A new wave of movies is marking the rise of the 'ordinary slob nerd', writes Xan Brooks. This month saw the release of the final installment in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, awash with elves and hobbits and surely the most monumental nerd-fest of the lot.
The original Gone in 60 Seconds showcases a shapely young starlet known simply as ''Eleanor''. HB Halicki's 1974 action romp credits 28 actors in its cast, but all of them play second fiddle to Eleanor. After that, she probably retired to a garage someplace. Eleanor, you see, was a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1.