A cheesy homage, as when a film-maker, writer, or artist
is honoring with good humor or charm a previous artform, work, or artist
that is normally considered
inferior or "cheesy." A "fromage" is half
mocking the original but half
recreating the original's unique charm.
Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2, are Tarantino's fromage
to the kung fu classics he grew
Iron Chef America mirrors the Japanese original, but because
it can't recreate
the silly translations and voice-over
work, it's more a serious
remake than a fromage
Alex Ross's comic book art seems to be a fromage
to Norman Rockwell paintings.