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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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In the Polar Express, why did the main character run away from the scrooge puppet in fear?

In the classic The Polar Express (2004), there is a scene where the "Hero Boy" is confronted by a scary puppet of Ebenezer Scrooge. While he is deeply scared, it is later revealed that the ...
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Is Land of the Lustrous inspired by James Cameron's Avatar?

Let's look at the similar plots of these films: Phos and Cinnabar (first image) have similar story roles to Jake and Neytiri from Avatar (second image): While Avatar is a sci-fi space story, and ...
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In Atlanta (S3E10), what's the inspiration behind the hand eating?

In the Season 3 finale (S3E10 Tarrare), the characters are in Paris and Van takes them to an exclusive dinner where the main dish is a fried hand. What's the inspiration behind this? Is this something ...
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What is the symbolism behind different animals that appear in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring?

I recently watched Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and I loved it. However I detected certain symbolism in the film that I couldn't decipher to myself. In the Summer, the monk and his ...
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Why does Tim not pick up the gun in Jurassic Park?

When re-watching Jurassic Park (1993), I felt a bit awkward at the security room scene. While Lexi was trying to reboot the system, Alan and Ellen were trying to keep the door closed due to a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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