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Question: When Buddy and Carolyn first meet at dinner, Buddy claims that his wife left him. At the motel (after Lester discovers Carolyn cheating with Buddy), Buddy says that he's "potentially facing a very expensive divorce." Why did he lie that his wife left him in the first place?

EK8829

Chosen answer: He wasn't lying that she'd left him. Sometimes when people break up, they don't initiate divorce proceedings right away, and some ex-couples don't bother going through divorce at all purely because it's too expensive. Sometimes, a reconciliation happens. He simply wasn't sure exactly what was going to be happening.

Purple_Girl

Question: Just out of curiosity but how did Quinn, (the one Blade nailed to the wall at the beginning of the movie), "heal" from being burned? I don't think there was ever an explanation and later on he was just fine; how is that possible and also, how did his hand/hands keep growing back and why was he so hard to kill before?

Chosen answer: The vampires in the "Blade" movies can regenerate, especially when they feed with regularity. Also, he wasn't "hard to kill"... Blade just had a particular dislike for him and liked torturing him without killing him.

Question: Two questions; One, what is the language the vampires are always speaking? Was it made up or is it a real language? Two, if Blade was called Eric before, how did he "become" Blade, meaning how did he earn the name?

Chosen answer: The vampire language is Esperanto, a real constructed language created in the late 1800's. To an English listener, the language sounds foreign yet vaguely familiar thus it works as a plausible "secret language" spoken by a secret society. It is never explained how Blade got his nickname, however his proficiency with bladed weapons seems to be a logical explanation. A deleted scene in Blade 2 shows Whistler interacting with Blade when he was young, telling him to "drop his blade".

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Why did the X-men help Kelly after he has tried to convince America that mutants are terrible?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: The main goal of the X-Men is to show the world that not all mutants are necessarily evil or to be feared. Showing kindness and giving hospitality to one of their biggest detractors helps their cause, and Senator Kelly admits to having a change of heart just before he dies.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Why did they take Cody off the mission just because he was defending himself from some bullies? Also, why did Cody lie to Natalie by saying he was taken off the mission because he became too close to her?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: The fight with the bullies made the school paper and drew unwanted attention to Cody which could compromise his mission. Cody lied to Natalie to try and impress her.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: I've always wondered: why does Goldfinger release Bond during the laser scene? I've seen the scene a few times and I still cannot understand it.

Chosen answer: Bond bluffed his way out. He convinced Goldfinger that if he did not report back to his superiors they would send another 00 Agent to replace him. And the agent would have information that could foil Goldfinger. By sparing Bond Goldfinger could force him to make reports as his captive. Bond would be his prisoner but no other 00 agents would come for him.

Question: Very last scene after they turn the car around and you see the back of their heads, to me it doesn't look like Cary Grant or Joan Fontaine? Is it them or their doubles?

Chosen answer: It could have been body doubles, who are often used for filler scenes like this, but there's no way to know for sure.

raywest Premium member

Answer: Hitchcock had a different ending on the movie, but the studio and test audiences hated it. Grant ends up splitting up with Fontaine. Hitchcock was pressured into a happy ending, but weeks had passed since the end of filming and the two popular stars were off on other projects. Two actors were hired to as stand-ins for the added footage of the car turning around and the two going happily home together.

Question: The largest sandstorms ever recorded are less than a mile high (reaching only about 5000 feet in altitude). Isn't 5000 feet considered low altitude for a Fairchild C-119G "Flying Boxcar," which could easily climb over such a storm in a matter of minutes?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: This would most likely be a case of "pilot error." He didn't do what he should have and that led to the accident. If he had flown above the sand storm and didn't crash, then there'd be no movie to watch.

raywest Premium member

Question: At the very end of the scene in which Walter and the Dude are spreading Donnie's ashes at the coast, a dark and unidentifiable figure appears for a few seconds in the upper right screen, apparently hiking a trail along the cliff. Was this an accidental walk-on by an actual hiker, or was it written into the script? With all the star-power in this film, I thought every bit of background action was supposed to be meticulously crafted.

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: There's no way of knowing. If the hiker was that far away, it could have been someone who happened to stray into the scene by accident. The filmmakers may or may not have noticed, but if they did, may have felt it added to the realism. I did this myself during the filming of a street scene for the TV show, "Northern Exposure." Filming was underway before I realised I was in the midst of it. I just kept walking like I was supposed to be there.

raywest Premium member

Question: What is the reference to the limo drivers at Clair's funeral about. Who is the extra person?

Chosen answer: The guy who killed Claire was the fifth guy. If you go back and look, you'll see he was dressed as a driver at the funeral.

Question: Did Shelob die when she got stabbed by Sam?

DFirst1

Chosen answer: It is unknown whether Shelob survived. In the film she is severely wounded and flees the battle, never to be mentioned again. The description in the book is identical, she is said to have never been heard from again after that moment.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: When did Gwen find out that Peter is Spider-Man?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: She found out in the scene where they are talking on the balcony when Peter is visiting her at her apartment. Peter shoots a web at her to pull her back towards him as she walks away and realises that he is Spider-Man.

Casual Person

Question: When Uncle Ben said that Peter's father believed if you could do good things for other people you would have a moral obligation to do those things, what did that mean? I know that it's a reference to "with great power comes great responsibility" but what did the words themselves mean?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: It means exactly what it sounds like: that if you can do good things, you should do them. And you should feel obligated to do them because it's for the greater good. It's not exactly the same message as "with great power comes great responsibility", but it's in the same sort-of ethical ballpark.

Question: When Peter saves the city from changing into Lizards, Connors saved him, but was he trying to save Peter or finish him off for himself given how aggressive he sounded?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: He was trying to save Peter. He's realised his plans are finished, and he's also been "cured", so he's starting to realise how big of a mistake he's made, and he feels bad about it. Hence, he saves Peter.

Question: Can anyone explain the idea of "vulnerability" in the conference when they mentioned fruits, vegetables, and kids?

Chosen answer: They're discussing the best approach for the story. They think children will identify with vegetable characters, but Miles Finch disagrees, saying vegetable characters are "too vulnerable" meaning children will identify with them, but will be sad reading the story.

Jason Hoffman

Answer: A tomato is easily squashed just like children are easily overlooked put down or made to feel like they don't matter it's like a tomato being squashed.

Question: I have a few questions actually: 1) Who was Miranda Tate's father? They said Ra's al Ghul, which I thought to mean Liam Neeson. Which made sense as they showed Liam at some point as well in a vision to Bruce. But I just watched Batman Begins and Liam doesn't play Ra's al Ghul he plays some dude named Bucard. Ra's al Ghul is actually played by the guy who played Sato in Inception. Also, when you look at Liam's imdb page, it shows he did indeed play Ra's in The Dark Knight Rises, even though it shows him playing a different character in Batman Begins. Huh? 2) Smaller question but just before the plane crashes in the beginning Bane takes blood from Dr Pavel. There's no explanation of what that was about? 3) How does going on the ice kill you? Do we take this to mean at some point the ice cracks? 4) There was a suggestion at the end that there'll be another movie, not sure if with just Robin, or both Batman and Robin. Is that actually happening?

Chosen answer: 1) Liam Neeson's casting as Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins was kept secret, including crediting him as playing Henri Ducard, the name he gives Bruce when they first meet. He isn't revealed as the actual Ra's Al Ghul until later in the film as a surprise to both Bruce and the audience. 2) Bane draws some of Dr. Pavel's blood and injects it into an already dead body in order to help fake Dr. Pavel's death. The plan was to make it look like he died in the plane crash. 3) The ice cracks under the weight and you sink into the freezing cold water and drown. This is specifically shown happening in the film. 4) The ending implies not that there will be a new film (Christopher Nolan planned the trilogy to have a definite end with this particular film), but that Gotham would always need a Batman. It implies that Blake will be the new hero Gotham needs as Bruce is retired.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Who is the voice of Mr. Shadow?

Chosen answer: Nobody is credited with the voice of Mr. Shadow, nor with the voice of Korben Dallas' mother. There's only speculation.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: I've seen this movie and there's still one thing I can't figure out. Why did Steven want to kill his wife?

Chosen answer: Steven needed money and his wife was worth a lot of money. She was already having an affair and was planning on leaving him. If she left, Steven could be left with nothing and still in financial troubles. By killing her before she divorces him, he'd be entitled to her wealth, plus the money from her life insurance policy.

Bishop73

A Shot in the Dark - S14-E9

Question: At one point when Brian says something, Stewie tells him to look into his pocket where he finds a paper reading what Brian just said. Then Brian says something about it and Stewie tells him to look into his other pocket, where he finds another paper reading what he just said. Then Stewie tells Brian to look into Chris' pocket, which has bottom cut off. Later in the episode Chris tells Brian to look into Meg's pocket, but Brian refuses. What was all this about?

Chosen answer: So it started out with the fact that Stewie knew what Brian was going to say in this situation because Stewie sees Brian as predictable and pretentious while Brian thinks he's being deep and poignant. The Chris part was since the bottom of his pocket was cut out, Brian touched Chris' genitals. Later when they tell Brian to reach into Meg's pocket, he's didn't want to fall for the same gag and end up touching Meg's genitals.

Bishop73

Back to the Woods - S6-E10

Question: Joe says that James Woods that Peter has all of the proof that he is Peter Griffin. But wouldn't Joe see Peter's face from his passport and driver's license to show that Woods obviously stole it?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: The whole point was James was in possession of Peter's identity and it didn't matter how he has it. Joe also ignored the fact he's personally known Peter since moving in next door, so the picture didn't really matter. To Joe, James is Peter now, no matter what.

Bishop73

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