So the Snowpiercer review’s been spiking in hits again lately. I followed a new and surprisingly robust referrer back last night only to discover that among the usual chorus of derps suggesting that I JUST! DIDN’T! GET! IT! there was one accusing me of plagiarizing the title of the review.
The title of the review is SNOWPIERCER: I HATED, HATED, HATED, HATED, HATED THIS MOVIE. I’m not linking to it. It’s not hard to find.
If you are remotely film-literate, you recognize that as being very close to a line from a review Roger Ebert wrote of a film called “North,” differing only in the addition of the word Snowpiercer, which one would clearly not expect to appear in a review of North from many years before Snowpiercer actually came out. One of his books, named after that line, is I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie.
Everyone fucking knows about that line. Ev. Er. Y. One.
When literate people do this, it is called a reference, and you are supposed to notice it. It is not “plagiarism,” which is an entirely different and completely unrelated thing. There is another of these tricksy “references” somewhere in this article! See if you can spot it.
(Wait, there’s two! Wouldn’t want anyone to think I plagiarized the word tricksy from Tolkien.)
(Three, if the .gif counts. I did not write The Professional.)