How To Make A Sam Mendes Film
The basic steps to making a Sam Mendes film, as outlined by listener Matthew Keeler after watching Revolutionary Road:
1) Take several unhappy people
2) Give them two clear, definable choices between being happy or remaining unhappy
3) Make them pick the wrong option
4) Use a gentle piano score to soundtrack depression
5) Kill one, or several, unhappy people
Mark Kermode pointed out that this worked for everything up until Away We Go.