In case you haven’t been convinced by videos and essays I’ve linked in the past about the deep DNA of remix, re-use and re-purposing in the creative arts, David Weinberger posted another great side-by-side video similar to the Matrix video Kirby Ferguson shared.
To dismiss more tenuous references and inspirations is one thing. The almost scene for scene duplication from the sources is something else altogether. The point isn’t that derivative works are any less creative but rather that all artists work from a palette directly informed by all the works they themselves enjoy and assign personal and cultural significance. Whether a film or music buff has to explicitly call out the act of derivation or the style of work, as with sampling in hip hop, is self evident should matter one whit–it’s all due to the same underlying and perfectly valid impulse.