It's not easy to settle on a good title. Ideally you want something intriguing and enticing, but which also gives your prospective audience some kind of clue about what they're getting themselves into.
Or you can give it a title that is so obtuse and confusing that no one would ever guess what your film is about. We're still not clear on what some of these names are supposed to mean...
1. Midnight Special
What it sounds like: A drama set in a late-night diner. Possibly involving a murder and/or sex on the counter. And maybe some fried rice?
What it actually is: A man and his super-powered son go on the run from the government and a religious cult. No rice is involved.
2. Quantum of Solace
What it sounds like: A physicist battles with overwhelming depression.
What it actually is: James Bond seeks revenge for the death of his girlfriend, who worked for an organisation called Quantum. The title comes from a 1959 Ian Fleming short story that bears no relation to the film whatsoever.
3. Reservoir Dogs
What it sounds like: An animated movie about a pack of loveable mutts who live around a man-made lake. Like All Dogs Go to Heaven meets Watership Down.
What it actually is: Six criminals with colour-coded nicknames implode in a hideout after a diamond heist goes awry.
What it sounds like: A sexed-up retelling of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, with Jude Law as the Venerable Bede and Robert Downey Jr as Alfred the Great. Guy Ritchie directs.
What it actually is: A found-footage film about three school friends who gain amazing, superhero-like powers.
5. A Clockwork Orange
What it sounds like: An eccentric clockmaker creates a beautiful and entirely original timepiece. A confectioner called Terry steals the design. Another Terry – Gilliam – directs.
What it actually is: A violent delinquent teenager is subjected to extreme moral reconditioning. It doesn't really work.
6. Troll 2
What it sounds like: The sequel to a horror film about trolls.
What it actually is: A standalone film about goblins (and famously one of the worst movies ever made). Neither a sequel, nor about trolls. Fails on both counts.
7. Edge of Tomorrow
What it sounds like: A Before Sunrise knockoff.
What it actually is: Tom Cruise gets stuck in a time loop that resurrects him every time he dies in a fight against invading aliens. (Based on the graphic novel with the equally incomprehensible name All You Need Is Kill. The home-entertainment release was retitled Live. Die. Repeat.)
8. Upstream Color
What it sounds like: A Claude Monet biopic.
What it actually is: Surreal, abstract, existentialist science fiction about two people whose lives are ruined by a parasite that lives in orchids and pigs.
9. The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
What it sounds like: A socially awkward shut-in conquers his agoraphobia to enter his waltzing cats into a TV talent show.
What it actually is: A Burt Reynolds Western about an outlaw whose Native American wife (Cat Dancing) is murdered. He goes on the run and falls in love with a woman called Catherine.
10. Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever
What it sounds like: In a cyberpunk future, two orphaned best friends find themselves on opposite teams in a deadly game of future-dodgeball.
What it actually is: An action thriller about secret agents starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu that has a record-breaking 0% out of 116 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
11. Half Past Dead
What it sounds like: A TV-movie based on a Stephen King book about a night watchman who becomes convinced that the cleaning lady is a demon with a mop made of human skin.
What it actually is: Steven Seagal and Ja Rule are criminals doing time in Alcatraz and have to fight off a group of terrorists looking for hidden gold.
12. Synecdoche, New York
What it sounds like: A thesaurus threw up on the East Coast.
What it actually is: A Charlie Kaufman film about an ambitious but highly neurotic theatre director who begins to lose his grip on reality. (The title does actually make sense, sort of, but only if you combine a highly advanced vocabulary with a good knowledge of New York state geography.)
13. The Constant Gardener
What it sounds like: A widowed retiree sublimates her sexual urges by gardening day and night.
What it actually is: A British diplomat in Kenya tries to solve the murder of his wife.