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 Michael Richards refuse to portray himself?

In the 1999 film "Man on the Moon" starring Jim Carrey as the infamous comic Andy Kaufman, the movie takes great pains to recreate specific points in Kaufman's life. In a somewhat unorthodox fashion, ...
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What relevance does the comic reading subplot in the Ultimate Cut have?

What was with the subplot of comics "Tales of the Black Freighter" in the film Watchmen and how is it relevant to the story? Note: Tales of the Black Freighter is a part of Ultimate cut of the movie. ...
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What's with the shark in the pool?

During The Matador, at the morning after his bar talk with Danny, we see Julian walk through the hotel lobby in swimming wear and boots and jump right into the pool with his beer can still in his ...
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Is the money meant to link Fargo the TV series and Fargo the movie?

Early in episode 4 of season 1 of the TV series Fargo we see a flashback scene explaining some of a character's history. The car of character Stavros Milos breaks down in a snow swept remote road. He ...
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Has this plot ever been done?

Is there a movie where the hero protagonist has an obvious advantage in terms of strength or technology, but against all the odds, ultimately succumbs to the under dog villain? I can't think of a ...
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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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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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Why is lotion used as a metaphor for masturbation?

I've noticed a theme in sitcoms, more from the 80s/90s than now, that a bottle of hand lotion would be used a sign that a character has been masturbating. I don't get it. I imagine that lotion might ...
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What is the significance of a man sitting on the train engine in the last scene of “Live and Let Die”?

In "Live and Let Die", after Bond throws Tee Hee Johnson from the train window at the very end of the movie, and returns to Solitair, we see an image of smiling Baron Samedi sitting on the train ...
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What happened to the last of the sins in Se7en?

I have watched Se7en and followed Gluttony, Greed, Sloth and Lust. But I couldn't place the events of the other sins: Envy, Wrath and Pride. Please provide some light on these. I am really ...
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How can I explain the metatextuality in Coppola's “The Godfather: Part III” with Mascagni's “Cavalleria Rusticana”(last scene of the movie)? [duplicate]

I need some help with my dissertation, and need a few other opinions about the last scene in "The Godfather: Part III". In what way do you think "Cavalleria Rusticana" is related to the final (bloody) ...
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Is Nolan citing Borges?

When I was watching Interstellar a few days ago and Cooper passed the black hole horizon to find himself in a "non-space" on the other side of his daughter's bookshelves where he had access to all ...
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What is the symbolism of the blue meth?

I know it's a plot device, making it Walt's trademark but why blue and not pink(man) or yellow. One user added, in relation to Marie's love of purple, that purple means widow and mourning in Thailand ...
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300 Rise of an Empire sea serpent explanation

In 300 Rise of an Empire, what do the sea serpents represent? Are they meant to symbolize something or is it a random piece from mythology? If they are meant to be from greek mythology, what are these ...
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Why do many of the Hollywood horror movies use a mirror as a ghost's sign?

I've seen lot of Hollywood horror movies, and most of the directors using a mirror as a ghost's sign or ghosts using mirror as a medium to talk with humans. I couldn't understand what would be the ...
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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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Did they retcon scenes from Insidious in the sequel?

Insidious Chapter 2 has elements of time travel of some sort, where Josh goes back to events from his past. One of those scenes I believe to be from the first Insidious movie, where we now see the ...
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How come the underlying theme of Birdman is being seen as redemptive, rather than sealing the character's fate as a failure?

While several aspects of Birdman (2014) have been discussed and debated, with some people agreeing and others disagreeing with the merits of the continuous structure of the film, the (lack of) ...
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Why is there an asteroid scene at the beginning and at the end of Birdman?

Why is there is an asteroid scene at the beginning and at the end of the movie Birdman? Did that asteroid strike Riggan and give him the power to fly?
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What is the significance of the scene where Karen and Monnitoff briefly talked about Donnie Darko?

This is about the scene in Donnie Darko where Karen (English teacher) and Monnitoff (Science teacher) have this conversation: Monnitoff: Donnie Darko. Karen: I know. Both of them laugh ...
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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 was Ender so defiant?

During Ender's training in preparation for Ender's Game he and his comrades are inspected by Colonel Graff and Seargent Dap. Graff holds a speech about possibly promoting some of the cadets and that ...
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Why does The Hound never take the black?

So if there's one thing that the Hound loves in this world of Game of Thrones it's killing stuff, as far as I can tell he never gives a second thought as to whom he's fighting or why he's doing it. It ...
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Connection between Interstellar and 'Flora's Letter'?

I work in a cinema, and today we received our copy of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: which came packaged and labelled as "Flora's Letter" As is quite well known, film's are distributed (and ...
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Any reason behind the ending of Inglourious Basterds?

This is about the movie - Inglourious Basterds Any particular reason this was done and that particular event from history was chosen?
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Does time stop when the fourth wall is broken?

Throughout the first, second, and newly third season of House of Cards, produced under Netflix, protagonist Francis Underwood often "breaks the fourth wall" and speaks directly to the audience rather ...
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Why is Birdman subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance?

Birdman is a movie about a theater play that tells a lot about movies, movie stars, actor and Hollywood. I wonder why it is subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Is it meant as ... ...
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What is the device taken from Alex Trusks at the end of Hypercube?

The Cube series is a really complicated movie series. At the end of the Hypercube, Kate gives a device to some serious guys (military guys maybe). This device was taken from Alex Trusks' neck. What ...
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Did Stephen really get what he wanted?

After Stephen got shot by Diamond Dog's men right in front of his Brother Bloom he reveals to him that it was only fake blood and he pulled of the ultimate con. He says farewell to Bloom, that he ...
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Was Arrow's change in moral alignment motivated by his audience?

The 1st season of Arrow had me (who is largely unacquainted with its literary source material) draw quite some comparisons to Bruce Wayne and his background, except for the fact that Oliver Queen has ...
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What is the perception of Tyrion's story about his cousin Orson and the beetles?

In Game Of Thrones S04E08 Tyrion told a story about his cousin Orson Lannister to Jamie. Orson was physically handicapped and spent his time smashing beetles. Is there any relation with the story ...
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Last scene in Django Unchained where Django & Shultz are practicing in the snow?

During the last scene of Django Unchained, when Django and Broomhilda are on their horses, after Django has destroyed everything, we suddenly see a scene where Django and Dr. Schultz are somewhere in ...
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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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What was the meaning of “21 grams”?

At the end of 21 Grams (2003), the teller said, “They say we all loose 21 grams at the exact moment of our death.” I’m just interested in what that 21 grams means which caused the makers to entitle ...
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What is the “moral” in Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite)?

After watching and enjoying "City of God," I was highly recommended to watch "Elite Squad." While it's an enjoyable action movie, I was left perplexed about the moral and / or theme of Elite Squad. ...
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Why was Monica Geller overweight in her younger years?

Monica Geller was shown as overweight in her early or college days in Friends. In all seasons she was shown as normal weight. Why was Monica Geller overweight in her early years? How did she become ...
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Why was Teddy using Leonard in Memento?

If you can believe Teddy's lies then he was a cop who had worked on the case of the break in, attack on Leonard and rape of Leonard's wife. He then worked with Leonard and helped him track down and ...
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Is the title a homage to Back to the Future?

I am not sure why this movie was called Project Almanac. As far as I remember the protagonists just make up the name out of the blue and never mention it again, so maybe there is no significance at ...
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What did Charlie's aunt do?

I just watched the new movie with Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". The central theme of the movie is the relationship between Charlie and his aunt. He has been traumatized by her ...
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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 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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What does Samantha mean when she says, “Now we know how?”

At the end of the movie Her, Samantha says to Theodore: Now we know how. What does she mean by this?
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Why does Cobb wake up in the water?

Inception begins with Cobb waking up or lying on the beach in the water. He is brought before Saito. Later on, we learn that this is limbo. From Eames' dream (level 3), Cobb and Ariadne go a level ...
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How is The Godfather: Part III related to the Cavalleria Rusticana?

In the finale of The Godfather: Part III Vincent's "clearance" of the Corleone family's enemies and the assassination attempt on Michael is intertwined with the family attending a performance of the ...
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12 Monkeys: Season 1, Episode 3

When James Cole tells Cassandra that he might see her in Haiti she replies: "Okay, well, when you're there, you do me a favor, and you stay away from me. Got it?" Why did she say that? She was wrong ...
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Why the name change from Hewitt to Sawyer?

I just watched the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) and I don't understand where the name Sawyer came in. In the original as well as the version with Jessica Beil, the name was Hewitt. "Footage ...
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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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Why was Frodo so resistant to the ring?

I know, by the end, it had gotten the better of him, but the effect it had on Frodo compared to Boromir who was driven mad by it, doesn't seem fit at all. Also Sam was carrying it for a very short ...
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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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What is the reason for Bridget von Hammersmark's unusual name?

One thing I always wondered about Inglourious Basterds is, why the famous actress Bridget von Hammersmark has such an unusual name (and which nobody else in the movie seems to find unusual). Her last ...