To state the obvious: Quentin Tarantino loves movies, and loves referencing them in his own. Usually, that love manifests in general ways, like his use of Western films’ revenge narratives. Sometimes, though, it means Tarantino replicates a beloved shot or scene wholesale, co-opting the compositions of another movie to lend energy and depth to his own.
Jacob T. Swinney has compiled the best examples of this method, showing how Tarantino’s cinephilia goes beyond mere allusion. Some have argued that this sort of homage is off-putting—Tarantino winking to himself as the audience assumes what’s on screen is original—but it’s worth noting the director uses explicit reference sparingly, and usually to subvert or expand genre conventions.