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

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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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Evolution/existence of television police proceduals in non-English speaking countries?

I'm interested in the evolution and/or existence of the police procedural genre on television. Wikipedia outlines the time-line and summarizes representative shows through history for a few ...
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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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What is the symbolism of the uncrossable bridge in Melancholia?

In Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) there are two scenes of the sisters riding their horses. Both end with Justine's (Kirsten Dunst) horse Abraham refusing to cross a small bridge. In the second ...
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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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Is the “fear of death” the most powerful impulse of the spirit for Batman?

Movie super-heroes are commonly shown to be fearless. In Dark Knight Rises, fearlessness is discussed directly: Blind Prisoner: You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you ...
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Why did Phoebe hate massage parlors?

Though Phoebe was working as Massage Professional, why did she hate massage parlors? And convincing her friends not to go there?
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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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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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What's with the “one-sided” dialogue scenes in Midnight in Paris?

I re-watched Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris last night. I noticed that during a lot of dialogue scenes with only two or three people, there will often only be one of the characters in the shot. It ...
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Diction in original vs remake of True Grit

The diction in the 2010 production of True Grit is much different than that of the 1969 True Grit. Why did the Coen brothers decide to follow the diction of the original novel so closely? Did folks ...
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What's the purpose of the giant door?

King Kong (1933) A massive wall protects the native village from King Kong. But if you build a wall to keep a giant ape out, why would you put a door in that's conveniently his size? My Question: ...
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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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In “Synecdoche, New York” what is the meaning of the character name Sammy Barnathan?

Sammy Barnathan is a key character in "Synecdoche, New York," which was written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. In the interview excerpt below, Kaufman suggests that there is meaning behind the name: ...
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Why is the blog text removed over Bull's head in Sherlock : A scandal in Belgravia?

In the episode A scandal in Belgravia (Sherlock season 2 episode 1), when Dr. Watson is blogging and his blog text is shown to the viewers overlaid on the wall of 221B, Baker St., why is the text that ...
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What exactly is the alphanumeric string in A Scandal in Belgravia?

In A Scandal in Belgravia Irene Adler shows the following text to Sherlock 007 Confirmed allocation 4C12C45F13E13G60A60B61F34G34J60D12H33K34K and he figures out "these are seat allocations on a ...
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What does the girl cutting her hand in Animatrix: Beyond symbolize?

In the film, The Animatrix, specifically the Beyond section after the girl and the kids are quarantined, they return to the spot that had the glitch. I understand why she dropped the can (to see ...
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What is Harvey's purpose?

In the movie Harvey from 1950 in the ending it is made clear that Harvey actually exists and is a Pooka, some sort of fairy from the celtic mythology. Apparently he has chosen Elwood P. Dowd as some ...
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What is the implicit meaning of Mal's riddle in Inception?

You're waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter, because we'll be together. ...
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Evidence for and against the ending of Dark Knight Rises

I've heard a few people mention that the ending of Dark Knight Rises, where Alfred sees Bruce and Selina at the bistro in Italy, was just a dream. When I watched it I thought it was really happening. ...
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How did Mary get access to Magnussen's apartment?

In the Sherlock episode His Last Vow we see in detail how Sherlock has plotted to gain access to the villain Magnussen's apartment despite tight security. But when He gets there he finds that Mary is ...
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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 purpose of Solomon's son Dia in Blood Diamond?

Apart from the regular plot, that in order to save his son he must overcome battles and so forth, what other purpose does his son have? This is based on the fact that his son's name is Dia. And in ...
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What is the significance of the statue given to Hank?

Hank is given a little statue in one episode, which looks like a railway employee from his cloths, with the phrase 'know your enemy'. Which he hands over to his partner later. So what is the ...
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How does the “skip code” work in The Empty Hearse?

In the first episode of season 3 of Sherlock named as "The Empty Hearse". We can see that Mary received a message from the John's kidnapper(s). Mary said it's a skip code and Sherlock told that the ...
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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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Which was the first movie with alternate ending?

Was "The Game of Death(1978)" the first movie with alternate ending? In Game of Death, after Billy was attacking Dr. Land, he falls from the rooftop. The police arrest Billy and the ambulance takes ...
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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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What is the significance of “The Girl in Red” in Schindler's List?

"The Girl in Red" is a character talked about as much as the movie itself! However, I don't exactly understand the significance of the character itself and the usage of the color. Wikipedia ...
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How does Quorra “escape”?

At the end of TRON: Legacy Sam Flynn and Quorra escape into the real world. But I'm wondering how the rematerialization process works on Quorra? Digital or human? Sam bleeds, which prompts ...
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Why does Walt go by Heisenberg?

In Breaking Bad, Walter White chooses to go by Heisenberg. I know that there has to be some significance behind both why Walt chose the name and why the writers chose that name as opposed to any other ...
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What is the significance of the artwork?

What is the significance of the artwork (that shows a woman lying in a field reaching/looking across a field of grain toward a farmhouse--the implication, perhaps, is a painting of Julia Harper)? Is ...
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In, “There Will Be Blood”, what was the motivation to kill

In the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, the main character -- Daniel Plainview -- puts a bullet into his "brother's" head when he discovers that the man isn't really his ...
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What happens to Alex at the end of Shallow Grave?

At the end of the movie it was not obvious to me what Alex's ultimate fate was. In particular, I wasn't clear whether he lived or died from his injury. It seemed like he might live, as he was still ...
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To which degree were Spaghetti Westerns influenced by Italian Neorealism?

After the chaos of WWII and the Mussolini-government the largely devastated Italian film industry developed the so-called Italian Neorealism, which distanced itself from the epic studio productions ...
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What was Frank?

During the film Donnie Darko, Donnie occasionally talks with Frank, who we end up finding out at the end of the film is a guy that Donnie shot because he accidentally ran over his girlfriend. Is ...
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What is the purpose or meaning behind the Hot Rod in the Iron Man series?

In several scenes in both Iron Man 1 & 2, we see several references and scenes to Hot Rods throughout both movies. Whether it be the screen savers on the computers, Tony constantly working on ...
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Why was Frodo so resistant to the ring?

I know, by the end, it had gotten the better of him, but the effect it had on Frodo compared to Boromir who was driven mad by it, doesn't seem fit at all. Also Sam was carrying it for a very short ...
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Why was Tommy allowed to be a psychopath?

Tommy (played by Joe Pesci) is one of the most interesting characters to me in this film. His story arc starts with him being slightly off balance funny guy and a real tough guy then moves quickly ...
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Why do many of the Hollywood horror movies use a mirror as a ghost's sign?

I've seen lot of Hollywood horror movies, and most of the directors using a mirror as a ghost's sign or ghosts using mirror as a medium to talk with humans. I couldn't understand what would be the ...
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Is Independence Day a comedy spoof?

I haven't seen it since I walked out of the theater disgusted in 1996, but I've recently been wondering if the movie Independence Day was intended to be a comedy. I was 19 then, and I went to see ...
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Are the movies Dead Alive and Evil Dead related?

Was Dead Alive influenced by Evil Dead? I see that Dead Alive have a lot of the ideas of Evil Dead such as exaggerated blood bath, monster puppets and stuff. Is Evil Dead the pioneer of this type ...
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Why was Teddy using Leonard in Memento?

If you can believe Teddy's lies then he was a cop who had worked on the case of the break in, attack on Leonard and rape of Leonard's wife. He then worked with Leonard and helped him track down and ...
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Is the opening break-up scene in The Social Network intended to be humorous?

In the opening scene we have Mark and Erica talking about knowledge of people in China, SAT and Mark's infatuation with getting into the Finals Club. How is this scene humorous? Someone told me they ...
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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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Do the pub names and their order mean anything?

Seeing as to how the final pub, The World's End, is more or less when the world ends, do the other pub names also signify something? What are their names and their positions in the Golden Mile crawl? ...
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Is the pit in Dark Knight Rises a representation of Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus pit?

Everyone familiar with Batman universe would be quite familiar with Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus pit. Given the realism shown in the Batman movies by Nolan, for instance Bane's character and his mask. In ...
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Would a psychopath create a false positive Voight-Kampff test result?

The Voight-Kampff test (the so-called "empathy test") in the film has been bothering me for some time... It is acknowledged in the film that the test can give a false negative - Rachael would have ...
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What is meaning of movie title “The Naked Gun”?

What is the meaning of the title "The Naked Gun" in the series of detective-spoof movies starring Leslie Nielsen? Is it a joke based on an existing detective movie with a similar name? Or perhaps a ...
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How old is Ross Geller?

In season 3 of Friends, Ross Geller says that he is 29 years old. In season 4 of Friends, Ross again states that he is 29 years old. In season 5, Ross talks about getting divorced twice before ...