Time Is A Flat Circle…Synchronicity In Pop-Culture

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Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic” (1997) and “The Great Gatsby” (2013)

Time is a flat circle. Everything we have done or will do we will do over and over and over again—forever.
–Rust Cohle, “True Detective”

It all comes back around: remixes, reboots, call-backs, spirals, closed-loops, and déjà vu. Such as the case in these uncanny examples from pop-culture:

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Leonard Nimoy’s “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and “I Am Spock” (1995)
Winona Ryder in “Beetlejuice” (1988) and “Stranger Things” (2016)
Bill Murray plays Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters” (1984), and then Lorenzo Music provides the voice of Venkman in “The Real Ghostbusters” (1986)…
…Lorenzo Music provides the voice for Garfield in animated cartoons starting in 1982, and then in 2004 it is Bill Murray (after Music’s passing) who voices the character in “Garfield: The Movie”
…and as a coda, Murray (playing himself) mentions Garfield again in “Zombieland” (2009)
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson: eternal buddies? The pair in “True Detective” (2014), “Surfer, Dude” (2008), and “EDtv” (1999)
Heath Ledger & Christian Bale in “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “I’m Not There” (2007)
Robert Downey Jr. & James Spader, who co-starred in “Tuff Turf” (1985) and “Less Than Zero” (1987), would 30 years later reunite as Iron Man and Ultron for “Avengers: The Age Of Ultron”
was the graffiti in this scene from “Tuff Turf” telling a young Spader about his own future?
The synchronicities between the actors (and posters) of “The Crow” (1994), “The Dark Knight” (2008), and “The Lone Ranger” (2013) are many.
The Monopoly Man-inspired fsociety mascot takes on Wall Street baddies in “Mr. Robot” (2015), and the “real” Monopoly Man photobombs the 2017 Senate Equifax hearings.
Ben Affleck plays a washed up “Superman” in “Hollywoodland” (2006), and ten years later fights Superman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice”
Leonardo DiCaprio in (clockwise) “Titanic” (1997), “Django Unchained” (2012), “Wolf Of Wall Street” (2013), and “The Great Gatsby” (2013