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

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What is the meaning of Rorschach's mask and name?

In Watchmen, Rorschach wears a mask that shows continuously changing symmetrical patterns of black "ink" on white cloth, resembling those of, well, a Rorschach test. In fact, in some scenes he is very ...
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What is the meaning of the butterfly?

In the movie The Door (org.: Die Tür) there are repeated ocurrances of a butterfly. First of all David's daughter Leonie wants to go catching butterflies when her father doesn't have time for her and ...
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Whom or what is the whale supposed to symbolize?

During King of Devil's Island (org.: Kongen av Bastøy) the former sailor Erling (C-19) tells a story to Olav (C-1) for writing down, about a ship crew hunting for a whale, which seems to be an ...
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What was the language Bazil and the others were occasionally speaking?

In the movie Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) while Bazil is scavenging for scrap (right before coming across the two weapon companies) he is talking in some strange language which I couldn't bring in ...
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Significance of the Magnificent Seven reference in The Nest

At the beginning of The Nest (org.: Nid de guêpes), when Santino's crew drives in their car to prepare the robbery, Santino and Nasser start whistling the title melody of The Magnificent Seven and the ...
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Why didn't the German officer kill Szpilman?

In the movie The Pianist, just before the end of the movie Szpilman was caught by the German officer at the house when he was trying to open a can. And then he asked Szpilman to play piano. Why did ...
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What's with apple pie at the diner?

I am sure I must have seen this few times were people ask or have apple pie (at a diner), the 2 occurrences that I know for sure is from Men in Black (III) and Sleepy hollow episode 2 season 1 ( But I ...
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Significance of slogan written on the backside of Adrian Harris's car?

In Teen Wolf (TV Series), in one episode probably in Season 1 , there is slogan written on the back of Adrian Harris's car, states like "Imagination is more important then knowledge" How is this ...
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What exactly is the alphanumeric string in A Scandal in Belgravia?

In A Scandal in Belgravia Irene Adler shows the following text to Sherlock 007 Confirmed allocation 4C12C45F13E13G60A60B61F34G34J60D12H33K34K and he figures out "these are seat allocations on a ...
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Why was the depiction of the town changed at the end?

During the course of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters the town of Augsburg is repeatedly depicted in a rather rural style, with half-timbered clay houses and dirt streets, as seen on this screenshot ...
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Who is Hearty Fiberstein?

In Tripping The Rift: The Movie, when Whip is selecting a brain from the shelf (obviously mocking Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein), we see the following labels on the jars. Genius ~ Albert ...
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Why does the father lose his mind?

I recently watched Walkabout and while I really liked the movie, its beginning left me quite confused. Why does the father lose his mind and attempt to kill his kids and finally kill himself? The ...
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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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What's the significance of the ostrich in the couple's bedroom?

What's the significance of the ostrich strolling about in the couple's bedroom in the film The Phantom of Liberty?
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Why did Mona's name change in the later part of 3 idiots?

Mona Singh, whose name is Poonam, becomes Mona in the later part of the film 3 Idiots. After squabbling with Viru Sahasrbuddhe, Rancho suddenly starts calling 'Mona Push'. AFter that everybody, ...
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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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Why does Rorschach speak with such a voice?

In Watchmen the character of Rorschach always speaks with a very growling voice, no matter if acting as Rorschach or simply as Walter Kovacs (well, the latter was probably completely absorbed into the ...
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Evidence for and against the ending of Dark Knight Rises

I've heard a few people mention that the ending of Dark Knight Rises, where Alfred sees Bruce and Selina at the bistro in Italy, was just a dream. When I watched it I thought it was really happening. ...
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What changed Nader's mind?

In the beginning of A Separation, Nader didn't really want to get divorced and was only trying to oppose his wife's decision seemingly wanting to convince her his own way. But, at the middle of the ...
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What does the automaton symbolise?

The Best Offer includes a lot of symbolism revolving around the automaton that plays an important role in the film. Besides the automaton itself, there are a lot of gears and pieces of clockwork. Then ...
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What is the significance of the billboard?

In The Great Gatsby (2013) they make reference to the billboard with the eyes and eye glasses. "Always watching". Several times during the movie they pan and/or zoom to the billboard as if it were ...
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Why does Buzz Lightyear act like a toy around people in Toy Story?

Early in the first Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear believes he truly is a Space Ranger. His struggle to accept that he is not actually Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger is a key part of the first movie in the ...
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Is there any definitive evidence that Teddy was or was not crazy?

The ending of the film Shutter Island is purposely ambiguous, with two different interpretations: Teddy was crazy, and the whole movie was part of a role-play therapy. There is a conspiracy to ...
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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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Ending of “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (2009)?

I just watched "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and I was wondering about the ending. Immediately after Nicholas Cage's character snorts a line from the bag of uncut heroin and sits next to ...
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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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How is “Bonnie and Clyde” dated?

After watching the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde", I read a couple of reviews to see what others thought about it. One review said: "the movie looks very dated. I looks as it it was made at least a ...
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Who hired Malcolm Crowe?

In The Sixth Sense, several months(?) after an "incident", child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) takes up a new case: 8-year old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). [Source] But how did Crowe ...
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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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Are the movies Dead Alive and Evil Dead related?

Was Dead Alive influenced by Evil Dead? I see that Dead Alive have a lot of the ideas of Evil Dead such as exaggerated blood bath, monster puppets and stuff. Is Evil Dead the pioneer of this type ...
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How does the title fit in the context of story?

Like many others I am a big fan of The Departed (2006). But the title of the movie makes me curious. What is the justification for use of this title? I mean how does this title fit in the context of ...
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What happens to Alex at the end of Shallow Grave?

At the end of the movie it was not obvious to me what Alex's ultimate fate was. In particular, I wasn't clear whether he lived or died from his injury. It seemed like he might live, as he was still ...
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Why is Donnie Darko set in the 80s?

The movie Donnie Darko is timed in the 80s (to be precise 1988), but the movie was released 2001. I can see no significance, to put it in the past. Yes, there was the presidential election, but that ...
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Is Nebula 9 a real (or maybe inspired) show?

In Episode 6 of Season 5 of Castle ('Final Frontier'), there is a murder, wherein the body is placed inside a fake spaceship designed for the 'Nebula 9 Fan Experience'. I Googled Nebula 9 and all ...
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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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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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Do all of the Hughes brothers' movies have religion references?

I've seen so far: Menace II Society (1993) and The Book of Eli (2010) by Hughes brothers. Both of the movies have strong references to religion. In case of Menace II Society it's Christianity and ...
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What does the quote from Sgt. Apone in Aliens “Look into my eye” mean?

When the Marines are waking up you get this dialogue between Hudson and Apone: Hudson: Man, this floor is freezing. Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you? Hudson: Gee, ...
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Why is the father blind in the dream world?

In Stay, you witness the story of Henry Letham as he deals with his survivor guilt in his mind. One representation of this world, however, has baffled me recently. In his dream-like world, it is ...
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Why do movie coroners eat while they do an autopsy?

I have seen this in movies and in TV. They are either already eating, un wrapping their lunch or offering food to the cop that wants info on the body. I would have though food within range of a dead ...
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Was Hitchcock fascinated by the nascent field of brain science while filming “The Lady Vanishes”?

In "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), the character of Dr. Hartz is a mysterious Continental brain surgeon, who is cunningly in charge of the ruse that takes place in the movie. Karl Lashley was a ...
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Oz's Personality in “Oz the Great and Powerful”

In the first part of the movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Oz's personality with his assistant was kinda mean, he even said to his assistant that "You're just a trained monkey." Also he said "You're ...
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Why is Iron Man/Tony Stark naming his suits as “Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3”?

In the movie Iron Man, why is Iron Man naming his suits as "Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3" and so on. how did he came up with that Name?
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Is Lt. Columbo psychic?

So I was watching the old Columbo series, and saw a pattern again and again. Many times, there were no clues against a certain suspect, but still Columbo zoomed in on him/her, and kept asking ...
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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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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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Does each season of Dexter have an overarching theme?

This thought recently occurred to me while reading up on theories for the finale. Season 7 had an overwhelming theme of love and what one would do in the name of love with all the storylines: ...
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Did Karen almost die in Goodfellas?

Let's go over exactly what happens in this scene again: Karen brings something to Jimmy and Jimmy asks how Henry's doing. He gives kind of a flippant response to her answer, then looks down and is ...
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What does the ending of The Tree of Life mean?

At the end of the movie, adult Jack (Sean Penn) wanders through a wasteland, goes through a doorway and ends up on a beach. There he shares the screen with his father (Brad Pitt) and Mrs. O’Brien ...
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What does the naked man signify?

While watching The Draughtsman's Contract written and directed by Peter Greenaway, I was surprised to see a naked guy that appears on and off in the film mostly in the garden. One particular scene is ...