After seeing the documentary Spielberg, based on the legendary Ohio director, it got me thinking about the huge array of work Steven Spielberg has directed. In one of my early posts I created a quizbased on films he’s been involved in away from the camera, but he’s certainly earned a more full-scale celebration. How many do you recognise?
Manny: Help me! Tell me what to say! Cameron: (into phone) Ok. How about this? You are the prettiest, smartest, funniest girl in the sixth grade. I know you’re only 11 but I can’t stop thinking about you. I’ve loved talking to you online. I think we should become boyfriend and girlfriend. Cameron: (to customers) Oh no, it’ not what you’re thinking. I’m talking to a litte boy. Oh…
Rico Rodriguez and Eric Stonestreet in the multi award-winning ensemble cast comedy Modern Family (2009 – ). You can find other examples of the show’s humour hereand here.
I can’t believe the things that happen to me I guess that I should have seen a long, long time ago Letters you write don’t help me get through the night So I’ll just turn out the light And sleep here all alone
The opening lines of All the Love in the World by English by English rockers The Outfield, from their debut studio album Play Deep (1985). Curiously, the trio was far more successful in the US, especially for their other well-known song, Your Love.
Casey: It’s not the end of the world. Bianca: Well that’s easy for you to say. I don’t have a date. Jess: I can fix that. Er… Jack Rebus? Bianca: Tiny hands. Jess: Mark Warshaw? Bianca: Smells like trash. Jess: Ah! Charlie Piper. Bianca: Charlie Piper, my cousin Charlie Piper? Jess : People don’t know that!
Bianca Santos, Mae Whitman and Skyler Samuels in the teen comedy The DUFF (2015). The letters in the title, pivotal to the film’s theme, stand for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. The DUFF does not necesarily have to be ugly or fat, but is the least popular within a group who is exploited by others to get closer to the more popular members.
With the release of Ready Player One, said to feature numerous 80s references, it’s clear the 80s phenomenan shows no sign of abating. So I thought I’d include the opening titles of eight recent shows set during the 80s that highlight just how distinctive the decade. From the comedic like Everybody Hates Chris and The Goldbergs to ones with more serious themes like Stranger Thingsand The Americans.
How many of the shows have you seen? Why do you think it’s so continued to be so popular?
Simon Masrani: You created a monster! Henry Wu: Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat.
Irfan Khan and B.D. Wong in the sci-fi adventure film Jurrasic World (2015), the fourth and latest film in the Jurassic Park franchise. You can see my largely positive thoughts on the dinosuar-fuelled fantasy in my review here.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the music video. It’s such a great form of expression and when done well, really adds extra dimensions to the song. Here are eight of my favourite videos from well known artists that took imagination to new levels.