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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How true is Magneto's future catharsis?

Magneto's future self in X-Men: Days of Future Past seems to be a refined and wiser man to some degree. While there were earlier instances of him working together with the X-Men and this time it might ...
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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 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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Why does the score not match the movie's atmosphere?

The main theme of the movie "The Third Man" sounds weird to me! The movie is dark and full of mystery, but the theme is something funny and happy! What's the reason behind this apparently intended ...
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Did Terence Mann die?

At the end of "Field of Dreams", Terence Mann gets invited to go with the baseball players into the corn field, and presumably the after-life: Ray. Ray. Listen to me, Ray. Listen to me. There is ...
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Is there any significance to the difference in Godzilla's roar?

As soon (or late, for that matter) as Godzilla appears in full size in Hollywood's 2014 take on it, he utters a giant roar that seems to a large degree similar to his original roar from the Japanese ...
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Is the Janjira incident a reference to Fukushima?

At the beginning of Hollywood's 2014 take on Godzilla we experience a disaster in the Japanese Janjira nuclear power plant, in the wake of which Joe Brody's wife Sandra dies. This disaster, which ...
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Is Jack Bauer an antihero?

Have seen both used. Some articles typically say "The antihero is back", whilst others say he is a hero. Breeanna Hare at CNN even gets to the point by: -- At first it may seem "24's" Jack Bauer ...
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In Dragon Ball Z if Androids and Cell are stronger than Frieza, then how does the physics make sense?

In the Frieza Saga of DBZ, when the Ginyu Force attacks Goku, he's sooo fast that it looks like he's absorbing all the attacks, but actually moving so quickly that it's barely noticeable, and we're ...
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Why did they make Molly Single?

In the 2014 TV adaptation of the 1996 movie "Fargo" by the Coen Brothers, one of the main characters, the female police officer Molly Solverson, is investigating a strange series of crimes happening ...
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Why do criminals always leave the front door ajar so cops can easily detect something is wrong?

Why does it seem like in every cop based TV drama (CSI, Law and Order, etc.) that whenever something bad has happened that the front door is always left open or slightly ajar? Do criminals not ...
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Is there any symbolism behind the bunny face?

In Donnie Darko, Frank wears a scary bunny face. Why is a bunny face is selected for Frank's mask? Is there any symbolism behind it? There are various moments in the film where jumping scenes are ...
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What does this scene with Meg turning her room's lamp on and off refer to?

In Season 5 Episode 8 of Family Guy (Barely Legal), there is a scene where Meg turns the lamp in her room on and off while spinning the tag on Brian's collar while somebody sings an aria. The context ...
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What are the differences among Celtic American comedy, Jewish American Comedy and African American comedy?

I am not American but I watched a lot of American comedy movies and I noticed something. That is, the types of jokes of Celtic American comedy, Jewish American Comedy and African American comedy are ...
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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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Is there a trend in recent crime shows to complement eccentric protagonists with grown-up and intelligent daughters? Why?

When watching Shark, Lie to Me and Castle which were all released in the late 2000s, it ocurred to me that they all pose their strong but slightly eccentric/difficult male protagonists as divorced ...
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Looking for a film about handling sadness to compare to the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami [duplicate]

For a school assignment, I need to write an essay comparing the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami to a film with a similar theme. Over the course of the novel, the main character is torn with ...
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Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Analysis, Interpretations and randomness

Tetsuo is an Experimental Movie released in 1989 by Japanese director Shin'ya Tsukamoto. The score of the movie was composed by Chu Ishikawa and is inspired by the german pioneer bands in ...
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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 the prevalence of Latin forenames in the Capitol?

When watching The Hunger Games as well as its sequel Catching Fire, it occured to me that the members of the Capitol often bear Latin forenames, like Seneca, Ceasar, Claudius, Plutarch, Octavia, ...
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Was The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus a Suicide Note? [closed]

The question which I am asking could spoil the ending of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. I strongly, very strongly believe that this movie was the Suicide Note of Heath Ledger. So, the question ...
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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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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 were the Marines found guilty of conduct unbecoming and dishonorably discharged in A Few Good Men?

In the end of A Few Good Men, the two Marines are acquitted on most charges but found guilty of conduct unbecoming a U.S. Marine and ordered to be dishonorably discharged from the Corps. Does it ...
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How Accurate is House of Cards to real life?

How accurate is the issues in House of Cards to real life with Congress? In other words, with how Frank gets people to vote for his cause, how Remy buys people, and how Jacky is a backstabber is ...
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Is Kishōtenketsu a viable narrative structure for a science fiction film? [closed]

If you don’t know what Kishōtenketsu is, it is basically a type of narrative structure used mostly in China and Japan and consisting of four parts: Ki (起?): Topic toss or introduction, what ...
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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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Are Greg House's Life Lessons Accurate? [closed]

Some of Gregory House's life lessons regarding people throughout the TV show House M.D. are, from memory: Everyone lies. Everyone is an idiot. Parents mess up their kids, regardless of being a good ...
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To which degree were Spaghetti Westerns influenced by Italian Neorealism?

After the chaos of WWII and the Mussolini-government the largely devastated Italian film industry developed the so-called Italian Neorealism, which distanced itself from the epic studio productions ...
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Why Harlan DeGroat had to do that to Rodney Baze Jr.?

I'm talking about the movie Out of the Furnace where Harlan kills Rodney and John Petty. In the movie, Rodney owes a lot of money to Harlan. So, Rodney agrees to fight with some guy to clear his debt ...
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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 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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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Allegory?

Is the hypothesis of Who Framed Roger Rabbit really being about Eddie's alcoholism (or some kind of psychological dissociation - perhaps via trauma from the death of his brother) tenable? I tried, ...
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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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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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Why does Walt go by Heisenberg?

In Breaking Bad, Walter White chooses to go by Heisenberg. I know that there has to be some significance behind both why Walt chose the name and why the writers chose that name as opposed to any other ...
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Significance of Gabriel Engel's name

The antagonist from Antibodies (orig.: Antikörper) carries the name Gabriel Engel. Given that "Engel" means "angel", this name is likely not just a coincidence and seems to refer to the Archangel ...
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What is the theme of the short film Mr. Hublot?

What is the theme of the Academy Award 2013 best animated short film winner "Mr. Hublot"? I saw that film two days before, but I can't get the theme of the film. A man sees the dog outside the window ...
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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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Who fired the shot and what is the symbolism in firing shot right next to Lucas at the end of the movie?

At the end of The Hunt (orig.: Jagten), during the deer hunt, there’s a shot fired right next to Lucas (deliberately missing the shot). Who fired the shot? Is it Theo's son? What is the meaning of ...
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Was Nola really pregnant during the time of her murder?

In the movie Match Point by Woody Allen, the character played by Scarlett Johansson, Nola reveals to Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) she is pregnant and she is not willing to abort the baby. But ...
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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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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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Boats in Philadelphia Story

Why do Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant spend so much time talking about boats in The Philadelphia Story? I understand that the True Love, their yacht, is a metaphor for their relationship. What ...
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House of Cards - Camera Shots

Did anybody notice the extended shots of the backs of characters' heads in House of Cards? I am wondering if those have any symbolism or intended value.
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What role does the song “Hong Kong Garden” play in Marie Antoinette?

Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette incorporates small anachronistic elements, chosen very deliberately to help a modern audience understand and identify with its teenage protagonist. This ...
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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 is the message of Pain & Gain?

I might go the risk of a quite broad or subjective question here, but I was surprised by how the story of Pain & Gain actually developed. From the trailer I expected a light-hearted action comedy ...
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Why do many horror movies involve children?

I just finished watching the Spanish movie 'The Orphanage' and I suddenly observed that many of the horror movies, especially some very popular ones, involve children as a central part of the story, ...
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In the Movie “Her”, when the OS is configuring Theodore's 'Profile', what's really going on?

First of all, I'd like to say that Her was a terrific movie! But given the scene when the OS was asking about Theodore's relationship with his mother (as can be seen here), I'd like to know what was ...