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Over the years, Mark and Simon - and the Wittertainment listeners and correspondents - have developed several theories, patterns and rules about and around films. Some of the principle ones are:

Film sequences

Triologies

Toy Story rule - all three are perfect

High School Musical rule - first is great, second is a dip, third brings it back

Evil Dead rule - first great, second even better, third rubbish

Extended film series

Bourne rule - first good, second better, third superb, fourth doesn't exist, fifth (which is the fourth, because the fourth doesn't exist) good but not as good as the third.

Listener created rules

10 Commandments of Wittertainment

Moviegoers Code of Conduct

Sides of buses rule - all comedies advertised on the side of buses are terrible

Phone boxes - rule - all films advertised on the side of phone boxes are terrible (rule challenged by Shaun Of The Dead)

Punctuation rule - films with too much punctuation in a title are terrible

Mark and Simon's rules

Anthropomorphism rules - Mark Kermode's rule you can build a world in which animals / cars / toys talk to each other, but don't have them suddenly get fully involved in the human world as if that is normal

Hairdresser rule - Simon Mayo's rule all hairdressers' names are formed of two first names (for example, Mark's former hairdresser David Blair)