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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Does Christopher Nolan's Batman have an overarching theme?

With the conclusion of Nolan's Dark Knight movies, we are now able to look at all three movies as a single entity, broken up into three parts (acts, if you will). Is there a specific theme, or set of ...
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Why sudden change in war boy's motives?

In the movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), far almost half of the movie, Nux's motive is to kill Furiosa, return the wives to Immortan Joe and get a fair reward from him, Nux mentioned it from his words. ...
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What's the purpose of the giant door?

King Kong (1933) A massive wall protects the native village from King Kong. But if you build a wall to keep a giant ape out, why would you put a door in that's conveniently his size? What's the ...
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What did Sgt. Bilko & co. have against oats?

In one episode of The Phil Silvers Show (aka Sgt. Bilko), Bilko buys a racehorse and wants to get rich by sponsoring him at the races. Of course, they had to feed the horse, and a fair amount of the ...
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What is the book that Emile Hirsch reads in “Into the Wild”?

In the film Into the Wild, Emile Hirsch keeps on reading a book at different times, such as night time. In some scenes, the cover of the book is slightly visible. What was the book he was reading?
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Did Rutledge lie about the “Source Code”?

Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright) explains that the Source Code is not actually time travel, but merely a computer "construct" or "simulation", using the last 8 minutes of memory a person has (in this case: ...
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What is the meaning of the pigeon in Amour and the Bach music in 71 Fragments?

Michael Haneke stated that the pigeons in Amour and the Bach music in 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance could mean anything. It is common to listen to Bach if you go around in Vienna, also ...
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Characterizing Mark's relationship with du Pont?

In Foxcatcher, the wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is being supported by the excentric millionaire du Pont (Steve Carell). Mark is very thankful for the purpose and trust du Pont provides him ...
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Is it actually possible to transfer a totem?

In "Inception" it seems that Cobb takes over the use 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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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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Which audience was targeted by “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”?

"Scarecrow and Mrs. King" told the story of a divorced mom who accidentally meets a hunky secret agent and -- unbeknownst to her family and friends -- joins the secret agent on many spy adventures. ...
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Where do the historical accuracies end and fiction begin in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

There are innumerable fictions in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (based on Seth Graeme Smith's 2010 novel). From the existence of vampires, to the mass collection of silver to combat the ...
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The 'same landscape shot' conundrum

During the first scene of the film we're shown a montage of landscape shots (actually Iceland) as establishment for the section when the CGI 'guy' drinks, disintegrates and drops into the waterfall. ...
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Why were the parents in The Poltergeist shown smoking pot and drinking?

Early in the movie, director Tobe Hooper 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 to ...
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What do the different colour intros mean?

I've been watching Fringe (which is great, btw) and noticed the colour of the intro sequence changes. Fringe is one of those series where everything seems to mean something, or have a double meaning. ...
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Does “Edge of Tomorrow” relate in any aspect with Scientology?

Tom Cruise is a famous member of Scientology and we also had other Scientology-inspired movies in the past, like "Battlefield Earth". So is there any statement or evidence that "Edge of Tomorrow" is ...
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Why did Roy let Deckard live?

Near the end of Blade Runner, Deckard enters Sebastian’s apartment, gets ambushed and kills the girl. He then gets chased around the apartment by Roy, who leads Deckard to believe that he is going to ...
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What does the origami represent in Blade Runner?

Throughout Blade Runner we see Gaff (Edward James Olmos) making origami figures at various points in the movie. He makes a chicken, matchstick men and at the end of the film there is a unicorn waiting ...
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Death of a specific character in Age Of Ultron

After watching Avengers: Age Of Ultron, I was wondering whether the motives behind the death towards the end of the movie had anything to do with the fact that Fox owns the rights for X-Men, 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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Does Metropolis advocate for Social Democracy?

Metropolis (1927) talks about the importance of a mediator between the hand and the head. In the movie the head is the capitalists and the hand is the workers. A core aspect of Social Democracy and ...
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“In this climate, it's what the buyers believe and where there's smoke, there's fire”. What does this mean?

So I am currently watching Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and I heard this statement: In this climate, it's what the buyers believe and where there's smoke, there's fire. What does it mean?
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Why is the ending of Forrest Gump different from the novel?

I have read the book Forrest Gump and also watched the Forrest Gump movie version. In the movie version at the end of movie, Jenny told Forrest that she was suffering from HIV/AIDS virus then she ...
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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 the 1895 Montparnasse Train Wreck) in the station. It seems pretty strange that the train incident is included in the ...
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Which episodes of Twin Peaks mention the concept of 'tulpa'?

I'm pretty sure the concept of a 'tulpa' from Tibetan mysticism appeared in the TV series 'Twin Peaks' and I'm trying to find references and if possible the exact quote. I think it was Agent Cooper ...
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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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Is there a good resource which analyzes many parody movies for “what is being lampooned”?

Good parody movies (e.g. Airplaine, Hot Shots) lampoon a whole bunch of things, in nearly every scene. Is there a good resource which analyses some of the main ones scene by scene and notes a full ...
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At what point did Lou Bloom decide to 'sack' his assistant?

Lou Bloom is a sociopath who is trying to establish a video news company. He hires Rick, a kid from the streets, as his assistant and 2nd cameraman. At first Lou intends to pay Rick nothing, instead ...
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Is there a term for the opposite of the Chuck Cunningham Syndrome?

Chuck Cunningham Syndrome refers to when a character simply disappears with no explanation and is treated in later episodes as if they never existed. I was wondering if there was a term, maybe ...
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Evolution/existence of television police proceduals in non-English speaking countries?

I'm interested in the evolution and/or existence of the police procedural genre on television. Wikipedia outlines the time-line and summarizes representative shows through history for a few ...
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Upto what extent do foreign sitcoms/drama shows exhibits 'real culture' of those countries?

Looking at sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and other ones, up-to what extent do they reflect the culture of America? Is it good to make a statement about other countries' ...
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Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander was really good at hacking computers as well as other security breaking skills, to the point where it was way too easy to do from a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...