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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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Why do most survival horror films and shows have that one hateable character? [closed]

In many films and TV shows, most of which are horror or survival or both, there is always that one hateable character. Although most are female, there are also many male ones as well. That one ...
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Do the ducks/waterfowls in The Sopranos have any other significance apart from representing Tony's family?

The waterfowls in The Sopranos, which Tony refers to as ducks, are introduced in the pilot of the series. Tony has a panic attack and after seeing doctor Melfi and he learns that the ducks leaving are ...
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Why do tough guys chew toothpicks or match-sticks?

I remember Cobra (1986) and Razor Ramon from WWE. They both chew either toothpicks or match-sticks. What was the reason?
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Is the 5th game related to a real kids game?

The main pitch of Squid Game is the desecration of kids games into murder games. There is no ambiguity on this for red light-green light, the sugar game, or the marbles game. Tug of war can also ...
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In the Court Jester, what are the Spanish words Danny Kaye says after "Rodriguez" in his performance of Maladjusted Jester?

In The Court Jester (1955), Hawkins (played by Danny Kaye) performs his own rendition of the Maladjusted Jester. One of his twists is the burst of Spanish words about two thirds into the song, after ...
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Are Nexus 6 models nearly impervious to the Voight-Kampff test, or very easy to spot?

Blade Runner seems to be unable to decide whether Nexus 6 Replicants are easy or hard to identify using the Voight-Kampff test. I'm wondering if there is a story explanation for this. Case 1: Leon (...
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Is it realistic for Beck to chew out Roman in the beginning of The Negotiator? [closed]

The Negotiator (1998) begins with a short hostage situation unrelated to the film's main plot. Once the crisis is resolved, the lead tactical cop (Beck / Morse) chastises the hostage negotiator (Roman ...
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Crossover episodes that have title cards for both series? [closed]

Usually a crossover episode is clearly a Series A episode with a plot that includes visiting Series B characters. Are there any cases where a crossover episode is a mainline numbered episode of both ...
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In Edge of Tomorrow, what is Tom Cruise's exosuit saying when he can't turn his safety off? (Japanese) [closed]

In the beginning of the movie, Cruise has his safety enabled and accidentally switches his suit's HUD to Japanese. What is the translation of the suit's audio when he can't fire? It's probably ...
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Green leaves in the last scene of The Father [2020]

Towards the end of the 2020 film The Father, Anthony Hopkins' protagonist, who is suffering from dementia complains "I feel as if I am losing all my leaves". My take is that it is a ...
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Why does Jules use gay men to "conquer femininity"?

Jules is one of the main characters of the Euphoria series - she is transgender (male to female), but it is implied that she went through with her transition and now no one, including homophobic ...
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Why does Euphoria never show Rue undressed?

Please don't get me wrong - I'm not fishing for nude photos of Zendaya (the actress playing Rue Bennett), but the TV series Euphoria is full of nudity, to the point where you could make a drinking ...
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Who are the soldiers Abuela & Pedro are fleeing?

In Encanto, the Madrigal family begin their magical adventure during an escape from soldiers during which Pedro is killed to allow Abuela Alma to escape. Who are those soldiers? Are they based on a ...
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Is "Don't Look Up" allegorical commentary on the world's response to current events?

While reading Is the science in "Don't Look Up" realistic? and wondering if this movie was intended to make a point, I had the question whether this movie is meant to allegorically ...
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In science fiction films and anime, why do we see some planets are close in the sky?

It's very common to see this view but in reality, our earth doesn't have that one. We only have one Moon orbiting around our Mother planet. In sci-fi movies what is this term commonly called? Most ...
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Did the murder really occur in Censor?

In Censor, after Enid comes home from the sleazy producer (where the "accident" with the trophy happens), she gets a phone call, in which a man says she's a tease, that she came to his house,...
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What is the ultimate meaning of resistance in Money Heist? [duplicate]

After watching La Casa De Papel / Money Heist, I still do not fully understand the intent or message behind the repeated theme of resistance in the show. How are the heists performed by the gang any ...
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Favoritism in Squid Game for specific player?

For Squid Game, I've seen multiple theories that Il-nam was treated differently in "Red light, Green light" because he does not have a green hue in the robot's vision but I feel like I see a ...
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How is the plot/storyline of the movie "Twister" (1996) predictable? [closed]

I don't understand how the plot/storyline of the movie Twister (1996) is predictable.
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Bow and Gift Box symbolism throughout Squid Game

Throughout the 9 episodes of Squid Game (2021), there are several instances of gift boxes with bows on them. The main character, Seong Gi-hun, tried desperately to retrieve a gift box from a coin ...
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Moby Dick reference in Mank (2020)

Orson Welles put Mank under contract to write the first draft screenplay for "Citizen Kane" under the supervision of  John Houseman. Mank is former partner in the Mercury Theatre, Welles's ...
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Do the player numbers have any symbolism or significance?

In Squid Game, each of the 456 players is assigned a unique number from 001 to 456. E.g., the protagonist, Gi-hun's player number is the last number, "456", while Il-nam's (the old man) ...
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What is this symbolism?

In the movie, Tigers are not afraid, a drop of blood onto a woman's dress expands into a picture that is similar to pictures used in a Rorschach test. What is the symbolism of this picture?
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Meaning of Resistance in Money Heist

In the TV series Money Heist, Professor and Berlin say many times that they are "The Resistance." Tokyo also narrates that the professor's life revolved around only one idea - Resistance. I ...
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What's the significance of "Shallow Depth of Field" effect?

I have marked the blurry portions in below images: click for larger This effect is used in lot of scenes. What's the significance of "Shallow Depth of Field" effect in Army of the Dead (...
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Is Howl dealing with any sort of mental disorder?

I've recently watched Howl's Moving Castle (2004). When I was watching the movie, the changes in Howl's mood seemed really familiar to me, just like one of my near family members who has bipolar ...
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What's the significance of the photo shoot in the opening credits?

During the opening credits of Army of the Dead (2021), a photo shoot of characters is shown: What's the significance of this photo shoot?
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Is Chip really an alcoholic?

In the first words of the series, Chip, the main character of the Flaked is on an AA meeting where he tells a story about his accident: he was drunk-driving and he has killed a man. He is very ...
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Why does Bo Burnham flash on the screen at approximately 13:42 in Inside?

At approximately 13:42 in Bo Burnham's special Inside, the overlay with him as a streamer appears for a frame: Is this an editing error, or is it intentional? If it's intentional, what might the ...
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What does "And that’s the gambit!" mean?

In Loki episode 6, we hear He Who Remains say: ... You came to kill the devil, right? (CHUCKLES) Well, guess what? I keep you safe. And if you think I’m evil, well, just wait till you meet my ...
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"Or perhaps it is I who have penetrated you?" (Gogo Yubari)

I couldn't find a clip with english subtitles, but to refresh memory, a guy in Kill Bill: Volume 1 is attempting to pickup Gogo in a bar, and the scene ends on her line "Or perhaps it is I who ...
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What's the significance of repeating this scene in Nobody (2021)?

This below scene repeated so many times at the beginning of the movie: What's the significance of repeating this scene in Nobody (2021)?
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Meaning of Dialogue in Little Women

In the movie Little Women there are a few lines that I don't quite understand. In the scene where Laurie visits Aunt March in Paris (if I'm not wrong), Aunt March says "What a disappointment he ...
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What is the difference between movies and films [closed]

The title speaks for itself. So often in discussions surrounding cinema, I see the words ‘film’ and ‘movie’ being used interchangeably. However, are the two really the same? I would appreciate it if ...
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What would've been a satisfactory "ending" to the film, in the view of the omnipotent monster?

Beginning The indie film Resolution (2012) mostly stays obscure, but I decided to watch it because the premise sounded interesting. It begins with Michael, a graphic designer now living in the city (...
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What disorder does the Riddler have in Gotham?

I'm curious as to what disorder Ed Nygma has from Gotham. I know he has OCD from the comics but I'm talking about how his Riddler persona appears to and interacts with him. Something that caught my ...
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Significance of the cut on the hand in 1917

What is the significance of Schofield getting his hand cut on the barbed wire in the movie 1917? That hand pops up many times. First the hand gets cut on wire. The hand gets shoved into a decaying ...
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What's the significance of camera going through glass in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)?

They are lot of scenes where a camera goes through glasses:
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What is the origin of standing in shallow water representing an internal (or similar) world

In Netflix's Kipo, the scenes where she mutated and lost control, it shows Kipo standing in a place that seems to consist of shallow water, but nothing to the horizon. Sometimes able to look out into ...
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What's the significance of this seagull with missing eye?

This one seagull appeared in numerous scenes: Howard makes his way to the door with the wheelbarrow. Same bird stands in front of that door, guarding it. Same bird starts tapping on the window of ...
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Loop of Marties in Back to the Future 1

First of all, this is just a question based on my curiosity. It can seem pointless and illogical because of some missing piece of information, but I am asking it anyway based on my understanding of ...
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What kind of hero archetype is Rocky Balboa?

I watched the Creed and Rocky films and I was wondering what kind of hero archetype (classic, anti, byronic) Rocky Balboa fits into. I'm guessing it's probably classic/traditional hero since he has ...
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Significance of the door Levee is trying to unlock

In the movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Levee character is shown to be always trying to break free from his own self and do something beyond his steady band performer role. He keeps talking about a ...
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Was the pastor a part of the admission committee?

In the movie Rudy (1993), Rudy is helped by a priest in in getting admission to a local college (Holy Cross), later hoping to transfer to Notre Dame. After two years at Holy Cross and three rejections ...
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What was the purpose of Bullock's maneuver regarding Otis Russell?

In Deadwood season one, episode 12, "Sold Under Sin", Seth Bullock beats Otis Russell near to death. Afterward, he asks Dan Dority to relay a message to Al Swearengen insinuating that, for ...
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What does "I have got a witness set up down the road" mean?

Its from 4th episode of Wandavision. Actually I wanna know what does set up mean here?
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How is Rogue forced to help Magneto with his machine to convert people in mutants in the Statue of Liberty

Magneto's plan is to use Rogue in his machine, which requires grabbing two handles by the hands. She is handcuffed to the machine (both made of metal) and we see that Magneto puts his hands on her ...
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Creation sequence in Tree of life?

What is the meaning of the creation sequence, a long 20 min scene from The Tree of life? I do not see a clear relation of this scene to the previous one, in which a family has found that a son has ...
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What's the point of Harry's flashbacks in "Birdland" (S03 Episode 06)

Throughout the entire episode "Birdland" (6th episode of the third season of Bosch) we're shown a flashback from Harry's childhood, eating cranberry cobbler at a restaurant on Thanksgiving. ...
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Is this a plausible interpretation of the movie "The Next Three Days"?

There is a scene in The Next Three Days where Russel Crowe’s character is explaining don Quixote to his students. He says something on the lines of “we can make our reality what we want it to be..”. ...
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