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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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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Why don't we get to see all the 7 lightning strikes?

In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button the eponymous protagonist grows up in a nursing home where he meets Mr. Daws, a man who claims to have been "struck by lightning 7 times". In fact it's a ...
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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 Dennis' daydream tell us about him?

In the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode where "The Gang Saves the Day" (S09E06), we have each of the different protagonists live through a daydream of the events following the ongoing shop ...
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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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Was Sharknado planned as a trash movie?

I just watched the movie Sharknado and I wondered myself, if this movie was planned as a Trash-Movie or if this 'just happened'. There are so many really strange scenes, cuts, dialogs etc. so that I ...
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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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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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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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What does the term “Out of the Furnace” refer to?

The title of the movie Out of the Furnace first and foremost seems to be an allusion to the whole steel mill backdrop of the movie. But I have a strong feeling that is not all there is to it. The IMDb ...
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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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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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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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What is the symbolism behind the colour change of characters while thinking?

In Death Note, people's eye and hair colour change when they are shown talking to themselves or thinking. Light changes to red colour, L to blue shade, Matsuda to yellow and Misa with lighter blue ...
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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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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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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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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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Which is the first sign that indicates that Walt is not doing it for the family anymore?

In Breaking Bad, Walt turns into a dangerous, egotistical, manipulative and most-wanted Man from a mild mannered, docile, family man. He did start the whole thing for his family, but soon lost his ...
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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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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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Exceptions to horror genre and female sexuality tropes?

Recalling Carol Clover's Her body, himself: Gender in the Slasher Film, there is typically an androgynous final girl in horror films - such as Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween - who survives the movie. ...
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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 is Libby calling her husband “Daddy”?

In the 2013 TV show "Masters of Sex", Libby Masters calls her husband William "Daddy". Apparently she uses this as a term of endearment. To be honest, I am a little creeped out by this. Does she have ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Symbols of Borgman

I've read that Borgman is full of Biblical symbols. Not being well educated in this area, I am lookong for someone to explain the symbols appearing in Borgman to me.
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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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Why did American History X end so unexpectedly?

My understanding of how the story in movies proceeds is that the writer builds up the expectation of the audience and then concludes it appropriately. I did not see that in American History X. All ...
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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 ...
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Are Sean Bean's characters more prone to die than others? [closed]

An image making the rounds on the Internet claims that Since 1986 Sean Bean has died in over 20 films and TV productions. He has been brutally killed by bow and arrows, handgun, ...
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What is the purpose of Rust's one-eye mirror?

In the 1st season of True Detective one of the very few things in Rust's apartment back in 1995 is a very small mirror, just large enough to reflect a single eye, which he repeatedly looks into during ...
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Is courage the cowardly dog a sad cartoon show? [closed]

Courage the cowardly dog is my favorite cartoon show and character of all the time. Despite the show's reputation of it being comedy/horror, I can remember sad episodes and moments. Observe the ...
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What languages are spoken by the aborigines, and where are those villages?

In the film 'Tracks', Robyn Davidson passes along a number of villages. In one of the villages, a group of women do singing/dancing for her. In another, someone accompanies her through sacred land. ...
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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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To which degree was the image of the “Angel of Verdun” influenced by Jeanne d'Arc?

After Rita Vrataski proved herself a war hero in the battle of Verdun prior to the events of Edge of Tomorrow she became known and advertized as the "Angel of Verdun", a symbol of hope and a possible ...
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Why do most movies/series don't have the 'I have to go to the toilet' moment?

I've always been wondering this. Why don't most movies/series have this scene where they say that they have to go to the toilet or that they have to do number 1 or number 2? Why are these always ...
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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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Was Edge of Tomorrow deliberately released around D-Day?

Seeing that the opening (and repeating and repeating...) battle of Edge of Tomorrow is in fact a final huge offensive of basically all the united forces of the free world against their biggest threat, ...
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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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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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“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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Was it actually an average day?

At the end of the wonderfully made "Dredd" the title character when asked about the situation says it was a routine day. Which is such a great line, and I'm not sure I quoted it correctly, it both ...