1) Furious tapping on a typewriter
2) Ugly jumpers
3) Some pretentious child who's never worked a day in his life going on like he knows everything and sharing those thoughts from atop a table/high horse.
4) Ugly shirts
5) Parents/wives who just don't get them, man
6) Excitable yet seated dancing to jazz
But once we got all of that out the way Kill Your Darlings switches genres and successfully turns into a gripping murder-mystery. Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan have great chemistry and even Ben Foster comes off well despite trying too hard, which all adds up to one the better films about the beginnings of a cultural movement.
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today so of course the best way to drive sales is to get people to tweet the movie and clog up their followers' feeds. And since I love that I will be taking part tonight at 8pm and endlessly commenting on Henry Cavill's body, face and body while wondering if I can pause the DVD to go to the loo. I'm told prizes will be up for grabs during the film if you use the hashtag above but there'll be no goodies for the first people to mention that Superman's two dads both played Robin Hood. You're the worst type of person.
And it goes without saying that both of them are the strongest thing in this; in fact, Hanks merely plays second fiddle to Thompson's utterly wretched and massively entertaining PL Travers. As Brits we're so used to seeing our own get hypnotised by the bright lights of Hollywood so it's instantly refreshing to see someone not only not give a shit, but refuse to give up their painfully British ways while residing on the other side of the pond. And although you pity the poor bastards who have to put up with the stubborn, semi-permed bint, she wins you over the minute she has a go at a woman on the plane with her moaning child; something no doubt everyone on this planet has wanted to do at some point or another.
Still, that doesn't mean Hanks, Colin Farrell (who's still extremely attractive, by the way), Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman et al aren't great, but this is very much Thompson's film, even if the constant flashbacks explaining why she behaves in such a way wears thin very quickly. Saving Mr Banks is perfectly enjoyable even if you don't particular care for the nanny with the stupid hat, but it is kind of hilarious that they've Disneyfied a story about one woman's reluctance to not let Walt Disney Disneyfy her life's work. Pissed.
Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: October 20th, 2000
Recommended by: @MikeLeMarechal
There are a select group of Nolan superfans who love The Dark Knight trilogy but are adamant his best film is 2006's The Prestige, and they're probably right. But then there are a quieter but just as dedicated bunch who fly the flag for Memento; the feature film adapted from Jonathan Nolan's short story 'Memento Mori' that earned two Oscar nominations and officially introduced the then-30-year-old Christopher Nolan as "the next big thing" in filmmaking.
So, with over a decade of hindsight and consistent success, how does Memento match up? Well first of all, if you're one of the people who had trouble keeping up with Inception you probably shouldn't bother with this. While not necessarily hard to keep up with, your (or maybe just mine) mind isn't designed to process things backwards and knowing how the film ends in the first 10 minutes was just odd. Imagine trying to read a book from the back and training your eyes to go right to left and that's roundabout how it feels to sit through the first act of this just with more shots of a topless Guy Pearce.
Pictured above: Guy Pearce, topless
But it's narrative structure - or gimmick, depending where you stand - is what makes it so compelling; most thrillers are about finding out who the killer is but this shows you immediately so it's about what lead up to that moment, and that's pretty refreshing. Add in the themes of loss, revenge and memory, it's a very gripping film indeed. It's no The Prestige, but it's pretty damn good.
How can I have never watched Gone with the Wind when I appear to watch Die Hard at least once a fortnight? Well, it's simple: like songs, objects and memories some films are very comforting and it's nice to watch something you know is fantastic and makes you feel all fuzzy inside instead of watching a 4 hour German drama that may be the most depressing experience of your life. It's why I can't give up my VHS tapes and even lay eyes on extended cuts of my favourite films.
So, I'm after any and all suggestions you may have and here's the criteria:
1) It has to be a film
2) It has to be a film I haven't seen
Yup, that's it, so feel free to send over random and weird films as well as the typical classics. Give me a shout via Twitter, Facebook or email and I'll be sure to mention who recommended it in the post.