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Question: I wonder, in what year is the movie set?

Chosen answer: According to the opening text, the initial battle takes place in the winter of 180AD.

Tailkinker Premium member

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Question: In which episode are they playing the states game?

Chosen answer: The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs. Season 7, episode 8.

Bobbert

Question: Is there any story as to why the overall quality of this production was much less than the first Mortal Kombat? For example, the computer-animated creatures and morph effects seemed much worse than the first movies, and certainly worse than any other movie of the year. Also, the costumes and sets were of a lower quality than the first movie. Everything seemed to be a step down from Mortal Kombat 1. You would think that the sequel would have a bigger budget, but it seemed just the opposite with this movie.

Chosen answer: Mortal Kombat 2 was given a budget around the same as the first one probably indicating that New Line (makers of the film) were not convinced the film would not be as much an success as the original was. The buget of 30 million is not too high of a risk for a major film studio. The original was more built on the novelty of the video game and the interest of how it would translate to the screen so a sequel was always going to be tough. While it's hard to find out why the quality was unimpressive, this can just be more from different film crews from the first or just tougher f/x to try and create for the film in the time available. Take The Mummy Returns for example. The Scorpion King near the end looked far too computer generated. This was despite a massive budget and impressive CGI for both films.

Lummie Premium member

Question: what is going on in the room where the professor left the little boy after he found the dead body and 'karen' goes into the room and all you hear is a thumping sound?

Chosen answer: Its the thumping of the husband's legs against the wall from hanging himself.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: In an earlier question someone asked about Brego and said it was Eomund's horse. Eowyn says that it was her cousin's horse. I thought Theodred was her cousin not Eomund. Is that true?

Chosen answer: You're correct - Theodred, who rode Brego before his death, is Eowyn's cousin. Eomund is her late father, who married Theodwyn, King Theoden's sister.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I'm a little slow on drug slang, so is the drug on the boat cocaine or marijuana? I'm pretty sure it's cocaine as 91,000,000 dollars of marijuana sounds a bit ludicrous, but it's referred to by Kujan as Dope, which in the UK means pot/marijuana. Could someone correct my slang and tell me what is on the boat?

Chosen answer: Dope generally refers to marijuana but it is cocaine in the deal. When Kobayashi comes to see the men and shows them all that evidence he has on them, he mentions to them about the drug deal and refers to it as Cocaine.

Lummie Premium member

Question: Who are all the people dancing around in the credits?

Chosen answer: The crew. As the names come up those people are shown. Just a guess, but I think they were going along with the theme that there's more to people than what you see at first. With most people on film crews you only ever see their names on screen (if you haven't left the theater already!) So this took the extra step of showing that they're real people.

Krista

Welcome to Korea (60 mins.) - S4-E1

Question: Was there any particular reason for Trapper's sudden departure at the start of series 4?

Chosen answer: Wayne Rogers quit the show, feeling that Trapper had become more of a sidekick to Hawkeye, rather than them both being equals.

Cubs Fan

Question: Who is the woman on the bike that rides up and meets Uncle Rico toward the end of the movie? Is she Tammy, his previously mentioned girlfriend? If so, what is the significance of this scene and why is this her only part?

Answer: It is his girlfriend. He doesn't mention ever having been married and instead said that he broke up with his girlfriend.

Chosen answer: I believe it was his estranged wife coming back to him. The only significance is that 'in the end, everything will be ok.'

Toolio

Answer: Isn't that Trisha's mom?

Question: Max rambles a bit sometimes. But why does he say "I'm collateral anyway" in the scene after Vincent shot the Jazz player?

Chosen answer: By this point, he's pretty much figured out that Vincent's going to kill him at the end of the night - given the lengths that Vincent goes to to prevent people from seeing his face, he's hardly going to leave somebody who could easily identify him alive. The term 'collateral damage' is used to describe individuals who are killed as the result of targeting somebody else - like a civilian standing near a military target who's killed by a bomb aiming at that target. Max isn't the target of Vincent's hits, but he knows that he'll end up dead anyway.

Tailkinker Premium member

Can I just say it took me ten times watching this to catch that.

Also the name refers to the fact Vincent was going to use Max to to blame the murders on him no matter what, if the night failed and he didn't kill his targets he'd suicide Vincent and blame it on him, risk management, protecting his identity even from his employers since a dead killer is "clean" in terms of the law investigating it. Kinda like the job was a loan, and Max was a house, if he lost the job he'd forfeit Max as a contingency. Basically Max was always going to be his "Collateral" if he failed in his killings or succeeded, Collateral Damage if he succeeds, Employment Collateral if he failed, and if Detective Fanning showed up 5 minutes earlier or if the body didn't fall out the window, the whole movie wouldn't have happened as it did since the witnesses would have been locked down, and he'd end up suicide an unsuspecting Max in an alleyway somewhere upon failure. I love the title, it's so provocative, the meanings behind it for Max, Vincent, and the story.

Question: What did Gigolo Joe mean when he said, "I am. I was."?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: He wants David to remember him, but he knows he is going to be destroyed, and so gets a bit poetical. "I am" as a message to David to remember Joe was a real person (kind of...) and "I was" because he knows they will never see each other again.

Twotall

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Question: Who sang the opening theme song for Married with Children?

Chosen answer: According to IMDb and some Married with Children fan sites it's Frank Sinatra who sings the theme song.

Andreas[DK]

Question: In the movie what year is the Napoleon Dynamite taken place?

Chosen answer: This question has been answered and it takes place in the school year of 2004-2005 as it states on Napolean's school ID in the beginning credits.

Toolio

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Question: I have a couple of questions about the part of the show where Kelso's dating Angie, Hyde's sister. Number one: How can Hyde's sister be black? And number two: How come she's even there? She moved to the same town?

Chosen answer: In "Let's Spend the Night Together", Hyde discovers that the biological father he never met before is black. His father has other kid(s) with different mother(s). They could have been in town the whole time, it's just that Hyde never knew these people were related to him.

Myridon

Question: I know that the musical being called 'Lease' is a reference to 'Rent', but what's the joke behind the song being called 'Everyone has AIDS'?

Moose Premium member

Chosen answer: The musical "Rent" is based on the opera "La Boheme" in which the main character Mimi dies of consumption (tuberculosis). In the updated story for "Rent", the disease is AIDS rather than TB. Several characters in Rent have AIDS or are HIV positive.

Myridon

Question: In the scene where Rolfe is throwing stones at the window, Captain von Trapp catches him and after trying to explain, Rolfe says Heil Hitler. I was just wondering why he says that seeing as all three there are Austrians (esp. von Trapp) and Germany hasn't taken over Austria yet.

Chosen answer: Some Austrians (such as Rolfe) had already been converted to the Nazi cause as a political/social/pseudo-religious movement rather than as an expression of German nationalism, just as you can live in a democracy and be a communist.

Myridon

Question: The full version of "imba windpo" or something like that, that they play at Ruth Young's funeral plays at the end of the movie. Could somebody listen to the full song and translate the lyrics to English?

Chosen answer: The song was written for the movie and is called "Windsong". The lyrics were originally written in English by Will Jennings then translated into whatever language that is. The music is written by James Horner (Titanic). The original lyrics were: "Sing a song and for a moment you will be visited by the wind. Sing a song and for a moment dream sweetly of the wind. Sleep now until the night is dawn. The wind and the night song, they are there. However the song, my child, will go on forever."

Myridon

Question: Why doesn't the dogs senses dumb down with infection? Obviously human senses degrade when they turn into zombies, but the dogs keep their speed and ability to smell scents.

Chosen answer: First, the T-virus affects humans and dogs differently - zombie dogs look like they've been skinned, but zombie humans just look dead. Second, there's little evidence that human senses have been dimmed, it's just that zombies are stupider without higher brain functions (explained in the first movie) and are slower because they conserve energy for actual attacks, not moving. Dogs are much more efficient predators than humans and don't need to slow down as much because a few bites will take down prey.

Phoenix

Question: Why did the Predator target drug dealers, and what was his interest in Danny Glover's character? I never found a connection between the two.

Chosen answer: The predators are honour bound hunters, and as such they will only attack a target if it is capable of defending itself (i.e, if it is armed, which is why it doesn't attack the boy in the cemetary). Although the police outside were armed as well, the Predator presumably attacked the drug dealers because they were a harder target (as the police were outside he could have just sniped them from the roof tops, but he had to get relatively close inside the building) and as such, killing them gave a higher honour. The obsession with Danny Glover's character is probably because he is quite a brave and heroic person, similar to a Predator (the way he saves the other cop by risking himself etc.), so the predator may have been studying him for a while. There's also more honour in killing someone like that (as he'd be a hard target) than there is in just killing a random armed guy.

Gary O'Reilly

Answer: Same as in the original, when the Predator targeted Arnold and even took off his armour and weapons to make it a more fair fight. Dutch was his best competition, the strongest, bravest and best warrior. So he made the best trophy. The drug dealers were also heavily armed, and while hunting he would have noticed they are the most violent and would make good targets. Predators have a sort of hunters code, ethics if you will, and only kill armed and dangerous men. No women or children. Usually choosing those biggest, bravest, most bad-ass warrior to save for his last and most prized trophy hunt.

Question: Why does Frank have Donnie burn the guy's house down, when at the end, Donnie goes back in time, dies, and therefore cannot burn the guy's house down?

Chosen answer: Frank tells Donnie to burn down Cunningham's house because then Cunningham's kiddie porn dungeon will be discovered and he will be put on trial. If he's on trial, Kitty must be at his arraignment and cannot escort the dance team to Los Angeles, so Rose goes with them instead. Rose chooses to come home with the team on a different flight than Kitty would have chosen, and if they hadn't been on that flight the flight wouldn't have occurred (we don't know why not, but if it happened anyway Donnie wouldn't be necessary, and he obviously is or Frank wouldn't have called upon him). Because Rose takes the flight, the airplane engine passes through the portal and falls into Donnie's bedroom back in the original universe, closing the time loop.

Phoenix

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