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Question: What is parfey, which is supposedly the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet?

Answer: It's parfait. It's a cold dessert made of layers of fruit, ice cream, flavored syrup,sometimes cake and whipped cream. While I wouldn't call it the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet, they are pretty darn good.

Grumpy Scot

Actually, that's the American version. Originally it was a French dish made with cream, eggs, sugar and syrup to create puree.

Question: What did Claire do to get in detention? Andy taped the one guy's butt closed, Brian had a gun in school, the Goth just wandered in, and Bender pulled the fire alarm, but we never hear what Claire did.

Answer: She blew off school to go shopping, in other words she got caught cutting class. Her dad mentions it in the first scene when he is sitting in the car with her.

Jeanne Perrotta

Question: What is the point of the chinese girl? I've watched the film and can't quite figure out what she does with the plot, especially when Donnie grabs her face and says "Everything will be better for you".

Answer: Throughout the film, themes of alienation and disillusionment are prominent - an illustration of the alternate universe plotline. Cherita is that theme manifested in a very visible sense - people make fun of her, reject her, and she obviously doesn't fit in.

Phoenix

Answer: Cherita's seemingly small role has larger implications and can be used as a contrast effect to Donnie. Cherita liked (loved?) Donnie, but she could never be with him because they are from two "different worlds." But this does show that people with "mental problems" can be and often are attractive to others. Many teens feel alienated but for different reasons. Cherita and Donnie didn't fit in well. Cherita was teased/bullied by teenagers who went to a private religious school. Surely they have heard the expression "do unto others..." Why is this bullying behavior not viewed as mental illness while some other behavior is? Donnie told Cherita things would get better for her. After the teenagers graduate and mature, they will outgrow the behavior and the teasing should cease. Cherita doesn't need to change in order to have a better future. The same is not true for Donnie - he is not likely to outgrow his mental illness, and unless there are major changes in him, he will have no future.

KeyZOid

Question: Does anybody know how old Shelob is, is she older than Sauron?

Answer: Shelob's date of birth is not recorded, but is believed to be sometime in the First Age, which would make her at most seven thousand years old. Sauron is much older, having been around since the creation of the world.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the title and author of the music played at Isabella's house on the stereo?

Answer: It's called "Red Tape" by Agent Provocateur.

Question: What is the significance of the penguin as Ed Norton's "power animal"?

Answer: If you listen to the commentary the producer explains that the whole ice cave scene is himself reminiscing about some childrens' book series.

Question: If the radio antenna was cut, how in the world did they get communication? It seems they were working on the radio on the sub, what good would that do if there was no antennae?

iceverything776

Chosen answer: The ship has a second antenna, but the radio is damaged during the torpedo attack. Therefore they have to fix it in order to use the backup antenna.

Question: I've seen the full-screen version of the film several times on television now, and I'm wondering why the very last shot before the closing credits shows the wide-screen shot compressed into the full-screen viewing area (making everyone look tall and skinny). Is it because all five characters wouldn't be able to fit, or is it because the closing credits are about to be shown?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: It's probably the former. Pan and scan isn't possible in a static scene like that one, of course. Just another reason why "fullscreen" is misleading.

Phil C.

Question: I'm sure I have seen this film in colour. Does anyone know if it has ever been shown in colour?

REBECCA HOBSON

Chosen answer: I've seen it colorized several times on TNT and FMC.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Where did Sam get the potatoes for the "coney stew"? Not having enough food is a big issues for the hobbits yet it seems he has more than enough ingredients to make a stew with the rabbits that Gollum brings to him. And, if he just dug up the potatoes, why is running out of lembas bread such a tragedy?

Nick N.

Chosen answer: Sam didn't "get" them anywhere at all. He says, "What we need now is a few good taters," implying that he wishes he had some - but he doesn't.

Phil C.

Question: Can anyone tell me why switch wears white clothes when inside the matrix when all the other rebels wear black? Is there a back story to this?

Answer: Not all the rebels wear black, they each have a distinctive style, Trinity in black PVC, Morpheus in alligator skin over a purple business suit, Switch in white.

Sol Parker

Question: When we see Jack and Judy (the nude stand-ins) in the scene where Judy takes her top off for the first time, one of the crew members hold a black object beside Judy first, and then Jack. What is he doing?

Answer: He is doing lighting checks to set the cameras properly.

wolfchild

Show generally

Question: When Charlotte won't believe that Stanford's boyfriend Marcus used to be a callboy, Anthony says "Wake up and smell the KY". What is KY?

Answer: A popular brand of sexual lubricant. See http://www.k-y.com/index.jsp.

J I Cohen

Question: What is the song that plays when we see the silhouette of Colin and the American girls undressing him at their house?

Answer: It's called 'Wherever You Will Go' and it's by The Calling.

Kara

Question: At the end of Revolutions, Smith's body (or bodies I should say) is destroyed in the same manner it was destroyed at the end of the first film. But after he was destroyed the first time, he simply came back and started spreading. What's stopping him from simply returning the same way he did after his first "death"?

Answer: The answer to this comes from Reloaded. Smith says that after he died, he was supposed to go back to the source, to be deleted (this is clarified by the Oracle). However, he didn't and in effect became a virus in the system. When he infected Neo, who was connected to the source, the source destroyed him.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: What happened to the pages of Colin's book when they fell in the lake? Did him and Aurelia get them back or did they give up?

Answer: I think they got most or all of them back, as evidenced by the scene where they are both shivering and wet in the house. "How can I repay you? I know, I'll name a character after you..."

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Show generally

Question: Can someone PLEASE explain the ending? The whole show was pretty confusing, particularly why everything disappeared at the end, why people lost their memories, etc.

Azureth

Chosen answer: The show was originally planned to have a second season, but then it was dropped because of low ratings in Japan, thus the abrupt ending leaving everything unexplained and out in the open. Still, the show was so popular on TV in the US that The Cartoon Network decided to finance the production of the second season, which is right now coming out on DVD (I think the first three volumes are already out). This should end up tying everything nicely.

Sereenie

Question: When Neo and Trinity are about to take off in the Logos to go to the Machine City, and after she goes down to check the problem and Bane attacks her, she goes up the ladder and calls for Neo on the intercom. However, right after she got up the ladder Bane grabs her foot and she proceeds to kick him, knocking back down the ladder. Why didn't she use this chance to lock him in? You can't open it from below. Yes, he could still mess with the ships operations, however they could've gotten a gun, opened it up, and shot him; it'd be as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

Azureth

Chosen answer: He would have still been able to open the hatch up. It's a maintenance room, not a "lock-up" room. Someone in this room would still be able to open it from the inside.

XIII

Chosen answer: Present day (ie early '80s).

J I Cohen

Question: Evie constantly refers to the 'Bembrige Scholars' - do they actually exist?

Kara

Chosen answer: No, but it sounds a bit like Cambridge or some other old institution. Bembridge actually exists as a village in England, but there is no mention anywhere of any institution or society named "Bembridge Scholars", so it's most likely something that was invented for the sake of the franchise, as they are mentioned in the second movie as well.

David Mercier

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