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Question: At the end of the movie, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman are trying to remove one of the small explosive plates that surround the plutonium sphere in a nuclear weapon. Couldn't they have just disconnected the wire connected to the explosive plate to prevent that trigger charge detonating properly? Or would it have detonated because it was touching the other plates?

Answer: Presumably they couldn't take the risk that removing the wire would stop that plate detonating, and/or were worried that there might be a failsafe to detect a wire being cut. Physically removing the charge seemed like the safer bet.

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Question: I have no idea what episode where this is from, but during one conversation all the boys have at the school lunch is talking about Terminator and Skeletor with Butters exclaiming "Skeletor is real?" I'm assuming that Terminator is Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver being Skeletor. I don't understand the joke or the conversation of Maria being Skeletor?

Richie

Answer: I believe this is from s15e12 "1%." Many people, especially on the internet, say that Maria Shriver looks like Skeletor because of the bony features of her face. She has very high cheek bones and a broad, flat, square jaw that resembles Skeletor's jaw (the mandible). Sometimes she appears to have sunken in eyes too.

Bishop73

What Happens on the Rez... - S4-E10

Question: When Walt plays the piano, is he playing a real song, or just something he made up (i.e. it was incidental music written for the scene)?

Bishop73

Question: How did Mike know that Forbes was a traitor and working with the terrorists?

The_Iceman

Answer: Forbes slipped up by mentioning the head bad guy's name. And, as good an agent as Forbes was, it is highly doubtful, not to mention suspicious, that he'd still be roaming around by himself this long after the fall of the White House. Plus Mike ain't stupid and most likely smelled a rat. And he was correct. Forbes was dirty.

Alan Keddie

Housesitter - S3-E13

Question: Why did Chris cover the faces of his mother on any pictures?

adamtrainman@aol.com

Answer: So that didn't feel he was being watched and judged by her.

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Question: How was Ryan able to swim after the capsule splashed down in the water? Isn't readjusting to earth's gravity pretty difficult when you've spent a long time in space?

Answer: Swimming does not have the same gravity related constraints that walking on land has. It is not until she is on land where she shows signs of facing difficulties with the Earth's gravity. Also, when she swims up to the surface, she is rushing so she doesn't drown and in doing so, uses up most of her energy because she has been in space and is only now readjusting to Earth's atmosphere, so when she is above water and swimming over to land, she visibly shows signs of being exhausted and out of breath as she used up most of her limited energy attempting to swim up to the surface.

Casual Person

Swimming still has gravity related constraints, though right?

She is swimming up to the surface at the fastest speed she can, so she doesn't drown. Perhaps there are some gravity related constraints to her swimming, but she is trying to fight against it so she can get to the surface. When she is above the surface and swimming/floating back to the shore, she is visibly exhausted, so it is apparent that she used up most of her energy in trying to fight against the gravity related constraints.

Casual Person

Gravity pulls water towards the earth, yes. But for a swimmer, the water provides buoyancy and supports them. The closest thing you can come to weightlessness on Earth (not including the flight training where they take you into a plane that glows up then drops) is in water, because it floats you.

Question: Evelyn in this movie immediately struck me as looking exactly like Roxanne from Megamind. Seriously, look at each character. Is there some sort of hidden connection between them? Or is this purely coincidence that Evelyn and Roxanne look like twin sisters? Or... possibly Roxanne being a descendant of Megamind considering Incredibles 2 is set in the past.

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Answer: I think the fact that Evelyn from Incredibles 2 and Roxanne from Megamind bear some similarities is purely coincidental. The idea that there may be a hidden connection between the two is unlikely and the idea of them being related is even more unlikely. It should be noted that Incredibles 2 is a Pixar production, and Megamind is a Dreamworks production, so the two aren't even made by the same company. Perhaps, her design was inspired by some features of Roxanne, but the idea of the two being connected or related is pretty doubtful.

Casual Person

Answer: It seems to just be a coincidence, or more likely the limitations of the 3D animation style used. Of course, in real life there are unrelated people who look-alike. However, it's unlikely the characters are suppose to be related since "Megamind" was created by DreamWorks, which is a subsidiary of Universal, which is a division of NBCUniversal (formed by the merger of GE's NBC and Vivendi Universal). Since 2011, NBCUniversal has been controlled by Comcast until they owned it outright in 2013. "The Incredibles" films were created by Pixar, which is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company. Plus, I don't think there's been any significant individual who worked with both animation studios who would have influence on the character development and hundreds of people are involved in the animation processes.

Bishop73

Question: Harry told Dean he had enough information on him to have him locked up for life. What information was this?

MikeH

Answer: Details aren't given, but it seems that Dean is involved in local crime along with the gang that hangs around with him. Even if Harry is bluffing, and doesn't have specific proof, it is clear that he is abusive and he has the recording of him threatening Eggsy.

Answer: CCTV surveillance and such like. And a possible kingsman informant embedded in the gang leaking incriminating info. Or police informer who reports to kingsman. Or, y'know, he was lying.

Alan Keddie

Question: Why is the Character of Lt. Kellaway (Peter Riegert) so grumpy and cynical? What's up with him? Why didn't he thank Stanley Ipkiss at the end of the movie for saving their lives?

Answer: I think that the reason he is so grumpy and cynical is because he has been a police detective for SO long that all the crime he's investigated has made him jaded. I think that it is the same with any regular human being, one can only do the same thing day in and day out for so long before it affects you, negatively. Plus his home life may have been a contributing factor also. As to why he didn't thank Stanley, maybe he just didn't like him.

Alan Keddie

Answer: That is just in his character, some people are miserable, cynical by nature. It could be from outside influence as well, like having been a cop too long, crappy marriage, hemorrhoids.

lionhead

Question: How does Cap know that Bucky killed Tony's parents?

dannydandan8888

Answer: In Captain America Winter Soldier, when Cap and Widow are in the military bunker that has the mind of Zola in it, some images flash across the screen that Cap can see. One of them actually shows links to Winter Soldier and Tony's parents. It's not concrete, but not too difficult to put together for Cap and he deduces things on his own. As well as his time talking with Bucky who does claim to remember them all.

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Question: I heard that every movie Ralph Macchio is in, he smells something as a joke, due to the fact that he has no sense of smell. But what does he smell in this movie?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Ralph has stated that in every movie he's in, because he has a poor sense of smell, what he smells is food.

Question: Is there any information given about what happened to Maul's ship after his defeat on Naboo?

Bane91

Answer: According to information found on Star Wars Wookiepedia, Darth Maul's ship, known as a Scimitar, fell into the possession of Darth Sidious after he was defeated on Naboo. Source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Scimitar.

Casual Person

Question: Why didn't Chris want the cure to spread in the end?

Answer: Just like the humans, he had a fear of becoming extinct.

Answer: The vampires were now everywhere, with very few humans left in their blood farms. Their food supply was dwindling and it was getting to the point that they were facing extinction by starvation. The only way to keep life going was for the vampire disease to be cured and everybody to turn back human.

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Then why didn't he want it to happen?

Question: One of the boys, called Piggy, wears glasses. Piggy's glasses become an important, prized object, because the boys can use the lenses to refract the sun's rays, and thus start fires. It is fairly well established, that, on a hot day, in bright sunshine, one can focus the sun's rays through a magnifying glass to set light to combustible material. (I've done it myself, although it took me rather longer than the book or film suggested, and it only made a very small flame.) But could you use spectacles, that people wear to correct defective vision, to start a fire in this way? Surely, if this was possible, wouldn't it mean that when people who wear glasses went out in hot sunny weather, then they would burn their eyes?

Rob Halliday

Answer: The key factor there is the focus of the light over distance. The light coming through the glass is refracted and focused on a single point. But it's bent like a ribbon. There is a "sweet spot" so to say where you have to hold the magnifying glass or lens at just the right distance and angle from the object to focus the center point of the light on it. Typically, this means holding the glass out a good several inches or even a foot or so away from what you wish to ignite to get the focal point of the light on it. Someone wearing glasses has them pretty much right up to their face. And so the light can't reach a focal point. Also keep in mind that for focusing the light through a lens, it needs to be angled just right for the light to go through it at the optimal angle and focus. Usually this means facing the sun directly. Typically people don't look up directly at the sun, at least not for more than a second. Especially with glasses on.

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Answer: Only convex magnifying lenses can be used to focus the sun's rays in such a way as to start a fire. A convex magnifying lens is bowed outwards on both sides. Such lenses are found in magnifying glasses, binoculars and cameras, for examples. Conventional spectacles to correct vision are convex on one side and concave (bowed inward) on the other side, and so cannot be used to start fires. If Piggy's glasses are used to start fires, then he is wearing convex magnifying lenses (which would only be useful for up-close reading purposes, and they would be utterly useless for any other vision correction) ; and, if indeed he is wearing truly convex magnifying lenses for some reason, then his retinas could certainly be damaged by even glancing at the sun.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Lenses for nearsightedness would not work, but they could be corrected for the purpose by filling their concave areas with clear water, which would make the whole object correctly refract sunlight.

dizzyd

That's a reported "survival" trick (placing a drop of clear water in the center of a concave lens so as to focus the sun's rays) ; but I've never had any success with it.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: When Brian is about to be crucified, soldiers arrive with news of his release. The soldiers ask for Brian, and everybody shouts "I'm Brian." Is this a parody of the "I'm Spartacus" episode in the Kirk Douglas/Stanley Kubrick film of "Spartacus"? If so, would this support my feeling that Life Of Brian is primarily a parody of classical/biblical 'epic' films?

Rob Halliday

Answer: The scene is a parody of the scene in "Spartacus" (although they are saying "I am Brian" for completely different reasons.) However, the film is meant to be a satire on religion itself and not a parody of epic films. The Pythons did a lot of research to try and accurately portray 1st century Judea, which is why it may look like a biblical epic, but I can't recall any biblical epics they parodied. At the time it was considered blasphemous, and not a parody, and banned in several areas in the UK and some countries. Although the Pythons argued it's not blasphemy but heresy.

Bishop73

Answer: Actually, no, the primary goal of "Life of Brian" was not to parody biblical films. Terry Gilliam has stated that the "important" objective of the movie was "to offend a lot of people," particularly "Jews and Christians, because they're easy to push around." Gilliam further said that, at the same time, they were "very cautious not to offend Muslims, because they're the dangerous ones." Both Gilliam and John Cleese have also said that, while the Pythons took care to avoid blasphemy (not directly mocking Jesus of Nazareth, with whom the Pythons had no quarrel), they fully intended that the film be heretical (in defiance of Catholic Church doctrine and dogma). Make no mistake, "Life of Brian" is not supposed to be a lighthearted parody of biblical films; it's supposed to be a sharp stick in the eye to the Roman Catholic Church.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: You are indeed correct. It is a parody of the "Spartacus" scene but mostly of religion.

raywest Premium member

Perhaps not so much a parody of "Spartacus" as a tribute to Stanley Kubrick. Monty Python writer Terry Gilliam was very much a fan of Kubrick films and became friends with Kubrick in the 1980s. Gilliam claimed that Kubrick had even spoken with him about making a sequel to Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" (with Gilliam as director). Chances are, the "Spartacus" allusion was part of Gilliam's contribution to the "Life of Brian" screenplay, a tip-o-the-hat to Stanley Kubrick.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Why did the T-1000 kill the officer in the beginning and steal his clothes? Later we see the uniform heal so we know he can create clothing.

brianjr0412

Answer: He didn't steal his clothes, but copied them. He can only copy things that he physically touches. He had to touch the cop to take on his look. Also since the cop was a witness to this ruthless killing machine, it needed to kill him to protect itself from being discovered too soon. The Terminator is an infiltration unit on an assassination mission to kill John Connor. As advanced as it is, it needs as little attention drawn to it as possible. Having the entire police force chasing him down would not be ideal for his goal to get Connor and would inevitably slow him down and risk allowing Connor a better chance of escape. The T 1000 also is an emotionless machine programmed by other machines that are intent on killing off all humans in the future. It doesn't value human life, and if anything has been programmed to regard them as a pest to be dealt with. The cop was a means to an ends and an obstacle to take out. As well, the cop did also posses a weapon, and was the T-1000's quickest way to get his hands on a gun.

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Answer: While the T-1000 did kill the officer at the beginning (which is pretty much standard behavior for Terminators), it didn't steal the officer's clothes. It merely sampled the officer's appearance as soon as it touched him. However, it did steal the officer's firearm, because the T-1000 could not mimic complex mechanical objects or weapons (it could only mimic stabbing and cutting weapons).

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Why can't Thanos stop Stormbreaker using all 6 stones?

Answer: He wasn't quick enough in that moment, having only obtained them a second ago. He has to close his hand or snap his fingers to do what he wanted to do, like stop stormbreaker. He didn't have time for that.

lionhead

Answer: It should be noted that compared to their comic book counterparts, the Infinity Stones are not quite as powerful. In the comics, a closed fist is not required to use the Stones. They respond to the will of the person wielding them. The Infinity Gauntlet is merely a means of housing them and giving whomever wields them a place on their person to keep them. In the comics, Thanos would be able to stop Stormbreaker with but a thought, but in the film, the Stones essentially need a moment to "charge up," and Stormbreaker's trajectory is working against them.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: What does it mean when Bella's dad moves his hand in a circle around his head? (01:17:55)

Answer: Bella asks her dad to be nice to Edward. It looks like he was making a halo over his head, meaning he'll be an angel (he'll be nice to Edward).

Bishop73

Question: Why was Wolf such a bully to Frank Morris?

Answer: This is a fictional account of a real-life event and the people depicted in it. Frank Morris was a vicious and dangerous criminal who, played by movie-hero Clint Eastwood, is made into a sympathetic figure. The Wolf character, who was probably not real or highly fictionalized, is contrived solely to create conflict in the plot by making him Morris' enemy. It also shows the constant danger and abuse from other prisoners.

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Question: Why would the council not make Anakin a Jedi master?

Answer: Here's a bit more detailed of an answer, after I had some more time to think about it. Remember that Anakin is still young, in his mid to late 20's approximate. He still had a ways to go till he reached the rank of Master on his own anyways, with the council being skeptical of him to begin with. His induction onto the Council was not something they wanted in the first place. Rather, it was Palpatine that appointed him as his representative on the Counsel.The Jedi had been growing to distrust Palpatine in this time and even Mace Windu stated that they could feel the Dark Side surrounds him. They didn't yet know he was secretly Sidious, but even still they had a growing concern about him and his ability to stay in office longer than intended as well as him reaching for more power. The Jedi allowed Anakin onto the Council because it was an opportunity for them... to use Anakin to spy on Palpatine. An assignment given to him off the record. They denied him the rank of Master for a number of reason. 1. His age. Again he's not even 30 yet and Obi-Wan even stated that to be on the Council at his age was unheard of. 2. They didn't trust him fully. He hadn't earned the respect and experience needed for the rank of Master yet. And there was the matter of Yoda sensing his future to be very clouded and unsure. Like Charlies said, his exceptionally high Midiclorian count and his unpredictability due to it was a high cause for concern. 3. It's likely they didn't intend to keep him on the Council. The war was close to ending, or so they hoped. The Separatist armies were dwindling and on the run. It looked like victory was a sure fire deal in the near future, as Count Dooku had been killed and they had traced the location of General Grievous. Once Grievous was dealt with, the war would pretty much be over at that point. They just feared that Palpatine might not relinquish his power at the end and needed someone close to him to keep an eye on him. Anakin was the only one among their ranks that could do that job due to his friendship with Palpatine. Which also that friendship was another red flag for them for Anakin. I believe that once the war was over and Palpatine finally removed from office now that things were settled, they did not intend to keep Anakin on the council any longer since he was an unwelcome semi-forced member in the first place. Allowing him to possibly earn his own way in the future and achieving the Rank of Master on his own right, if he could do it. So, basically, they didn't trust Anakin, he was too young, they needed him on the Council only temporarily, and intended to boot him off the Council and let him earn his own way back on his own after the dust had settled from the war. Just as we know... things didn't turn out that way.

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Anakin was also acting very immature.

This is true. After he was put on the council he complained that it's not fair and not right.

Answer: He had not yet proven himself enough. Keep in mind he's still pretty young here, somewhere in his mid 20's. The Masters are older, more experienced and proven Jedi who are wise and have gained the respect. Also his closeness to the Chancellor made him a liability and they were not sure they could trust him to make decisions rationally when he was involved.

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Answer: In "Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace," Qui-Gon Jinn discovers and reveals to the Jedi Council that 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker has the highest midichlorian reading ever recorded. Midichlorians, of course, are the microscopic lifeforms that allow Jedi and Sith alike to wield The Force. Anakin's midichlorians are off the chart, meaning that he has potential to be the strongest Jedi Master ever. Ever. That's why the Jedi Council approaches Anakin's training very, very cautiously. Rather than fast-tracking him to Jedi Master, the Council extends Anakin's apprenticeship to focus on his self-discipline, because they fear that this kid is a ticking bomb who could, potentially, flip to the Dark Side with catastrophic results (which is precisely what happens).

Charles Austin Miller

Keep in mind his age as well. Even Obi-Wan stated to him that to be on the council at his age has never been done before.

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