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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.


Show generally

Question: This applies to all three of the CSI shows. How accurate are the methods the forensic scientists use? Does Luminol function in real life like does on the show? Can the investigators actually zoom in on a picture, then press a button, and have it instantly upgrade in quality? (On a recent CSI: New York, they zoomed into the reflection of a ladies eyeball, and made out the t-shirt of a suspect)

Chosen answer: On the surface, the scientific techniques they use in their case work are what are used in real life, but the results and what they interpret from the results, are nonsense. Perfect example: finding suspect fingerprints on doorknobs. Doorknobs are the worst place to get fingerprints because so many people touch them. I can also remember many cases where they will analyse something like petrol by GC-MS and they pretty much can tell which petrol station it came from: again, can't be done, you can sometimes get a general idea of where it came from, but not that accurate. Luminol does function to detect blood but you wouldn't spray it on all over the place like they do because you can't then analyse it for DNA, etc. The stuff with the digital pictures is possible with high resolution cameras. I haven't seen that CSI: NY episode but I can't imagine it being possible to pick up a reflection in someone's eye if the picture's good enough. Something else which the shows don't portray is how long these cases take: forensic labs run on a case work backlog of months, even up to a year. Technology these days is heading towards being able to analyse evidence at the crime scene to make things work faster, but at the moment most evidence goes to the lab and sits there until it gets to the front of the queue.

Question: When Christine is in the graveyard, why does the Phantom try to lure her into what I think is her father's grave? What would he have done to her?

Chosen answer: The Phantom tries to lure Christine to the grave because it is the first time in three months that she has been away from Raoul long enough. It's basically his only opportunity to lure her back to his lair in order to seduce her once more.

Question: Who were the people doing the experiment?

Chosen answer: Aliens.


Question: So Stick "hired" Elektra to "kill" The Treasure and her father as a test. Did he just assume that Elektra wouldn't kill them? Stick's not psychic.

Chosen answer: He did assume that she wouldn't kill them. It was a test that she passed.

Jane Doe

Question: How old is the Phantom supposed to be? When we are shown his childhood, he looks as though he should be the same age as Madame Giry, but he only looks like being in his 20s-30s.

Chosen answer: In the Susan Kay book, there is a quote in which the Phantom says that he is "old enough to be Christine's father", which would make sense, given that Mme. Giry is like a mother to her, and Mme. Giry and the Phantom seem to be close in age. Joel Schumacher wanted to go with a "younger, sexier" cast, but the age difference still seems to work - Emmy Rossum (Christine) was seventeen at the time of filming, while Gerard Butler (Phantom) was about thirty-four.

Question: When Ellie and Muldoon are going out to turn the power on, Muldoon sees that the raptors have escaped and says something to the effect of, "even Nedry knew better than to mess with the raptor pen." As a computer person, how would Nedry know much about dinos and as the electric wiring was obviously broken around the raptor cage Nedry must have turned off the raptor fences as well?

Chosen answer: Nedry did not turn off the raptor fences, as anyone in the park would know how dangerous the raptors were. Nedry was no scientist, but was not a fool and knew how to target particular fences via programming. If you remember, Muldoon had the raptor fences checked when the all of the other paddock fences went offline. It was only after the entire system was rebooted to bring the power back online that the raptor fence was tripped, promptly causing the intelligent raptors to break out. Muldoon mentioned Nedry to show that not even he was foolish enough to mess with the raptor fences.

Question: At the end of the movie when Clark and Lois are talking to each other at the Daily Planet, Clark kisses Lois and she forgets that Clark is really Superman. How could that happen and why would Clark make Lois forget that he is Superman, since she promised not to tell anyone?

Chosen answer: Superman was be able to kiss Lois in such a way that the heightened emotion wiped out her memory of his identity. To answer your second question, even though Lois promised not to tell anyone, Superman decided he does not want even her to know his secret identity.

Matty Blast

Question: What is the name of the song being played when all the cars are lined up at Carters mansion before he talks to them about his confiscated Ferrari?

Chosen answer: Trick Daddy - Represent.

Question: How exactly did Rusty Nail find Charlotte, or Fuller and Lewis for that matter?

Chosen answer: For Fuller and Lewis, the best assumption is that he never actually left the first motel. He stayed at or near the motel, followed them to the police station, and then continued following them up untill the point where he makes his presence to them known again. Or he also could have just parked his rig somewhere far down the road and waited for their car to pass him, and at which point he would start following them. And for Charlotte, he probably just followed Fuller and Lewis all the way to the college, saw Charlotte, and then kidnapped her while she was leaving.

Question: In several mistakes on this page, there is a reference to a Predator dubbed Celtic. Which one is Celtic, anyway?

Chosen answer: Celtic is the second predator to die in the big fight. His death comes at the hands of "Nethead" (aka Grid) when he attempts to kill the alien with some sort of ceremonial knife while it was subdued with the net. He can be described as having an unusual mask because it displays some additional protrusions around the mouth, possibly as a re-breather of some sort. Celtic also has a scratch on his mask which he got when fighting the alien.

Question: Who's Antonioni?

Chosen answer: Michelangelo Antonioni is a famous Italian film director. See His most famous film in English is "Blowup" made in 1966.


Question: Where would Andy have been able to get the $10 necessary to buy the rock hammer?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: In the original novella it is revealed that Andy smuggled $500 into the prison inside of his rectum. During an interview in 2004 Robbins incorrectly quoted the amount as being $100. The narration up until Red's release is provided as Red writes his account of the events while still in prison, and employs the same method to smuggle the story out. But since the issue of Andy smuggling in $500 into the prison isn't addressed in the movie, we should assume that he smuggled it in. In addition to this, the wardens scams are described as "near slave labor." From this we can assume that it is possible the inmates are getting paid (an incredibly small) wage. Perhaps Andy, with his financial knowledge, knows how to haggle, barter and stretch a dollar. One last (but not as likely) scenario is that Red allows some sort of lay by system to inmates.

Season 1 generally

Question: Whatever happened to Donna's little sister (I think her name was Tina?) She was mentioned during the first season and we even saw her once, but I haven't seen or heard of her since then. Have they ever explained where she went?


Chosen answer: Even though they appear in certain episodes, Tina Pinciotti and her other sister, Valerie, were written out of the series, much like Chuck Cunningham on "Happy Days." They are neither seen nor mentioned again.

Cubs Fan

Question: In the UK Extended DVD, Aragorn's rousing speech at the black gate seems to finish a little differently. The line, 'This day we fight' sounds different to me from what I remember from the cinema and as I don't own the theatrical version I can't check. Can anyone confirm my suspicions and if so, why did they change it?

Chosen answer: It's not different from the theatrical cut, but a significantly different take on the line was used in the trailer.

Nick N.

Question: When Mrs. Clackett tells Flavia that the bed hasn't been aired, Flavia says, "I'll get a hot water bottle." What is the hot water bottle for?


Chosen answer: Hot water bottles were used to warm the sheets and take the "staleness" out of sheets that have not been used in a while.

Mark English

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'?


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.


Question: When Scotty gets email, it says "mail muthafu**a." Is this something that they did just for the movie or can you get this somewhere?

Tobin OReilly

Chosen answer: It was made for the movie but you can now find it all over the 'net. Try a Google search.

Question: When Brad Pitt lays nude with two women, was Brad Pitt and the two women really nude?


Chosen answer: I can't answer for certain, but I know that usually actors wear 'modesty clothes' in scenes like this: very small, flesh-coloured underwear. This is most likely in this case, as Brad Pitt's 'nakedness' was not actually seen on the camera.

Show generally

Question: what is the name of the song playing towards the end of the episode where carrie is a model for the day? the chorus goes "my love is your love."

Chosen answer: It's called "Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn.




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