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Poll: Film Within a Film

Which of these films featuring a fictional film(s) is your favorite?

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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

    Operazione Dyn-O-Mite! (Poster)

    Nebraska Jim (Poster)

    Tanner (Poster)

    Kill Me Now Ringo, Said The Gringo (Italian: Uccidimi Subito Ringo, Disse Il Gringo) (Poster)

    In the period comedy film, Rick Dalton, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, moves to Italy to star in spaghetti westerns.

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    AK vs AK (2020)

    Once Upon a Time in... Bollywood

    A filmmaker kidnaps the daughter of a movie star, and while the star searches for his daughter, the director films the desperate search in real-time for his next blockbuster movie.

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    Tropic Thunder (2008)

    Tropic Thunder

    Simple Jack

    The Fatties: Fart 2

    Satan's Alley

    The action-comedy film features the production of a film based on a Vietnam War veteran's memoir. The actors that are involved in the production are also shown to be in other fictional films, such as Ben Stiller in Simple Jack and Jack Black in The Fatties: Fart 2.

    Satan's Alley features two gay priests played by Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire at a medieval church.

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    Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

    Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season (Poster)

    Bluntman and Chronic

    The duo Jay and Silent Bob encounter the making of Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season, a satirical sequel to Good Will Hunting (1997). The making of the sequel also featured the original film's director Gus Van Sant and its stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

    Bluntman and Chronic is a fictional movie based on Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards’ comic from Chasing Amy (1997), where Mark Hamill plays a villain named Cocknocker and fights the titular characters.

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    Boogie Nights (1997)

    Brock Landers: Angels Live In My Town

    In this film, Mark Wahlberg plays a rising porn actor. In part of his acting career, the character stars as a cop in a series of pornographic action films, with the partner played by John C. Reilly.

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    Om Shanti Om (2007)

    Phir Bhi Dil Hai NRI

    Main Bhi Hoon Na

    Dhoom 5

    Various other fictional films.

    Om, played by Shah Rukh Khan, is an actor in the film who starred in many fictional films and was also nominated for his role in Phir Bhi Dil Hai NRI and Main Bhi Hoon Na which are a sequel to an actual film, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000) and Main Hoon Na (2004).

    Abhishek Bachchan, who made a cameo in the film was nominated for Dhoom 5 which is a sequel to an actual film series. Several other real-life actors also made a cameo with their fictional films.

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    Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    Nation's Pride (German: Stolz der Nation) (Poster)

    A Nazi propaganda film called Nation's Pride, which is a crucial plot element in the film's climax.

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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

    You Just Don't Exist

    Scott Pilgrim confronts one of his girlfriend's ex-boyfriends, who is a skateboarder and actor producing the action film You Just Don't Exist.

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    The Exorcist (1973)

    Crash Course

    In the horror film, before the mother's daughter is possessed, the mother played by Ellen Burstyn, stars in a film about student activism.

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    Home Alone (1990)

    Angels with Filthy Souls (Poster)

    Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home during Christmas when his family went to Paris without him. Kevin watches Angels with Filthy Souls (a parody of the 1938 film Angels with Dirty Faces) which his parents and his uncle forbade him to watch. He later uses the film to distract burglars that break into his home.

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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

    Angels with Even Filthier Souls

    Kevin McCallister watches the sequel to Angels with Filthy Souls. The director studied the 1930s and 1940s film noir to make Angels with Even Filthier Souls appear authentic.

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    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

    Terrance and Phillip: Asses of Fire

    The musical comedy based on an obscene cartoon within the musical comedy based on an obscene cartoon serves as a self-reflexive cautionary tale regarding censorship.

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    The Big Lebowski (1998)


    The Dude watches a pornographic film with Maude and sees Bunny Lebowski starring in the film.

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    Singin' in the Rain (1952)

    The Dancing Cavalier

    The musical film's couple star in the musical film that ends in a modern-day Broadway ballet.

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    Sherlock Jr. (1924)

    Heart and Pearls

    The protagonist dreams that he appears in a melodrama and solves the mystery as Sherlock Jr.

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    Planet Terror (2007)


    Preceding the zombie film is a trailer for Machete that features Danny Trejo as a former Mexican Federale who seeks revenge on those from both sides of the border who betrayed him. It was later made into a full-length feature film, also called Machete (2010).

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    Last Action Hero (1993)

    Hamlet (Poster)

    Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Jack Slater is featured as playing Hamlet.

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    Adaptation. (2002)

    The Orchid Thief

    One of the twin brother protagonists adapts the book The Orchid Thief into a film and draws the jealousy of his brother.

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    The Artist (2011)

    A Russian Affair

    Jean Dujardin's character George Valentin is an actor who plays the hero in the film A Russian Affair in which he is rescued from a Russian villain by his dog.

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    Big Fat Liar (2002)

    Big Fat Liar

    Marty Wolf, the main antagonist, produces a film under Wolf Pictures. This film, however, plagiarises Jason Shepherd's English assignment. In the end, the film is released with Jason getting writing credits.

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    Bowfinger (1999)

    Chubby Rain

    Fake Purse Ninjas

    Film producer Bobby Bowfinger, played by Steve Martin, aims to produce his dream science fiction thriller film Chubby Rain and uses shots of an unsuspecting person, played by Eddie Murphy for the film.

    Fake Purse Ninjas is a film where the characters played by Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy infiltrate a factory where Chinese ninjas counterfeit goods.

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    Burn After Reading (2008)

    Coming Up Daisy

    The black comedy film features a film based on a chick lit book by Cormac McCarthy.

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    Funny People (2009)


    Adam Sandler plays a successful film actor who learns that he is dying of leukemia and decides to revisit his stand-up comedy career. One of the actor's featured films was the comedy Re-Do, which starred him as trapped inside a baby's body.

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    The Holiday (2006)


    One of the main characters is a movie trailer producer. One of her featured works is the action film Deception starring James Franco and Lindsay Lohan.

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    The Player (1992)

    Habeas Corpus

    A depressing film about a woman on death row is pitched, and it eventually becomes produced but changed to have a feel-good ending.

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    Scream 2 (1997)


    A film is produced based on the events that took place in the first film Scream (1996).

    A whole Stab series is featured throughout the Scream film series. Stab 2 and 3 in Scream 3 (2000), and from 4 to 7 in Scream 4 (2011).

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    Three Amigos! (1986)

    The Three Amigos

    The three protagonists feature in a silent film called The Three Amigos that defies the conventions of films of its genre.

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

    Somethin's Cookin'

    The Live-Action/Animation Hybrid features the filming of a theatrical short starring Baby Herman and Roger Rabbit. It parodies golden age cartoons such as "Looney Tunes."

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    Broken City (2013)

    Kiss of Life

    In the crime film, a softcore romance film is featured, which The New Yorker's Richard Brody described, "flowery dialogue and poetic views of nature are followed by the actress’s hot and naked sex scene with the sensitive leading man."

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    Entourage (2015)


    Adrian Grenier's character Vincent Chase directs a film adaption of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and stars as its leading character, an EDM DJ.

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    Holy Motors (2012)

    Untitled monster movie.

    The protagonist creates a motion-capture performance with a female counterpart, which is later revealed to be two snakelike creatures.

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