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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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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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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 ...
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Who is Erik Selvig referring to?

Who are the two persons Erik Selvig is referring to in Thor (2011) in the scene where he is talking to Jane foster after SHIELD took their research.
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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 quote ...
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What are the references to the original Tron in Legacy?

In Tron:Legacy (2010), there are a few Easter egg/references to the original Tron (1982). A couple that I can think of off the top of my head are: Sam saying "Now that's a big door!" when breaking ...
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Clear references in 'This Is Spinal Tap'

For years since this movie has been released, many hard rockers have claimed that the movie hit too hard. Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, and many of the glam scene rockers of the LA Strip have said that ...
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What are all the references in the “Hey Ferb” song?

In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Roller Coaster: The Musical", Phineas sings a song named "Hey Ferb": During the course of the song, different references pop up - I ...
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Is “What We Do in the Shadows” referenced in “Thor: Ragnarok”?

In Thor: Ragnarok, when Thor was preparing to fight the Grandmaster's champion, Korg suggested to Thor to use a trident-like wooden fork: Korg: Thor, wanna use a big wooden fork? Thor: No. Korg:...
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Significance of Cyrillic text in Sapper Morton's farm

At the beginning of Blade Runner 2049, when K visits Sapper Morton's farm, there is a shot that shows what looks like a greenhouse with Cyrillic characters on it. From what I understand, that word ...
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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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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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Which movie series are referenced in XKCD comic 1568?

When I was reading XKCD comics I came across this one In a previous comic I get it was Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek, but in this other one I only know Wandboy = Harry Potter. I suspect ...
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Do you have to be well versed in Mighty Mouse to understand Andy Kaufman's infamous SNL skit?

Andy Kaufman did a skit on the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975. Kaufman was virtually unknown at the time. This was before his Taxi fame and his other infamous ...
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Is this a deliberate Naruto reference in Ben 10?

In the end of Ben 10 episode 13th, we see town is back to normal and we see old man with three grand children: But this three kid appear very similar to Team Ebisu from Naruto: Even Konohamaru used ...
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Is Black Museum trying to suggest there is a chronological order in Black Mirror?

In Black Mirror S04E06 Black Museum, we got mention of so many previous episodes that it seems like it is clearly suggesting that it exists in the same universe. It mentions cookies from White ...
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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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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....
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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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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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Was the incredible K-2SO inspired by an earlier kill droid, HK-47?

Statement: In Rogue One, we are introduced to the very witty, sarcastic, a bit morbid droid known as K-2SO. We find out he has been reprogrammed from his original state. And part of the reprogramming ...
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Did the reference to the Boston Tea Party in “V for Vendetta” mean anything to British Audiences?

In V for Vendetta, the demagogue Lewis Prothero talks on his show about the Boston Tea Party, making the case not to support the US: "I think its payback time for a little tea party they threw for us ...
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Is there a precedent for the way the Lincoln Letter was used in The Hateful Eight?

"Ole Mary Todd's calling, so I guess it must be time for bed." This was such a great device, I'm wondering if it was purely a Tarantino invention or if he grabbed the idea from a previous book or ...
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Who are the people in the newspaper? [duplicate]

Who are the people on left and right side of superman? The headline says Do they return to their planet? So they could be aliens, Is the first one is The Mask?? He looks like him. I am not a comic ...
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What is the Supergerm in the Justice League film?

In Justice League, we see a scene with a newspaper front page, which I have already covered in the similar question but there is a mention of a Supergerm in the left corner: Image source Is it a ...
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Is the Batman armoury a homage to 1989's classic Batman film?

In Justice League, we see Batman has an armory ancient weapons and armour: But it reminded me about the 1989's classic Batman film, where Batman had something similar: Which I covered in my old ...
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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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Is Flash pushing Wonder Women's sword is some comic book reference or a mythological analogy?

In Justice League, there is an iconic scene where the Flash helps Wonder Woman get her sword by giving it a push: However, with Zack Snyder as director, this could likely be either a comic book ...