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What were all the references in Deadpool?

I recently watched Deadpool and it was full of references and Easter Eggs. I was able to pick many of them like Green lantern, X-Men Origins, etc., but my friend was not able to understand many of ...
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How closely do Sherlock Episodes relate to the original stories?

In the TV Series Sherlock I know there are many references to the original canon (for example the hat). Particularly variations of the episode names. A Study in Pink - A Study in Scarlet A Scandal ...
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What is Kevin from?

In Cabin in the Woods there is a board with a list of monsters on it: Bbetween Deadites and Mummy in the lower left there is Kevin. I am Kevin. I would like to know what monster reference this is ...
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Where does the “One of us! One of us!” chant originate?

I've seen the chant "One of us! One of us!" parodied in both South Park and Big Bang Theory. Where does it come from? Is "Gibble Gobble Gibble Gobble" (added by South Park) part of the original ...
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Who is “The Mask” impersonating after he gets “shot”?

After the Mask finishes kissing a young, gorgeous Cameron Diaz; the jealous boyfriend comes downstairs with his cronies to confront him. The big guy pulls out his gun and--after several failed ...
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Is the scene with the girl putting a flower in a soldier's rifle's muzzle a reference to a specific event?

In the opening of the movie Watchmen, when Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" is playing, there is a scene where a harmless teenage girl steps forward and tries to put a flower in a soldier's ...
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Is Chandhramukhi / Manichitrathazhu / Bhool Bhulaiyaa a partial copy of Vertigo?

I watched Vertigo recently and I noticed that there were some really striking similarities between Vertigo and Chandramukhi/ Manichitrathazhu /Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Is it true that the makers really ...
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Rango's Western reference?

The (excellent) Rango is filled with references to other movies. While I found quite a lot of them, I'm stuck on this one. Which (famous I suppose) western does this scene refer to?
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Is this Green Lantern and Batman reference intended for a Justice League movie?

In Man of Steel, there are two references to other DC character, such as: First Christina Wren's character called Carrie Ferris in the film resemblance to Blake Lively's character Carol Ferris ...
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Is “Elf” meant to be set in the same universe as the Rankin/Bass “Rudolph” Christmas special?

The 2003 film Elf (starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau) has many visual similarities to the Rankin/Bass produced Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). ...
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Was the TARDIS an inspiration for the time-traveling phone booth?

The 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure features a pair of dim-witted teenagers traveling through time to retrieve historical figures to make an oral presentation for their history class. ...
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Was the Johnny B. Goode scene from Back to The Future inspired from Top Secret?

Maybe it's just me, but I was watching Top Secret for the first time today, and I realized that the scene where Nick (Val Kilmer) sings Tutti Frutti by Little Richard felt a lot similar to the scene ...
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Who are the look-alikes hired by Abed supposed to be?

In Community Season 3 Episode 12 'Contemporary Impressionists' when Troy returns to his flat and sees Abed sat down with a leg cast he fears the worst and then a Robin Williams lookalike appears. ...
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Were there any Russian or Soviet moviemakers who were widely imitated by Western ones?

It's well known that many Western moviemakers respect and love foreign moviemakers and liberally borrow/steal/copy/homage ideas and scenes. Anything from Tarantino and Wuxia movies, to Lucas and ...
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Is Nolan citing Borges?

When I was watching Interstellar a few days ago and Cooper passed the black hole horizon to find himself in a "non-space" on the other side of his daughter's bookshelves where he had access to all ...
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How is The Godfather: Part III related to the Cavalleria Rusticana?

In the finale of The Godfather: Part III Vincent's "clearance" of the Corleone family's enemies and the assassination attempt on Michael is intertwined with the family attending a performance of the ...
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How much influence did the animated Lord of the Rings movie from 1978 have on Peter Jackson's trilogy?

I wonder how much the previous movie treatment of The Lord of the Rings -- in the form of Ralph Bakshi's great (albeit unfinished) animated version from 1978 -- had any kind of influence on Peter ...
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The Simpsons/Futurama: walk in the dark with neon signs

In many episodes of The Simpsons or Futurama, a character (usually drunk or sad) walks in the dark with neon signs moving in the background; where does this come from? A few examples: The Simpsons ...
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Is there real connection between The Machinist and Dostoyevsky's books?

I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot". According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers ...
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What is the origin of the Black Tablet thing surrounded by apes?

In the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film and one of the episodes of The Simpsons both show a scene were a bunch of apes in what seems to be a canyon region are looking at a long black ...
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Was this scene an homage to Hellboy?

In one scene, Ron Perlman's character is eaten by a giant monster. This isn't the first time this has happened to him in a del Toro movie, it also somewhat happened in Hellboy. Was this scene ...
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A possible Donnie Darko reference to 2002

Donnie Darko the film features a recurring scene consisting of fast-cut composition of various overlaying elements atop a large pupil. One of these elements appears to be a stack trace/core dump for ...
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Why is the flashing light asynchron to the shots fired at Brett in Pulp Fiction?

A few days ago I watched Pulp Fiction again. I noticed something and now I'm curious about a little detail. When Vincent and Jules killing Brett in Pulp Fiction a yellow/orange light appears two times ...
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What were the magic words used by Zemo and what's it referring to?

In Captain America: Civil War, Baron Helmut Zemo used some magic words to activate the brainwashing of the Winter Soldier. But these words seem a bit weird to me at first glance, I only remember one ...
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What's the origin of the “'ello, gov'nor” line?

This line is often used in TV shows, usually when a character is trying to use an english accent. He will use a british slang and say something along the lines of 'ello gov'nor! Two examples ...
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References to “La jetée” in “12 Monkeys”

In some scenes of "12 Monkeys" Cole (Bruce Willis) wears a t-shirt with the word "Chris" very visible. This is an homage to Chris Marker, the french film director of "La jetée" in which the movie is ...
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Did Neil Marshall deliberately reference The Matrix in Dog Soldiers?

In the film Dog Soldiers by Neil Marshall, the following dialogue occurs between two characters: Where is Spoon? There is no Spoon The Spoon referenced in the dialogue was one of the ...
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Drawing room romance parody in “Hail, Caesar!”

I was able to identify most of the parodies in "Hail, Caesar!". For example, the sailors dancing scene is "On the Town" (1949). However, I could not figure which movie the drawing room romance was ...
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What video game are the ninjas from?

In Pixels, Josh Gad's character battles several chibi-style ninjas that are assaulting a school bus. I do not recognize what video game these ninjas are from. What game are they from, or are ...
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“What's up doc?” - Is Bugs Bunny impersonating someone?

It turns out that Bugs Bunny was impersonating someone when he ate the carrot. Was he also impersonating a contemporary actor when he asked What's up doc? or is that a Bugs Bunny original?
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Is Lisa quoting something else in Deep Space Homer, or did the writers write this themselves?

In the Simpsons episode Deep Space Homer, when the space shuttle is taking off, Lisa says this: How doth the hero strong and brave, a celestial path in the heavens pave. Is this a reference to ...
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What were the other A.I. chips and whom are they referring to?

In Age of Ultron, Iron man selected the FRIDAY chip from the rest for the replacement of J.A.R.V.I.S I was clearly able to find out references to Jocasta and FRIDAY. What are the rest of the chips ...
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What characters does Honey Lemon resemble?

Big Hero 6 is full of geeky references and the characters or their accessories are very close to other movies. For example: Go Go works on Tron-like-cycle, Fred is Gozilla-style monster. Wasabi has a ...
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Are Dwight's “What is my perfect crime?” lines in S05E08 - “Frame Toby” a reference to something?

Are Dwight's "What is my perfect crime?" lines in Season 5, Episode 8 titled "Frame Toby", a reference to something? What is being referenced to? The lines: Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I ...
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What are the analogies/homages to Western Cinema in Breaking Bad?

Critics have drawn comparisons of scenes in Breaking Bad to classic Western Cinema. Vince Gilligan himself has spoken of such influences, and I was just wondering if there are any specific pro-filmic/...
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Why did Flash completely avoid mentioning Supergirl?

In Flash S02E18 "Versus Zoom", Flash accidentally passes through a blue portal during his speed test and after his return he asks how much time has passed. It's surely a nod to the crossover episode, ...
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Are Star-Lord's final words a reference to something else?

After watching Guardians of the Galaxy and Peter Quill's final words: What should we do next? Something good? Something bad? A bit of both? a friend of mine meant that he thinks to know this ...
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Is this J. R. Dobbs on the picture at Nedry's desk?

So, some of you may have heard of this incredibly awesome website: http://gizmodo.com/relive-jurassic-parks-iconic-hacking-scene-right-from-1535139292 which allows you to relive the classic scene ...
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Inspector space time

In the series Community the characters Abed and Troy love to watch the series "Inspector Space Time". It feels like it is a series that really exists. So does it? And if so, what is its name? (when ...
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What did Q's hint that a watch tells time tell James but not me?

In Spectre, Q hands James a watch. Asking what it can do, he responds "It tells the time." A nice pun in what's also an ad for the Omega Seamaster 300. In cinema, before the movie started, they ...
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What are all the film references in 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'?

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl contains many low-budget parodies of classic films and I'm trying to list all the references in it. IMDb mentions some, but they're not all there [It's missing 8 1/2 (...
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Is the title a homage to Back to the Future?

I am not sure why this movie was called Project Almanac. As far as I remember the protagonists just make up the name out of the blue and never mention it again, so maybe there is no significance at ...
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Were the direct references to Die Hard and Under Siege made on purpose?

While Olympus Has Fallen was in its main theme and overall plot quite similar to many action movies of that kind, there were two particular scenes that I understood as direct references to two genre ...
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Is True Detective (S2) based on “The Big Nowhere”?

I am one of that dying breed who likes movies but reads the book before, sometimes long before, the movie comes out. I was wondering if anyone has noticed that the characterizations and storyline in ...
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Reference to ruined pizza in 'Inside Out'

In Inside Out there's the following dialogue (as quoted here from its IMDb page): Anger: [seeing slices of pizza with only broccoli on top] Anger: Congratulations San Francisco, you've ruined ...
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Did Robert Redford name the Sundance Film Festival after the character he played?

Redford portrays 'The Sundance Kid' in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which is one of his more famous roles. The movie came out in 1969. He co-founded the Sundance film festival in 1978. Did he ...
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Meaning of Mark Hamill's “I am your father” line from The Flash

As we all know, Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Last year, he also played in a The Flash episode, named Tricksters. Now, in that episode, he tells Alex the famous line I am your father. ...
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Are the unicorns' outfits referencing other film/tv franchises?

So the Regular Show episode "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" features a number of unicorns in different clothes. It's pretty obvoius that the third unicorn from the left is wearing an outfit ...
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What is the meaning of the symbols on the Arrowhead in the season 3 intro?

In the Arrow season 3 starting and ending intro, the Arrowhead got changed from plain to thicker one with symbols embodied on it, as depicted below Is there any deep meaning/symbolism behind those ...
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Looking for connections between Mr. Robot and Fight Club

I noticed that the music playing during the last arcade scene in ep9 of Mr. Robot is a rendition of the song "Where is my mind" by the Pixies, which is the closing music for Fight Club. Did anybody ...