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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 does Dr. Parnassus keep making deals and wagers?

in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Parnassus makes several deals or wagers with Mr. Nick, who is supposed to be a personification of the devil. However, we learn that most of the deals made with ...
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Does Ron have Stockholm Syndrome in The Walking Dead?

From re-watching, I started to think about Ron's psychology. Obviously, we all know that Ron hates Carl because of the whole Enid situation, and while some of that anger could have seeped into Rick, ...
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Why and How does Algren not face any punishment from either government in The Last Samurai?

At the end of The Last Samurai, after the final battle, we later see Algren with the emperor and other government officials discussing the death of Katsumoto. He is not dead because he survived the ...
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What is the significance of the Crane?

Near the end of the film Over the Moon, Fei Fei meets a Crane and they have eye to eye contact and later she fixes her scarf and the Crane touches her hair while flying away. What is the significance ...
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What does it mean for a film to be cruel, according to Roger Ebert?

Roger Ebert starts his review (see https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/irreversible-2003) of Gaspar Noé's film Irréversible as follows: "Irreversible" is a movie so violent and cruel that ...
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As Whom does Sabzian sign the Script for the The Cyclist?

Consider the bus scene in Abbas Kiarostami's film Close-up. There Sabzian signs the script of Makhmalbaf's The Cyclist, before giving it to the mother of the house. The camera cuts to Sabzian's face ...
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Why didn't Brad Pitt's character invite his crew in the German women's house?

In the movie Fury (2014) at some point our heroes enter a German town and capture it. The main protagonist Donald "Don" "Wardaddy" Collier, played by Brad Pitt (who was a staff ...
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Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin?

In Pulp Fiction, Vincent and Jules killed all the guys at Brett's apartment for stealing the briefcase from Marsellus Wallace but not Marvin. Why didn't Vincent and Jules kill Marvin in the apartment?
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Why is Travis a "walking contradiction"?

In the movie "Taxi Driver", Travis meets Betsy for lunch and she tells him a quote from a song: He's a prophet... he's a prophet and a pusher, partly truth, partly fiction. A walking contradiction. ...
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Is Mrs. Putnum's dress indicative of anything significant during this Season 2 scene in The Handmaid's Tale?

In Season 2, Episode 5 of the TV series adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, viewers are thrown a monkey wrench on the June & Nick romance when The Waterfords force Nick into a child-bride wedding ...
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How does the episodes "Dream of a Thousand Cats" & "Calliope" work together?

In The Sandman, many times more than one comic story was covered in one episode but they kept the story serialized in continuity or complimented each other. But in S0E011 they covered two stories &...
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Is there a significance of the novel left behind "Here Comes a Candle"?

In The Sandman S01E11 second part, after Calliope got free there was "Here Comes a Candle" left behind. It's the same novel Erasmus Fry wanted to be reprinted. Is there any significance of ...
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What is the bird and/or the birdcage supposed to represent while Hank and Leticia have sex?

In Monster's Ball, Hank and Leticia have sex in her living room. They engage in extremely passionate and unbridled sex during this scene. During the scene, we see close-up flashes of a brown-skinned ...
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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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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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Why exactly did Walt leave Gray Matter?

Early on in Breaking Bad, it is revealed that Walt and Gretchen had a history together with Elliot in the construction of their company "Gray Matter". However, one day while on vacation with ...
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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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Is the mockumentary format diegetic in Parks and Rec?

In some mockumentary shows, like 'The Office', the mockumentary format is diegetic, because there is actually a documentary being filmed in-universe. In others, the mockumentary format is extra-...
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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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What's the significance of Cobb's ring in Inception?

In Inception, Cobb was wearing his wedding ring in some scenes and in some scenes he doesn't. After watching the movie so many times, according to me, in every scene of a dream he was wearing his ...
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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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Was Gunda planned as a Trash movie?

There is a lot to read and talk about the 1998 Bollywood movie Gunda. General perception is that it's so bad it's good. The movie holds a rating of 8.2 on IMDB and holds a cult status. I want to ...
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What is the meaning behind these three Apocalypse Now quotes?

I just watched Apocalypse Now for the first time, and didn't understand some of the quotes narrated by Capt. Willard they are as follows: It was no accident that I got to be the caretaker of ...
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Why do movie directors use brown tint on Mexico cities?

Here is the satirical meme about Mexico cities in movies: Movies like Traffic (2000), the plot took place in Mexico cities, also used brown tint a lot. Why do movie directors use brown tint in ...
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Is episode S09E03 a comment on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's success at the awards?

In the 3rd episode of the 9th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award" for the best bar. While the show is not particularly famous for referencing ...
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Why do characters with wet hands need to explain that they just washed them? [closed]

The latest instance I can think of would be Spider-Ham from Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse - YouTube link of clip. A character will say something along the lines of "I just washed my hands, ...
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What is the significance of this line from We Need to Talk About Kevin?

At the end of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2011), Kevin's mother tells him she wants to know why he did what he did. He responds: I used to think I knew. Now I'm not so sure. What is the ...
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What's the meaning of the two scarves during the riot in Straight Outta Compton?

Around 3/4 in the movie Straight Outta Compton during the riots, two people are holding two scarves, one red and one blue, knit together and walking towards the police. Like so: Closeup: What's ...
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Why was this character so quick to decide on murder?

At the end of the 2022 Netflix movie Virata Parvam, They both loved each other, but she did not think twice before shooting her. Why did this happen?
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What happens to Alex at the end of Shallow Grave?

At the end of the movie it was not obvious to me what Alex's ultimate fate was. In particular, I wasn't clear whether he lived or died from his injury. It seemed like he might live, as he was still ...
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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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What is the meaning of the badges on the caskets in American Sniper?

This question contains spoilers Several times throughout American Sniper, when a US soldier is buried other servicemen push a brass badge into the casket of the deceased solider. What are the badges?...
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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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In Prisoners, why does Bob Taylor and Alex refer to the house as "the maze"?

I can't really wrap my head around one thing: the fact that two victims of the kidnappers - Bob Taylor and Alex Jones - refer to the house as "the maze". Alex Jones tells Keller that he can find the ...
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Why does Travis Bickle attempt the assassination?

In Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle ruins his relationship with the woman he likes. Then, he tries to get her back, fails, starts becoming angry, fantasizing with killing people. Part of his hatred is ...
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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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Why does Bane protect the girl?

In the final twist of the movie, it is revealed that Talia is actually the one to have climbed out due to Bane helping her get up the hole. However, Bane's pure motivation during the events of the ...
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Is there a meaning behind the dripping sink at the end of the movie?

Blood Simple ends with a dripping sink shot from below (actually from the perspective of the private detective). The frame is the sequence: The private detective is exhaling, looking at the bottom of ...
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Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?

In Inception, why do the kicks on the different levels have to occur simultaneously, rather than one after another?
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Did Yoga Vasistha influence Inception?

Yoga Vasistha is a scripture of sanathan dharma, aka. Hinduism. It has a vast explanation of the relativity of space and time, and also talks about dreams, reality, illusion, and other aspects in ...
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Is Marvel Cinematic Universe Earth-199999 or Earth-616?

Which earth is Marvel Cinematic Universe belongs too? I remember in Thor: The Dark World it was referred to as 616 by Erik Selvig: But I remember lots of sources claiming it to be Earth-199999, even ...
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What is the significance of the Vichy Water scene at the end of Casablanca?

At the end of Casablanca, we see Captain Renault open a bottle of Vichy water: He pours himself a glass of it, before binning the rest of the bottle. Given the prominence of the label and the ...
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What is the symbolism of the changes of the bride's attire in Ready or Not?

In the 2019 film, Ready or Not, we meet the bride Grace. What is the symbolism here regarding her appearance, specifically with her choices to change it?
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Why is Professor Snape so against Harry Potter when he is supposedly protecting him? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter series, it is known that Professor Severus Snape tries to protect Harry. This is because, as a Hogwarts student himself back in the day, he fell in love with Lily (Harry's mother). ...
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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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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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The symbolism of the chirping bird sounds in "Seven Samurai"

A TV station here decided to broadcast Seven Samurai with the original Japanese soundtrack (it has subtitles in German.) It is running as I write. During the opening scene in the village, while the ...
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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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Why do Disney parents usually die?

It's well known that many animated Disney movie parents (at least one of a set) die, were never in the picture, or started the movie already dead. Is this just a financial thing (like in Toy Story), ...
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What does Kenny say to James?

In the 2010 movie Faster featuring Dwayne Johnson, there is a scene where he is confronted by a person identified as a Samoan played by Sidney Liufau. The full scene is here ...

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