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Eyes Wide Shut: Ending, Themes and Symbols Explained

Eyes Wide Shut poses an interesting question: do we have to wear a mask, to sleepwalk and dream, to keep our "eyes wide shut" in order to live a happy, "normal" life? Here's our take on how the Stanley Kubrick classic is still hauntingly relevant, 20 years later.

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Stranger Things: Eleven, The Bringer of Puberty

Stranger Things' Eleven is the bringer of a terrifying, restless and bloodthirsty monster that haunts every single one of us... PUBERTY. Here's our take on Eleven's symbolic role in the show -- and how we can find power in the strangest phase of life.

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John Wick: Ruled by Consequence

The John Wick movies follows one rule: the rule of consequence. Across the franchise the characters break rules - and suffer deadly consequences. But what do the movies say about whether you should live your life according to a set of rules? How does that work out for John Wick (Keanu Reeves) himself?

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Toy Story is About Our Fear of Abandonment

The Toy Story franchise brings us a lot of joy - but deep down it's really about one of our greatest fears - the fear of abandonment. Here's our take on how Woody, Buzz and their fellow toys make us overcome this universal, life-long horror that plague children and parents alike.

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How “Black Mirror” is Black Mirror Season 5?

Is the fifth season of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror "Black Mirror" enough? Which episode is the most "Black Mirror"? Does the show live up to its own past? Here's our take on the show's trademark flavor - and what season 5 is saying about today.

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Breaking Bad: Mike Ehrmantraut - Turning Off the Tap (+ Better Call Saul)

How does Mike Ehrmantraut become the man he is? And what does it cost him? Continuing our Breaking Bad (and Better Call Saul) series, we take on the cautionary tale of Mike. It's tempting to cut off all emotion and become an efficient and cool machine - but it's also the road to darkness and ultimate failure.

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Psychoanalyzing The Hangover: Repression and the Modern Man

Did you know that The Hangover - now a ten-year-old raunchy classic - is in fact a very Freudian story about the repression of the modern man? Today we apply psychoanalysis to the Todd Phillips film and find out if the demons of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) will ever go away.

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Marvel’s Endgame and Game of Thrones Are the Same Story

Did you notice that Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones actually have pretty much the same story? In this video we're exploring the weird resemblances between these two franchises - as well as the way they diverge towards the end - to see what messages they have for us.

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Veep Finale: Don’t Give Up Your Gary

In the first part of our Veep Ending Explained series, we look at how Selina Meyer completes her transformation into the unstoppable, soulless monster she’s always had the potential to be. The end of her story is a warning - that if you "give up your Gary," that if you stand for nothing but yourself, then your legacy will be... no legacy at all.

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Veep Finale: Satire in the Age of Trump

In this part of our Veep Ending Explained series, we look at how the show has come to mirror the bleaker, meaner and more shameless aspects of American politics, and how it has fared since the election of Donald Trump.

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