this movie relate to its story?
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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 ...
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Why is Aronofsky's Pi not Pi?

In Darren Aronofsky's famous and mysterious film "Pi" there are many mathematical secrets. My question is about one of them. When the film begins one can see the digits of the number Pi. But here ...
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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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Is Apocalypse Now, an anti-War film or a pro-War film?

Apocalypse Now ends with Col. Kurtz's words "The Horror, the horror". Capt. Willard is also seen saying during the end of the movie They will make me Major after this but I am not even in their Army ...
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Are the stories connected by more than just marginal references?

The Cloud Atlas presents us with 6 seemingly different storylines across centuries of human history: a personal adventure ultimately ending in a statement against slavery. a personal tragedy about ...
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Does Gordon Ramsay ever like anything in Kitchen Nightmares?

Gordon Ramsay is a world-class celebrity chef, so it's not surprising that he always criticizes the food at the restaurants he visits in Kitchen Nightmares -- not to mention the fact that there's ...
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“I did it for me. I liked it” - Is this a lie to convince Skyler?

In Breaking Bad, Walter says in the final season I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really - I was alive. But I don't think he ever did it for himself. At every point of ...
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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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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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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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The choice to switch from POV in the remake of 'Maniac'

The modern remake of the 80s slasher film of the same name, Maniac (2012), starring Elijah Wood as Frank Zito is depicted entirely from the killer's point of view, thus putting the viewer 'in his ...
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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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How close is Masters of Sex to the actual events?

Masters of Sex tells the Story of the research team consisting of William Masters and Virginia Johnson researching sexuality in the 1950s. The persons really existed as well as their study, so I ...
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Why was Michael Myers credited as “The Shape” in the first 2 Halloween films?

In the original Halloween (1976), Nick Castle as Michael (in the mask) is credited as The Shape: The other credits; Michael age 6 is the shot at the start of the movie when his parents take off his ...
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Why did Malvo do the things he did to Stavros Milos?

Lorne Malvo was sent to find out who was blackmailing Stavros Milos. But instead why did he end up doing the things he did: take over the blackmail scheme and torment Stavros by exploiting his extreme ...
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Is there any further significance to the choice of Verdun as battlefield?

Prior to the events of Edge of Tomorrow the United Defense Force achieves a significant (if not their only) victory against the invading Mimics at no other place than Verdun, in which Rita Vrataski ...
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Why did the Great Gasby (2013) movie erase the hints of Nick Carraway's homosexuality? [closed]

This question is about the two-oscar winning movie Great Gastby (2013) that was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Only after I had seen this extraordinary movie and found out that F. Scott ...
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What is the Wuxi Finger hold with which Po defeats Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda

In the movie Kung Fu Panda, in the final fight scene between Po & Tai Lung, Po defeats Tai Lung using Wuxi Finger hold. All we see in the movie is a release of energy & puff of dust moving ...
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What is the meaning of Teddy's memories of Dachau?

During his visit on Shutter Island Marshal Teddy Daniels repeatedly has traumatic memories of the liberation of the KZ Dachau during his service in WWII, where he saw the piles of corpses, let an ...
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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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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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What is the symbolism of the gold watch?

As far as I understand Pulp Fiction is webbed with symbols and hidden meaning. Is there something symbolic in the Butch's father's gold watch because it did trigger a large number of events like: ...
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What's the significance of the flashbacks?

In High Lane (2009) or Vertige, Fanny Valette's character has a few flashbacks. What's the importance of this flashback scene? How is it related to the film?
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Why do criminals always leave the front door ajar so cops can easily detect something is wrong?

Why does it seem like in every cop based TV drama (CSI, Law and Order, etc.) that whenever something bad has happened that the front door is always left open or slightly ajar? Do criminals not ...
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Why is Nebraska shot in black & white?

Why is the movie Nebraska shot in black & white? What theme does it resemble in this movie?
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The Matrix vs. eXistenZ: how did they influence each other?

It cannot have happenend by sheer coincidence that in the first quarter of 1999 two tightly related movie pictures were released - the Wachowski brother's The Matrix and David Cronenberg's eXistenZ - ...
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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 meaning of the apearance of dogs in the good the bad the ugly?

Last night I watched the 4K Remastered Edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. What a great movie! Now I noticed something I'm curious about. There are several (at least 3, maybe 4) appearances ...
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What foreshadowing was Corey Feldman's character referring to in Dream A Little Dream?

There's a scene in 1989's Dream A Little Dream where Jason Robards' character is talking to Corey Feldman's character "telepathically" via a dream. He's done this a number of times previously, but ...
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The origin of the loss of the Fourth Wall?

"The Fourth Wall", for the uninitiated, is the wall that separates the movie from the audience, allowing the audience to be spectators to the events depicted. Famously, the Fourth Wall was demolished ...