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

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What is the meaning of Teddy's memories of Dachau?

During his visit on Shutter Island Marshal Teddy Daniels repeatedly has traumatic memories of the liberation of the KZ Dachau during his service in WWII, where he saw the piles of corpses, let an ...
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Why was Bruce Campbell in all three Spider-Man movies?

Bruce Campbell was in all three of the Sam Raimi movies, but as different bit characters in each one. Why was he used in all three movies?
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Why does the T-800 Terminator model talk with an accent?

[Source] The out-of-universe explanation is obvious: English is not Arnold Schwarzenegger's first language But given James Cameron's reputation as a perfectionist I wonder if he ever gave an ...
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Why does the cowboy stab the woman in Unforgiven?

In Unforgiven,Why does the cowboy stab the woman in the beginning of the movie? Was he crazy?
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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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Is the martial arts choreography in the 2010 remake of Karate Kid realistic?

I am looking for an authoritative reference that supports either the plausibility or implausibility of the moves and techniques used by Jaden Smith / Jackie Chan in the remake of the Karate Kid. It's ...
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Why does Buster not join in the family chicken dance?

Throughout the series Arrested Development, the various adult members of Michael's family all perform variations of the chicken dance to annoy Michael. At one point in Season 3, Michael himself does a ...
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When did the writers decide that Dallas season 9 was a dream?

I'm watching through Dallas, and I'm to season 9 (by the DVD numbering; I understand it was previously called season 8). Patrick Duffy left at the end of season 8. Season 9 is all a dream Pam was ...
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Inception: Transferring a totem

In "Inception" it seems that Cobb takes over the user of Mal's totem (the spinning top). If the totem is a personal item that helps you keep your hold on reality, can the totem really be transferred ...
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Why is Nebraska shot in black & white?

Why is the movie Nebraska shot in black & white? What theme does it resemble in this movie?
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Was the Orcs vs Dwarves battle scene supposed to be funny?

I'm known to laugh at scenes in movies that are so cliched or contrived that it becomes ridiculous. I sometimes worry that I'm ruining the experience for other movie goers. I just saw the latest ...
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Symbolism of eating as a main human activity

I just saw once again Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and noticed something I hadn't given so much attention in my previous viewings. Namely, the fact that all main characters are shown, at some ...
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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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Was Rear Window making a statement about 1950s gender roles?

Alfred Hitchcock was a master of mise-en-scène, whereby in film just about every inch of every frame of a film was intentional. Rear Window is one of his greatest and most influential films. ...
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What does the mouse symbolize?

In the movie, The Green Mile, I knew instantly that the small, "magical" like mouse had some sort of symbolic meaning but I cannot for the life of me think of what that meaning could be. Does anyone ...
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Why did Yashida “adopt” Yukio?

In The Wolverine we learn that Yukio is neither a real member of the Yashida family nor a mere employee, but she was an orphan found by Yashida when she was a child. When asked by Logan for the ...
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What does the title of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie mean, especially the Discreet Charm part?

This 1972 movie, co-written and directed by the surrealist Luis Bunuel. I never actually get what is this the title about, especially "discreet charm". Foremost, why is it "discreet"? Secondly, is ...
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What is the Significance of the train wreck in Hugo?

In the middle-end part of the movie Hugo, there is a train incident (symbolizing Montparnasse Train Wreck, 1895, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_wreck) in the station. It seems pretty strange that ...
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Was J. Gatsby a shallow, superficial man?

My friend and I were having a discussion about The Great Gatsby and Mr. J. Gatsby in particular. My friend opines that he is a superficial man because all he cared about was wealth and showing off. ...
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What does the title “Prisoners” mean?

While the title of the movie Prisoners could obviously refer to all the different protagonists who have literally been imprisoned or held captive at one point or another (the girls by Mrs. Jones, Alex ...
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Any homages to The Glass Key in Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, or The Last Man Standing?

Ok. I'm having trouble locating a copy of The Glass Key (1942) but that's not what I'm asking about. I just haven't seen it, so I can't get the information I seek myself. Anyone familiar with Akira ...
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How can the ending of “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” be explained?

In the end of the movie Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Park Dong-jin get's killed by the group of communists, that Yu-sun is member of. But earlier in the movie it is explained, that Yu-sun is the only ...
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What is the device of Alex Trusks at the end of Hypercube?

Cube series are really complicated movie series. At the end of the Hypercube, Kate gives a device some serious guys (some military guys maybe). This device was taken from Alex Trusks' neck. What is ...
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When did Margaret Ford know she was going to kill Mike?

In House of Games, the Lindsay Crouse character (psychiatrist Margaret Ford) seems to be unaware of her being the mark until the red convertible shows up unexpectantly. She then performs a rudimentary ...
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What is the reason for setting the movie storyline 8 years apart?

In The Dark Knight Rises, it is stated many times that it's 8 years after the end of The Dark Knight. This personally threw the storyline off for me. Why did it need to be 8 years after? 4 years would ...
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What was so dangerous about the listening device?

Batman has Lucius Fox man a device that monitors all of the cell phones in Gotham to give Batman an edge in his fight against the Joker. Fox is so against using this device that he says he will resign ...
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Scooby Doo- Why are Shaggy and Scooby always chosen to lead the monster to the trap?

So in most Scooby Doo episodes, Shaggy and Scooby are given the task of leading the monster to the trap. This despite the fact they are the biggest cowards. It seems to me they are tricked and/or ...
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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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Why were the parents in The Poltergeist shown smoking pot and drinking?

Early in the movie, director Steven Spielberg shows both parents smoking pot in their bedroom while their son Robbie is spooked by a menacing tree outside his window. Later, after the incidents start ...
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Why is the breeding aspect important?

In one scene, we are clearly told that the dinosaurs couldn't breed on their own because they are all female. We later find that, in fact, since they used frog dna to create the dinosaurs, they can ...
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In the last scene of the movie “A Clockwork Orange” By Stanley Kubrick

In the last scene of the movie "A Clockwork Orange" By Stanley Kubrick, Fred: Do you understand, Alex? Have I made myself clear? Alex: As an unmuddied lake, Fred. As clear as an azure sky ...
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What does Stone's woofing symbolize in Gravity?

I read an amazing allegory of the film Gravity in IMDB and I believe every scene in Gravity does symbolizes something. So at the last of the movie Stone got a radio-connection from Earth. But ...
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Why did Kurt Connors save Spider-Man?

Towards the end of the movie, the big fight between Spider-Man and The Lizard (Kurt Connors) happens, and Spider-Man ends up defeating The Lizard, but gets thrown off the building. The issue with ...
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Is Cobb's reaction honest or sarcastic/angry

In Inception there is the following dialogue between Cobb and Ariadne (forgive me for not being word-accurate): Ariadne: Why can't you return home? Cobb: Because everybody thinks I killed her ...
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Why is Drunken Angel considered to be a masterpiece?

I watched Drunken Angel by Akira Kurosawa last night. Though I really enjoyed the film and found it entertaining - even though it is made 60+ years ago, I could not understand why so many people ...
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How did Saito know he was under attack by extractors Cobb and Arthur in Inception?

In the train scene, when Saito was having information extracted by Cobb, the extraction team were using a two layer dream. In the first layer of the dream Saito knew that he was in a dream because of ...
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Why did Phoebe live on the streets?

When Phoebe's mum died, Phoebe says she went and lived on the street - but why? Surely before her mother died they would have lived in a house, why would someone take it away from them?
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In Gautham's film, Why are most of the male protagonists portrayed as a mechanical engineer?

If you watch Gautham's block buster movies like: Minnale Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Ekk Deewana Tha you may notice that the male protagonists are all mechanical engineers. I wonder, why does ...
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Role of the priest in the detention center

While Finch enquired about what happened in the detention centre in V for Vendetta, they came to realise that the priest was the highest paid staff there. But eventually I think it's not clear why ...
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What are the writers trying to convey with the whole blanks/Network angle?

In The World's End, is the whole "blanks" and "The Network" angle a gibe by the writers at technology and the Internet and what it is doing to people? The Network states that it is responsible for all ...
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Significance of 1958 and its cultural backdrop as the year for the Alien's landing?

This year seems to have a significant meaning in Super 8, as this is the year the humans made contact with the alien in the experiments. During the flashback sequence in the lab, the file folder ...
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Is Teddy aware that he's crazy?

At the ending of the movie Andrew talks to Chuck about how he thinks something 'bad' is going on on the Island, and he wants to leave it. He appears to be getting back in his old crazy character ...
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Why didn't Alfred want Bruce to acknowledge him?

Alfred told Bruce of his hope that he had when Bruce was gone for seven years. There's this specific cafe he went to once a year when he took vacation. He would go there and look around and hope that ...
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Is the Land of Ooo really a post apocalyptic Earth?

I have heard a lot of theories spout about how the world of Adventure Time is actually based on a Post-Apocalypic Earth that has adapted to nuclear fallout, changing all living things with what they ...
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What is the “The Final Problem”?

I have watched all the seasons of Sherlock (the BBC one) and am still a little confused as to what did Moriarty meant when he talked about "The Final Problem". What is/was the final problem? Is it ...
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Why does Sherlock think Billy Kincaid is a good man?

In The Sign of Three Sherlock said Billy Kincaid the best man he ever knew. Following was his quote about Billy Billy Kincaid, the Camden Garrotter, best man I ever knew. Vast contributions to ...
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What was wrong with Buck after his return?

In Band of Brothers, Episode 5 "Crossroads", shortly before the Battalion is called to the Ardennes, there is a scene where the soldiers are sitting a tent watching a movie. Cpt. Winters enters and ...
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What is the main promotional image of House of Cards trying to portray?

The main promotional image of Netflix's House of Cards shows Kevin Spacy's character of Frank Underwood sitting in place of Lincoln on the Lincoln Monument against a silvery background: What kind ...
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Who really killed Mr Brown in Reservoir Dogs?

(Spoiler Ahead) In the movie Reservoir Dogs Mr Brown (played by Quentin Tarantino) is found dead after Mr White (Harvey Keitel) shoots down the cops. However before the brief shoot out he was talking ...
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What is the Significance of the Sound Amplification in George Valentin's nightmare?

In the nightmare in the middle of the film, George Valentin experienced a sort of sound amplification in his changing room. For example, some sounds got extremely louder when he put down his glass, ...