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Question: I've heard that in the comic books Mary Jane Watson also becomes a super hero. Is this true?

Chosen answer: No, look here for an extensive history of the character http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/w/watsonparkermaryjane.htm.

Myridon

Question: What actually happens at the end? I assume that the whole plot of the film was Nancy's dream but what happens at the end with the car and Nancy's mom pulled through the window? Was that a dream too?

Chosen answer: The point of the ending is that this question is left unanswered - the classic horror movie ending.

Moose Premium member

Question: What happened with the key that the brothers were trying to copy. How did they know that the guy made a copy for himself?

Chosen answer: They only had blanks - the non-cut keys that are used to make keys. So when they saw those, they knew that the guy had their key.

wolfchild

Question: After the credits, when Jack the monkey swims back to the cave and takes a coin, does that mean Barbossa is still alive because he took some too?

Chosen answer: No. Barbossa dies because ALL of the gold, with its blood repaid, is returned to the Aztec chest, thus the curse is lifted and they are not immortal any longer. The fresh bullet is fatal to him, when Will drops the two coins in. Later, when the monkey takes a coin, it is his own new curse that seals his fate. His curse does not alter anyone else's fate.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: In the movie there are two different types of eye-scanners. The cops and the spiders use a beam of light that has to scan a person's eye for 1-4 seconds to identify the person. Yet advertisements, stores, and the subway use eye-scanners that can identify a person in what seems like 1/16th of a second (similar to a camera). Does anyone know if both types of eye-scanners exist, and if so, why are they different?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: Retinal scanning does exist and is actually in use, but not at the level shown in the movie. The "Ad" scanners are less accurate and not definitive, while the police scanners can provide absolute identification. It's the difference between identifying someone by their face vs. running their fingerprints.

Question: Where exactly does it say the school's family motto?

Chosen answer: Hogwarts' motto ('Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus' - 'Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon') is never overtly stated in either the books or the films. It appears on the title page of all the books however, as part of the school crest.

STP Premium member

Question: The director makes a point to show the audience the picture of Mel Gibson (in normal Catholic priest garb) and his family at the beginning of the movie. The question is, is Mel Gibson supposed to be a Catholic priest? Or is there another Christian denomination in which preacher's wear the same outfit that Catholic priests wear?

Chosen answer: American Episcopal priests and Anglican priests wear vestments that are similar in appearance to those worn by Catholic priests. They are able to marry if they choose.

pstmpg

Question: This may seem like a silly question, but I was wondering where I can get a black catsuit (with the matching boots) like the ones the girls were wearing during the bank heist scene?

Chosen answer: Frederick's of Hollywood or Victoria's secret might carry them.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Am I right in thinking that the absence of Norman Bates' mother in his life left himself to replace her, by dressing as her, talking like her and so on? Because the film says that sometime he was half Norman half Normans mother and sometimes all Normans mother. If this is true then who checked Marion Crane into the motel. Later in the film when Norman is in the police cell after questioning his mothers voice says Norman blamed her, so I am confused could anybody clear this up? If possible could somebody give me a full explanation.

Chosen answer: Norman and his mother lived together in the house on the hill above the motel. Norman's mother was such a demanding, controlling, overbearing woman that Norman was eventually driven to kill her. The enourmous guilt of this action, combined with the strain he was already under from her treatment of him, caused him to develop a sort of modified split personality: in addition to the existing Norman, he constantly heard his mother's voice in his mind and even had conversations with it. As time passed, the "Mother" voice in his brain began to have some occasional control over his body. Thus, sometimes Norman was in control, sometimes his mother was in control, and sometimes they could "speak" back and forth within his mind. Norman checked Marion into the hotel, but the sexual attraction caused by her presence made his disapproving Mother personality manifest and kill Marion. Having dealt with the situation, Mother retreated and Norman cleaned up, not remembering. At the end of the film, Mother blames Norman for the crimes because she is once again controlling his life and not wanting to take the blame herself. At the same time, this represents Mother forcing Norman down to some corner of his consciousness or even destroying it altogether, meaning that it is unlikely that Norman will ever manifest control again. This is why we hear Mother's voiceover and not Norman's at the end.

Phoenix

Proof of Purchase - S2-E3

Question: Max kisses Joshua, so wouldn't he get Max's disease? Or is it only Logan?

Chosen answer: Max's disease is specifically tailored to work only on cells exhibiting Logan's genome. No one else would notice it.

Phoenix

Question: I'm not sure, but do the security guys, especially the one behind the desk, know about the people inside the village?

Chosen answer: It isn't very clear, but the movie does give the impression that the guard in the shack (played by M. Night Shyamalan) probably knows, while the younger guard definitely did not. However, the young guard probably knows now... he obviously believed that Ivy lives in the sanctuary, and when he asked her name, he almost definitely noticed that she shares the same last name as the sanctuary (as seen on the guard vehicle).

Gabbo

Answer: Aha! It makes sense now...both the elders of the village and the older security guard represent the "old way" and the younger guard meeting Ivy was innocence coming together to help one another. Which is what the village wanted to preserve.

Question: What exactly is Anthony Kiedis doing on his bed when Keanu Reeves looks in the apartment before the big shoot-out? Is he listening to music, shooting up heroin or (as my pals suggested) is he jacking off whilst watching the woman in the nearby shower?

Chosen answer: He is listening to music and just getting getting really into it.

Toolio

54-40 and Fight - S1-E15

Question: Would someone please explain to me why Marcia did not just simply remove her dangly bracelet that endangered the girls standing in the house of cards competition after Carol said "Oh Marcia, Marcia, your bracelet"? It would have made it less stressful on her not to mention her team, and she wouldn't have had to restrain it with her other hand.

Chosen answer: There were several episodes throughout the run of the show where Marcia was infatuated with a guy she went to school with. This bracelet could have been a gift from her then-boyfriend; as such, she would not want to take it off, as a sign of loyalty. A stupid thing to do, of course, but it's not a mistake for a character simply to be dumb.

Matty Blast

Question: On the site, there's a mistake submitted about when they all say 'no' in unison. Can anyone tell me what part this is?

Chosen answer: Just after Harry has his experience with Tom Riddle 50 years in the past, Hermione, Ron and Harry are walking outside on the grounds discussing it, when Hermione suggests speaking with Hagrid about it, and Ron remarks, "That'd be a cheerful visit. Tell us, have you been setting anything mad and hairy loose in the castle lately?" Hagrid suddenly shows up behind them and asks, "You wouldn't be talking about me, now would you?" To which all three promptly reply, "No!!"

Super Grover Premium member

Question: Did or didn't Sonny kill Lanning? If he did, how did he do it? What was the promise he had to give?

Chosen answer: Sonny killed Lanning. Lanning had designed Sonny with the ability to opt out of the Three Laws when he deemed it absolutely necessary. Lanning forced Sonny to promise to do Lanning a favor, then told him the favor was to throw Lanning out the window. Forced to keep his word by Lanning's own programming, Sonny overrode the Three Laws and tossed Lanning out the window.

Phoenix

Question: When Mushu is using the panda for a horse, he says something along the lines of "Have you never seen a black and white before?" What does that mean?

Chosen answer: In the US a lot of the police vehicles have traditionally been black and white. That is what Mushu is referring to.

Nikki

Question: In the opening scene, Frodo is dreaming about Gandalf's fall in Moria. So later on, when Gandalf is explaining to Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas, how does he suddenly get from a water-filled cave miles below the surface of the earth (seen in Frodo's dream) to the top of a tower in the mountains (where he killed the Balrog once and for all)? I won't accept the explanation that Frodo's dream was inaccurate to real events or that he doesn't know what really happened, as I'm sure Peter Jackson used the dream as a way to partially explain what really happened to Gandalf in the books.

Chosen answer: Nope, Frodo's dream is spot-on - no need to use that excuse. Gandalf and the Balrog obviously both survive the fall, and Gandalf spends the next eight days chasing the Balrog through the deep caverns under Khazad-dum. Ultimately, the pair reach the Endless Stair, which connects the deep halls to the ruins of Durin's Tower on the peak of Zirakzigil, a mountain high above Moria. They head up the stair to the mountaintop where they fight their final battle, which lasts another two days before Gandalf finally triumphs.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Is the braille text that appears at the start of the film (then transforms into the opening credits) correct?

Moose Premium member

Chosen answer: In short, yes, it is.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: What is the name of the piece of music that plays during the samurai sword scene with the Bride and Hattori Hanzo and over the start of the credits? Is it from another movie? It sounds really familiar to me.

Chosen answer: It is called "The Lonely Shepherd" by Zamfir.

don_corleone

Question: Maybe I missed a major plot point, but why exactly does Tom kill his lover at the very end?

Krista

Chosen answer: Tom & his lover are travelling on a boat. The rich girl, who knows Tom as Dickie is also on the boat. If they were to meet, Tom's false identity would have been revealed, and the lover would have been able to figure out that Tom actually murdered Dickie.

marfbody

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