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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Why did Bicycle Thieves end so abruptly?

I read that Bicycle Thieves is one of Leonardo DiCaprio's favorite movies of all time. I saw it. It just ended abruptly. I was really hopeful for a happy ending that he would win his bike back but ...
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Was “Hanna Schmitz” responsible for the death of 300 people in “The Reader ”?

Couple of months back I watched The Reader. In that movie, Hanna Schmitz was sentenced to life imprisonment because of her role in the death of 300 victims. But I could not understand whether she ...
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Why was Amir Khan's character named PK?

Can someone please tell me why Amir Khan's character is named PK in his Bollywood film, PK?
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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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Can someone explain the ending/themes in the 2006 movie “Bug”?

The movie Bug (2006) was a thriller/mystery about a man who seemed a bit psychotic and a woman who seemed a tad unstable. I get that there was a bit of conspiracy theory going on, and the male lead ...
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What is the symbolism of eating Chinese take-out in a scene?

It is a frequent idiom for a group of characters to interact while eating Chinese food. Generally of the carry out variety, with chop sticks being plunged into the deep fold-up boxes. It seems to me ...
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What is the meaning of the badges on the caskets in American Sniper?

This question contains spoilers Several times throughout American Sniper, when a US soldier is buried other servicemen push a brass badge into the casket of the deceased solider. What are the ...
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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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Understanding the “secret” message of a scene in the movie, The Water Diviner

I just watched an interesting movie, The Water Diviner. There was an Australian who was told by a woman to drink a cup of coffee before she could start a game that determines his fate somehow. Some ...
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What is the point of the girlfriend scenes?

A friend of mine asked me this after seeing Whiplash (2014) last night, and I was not quite happy with my own answer, so I'll throw it out there to see if someone can up with somthing more conclusive: ...
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What is the last line spoken in Texas Chainsaw Massacre

In the 2013 new release Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, the last line in the film is spoken by Heather as she takes the food upstairs from Jed and locks the door. I couldn't make out what she said, and ...
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What's the relevance of the scene with the boy in the park?

During Roman Polanski's The Tenant (orig.: Le locataire) there is a scene where Trelkovsky is sitting in a public park at some lake/fountain. There are some boys playing with toy boats in the lake and ...
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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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Does American Beauty advocate Taoism?

I don't know if my question belongs here or not. In the movie American Beauty, the message is that real beauty lies beneath the surface of things and you have to look deeper. A nice home in the ...
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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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“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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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 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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Why do the samurai make the suicide charge in The Last Samurai?

After repelling the charging regiment at the end of The Last Samurai, the remaining samurai decide to make a head on cavalry charge against Gatling Guns and Howitzers. Why do they make this charge? ...
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In which way do the engravings represent Dean Corso's journey towards The Ninth Gate?

The Ninth Gate puts book dealer Dean Corso on a hunt for proving the authenticity of a book supposedly co-authored by the devil himself. We eventually find out that there are three authentic books ...
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Why is Bolivar Trask a person of short stature?

The character of Dr. Bolivar Trask from X-Men: Days of Future Past, who hates or at least fears the rising population of mutants as a threat for humanity and ultimately develops the Sentinels as a ...
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Did Tyler Durden forget his name?

Ed Norton plays the Narrator or Jack ( due to reading a book that described someone called Jack's body parts from a 1st person perspective). Meanwhile Brad Pitt is introduced as Tyler Durden. Later ...
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Was Gunda planned as a Trash movie?

There is a lot to read and talk about the 1998 Bollywood movie Gunda. General perception is that it's so bad it's good. The movie holds a rating of 8.2 on IMDB and holds a cult status. I want to ...
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Why do Disney parents usually die?

It's well known that many animated Disney movie parents (at least one of a set) die, were never in the picture, or started the movie already dead. Is this just a financial thing (like in Toy Story), ...
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Why did the horses calm down in Melancholia?

Why did the horses calm down after John died? What was the director trying to convey?
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Would Dr Hannibal Lecter allow himself to be a consultant with Clarice if Miggs hadn't behaved improperly to her?

In The Silence of the Lambs while Clarice first comes to visit Dr Lecter for his assistance, he drives Clarice away. But seems to change his mind when he sees Miggs (the next cell prisoner of Dr ...
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What is in the Pulp Fiction Briefcase? [duplicate]

I understand that the Briefcase is just a Mcguffin, but I read a long time ago a theory which involved the briefcase containing the stolen soul of Marsellus Wallace. I know this supposedly played into ...
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Was “Adam's Rib” advanced for its time?

The movie, Adam's Rib came out in 1949. It was about a married couple, both lawyers, facing off against each other in court, about whether a woman, as opposed to a man, could invoke the "unwritten ...
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Contradictions in Star Wars about advocating pacifism?

After reading "Dharma of Star Wars", this article and "Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than you can Possibly imagine", the books mention that there's a lot of Zen Buddhism in Star Wars. For ...
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Is HBO's Generation Kill a musical?

Is Generation Kill a musical? I know, I know first answer to come to mind is no, but they are telling the story of a real event and place, and frequently the characters break into song. If I'm wrong ...
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What are the real world analogues to the religions from Game of Thrones?

There are various religions in the Game of Thrones universe such as Faith of the Seven, Many-Faced God, Lord of Light etc; some seem to be based on real world ones and I read somewhere that the Faith ...
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Why doesn't Aman's wife come back the last time?

In the movie Survive Style 5+, Aman's wife comes back as a revengeful ghost every time he kills her. But when she is killed the second time by the hit man, she doesn't come back. What is the ...
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Is there a deeper relation between Abraham's tale of sacrifice and The Hunted?

William Friedkin's The Hunted is introduced by a quote spoken by Johnny Cash, in which he gives an interesting rendition of the classic Judeo-Christian tale of Abraham's sacrifice: God said to ...
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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 Yeong-mi is member of. But earlier in the movie it is explained, that Yeong-mi is the ...
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How do the differences between the replicants and Deckard evolve in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner, replicant detection occurs via the subject's ability/inability to show advanced emotion. But early in the movie Deckard starts off as emotionless as the replicants. How do the ...
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Rubbing dirt on hands scene in Gladiator

In Gladiator, every time before a war scene, Maximus picks up a small quantity of dirt from around his feet and rubs it on his hands. Sometimes he smells his hands after the battle. What was the ...
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What was the silver “valhalla spray” in Fury Road?

Five of us watched Mad Max: Fury Road and were unsure what the silver "valhalla spray" was- certainly it had to do with Valhalla, but.. is it paint? Freezing spray? What is its significance, and how ...
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Why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?

In No Country for Old Men, why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?
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The very ending of Ex-Machina

Just saw Ex Machina, which was cool and yet somewhat strange, and the very ending is eluding me. If you've seen it you'll know it, if you haven't then this description means nothing. Shadows ...
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Why does Velkan Valerious become a slave to Dracula but Van Helsing doesn't?

In the movie Van Helsing (2004): Velkan Valerious after bitten by a werewolf becomes a werewolf and slave to Dracula. But Van Helsing after bitten by Velkan (in werewolf form) becomes a werewolf but ...
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In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly?

In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly at the airport in the final scene i.e, the date was missing. Was it really intended and is there any implicit reason for that ...
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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 didn't Cobb talk to any of his team members at the airport in the ending of Inception?

In Inception, it always makes me wonder why Cobb didn't say a hello to his team members. He does not even smile at any of his team members at the airport. What is the reason he acts like he does now ...
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Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?

In Inception, why do the kicks on the different levels have to occur simultaneously, rather than one after another?
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Why is the Beatles music appropriate in American Beauty?

In the original script for the movie American Beauty Beatles songs are used numerous times, such as when Ricky is in his jail cell and when Lester sees Ricky's music when getting pot from him. I can ...
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Why the character name “Johnny Utah”?

Lately watching this incredibly inspiring film Whiplash (2014), I've heard this name "Johnny Utah" in the movie. When Andrew Neiman was late for the competition, he tries to convince Fletcher for ...
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Why does 'The Wolf of Wall Street' contain so many nude scenes?

Recently I watched 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and was quite disturbed by the many naked/nude scenes. They seemed a little unecessary to me, as they could as well have been shot as legs alone or similar ...
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Portrayal of police in Korean cinema

Why is the police shown as bunch of jokers in the Korean cinema? In almost all Korean movies which I have seen, the cops are portrayed as stupid fools, apart from the protagonist in cases where he is ...
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Winter is Coming

It's my understanding that the phrase "Winter is Coming" is the motto of the Stark house, when the story first reaches the wall it's implied that the winter is not a periodic season like it is in our ...
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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 ...