The directors are little rascals. They hide in their films lots of small references that escape the eye of the viewer, too caught up in the explosions in shambles that occur in the foreground. There are plenty of little surprises in cult movies and hidden messages in movie posters; but among the easter-eggs, some free themselves from the status of a simple wink to establish themselves as real good jokes. Yes, yes, I assure you. You still have to understand them.
1. In The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter’s tirade is a doctor’s joke
- 1 1. In The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter’s tirade is a doctor’s joke
- 2 2. Stargate has a hilarious tirade on hieroglyphics (if you’re an Egyptologist)
- 3 3. Sideways is loaded with wine jokes
- 4 4. Deciphered, the classified ad for The City of Fear sends heavy
- 5 5. In Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter reads a totally stupid article
- 6 6. In Featured Anchor: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a Mexican restaurant has a pretty clear name
- 7 7. Thor is completely dumb
- 8 8. In the first Tron, Pac-Man invites himself into a scene
- 9 9. In A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick practices self-homage
- 10 10. In Apocalypto, Mel Gibson plays Where’s Charlie
“I ate his liver with buttered beans and an excellent Chianti,” Lecter says to Starling to fuck his livers. And to make the doctors laugh. According to Reddit, the psychiatric institution having the pleasure of hosting Lecter put him on monoamine oxidase inhibitors, a type of antidepressant that is very under-prescribed due to their interaction with other tyramine-rich foods. Some of these foods include liver, beans, and red wine.
Not only does he eat people, but he also pranks his doctors.
2. Stargate has a hilarious tirade on hieroglyphics (if you’re an Egyptologist)
In Stargate, archaeologist Daniel Jackson deciphers Egyptian remains that are used to go to another planet. He explains that the operation is easy “once the vowels have been identified”. Except the WHOLE thing about hieroglyphs is that they’re actually just consonants. You have to guess the vowels. To be able to know Egyptian vowels would be something of an earthquake in linguistic history. So either Jackson is a fucking genius or it’s just rubbish.
3. Sideways is loaded with wine jokes
Sideways, a depressive wine route, is punctuated by the tirades of Paul Giamatti who trashes Merlot and Cabernet Franc and praises Pinot Noir, three common grape varieties in France and the United States where they are better known insofar as the California does not have AOCs which allow us, the French, to find our way around without knowing all the grape varieties.
Except that Giamatti later explains that his highest-rated bottle, the one he cherishes the most, is a Château Cheval Blanc 61, which is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Which makes his character even more pathetic.
4. Deciphered, the classified ad for The City of Fear sends heavy
In The City of Fear, Odile Deray placed an advertisement to try to find a projectionist capable of ensuring the projection of Red is Dead at Cannes. The announcement reads as follows: “Rech. proj. for proj. priv. Self Dem. Brt. Poss. S’adr. at the hotel. Mart”, or “Projectionist research for private projection. Self-defense required, brutality possible. Contact the Martinez hotel. “
The film is full of jokes in the background.
5. In Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter reads a totally stupid article
In the first scene ofHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the chuckling preppy hero favorite of 6-15 year olds plunges his enlightened gaze into a newspaper while whining about the death of his friends. On the front page of the newspaper, we can read the following information: “Balls judged too big”, or “The balls were too big”, with a photo of two tennis balls. It’s true that he has a big boulard, this brat of Harry.
6. In Featured Anchor: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a Mexican restaurant has a pretty clear name
In the middle of the film, Veronica Corningstone goes to a Mexican restaurant. Her name ? “Escupimos en su Alimento”, or “We spit in your food”. It has the merit of being clear.
7. Thor is completely dumb
When he meets Agent Coulson, Thor calls him “son of Coul”, a joke worthy of Mission Cleopatra.
8. In the first Tron, Pac-Man invites himself into a scene
He eats marbles in a plan of great complexity. Hey, we don’t judge, at the time, it was modern guys.
9. In A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick practices self-homage
10. In Apocalypto, Mel Gibson plays Where’s Charlie
Where is Charlie ?
In the middle of a mass grave. A little levity, huh.