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Question: What is the meaning behind the Morton salt and other groceries that Mort buys at the end of the movie?

Chosen answer: Mort Rainey buys the salt, butter, and napkins for eating the corn he grew in the garden above Ted and Amy's graves. The "Morton" brand of salt uses the advertising slogan, "when it rains, it pours." Mort Rainey's name can be translated to "raining death." The "Vanity Fair" napkins could be a refernce to Mort's personality.


The term Vanity Fair was coined (I believe first) by John Bunyan in 1678, as a place in a story called ‘The Pilgrim's Progress'. Mort is referred to as ‘Pilgrim' by a few different characters in the film, including himself, without much explanation until the serviettes. Brilliant. Vanity Fair in John Bunyan's story is a never-ending fair of frivolity, which is similar to Mort's charade of denial. Found this info when I searched the meaning of Vanity Fair on

Question: What is the story about Miho's victory-cross-shaped shuriken? Any relation to her later shooting the likewise-shaped tattoo out of the head of a henchman?

Chosen answer: Miho's shuriken is an actual Japanese weapon, whereas the symbol on the henchman's head is a swastika. There is no relation between the two.

Question: In the newspaper clippings at Jill's house, it says something like "Jill Valentine suspended" so why did she get suspended?

Chosen answer: If you zoom in on the newspapers on the wall, one article mentions the death of her partner, Leon S. Kennedy, in connection with her suspension.

Question: I got a few plot questions that I'm wondering if people other than the director can answer.1) Why doesn't Ste want to turn around so Jamie can put the peppermint lotion on his front-side? Maybe because he has an erection and doesn't want Jamie to see? I think the reason he states is not the real one. 2) Why does Sandra look around outside so carefully after Ste went in to give Jamie the hat as a present?3) Why does Sandra break up with Tony?4) Rose sniffs and walks away during the dancing scene at the end of the movie. Does this mean she approves or disapproves?5) What does the on-looking woman whisper during the dancing scene at the end? Any good lip-readers around who know?

Chosen answer: 1) I think it would cross the line into sexual, and at that point they are still friends, nothing more. 2) Because she realizes what's going on, and she doesn't wan't people to gossip. 3) I think it hits a point where her son is more important. Plus Tony becomes a bit obsessive. 4) Rose is holding her head high. It means she is not ashamed. I wouldn't say she approves or disapproves.

Question: In the scene where Sydney and Tatum are shopping, when they go off screen Ghostface is seen in the reflection of the freezer glass. Why is Billy or Stu following them in the costume while in public during the day?

Chosen answer: It wasn't either one of them. All the kids were having a party to celebrate school being cancled. Someone bought one of the costumes to "make fun" of the situation. It was also something to throw us off, kind of like when the camera goes to the cops boots after he is talking to Duey.

Question: Is the taxi driver the cosmonaut from Alex's youth? First he states that he's always mistaken for the cosmonaut, but then he tells Alex what's it like to be in space.

Chosen answer: According to IMDb, Sigmund Jähn gave permission to be featured in the movie, but refused to play himself. It was very difficult to find an actor who looked like Jähn and spoke his typical dialect but after filming had begun, 'Wolfgang Becker' chose a Swiss actor. He was given complex make-up and was dubbed by another actor who came from Jähn's home region, the Vogtland.

Question: What is the name of the music heard when Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are following Merry and Pippin in the wide open plains at the beginning?

Chosen answer: On the soundtrack, the song is called "The Uruk-hai". Track 5 on the soundtrack.

Question: What is the name of the song playing during the very last scene with Lana driving and who sings it?

Chosen answer: Bluest Eyes in Texas, remade by Sheryl Crow, originally by Little Texas.

Show generally

Question: Does anyone know why Janet Hubert-Witten was replaced? I've heard rumours that she didn't get along with the rest of the cast, is this true?

Answer: Yes. It's very true. Janet quit at the end of the third season because she claims that Will acted horribly, bullied cast and crew on the set and got her fired for no reason. Alfonso Ribeiro however has called her "cuckoo" and stated that her claims were baseless. He also stated that she was very difficult to work with on set. Even James Avery agreed and often had to remind her that the show was called "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and not "Philip and Vivian of Bel-Air."

Chosen answer: She became pregnant in real life, which would have messed up the story line. They would have had to add a fifth kid.

Question: Are all the characters in the crowd at the Basketball game from the TV shows or were some made just for the movie?

Chosen answer: These were all actual characters from Looney Tunes.

Question: Is there any significance to the code '1288' Sydney uses at her mountain hideaway?

Chosen answer: Not expressly, though it could have been the date of some significant event (December of 1988) but someone as security-conscious as Sydney now is wouldn't be stupid enough to have her code be something that could be guessed.

Question: How was Cloud able to survive being shot in the head in the opening chase sequence? Did the bullet just graze his forhead, or did it bounce off of his protective goggles?

Chosen answer: The bullet bounced off and thereby did not directly hit him. As Kadaj's gang were after their "mother", you can be sure Yazoo did not intend to kill Cloud yet, so he must have aimed for the goggles. It's impossible for the bullet to graze his forehead in that angle, even though Yazoo could have calculated that, too.

Question: At the carnival, Viola sees her mom and her mom ask her where her brother is. Viola runs away and changes into "Sebastian" in the ride. Why does she do this? And why does she change right back?

Chosen answer: Both Sebastian and Viola are supposed to be at this carnival so she has to keep changing to make "appearances" so it would appear they are both there.


Question: When Dickie runs into Leif Garrett at the newsstand, why do they first act like they haven't seen each other in months, and then Leif asks if they're still on for poker on Tuesday? How would they have a poker night set up if they haven't seen each other?

Chosen answer: Maybe Leif called Dickie, or vice-versa, without actually SEEING each other. Maybe it's not a weekly thing, maybe Leif is new to their poker group.

The One With The Video Tape - S8-E4

Question: In episode 'The One With The Videotape' we get to know the story 'how Ross and Rachel got bonus night'. What I wonder is does anyone know the whole 'Western Europe' story or is it (unfortunately) one of those stories that doesn't have ending at all, because there's no need of one?

Chosen answer: There is no ending. The DVD commentary includes the writers saying they never wrote the whole story, only the set up.

Question: When Ruby is talking to the woman from Child Services, she says "You're writing everything down, now everything will be written down twice". But when was the first time that stuff was written down?

Chosen answer: The first time the information was written down was more than likely when Alvin Begleter (the trust attorney) initially contacted the Child Services rep, as it was through him that she found out about Ruby and Rhett's situation in the first place. At the time, the social worker would have written down what Mr. Begleter was telling her so that she could a) have something to refer to when she later visited Ruby and b) so that she could compare the two versions to make sure there were no discrepancies between the story she got from the attorney and the version from Ruby.

Question: I have two questions: 1) At the beginning of the movie, when Buscemi tells the story about the mariachi in this one bar in Saragossa, Tavo (the one Mexican that is later in the movie killed on the street by the mariachi) says something in Spanish, and all start laughing - does anybody know what he says? 2)When the mariachi prepares to go to the Tarasco-Bar, in his bathroom, what song is played?

Chosen answer: Tito Larriva as Tavo says (in reference to Steve Buscemi) that "This guy smells like shit." The name of the song being played is "Manifold de Amour" by Latin Playboys.

Question: Was there any significance besides comedy to the very last scene of the movie where Dr. Strangelove stands and proclaims "Mein Fuhrer. I Can Walk." It was pretty funny as is, but I wondered if there was some sort of allusion or other intention to that line.

Chosen answer: Peter Sellers improvised it. During that scene if you watch the actor playing the Russian character you can see him trying not to laugh at Seller's performance.

Question: Actually a further answer to the person who inquired after Jack's picture being on the wall at the end of the movie, a picture dated during the 1920s. Some interpret the hotel itself as both a real place and a symbolic representation as the working's of Jack's mind. Hence, as he gets crazier, it gets crazier. Grady's comment in the restroom to the effect that "you've always been the caretaker" ("you've always been responsible for what goes on here") could be taken as an allusion to this idea. Remember that Jack sees far more supernatural events than the rest of the family, and most of what Danny sees is in visions. So how much of it "really" occurs?

Answer: The hotel is both real and metaphorical, while half the story being told is a complex supernatural horror story, the other half is a overlying metaphor for mental insanity. There are allusions to this though out the movie as you said, the line "you've always been the caretaker" hold a double meaning. First it is a reference to the fact that he is the reincarnation of a malicious spirit, Second it is a reference to how Jack's insanity was foremost caused by his weak will. There are multiple clues to this metaphorical context in the sense that the movie depicts many of the stages and symptoms of a severe mental break (e.g. Substance abuse, Insomnia, Night terrors, Loss of inhibitions, Loss of logic, Loss of compassion, Delirium, and Incoherent or illogical speech.) Most of these symptoms were brought on by Jack's weak mental will. He was the one who kept himself awake, he asked for liquor before it appears, and he made the choice to engage the seductress.

Chosen answer: It all really happens. He goes crazy because the hotel is working its supernatural powers on him, so by the end it is easy to persuade him to do its dirty work. The point of the picture at the end is that Jack keeps returning to the hotel in different reincarnations and getting the job as the caretaker. If it were all just visions, who unlocked the pantry door?

Question: LATIN GEEK QUESTION: When Silas kills the nun at the Church of San Sulpice, the subtitles say something like, "Your body is sleeping with the angels.", which is close to the book's dialogue. What I heard when Silas is speaking is "corpus MEUM" versus the term "corpus TEUM". Did anyone else hear that too?

Chosen answer: He does indeed say "corpus MEUM", the first person genetive, because he is reciting the prayer from memory - it is said on behalf of the deceased. The subtitler probably chose to translate it "your" to avoid misunderstandings for the audience.



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