Easter eggs are always fun to look for in movies and games, and then sharing your discoveries with the world tends to be even more fun.
Some of the eggs that are my favorite, you may have seen or heard others maybe not, but regardless these are my favorite 5 (in no specific order).
Back to the Future - The Power of Love
This is one of my favorite movies of all times, and one easter egg that's made it circles is when Marty is auditioning for playing at the school dance. Marty auditions with his band "The Pinheads" and they play "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News.
What you may not know is that the guitarist on the left in the leather jacket and trucker hat is Paul Hanson (he was a common name among actors such as Michael J. Fox, George Clooney, Eric Stoltz and a few others). Paul taught Fox how to simulate the guitar parts for the song.
The egg in this scene comes moments later as the man pointed to below is actually Huey Lewis, the original singer of the song that is being performed on stage.
For me, this Easter egg stands out, because I grew up listening to music from the Huey Lewis generation, so I loved seeing Huey in the film as well as watching Michael J. Fox play his song.
Fight Club - Warning
Another of my favorite films, Fight Club, has an easter egg that probably 90% of people missed unless you were one of those people that literally watched the entire movie including the warning messages at the beginning.
If you caught it, bravo! But if you didn't then I suggest you go back and check it out. At the beginning of the disc before you get to the actual movie after the official FBI warning and the attention warning, the following screen shows up.
This easter egg truly suits the movie and is so perfect after you watch the movie and realize what just happened. I'd tell you more about it, but I can't because of rule 1.
Frank Miller - The Man Who Dies
This is a broad set of easter eggs that all relate to Frank Miller, who for those of you who may not be aware is best known for his graphic novels and directorial career. Frank Miller has penned several dark comic stories and graphic novels such as Daredevil, Ronin, Sin City, 300 & Elektra.
What you may not know about Frank Miller is that he has made several cameos in films that he's been a part of. He also dies in each film...
- Daredevil - he is the corpse who took a pen to the head thanks to Bullseye.
- Sin City - He is the preist killed by Marv in confessional.
- The Spirit (writer and director) - He appears as the officer who gets his head ripped off by the Octopus and thrown at the Spirit.
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - He is "Sam" who is shot by co-director Robert Rodriguez (also as a cameo).
This is one of those Easter eggs that I love seeing. I love seeing the people that are/were a part of the creation or production of the film in cameo roles. The Stan Lee cameos are along the same likes even though he's in every movie now.
Virtuosity - Music Connections
A less known easter egg here, Virtuosity is a movie from 1995 starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, it was a good sci-fi thriller at the time and there's a scene where Crowe's character SID 6.7 approaches a house to kidnap one of the protagonist's daughter. As he opens the door to get out of the van, a song is playing called "The Photograph Kills" performed by 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. The cool part of this is that that band is Russell Crowe's band back home in Australia.
This one is pretty sweet to me, because I love getting to know the music and score/soundtrack to films because I'm a sucker for good music, and knowing that one of the actors in the film had a song in their own movie is kinda cool.
Star Wars: A New Hope - Lucas' Legacy
In the film when Solo and Skywalker are in the stormtrooper suits and they're pretending that they captured Chewbacca while in fact they are attempting to rescue Princess Leia. When the guards ask what detention block Han replies, "Cell Block 1138".
This may seem inconsequential but it's actually an homage to Director George Lucas' first film THX 1138. This number designation also appears in Star Wars: Republican Commando as the character RC-1138 (or Boss) is a predominant playable character.
Star Wars is Star Wars. And I think that's awesome.
There you have it, these are 5 of my favorite easter eggs in some of my favorite films. Hopefully you haven't seen at least one of these, if you have seen them, which is your favorite?