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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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Was Nola really pregnant during the time of her murder?

In the movie Match Point by Woody Allen, the character played by Scarlett Johansson, Nola reveals to Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) she is pregnant and she is not willing to abort the baby. But ...
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What was the conclusion of Batman: The Killing Joke

In the end of Batman: The Killing Joke What was the conclusion of that scene or what was the actual meaning of that? I couldn't understand the ending of the movie.
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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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Why a negative depiction of Reagan?

In the Fargo episode The Gift of the Magi Ronald Reagan (portrayed by Bruce Campbell) is campaigning for presidency and Lou works as his security detail. They have a conversation in the toilet where ...
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Why is Teddy Daniels wearing a band-aid above his left eye?

In Shutter Island, Teddy Daniels is shown wearing a band-aid over his left eye throughout most of the film. The first image shows Teddy at the beginning of the film while he is on the ferry ...
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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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Significance of the Owl in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

There's a scene in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" where Prideaux (Mark Strong) is in the class room teaching, then suddenly an owl pops out of the fireplace. Prideaux quickly dispatches it. Later on, in ...
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Are there any indications why Roddenberry chose to make Star Trek a “battleship universe”?

Star Trek focuses on large, slow (in local space, anyway) ships which behave like battleships. As a counter-example, Battlestar Galactica was in an "aircraft carrier universe", where the big ships ...
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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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In “8 mile” what does this lyric mean?

In the ultimate rap battle between the protagonist Rabbit and Papa Doc, Rabbit says 1, 2, 3, and to the 4 One Pac, two Pac, three Pac, four Four Pac, three Pac, two Pac, one You're Pac, he's ...
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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 meaning of physical pain in “Fight Club”?

Physical pain is a common motif throughout Fight Club. The members of Fight Club and Tyler all revel in what most people try to avoid. They fight until they have serious injuries that require them to ...
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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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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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Do we ever get a clue as to the initials H.W. or was this his given name by his biological father?

In There Will Be Blood, do we ever find out (explicitly, or implicitly) the meaning of the initials H.W. (as in Daniel's son, H.W. Plainview)? Are there any allusions to the meaning or origin of ...
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When did Palpatine know he was going to pursue Anakin Skywalker to be his new apprentice?

After rewatching the Star Wars saga recently I became curious as to when Palpatine was certain that he would pursue Anakin as his new apprentice. At the end of The Phantom Menace we get the line ...
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Is Django bullet-proof or immortal?

In the Movie, Django Unchained, there is a part where Django is in a big gunfight in Candy's House, he stands up and pulls his coat off and it looks like bullets fall to the ground, couldn't quite ...
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Can the future not be changed in That's So Raven/Raven's Home?

I recently started watching Raven's Home and I have already seen That's So Raven before. One pattern I noticed is Raven and Booker can both get future vision and they always try to change it but end ...
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Why was Teddy using Leonard in Memento?

If you can believe Teddy's lies then he was a cop who had worked on the case of the break in, attack on Leonard and rape of Leonard's wife. He then worked with Leonard and helped him track down and ...
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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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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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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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In which way do the engravings represent Dean Corso's journey towards The Ninth Gate?

The Ninth Gate puts book dealer Dean Corso on a hunt for proving the authenticity of a book supposedly co-authored by the devil himself. We eventually find out that there are three authentic books ...
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Why did “The Girl” wipe her blood on Corso?

In The Ninth Gate, after Corso and "The Girl" fight off Telfer's emissary who is trying to steal back her copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows, Corso and "The Girl" return to Corso's hotel ...
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What was the Publisher character trying to be a symbol of in “Mother!”?

You may see the movie "Mother!". I've gotten confused about the symbolism of the Publisher character. If we consider the writer as God, so his publishers would be the prophets because the prophets ...
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Is Dr. Mary Based or Inspired by Talk Show Radio Host, Dr. Laura?

In the TV series Frasier, a character Dr. Mary (Kim Coles) featured in two episodes, Something About Dr. Mary (7.16) and the season 8 Christmas episode, Mary Christmas (8.08), is a somewhat loadmouth ...
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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 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 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 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 is the meaning of “There is no spoon”?

In The Matrix, what is the meaning of "There is no spoon"? Below is the full quote from Spoon Boy to Neo: Do not try and bend the spoon, that's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth....
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Does The Thing have human intelligence?

We see that, in John Carpenter's The Thing (and the later prequel movie), that the titular creature is able to assimilate animals such as humans and dogs, and behave exactly like the victim of the ...
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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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Which Dungeons & Dragons character class does Max belong to?

In continuation of Do the kids from Stranger Things have any analogues to the Dungeons & Dragons game characters? Does the new character, Max also belong to some Dungeons & Dragons character ...
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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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Interpretation of the ending of Being There

What is the meaning of the final scene of Being There, where Chance walks on the pond's surface? The film's Wikipedia page says something about a metaphor of Chance being seen as a messiah, but I don'...
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Skylars white's reflection in microwave oven in her last scene in the finale of Breaking Bad?

In the last scene of Breaking Bad between Walt and Skylar, her reflection is seen in the window of the microwave oven. (It looks to me like it was added as an effect.) Did any of the writers ...
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Meaning of the 'single white lighting bolt on black background' symbol in JoJo Rabbit?

There were two different 'single lightning bolt' symbols. The first on is a badge awarded within the hitlerjugend afaik: The second one has different colors and is portrayed on a flag. What's its ...
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Is the conflict between Captain America and Tony Stark in “The Avengers” Blue Collar versus Educated Elite?

I was puzzled by the conflict between Captain America and Tony Stark during the first part of The Avengers. There were obviously values that differed between the two. Looking at their background, ...
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Why did Fury (2014) end this way?

This movie is recently released and I'm sure some movie fanatics have seen it here. Warning: this question has spoilers. Fury is a 2014 American war film set during World War II written and ...
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Significance of repeated use of Irma Thomas's song 'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is'?

In Black Mirror, Irma Thomas's song 'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is' got featured a lot: In Fifteen Million Merits: Abi sings "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is" for the judges. In White Christmas, song ...
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How could Jon Snow do what he did in “Oathbreaker”?

At the end of the third episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, after hanging the culprits who tried to kill him, Jon Snow relieved himself from the Night's Watch. How can he do so? One can ...
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Shared imagery - Blade Runner & Man in the High Castle

Spoilers for Man in the High Castle season 4, beware. Of course, both are adaptations of stories by Philip K Dick, so it wouldn't be unexpected that the film-makers might acknowledge that in some ...
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Is there a philosophical significance of “Three Horses” in Michael Clayton (2007)?

In this movie we find Michael stops his car when he sees three horses standing a bit far away from the road. That's precisely how he gets saved when the car bomb explodes. He got out of the car to ...
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Is Jane cheating on Stephen?

In The Theory of Everything, is Jane cheating on Stephen and having sex with Jonathan? In the movie, the camping scene suggests this, but I can't find an article on Google to confirm this.

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