The scene in TPM, where Anakin is in the cockpit, Ric Olie is teaching him about the controls.......

it's an homage to the movie AIRPLANE!, in which the pilot, who's obviously trying to seduce the child, is asking him if he likes movies about Gladiators......

strangely enough, we see Anakin in a gladiatorial arena in the very next film.....

coincidence?, foreboding?, Destiny?, you decide!!!