One of my pet peeves concerns movies that steal scenes and ideas from older, different movies (I'm not talking about remakes). I find it very distracting when I could recognize such subtleties in new movies. I'll provide a few examples: The most obvious is The Shawshank Redemption, which seems to be a copycat of Escape from Alcatraz (1979). Not only the lead characters' companions are African-Americans (Paul Benjamin as English and Morgan Freeman as Red), both Morris (Clint Eastwood) and Andy (Tim Robbins) have a close encounter with the warden/guard involving the bible (in which they hide the tools). There's even a character in Shawshank Redemption just like Litmus in Escape who cares for a pet mouse (except a pet bird was used). I'm aware that The Shawshank Redemption was based on a short story (?) by Stephen King, but that's irrelevant because it's as if the makers of Shawshank all sat down to watch the 1979 Clint Eastwood classic and said "Yeah, that's a good idea. Let's use a variation of that." Another example is Boogie Nights. While watching the movie in the theater, I could not help but see Goodfellas in it: The long, unbroken Steadicam shots, the close-up shots of the face after snorting cocaine, and a gunshot to the heads. It seemed like a cheap attempt to steal from Scorsese. At least Paul Thomas Anderson made Magnolia original (although I didn't like it much). Likewise, I saw A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey in Steven Speilberg's A.I., which distracted me from the movie. His love is real, but the film is not.