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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 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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Who is our hero, Frodo or Sam?

The ring of power has a strange power to deceive people. There are many characters from "good" races who the ring is successful in polluting their heart. Isildur, Sméagol, and Boromir are among them. ...
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Significance of the quote on Deadshot's neck band

In Suicide Squad, Deadshot wears a neck band with some quote. What was that full quote? And what was its significance to the character?
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What's the significance of Gaff's 2049 origami?

During his investigation in Blade Runner 2049 Officer K visits an old Gaff in a retirement home. And of course Gaff can't help but make one of his origami figures during the conversation with K. Now ...
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What is the significance of the Blacklist numbers?

The Blacklist is "A list I've been cultivating for over 20 years." — Raymond Reddington, The Blacklist, S1E1 "The Pilot" The first subject on the list that Reddington tells the FBI about, ...
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Was the Wheel of Pain actual or allegorical?

My contention (once I got past my teenage years) was that the Wheel of Pain, in the original Conan the Barbarian movie, was supposed to be alegorical...a symbol of Conan's difficult upbringing as a ...
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Why did Kubrick avoid a direct explanation to "Clockwork orange"'s meaning?

I am curious about a significant difference between the book and the movie of "A clockwork orange". In the novel by Burgess, "A clockwork orange" is a sort of meta-title; when Alex and his friends ...
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Seven sins, seven Wizards, seven symbols, seven times repeated, but six super-heroes

Throughout Shazam!, we see many references to the number 7. Wizard: My job is to protect you the seven worlds of the seven main sins. Sivana: That seven symbols. Total seven times repeated. ...
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Do the Infinity Gems spell out Thanos?

A common theory surrounding the Infinity Stones is, that the first letter of the form they are found in combines to spell out the name Thanos. The images below show the theory in action, including a ...
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What are the qualities of Watchmen unique to comics and in which way did the movie achieve to adapt those to the medium of film?

The comic book Watchmen is universally regarded as one of the best examples of its medium. But even more than that, a large part of its point seems to have been to play with the medium of comics ...
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Why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?

In No Country for Old Men, why was Anton Chigurh being arrested at the beginning of the film?
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Did Karen almost die in Goodfellas?

Let's go over exactly what happens in this scene again: Karen brings something to Jimmy and Jimmy asks how Henry's doing. He gives kind of a flippant response to her answer, then looks down and is ...
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What was the alternative world in Sucker Punch?

In the movie Sucker Punch, while Baby Doll dances, the movie cuts over to scenes of her and the other girls in a different world. Is this world supposed to be Baby Doll's imagination? If not, what ...
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What is the purpose of Rust's one-eye mirror?

In the 1st season of True Detective one of the very few things in Rust's apartment back in 1995 is a very small mirror, just large enough to reflect a single eye, which he repeatedly looks into during ...
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Did Rowan Atkinson's character purposely distract the check-in agent?

In Love Actually, Rowan Atkinson saves Sam (and Daniel) whilst he helps Sam run and talk to Joanna to express his 'love' for her at Heathrow Airport. Rowan Atkinson's character turns up at the check-...
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What is the significance of "The Girl in Red" in Schindler's List?

"The Girl in Red" is a character talked about as much as the movie itself! However, I don't exactly understand the significance of the character itself and the usage of the color. Wikipedia mentions ...
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What is the significance of Dukakis in Donnie Darko?

There are some sections within the movie where Michael Dukakis comes into view. The television The argument between Eddie and Elizabeth What is the purpose of Dukakis and politics within Donnie ...
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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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What's the significance of the roses on Oskar Schindler's grave?

Jews have a tradition of placing stones on the grave. In the Film Schindler's List, in the ending scene everybody places stones on the grave of Oskar Schindler. But Liam Neeson places a pair of roses ...
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How is Themiscyra populated?

Do they have to reproduce to maintain a population from when Zeus created it and present day? If so, who are the fathers?
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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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Why do many horror movies involve children?

I just finished watching the Spanish movie 'The Orphanage' and I suddenly observed that many of the horror movies, especially some very popular ones, involve children as a central part of the story, e....
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What is the movie playing on TV on Logan and what is its connection to the film?

In Logan, a movie is shown on TV. It is an old western, nearly 80 years old. They quote some lines of the movie, something like: Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her... tell her ...
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In Westworld, how can guests tell the difference between guests and hosts?

How can guests (humans) differentiate hosts (robots) from other guests? This might be a simple misunderstanding -- one guest assuming another guest is a host. Or a guest could intentionally pretend ...
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What is the meaning of Teddy's memories of Dachau?

During his visit on Shutter Island Marshal Teddy Daniels repeatedly has traumatic memories of the liberation of the KZ Dachau during his service in WWII, where he saw the piles of corpses, let an ...
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Is Battleship really an anti-war movie in disguise?

At first glance, Battleship appears to be a fairly run-of-the-mill action blockbuster where plucky humans defeat scary aliens using cunning and cleverness rather than overwhelming force. The audience ...
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The Matrix vs. eXistenZ: how did they influence each other?

It cannot have happenend by sheer coincidence that in the first quarter of 1999 two tightly related movie pictures were released - the Wachowski brother's The Matrix and David Cronenberg's eXistenZ - ...
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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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Is there a good resource which analyzes many parody movies for "what is being lampooned"?

Good parody movies (e.g. Airplaine, Hot Shots) lampoon a whole bunch of things, in nearly every scene. Is there a good resource which analyses some of the main ones scene by scene and notes a full ...
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What exactly does the poster of Schindler's list depict?

After watching Schindler's List, I had a look over the poster of the movie. I couldn't understand the meaning behind the poster depicting a person holding the hand of a baby. What is the meaning of ...
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How did Hugo not lose weight while on the island?

Has always wondered, in Lost series, the "big" guy by name Hugo did not seem to be losing any weight while on the island. This seems rather impossible considering the drastic change in the amount of ...
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Why did Roy let Deckard live?

Near the end of Blade Runner, Deckard enters Sebastian’s apartment, gets ambushed and kills the girl. He then gets chased around the apartment by Roy, who leads Deckard to believe that he is going to ...
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Why did the prisoners help Bruce?

When Bruce is left broken and suffering in the Prison Pit, Bane explains that this is where he suffered and where Bruce will fully realize his failure with Gotham, and then be killed. During his time ...
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What's the significance of the car freshener?

The camera focuses on this car freshener at various points in Ocean's Eleven: What's the significance of the car freshener?
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What is Belgravia in 'a Scandal in Belgravia'?

The title of the 1st episode on Season 2 of Sherlock, the TV-series is A scandal in Belgravia. What is Belgravia?
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In, "There Will Be Blood", what was the motivation to kill

In the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, the main character -- Daniel Plainview -- puts a bullet into his "brother's" head when he discovers that the man isn't really his ...
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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 symbolism of the gold watch?

As far as I understand Pulp Fiction is webbed with symbols and hidden meaning. Is there something symbolic in the Butch's father's gold watch because it did trigger a large number of events like: ...
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Why does Bane want to destroy Gotham city?

In The Dark Knight Rises, at the end of the movie Talia said, it was her father's dream to destroy Gotham city, and I accept that any daughter who was in that situation will definitely think to ...
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What is the significance of the iconic imagery in the ending of Dredd?

There are two things that stand out visually at the end of Dredd. When Dredd finally confronts Ma-ma in her apartment there is a display of guns and a jacket on the wall. When Anderson is laying down ...
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How did Dragon's Lair foreshadow the story of Stranger Things 2?

In Stranger Things, playing Dungeons & Dragons foreshadowed the upcoming threat in season 1 and I expected the same from season 2, but I can't make out how the Dragon's Lair arcade game ...
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Who is Mr. Gold in the movie Revolver?

I have loved the movie Revolver and I cannot control my urge of fully understand it. From what I could make out of the movie, it is purely an analogy to chess. The characters of the movie are all ...
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Why did Blade Runner deviate from the source novel so significantly?

In Philip K. Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' there are key aspects of the plot of the novel that are completely excluded from Blade Runner, including: That animals have almost died ...
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Significance of Man with a piece missing cake in Shape of Water

At the beginning of The Shape of Water when Elisa is going to her work, at the bus stop there was a man sitting there with a cake (looked like a birthday cake) and we can clearly see that a piece from ...
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What is the symbolism of the uncrossable bridge in Melancholia?

In Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) there are two scenes of the sisters riding their horses. Both end with Justine's (Kirsten Dunst) horse Abraham refusing to cross a small bridge. In the second ...
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What is the significance of Peter and the Wolf in Blade Runner 2049?

In Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Niander Wallace has built a gigantic technology coorporation Wallace which has created among other things, a holographic companionship program seen through the character of ...
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What was the point of A Scanner Darkly being animated?

A Scanner Darkly, even though being animated, was given more like a live action look and was actually created by rotoscoping real actors. Why is that? Is there any financial or symbolic reason behind ...
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What is the relationship between the three intertwined stories of The Fountain?

In The Fountain (2006) there are three separate but related stories told in parallel--Imperial Spain, present day, and .. um, space bubble. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz play the leading lad and lady ...
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Was Alfred Hitchcock a feminist?

Many of Alfred Hitchcock's films contain a strong female lead. From Grace Kelly's Lisa in Rear Window to Ingrid Bergman's Alicia Huberman in Notorious, these actresses were characteristically ...
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What does the word "Cellar Door" represent in the movie "Donnie Darko"?

I've watched Donnie Darko many times, yet I always feel like I'm missing something important when Drew Barrymore's character brings up "Cellar Door". Karen Pommeroy: This famous linguist once said ...

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