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The Great British Easter Egg Hunt

Just like some other traditions of the 2010s Easter can be a bit of a let-down. One of the biggies is that no-one seems to be 100% on what it actually means. And how did the stuff about rabbits get mixed up with crosses and chocolate? If you’re a beginner that’s a hard one to get your head around. Who knows, it could all be made up. Then again we are happy – ah, so happy! – to pay six pounds for a near-empty cardboard box (and enough plastic to feel guilty about).

Yet while we fume on the inside we have to come clean: it’s no great humanoid hardship to sit on a Bag for Life and eat chocolate eggs for breakfast. Big Love, really, and hardly something worth swerving. Besides, Jesus said, ‘Eat all the eggs in a oner’; something about being thankful for surviving a crucifixion and living to tell the story. We know this to be a fact and we abide by it.

But if chocolate isn’t your thing (#1. What not to say out loud) how about a different type of treat to keep you going on a day when all the shops are, weirdly, closed? Come on, plonk yourself down and read our piece written especially for this upcoming Saint Valentines-Easter-O’ween Day. You can handle this…

…The perfect accompaniment to choco-meltdown: a quick countdown of 10 of the movie world’s greatest Easter Eggs.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Ah, the gift of extreme violence. There is something life-changingly raw about this particular Tarantino salute to grindhouse cinema. A revenge thriller that was called by one critic, ‘the most violent movie ever released by a major American movie studio’, Kill Bill Vol. 1 may not be a film to watch with the kids but it’s definitely one to watch. The name of Bride (played by Uma Thurman) was thought not to have been revealed until Vol. 2, but if you look really closely you’ll catch its reveal in the first instalment: on the ticket she buys for her flight to Okinawa.

Godzilla (1998)

Why is this film so cheering? Because it moves along like an old and trusty Datsun Sunny? Or because we can sense a decidedly Simpsons-y theme running through it? After all, there are at least two cast members in this film that play characters in the Groening blockbuster: Nancy Cartwright and Hank Azaria. But pay attention to the bit when Dr. Niko Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick) throws his taxi’s ID plate into the road. The name on the plate reads ‘Armin Tamzarian’. Familiar? That’s the real name of Springfield’s Principal Skinner.

‘Q’ from James Bond (007)

1962 was when the first Bond film Dr. No was released. Admittedly it isn’t the greatest film ever made but its plant as the flintlock to an unstoppable mega-franchise is a redeeming feature. Dr. No is chauvinistic in places and more a montage of 1960s male fantasies than a movie, but it’s still worth putting on in the background with a game of Scrabble. And the Easter egg? ‘Q’ stands for ‘Quartermaster’; originally Bond’s weaponry advisor and now a spotty Cambridge grad with no backbone. Often referred to as Major Boothroyd in the novels.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

We’ve heard Daniel Craig complain that his multi-million-pound role as an icon, pin-up and all-round boys’ fantasy idol grates on him, but he seems to have taken his want for change far too seriously. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) he donned a Stormtrooper outfit to play support to Daisy Ridley’s Rey. When you get a moment schlep towards the scene in which Rey uses her fertile Jedi furrow to force the impressionable soldier to release her. That’s Craig, right there: indoors, dressed in plastic and pretending to be a beatnik baddie. That isn’t the change you’re looking for.

Jurassic World (2015)

Although not as popular as Stephen Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park (which made $357 million in the United States and Canada alone), Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World wasn’t too bad at all. It has the hallmarks of a film of the here and now, and is obviously written with the essence of Spielberg’s bedrock firmly in the minds of the writers. The absence of Jeff Goldblum was one of the most notable shames but his spirit was most certainly buzzing (get it?) around the sets in the form of the book God Creates Dinosaurs.

King Kong (2005)

A quite enjoyable and sympathetic remake as remakes go, King Kong (2005) is remade with adventure and excitement. Great at the start and at the end but in the middle tends to sag like a dodgy rope bridge across the Sumatran rain forest. Nevertheless, it was a popular flick and won three Oscars for sound and visual effects. By the way, the Morse code received by the ship Venture as she reaches the famed Skull Island isn’t demanding Carl Denham’s arrest. Instead it translates to: ‘Show me the monkey’. Makes you feel rich, doesn’t it?

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Live and Let Die (1973)

One of the best Bond movies made. Just knowing it’s there makes us feel secure and cosy. Roger Moore’s hair was at its best, Jane Seymour’s nightdress made us feel lucky to be alive and the cool Harlem of the 1970s was Afro-tastic. At a crocodile farm Down South Bond looks set to be eaten by hungry critters as he gets abandoned in the middle of one of their feeding frenzies. As henchman Tee Hee floats back to safety he points to one of the crocs and says to Bond, ‘That’s Old Albert’: a reference to the late and very great producer Albert Broccoli.

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man had its fair share of eggs. The superhero movie starring fashionable Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark and Mr Ferric Pants) was based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. As well as bagging Downey Jr Marvel Studios stumbled upon a host of other greats looking for money, including Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. In the scene following Iron Man’s run-in with the Raptors a bench to one side of the frame hints at further voyages into the Marvel Universe: there sits Captain America’s distinctive shield.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

It would have been properly churlish for director Terry Jones to refuse George Harrison’s request to join in the fun of making Monty Python’s Life of Brian. He was the Executive Producer of the film after all. In fact, Harrison began his Handmade Films just to get the film made. The company then went on to make The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits and Withnail and I before getting into a spot of bother and selling out to Paragon Entertainment. Look closely to the right of frame when you arrive at the scene in which Brian is mobbed by lepers. You can’t miss the Quiet Beatle.

Wall-E (2008)

Anything made by Pixar has a larger cache of Easter eggs than a seven year old. True to form the eggs from its in-tune animation about a thinking, recycling robot on a crummy future Earth are so numerous that there are YouTube videos dedicated to their decipher. Take a good look around: you’ll notice (at the very least) Hamm and Rex from Toy Story, Chef Skinner’s scooter from Ratatouille and references aplenty to Cars. Do you hungrily embrace the notion of the future? Don’t. It’s not a pretty sight.

There you have it, folks. Thank you for joining us in our celebratory ‘moment’. We took your mind off chocolate for a few moments, didn’t we? And now you can road-map the rest of your holiday with a clear head. Even better, you’re still wearing clean, ironed clothes with not a chocolate smear insight (because that sort of thing never looks good).

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Nick Whittle
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