As a special treat today we’re joined by the MP for Leigh, football pundit look-a-like and forthcoming runner-up in the Labour leadership election, Andy Burnham, talking to us about his favourite films.
12 Angry Men (1957)
An absolute classic, this one. Set almost entirely in a jury deliberation room after a murder trial. Eleven of the jurors think the defendant killed his father and only juror number 8 thinks there is reasonable doubt to save the accused from the electric chair. He realises that it will probably all be sorted out on appeal, so he abstains from voting.
On the Waterfront (1954)
Another classic. Ex-boxer Terry Malloy has to decide whether to stand up against the thugs who rule his neighbourhood, even if it means losing friends and his job. This is famous for Brando’s brilliant, “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am,” speech. Brings a tear to my eye, that does.
The Matrix (1999)
Bit of sci-fi here. Thomas ‘Neo’ Anderson is a normal working bloke who discovers that his world is just artificial reality, controlled by evil, heartless machines who exploit all of humanity for their own ends. But there’s a lot of stuff in the world he likes, so he gets on with his job, keeps his head down and resolves to sort it out in the sequels. Brilliant.
That’s all we have time for this morning, but do join us next week when George Osborne will be here, telling us why his version of the 1927 silent classic Metropolis would be a bit different.