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A mention, allusion, citation, or homage to other works.

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Was there an intentional reference with the quote “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo”?

In Die Hard with a Vengeance, John McClane (portrayed by Bruce Willis) quotes a line from the song Flowers on the wall by the Statler Brothers while speaking to Zeus Carver (portrayed by Samuel L. ...
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In San Junipero, is there any significance as to why the bar is named Tucker's?

In the British anthology series Black Mirror, the season 3 episode, San Junipero, features a nostalgic 80's-inspired reality with a lot of references to many things characteristically and/or pop-...
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Watching Stewie sleep and rubbing knife against face reference?

In the Family Guy episode about Stewie's play, there is a scene in which Brian sneaks into his room to steal the manuscript of the play and destroy it out of jealousy, and there is a strange man in ...
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What movies does “Hell or High Water” reference?

What movies does the 2016 film Hell or High Water reference? Certainly there is a thematic congruence with The Wild Bunch regarding men, specifically bank robbers whom history has passed by. The ...
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Cliff hanging scene in Mission Impossible: Fallout

Towards the end of Mission Impossible: Fallout, we see Ethan hunt yet again hanging from a cliff to fight off August Walker. Was it just a typical "Impossible" action sequence or was it a deliberate ...
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How closely related are Teorema (1968), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) and Visitor Q (2001)?

There are obvious strong parallels but I haven't see any interviews with Mazursky or Miike discussing the Pasolini film. The core relationship is that all three films involve a mysterious visitor who ...
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Sopranos: Mergers & Acquisitions - Devil's Advocate Homage?

There is a scene in the episode of The Sopranos, called "Mergers and Acquisitions" where Valentina La Paz gets up after being with Tony Sopranos. The positioning of her body with regards to the camera ...
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Who translated the book “The Lady With a Little Dog” used in movie “The Reader”?

I found the Anton Chekov story "The Lady With the Dog", which is translated by Constance Garnett. It does not match with the story read by Michael in the movie "The Reader". Can anyone tell me who ...
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Is Count Rugen a nod to going up to eleven?

In This is Spinal Tap Christopher Guest’s character Nigel Tufnel has amplifiers with knobs that can be set to eleven. In The Princess Bride Guest plays Count Tyrone Rugen who, with a sixth finger on ...
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Is this sequence in “Star Trek” (2009) a reference to a Hoth sequence from “The Empire Strikes Back”?

In the Kelvenverse timeline, which begins in Star Trek (2009), there is a sequence where alter-Spock attempts to rid himself and the Enterprise crew of alter-James T. Kirk, after getting off to a ...
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Why is Harold and Maude mentioned in There's Something About Mary?

I was rewatching There's Something about Mary recently and in the movie they specifically mention Harold and Maude. I've never seen it but I've heard that movie is kind of weird. It is about a boy ...
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Indonesian culture and Shadowhunters / The Mortal Instruments series?

I've first remembered Maia giving Simon a free shot on Hunter's Moon, saying 'Gratis' which means 'free' in Indonesian. Magnus Bane is mix white-Indonesian. A Keris, Indonesian artistic weapon, the ...
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Is the Sausage Party's ending a tribute to Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain?

At the end of Sausage Party the "guru" character of the movie reveals to the main characters that everything that is happened during the movie is fiction (and that they are stereotypically created in ...
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Was this line from Jurassic World ad libbed?

In Jurassic World, Irrfan Khan's character Masrani makes a reference to another character he played in Life of Pi: MASRANI: So, how's my park doing? CLAIRE: Great. CLAIRE: We're ...
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Are there allusions to Blade Runner in Alias?

I am rewatching the Bad Robot TV series Alias. I'm on season five with the episode titled The Horizon. There is a scene that features Kelly Payton (Amy Acker) whom has now taken over operations for ...
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Is Beast Boy's transformation of Justice League vs. Teen Titans a nod to Genomorphs from Young Justice?

In Justice League vs. Teen Titans, during the scenes in the hellish dimension, Beast Boy was able to turn into some new kind of creature like a werwolfish-beast, a griffin and an animal looks just ...
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What was the significance of the books exchanged between Spud and The Guv?

In the film Spud, The Guv used to give books to Spud and there were constant references of these books. I can only spot and understand the reference of The Lord of the Rings which he even related with ...
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Are anomaly sequences in Animatrix: Beyond and Thor 2: The Dark World both paying homage to something?

In both movie main characters enter an abandoned area where strange physical anomalies are occurring. After watching both sequences back-to-back, I noticed that there are some common ways in which the ...
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Why is Oogie Boogie associated with gambling?

A lot of The Nightmare Before Christmas references different ideas in folklore - for example, Sally tells the future by blowing on a dandelion clock, and of course all the monsters are based on ...
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What's the significance of the book Bonnie is reading?

I'm currently rewatching the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies. In episode 2.04 titled, Kill Me, Bonnie is reading a book while staying with her mother, whose in the hospital after she had a ...
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Brexit reference in Hao jile / Have A Nice Day

I just finished watching Hao jile / Have A Nice Day. According to Mubi, The Guardian, Variety and others, it contains many references: there are visual and verbal references to everything from “...
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Is Patrick Melrose referencing The 400 Blows?

Not a Truffaut expert, but the main thing I remember from the The 400 Blows is lots of shots of the kid running through fields. (Tracking shots, if memory serves.) The Patrick Melrose television show ...
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Was this line from Show Dogs a cameo / pop culture reference?

In Show Dogs (2018), there is a scene where they are outside a Las Vegas casino and two dogs are speaking in a seemingly random clip (as though they are being interviewed). One of the dogs says ...
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Are there allusions to The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland in the TV miniseries Godless?

After recentally watching the Netflix Western miniseries Godless, I started to notice things, especially things pertianing to the character Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), that reminded me of both ...
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Do Wall-E and Big Hero 6 take place in the same city?

The cities of Wall-E (2008) and Big Hero 6 (2014) hold some similarities (mainly because of their San Francisco-esque style): close architecture, tall buildings, by a bay... Hiro is a 14-year old ...
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What is the meaning of the Jerry Maguire reference in “Begin Again”?

In Begin Again, Saul uses a Jerry Maguire reference on Dan here: Saul: Don't bother her. Don't bother her. It's not Jerry Maguire. What is the meaning of the Jerry Maguire reference in "Begin ...
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Is Westworld intentionally referencing Hannibal Lecter?

A remake of the film of the same name, HBO TV series Westworld features iconic actor Sir Anthony Hopkins in a leading role, (as per the first season), a character named Dr. Robert Ford, who was the co-...
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Are either Perfume or Hannibal Lecter Franchise inspired by each others' source materials?

I just recently watched the German TV series, Perfume released and distributed internationally through Netflix. The series is inspired by the 1985 historical fantasy novel, Perfume: The Story of a ...
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What is the painting in the end credits of 'La Piovra' season 4?

..you know, two screaming girls and burning car, obviously some modern art, but who's the author, is there any story to it?.. May be seen, e.g., here:
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In the Sex and the City series, were there any actor allusions to Square Pegs?

During the entire run of "Sex and the City" (including the film follow-ups), were there any references/call backs (referred to as the trope "actor allusion") to lead actress Sarah Jessica Parker's ...
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Is “Tom Hammond” a reference to something?

In The Accidental Terrorist, Hank finds out he's been getting scammed by his regular car salesman, Tom Hammond. In response, he prints out a large number of flyers that say "Tom Hammond's World of ...
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Is this quote a reference to something: “Tout est mauvais! C'est un festival!”

During one scene in Les visiteurs: la révolution a character says Tout est mauvais! C'est un festival! ("Everything's wrong! It's a festival!") Is this a reference to something else? If so, what?...
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Is Satine's Pink Diamond Dress inspired by Glinda's Dress from The Wizard of Oz?

In Baz Luhrmann's 2001 tragic romantic musical extravaganza, Moulin Rouge, there is one number in particular when Satine (Nichole Kidman) performs and she is wearing a very light pink with silver ...
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Is this phrase uttered by Roland Blum a reference to Braindead?

During the first few episodes of the TV series The Good Fight's third season, viewers are introduced to a scrupulous diabolical character named Roland Blum (Micheal Sheen) and whose entry point in the ...
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Lost in Space (1965) “Feet, do your stuff” reference

In the Lost in Space (1965) second season episode "Curse of Cousin Smith", there is a scene in which the robot exclaims "feet, do your stuff" before making a hasty retreat. The robot is obviously ...
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Relation Between Brigsby Bear and Future Folk?

The Future Folk (folk band) and the relevant film, the history of future folk (2012), revolve around a narrative about the duo coming to Earth from another planet. The costumes that they use in the ...
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Are there deliberate Robot Jox references in Pacific Rim?

I stumbled across this gif and was wondering are there any other Easter egg references to Robot Jox in Pacific Rim? This seems too close to be an accident but cant really find a lot about it out there....