This post contains major spoilers for a scene in Ready Player One.
If you've heard anything about Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's spectacle-filled science-fiction mash-up, it's that the movie is packed with references to other pop culture artifacts. Like its bestselling source material by novelist Ernest Cline, the film exists in a dystopian vision of Earth in the year 2045 where the nerdier commercial products of the 1980s, particularly the coin-op arcade games, short-lived cult TV shows, and gee-whiz genre movies, take on an almost mythical quality. It's not simply fan service; it's fan worship.
For a movie overflowing with allusions ranging from Citizen Kane to Battletoads, there's actually very little time devoted to Easter Eggs. Instead, Spielberg keeps his ever-roving camera barreling through the OASIS, the video game world designed by the film's slacker Disney figure James Halliday, played with Garth-like drollness by stage veteran Mark Rylance. There aren't many opportunities to let out a breath, much less pause, point at the screen, and knowingly whisper to your date "That's Chappie." (Yes, Chappie is in this movie.)