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Question: Why does Megatron hate humans so much?

Answer: Simply put, he's racist... or at least speciesist. He sees humans as inferior and someone to bend to is will. Also, seeing how Prime wants to protect them so much, just fuels his desire to destroy humans as another way of getting at the Autobots.

Quantom X Premium member

Question: I'm confused about the return of the purse and kids' bicycles. Michael says he spent money that he doesn't have and might have to return the kids' bikes. Architects make a substantial amount of income. So why would he need to return the kiddie bikes?

Answer: The median salary in the United States for architects is currently around $80K per year. It was a few thousand dollars less in 2006 when the film was made. That's not what most would call a "substantial" income, especially considering that is the median. Michael could make significantly less than that. There are thousands of people in the United States making more than $80K a year living paycheck-to-paycheck, based on their individual circumstances.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: When Michael fast forwards to 2017 he wakes up in what believes to be an apartment. He tells the remote to take him home. He's already at home, so why would it take him to his old home?

Answer: The remote works off Michael's thoughts, when Michael thinks about certain things, the remote control takes over. That's why every time he thinks about sex he "fast forwards" and every time a promotion is mentioned, it "fast forwards" as well. When he says "take me home" he's thinking about the house he (unbeknown to him) used to live at which is why the remote takes him there instead of his new home.

Question: This movie is one of a few I've seen to display the title twice during the opening credits. It appears in a plain font at the start of the credits, then appears in a more stylized font at the end of the credits. Why do some movies do this? It seems a little redundant.

TedStixon

Answer: A lot of movies will put a title card at the end of the film before the credits. It's usually to cap off the movie so that it's the last thing you see or think about when you leave (especially back in the day when you didn't sit around to watch for an extra scene). They want it to be redundant so you don't forget (repetition is the key to learning). Most movies (if not all) also have the movie's name at the very end of all the credits too. But I assume for copyright or other legal reasons, the same way a book publisher might print the book's title on every page of the book.

Bishop73

Question: Are Anna and Kristof officially married by the end of the film, or does their wedding take place in the aftermath of the film?

Johman

Answer: I would say after. As Kristoff doesn't appear with her.

Question: In Jesse's parents house, the height chart is scrawled on the door frame. Did they move back into the family home?

Answer: Unless I'm forgetting the show mentioning them moving, I believe the Pinkmans stayed in the same house. The house Jesse lived in and later bought under their noses after their expensive remodel was Jesse's aunt's house.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Was the head movement argument to the jury verbatim from the transcript of the actual trial of Clay Shaw?

Answer: No. The argument which mentions was the first closing argument by an assistant to Garrison and in it he mentions "back and to the left" once but not the multiple statements shown in the movie. The actual transcripts are available on line.

Question: There is a skull and crossbone flag in both Nanny Mcphee and Nanny Mcphee Returns, why?

Answer: The skull and crossbone flag can be interpreted in a number of ways. Death, both literally and symbolically, is an ongoing theme in the story. Cedric Brown, the children's father, is a widower, and he is also an undertaker. There have been a number of nannies for Mr. Brown's rather naughty children, but they have systematically gotten rid of each one, basically "killing them off," though not in a literal sense, until Nanny McPhee arrives.

raywest Premium member

Answer: According to Wikipedia, he is described as being a youth anywhere from 14 - 19 years old. There is no specific age.

raywest Premium member

Question: What drops out of old Paul's raincoat on the porch at the old folks home?

Answer: Toast.

Answer: He simply just snapped. He definitely looked angry before Joey even started talking to him, and said how he hated being there...and he already had an axe in his hands...he just lost it, and took out his anger and frustration on Joey.

Answer: My theory is Vic was a diabetic and was acting in self-defense, since Joey just tried to kill him with a candy bar.

Your theory is obviously a joke.

Question: Why didn't the mayor try and have the Deltas arrested for both the mayhem they caused at the parade and that one of them may have had fun with his underaged daughter? Obviously the audience knows the member didn't but the mayor doesn't.

Rob245

Answer: There's no indication that the Deltas didn't face legal ramifications from their actions at the parade, nor that Pinto didn't get in trouble (when we last see him, he's literally being chased by the mayor). The film ends at that point and, although the film provides title cards telling us what happened to the characters far in the future, we don't see the immediate aftermath.

Answer: In the movie, there's a bar called "Formosa Lounge." In real life, "Formosa" was the name Portugal gave to Taiwan.

Bishop73

Question: Regardless of any crossover or franchises, I know Joaquin Phoenix said he has no interest, I get that. My question is that regardless of all that, does this movie take place in the same universe as Robert Pattinson's "The Batman" or has it been denied or neither confirmed or denied as of right now?

Swan90EFC

Answer: No-one's saying anything at the moment. There's a rumour that The Batman is set in the 90s, which seems an odd choice unless they're specifically leaving the door open to tie the films' worlds together. That said given Robert Pattinson is 34 and Bruce in Joker was played by a then-9 year old, the ages don't quite line up for them being connected, even in the 90s.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: My question's twofold: 1. Why does he do that dance down the stairs, for fun maybe? 2. When he speaks about comedy being subjective is this a knock on modern comedians and their controversial jokes and skits?

Rob245

Answer: 1 - Why does he dance a bunch of times in the movie? It's kinda his thing! You can see that Murray himself does little goofy dances all the time during his show and Arthur sorta seems to have taken that trait from him. 2 - I have heard that "comedy is subjective" for years and years. It is sort of a truism but it does fit, some people like a certain kind of humor that can fall completely flat for others. I am not sure if you should read some specificity about it in this movie, except for the fact that obviously he's using it to justify his own actions to the point of considering 'funny' to commit murder in the context of the perspective change when he starts considering his tragic life a whole big joke with no punchline. I don't really see in this movie a satire of show business or shock comedy, since it seems to focus on other themes (mental illness, emargination, etcetera).

Sammo Premium member

Answer: 1. It's supposed to be a highly emotional moment for him, the first time he takes control of his own life. He basically celebrates that. 2. I think he is referring to Murray, or at least something in-universe. This is all of course speculative.

lionhead

Question: In the hotel room scene when the landlord/manager knocks on the door and asks if he has a dead cat in the room, why is the Terminator sitting down on the bed, especially turned away from the door? If the Terminator is an indefatigable machine only resembling a human on the outside, why would it ever be seen in a relaxed pose at all, and ignoring the sole point of entry to the room it's in?

Answer: The T-800 is designed to blend in with the human race. As such it will act as a human does with the aim of maintaining its cover. Another example is why do they find clothes? Sure a naked man walking round is going to attract attention of police but they are capable of dealing with such situations.

Ssiscool Premium member

That is true when the Terminator is among humans but in this scene it is alone in the room. The question remains why it sits, looking away from the door, if there is no-one else there.

The answer provided still works, based on how the Terminators are portrayed in the sequels. They will gradually learn more and more human behaviors and adapt them to their programming. In this case, sitting down when idle. Another example is the T-1000 giving a very human-like puzzled expression when he notices the silver mannequin. Also, the T-X in Terminator 3 smirks at numerous points throughout that movie when things go her way. None of these behaviors are done for the benefit of "blending in" and appear to simply be learned behaviors.

BaconIsMyBFF

Answer: I wouldn't call him sitting a "relaxed pose." The scene is brief, but at the time he's looking through Sarah's address book but we don't know what else he was doing. We see him sitting where repairing his arm and we see him sitting when making a telephone call. So he may have been doing other things that he couldn't do standing. As far as ignoring the door (which wasn't the sole point of entry since we see him go through the window), as a terminator machine, he doesn't really have to be on alert for an attack like a person would.

Bishop73

Question: If the village is isolated, how do they get their linen and dress from time to time? Like could a one village have a blacksmith, a weaver, a shoe maker, and all?

Answer: It's implied that the villagers provide whatever they need for themselves, such as raising sheep for wool and growing cotton for weaving cloth to make clothing, tanning leather to make shoes, etc. The elders made a pact that they would have no contact with the outside world for any reason, as was seen when Lucius Hunt needed medical treatment. Ivy was finally sent to fetch medicine, but only after considerable conflict among the elders and at risk to her. Presumably most supplies, raw materials, equipment were brought with the elders when they set up the village. It is rather unrealistic that they could be as skilled and self-sufficient to the degree they were, but the film employs a "suspension of disbelief."

raywest Premium member

Answer: The elders of the village have contact with the outside world, albeit minimally, in order to purchase/obtain such articles that they can't manufacture themselves.

Question: When Kyle defeats Stephanie by punching her and Carson realises he has been fooled and tries to come down, he falls and gets up injured. Did he accidentally shoot his leg when falling or break his ankle or something? After realizing that Stephanie escaped the plane, he walks but uses his arms as well. How was he injured?

Answer: He sprained his leg.

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Question: In one of the episodes, C.D. takes Walker, Jimmy and Alex out on a new boat that he had recently purchased. While on the water, a group of people on another boat start shouting to them but they can't hear what's being said. Eventually, C.D. and group realise that they're being told the boat they're on is starting to sink. What caused the boat to sink?

Question: Gaston sings that he ate eggs to help him get large. Why didn't he say meat? Was he vegetarian? Was Disney deliberately supporting vegetarianism/respecting vegetarians? Are there any historical circumstances that I'm not aware of? Or am I just overanalyzing this matter?

Rassdyt

Answer: In addition to eating meat, eggs would be a more readily available and cheap protein source in the village.

raywest Premium member

Answer: Eggs are full of protein. Eating a lot of eggs is an excellent way to bulk up and build muscle mass.

BaconIsMyBFF

Eggs are not good for you if you eat too many of them.

To quote Stephen Fry: "Well of course too much is bad for you, that's what "too much" means. If you had too much water it would be bad for you, wouldn't it? "Too much" precisely means that quantity which is excessive, that's what it means. Could you ever say "too much water is good for you"? I mean if it's too much it's too much. Too much of anything is too much. Obviously." That aside, while it used to be believed that the cholesterol content of eggs was a health risk, more recent studies have shown that dietary cholesterol doesn't affect blood cholesterol levels for most people. As such there's no real maximum limit on egg consumption beyond the aforementioned "too much of anything is too much".

I don't think Gaston cares much about his cholesterol.

BaconIsMyBFF

Answer: While I was waiting for this question to be accepted, I found the answer to one of my questions myself. Gaston is indeed not vegetarian, considering he mentions his hunting trophies during the aforementioned song and earlier in the movie, he tells Belle to imagine him roasting his kill on the fire place.

Rassdyt

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