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Question: What is the point of including a weakness like the crotch vulnerable spot on your robot? Ivan opened himself up for that one.

Answer: There's never a "point" to including a weakspot, by definition they are a flaw in the design that is either unforeseen or unavoidable. Maybe they could not find a way round it when building the robot, or any solutions simply created other weakspots.

Question: When the jeeps are outside the t-rex paddock there is a sign on the concrete wall with the word NO written on it, the rest of the sign is too small to read. What does it say?

Answer: On the DVD it says, "Feeding, Flash Photography, Yelling", from top to bottom.

Question: In the scene where Neo fights the Frenchman's vampires, he is able to control some of the weapons on the wall and brings them to his hands. How is he able to do this, and why doesn't he just remove the weapons from his enemy's hands?

Answer: Neo has developed a form of telekinesis - the ability to move things with the mind - and uses this to bring the weapons to him. This is the same ability that allows him to stop bullets. As to why he doesn't simply take the weapons from his enemies, this would require tearing the weapons from their hands, which might be difficult - I don't think we ever see Neo using his telekinesis directly against sentients, so possibly he can't. Taking weapons from the walls, which won't put up a fight, and engaging the enemy in direct combat is an easier option.

Tailkinker Premium member

Answer: Within the Matrix, Neo is manipulating the very computer coding that is the foundation of the cyber-world itself. Neo could not only stop bullets and fly, but he could at first erase or overwrite this coding at will, resulting in the instant destruction of his enemies (as seen in the first movie, when Neo overwrites Agent Smith's coding and utterly disintegrates him). The artificial intelligence of the Machine Mind, however, was constantly revising and self-correcting its code (as seen at the beginning of the second movie, when Neo realises the Matrix Agents are even stronger than before, and he muses, "Hm...Upgrade."). The Machine Mind was upgrading all the time, trying to keep up with Neo's abilities; thus, we see Neo still stopping bullets and defying cyber-gravity in the Chateau Brawl, but one of the Frenchman's baddies manages to actually injure Neo with a sword, drawing blood from his hand. This makes it apparent that Neo was always playing a game of chess with the Machine Mind for control of the Matrix code, and the Machine Mind sometimes got the upperhand. The Trainman's coding, for example, was unbreakable, and Neo was helpless against him in the Train Station scene. Outside of the Matrix, in the Real World, Neo's abilities are harder to explain, as they appear literally supernatural.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: He is in a computer simulated world and is the chosen one because he can use his will to control and manipulate it, like moving objects and flying.

Question: I haven't seen the whole movie and I was wondering why they were calling the one boy "FedEx"?

Answer: He doesn't look like the other 11 kids, so his siblings told him he wasn't really one of them, but had been dropped off by the FedEx man.

kernssk

Question: What is the song playing when you see Agador for the first time dancing in the kitchen?

Answer: Conga by Gloria Estefan.

Tobin OReilly

Question: I just want to know where can I download the video of the parody of Best Picture nominees (mostly ROTK) in the recent Oscar Awards that was shown at the introduction of the awards show.

Answer: http://www.theonering.net/staticnews/1054890864.html

Question: If Dracula and his Brides only took 2 or 3 people a month from the village (which both the town people and Dracula commented on when Van Helsing killed a Bride), what or whom did all those other Vampires at the Masquerade Party eat?

Answer: They hunted people in Budapest (where the scene takes place), or in Budapest's surrounding areas.

Twotall

Question: At the end of the movie, when Hermione is out of hospital, she hugs Harry and only shakes hands with Ron. I haven't read the books, so is there any reason why she does this? Does she like Harry or something?

Answer: It's more that she actually likes Ron, but, in typical teenage style, is highly reluctant to show it. Harry's a good friend, so gets a hug. Ron's potentially more, but she's afraid to show it. There's a scene in the trailers for the Prisoner of Azkaban where she grabs Ron's hand when frightened, then lets go immediately looking embarrassed, which seems to fit this.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: In the short scenes following Donnie's death, many of the characters are shown reacting to his death, I think. Why is Patrick Swayze crying? Does it have something to do with his regret of participating in child pornography?

Answer: It is either from the regret of participating in child pornography or guilt from having thoughts about it in the first place. (Since Donnie's Death 'reversed' many events, Swayze's character may have never actually made the room, etc.)

Shipper

Question: Benedict goes down to the security center after receiving the call from Rusty that it's being robbed. Benedict tells Mr. Walsh to "make the call" and the "SWAT" team comes in. They tell Benedict to cut the power, then an explosion is set off, and so on. But what Benedict and everyone in the security center are actually seeing is a staged event, though it's all happening at the same time. Even if the "eleven" had timed it down to the last second of how things were going to happen, it would have been lapsed due to the few seconds wasted when Danny and Linus had to change the batteries in the trigger for the vault. So, I guess my question is, what are the chances that the tape and actual events would run in time together?

Answer: The battery-related delay doesn't matter - Rusty doesn't call Benedict until after the vault has been successfully breached. Up to that point, Livingston is simply running a looped image of the undisturbed vault. Only once Benedict has reached the control room does the tape of the fake vault start running. This just shows the preparation of the bags and the robbers generally wandering around the vault. Danny and co, down in the vault, would know how roughly long to leave it from the start of the tape to sending the bags up, and they know that the tape will start within a few minutes of them breaching the vault, so that's no real problem, timing-wise. The fake SWAT team show up and head down the liftshaft to the vault area. They then tell Benedict to cut all power to the vault, which he does, and all his screens showing what's going on go blank. During that time, they throw an explosive into the vault and it detonates. When Benedict brings the power back up, he's not looking at the tape any more - he's now seeing real images from the vault cameras. At no point is split-second timing required, nor do they have to worry about the tape being out of time with real events.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: This is going to sound really stupid but, from reading the Trivia section have found that there is a book of A Walk To Remember. Is the book called A Walk To Remember, and who is it by?

Answer: Yes, and it's by Nicholas Sparks.

J I Cohen

Question: What kind of dog is Fang?

Answer: According to the books he's a boarhound. http://www.sylvanlaneshoppe.com/movie_49.jpg.

Kara

The One With The Halloween Party - S8-E6

Question: When Chandler tells Ross to relax because he's looking a little flushed, what's the joke here? I miss some details

tw_stuart

Chosen answer: Ross claims he came to the party as 'Spud-nik (the satellite)' but admits he's really 'doodie'. The flushed (as in toilet) remark is another 'Poo' joke.

umathegreatstationarybear

Restless - S4-E22

Question: What exactly was the point of the guy with the cheese slices?

troy fox

Chosen answer: Joss Whedon wanted something in there that was totally inexplicable. The Cheese Guy fit the bill rather nicely.

Tailkinker Premium member

Restless - S4-E22

Question: Does anyone know what Anya and Giles are saying in French when they are talking to Xander in his dream?

troy fox

Chosen answer: From the Watcher's Guide Vol. 2. GILES: "-the house where we're all sleeping. All your friends are there having a wonderful time and getting on with their lives. The creature can't hurt you there." XANDER: "What? Go where? I don't understand." GILES: "Oh, for God's sake, this is no time for your idiotic games." ANYA: "Xander! You have to come with us now! Everybody's waiting for you!" XANDER: "Honey, I don't - I can't hear you..." ANYA: "It's not important. I'll take you there."

Phoenix

Question: Near the end, when Erin saves that nerdy guy (forgot his name) after they are chased into that little cottage and they are hiding, Erin gets attacked and the nerdy guy runs into Leatherface which causes him to drop his Chainsaw. Erin who was previously pinned-down by him gets up and starts trying to punch him. Did she never think to use the Chainsaw which was on the ground?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Seeing that they were fighting a psycho mass murderer, if she had had a clearer head her first inclination probably would be to pick up the chainsaw and kill Leatherface. As it was she was most likely trying to get him off their backs and do their best to get away alive.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Is the guy that plays the Sheriff the same guy that hosts the TV show "Mail Call"?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Yes. The man's name is R. Lee Ermey and you may have also seen him in the movie Full Metal Jacket.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Every time I see Dex's Diner, I'm reminded of "Mickey's Dining Car" in downtown Minneapolis (there's a brief shot of it in The Mighty Ducks). Is it just a coincidence that they look so similar, or is there more to it?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: Dex's Diner was largely based on the diner seen in Lucas' 1973 film, American Graffiti. As that was a fairly typical diner, it's not surprising that other diners around the US bear a considerable resemblance to it as well.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I own the soundtrack, however the song that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas dance to at the party is not on the soundtrack. Does anyone know where I can find the song?

shortdanzr Premium member

Chosen answer: The song is a re-arrangement of a classic Mexican folk tune 'El Sombrero Blanco' and is not available because it wasn't written by James Horner, who did all the original music for the picture. The folk song is very different from what is heard in the movie.

Question: In the scene where Bucks brother rings him up to babysit there is a body in bucks bed. In the scene before Buck is at a bar but brings no one home from the bar so where did the the extra person come from?

Answer: You can't actually see a person, all you see is a human-sized lump under the covers. It's possible that it's just bunched-up blankets, some pillows, or even clothes.

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