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

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What movie was Joey talking about in 'The One with the Secret Closet'?

In the Friends episode 'The One with the Secret Closet' (S08E14) Joey describes a movie as having a door behind which no one knows what lies. When it opens, millions of flesh eating bugs come out. ...
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Why choose 'Black Orpheus' (Orfeu Negro)?

Arcade Fire recently released (through their official YouTube account here) a video containing their entire new album, Reflektor, played over the film Black Orpheus. What do the two have to do with ...
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Is this unknown character meant to be an allusion to a Six?

While recently rewatching the HBO re-imaged TV series, Westworld, I noticed in the second season two episode titled, Reunion, the camera follows the back of this character dressed in a white dress ...
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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 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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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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Who are Sheldon's references of Crunch and Kangaroo?

In this clip of The Big Bang Theory, before sacrificing himself, Sheldon says Following in the footsteps of Kirk, Crunch and Kangaroo. I know Captain Kirk died ...
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Who are these people in the pictures in Adam's room?

In Only Lovers Left Alive, Adam has a wall of pictures of famous people. They appear to be authors, composers, and scientists. Who are they?
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What is the explanation for the laughing ostrich meme in Family Guy?

In Family Guy, there is a recurrent meme of an ostrich who sarcastically laughs "ha hahhhh": Is there an explanation or back story for this meme?
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Is the White Worm character from Solo, a reference to Bram Stoker's Lair of the White Worm?

At the beginning of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we are introduced to a younger Han Solo and his girlfriend Qi'ra who are under the thumb of some criminal organization led by an alien that is literally a ...
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Did Star Trek Beyond copy a scene from Titan A.E.?

In Star Trek Beyond, there is a scene where the Enterprise enters the nebula. It is flying slowly and there is a discussion about the collisions disturbing the sensors. When I saw this scene I had a ...
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Is GLOW inspired by a real-life show?

On Netflix's original series GLOW, a down-in-the-dumps director along with a young, inexperienced producer hire several unpopular actresses and work hard to make wrestling history. Has a similar ...
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Reference to a Danish version of something on the TV series The Magicians

Main character Quentin was talking about some Danish version of a movie or TV show. -It's not sleight of hand if you're gonna use CGI. -Well, I'm sorry. It's just.. That's insulting to anyone ...
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Whose boat got hit by the missile?

In the French movie Taxi 2 (2000) As common in the franchise, this is most likely a reference to something. Whose boat is it? Or what is the reference about? As a reminder: Here's the scene.
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Is Katy Perry's song “The One That Got Away” homage to Titanic?

Katy Perry's song The One That Got Away always reminds me of Titanic: Old women remembering her dead love form her young days who is apparently a painter. Which is ...
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Is the metronome device in The Sinner Season 2 related to the song in Season 1?

In season one of the tv series, The Sinner the main character Cora becomes violent upon hearing an obscure familiar song that unknowingly relates a past traumatic event that she has blocked out. The ...
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Is Pippin the dog a reference to the original Jaws film?

In The Meg, there is a scene where a dog named Pippin is swimming in the waters near where a shark is swimming. There was a scene in the original Jaws that included a dog named Pippet. Although you ...
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Are any of Peter Parker's early costume designs allusions to the comic books?

In the first Spider-Man movie, when Peter is deciding to become a costumed wrestler, he sketches out a handful of possible costume designs that don't look much like a Spider-Man suit, but do look a ...
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Is there really a bugle trophy in Man of Steel?

As per IMDb In Perry White's office at the Daily Planet there is a bugle trophy on top of the shelf. This is surely a reference to the Marvel Comics newspaper office the Daily Bugle and I think ...
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Do all of the Hughes brothers' movies have religion references?

I've seen so far: Menace II Society (1993) and The Book of Eli (2010) by Hughes brothers. Both of the movies have strong references to religion. In case of Menace II Society it's Christianity and ...
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Why Gotham Globe became Gotham City Gazette in Crisis?

In Supergirl S05E09 aka Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One we see Batman (1989) universe with Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl). But the newspaper they show was Gotham City Gazette: Rather then famous ...
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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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What is the painting in the end credits of 'La Piovra' season 4?

The painting depicts two screaming girls and a burning car, obviously some modern art, but who's the author and is there any story to it? May be seen, e.g., here:
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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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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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What is the reference to Ferris Bueler's Day Off in Spider-Man Homecoming?

In Spider-Man Homecoming, the credits reference Star Wars (that's easy to notice in the movie (Yoda, Deathstar) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. What and where is that movie mentioned in the movie? Seen ...
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Is there a reference\nod in the line “Much more subtle”?

In The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne tells Alfred he's going to a place. Alfred asks about taking a batmobile. Bruce says it is day now and he going to take another vehicle. Alfred then says, "Oh ...
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Is the lens on Gerty 3000 from “Moon” a reference to HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey”?

I have been trying to collect references to HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Could the lens in Gerty 3000 from Moon (2009) be one? It might be a stretch, but to debunk this distracting ...
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Meg sits in dark obsessing, reference? [duplicate]

In the Annie Award-winning Family Guy episode "Barely Legal", at one point Meg sits in the dark obsessing about Brian turning the light on and off. Is this a reference to something?
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What's the term for a scene in a film that references previous material to make a perfect moment?

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven't yet seen the movie and intend to, you may want to skip over this question. In the decades since Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of ...
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Firefly references on Castle

I have begun watching Castle (in rerun) and have a chuckle every time there is a Firefly reference made. Nathan Fillion always gives a little smirk/wink. Season 4, episode 16 - Setup: Martha asks ...
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Which war was referenced by Aravind when he said nine countries attacked one country?

7-aum-arivu is an Indian Science fiction martial arts film. It was originally made in Tamil and dubbed to Telugu as Seventh Sense. Aravind (Suriya) and Subha (Shruti Hassan) escape from Dong Lee ...
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What references are there in Stewie's Music Video in Family Guy?

In Family Guy S07E07, Stewie makes a music video for Everything I Do, I Do It For You: I have a suspicion that all these clips are references to something. Are ...
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Why do they say Adora can't act?

In the 2018 show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (a reboot of the 1984 show of a similar name), characters will sometimes say that the protagonist, Adora, can't act (sometimes "to save her life"). ...
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The (potential easter-egg) origins of Calamari Flan in The Mandalorian

Before "The Mandalorian" I had not heard usage of the Mon-Calamari currency known as the Flan. I am curious if there is any information that this may be an easter egg from Favreau. As Calamari is ...
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Is Mayor in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs inspired by this character?

Is Mayor of Amity from Jaws an inspiration for the mayor in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? I googled for it but didn't find direct evidence. EDIT: I also noticed some interesting similarities ...
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To what movies do the soundtracks in this Masha and the Bear episode belong?

In the episode Den kino Masha and the Bear decide to film a movie, but can't agree on what movie to film; they show a few scenes inspired by well-known movies, then as the pace picks up the episode ...
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Woman in red from The 100 connection to Matrix

I've noticed that in the Matrix, the woman in red was part of the simulated program, meant to catch attention and appear harmless. The 100 woman in red appears to be serving a similar purpose, it is ...
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Is Dave Skylark's line containing “Mangia. We're the people. Give us the sh-t.” a reference to something?

I've noticed a lot of movie and pop culture references in The Interview (2014). I was wondering if Dave Skylark's line here is a reference to something: Aaron: We could be doing something positive. ...
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Is Tony Arcaro based on a real-world personality?

The Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" (S02E03) is centered around deranged ex-detective Hank Weldon's hunt for the mysterious Tony Arcaro, who is described by him as Mr. founding ...
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Can this Pocahontas quote be traced back to a source?

The quote is from the song "Colors of the Wind" from Disney feature film Pocahontas: You think all the people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the ...
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Significance of the Magnificent Seven reference in The Nest

At the beginning of The Nest (org.: Nid de guêpes), when Santino's crew drives in their car to prepare the robbery, Santino and Nasser start whistling the title melody of The Magnificent Seven and the ...