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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 Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters a narcissist?

The scientist Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) from Ghostbusters has a very interesting personality, he is always flirting with female clients and is more laid back it seems than the other Ghostbusters. ...
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What was the ending of Night Moves about?

The ending of Night Moves came a little abrupt to me. After killing Dena somewhat "accidentally" Josh ends up somewhere in California and casually applies for a job at an outdoor shop, apparently ...
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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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Significance of Peter being nude in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

At the beginning of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Peter gets dumped by Sarah while being completely nude. And then, at the end of the film, he and Rachel seem to start a relationship, with Peter being ...
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What is the relevance of the algae dripping liquid?

Close to the end of the movie Aniara, there is a specific shot of maybe a few seconds that clearly have been added intentionally, but I'm not sure I understand the meaning fully. There is no further ...
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Why did one pirate die when another broke off a stalactite?

Towards the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides when Jack, Blackbeard, and other pirates are walking through the cave, one of the pirates breaks off a stalactite and immediately another ...
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What is the history between Little Bill and English Bob in Unforgiven?

In Unforgiven, it's understandable why Little Bill beat up English Bob--because he wanted to scare off anyone else who would come to collect the reward from the women and also keep aside the Big ...
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Numbers on the wall in Cuba in “Guys and Dolls” film

In the 1955 film version of Guys and Dolls, there is a series of scenes which take place in Cuba. One of the odd features of this sequence is a series of four digit numbers on the various walls ...
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What's the significance of the trucks in these scenes?

In the episode Bleak City from Preacher (Season 4 episode 5) there are 2 scenes that caught my eye: When Jesse is driving out of the parking lot a truck comes unexpectedly from one side, he suddenly ...
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What is the significance of the dog and butterflies in Paprika?

Before and after dreams in Paprika, a dog sitting next to a kennel appears, and there are also recurring images of butterflies. Are there any good theories as to why they appear and what is the ...
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Why was Michael Myers credited as “The Shape” in the first 2 Halloween films?

In the original Halloween (1976), Nick Castle as Michael (in the mask) is credited as The Shape: The other credits; Michael age 6 is the shot at the start of the movie when his parents take off his ...
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When Jack Torrance is frozen, why is he looking up?

The Shining (1980) uses a lot of symbolism referencing heaven and hell. One example is the use of circular overhead chandeliers appearing like halos above characters' heads. I'm wondering if there ...
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Significance of Clay Jensen's journey of getting his tattoo completed?

In 13 Reasons Why season 2, Clay Jensen tries to get a semicolon tattoo with Skye but he fainted before it could even get completed and he got only comma. But at the end of the season, he got the ...
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What is the significance of Jessica drawing a chain of circles?

In 13 Reasons Why S02E03, we see Jessica making an eight shape on her hand: Then we see in flashback, she is doing the same but this time on paper: I assumed it was the symbol for the digit eight (8)...
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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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In “The Blues Brothers”, what is the significance of the food order?

In The Blues Brothers, Jake orders four whole fried chickens and Elwood orders dry white toast. My best guess on why Jake orders the chicken is a reference to the song “Back Door Man” (“...I eat more ...
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What was the significance of two different shoes worn in Peaceful Warrior?

Dan Millman, in his dreams in Peaceful Warrior, sees a man wearing two different shoes collecting the broken bones. So what exactly is meant by showing the shoes of different color? Even at one ...
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Are the supernatural events real, illusions or a state of a character's mind at the time?

There are a number of supernatural events that happen as the plot of The Devil's Advocate unfolds, all of which center around John Milton's power. Some examples of these: Mary Anne & Eddie ...
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Is “I'm no puppeteer, Kevin” a lie?

Throughout the Devil's Advocate there are many different glimpses into John Milton's power. Despite this John tells Kevin that he's "no puppeteer", at least regarding free will. While I understand the ...
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What does “He sets the rules in opposition” mean?

Towards the end of Devil's Advocate, John Milton makes a long speech to Kevin. In part of this he gives Kevin an "inside information" into God and quotes: He gives man instincts. He gives you this ...
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Why did John Milton bother the guy in the subway train?

When John and Kevin are riding the subway train John intentionally "gets the attention" of a very hostile commuter. In the shot prior to John pulling the face at him it is clear that the commuter is ...
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What does Masjävlar mean?

I have watched the movie Masjävlar and I wonder what this title means. I have checked Google Translate but to no result. What does it and the movie refer to, and what is the essence of the word?
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Why is the Spirit of the West metal detecting in Rango?

In Rango, the spirit of the West (who may or may not be Clint Eastwood) is metal detecting for fishhooks in a dry river bed. His metal detector model is the (fictional) Eaglemaster 3/JRB (or JRE) ...
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Was the little girl at Lerner Airfield real?

When the passengers of Con Air arrive at Lerner Airfield serial killer Garland Greene goes on a little scouting trip and finds a little girl playing tea party at a deserted swimming pool. He talks ...
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Why didn’t the Charles Manson character appear in Spahn Ranch? [closed]

In the real life version of the Charles Manson murders, Manson gave orders to his cult gang to execute everyone under the house where a music producer used to live. But the movie version in Once upon ...
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Is there any meaning behind the shot of the poster of flies in Season 5 'Gliding Over All'?

At around 2 minutes into the season 5 episode 'Gliding Over All' of Breaking Bad, Walt stares at a fly on the desk lamp at the 'office' supposedly a little while after... Todd walks in and says "...
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What was the significance of Daenerys's speech to the Dothraki in S08 E06?

In S0806 of Game of Thrones, we see Daenerys speaking to the hordes of living Dothraki in King's Landing. These are spoken by her with high esteem marking her victory. Is the speech addressing the ...
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Why does Brigitte Mohnhaupt deliberately destroy the execution myth and how accurate is her closing dialogue?

At the very end of The Baader Meinhof Complex, after the efforts for pressing the RAF leaders free have failed and they thus commited suicide in Stammheim prison, Brigitte Mohnhaupt speaks to the next ...
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Why the prevalence of Tilda Swinton?

The 2018 version of Suspiria has Tilda Swinton not only play Madame Blanc, but also Mother Markos and, more prominently, Dr. Klemperer. Now while Mother Markos doesn't appear much in the story and it'...
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Did Hopkins and Demme purposefully include allusions to Mantegna's paintings of St. Sebastian in “Silence of the Lambs”?

Did Hopkins and Demme purposefully include allusions to Mantegna's paintings of St. Sebastian in Silence of the Lambs? It seems so obvious to me but I can find no reference to it online. I would like ...
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Why didn't Anna get promoted?

Why is Anna not promoted to Black belt in Karate even though she excelled in the art and could outperform every student in the class? But instead, a guy with a lesser talent got promoted to Black belt....
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Vertigo Scene Explanation - Did Hitchcock Cheat the Audience?

In Hitchcock's Vertigo, there is one part of the film that has never made sense to me and I believe that it was a cheap ploy to mislead the audience until the ultimate reveal (I won't spoil it here). ...
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Is there an implied affection for Annie by Jeff in The Walk (2015)?

In the movie The Walk, there is a scene where Jeff is searching for a word to describe the wire-walking that Phillippe is about to attempt. He searches for the word in English but falls back to the ...
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What is the meaning behind the use of time in Donnie Darko's cinematography?

Throughout the film we see time used in various ways: some scenes are sped up, while others are set in slow motion. There are also crazy jump cuts to different scenes all over the place. I know this ...
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What is the symbolism behind the young people making out in the cemetery?

The Netflix show House of Cards is replete with symbolism throughout. While some symbolic events are more obvious (Claire observing an older woman similar to a colleague she fired struggling at a cafe ...
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How did Hawkeye qualify to receive this item? [duplicate]

In Avengers: Infinity War, in order to obtain the Soul Stone, Thanos has to sacrifice someone he loves. To thwart Thanos, Gamora tries to stab herself, but he turns the knife into bubbles. Thanos ...
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Significance of the painting for Chiaki and Makoto

In The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Makoto's aunt is restoring a painting. We find out that Chiaki came from an apocalyptic future only to look at it. But why? What makes this painting anything ...
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Why would Travis Bickle go on a date to an adult cinema?

In the beginning of Taxi Driver, we see Travis as an insomniac loner that falls in love with a gorgeous blonde. They hit it off, he looks confident, smooth, but then he takes her to a porn cinema. ...
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What is the parallel of Day of the Dead with Stranger things?

Stranger Things has a habit of foreshadowing the future in the form of games. In season one it was Dungeons & Dragons and in season 2 it was Dragon's Lair, but in the first episode of season 3 ...
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Why was Karen Hill watching The Jazz Singer in Goodfellas?

When the feds came with a search warrant to comb over the Hill residence in Goodfellas (and get the wheels greased), Karen allows them in a blasé manner, and resigns herself to watch TV with her ...
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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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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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Why did the Wachowskis change the story's themes so significantly?

In the movie V for Vendetta, there is some point where a guy is robbing a store with V's mask and with a gun. Then he shouts "anarchy in the UK." after getting the money and then shoots a celebratory ...
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What's the reason for the decade jump in the recent X-Men trilogy?

In the recent X-Men trilogy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix), they take place in the 70s, 80s, and 90s respectively. But why the 10-year jump when it was not ...
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What is the significance of the black spot?

Mid-way through M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, Glass (2019) , there is a blurry black spot on screen for a long time. It doesn’t stay in one fixed place nor is it present throughout the whole film, so it ...
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Why was “the Santa Claus story” included in Gremlins?

In Gremlins (1984), Kate tells Billy the story of a horrible Christmas, how her father wanted to surprise the family by climbing down the chimney, but slipped, fell, broke his neck, and had his corpse ...
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What is the meaning of the ending of Goodfellas? [duplicate]

At the the end of Goodfellas Henry looks into the camera and "gets shot" by Joe Pesci. Why does he look to into the camera and "gets shot" by Joe Pesci? I understand how meaningful the name of the ...
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Why does Iron Man/Tony Stark name his suits as “Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3”?

In the movie Iron Man, why does Iron Man name his suits as "Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3" and so on. How did he came up with that naming pattern?
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How is “Bonnie and Clyde” dated?

After watching the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde", I read a couple of reviews to see what others thought about it. One review said: "the movie looks very dated. I looks as it it was made at least a ...
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Why do so many Disney princesses end up marrying older men?

It's been established that quite a few Disney princesses end up meeting and marrying older men: How many Disney princesses end up with older men? These relationships seem problematic on the face of ...

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