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

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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 film or TV show is being referenced in Psych episode Santabarbaratown?

At the end of the finale of Psych season 6, called "Santabarbaratown", Gus and Shawn have an exchange wherein Shawn says, referring to Dahlia Twon, "his sister, his girlfriend, his girlfriend, his ...
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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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Was the glowing of Sorrento's avatar's eyes a reference to Superman's heat vision?

Why were Sorrento's avatar's eyes glowing yellow when he first sees Irock then turn blue after he sighs in Ready Player One? Was this a reference to Superman's heat vision? I don't get it. Does his ...
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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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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 connection between The Phantom Menace (1999) and The Shadow (1994)?

Introduction Today, I was leafing" through the IMDb page of the 1994 movie The Shadow. I stumbled across the Connections page and found, to my utter surprise, that Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom ...
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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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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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Identifying inspiration among Black Mirror episode and Sword Art Online

I just watched 'Black Mirror' episode 4 of season 3 (11 episode of whole) titled 'San Junipero' Lots of concepts were similar to the last quarter of 'Sword Art Online' anime 'Mother Rosario' Using ...
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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 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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Are the first two episodes of season 4 of Bojack Horseman borrowing plots from films?

I just watched the first two episodes of season 4 of BoJack Horseman (TV Series 2014–), and the plots seemed very elaborate, specific, and only including the series' characters in a plug-in fashion. ...
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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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What is the phrase “Paramedics, come on down!” in Family Guy referencing

In the season 9 episode, New Kidney in Town, Peter becomes addicted to RedBull and is shown to appear on the show The Price is Right, where he spins the wheel so fast that it comes loose and runs over ...
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Does Rogue One reference A New Hope in the way the Death Star's firing is depicted?

I just saw Rogue One and have a question about a possible reference, if it is one. The Death Star is used twice in RO, just as in A New Hope (it is destroyed before firing the second time in ANH). ...
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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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Is the character Colin Sweeney in “The Good Wife” a reference to Sweeney Todd?

Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) is a recurring character on the series The Good Wife (and spin off The Good Fight) introduced in the season one episode titled, Bad. Throughout the series his role often ...
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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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What is the point of naming Tony Stark's dream son after his comic book rival?

In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony had this conversation with Pepper: Tony Stark: Right! That's the point I'm trying to make. Last night, I dreamt, we had a kid. So real. We named him after your ...
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What were all the references in Deadpool 2?

Like Deadpool 1, Deadpool 2 was also full of easter eggs and references. Since we did 'What were all the references in Deadpool?' I thought we should do it for Deadpool 2 as well. What were all 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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What does it mean to be a show's “screech”?

The Drop the Mic battle between Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik has the following line from Mayim Bialik: You're basically our show's Screech. The battle between Ashton Kutcher and Sean Combs has a ...
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What is the book that Denzel Washington is talking about in The Equalizer?

In the movie The Equalizer (2014), there is the following conversation: Teri: What's your book about? Robert McCall: It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armor, except he lives in a ...
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Is this character from Isle of Dogs an homage to Ran, or just a coincidence?

In the first scene of the movie Isle of Dogs (2018) by Wes Anderson, there is a character that looks exactly like Lord Hidetora Ichimonji from the movie Ran (1985) by Akira Kurosawa. Here are the two ...
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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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Is this scene in Luke Cage a Godfather homage/reference?

There is a brief shot in the final episode of Luke Cage Season 2 where Luke has taken over Harlem's Paradise and Misty Knight looks back at him. It immediately struck me that this shot was remarkably ...
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What's the meaning behind this joke in George Carlin's 1977 HBO special?

In his 1977 HBO stand-up special George Carlin at USC, George Carlin tells the following joke about cats kneading: And they jump on your chest, they put their ass in your face and go... [...
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Is Inspector Spacetime a reference to a series that really exists?

In the series Community the characters Abed and Troy love to watch the series Inspector Spacetime. It feels like it is a reference to a series that really exists. So does it? And if so, what is its ...
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Did Spaceballs have to get permission for Pizza the Hutt

As I am sure you know, Spaceballs features the character Pizza the Hutt, whose name seems to be obviously derived from the company Pizza Hut. Given that "Pizza Hut" is trademarked, did the filmmakers ...
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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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Significance of Sam Roger's dog references?

In 2011's Margin Call, what is the significance of the recurring references to Sam Roger's (Kevin Spacey) dog? Edit (fleshing out question): Does he have the dog put down? He does mention that it is ...
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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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Breaking Bad Czech references?

In Breaking Bad there seems to be a disproportionate number of references to all things Czech. In one episode Saul refers to "Thai and Czech women", in another Walt mentions travel to "Manhattan or ...
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Was this a movie reference when Tony said “happy trails, kid!” to Spider-Man?

In Avengers: Infinity War, when Spider-Man is clinging to the outside of The Maw's ship as it's leaving Earth, Iron Man provides Spider-Man with a new suit. Just as Spider-Man exclaims how cool the ...
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Identify reference: yelling “It's a cookbook!” when things are going crazy

In the animated movie, Madagascar, there's a scene where the villainous 'Foosa' are attacking the lemurs, and things get crazy, and someone starts shouting, "It's a Good Book!" before they are shushed ...
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What video game was Groot playing?

In Avengers: Infinity War, we see Groot behaving like a teenager, and playing a handheld video game for most of the movie. I think it was only shown once, and very briefly, but the sound of it could ...
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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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Die Hard with a vengeance movie reference

In Die Hard With A Vengeance one of the FBI guys says the thing the Nazis did at the Battle of the Bulge- English-speaking troops. (when describing "Simon" aka Grubers brother from the 1st ...
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DC comics in Arrowverse?

In The Flash S04E17 Null and Annoyed, there is a conversation between Ralph and Barry as such: An improv group made up of superheroes? We can take it to Washington. - We'd be the DC Comics. - ...
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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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What is exactly Alfred referring to in this dialogue during conversation with Bruce?

In Justice League, when Bruce and Alfred were discussing over finding metahumans, they have the following conversation. Alfred: Victor Stone. Genius IQ, football scholarship to GCU, and deceased. ...
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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 ...
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What is this record-destroying scene in Family Guy a reference to?

In Family Guy season 7 episode 2, Peter drives the family crazy playing the Bird is the Word song. Later in the episode, Brian and Stewie are shown destroying the record, in a method which seems as ...
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Could Slither (2006) be considered canon in the MCU?

In the scene with the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the tanks in the room contains The Long One and several of the Slugs from Slither. This is clearly an Easter egg, but it begs the ...
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Does Buford wear a Punisher shirt?

I noticed that Buford Van Stomm from Phineas and Ferb wears a black tee shirt with short sleeves, and an approximation of a skull on the front Is there any correlation with the skull image that ...
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6-8 weeks in Phineas and Ferb?

I was watching Phineas and Ferb S02. In the episode "Phineas and Ferb Busters" , I was surprised to find a dialogue. At the Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc., Heinz Doofenshmirtz gets a package in a mail. ...
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What are all the faces on Grandmaster tower in Thor: Ragnarok?

In Thor: Ragnarok, the Grandmaster tower had many faces on it: I presume they are of champions and I can clearly identify that the left one is Beta Ray Bill And he was a major part of Planet Hulk (...
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What does Malcolm mean in this joke about Tom Cruise's brush?

In The Thick Of It, when referring to a woman he finds insane, Malcolm Tucker says: I've seen the Tom Cruise meme of him going nuts on Oprah, etc. But what is the "brush" reference about? Is this ...