Three years ago at dusk on a sunny evening, when the sky was a robin’s-egg’s blue and the wind was as soft as a day-old chick, I was sitting on the verandah of my farm home in eastern Iowa when a voice very clearly said to me, “If you build it he will come.”
As said by the story’s narrator John Kinsella in the magic realism book Shoeless Joe (1982). W.P. Kinsella’s novel, which wonderfully tells of an Iowa farmer building a farm so as to see the spirits of legendary baseball players, was famously adapted for the 1989 film Field of Dreams.
It’s been another weird and wonderful year of films, full of delights and disappointments, sequels and shockers. Did you have a favourite? What did you think of them overall? Feel free to share your score from the films below. And you’re more than welcome to look at last year’s quiz too.
Miranda: Ohh, Advent calendar. Stevie: Ooh, can I? Miranda: Together. Stevie: Oh, where’s the chocolate? Miranda: Where’s the chocolate? Eaten on the first day of purchase! Who can sit in a room day after day when there are little chocolates behind windows and not remove them, eat them and then replace the windows like nothing ever happened?
Miranda Hart and Sarah Hadland in the British feel-good sitcom Miranda (2009 – 2013). You can find more of the sweet-natured comedy here and here.