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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Ferris Bueller's Day Off intentionally inspired by Blues Brothers?

I saw Blues Brothers (1980) for the first time last night and I couldn't help but see many parallels between it and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). Both plots feature an adventure in the city of ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Reason behind Man of Steels muted tones

Are there any officially declared answers to why exactly "Man of Steel" had such heavy, dark tones throughout the movie? Usually such themes are used to depict harsh times in a movie. But here, the ...
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What is the significance of the little Russian kid story?

In a scene of The Equalizer where Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is sitting in a restaurant in front of Teddy (Marton Csokas) McCall tells him a story he heard from a Russian officer. The story ...
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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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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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Is the ending of the movie “Taking Lives” legally justified?

At the end of Taking Lives My question is if this whole sacking of Scott and her living secluded, pregnant, was a set up to catch Asher/Costa, as he would come to her, How can Scott kill him? She ...
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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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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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Is this the grave of a child in Akira Kurosawa's Dreams?

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams is a strange symbolic film. My question is about a possible relevance between the first dream (nightmare!) and the last sweet dream in a cyclic story! The following paragraphs ...
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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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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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What kind of company is Initech?

What kind of company is Initech in the movie Office Space? There are a few important things we know about Initech that the movie plot hinged on. Are there any real-life companies that actually fit ...
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What are we to make of the ending of The Great Silence?

I just watched The Great Silence (orig.: Il grande silenzio) and I have to say, I was utterly perplexed by its ending. At the end of the movie Loco invades Snow Hill with his friends and they take the ...
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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 is the story behind Robert Langdon's Mickey Mouse watch?

In Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, movies, the character Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wears a Mickey Mouse watch and when somebody asks about it he never answers (or did I miss it?). The ...
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Why do Mitch and Cam never kiss?

I just watched the Season 5 finale, where Cam and Mitch get married. After exchanging the rings there is the traditional kiss between the newlyweds. Their kiss is very short, at which point I realized ...
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Lenny taking a picture of Teddy

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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Who is Bruce and does he have a real-world counterpart?

In the episode "Doubt" (S01E11) of Wilfred (the US version) Ryan meets a guy who introduces himself as Bruce and who can see Wilfred the way Ryan does. He tells him that he's been Wilfred's friend ...
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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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“No Country for Old Men”, why is it called so?

One thing bugged me after watching the highly acclaimed movie "No Country for Old Men" - Why is it called so? I tried to analyze the plot and the sequences and the climax, but I could not understand ...
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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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Is there real connection between The Machinist and Dostoyevsky's books?

I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot". According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers ...
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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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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 ...
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Why the AKA prefix?

The episode titles for the Jessica Jones episodes are all prefixed with AKA, which stands for Also Known As. I'm curious/confused why this decision was made.
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Why was Jane invited to go with Stephen Hawking to meet the Queen?

Near the end of the film The Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking is invited to meet the Queen and be offered a knighthood. Jane goes along too, although it's not clear to me if the invitation from ...
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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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What was the purpose of the lightning tree?

I don't feel like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fully explained this. It seems awfully convenient to have a tree where lightning strikes 12 times every hour. What would possibly be the point of this ...
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Why the prevalence of Latin forenames in the Capitol?

When watching The Hunger Games as well as its sequel Catching Fire, it occured to me that the members of the Capitol often bear Latin forenames, like Seneca, Ceasar, Claudius, Plutarch, Octavia, ...
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Extra meaning in “Panem”

I know the naming of the country "Panem" already has at least a couple meanings in the Hunger Games books and movies. For starters, it translates to "bread", and is even more fitting when Plutarch ...
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Significance of blue flowers in What dreams may come

In "What dreams may come", blue flowers are ubiquitous. What do they represent?
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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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Which circles of Hell are shown in What Dreams May Come?

In What Dreams May Come, Robin Williams' character Chris Nielsen travels through Hell. They show some of the nine circles of Hell as depicted in Dante's Inferno (Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, ...
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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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What is the significance of the pink phone in “The Great Game”?

I would like to know why does Moriarty go through so much trouble to make a replica of the phone from "A Study in Pink" in the Sherlock episode "The Great Game"?
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Is there any definitive evidence that Teddy was or was not crazy?

The ending of the film Shutter Island is purposely ambiguous, with two different interpretations: Teddy was crazy, and the whole movie was part of a role-play therapy. There is a conspiracy to ...