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

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Was “The 400 Blows” influenced by “The Catcher in the Rye”?

Truffaut's The 400 Blows is considered by many to be the first film of the French New Wave, and somewhat autobiographical, and Truffaut has been quoted as saying that the film saved his life. It has ...
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Why is Walter White riding on “A Horse with No Name”?

At the beginning of the Breaking Bad episode "Caballo Sin Nombre" (S03E02) Walt drives his Aztek through the desert singing along to America's "A Horse with No Name" on the radio, before getting ...
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Why was the episode “The Mountain of Youth” almost lost?

  [Source] The Mountain of Youth aired one month after the series finale and was billed as "the lost episode": MacGyver joins Jack Dalton in Kabulstan on a search for a fountain of youth in ...
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Why does Ronan want to destroy this planet/race?

[Source] Ronan the Accuser is the main villain in Guardians of the Galaxy. Even though the Kree and the Xandarians have signed a peace treaty, Ronan (who is a Kree) seems hellbent on destroying ...
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Any acknowledged consideration between the treatment of 'Gone Girl' in light of the Oscar Pistorious case?

As is often the case on M&TV, the release of a movie can attract comparisons with real world parallels, prompting people to postulate over whether the events of one can in some way inform the ...
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Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?

In Edge of Tomorrow William Cage is reliving the same day over and over again. The time loop always starts with Cage waking up at Heathrow, after his meeting with the General.       ...
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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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Is Carrie Don Jon's daughter?

In film Don Jon, he has relationship with an older woman, which is played by actress Julianne Moore. In the film Carrie, Julianne Moore plays Carrie's mother. Is it possible that these two stories ...
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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 with that scene with Glenn and Daryl?

In Season 4, Episode 13 of The Walking Dead, there was a scene at the very end where Daryl and Glenn step out of a car. Daryl and Glenn haven't seen each other all season. Was that some kind of ...
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Final scene in Turist / Force Majeure

The film Turist (Force Majeure) chronicles a family on skiing holiday in the Alps. It's mostly a pretty "ordinary" film with no surreal elements. What is the meaning of this scene?
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What did Jules Gaspard get in Invitation to a Gunfighter?

In Invitation to a Gunfighter, when Jules Gaspard leaves town and is confronted by Matt Weaver the following conversation happens: Matt: If its not money then what you want, what (did) you get? ...
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What does Francis Underwood's ring mean to him and why does he bury it?

At the end of House of Cards episode S02E05, when Frank attends the groundbreaking ceremony at the Civil War reenactment site he places (and ultimately buries) his ring in the soil (of what I assume ...
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What is the history between Little Bill and English Bob in Unforgiven?

In Unforgiven, it's understandable why Little Bill beat up English Bob--because he wanted to scare off anyone else who would come to collect the reward from the women and also keep aside the Big ...
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Is Django bullet-proof or immortal?

In the Movie, Django Unchained, there is a part where Django is in a big gunfight in Candy's House, he stands up and pulls his coat off and it looks like bullets fall to the ground, couldn't quite ...
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How were Sonny and Don Corleone at odds?

During The Godfather Sollozzo and the Corleone's have a meeting, in which Sollozzo asks Don Corleone to partner with him in the drug trade. At one point, Sollozzo says something about guaranteeing ...
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Did Neil lie to Mr Keating in Dead Poets Society?

In the part where Neil breaks the news to Mr Keating (in a classroom) that his father, although reluctant, would let him play in the show, Mr Keating is overjoyed and asks him if he had told his ...
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What significance does Mike Yanagita have in Fargo?

In the Coen brothers' movie "Fargo" the detective Marge Gunderson gets called by and meets an old schoolmate, Mike Yanagita. He tells her that he is widowed and tries to make a move on her. Later ...
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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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What is the main theme in Breaking bad?

Like millions others I am also a huge fan of Breaking Bad. Recently I was telling someone about this show who has not watched it and I was asked "What is the theme?" This question puzzled me and I got ...
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Is Firefly/Serenity related to the game series Mass Effect

I've played through all 3 Mass Effect games and now I'm watching Firefly. I noticed that Jayne (the mercenary) wears a "Blue Sun" muscle shirt and in Mass Effect, the Blue Suns are a mercenary ...
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What is the significance of Walt Whitman to a broader understanding of Breaking Bad?

Beware: spoilers for Breaking Bad season 5 below. These are the facts as I understand them: Leaves of Grass is a compendium of poems by Walt Whitman, an American influenced by Transcendentalism ...
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What is the meaning/symbolism behind the spider, when Jesse and Saul are waiting for Walt?

In the middle of the Breaking Bad episode entitled "Confessions", Jesse and Saul are waiting to meet Walt somewhere in the desert. As they are standing next to their car, the camera brings up a close ...
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What was the matter with GJ?

One of the various characters in Top of the Lake is GJ, who is somewhat like a leader to the group of women that settled in containers in Paradise, which is also reinforced by Anita when she tells ...
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What is the significance of the statue given to Hank?

Hank is given a little statue in one episode of Breaking Bad, 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 ...
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What is the deal with Walt's hat?

In Breaking Bad Walt seems to always put on his hat when he gets into the Heisenberg mind set/character. Is this the hat's sole purpose or is there a deeper meaning/connection to something else?
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Were the Horsemen cards referring to roles?

In Now You See Me the Four Horsemen each receive a card containing a symbol and an invitation on the back. It seems that there was a connection or implication about what that Horsemen were about to ...
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Meaning of the 'magic circle' quote

Can you explain the meaning of the following quote from Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly? We draw a magic circle around ourselves to shut out everything that doesn’t fit our secret games. ...
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Train scene in the movie “Shame”

My question is about a scene in the movie Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan directed by Steve McQueen. Train Scene 1 : In the beginning of the movie, Brandon(Michael Fassbender) is ...
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Why was the movie 'Elephant' given that title?

I don't know if Gus Van Sant has admitted it but it seems clear that this movie has been inspired by the shooting in Columbine High School. Is there a link between this event and an elephant? Why is ...
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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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How did Napoleon Wilson come to his name?

As a big fan of John Carpenter's classic of urban terror Assault on Precinct 13 I always wondered (together with the rest of the characters) why Napoleon Wilson is called that way. It is made clear ...
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Is episode S09E03 a comment on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's success at the awards?

In the 3rd episode of the 9th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award" for the best bar. While the show is not particularly famous for referencing ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...