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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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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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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 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'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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Talking cat in Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty is a very creative and philosophical show. They always put some cultural references or philosophical debate as a central theme in their episodes. I was watching its Season 4 Episode 4 '...
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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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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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Was this line from Show Dogs a cameo / pop culture reference?

In Show Dogs (2018), there is a scene where they are outside a Las Vegas casino and two dogs are speaking in a seemingly random clip (as though they are being interviewed). One of the dogs says ...
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Significance of Animoji in the end credits of Young Sheldon S01E03?

In Young Sheldon S01E03, in the end credits scenes we see another vanity card: But this time it was an Animoji, saying "Believe me". Is it just a product placement form iPhone X feature or there was ...
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How does November relate to death?

in The November Man when Devereaux meets with Hanley to tell him where he (or Mason who Hanley sends) can find Filipova in exchange for his daughter's safety, Hanley says You know what we used to ...
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Why did O-Ren plant the dagger on the balcony?

Prior to the Crazy 88 fight scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1, before O-Ren says 'tricks are for kids,' she plants a small smurai, what looks to be a dagger, onto the balcony: Both drawing the dagger and ...
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Was the hotel shut down in the last episode of “Fawlty Towers”?

Throughout the series, it was implied that the titular "Fawlty Towers" hotel had been of poor quality / reputation. Customers, especially the Upper-class, had been disgusted at the quality of service ...
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Is the T2 Trainspotting airport greeter from Slovenia for everyone?

In one of the initial scenes of T2 Trainspotting when one of the main characters arrives at the airport and starts leaving the terminal, he is greeted by an airport greeter and is handed a welcome ...
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What did the “Young Turks” bit on Money Monster mean?

At one point in 'Money Monster', there's a brief clip of Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. He says Is that supposed to mean anything? Is he talking about Kyle? I don't get it. Most of the other lines ...
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What is the name of the dance the conductor breaks into during a fight in Martin Scorcese's “The Aviator.”

In Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in the night club, when a tablemate takes a piece of food of Hughes plate and he reacts by leaving a few minutes later. Errol Flynn is drunk throughout this scene ...
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Is there a significance to Iowa references in House M.D.?

I realize this may be a reach, but I noticed something odd in season 1 of House: In episode 15, there was a mention of Des Moines (Iowa). House: You’re worried about how his coworkers will react in ...
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Why was Anubis always shown in 'animal form'?

All of the Gods of Egypt have a normal human appearance (beside that they are slightly taller). They can change forms to the animal-form which fits them most. But Anubis is only shown in animal form ...
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Was Childhood's End Intended To Parallel Biblical Prophecy?

I just finished watching the three-part SyFy channel mini-series adaptation of "Childhood's End", and I was left wondering about a number of seeming correlations between the story told (originally by ...
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The Strain Vampire Vigilante and Theory

In The Strain Season 1 Episode 7, For Services Rendered, we see what appears to be a group of vigilante vampires. What is their relationship to other vampires like The Master and his minions? I think ...
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Creation sequence in Tree of life?

What is the meaning of the creation sequence, a long 20 min scene from The Tree of life? I do not see a clear relation of this scene to the previous one, in which a family has found that a son has ...
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What is the symbolism of peacock?

In Laung Laachi, Lacchi was shown doing village wall art and the specific focus was given to peacock. Similarly after getting fame and money she was shown doing painting again and it was again peacock....
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Was this scene in the Ascent of Man scripted or spontaneous?

The Ascent of Man is possibly one of the greatest television documentaries ever made. Jacob Bronowski's expositions on the history of science, knowledge and the human condition are legendary for good ...
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What is the significance of the repeated occurrence of plane flying above?

In Super Deluxe, there are multiple parallel stories going on but many times the camera focus is on the plane passing above. But what is the significance of repeated shots of planes flying above in ...
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Is there such expression as “Charlie someone out”?

There is the following exchange in Deadwood series season 1 episode 3 ... Johnny: Al? Al: Yeah. Johnny: That cherry New York dude is downstairs askin’ for ya. Al: No good. Charlie him the fuck out. (...
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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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Why does Dorinda in Always and A Guy Named Joe ask “Is that your plane?”

In A guy named Joe (1943), Dorinda (Irene Dunn) sees Pete (Spencer Tracy) in Scotland and notices his plane. She asks the question: Dorinda: Is that your plane? Pete: The B-25 over there that ...
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Was Gargoyle World Tour randomly done or is there any pattern?

In Gargoyles, after leaving from Avalon, Goliath, Elisa, Angela, and Bronx go through so many countries/locations before returning back to Avalon and then Manhattan. But was there any pattern in this ...
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What is the justification for this voice-over towards the end of Bride Wars?

I was watching Bride Wars on TV, and could not make sense of this voice-over (taken from here) towards the end: The one person you can count on for a lifetime, the one person who knows you, ...
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Ritual/symbolism of putting teapot in cup

In Eat, drink, man, woman (Yin shi nan nu, 1994), at 1:44, one of the daughters pours hot water out of a large pot into a tiny one, then pours the tea out of the tiny pot, then puts that one in the ...
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What is with the splotches in the water in Beatriz at Dinner?

In Beatriz at Dinner (2017) I'm a little confused by the meaning behind the cloudy water spots in two scenes. The first scene is right before the guests go inside. Beatriz is standing alone looking ...
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Scene explanation from Citizen X

In the movie Citizen X, there is a scene where Donald Sutherland’s character (Festisov) heaps praise on Stephen Rea’s character (Bukarov). Bukarov abruptly stands up, and Festisov says, Bukarov, ...
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How was the band poisoned in 'The Lure'

In the Polish film The Lure the 3 members of the band, after throwing the girls in the river, appear to have been poisoned and they are then revived by a blonde woman. Was it ever explained in the ...
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Doc Hollywood and Cars

These two stories are identical. The characters are the same. Doc Hudson is the old Dr. in Doc Hollywood Benjamin Stone is Lightning The wrecker is the mechanic The Porsche is Loo Both in small ...
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What is the significance of traffic lights ?

In The Mexican (2001), movie starts & end with Traffic lights. There are several times in the movie they showed it.
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Why is rock music used for background music when the coach met the principal after a disppointing board meeting?

In Coach Carter, why is rock played as the background music when the coach met the principal after a disppointing board meeting? The situation is serious, but the background music is rock, which is ...
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The ending of the relationship between Travis Bickle and Betsy

In Taxi Driver, Things go well for him, and Betsy (which he used to like) goes to his cab. Did she now want to restart things with him since he was a famous hero? That was my interpretation. Or does ...
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Why was Josette under a sheet?

In Dark Shadows, Josette is under a sheet during the scene in which Victoria sees her for the first time. Did it have any meaning other than being used as a suspense moment in which the viewer assumes ...
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What's the significance of the scene where the twins encounter a man burning a field in Goodnight Mommy?

In Goodnight Mommy, the scene where the twins encounter a man burning a field seems out of place to me. I'm not sure how it moved the plot or if it is of significance. Is there symbolism or ...
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Why did Allanon want to live and changed his mind all of a sudden to die?

In The Shannara Chronicles, around episode 5-6. The druid (Allanon) gets wounded by the 'special' sword obtained by the kings son. He lies in his druid cave, bleeding to death. Q: What was the ...
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What is the significance of purple in the dream world of Sally?

In the dream state of Sally in the Being human (US) S02E10, when she was controlled by her Reaper self, why was everything purple? Even the green from the building was replaced with purple. And show'...
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What's the significance of the flashbacks?

In High Lane (2009) or Vertige, Fanny Valette's character has a few flashbacks. What's the importance of this flashback scene? How is it related to the film?
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Why does Liz change her wigs so frequently in the episode “Aus der Tiefe der Zeit”?

In the Dominik Graf directed Tatort episode "Aus der Tiefe der Zeit" Liz Bernard always wears a different wig in nearly each and every scene (the only scene when she doesn't seem to wear a wig is ...
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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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Significance of the door Levee is trying to unlock

In the movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Levee character is shown to be always trying to break free from his own self and do something beyond his steady band performer role. He keeps talking about a ...
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Was the pastor a part of the admission committee?

In the movie Rudy (1993), Rudy is helped by a priest in in getting admission to a local college (Holy Cross), later hoping to transfer to Notre Dame. After two years at Holy Cross and three rejections ...
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What's the point of Harry's flashbacks in “Birdland” (S03 Episode 06)

Throughout the entire episode "Birdland" (6th episode of the third season of Bosch) we're shown a flashback from Harry's childhood, eating cranberry cobbler at a restaurant on Thanksgiving. ...
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Significance of Blue Cross used to represent Lord Shiva?

In the recently released Amazon Prime series Tandav, there was a scene where they show a play about a comedic interaction between Lord Shiva and Narad. There was some backlash regarding the religious ...
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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 an eye to eye contact and later she fixes her scarf and the Crane touches her hair while flying away. What is the ...
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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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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 ...