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That car freshener hints at the existance of a certain vehicle that cannot yet be shown to us without spoiling the big surprise: So even though we cannot really draw any conclusions from this visual signifier that early in the film, it makes for a more satisfying experience to at least have been shown some evidence of something more going on in the ...


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It is not completely irrelevant. Somerset used it various times in the film: to cut crime scene tape; remove the backing of a painting; shatter a metronome; and finally, to open the box at the end. Many other on-screen detectives have used pens, or other objects to handle, or move evidence. Fincher, on the other hand, decided that Somerset had a switchblade, ...


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Yes, from the observer's point of view, Sator would disappear. The observer 'continues' into the future, but inside the turnstile, Sator starts moving into the past. So he is no longer present in the observer's future. However from Sator's POV, the transition is smooth, as we have seen in the movie with Neil and the rest.


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Miss Harmon had a busy life; full steam ahead. She went from orphan to hero. Its rags to riches theme is the reason we enjoy it so. Time was really of the essence for Beth. Go go go. Her mother, hesitant at first, soon realised her potential and encouraged her to go here there and everywhere, all whilst sampling the top booze everywhere she went. I don’t ...


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This is a fairly standard cinematic technique. It is used to draw attention to the important element in a shot. Often in simple over-the-shoulder shots like the first image, it focusses on the current speaker, who is furthest from the lens. In the second image, it is again pulling to the significant character - presumably for their line or to show some ...


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cmp's comment is essentially spot-on: I saw it as a little dig. A battle of the sex. It’s preposterous to think that a woman can be too glamorous to play, just like it’s crazy that a man might have his voice box to worry about. A very good question, nonetheless! Think back to when Beth was being interviewed in her room, and then later her mother reads the ...


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They're satirizing Hollywood and Hollywood producers by depicting them as a bizarre, Freemason-like cult that takes its orders from the devil. In the scene, a Hollywood producer (in the blue suit) is rejecting the idea of letting animals be contestants on his TV game show. As he is rejecting Tom and Jerry's petition, an object on his desk that closely ...


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What are sanctions? Economic Sanctions is a method of pressure against the government of another country: Economic sanctions are commercial and financial penalties applied by one or more countries against a targeted self-governing state, group, or individual. Economic sanctions are not necessarily imposed because of economic circumstances—they may also be ...


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Seagulls are believed to carry the souls of lost sailors.1 Therefor, killing one is supposed to bring bad luck (i.c. a storm). Pattinson's Ephraim shares similarities with the figure of Prometheus, climbing mount Olympus to steal fire (as in divine wisdom, guarded by Dafoe's Thomas, a character akin to Proteus), and being eaten alive by a bird as punishment....


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It's fairly standard movie shorthand for "This is my boring life. I do the same things every day, every week." …until… It tells you a lot about his life in a quick shorthand way. He has a dull job as something to do with figures at an industrial factory. He has scheduling issues - he can't remember to take out the garbage in time. His wife and ...


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In addition to cmp's answer, I would add the less flattering observation that Beth is very, and problematically, self-absorbed for the majority of the story. In the various flashbacks to her (biological) mother we see this was essentially taught to her by her mother, who warned her of the men who would try to control her and their fragile egos and pride, and ...


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It becomes more clear as the conversation continues: [Jimmy Woo] I've got a witness set up down the road in Westview, and this morning, it looked like he flew the coop. [Monica Rambeau] Your missing person is in the Witness Protection Program? So Agent Woo has someone in a witness protection program in Westview. They are someone who is being protected by ...


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I'd classify Balboa as an "Everyman Hero". He doesn't really possess any great abilities, he's not even really that great of a fighter, but what he does possess is something he said to his son in the Balboa movie; the drive to keep getting up and keep moving forward when every enemy was beating him down.


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Surprise role-reversal I agree with commenters that you're probably reading too much into this. Not every line of dialogue is pregnant with some deeply-layered meaning. Sometimes a sociopathic murder and a line of superficial wordplay is... just a cigar. But, if you are desperate to find something here, I suppose role-reversal works in a pinch. SPOILER ...


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It's just a mistake by the screenwriter (Michael Waldron) who doesn't understand what a gambit is. The word that should have been used is dilemma which is a choice between two bad alternatives.


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As explained here: This plays almost like a glitch and goes unexplained until later in the special when a sketch plays out with Burnham as a Twitch streamer who is testing out a game called "INSIDE" (in which the player has to have a Bo Burnham video game character do things like cry, play the piano, and find a flashlight in order to complete ...


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Basically, nothing Leaving aside that Lecter is a famous psychiatrist and would have had experience of such a common psychiatric disorder, the fact is that Lecter knows who Buffalo Bill is. This is not really covered well in the movie for, I suspect, time reasons but, in the novel, it is made clear that Lecter had a patient, Benjamin Raspail, who was ...


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Well there is no particularly significance in these shots, they are just done in a director's vision & style. About a year ago I binged all the movies after not watching them for years and yes, I noticed there were a lot of these shots. Every movie/series will have a theme and a style and the following subsequent movies will follow the same. One of the ...


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Chloe is a known chess groupie of Ben Watts. He met her at a Paris tournament and she is the kind of model that over stays her welcome because she’s bored with glamour and the fact that as she puts it, “we’re bodies that the clothes go on to show off, nothing more”. She wasn’t deliberately trying to sabotage Beth, again she is bored. I would say Beth giving ...


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I have to give credit to this article, which phrases it better than I could. Dwayne is Olive’s angsty teenage brother, shown early on reading Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra and wearing a shirt that reads “Jesus Was Wrong.” He even has a wall-sized painting of Nietzsche hanging on his bedroom wall. Dwayne takes a vow of silence inspired by the great ...


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We do actually see this in the movie at least once, but in reverse: the first time we see a turnstile in operation, two black-clad figures suddenly walk out of it, even though it was empty before. These later turn out to be two copies of the protagonist, one travelling backwards in time and the other forward. I'm not sure but I think later we also see it ...


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The scene in question can be found here: First of all, I think you are missing a whole lot of steps before that. -4. Cheyenne enters the bar. Everybody is tense and afraid of him. People stop eating, the barkeeper tries to grab his hatchet. It is completely clear who is in charge and Cheyenne only needs as much as look at ...


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It's a powerplay between the two. Cheyenne can tell Harmonica is not your average guy - he's not flustered when an escaped criminal walks in. So Cheyenne is trying to provoke him to test him to see if he can back up the tough-guy act. So he: Takes his weapon. No response. Challenges him to use it. No dice. Ok, he's staying cool so far. He smiles out of ...


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This is an example of a psychedelic art. A cover of Aoxomoxoa by Grateful Dead - one of the most famous examples of this art There is a great article abouy the psychedelic symbolism: Psychedelic art typically contains a number of recurring motifs. Examples include circles, spirals, eyes, concentric shapes, grids, landscapes, nudity, long hair, skeletons ...


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ruffdove's answer is likely correct that, within the episode's scope, the bar's name is a reference to San Junipero's company's name. But there is more going on here than just that. "Tucker" is a commonly used name in the Black Mirror universe. Playtest - TCKR Systems is mentioned in an article about putting nostalgia in a game. San Junipero - ...


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It probably references the name of the VR company that stores their consciousnesses at the end. In this clip, you can see from an exterior shot showing a sign that the name of the VR company is TCKR. "Tucker's" is probably an extension of that. In terms of 1980's culture, there is a 1988 movie called "Tucker: the Man and His Dream," a ...


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Patrick (H) Willems argues that the language change is a way to indicate that the characters who we assume to be the "bad guys" (the Russian submarine crew) and who have been kept distanced from the audience by speaking Russian, are in reality "good guys", and the language switch is meant to have us empathize with them. The actual villain ...


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Movie is the American word for film. Film is the UK word for movie. That simple. One was named for the 'action' added to still photography, the other for the medium it was shot on. In those days the two countries, though they share a linguistic history, were really far apart in terms of new word coinage.* As the world shrinks culturally, the words become ...


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Of the definitions you gave, the third one does seem to work best to describe the gambit, although the other definitions can also work: A remark made to open or redirect a conversation. In this case, having encountered the two Lokis who were initially dead-set on killing him, his claimed gambit is the remark to redirect the conversation towards the lesser ...


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When I was with Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso, they taught me how they do shamanic work. They tap on the soil, to connect with the earth, and they speak with ancestors. Earth is a connection with ancestors. And these very same elements were present in many indigenous cultures around the world. Before Christianity wiped that out.* In Gladiator, Maximus ...


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