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Question: Has it ever been brought up in the news or on some board that the Batmobile in Batman Begins looks a lot like the ship Harrison Ford drives in Blade Runner? I only asked because Christopher Nolan said, after he and his crew watched a private screening of Blade Runner, that that was how they were going to make Batman Begins.

Answer: No, for the simple reason that they don't really look that much alike. Nolan was thinking in terms of the general gritty aesthetic of Blade Runner more than anything else.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Maybe I'm just missing something here, but when Kathryn and Annette talk in the bathroom, why does Kathryn act as though she doesn't know Annette? She obviously knows who she is as she has seen her several times. We know why Annette pretends not to know Kathryn but this bit doesn't make sense.

Answer: Well, this is my own opinion, but I think that Annette and Katharine were just pretending not to know each other. Remember, Katharine doesn't know how much Annette knows and Annette knows what kind of deception Katharine is constantly pulling off. I also think that Annette uses the line "turning to God" to foreshadow (and maybe scare) Katharine. Naturally, it didn't work until the journal got out.

Question: What does the woman ask her son in Polish? with my limited Russian and Serbo/Croatian skills, I believe she started with, "What do you think..."

Answer: She says: "What do you think? I think he is going like it." (Or "he is going to be satisfied").

Question: Again, was the Polish woman's son really a drug dealer? A little piece of me thinks that it could have been a ruse by the Chicago PD to get him in and let Kimble think he was safe for the moment. Or, did he tell the cops that Kimble was living in his mother's basement as leverage to get out of being arrested for drug dealing?

Answer: Why on earth would the Chicago PD leave Kimble to think he was safe if they knew his location? He's a convicted killer - they find him, they grab him, they throw him in prison, end of story. No requirement to lull him into a false sense of security. They busted the Polish woman's son for drug dealing - he turned Kimble in to try to buy some leniency.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Jack's buddy, the lawyer, had come up with the plan that Jack would black-mail Joy into signing the "contract", saying that if she didn't - then Jack would tell everybody at the retreat the truth about them. However, he never gave her the option to sign it, he actually never even showed it to her but went right up on stage, planning to tell the crowd the truth. Can someone explain the logic in that?

Answer: He didn't actually want to show her the contract because he was falling for her and didn't want to hurt her, but his friend was putting pressure on him, so he went to go on stage because of the pressure, and decided to resist.

Question: What is that on Camille's back? The first time we see her, it looks like a bit of sand, but then it's still there in later scenes. Is it intentional, as I don't believe that the actress has that on her back?

Answer: They are scars. She got them when she was trapped in the burning building with her dead family.

Twotall

Answer: Olga Kurylenko had laser surgery performed just prior to filming to remove a tattoo. It was worked into the film as being caused by the general, years earlier, when her parents had been killed.

Show generally

Question: I don't remember which episode this is but it's the one where at the end Iroh gets out a picture of his son and some incense and tells his deceased son happy birthday. Then at the end, where it's over in the top right-hand corner of the screen, it reads, "In Memory Of Mako" or something along those lines. Who's Mako? I thought his son was Lu Ten.

Answer: Mako Iwamatsu, often credited simply as "Mako" was the actor who voiced Iroh during the first two season of the show - he died of cancer in July 2006.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: How is it that the heroes are able to "broadcast their pirate signal and hack into the matrix", but the machines are unable to hack the "codes to Zion's mainframe computer"?

Answer: It's a range issue. It's specifically mentioned that, in order to tap into the Matrix, the ships have to rise to "broadcast depth". Zion's too far down for signals to reach it, so the machines can't hack their systems.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Was any explanation ever given for why V's signature flower was changed to the Scarlet Carson for the movie when in the graphic novel it's the Violet Carson (keeping in tone with his obsession with the letter V)? It doesn't seem to serve any plot significance so I'm rather puzzled why they felt a modification was necessary.

Answer: The Violet Carson is an uncommon rose, and the requirement to frequently require a rose in a state of perfect bloom meant that production crew were required to purchase hundreds of roses during the course of production. As such, they chose to go with a more common rose, the Grand Prix, which they renamed to the fictional Scarlet Carson to tie the name in to the original. There's also the point that the Violet Carson is named after a real person, a British actress who passed away in 1983. Her family might well not appreciate having her name prominently associated with a serial killer anti-hero in a major Hollywood movie.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Has there ever been an explanation given as to what purpose the fire belching towers seen in the initial opening scene of Los Angeles serve?

Answer: The suggestion in the future Bladerunner universe is that the planet is so over populated, that you have living areas and industry all in the same areas, hence the towers with fire.

GalahadFairlight

Answer: Each of them has unknowingly crossed him in some manner. So he pulls them together into a group, uses them as pawns to help him eliminate the man who can identify him, then, once that's done, he cleans up the loose ends by taking them out.

Tailkinker Premium member

Answer: We cannot assume that the suspects crossed Keyser in any way as we cannot assume any of the story is true, therefore it could be because they crossed him or simply because they know his face.

Answer: When a vampire consumes human blood, their irises turn varying shades of red. The more blood consumed, and the more recent since it was drunk, the brighter the shade of red. When a vampire consumes animal blood, their irises turn to a topaz color which varies in shade similarly to the irises of a human-blood drinker. In either case, when a vampire goes for extended periods without feeding, their eyes turn darker and darker until they appear black.

Phixius Premium member

The One With The Halloween Party - S8-E6

Question: I don't get Joey at the party. I understand that he's dressed as Chandler with the preppy jumper and jeans but what I don't understand is the 'I'm Chandler blaaaaaargh' or 'I don't sound like that blarrrrrrrrgh'. Why is he 'blargh'ing?

Answer: He's imitating Chandler (not brilliantly) who makes noises like that, most often (and most similar to that one) when disgusted by something. For example, he does that when he realises Joey isn't wearing any underwear under all his clothes during "The One Where No-one's Ready."

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: In the end.

Question: I have some doubts about this movie and Casino Royale: What was the exact relation between Le Chiffre and Greene? For what I understood, Mollaka, the airport guy (I think his name is Carlos) and Dimitrios all worked for Le Chiffre, right? So, Le Chiffre owed money to Mr. White's organization (Quantum) and Mr. White killed him. I think this is it, although I'm not sure. Any explanation would be appreciated.

Answer: I think you've got it pretty much right. Greene is one of the members of Quantum, along with Mr White and numerous others. Le Chiffre appears to have been his own man, working as a private banker for various organisations, including Quantum, who, in addition to using his services, would introduce him to potential new clients. Mollaka and Carlos were both freelance operatives employed by Le Chiffre through his associate Dimitrios to take down the prototype aircraft as part of his efforts to manipulate the stock market. When Le Chiffre lost the money through taking too many risks with it, Quantum came to the conclusion that he couldn't be trusted, so Mr White took him out of play.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Just saw the movie tonight and loved it, the music especially. I have two questions in one. First, why is it again that Edward and the other vampires glitter in the sunlight? I'm sure they explained it, but I'm hard of hearing and our theater doesn't have very good speakers. Secondly, what is the name of the first song that plays when the credits are switching to the water shimmering in the background? I came in early and heard it once, then stayed during the credits to hear it again.

Answer: The vampires in Twilight glitter because they are not "typical" vampires. The author wanted to address the sunlight issue in a different manner than the "normal" vampire lore, so she created her own vampire mythology in which instead of vampires being harmed by the sun, their skin reflects it back in an odd, and beautiful way. The second song in the credits is "Leave Out All The Rest" by Linkin Park. The third song is "Decode" by Paramore. I posted both because I couldn't remember which song played during that part of the credits.

Question: How was Greene at the end found with 2 bullets in the back of his head? He was in the middle of the desert. He couldn't have shot himself twice, right?

Answer: As he was shot in the back of the head, it is clear that somebody tracked him down and shot him.

pinkwafer

Question: Is that a real opera? If so, what is it?

Question: When Apollo 13 launches, there is a lot of white stuff that look like shingles (I don't know how else to describe it) that fall off the space craft as it is rising. What is it?

Answer: It's ice that condensed on the side of the rocket. The fuel has to be kept at low temperature, leading to the rocket being extremely cold.

Tailkinker Premium member

I get it. The fuel needs to be kept at low temperatures. Otherwise the rocket would overheat, and explode.

The fuel does not have to be kept at low temperatures. The ice "shingles" form on the outside skin of the Saturn V that surrounds the oxidiser tanks. The oxidiser is liquid oxygen, which liquefies at −182.96 °C, cold enough to freeze atmospheric water vapour into ice.

The answer to the question states that the fuel has to be kept at a low temperature.

Then the answer is wrong. The fuel of the Saturn V (kerosene) was kept at ambient temperature whereas the oxidiser (liquid oxygen) was kept at near cryogenic temperatures. Look, this isn't rocket science! No, wait, yes it is.

Then why is the ice there?

It forms the skin of the Saturn V that encloses the oxidiser tanks. The liquid oxygen in the tanks is so cold (−182.96 °C) that atmospheric water freezes into ice and is dislodged when the Saturn V is launched.

Ever noticed a wet can or glass of a cold drink in the summer? That's humidity from the air condensing on the cold surface of the glass. Now imagine if that can or glass were about 300° BELOW 0. That same humidity would condense and freeze. It being Florida in July, very humid, lots of condensation turning to ice. It didn't happen to the Space Shuttle because the tank was covered in that brown foam to insulate it like a styrofoam cooler.

Question: In the scene where the hypertime QT agents are in Zak's house, one of them gets sprayed with liquid nitrogen, bringing him down to normal time. But, if he is in normal time, wouldn't Zak's mom and sister see him? Don't you think they would call the police after seeing a stranger in their house?

Brad Premium member

Chosen answer: Probably, but it's not essential to the plot so there's no reason to show it.

Knever

Answer: These are top agent like figures who likely don't want many people knowing what's going on. Those still in hypertime probably carried the normal-time agent out of the building before Zak's mom found him.

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