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It refers to a conversation between Clarice and Hannibal Lecter. In order for Lecter to help with her investigation, he demands she tell him information from her personal life, to satisfy his curiosity. Her story begins with her upbringing in West Virginia with her father. He was later shot. She lived with her mother, but was sent away to live with her ...


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How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d              ― Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard Charlie Kaufman, the sreenwriter of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is kind of obsessed ...


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My interpretation is well represented by the term "ignorance is bliss". The point of the film is to create "spotless minds" by removing the memories that cause turmoil, jealousy etc. "Eternal sunshine" is a metaphor for ongoing peace, happiness and carefree. So in full "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind" is describing the happiness and joy one can ...


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Edited due to many comments providing advice: Deus Ex Machina doesn't originate from the (rather spectacular) video game Deus Ex. Modern meaning Nowadays, it's a simple phrase that exists in the English language and is defined as such: a character or thing that suddenly enters the story in a novel, play, movie, etc., and solves a problem that had ...


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Actually, the answer to this is probably found in the words of Rick Grimes himself, in 2015, the episode named Them. [there's a long pause as the storm thunders over them] Rick Grimes: When I was a kid... I asked my grandpa once if he ever killed any Germans in the war. He wouldn't answer. He said that was grown-up stuff. So... so I asked if the ...


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It is from a line from the play Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare: Cassius: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141) To quote from the eNotes interpretation of the play: ...Cassius continues by reminding Brutus that Caesar is just a man, not a god, and that they ...


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The Avengers was given a somewhat different name because of the british tv show The Avengers. The new name was to help keep them seperate and to avoid any confusion for audiences in the UK. Wikipedia says: In February 2012, Disney announced that the film's title would be changed in the United Kingdom to avoid confusion with the British TV series of ...


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The UK is a different country from the USA, with a different culture, language, licencing laws, censorship restrictions and different existing properties. Sometimes films in the US conflict with one of those and get a very different release in the UK. An example is The Boat That Rocked - in the UK it got quite a clever poster that riffs on the Beatles: ...


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A Song of Ice and Fire really sounds quite fantasy-ish, whereas Game of Thrones sounds medieval and more suitable for a show. Also, the name 'Game of Thrones' gives more information about what will happen in the TV series (politics and fight for the throne) than the name A song of ice and fire does. Game of Thrones is still a very suitable title, yes it is ...


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According to this article I found (written in 2010) - individual movie titles can not be copyrighted. However, there can be a trademark granted if there is a certain level of recognition of the title to the specific movie. The author of the article cites "Star Wars" or "Citizen Kane". Per the linked article, the MPAA has a Title Registration Bureau which ...


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The 4th of July holiday in America is called Independence Day, celebrating the day the Thirteen Colonies made themselves a new nation, free from the British. So from a historical point of view, it's quite logical whilst the national holiday is called Independence Day. However, in the film they twist this a little. Consider the president's rousing speech ...


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The title comes from the very last line of the book. As Andrew Martin states, early in the book, Starling and Lecter have a conversation about her having nightmares with screaming lambs and that she thinks the nightmares will stop if she can save Catherine The book finishes with Clarice Starling having saved Catherine, and true to the conversation, her ...


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Pet Sematary is based on the novel of the same name. The name is described by the elderly neighbor, Jud. He explains that it was created by the children of the neighborhood to bury their dead animals killed on the heavily travelled road. The children had misspelled the name when it was created. Quoting the Stephen King novel: ...It narrowed, and then, just ...


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  Skyfall Lodge used to be James Bond's home: ... the Bond family resided at Skyfall Lodge, though James Bond had not visited his ancestral home since his parents' death. Its only resident ever since has been gamekeeper Kincade. After they died, Bond's parents were buried in the chapel on the grounds.


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Director Kathryn Bigelow explains the significance of the title: It’s a military term for 30 minutes after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade long mission. And this review reveals: ...the raid that has Navy SEALs striking Bin Laden's Pakistan compound [happens] at half past midnight (the coded "...


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In an interview, Purvis and Wade, authors of the film, claim the title "fell from the sky": Neal Purvis: “Unfortunately Rob came up with the title. Not as a title, he came up with the name of the house.” Robert Wade: “We were looking for a name for this house…” Purvis: “Like Manderley in (Daphne du Maurier’s) Rebecca.” Wade: “Exactly. It’...


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Its named after the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter: And other tips from a beleaguered father (not that any of them work) by W. Bruce Cameron. FWIW, the rules are: 1: Use your hands on my daughter and you'll lose them after. 2: You make her cry, I make you cry. 3: Safe sex is a myth. Anything you try will be hazardous to ...


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According to this page Slang term for one who snitches to the police, or is an undercover police officer themselves. Origin comes from the great size of rats living in and around reservoirs. Near the end of the movie the survivors come to a dramatic conclusion, one of them is a snitch or a cop. The title is actually a very good title, a reservoir is ...


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The show is based on a book by W. Bruce Cameron: The Rules are: Rule One: If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure as heck not picking anything up. Rule Two: You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below ...


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While Kevin Howell is quite spot-on in his explanation of the upside down flag representing distress, I think especially his link to the Flag Code gives another, maybe even better fitting explanation. The country itself is objectively seen not in distress during the course of the show. So while the upside down flag could represent some kind of metaphorical ...


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Jessica Jones is a series revolving around Private Detective Jessica Jones and her agency "Alias Investigations". The series is based on the comic Alias, and the Netflix series was originally titled A.K.A. Jessica Jones. As in 'Alias [Investigations], Also Known As Jessica Jones.' When they pared down the name, the A.K.A. was kept as a nod to that. From ...


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I don't know that the director has ever spoken out directly about why he chose that specific title, other than what you pointed out: they didn't call it Oil! because it wasn't a close-enough adaptation. However, I think the title is not referencing anything you see in the movie itself (at least not much). Rather, it's warning about what's going to happen as ...


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It's a good question, and sent me digging. I found a terrific essay on the film written by William Beard, and here is an excerpt that pertains to your question: That he should get away with killing while Ned dies horribly for not killing creates the moral abyss into which Munny plunges in forsaking his “good” self and embracing again his “bad” one. ...


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A flag being flown upside down is a symbol for distress. As far as the no stars I'm looking into that.


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From Trainspotting (film): Legacy comes: The cryptic film title is a reference to a scene (not included in the film) in the original book, where Begbie and Renton meet 'an auld drunkard' who turns out to be Begbie's estranged father, in the disused Leith Central railway station, which they are using as a toilet. He asks them if they are "trainspottin'." ...


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Yes, it is true. When the movie was test screened in US, it had the name "Licence Revoked" but after the test screening the audience associated it too strongly with driving. Sources: here and here. Some have speculated that the change might have had something to do with Greg Beeman's License to Drive, but this was released over a year earlier, so it's ...


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A well-known example is the first Harry Potter book and movie. British author J.K. Rowling titled her first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Scholastic later published the book in the U.S., changing the title to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. When Warner Brothers bought the movie rights, it kept the American book title in the U.S. ...


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This is answered pretty well on the Wikipedia article. Specifically, the last sentence in the quote below. The title is borrowed from the folk song of the same name and refers to a scene in the film, in which the lead character is caught masturbating with a pie after being told that third base feels like "warm apple pie". It's also been stated by writer ...


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From Wikipedia :- The film's title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. From Wikipedia page on Pulp magazine:- Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") are inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s. ...



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