The Night Of

If you haven’t started watching HBO’s The Night Of, you should. The miniseries follows Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a Pakistani-American college student who, after a night of partying with a female stranger, wakes up to find her stabbed to death and gets charged with her murder. Based on the British television series Criminal Justice, the critically acclaimed HBO show features a compelling mystery which gives us a look into the devastating criminal justice system.

Nasir “Naz” Khan’s case is quickly picked up by a plea lawyer named John Stone, played by John Turturro. One aspect of the series that I’ve seen a lot of people talking about is a subplot involving Turturro’s character battling a weird foot condition.  On the show, Stone explains:

It’s eczema. My dermatologist says to keep them aerated — like that’s going to cure anything. I don’t know. Maybe it helps, I really can’t tell.

The affliction gets a lot of screen time in the first three episodes, causing a lot of viewers to wonder what possible purpose it serves in the series. So why is John Turturro’s foot condition a significant subplot of The Night Of, and what might it possibly represent?
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Rogue One Ben Mendelsohn

The star of last week’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer was undoubtedly Jyn Erso, the “reckless, aggressive, undisciplined” rebel fighter played by Felicity Jones. But surrounding her is a cast that looks positively stuffed with potential scene-stealers, like the imposing figure played by Ben Mendelsohn. There’s not much we know for sure about the character at this point, other than that he’s some sort of high-ranking Imperial officer with an uncanny talent for keeping his white cape clean even as he drags it through the mud.

Which, of course, just means there’s lots and lots of room for theories and speculation. After the jump, let’s run down some guesses about who this mysterious Ben Mendelsohn Rogue One character might be.  Read More »

Indiana Jones Theory

Even though Harrison Ford has proven to be rather resilient in his old age, bouncing back from both having his leg broken on the Millennium Falcon and a plane crash on a golf course, that hasn’t made fans any more forgiving of what some consider to be one of the most egregious scenes in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That’s right, I’m talking about nuking the fridge, the scene so bad that it became the new way of describing “jumping the shark” in pop culture.

But what if I told you that there was an intriguing fan theory going around that may actually make that scene forgivable? Does that sound like something you might be interested in? Find out more about this Indiana Jones theory below. Read More »

Pixar Die Hard Theory

There are plenty of crazy film theories out there, but one that doesn’t actually sound entirely nuts is The Pixar Theory. One fan figured out a way to connect every single movie that Pixar has made, from the past of Brave to the future of WALL-E (there’s even an explanation out there for how The Good Dinosaur fits into everything). But now a new Pixar theory has emerged that will blow them all out of the water.

One fan proposes that every single Pixar film actually takes place in the same universe as the Die Hard franchise, and once you see all the connections, you won’t believe that you missed it. Read More »

The Genie (Aladdin)

The internet is bursting with fan theories about popular films, some more plausible than others, and it seems like new ones get added to the pile every day. But it’s not often one actually gets verified by someone who should know. 23 years after Aladdin‘s theatrical release, directors Ron Clement and John Musker have finally confirmed one of the most enduring theories surrounding Robin Williams‘ Genie. Find out what it is after the jump.  Read More »

The Force Awakens Darth Vader theory

We’re just under three months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and just last week we actually got confirmation that we’ll be able to see the movie a little earlier than December 18th with showings beginning at 7pm at some theaters on December 17th (as expected). And thankfully, we’re still in the dark about a great many things regarding the story, characters and much more about the Star Wars sequel.

One of the most intriguing elements of The Force Awakens is the new villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver. Director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he’s not a Sith, but he’s working with The First Order. Other than that, his motivations as the villain in the movie aren’t very clear. But a new proposal from our old pal Germain Lussier puts forth an interesting The Force Awakens Darth Vader theory that could explain what Kylo Ren might be planning.

After the jump, beware of some speculative but potentially huge spoilers! Read More »

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Dark Knight Joker theory

It sounds like the internet must have some kind of obsession with turning heroes to villains and vice versa. Hot on the heels of a video essay saying that Daniel LaRusso was actually the villain in The Karate Kid, and a fanmade trailer that turns Harry Potter into the villain of the fantasy franchise, a new fan theory for The Dark Knight has proposed that The Joker could be considered the hero truly responsible for saving Gotham City instead of Batman.

The new theory lays out some pretty compelling evidence for how the seemingly anarchistic plans of The Joker are actually all part of a plan to clean up the corruption of Gotham City, from the police department to its latest vigilante. Learn more about The Dark Knight Joker theory below! Read More »

Frozen Tarzan theory

Disney’s animated films aren’t really a “shared universe” the way Disney’s Marvel films are, but that hasn’t stopped fans from making connections between them all the same. One popular theory posits Tarzan is actually the younger brother of Elsa and Anna from Frozen, born after the King and Queen of Arendelle embark on their ill-fated trip.

It’s a cute idea, but could it possibly be true? In a new interview, Chris Buck — who co-directed both Frozen and Tarzan — addresses the Frozen Tarzan theory, and adds another new wrinkle to consider. Read his comments on the Frozen Tarzan theory after the jump.  Read More »

dumbledore theory

I enjoy reading and considering fan theories, even when they are usually crazy and probably not the intention of the artist. Theories provide a different prospective in which to look at art which we have already considered. The latest fan theory I have come across is about the Harry Potter series. The theory suggests that Professor Dumbledore represents Death.

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