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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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Is there an analysis of the real/staged/fake parts of “mondo” films?

"Mondo" shockumentary films were popular in the 1960s, most originating in Italy, with "Mondo Cane" being the most famous (it had an Oscar nomination). At the time they were meant ...
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What did Beth Harmon mean by “I would say that it is much easier to play chess without the burden of an Adam’s Apple.”

Before the final game, when the participants were interviewed by reporters, one of them asked, "Miss Harmon, What do you say to those in the Chess Federation who accuse you of being too ...
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Why didn’t Beth return to see Mr. Shaibel after she gained national recognition?

In The Queen's Gambit, Beth promised to pay him back $10 if she won her tournament but never sent the money or paid him a visit. She criticized the media for leaving him out of publication, leaving me ...
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Water coming out of Teddys toy-gun in the lighthouse scene

In Shutter Island there's water coming out of the toy-gun in the lighthouse scene as he breaks it in two pieces. You can see it here: So I've tried googling and read a ...
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What is the significance of Lady Kaede catching and killing the insect?

In Ran (1985), after Lady Kaede slept with Lord Jiro, and as she was crying that it is she who should be Lord Jiro's wife, not Lady Sue, there is a scene where Lady Kaede has noticed an insect near ...
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Duet scene in The Morning Show

In The Morning Show, what is the meaning and purpose behind the duet scene with Alex Levy and Cory Ellison?
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What is the overarching message of “Tokyo Love Story”?

Is there an overarching message that can be gained from 1991's Tokyo Love Story (東京ラブストーリー), specifically its ending? What is the author/director trying to tell the viewers? Don't hesitate? Act ...
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Did Cleo purposefully try to sabotage Beth?

In the episode 6 - Adjournment - of the Queen's Gambit series, Beth is preparing for the big game with the Soviet champion Borgov. However, on the evening before, she receives a call from Cleo - a ...
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Water drop sound effect in Lost [closed]

What is the water drop-like clicking sound we hear in the camp or barracks all the time in Lost? Is there an explanation or meaning for this sound?
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How does a Vow of Silence relate to Nietzsche?

In Little Miss Sunshine, Dwayne, a teenage nihilist, is implied to have taken a vow of silence, "because of Friedrich Nietzsche". In another scene, he is shown to be reading "Thus Spake ...
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What is the importance of trees in Prisoners?

Throughout Prisoners, different shots of different trees are shown (including the famous tree shot at the beginning) and after searching for some time about what do they really mean I only found this ...
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Explanation of the dream sequence in Ivan's Childhood

In Ivan's Childhood (1962), what does the scene in Ivan's dream, i.e, Ivan and his sister/friend were going on a truck full of fruits and then some fruits were falling from the truck and some horses ...
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Significance of Photos in Silence of The Lambs

I have recently watched The Silence of The Lambs. Near the climax of the story, there is a part when Agent Starling goes to Frederica Bimmel's room and opens a secret compartment in a musical box. ...
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What does this dialogue mean in The Barefoot Contessa (1954)?

This dialogue from The Barefoot Contessa (1954) is completely over my head. What Harry and Maria are talking about seems cryptic if not nonsensical. Maria: Or, perhaps, you want me for yourself, and ...
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What is the significance of the coyote references in the Helter Skelter docuseries?

In a recent docuseries on Epix about Charles Manson called Helter Skelter there are repeated references to a coyote image and video clips. They seem to be references to Manson himself and a sort of &...
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Did the switchblade in Se7en violate the Chekhov's gun principle?

On re-watching Se7en I couldn't help but question what purpose Somerset's switchblade had. We see Somerset practice with it and it was also shown a couple more times on screen, and hence make it feel ...
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What would an observer see when someone goes through the Turnstile in Tenet?

In the movie Tenet, after the high-speed car chase on the highway, Sator captures the Protagonist and his wife and takes them to a warehouse with a Turnstile. Initially, we are shown a bizarre ...
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Dissecting and interpreting weird MTV commercial

This MTV commercial seems to be filled with weird symbolism. Does anyone have the enough expertise to dissect the commercial and provide an interpretation for its different parts and symbols and the ...
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Meaning / interpretation of weird Tom & Jerry scene?

In this scene from Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry we see some weird stuff. Below a few screenshots to help locate it: I can't understand what's happening in this scene. How to interpret this ...
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What exactly is Dennis' role in prison in Starred Up?

During my second viewing of Starred Up (2013), some scenes piqued my curiosity. Dennis clearly is the prison boss who everybody in the prison is afraid of. Even the guards take their cue from him. But ...
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Was Amy Sedaris' role on Mandalorian counter to the entire Star Wars aesthetic?

It's been noted that her wardrobe and hair were from Ripley in Alien. However, my question relates to two things I also observed: Pacing: Star Wars is know for pacing--this applies not just to ...
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What do all of the “god-rays” in Umbrella Academy Season 2 symbolize?

I don't think it's an overstatement to say that in season 2 of the Umbrella Academy, there are about 50 scenes in which there are prominent "god-rays" in the background. For reference, "...
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What do the tentacles signify in the movie “The Lighthouse”?

In The Lighthouse, when Ephraim Winslow ascends to the lighthouse and tries to see what exactly is at the top, he sees a tentacle slithering on the surface. Then again, in one of the fight scenes, one ...
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What is the significance of the natural disaster scenes in Roma?

What is the significance of the earthquake and the forest fire scenes in Roma? I think they are representing the state of mind of Cleo. Is this a viable theory or are there other hints for how they ...
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Who are the rest of the victims supposed to be?

In Breathe Season 2 aka Breathe: Into the Shadows, J wanted Avinash to kill 10 people based on the emotions of the ten heads of Ravana, which were: Anger, Lust, Fear, Betrayal, Ego, Attachment, ...
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Did Murder She Wrote plan for a handsome young man in each episode?

I started re-watching Murder, She Wrote. When I started the second season, I realized that I was seeing a handsome young man in almost every episode. Sometimes it’s a bit character like a deputy, ...
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In Season 4 of Brockmire, are the writers showing life imitates art?

Season 4 makes an immediate jump from 2020 to 2030. Beyond warnings of global warming, and other environmental tragedies like the Amazon Forest going up in flames, The writers save the best for last: ...
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Sweet Smell of Success (1957) “dumb on matinee days only”

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) has been said to be filled with great dialogues. I find myself puzzling over some lines: Sidney: No. Let me finish, J.J. I don't like this job. That boy is dumb on ...
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Why does Cady say “I ain't your porch-baby”

In Martin Scorsese's movie Cape Fear (1991) Cady has a brief exchange with a PI hired by Sam Bowden Cady: Are you my friend? PI: No, I'm not your friend. Cady: Oh. 'Cause I thought maybe you were my ...
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Do any crossover episodes of narrative shows on streaming services exist?

Crossover episodes have long-been a staple of network TV that seemed to peak in the 1990s (Golden Girls and Empty Nest on NBC in the ‘90s, CSI crossovers on CBS in the ‘00s, Scandal and How to Get ...
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Why is there a head of a native American man on the early test screens?

In Pleasantville, after a few minutes, we see some ads running on an old TV screen. At some point, the broadcast ends with a single constant frame showing some circles, lines, which I can tell is for ...
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Who is the guy in Sherlock's mind palace?

In the episode "His Last Vow" when Sherlock gets shot by Mary, he started to enter his mind palace in order to survive the shot. We begin to see a series of regular persons belonging to his ...
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Are the characters and actions of The Duellists reflecting the broader historical context?

Riddley Scott's feature film debut The Duellists follows the repeated encounters and duels of two French officers throughout the Napoleonic Wars. And while I couldn't help but see Napoleon Bonaparte ...
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What does this symbol represent?

In the movie Gretel and Hansel this screen shot is shown. I am wondering what symbolism it represents.
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What does Bojack Horseman tell us about the responsible way to be accountable for your past?

In S6:E11 of Bojack Horseman, after Bojack gets out of rehab, he is threatened with the possibility of reporters exposing past misdeeds of his. At timestamp 4:00: Diane: "What did you do this ...
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Children of Men - title meaning?

What's the meaning of the title "Children of Men"? There are no men giving birth to babies, obviously.
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What is the purpose of the Korean captions in Crash Landing on You?

In the South-Korean drama Crash Landing on You, a successful business woman from Seoul accidentally crash lands in North Korea. What is curious is that even though the series is in Korean, at several ...
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Do snakes have any religious symbolism in Prisoners?

In the movie Prisoners, snakes are mentioned/shown a few times throughout the movie. Taylor keeps a few containers filled with bloody clothes and living snakes The mummified kidnaper used to keep ...
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Why does Parasite have this ending?

Parasite presents the tragedy of poor working class people in Korea in a kind of humorous way. The movie doesn't shy away from displaying this tragedy in detail about how this family of 4 lives, ...
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What did the very last scene mean?

I just watched Are You Here (2013), and the very ending confused me. Ben (played by Zach Galifianakis) has met his new neighbor and runs into her in a store. He walks outside and it's raining. His ...
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What had Rey understood in The Last Jedi?

In The Last Jedi Yoda said that there is nothing in those books that the girl Rey hasn't understood. Is there anything specific behind that? What exactly had she understood? He also said: "We are ...
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Why didn’t the pills Brandon was taking have a letter on the back?

House MD: S1,E3 Once Brandon is treated for colchicine poisoning, he is prescribed new cough medicines before being discharged from the hospital. He surprisingly remarks There’s a letter on the ...
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Why did Mr. Funsten serve Dr House with court papers?

House MD: S1, E2. Mr Funsten is an outpatient at the hospital who sees Dr House for a boil infection in his right thigh. While conversing with the patient Dr House could have a little peek into the ...
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Why does Dr Cuddy agree with Dr House on his method of treatment only after visiting the patient?

House MD: S1,E1. Dr Cuddy doesn’t agree with Dr House’s way of treating the patient for cerebral vasculitis (D/d,) i.e., by administering steroids to the patient. She walks up to House and delivers ...
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What's the significance of the rooftops scene?

In Jojo Rabbit after the Gestapo visits Jojo's house and he's wandering around, While he's sitting in the square, the camera cuts a few times to focus on a few different rooftops. These rooftops look ...
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Are the ice-cream scenes foreshadowing something?

In Better Call Saul S05E01, we see Saul Goodman drop his ice cream cone and go with Nacho Vargas. In S05E02, we see multiple scenes of that dropped ice cream, notable the starting one with ants ...
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What's the meaning of this cloudy scenery at the end of the closing credits?

In biographical drama movie The Two Popes (2019), this cloudy scenery lasts for 5 seconds at the end of the closing credits:
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How are Madam Vice President and Philly Falzone's agendas related in Prison Break?

I'm in S01E10 of Prison Break, so far I see that Madam Vice President does not want Lincoln Burrows to be exonerated. Philly Falzone wants Fibonacci because he got to know about the dealings of the ...
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What's the purpose of this picture shown at the beginning?

In the beginning of the Midsommar (2019) movie, this picture appears on the screen: It slides away, then movie begins.
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What is meaning of 'nanny state' conversation in S05E11

In S05E11 of Breaking Bad, a scene made me think of something. In the restroom a guy complained: Nanny state. When I see a kid with his bicycle helmet on, I want to smack the shit out of him, ...

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