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Say What? 8 Things You Didn’t Notice in Quentin Tarantino’s Movies

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Quentin Tarantino is notorious for filling his movies with in-jokes and references, and even the biggest fan can’t catch them all. Here are eight you may have missed.

8. Pulp Fiction Goes Dutch

Tarantino started the screenplay for Pulp Fiction while in Amsterdam, and the film has multiple references to Holland, including the use of Drum tobacco and Fabienne’s nickname being “Tulip.”


7. Kwai Chang Caine’s Flute

The flute that David Carradine’s character carries in Kill Bill wasn’t in the script – it actually belonged to Carradine, who carved it himself on the set of Kung Fu in the ‘70s.


6. Jackie Brown Is a Movie Within a Movie

When we first see Max in Jackie Brown, he’s walking out of a movie theater and you can hear the flick’s ending credits music. That music is… the ending credits to Jackie Brown. Whoa.


5. Jamie Foxx Brought His Own Horse

Bet you didn’t know that the actor/singer was also a trained equestrian? Cheetah, a chestnut stallion, was given to Foxx as a birthday present in 2009 and starred with him in Django Unchained.

4. Quentin Loves Petty Revenge

In 1993, Tarantino offered the role of Marsellus Wallace to character actor Sid Haig, only to be turned down. 17 years later, Haig was in line to play Mr. Stonesipher in Django Unchained, but Tarantino gave it to David Steen at the last minute just to rub salt in the wound.


3. The Syringe Was Backwards

To make the scene where Vincent Vega stabs Mia Wallace in the chest with an adrenaline needle as realistic as possible, Tarantino filmed it in reverse – Travolta actually pulls it out of Uma Thurman, and then the film was played backwards.


2. The Cash in Jackie Brown Is Real

When Jackie goes to make the exchange, she’s carrying a bag that had $500,000 of actual currency – 1/24th of the film’s budget.


1. His Cameos Can Be Tricky To Spot

Like Hitchcock, QT enjoys slipping himself in cameo roles in his flicks. Some are easy to spot – Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs. But some are harder – it’s his hands choking Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds and his voice on Jackie’s answering machine in Jackie Brown.


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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…