Questions or analysis related to the meaning of a Movie/TV-show name. Not to be used on identification questions.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

8
votes
1answer
908 views

What does the title “Prisoners” mean?

While the title of the movie Prisoners could obviously refer to all the different protagonists who have literally been imprisoned or held captive at one point or another (the girls by Mrs. Jones, Alex ...
5
votes
1answer
465 views

Why is the movie named “Behind the Candelabra”?

While I realise that the Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, is based on Scott Thorson's book of the same name, what is the meaning of the title?
6
votes
1answer
120 views

Who is the “I” in “I Dream of Jeannie”?

Used to watch this show as a kid in the 1980s, when I stayed home from school (it was broadcast each weekday on a second-tier network, like a lot of sitcoms from earlier decades). Thinking about it ...
8
votes
1answer
4k views

Why is American Pie called American Pie?

I always wondered why a sexual comedy film would be called American Pie. I mean what is the significance of "Pie" in the title?
12
votes
2answers
1k views

Why was the title changed to Dark Kingdom in the German release?

I just saw a trailer for Thor: The Dark World and noticed that it will be released in Germany as Thor - The Dark Kingdom. While movie titles are often changed in localized versions for various reasons ...
9
votes
2answers
692 views

Why use titles like 'Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel'?

In the recent Christopher Nolan's related DC Films the lesser know title is selected as movie name. Such as Dark Knight to Batman and Man of Steel to Superman. Is there any specific reason for it or ...
14
votes
2answers
974 views

Who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries?

I have always wondered who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries. Sometimes they only change a little, sometimes I have the impression I am watching a whole new movie. They have nothing ...
18
votes
4answers
5k views

Why is “Airplane!” called “Flying High!” in some countries?

According to Wikipedia, the movie Airplane! is called Flying High! in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the Philippines. I have looked online for some reasonable explanations as to why ...
17
votes
8answers
22k views

What does the Flag symbolize?

The logo for Netflix's House of Cards shows an upside-down & mirrored American Flag with 0 stars on it. What does this logo represent in terms of the show? Is it meant to be symbolism with the ...
14
votes
3answers
3k views

Why the title 'Unforgiven' in the movie Unforgiven?

I just watched the 1992 film Unforgiven and I liked it a lot. But how does the title of this movie relate to its story?
8
votes
3answers
3k views

Same movie but with different names

Why do some movies carry more than one names? Eg: The Rundown (2003) is also known as Welcome to the Jungle. Similarly, Unleashed (2005) is also known as Danny the Dog. I am not talking about ...
29
votes
4answers
177k views

What does “Zero Dark Thirty” mean?

I'm looking forward to Zero Dark Thirty, and curious to know where the title comes from. Does anyone know?
8
votes
3answers
4k views

What does “The Middle” refer to in the TV show “The Middle”?

What does "The Middle" refer to in the TV show The Middle? I thought it referred to one of the kids being the middle child before I watched it, but that's obviously not correct.
14
votes
2answers
1k views

Why is “8 Simple Rules” named so?

Why is the TV show, "8 Simple Rules" named so? I have watched the whole first season and there is no mention of any "Rule(s)" at all.
20
votes
2answers
8k views

Why is it Pet Sematary but not Pet Cemetery?

My question is about Stephen King's Pet Sematary (1989). Why is cemetery is misspelled as sematary in the title? Is there a special reason which may be explained in the novel or in the movie?
9
votes
1answer
585 views

What does the title of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie mean, especially the Discreet Charm part?

This 1972 movie, co-written and directed by the surrealist Luis Bunuel. I never actually get what is this the title about, especially "discreet charm". Foremost, why is it "discreet"? Secondly, is ...
4
votes
1answer
321 views

What does “Pear” mean in “The Princess and the Pear” episode of Bones?

The episode “The Princess and the Pear” of the TV series Bones is about the murder of a “princess” (actually a booth babe at a convention playing a princess). The title seems to be an allusion to “The ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

What is the significance of 3DD in Pirahana 3DD?

What is the significance of 3DD in the movie title Piranha 3DD. Is this the lack of new title or any other meaning inside it. Is this any official wording on it?
2
votes
3answers
505 views

Movie Title versus Movie Context

What's the significance of certain movie titles with respect to their context? I mean, take for example, these 3 movies (spoilers ahead, be warned): Winter's Bone Raising Arizona Monster's Ball I ...
11
votes
4answers
4k views

Why do many movie titles differ between the U.S. and the UK?

Why are movies titled differently in the UK? For example; The Avengers changed to Avengers Assemble. Similarly Vertige is called High Lane. What is the reason why so many movies are retitled for ...
23
votes
2answers
6k views

Why was the Avengers movie called something different in the UK?

In the UK the movie is called "Avengers Assemble" Why was it given a different name in that market?
2
votes
1answer
257 views

What does Book of Shadows stands for in title of movie Blair Witch 2?

I want to know what the significance is of "Book of Shadows" in the title of the movie Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, the sequel to The Blair Witch Project . I watched the full movie and did not got ...
12
votes
1answer
6k views

Was Transformers 3 once named “Dark Side of the Moon”?

I just noticed that Transformers 3 is named: "Dark of the Moon". I've never seen the movie, but I firmly believe that the trailers named it "Dark Side of the Moon". Was it renamed at a later date, ...
8
votes
1answer
315 views

Does the title of Kaagaz Ke Phool carry any significance?

What is the significance (if any) of the title of Kaagaz Ke Phool?
12
votes
4answers
406 views

Why was this movie called 'The Brothers Bloom'?

This has bugged me since I saw the movie. Why was the movie called 'The Brothers Bloom'? The brothers are Stephen and Bloom. We are never given their last names and the credits don't show a last ...
17
votes
1answer
676 views

Was “Licence to Kill” originally titled “Licence Revoked”?

Is there any proof that the James Bond movie Licence to Kill was actually going to be titled "Licence Revoked"? If yes, then was it because it was believed that the audience, at that time, was too ...