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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Are the parallels between AI and Slavery intentional?

While watching Ex Machina it occurred to me that the robots could be replaced with human slaves and the plot lines could be essentially unchanged. Here are some of the examples for the parallels: ...
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Significance of the painting behind M in the restaurant

Skyfall made prominent use of paintings, especially paintings of ships, to visualize James Bond's and MI6's state, as previosly discussed. Given this, I couldn't help but notice that its successor ...
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What is the significance of the cat in the movie “Gone Girl”?

Throughout the movie "Gone Girl", there is an orange house cat that appears in numerous scenes. Is this some kind of symbolism?
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What is number chart on sniper rifle?

I was watching the movie "American Sniper", In the first 30 minutes scene ,when Chris Kyle is observing the Afghan woman and child carrying Russian Grenade. There is a number chart pasted on his ...
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Why does the Airwolf series use “photon torpedo”-like missiles?

What wondered me is that they made the effort of Airwolf dodging missiles or using decoys to get rid of them. We see the missile head flying in the background or the missile itself hunting Airwolf. ...
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The “narrator” of a movie

Question Do theorists of cinema use the concept of "narrator" in the sense of the hypothetical person presenting the movie, and if yes who are some of the famous ones and what are the works in which ...
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Why are the emotions colored in the way they are?

Inside Out is a great movie from Pixar & Disney. A movie that will force you to think about your life, emotions etc. Loved it. So there are five emotions shown in the movie that control our ...
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Emotion Leaders/Managers in Inside Out?

In the movie Inside Out, I noticed that in Riley's mom the Sadness emotion was quite the one leading or managing the other emotions while in Riley's dad, the Angry emotion was the one leading the ...
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Taps - What does it mean?

At the very beginning of the 1981 movie Taps, George C. Scott reads from the Book of Remembrance. This book contains all of the soldiers from Bunker Hill Academy (not sure if that's a real school or ...
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What does the Native American Chief symbol mean in the Hackers movie from 1995?

Question: What does the Native American Chief symbol mean in the Hackers movie from 1995? How is it connected with hacker culture? Or is it just a coincidence? Background: I'm a little bit ...
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Why does the priest have a full bottle of wine in The Sopranos S01E05?

I was re-watching The Sopranos. In Season 1 Episode 5, With Carmela, the priest says that he has a communion kit because he went to see a (presumably dying) patient in the hospital (to give communion)....
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In “Gone Girl”, is there a significance to Amy's repeated head injuries?

In "Gone Girl", it seems as though the are a lot of injuries to Amy's head: the male criminal who steals her money knocks her head against a wall, she conks herself with a hammer, and probably others ...
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Is there any purpose to the short fade to white?

At the end of All Is Lost, when Our Man inadvertently sets his lifeboat on fire while trying to get the attention of some light he sees in the distance, he has to jump into the water and after a ...
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What is the significance of Dick Van Dyke playing both Mr Dawes and Bert?

What is the significance of Dick Van Dyke playing both Mr Dawes and Bert in Mary Poppins? I have a feeling that something of this sort might have been intended, but is there any official word on such? ...
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What's the message of the movie Take Shelter?

The main thing that comes to mind about Take Shelter is how uncomfortable I felt during and after watching it. While I think it was well-made and probably was trying to achieve this effect, I have ...
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Why was Roger Ebert considered one of the greatest film critics?

There have been many film critics in the world, but no one seems as influential as Roger Ebert. If you check the wikipedia page of any movie, it's very likely that, in the reception section, they ...
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What does Costello's drawing symbolize?

In The Departed there is a scene where Jack Nicholson's character makes a drawing. The drawing is of rats and the Massachusetts State House. He sets the drawing afire. What is the symbolism of this ...
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Are there any sequel movies based on true story?

Mostly true stories sometimes also known as biographies end up in single parts, but I really doubt at the very corner some sequels on true stories exist. So are there any sequel movies based on true ...
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What is the significance of the “fly scene”?

I have already consulted the original "fly scene" thread about this, but it doesn't exactly answer my question. I'm asking about the "fly scene" that comes in season five of Breaking Bad when Walt is ...
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What is the meaning of the symbols on the Arrowhead in the season 3 intro?

In the Arrow season 3 starting and ending intro, the Arrowhead got changed from plain to thicker one with symbols embodied on it, as depicted below Is there any deep meaning/symbolism behind those ...
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Does the Chinese song have any further relevance?

The Daredevil episode "World on Fire" (S01E05) sees one of Madame Gao's couriers deliver a package to Vladimir's men. While he sits in the car and the Russians get inside he sings some Chinese song, ...
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Meaning of Billy Hope's Tattoo

There are several shots in Southpaw where the tattoo behind Billy Hope's ear is prominently displayed. It appears to be a bird, what kind? And more importantly, is there symbolism associated with ...
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Positive outcomes of Walter's actions

After watching Breaking Bad series twice, I feel that the net effect of Walter's actions is not so obvious (negative). I understand that a lot of innocent people died and there have been consequences. ...
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Does Jesse go to jail?

This one hunts me down every time I watch the last episode of Breaking Bad. There are two points I argue in my head: Jesse is shown doing woodwork as if he is reborn and his life changes taking the ...
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What is the meaning of the toy eye that Walter keeps?

There are a few episodes on Breaking Bad where a toy eye that Walter removes from his pool appears. It seems to be having some sort of judgmental meaning as if it sees everything that Walter does. ...
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Does Ethan Hunt rely on luck and chance?

Early in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, this council is arguing over the unreliability of the team, most specifically about the fact that they rely on luck. I think this is extremely true, however, ...
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Ending scene of The Darjeeling Limited

In the ending scene of The Darjeeling Limited, the three brothers run on the platform to chase a departing train. Suddenly they throw away their luggage one by one and board the train without their ...
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What is the meaning of text on Jesse's shoes in S03E12 in Breaking Bad?

In S03E12, when Jesse is walking to kill two of Gus's enforcers, the camera shows the back of Jesse's shoes and there is a text there. Right this scene. I think it says "PAID". I think this is yet ...
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The Anti-Christ in the Name of the Rose

I thought The Name of the Rose was intriguing and fascinating (the sound effects, the location, the costumes, and the characters). What I don't understand, however, is that the anti-christ was ...
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Was Birdemic intended to be a bad movie?

I would like to know if Birdemic was intended as a funny non-serious movie or if it was really made with the intention of producing a genuinely scary movie that just got bad. Were they serious when ...
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Term for a movie that tells a lot through its backdrop?

I'm writing a paper about a movie that exerts a lot of social and cultural criticism through its backdrop - things like posters, graffiti, murals and so on. They are not central to the story at all (...
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Explanation of the ending of Easy Rider

This is regarding the 1969 classic Easy Rider. I found the ending was abrupt and very quick. Although throughout the movie it has been shown how society dislikes and avoids hippies like Wyatt and ...
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Has Source Code made Sean's life miserable? [closed]

By inhabiting Sean Fentress' body by Colter Stevens in Source Code, hasn't the rest of his life become miserable in the altered timeline? Is this why Dr. Rutledge tells him (probably lie) they can't ...
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Dance and costume scenes in 'The Act of Killing'

What a great and scary documentary all in one. I am sort of disturbed after watching it on Netflix last night but I'm glad I did. One thing that confused me though were the choreographed dance and ...
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Was Louis Bloom a meth head in Nightcrawler?

I have read the other questions with the 'Nightcrawler' tag and some query the odd behaviour of the film's hero, Louis Bloom. My question is a bit more direct: was he a meth head? This suspicion is ...
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Significance of the air dancers in Nightcrawler

At one point in the film Nightcrawler, the scene is a morning in Los Angeles, possibly the only morning scene in the film where the hero is not watching television. Plotwise, the scene is positioned ...
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What is Mrs Healy drawing on the wall?

In season 3 episode 1 of Orange is the New Black, there is a flashback where Sam Healy's mother exchanges some dialog with the young Sam Healy. Essentially the scene is designed to show that Sam ...
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Why do the samurai make the suicide charge in The Last Samurai?

After repelling the charging regiment at the end of The Last Samurai, the remaining samurai decide to make a head on cavalry charge against Gatling Guns and Howitzers. Why do they make this charge? P....
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Was Gunda planned as a Trash movie?

There is a lot to read and talk about the 1998 Bollywood movie Gunda. General perception is that it's so bad it's good. The movie holds a rating of 8.2 on IMDB and holds a cult status. I want to ...
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What is in the Pulp Fiction Briefcase? [duplicate]

I understand that the Briefcase is just a Mcguffin, but I read a long time ago a theory which involved the briefcase containing the stolen soul of Marsellus Wallace. I know this supposedly played into ...
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Does the Film Drive Have a Cameo from the star of Maniac Cop

The Film Drive has the Below image: Is this an uncredited Cameo from Laurene Landon, the star of the Maniac cop films? It looks like her, and Refn has gone on record as saying he is a fan of those ...
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Languages in Kill Bill 2 - on purpose?

In Kill Bill 2, there is a long scene which is flash back of Beatrix traversing the stairs in order to stay with the teacher/mentor, and train. In their first encounter, they have a rather long ...
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Was “Adam's Rib” advanced for its time?

The movie, Adam's Rib came out in 1949. It was about a married couple, both lawyers, facing off against each other in court, about whether a woman, as opposed to a man, could invoke the "unwritten law"...
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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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Does American Beauty advocate Taoism?

I don't know if my question belongs here or not. In the movie American Beauty, the message is that real beauty lies beneath the surface of things and you have to look deeper. A nice home in the ...
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Contradictions in Star Wars about advocating pacifism?

After reading "Dharma of Star Wars", this article and "Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than you can Possibly imagine", the books mention that there's a lot of Zen Buddhism in Star Wars. For ...
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What are the real world analogues to the religions from Game of Thrones?

There are various religions in the Game of Thrones universe such as Faith of the Seven, Many-Faced God, Lord of Light etc; some seem to be based on real world ones and I read somewhere that the Faith ...
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Is HBO's Generation Kill a musical?

Is Generation Kill a musical? I know, I know first answer to come to mind is no, but they are telling the story of a real event and place, and frequently the characters break into song. If I'm wrong ...
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Is there a deeper relation between Abraham's tale of sacrifice and The Hunted?

William Friedkin's The Hunted is introduced by a quote spoken by Johnny Cash, in which he gives an interesting rendition of the classic Judeo-Christian tale of Abraham's sacrifice: God said to ...
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Was the superstition in Vikings historically accurate?

In season 1 of Vikings, most of the content was filled with superstitions and prayers. It seemed as if everything was linked with gods and omens, which seemed unusual to me. I am trying to ask, were ...