Newswire: Movies referenced in other movies have more lasting cultural value, statistics say

People who incessantly quote movies are not only not annoying, but surprisingly accurate barometers of said films’ cultural value, according to mathematicians. There’s just one catch, though: the person quoting the movie has to also be a filmmaker, and that reference has to be in another film or TV episode. Sorry, Borat-quoting office funny man.

This revelation comes from a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that found IMDB’s “Connections” feature to be the most accurate predictor of whether a film would later be deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the U.S. Library Of Congress. The films that received the most nods in other film and TV works 25 years or more after their release were also the ones most likely to be included in the National Film Registry, making a Simpsons parody even more significant than was previously …

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