I do wish we could chat longer, but… I’m having an old friend for dinner. Bye.
Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) in the cinematic masterpiece Silence of the Lambs (1991), one of only three films to win the highly-prized quintet of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original/Adapted Screenplay. The psychological thriller told of an FBI agent who must work with a manipulative killer to catch another criminal. It was directed by Jonathan Demme, who sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 73.
2016 will always be remembered as a politically volatile year and one which included all kinds of tragic deaths in the world of entertainment. George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, Prince and David Bowie were among the many creative talents that passed far too soon. There were also another new set of films, with superhero blockbusters, friendly animation and comedies among them. How many of the 15 (in no particular order) do you know? Which ones stood out to you? Feel free to compare your score to last year.
Megan McCallister: You’re not at all worried that something might happen to Kevin? Buzz McCallister: No, for three reasons: A, I’m not that lucky. Two, we use smoke detectors and D, we live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen. Period.
Hillary Wolf and Devin Ratray in festive favourite Home Alone (1990). Written by John Hughes, best known for his 80s coming of age comedy dramas, the story tells of a boy left alone by mistake over Christmas and needing to protect his home from two burglars.
I’ve delivered a million passengers over forty years, but in the end I’m going to be judged by two hundred and eight seconds.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger(Tom Hanks) in the film Sully. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it tells of the ‘Miracle of the Hudson’, where a commercial airline landed on the Hudson river without fatalities after a flock of birds disabled both engines.
Miranda Priestly (Merryl Streep) and Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) in the biting comedy drama The Devil Wears Prada (2006). The film tells of an intern who goes to work as the co-assistant of a highly influential fashion magazine, with Priestly largely believed to be based on Anna Wintour.
I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.
Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) in adorable romcom Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001). The latest instalment in the tales of Bridget and her romantic adventures will be out later this week.
Darren Cross: All those years ago, you picked me. What did you see in me? Hank Pym: I saw myself. Darren Cross: Then why did you push me away? Hank Pym: Because I saw too much of myself.
Corey Stoll and Michael Douglas in the superhero action film Ant-Man (2015). Based on the comic book of the same name (with slight plot differences), it tells the story of a thief released from prison who becomes an unlikely superhero after struggling to hold down a job.
A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends
Nikki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) from the adrenalin-fulled sporting drama Rush (2013). Based on the true story of the fight for the 1976 Formula 1 championship, it tells the complex competitive relationship between the calculated Lauda and playboy James Hunt. You can find my review of the film here.
It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) in the famously rebellious film Fight Club (1999). Directed by David Fincher and based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, it was initially a commercial disappointment, but has since become a cult classic. If you are interested in anti-establishment films, you might enjoy this quiz