In the 26 years since its release in 1989, When Harry Met Sally… has become something of a classic; so much so that it is seen as the definitive blueprint for the modern romantic comedy. While it has been emulated, referenced and quoted ad-infinitum, it remains fresh and funny thanks to an intelligent, savvy narrative and brilliant performances from Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.
There’s no denying the colossal achievement of French funambulist extraordinaire Philippe Petit, who broke records – and the law – when he walked between New York’s Twin Towers in 1974. Already the subject of James Marsh’s excellent Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire, whose title was taken from a police report about the event, this mammoth physical and emotional undertaking is now commemorated by Robert Zemeckis in The Walk, which is also based on Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds.
Director M Night Shyamalan’s 1999 breakthrough The Sixth Sense has proven to be quite the double-edged sword. A near-perfect, intelligent genre film, with one of the most notable endings in modern cinema, Shyamalan’s third feature sent him soaring into the A-list and opened the door to seemingly endless opportunity.