The Karate Kid Part II

  • Directors: John G Avildsen
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub, William J Cassidy, Susan Ekins, Karen Trudy Rosenfelt
  • Writers: Robert Mark Kamen
  • Genres: Action, Family, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Danny Kamekona, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, Nobu McCarthy

The Karate Kid, Part II picks up immediately following Daniel’s victory at the tournament.

As Daniel and Miyagi are getting ready to leave, they witness an altercation between Kreese and Daniel’s former rival, Johnny Lawrence. Infuriated about the loss, Kreese kicks Johnny off his sparring team and breaks his second-place trophy into pieces. When Johnny protests, Kreese puts him in a headlock, swatting away his fellow Cobra Kais who come to his rescue. Miyagi orders Kreese to leave Johnny alone, but Kreese retorts with a racial slur. Miyagi pulls a gasping Johnny away from Kreese’s grip, prompting Kreese to take two shots at Miyagi. As Miyagi ducks away from Kreese’s moves, Kreese punches his fists through two car windows. When it appears that Miyagi is about to deliver a fatal strike to Kreese, he stops short of his nose, honking it instead and then walking away.

The film picks up six months later shortly after Daniel’s senior prom. Daniel receives several pieces of bad news, having been dumped by Ali and learned that his mother will move to Fresno for work. Miyagi takes Daniel to his backyard and restores the boy’s focus by having him build a new wing for Miyagi’s house. This architectural work has a hidden side: It is revealed that Daniel is building a guest room for himself, Miyagi having arranged for Daniel to live with him while his mother goes to Fresno.

“Live or die, man?” says Daniel. “Die,” says Chozen. “Wrong…HONK!” Daniel then honks his nose and drops him to the ground, as Miyagi had done with Kreese following the tournament in California. The movie ends here.

Van Helsing

  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Producers: Stephen Sommers, Bob Ducsay
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Kevin J O Connor, Alun Armstrong

The film begins in black and white, set in Transylvania, 1887. Doctor Victor Frankenstein brings to life the Frankenstein’s monster but his triumph is cut short when an angry mob infiltrates the castle. Dr. Frankenstein has been aided in his experiments by his deformed assistant Igor, and Count Dracula. Dracula reveals that he helped Frankenstein so he could use the Monster to bring his undead children to life. He then kills Frankenstein when he refuses to help him. The Monster escapes with his father’s body to a windmill which is burnt down by the mob, the Monster seemingly perishing in the destruction.

A year on, legendary monster hunter Van Helsing hunts Mr. Hyde in Paris, although their confrontation results in Hyde’s death whilst fighting in Notre Dame. Van Helsing returns to the Vatican where he reports to the Knights of the Holy Order, who protect the world from evil. Van Helsing had lost his memory and had been taken in by the monks of the Vatican. Van Helsing’s duty is to defeat evil forces and bring them back to the Order, but he has little success, since he usually kills them, like he did with Mr. Hyde. The leader, Cardinal Jinette, sends him to Transylvania to kill Dracula and prevent the last of the Valerious family from falling into purgatory; the family having been trying to kill Dracula for the past nine generations but all failed and unable to enter Heaven due to an ancestor’s vow. Jinette also gave Van Helsing a torn piece of paper, with a Latin inscription, unknown for its purpose, which reads ‘Deum ac ianuamimbeat aperiri’, in English translates, ‘In the name of God, open this door’. It also had an insignia, which matches the symbol on Van Helsing’s ring. Jinette advises that he might find ‘the answers you seek’. Van Helsing is aided by Carl, a friar who creates inventions.

Anna arrives and injects the cure into Van Helsing, but not before he attacks and kills her. Anna is cremated on a cliff overlooking the ocean, Van Helsing seeing her and her family in Heaven, the family finally at peace. The Monster departs on a raft into the ocean. Van Helsing and Carl depart back to Rome on horseback.

Chariots of Fire

  • Directors: Hugh Hudson
  • Producers: David Puttnam, Jake Eberts, Dodi Fayed, James Crawford
  • Writers: Colin Welland
  • Genres: Drama, History, Sport
  • Actors: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige

The movie is based on the true story of two British athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Englishman Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), who is Jewish, overcomes anti-Semitism and class prejudice in order to compete against the “Flying Scotsman”, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), in the 100 metre race.

In 1919, Abrahams enters Cambridge University. He attempts and succeeds at the Trinity Great Court run, which involves running around the court before the clock finishes striking 12. Meanwhile, Liddell sees running as a way of glorifying God before travelling to China to work as a missionary. He represents Scotland against Ireland in a race, and preaches a sermon on “Life as a race” afterwards.

At their first meeting, Liddell shakes Abrahams’ hand to wish him well, then beats him in a race. Abrahams takes it badly, but Sam Mussabini (Ian Holm), a professional trainer who he had approached earlier, offers to take him on to improve his technique. However, this attracts criticism from the college masters because they are not sympathetic to a Jewish student representing the college. They allege it is ungentlemanly and unsportsmanlike for an amateur athlete seeking to compete in the Olympics to employ a professional coach, but Abrahams realizes that is cover for their anti-Semitism and class entitlement, and dismisses their concern.

Abrahams competes in the 100 metre sprint and wins. Now he can get on with his life and reconcile with his girlfriend whom he has neglected for the sake of the running. Liddell himself defeats the American favourites in the 400 metres, in spite of their coach’s remarks to them minimizing his chances. He then goes on to do his missionary work in China.

9

  • Directors: Shane Acker
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Shane Acker
  • Genres: Animation, Short, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors:

9 is a sentient rag doll who appears to be the last of his kind, living in the ruins of a decaying parallel world, and is hunted relentlessly by a twisted mechanical beast that has killed eight of his rag doll kindred by stealing their souls with a canister-like talisman. 9 was formerly accompanied by his friend and mentor, the one-eyed 5, with whom he scavenged the ruins of their world in search of tools that would help them survive. However, the monster attacked 5 and stole his soul with its talisman, though 9 narrowly escaped with a similar, glowing talisman given to him by 5.

In an attempt to destroy the monster, 9 prepares a trap and lures it into an old building where it is briefly subdued, allowing 9 to steal its talisman. The monster breaks free and chases 9 through the building, cornering him on a wooden plank elevated high above the floor. Just as the monster crawls along the unstable plank and approaches him, 9 leaps to safety and knocks the plank down. The monster plummets to the floor below, impaled and killed by the falling plank. After setting up a memorial for his kindred, 9 puts the two talismans together to create a larger canister that releases the souls of all the monster’s victims, including 5. Before vanishing, 5’s spirit turns to 9 and gives him an approving nod. 9 sets off to parts unknown, leaving the canister behind.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Producers: Bert E Friedlob
  • Writers: Douglas Morrow
  • Genres: Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
  • Actors: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine

A newspaper publisher, wanting to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence, talks his possible son-in-law Tom Garrett (Dana Andrews) into a hoax in an attempt to expose the alleged ineptitude of the city’s hard-line district attorney. The plan is to have Tom plant clues leading to his arrest for killing a female nightclub dancer. Once Tom is found guilty, he is to reveal the setup and humiliate the DA.

Tom agrees to the plan, not knowing that unforeseen events will put such a snag in the scheme that he ends up in danger of being executed. A friend holding back evidence that will clear Tom at his trial dies in an accident before he can testify.

The Nutty Professor

  • Directors: Jerry Lewis
  • Producers: Ernest D Glucksman, Arthur P Schmidt, Jerry Lewis
  • Writers: Robert Louis Stevenson, Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond
  • Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman

Professor Julius Kelp (Lewis), is a nerdy, unkempt, buck-toothed, introverted, socially inept university professor who always incurs the wrath of the university administration by continually destroying the classroom laboratory. When a football-playing bully humiliates him, Kelp invents a serum that turns him into the handsome, extremely smooth, cool, and somewhat obnoxious girl-chasing hipster, Buddy Love.

This newfound persona gives him the confidence to pursue one of his students, Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens). At first she despises Love, but she finds herself strangely attracted to him. Buddy wows the crowd with his jazzy, breezy delivery and cool demeanor at the Purple Pit, a nightclub where the students hang out. He also mixes it up with the bartender, who is instructed on how to mix the latest drinks for the enigmatic entertainer.

The formula wears off at inopportune times, often to Kelp’s embarrassment. He must rush back to his laboratory in the hopes that no one will discover his secret. Although Kelp knows that his alternate persona is an arrogant person, he cannot prevent himself from continually taking the formula as he enjoys the newfound attention that Love receives. Buddy performs at the annual student dance, and while on the dais, the formula starts to wear off.

In the end, his real identity is revealed during the prom, as the Love persona transforms to Kelp during a speech. He gives an impassioned plea that people must learn to like themselves before others can like them in return. He admits that he has learned a valuable lesson, and Purdy admits that she likes Kelp better than Love and they get married. Prompted by his formerly henpecked father’s marketing of the formula, Kelp and Purdy decide to license the product and benefit from the profits.

Dirty Dancing

  • Directors: Emile Ardolino
  • Producers: Linda Gottlieb
  • Writers: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Genres: Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

In the summer of 1963, 17-year-old New Yorker Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her affluent Jewish family at Kellerman’s[3], a resort in the Catskill Mountains. Baby is planning to attend Mount Holyoke College to study economics and then enter the Peace Corps. She was named after Frances Perkins, the first woman in the U.S. Cabinet. Baby’s father, Jake (Jerry Orbach), is the personal physician of the resort owner Max Kellerman (Jack Weston).

Baby develops a crush on the resort’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), part of the working-class entertainment staff. When Baby, while carrying a watermelon, is invited to one of their parties, she observes for the first time the “dirty dancing” that the staff enjoys. Later, Baby discovers that Johnny’s dance partner Penny Johnson (Cynthia Rhodes) is distraught over being pregnant by Robbie Gould (Max Cantor), the waiter whom Baby’s sister Lisa is dating. When Baby learns that Robbie plans to do nothing about the pregnancy, she secures the money from her father to pay for Penny’s illegal abortion. In her efforts to help, Baby also becomes Penny’s fill-in for a performance at the Sheldrake, a nearby resort where Johnny and Penny perform annually.

In the film’s climactic scene, Johnny, even though he has been fired, returns to the resort to perform the final dance of the season with Baby. Excoriating the Housemans for their choice of Baby’s seat, he utters the film’s most famous line, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” as he pulls her up from the family’s table. Dr. Houseman learns that the true culprit in Penny’s pregnancy was Robbie, not Johnny, and he apologizes (Robbie having accidentally confessed to his deed earlier in the scene, while talking to Dr. Houseman). The film ends with a major dance sequence, as Baby overcomes her fears to allow Johnny to lift her high into the air, and the room is transformed into a nightclub where everyone, staff and patrons, dances together.

Gangs of New York

  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein
  • Writers: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan
  • Genres: Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz, John C Reilly, Henry Thomas, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Barbara Bouchet

In 1846, in Lower Manhattan’s “Five Points” district, a territorial war raging for years between the “Natives” (comprising those born in the United States) and recently arrived Irish Catholic immigrants, is about to come to a head in Paradise Square. The Natives are led by William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant with an open hatred of recent immigrants. The leader of the immigrant Irish, the “Dead Rabbits,” is Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson), who has a young son, Amsterdam (played as a child by Cian McCormack). Cutting and Vallon meet with their respective gangs in a horrific and bloody battle, concluding when Bill kills Priest Vallon, which Amsterdam witnesses. Cutting declares the Dead Rabbits outlawed and orders Vallon’s body be buried with honor. Amsterdam seizes the knife that kills his father, races off and buries it. He is found and taken to the orphanage at Hellgate.

Sixteen years later, Amsterdam returns to New York a grown man (Leonardo DiCaprio). Arriving in Five Points, he reunites with an old friend, Johnny Sirocco (Henry Thomas). Johnny, now a member of a clan of pickpockets and thieves, introduces Amsterdam to Bill the Butcher, for whom the group steals. Amsterdam finds many of his father’s old loyalists are now under Bill’s control, including Happy Jack Mulraney (John C. Reilly), now a corrupt city constable and in Bill’s pocket, and McGloin (Gary Lewis), now one of Bill’s lieutenants. Amsterdam soon works his way into the Butcher’s inner circle. Amsterdam learns that each year, on the anniversary of the Five Points battle (February 16), Bill leads the city in saluting the victory over the Dead Rabbits, and he makes plans to kill the Butcher during this ceremony, in front of the entire Five Points community, in order to exact public revenge.

The dead are collected for burial. Bill’s body is buried in Brooklyn, in view of the Manhattan skyline, adjacent to the grave of Priest Vallon. Jenny and Amsterdam visit as Amsterdam buries his father’s razor. Amsterdam narrates New York would be rebuilt, but they are no longer remembered, as if “we were never here”. The scene then shifts over the next hundred years, giving us a view as the modern New York begins building up from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to the World Trade Center, and the graves of Bill and Priest Vallon gradually become covered in bushes and weeds.

Zombieland

  • Directors: Ruben Fleischer
  • Producers: Gavin Palone
  • Writers: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
  • Genres: Comedy, Horror
  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

After America is ravaged by a zombie plague, a lone band of survivors fights the living dead while they cross the nation from coast to coast. They stop in an amusement park, where they believe they will be safe.[2]

Characters have been named after the cities/towns that they’ve been rescued from or originated from.[citation needed]

Gentleman Jim

  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Producers: Robert Buckner
  • Writers: James J Corbett, Vincent Lawrence, Horace McCoy
  • Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith

In 1890s San Francisco, boxing is illegal. James J. Corbett (Errol Flynn), a brash young bank teller, attends a match with his friend Walter Lowrie (Jack Carson). When a police raid nets Judge Geary, a member of the board of directors of Corbett’s bank, Corbett’s fast talking gets his superior out of trouble. The judge is looking to improve the image of boxing by recruiting men from more respectable backgrounds and having them fight under the Marquess of Queensbury rules. He has even imported British coach Harry Watson (Rhys Williams) to evaluate prospects. Watson finds that Corbett, raised in a combative Irish immigrant family headed by Pat Corbett (Alan Hale), has excellent fighting skills; Geary likes his protegé’s seemingly-polished manner.

However, Corbett’s arrogance irritates many of the upper class, particularly Victoria Ware (Alexis Smith). They clash frequently, but Corbett is attracted to her, and his limitless self-confidence and charm eventually overcome her distaste for him.

Meanwhile, Corbett becomes a professional prizefighter. He acquires a manager, Billy Delaney (William Frawley), and introduces a new, more sophisticated style of boxing, emphasizing footwork over the unscientific brawling epitomized by world champion John L. Sullivan (Ward Bond). After winning several matches, Corbett finally gets the opportunity to take on the great man. Corbett’s method of boxing baffles Sullivan, and Corbett wins not only the title, but also Victoria.