Here’s a game you can play on IMDB. Think up eight common two-word phrases or expressions which are not, as far as you know, film titles… but which easily could be. Then make a list of eight more which you think really probably couldn’t. Then check them all on IMDB. Award yourself one point for every title on your first list which has indeed been used, and five points for every title on your second list. (Yes, I realise this scoring system rewards failure in the second list, but don’t worry, it’s not going on your permanent record.) Here’s how I did.
- Storm Warning - No.
- Last Words - Yes, in 2002
- Coming Home - Yes, 1978
- Danger Money – No, astonishingly.
- Cat’s Cradle – Yes, not once, not twice, but six times, between 1903 and 2009.
- Night Terrors – Yes, a treat we have in store this very year, apparently.
- Learning Curve - No. ‘The Learning Curve’, yes, but not ‘Learning Curve’.
- Extreme Prejudice – Yes, 1987
- Curly Kale – No.
- Mucus Membrane – No.
- Cub Camp – No.
- Machine Washable – No.
- Kennel Cough – No.
- Human Resources – No. A Dutch TV documentary, but not a film.
- Irritable Bowel – No.
- White Lightning - Yes! Twice – once in 1953 and once in 1973! I suppose if you take away the My First Cider connotations it has in Britain, it’s quite a macho phrase. Just how macho you will appreciate when I tell you that the 1973 release starred Burt Reynolds playing a character named… Gator McCluskey. Now that’s a name. To family and friends reading this: I hereby announce that I wish from now on to be known as ‘Gator McCluskey’. I will respond to no other name. Thank you.