Drop The Last Letter game
Game that succeeded the backflip - and a sequel of sorts to the Misprint game - this was suggested by long-term listener and first-time emailer James. The aim is to improve a film's title by removing the last letter.
James himself suggested:
- 28 Days Late
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hop
- The Passion Of The Chris
- Children Of Me
- Withnail And
- The Da Vinci Cod
- Escape To Victor - "they all try to locate Richard Wilson's house"
- Jaw - "he would have been totally ineffective if he only had one jaw"
- Grumpy Old Me - "which would probably sum up a lot of us around here"
- Apocalypse No
- Watch Me - "it's a film about me, and you have to watch it."
- Earthquak - "my favourite disaster movie with a duck theme"
- 30 - "just 30 Spartans"
Listener suggestions then included:
- The Incredible Hull
- Three Men And A Boa
- Falling Dow ("very topical")
- Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pear
- The Magnificent Seve - "the ultimate golf biopic"
- Jurassic Par - "Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum attempt to play a round of golf avoiding tyrannosaurs and veloceraptors"
- The Lady And The Tram
- Romeo And Julie
- Alien - "the sequel to Alien"
- Kingdom Of Heave - suggested by Jack Blackburn; later suggested independently by another listener named Gemma - "one man's struggle to save Jerusalem from a widespread case of gastroenteritis"
- The Thin
James King submitted a trio of movies about a mother with extraordinary powers:
The week after, a listener named John noted that four films on release that day worked:
- I Love You Ma
- Before I Forge
- In The Loo
Others submitted that week or later included:
- Who Framed Roger Rabbi
- Chitty Chitty Bang Ban - "set in a convent"
- X-Me - "A home-made special interest movie"
- The Wizard Of O - "A lesser-known Pauline Reage sequel"
- Charlie And The Chocolate Factor - "An obese child enters a chocolate-eating contest hosted by Gordon Burns"
- Marley And M - "A James Bond vibe"
- The Spy Who Loved M - a slightly different take on the James Bond vibe
Comic singer Mitch Benn then got thoroughly involved:
- Man On Fir - "Denzel Washington is put on top of a Christmas tree by whimsical bad guys"
- The Blues Brother - Dan Aykroyd milks it one last time, but can't persuade anyone else to be the other one"
- Bi - "Tom Hanks makes a wish and discovers he quite likes boys and girls"
- Panic Roo - "Skippy The Bush Kangeroo gets stuck down a well"
- Far From The Madding Crow - "Exit Julie Christie, pursued by raven"
- 198 - "Roman totalitarianism"
- Final Fantas - "Last human alive trying to save the last fizzy orange drink from an invading alien"
- Forrest Gum - "Everyone comes to a sticky end"
- The Long Good Frida - "the harrowing story of an especially tall, but especially worthy, blonde Norwegian woman"
- No Country For Old Me - "an elderly gentleman retires to the Costa Del Sol"
- There Will Be Bloo - "one man’s quest to invent a self-flushing toilet"
- A Hard Day's Nigh - "The Beatles find themselves struggling to shake off a sense of impending doom"
- Hell - "The Beatles were right about about the whole impending doom thing"
Other listeners dropped letters from other or both words to make:
- Easter Promises - "Featuring an edge-of-your-seat fight between Viggo Mortensen and the Easter Bunny in a Russian bathhouse"
- Tax Drive - "Robert de Niro stars as a man on the edge, entering a crisis, despised by society - as the Chancellor of the Exchequer"
- Little Omen - "With their father away fighting the Civil War, the story follows the relationships between Jo, Meg, Beth, Amy, Marge, their mother and the Devil's spawn"