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Tod Browning's controversial cult horror film Freaks from 1932. The central story is of this conniving trapeze artist Cleopatra, who seduces and marries sideshow midget Hans after learning of his large inheritance. At their wedding reception, the other "freaks" announce that they accept Cleopatra in spite of her being a "normal" outsider; they hold an ...


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  That's a picture of J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project). Notice the left post-it note? It shows a mushroom cloud and the word "BOOM".       [Source]


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Fascinating question! According to the Pulp Fiction Movie Reference Guide, this scene is actually a direct homage to the 1946 film The Killers, "an American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway." The entry for "The Killers" reads: The Killers (1946): The killing of Brett mirrors ...


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lets go through one by one Shephard - The main character in mass effect is not named after firefly but instead named after Alan Shepard who was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, flag officer, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and businessman, who in 1961 became the second person and the first American to travel into space. ...


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The saying is not a famous quote. Precocious young Lisa is trying to sound smart by using sophisticated words like "doth" and "celestial" in a rhyme. Ever the intelligent overachiever, she's essentially trying to come up with a wisely worded quote of her own. But "hero strong and brave" is actually quite a cheesy, uninspired bit of phrase-making. And the ...


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Well, Brian De Palma is a known fan of Alfred Hitchcock (1) (2). In this interview he explains: We didn't set out to do a "Brian De Palma Signature SteadiCam Shot". I wanted to show the whole universe that the Nick Cage character was in. I wanted to show HIS world, I wanted to show it really fast, and I wanted to show it whole, in an exciting ...


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This is a (misattributed, according to Wiki) George S. Patton quote: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, because I am the meanest son-of-a-bitch in the valley. (This was a widely published anonymous derivative of Psalm 23 which arose in the early 1970s on wall-posters, plaques and t-shirts, with an ...


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Antoine Fuqua and Gerard Butler both discussed this in a video interview, showing they were definitely aware of the Die Hard connection and they both loved Bruce Willis' works. In fact, they viewed it as the daddy of all action films. Paraphrasing from the interview, they both drew distinct differences between Die Hard and Olympus Has Fallen, discussing how ...


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Here's a bunch. Yes, it's a short answer, but this is probably what the OP was after. It's not complete but it's certainly fun. I did not transcribe the link because it's been around over two years and I don't anticipate it being gone anytime soon. If anything, I hope it's updated. Also because I haven't watched Castle and do not care to research where ...


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Even though a definite proof -- in form of a confirmation by the Nolans or something similar -- is still missing, I think there is at least enough evidence to conclude that this connection is not coincidental, even if that evidence is only circumstantial. First of all, you are definitely not the only one drawing that connection. There are various articles ...


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Similar dialogue definitely appears in the movie in relation to Billy (DiCaprio), an undercover cop that tries to infiltrate crime boss Costello's crew. This is first invoked by his cousin, drug dealer Sean: Billy: In your line of work, if I gave you like, what, say, 10,000, what could I get back? Sean: You know what you usually say at these ...


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I agree with Mistah Mix that it's probably not based on one person. I saw a documentary called Cocaine-Cowboys a few years ago. It seems like he was a composite of some of those people. I haven't seen Miami Vice in a very long time so I can't say for sure, but if you read about Jon Roberts, Mickey Munday and Pablo Escobar you might see some similarities. ...


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There are no historical records of a single “godfather” of the South Florida drug scene; nor are there any historical records of such a person disappearing in the manner that Tony Acaro did in the show. The character seems to have been a composite of many different drug kingpins and assorted wrongdoers as were most of the antagonists on the series.


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Heavy influences. If you can't see them you aren't paying attention to the details of the stories. The movie especially plays out like a Mass Effect movie, even ending like Mass Effect where the captain fights his way through a battle between the Alliance and Reever fleets to send a signal out. Only big difference is Malcom runs from the Alliance where ...


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Short answer: Several of the songs on the album directly reference the Orpheus myth or have something to do with death and the afterlife. Black Orpheus is the best filmed depiction of the Orpheus myth with the Palme D'Or award for Best Film and Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Most importantly, it has a very visually arresting style, perfect for a music video. ...


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The existing answers have already provided some very interesting examples and I'd like to add a few small things, even if they're not directly referencing particular movies or not too obvious or relevant. Of course there's all the more general Western themes probably discussed in your links already, the whole New Mexico setting and the many scenes shot in ...


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You have two questions here. Is there a bugle in the office and, if so, what does it symbolise. So firstly, what is a bugle? As per Wikipedia?: The bugle is one of the simplest brass instruments, having no valves or other pitch-altering devices. This is the picture from Wikipedia: So now we at least know what we're looking for. To answer the ...



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