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

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Is there real connection between The Machinist and Dostoyevsky's books?

I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot". According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers ...
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Reason behind Man of Steels muted tones

Are there any officially declared answers to why exactly "Man of Steel" had such heavy, dark tones throughout the movie? Usually such themes are used to depict harsh times in a movie. But here, the ...
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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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Why was Jane invited to go with Stephen Hawking to meet the Queen?

Near the end of the film The Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking is invited to meet the Queen and be offered a knighthood. Jane goes along too, although it's not clear to me if the invitation from ...
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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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Did Batman break his one rule?

In the final scene of The Dark Knight, we see Batman go on a final confrontation with the corrupted Dent. Dent, hell bent on making Batman and Gordon pay for Rachel's death, flips his trademark ...
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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 said 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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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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Why is she calling him a loser?

In the very last scene of Moneyball (2011), Billy listens to song that his daughter recorded for him while driving in his car. She changed the lyrics in the end, singing You're such a loser, dad, ...
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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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Symbols of Borgman

I've read that Borgman is full of Biblical symbols. Not being well educated in this area, I am lookong for someone to explain the symbols appearing in Borgman to me.
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Why was Ronan/Thanos not interested in the other Infinity Stone in possession of The Collector?

Both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy seem to spin around the 6 Infinity Stones. In Thor: The dark world, the Aether is given to the Collector. He explicitly says "One down, five to ...
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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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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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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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Who is Bruce and does he have a real-world counterpart?

In the episode "Doubt" (S01E11) of Wilfred (the US version) Ryan meets a guy who introduces himself as Bruce and who can see Wilfred the way Ryan does. He tells him that he's been Wilfred's friend ...
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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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Who really killed Mr Brown in Reservoir Dogs?

(Spoiler Ahead) In the movie Reservoir Dogs Mr Brown (played by Quentin Tarantino) is found dead after Mr White (Harvey Keitel) shoots down the cops. However before the brief shoot out he was talking ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the implicit meaning of Mal's riddle in Inception?

You're waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter, because we'll be together. ...
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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 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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How much influence did the animated Lord of the Rings movie from 1978 have on Peter Jackson's trilogy?

I wonder how much the previous movie treatment of The Lord of the Rings -- in the form of Ralph Bakshi's great (albeit unfinished) animated version from 1978 -- had any kind of influence on Peter ...
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Why did Fury (2014) end this way?

This movie is recently released and I'm sure some movie fanatics have seen it here. Warning: this question has spoilers. Fury is a 2014 American war film set during World War II written and ...
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Why does Frank peel off the labels from bottles and things?

Catch Me If You Can's fictionalized version of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. uses to peel off labels from things. While in certain cases this is part of his check frauds (especially the Pan Am labels), he ...
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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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The Quiet Earth conclusion analysis

The conclusion of The Quiet Earth (1985) has Zac pushing the explosive detonator button just as the sun experiences its "effect" probably from the distortion of time and space. (See the finale ...
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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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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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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 ...