Mammoth

  • Directors: Lukas Moodysson
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Lukas Moodysson
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Michelle Williams, Marife Necesito

Leo and Ellen are a successful New York couple, totally immersed in their work. Leo is the creator of a booming website, and has stumbled into a world of money and big decisions. He has to board a business flight to Thailand in order to sign a contract. What ensues in the next few days is a harrowing critique on the social dilemmas that result from globalization.

New York: Ellen is a dedicated emergency surgeon who devotes her long shifts to saving lives. During her work, she becomes attached to a dying boy who had been stabbed in the stomach by his mother. Leo and Ellen have an eight-year-old daughter named Jackie. Due to her parents’ lack of presence in the household, she spends most of her time with her Filipino nanny Gloria, who introduces the girl to her Filipino culture and reads about Jackie’s favorite subject, astronomy. Even with the little time that Ellen has for her, Jackie often prefers to be with Gloria, which provokes jealousy on Ellen’s part.

Philippines: Gloria has two children of her own, young boys staying in the Philippines with their grandmother. The older boy, Salvador, who misses his mother dearly, makes frequent phonecalls to her and begs her to come home. Salvador tries to find a job so that Gloria does not have to work abroad. One night while on his way home from work, Salvador is lured and molested by a pedophile. Next morning he is found unconscious under a bridge, and is rushed to the hospital. Gloria is informed of this incident and quits her job right away to return to her country.

Thailand: In Thailand, Leo finds out that his colleague has to negotiate additionally, which buys time for him to explore the country. Leo’s trip so far has been uneventful. At a club, Leo meets a prostitute named Cookie, and pays her to not have sex with any client that evening. Later on Leo reluctantly has a romantic fling with the girl, but he regrets it afterwards. He has his colleague accept the terms offered, so that he can finish the work and return to his family in the US as soon as possible. We find out at the end that Cookie is a working class single mother who is away from her baby girl.

Women in Trouble

  • Directors: Sebastian Gutierrez
  • Producers: Sebastian Gutierrez
  • Writers: Sebastian Gutierrez
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Emanuelle Chriqui, Marley Shelton, Elizabeth Berkely, Cameron Richardson, Adrianne Palicki, Joseph Gordon Levitt

The film chronicles one day in the lives of 10 Los Angeles women.[2]

Barcelona

  • Directors: Whit Stillman
  • Producers: Whit Stillman, Antonio Llorens, Jordi Tusell
  • Writers: Whit Stillman
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Mira Sorvino

The main character in Barcelona is a Chicago salesman named Ted Boynton, who lives and works in Barcelona in the 1980s. Ted’s cousin Fred, a naval officer, unexpectedly comes to stay with him at the beginning of the film. Fred has been sent to Barcelona to handle public relations ahead of the arrival of the U.S. fleet.

The cousins have had a history of conflict since they were children, which is referred to several times in the film. Ted and Fred develop relationships with various single Barcelona women, and experience the negative reaction of some of Barcelona’s residents to Fred’s presence. Ted also faces possible problems with his American employer and the idea of attraction to physical beauty.

Ong bak 2

  • Directors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
  • Producers: Prachya Pinkaew, Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai, Akarapol Techaratanaprasert
  • Writers: Screenplay, Ek Iemchuen, Nonthakorn Thaweesuk, Story, Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: Tony Jaa

The film begins in the year 1974 of the Buddhist calendar (which corresponds to 1421 in the Gregorian calendar), in feudal Thailand. It is a time of political upheaval, treachery and danger. The opening scene explains how during the reign of Boromarajatiraj II of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, the Ayuthaya royal court became more powerful then the Sukhothai kingdom and expanded to the east. The Ayuthaya army sieged the Kingdom of Gods for several months. The king sent his son, Prince Indraracha to rule the kingdom. At the new kingdom, Lord Sihadecho is a provincial ruler, and a gallant and noble warrior of a formally great dynasty. His son, Tien, a spirited and unyielding youth, aspires to be just like his father, but is forced to undergo dance lessons instead much to his disdain. Meanwhile, the treacherous and power-craving Lord Rajasena, a former city administrator of the capital city, plots to seize total control of all Asia and has amassed the greatest army in Asia. Rajasena sends out vicious assassins to murder Lord Sihadecho’s family and his loyal soldiers. The only survivor from this massacre is Tien, who manages to escape with deep vengeance in his heart, and becomes a wild and feral child.

The film ends on a cliffhanger with Tien, after defeating hundreds of Rajasena’s warriors, being finally overwhelmed by hundreds more. Rajasena orders Tien to be taken away to be slowly tortured to death. It is unclear whether Tien survives, and if he does, how it is so. An extremely ambiguous and vague voice-over explains that Tien “may find a way to cheat death again”, and Tien is shown with a fully-grown beard (which he doesn’t have in the film) standing in front of a scarred golden Buddha statue, perhaps indicating reincarnation,some say Tien is Ong Bak himself or some other mystical solution. Nevertheless, the story is set to be resolved and continued in the sequel Ong Bak 3.

New York I Love You

  • Directors: Jiang Wen, Mira Nair, Shunji Iwai, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman, Fatih Akin, Joshua Marston, Randy Balsmeyer
  • Producers: Emmanuel Benbihy, Marina Grasic
  • Writers: Fatih Akin, Keenan Donahue, Natalie Portman, Anthony Minghella, Joshua Marston, Jeff Nathanson, Hu Hong, Jiang Wen, Meng Yao, Suketu Mehta, Shunji Iwai, Yvan Attal, Xan Cassavetes, Stephen Winter, Hall Powell, Israel Horovitz, James Strouse
  • Genres: Drama, Romance
  • Actors:

New York, I Love You is a collective work of eleven short films, with each segment running around 10 minutes long. Some of the actors have international status (Natalie Portman, Shia LaBeouf, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, and Irrfan Khan), with each shooting their part in one of New York’s five boroughs. Similar to the previous film, Paris, je t’aime, the shorts presented together will not relate but will all tie into the common theme of finding love.

Whip It

  • Directors: Drew Barrymore
  • Producers: Barry Mendel, Drew Barrymore
  • Writers: Shauna Cross
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is a misfit in her small town, Bodeen, in Texas and has no idea where her life is going. She allows her mother to push her into winning beauty pageant after beauty pageant, despite having no interest in it herself. She and her friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) dream of escaping their small town, with Pash planning to go to an Ivy League School in a big city and Bliss hoping to find something that will help her figure out where she belongs. During a shopping trip to Austin she finds it — roller derby. She and Pash secretly go to the Roller Derby event in Austin under the pretense of going to a football game. Bliss only wishes to tell the Hurl Scouts that they are “her new heroes” and is suddenly thrown into the idea of being in Roller Derby herself when Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) replies “Well, put some skates on and be your own hero”. She practices roller skating until she’s ready for trials. She’s able to go to the trials in Austin under the premise of taking SAT preparation classes and ends up impressing Razor, the coach, landing herself a place in the team. After realising she needs to be ruthless in Roller Derby she realises she also needs to take charge in other aspects of her life and her parents and old friends are eventually able to accept that Roller Derby is where she belongs, even if only for “the moment”. [2]

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

  • Directors: Rebecca Miller
  • Producers: Brad Pitt, Lemore Syvan
  • Writers: Rebecca Miller
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci, Julianne Moore, Maria Bello, Blake Lively, Winona Ryder

As a teenager nearly driven mad by her complacent pastor father Des and bipolar mother Suky, whose neurotic behavior is precipitated by an addiction to amphetamines, Pippa Sarkissian runs away from her rural home and seeks refuge with her father’s sister Trish in New York City. She is startled to discover her aunt is a lesbian and living with Kit, a dominatrix who specializes in photographing sadomasochistic scenes. Falling under Kit’s influence, Pippa rapidly descends into an underworld of illegal drugs and promiscuous sex. She is rescued from her decadent lifestyle by Herb Lee, a charismatic publisher 30 years her senior. They wed, have two children, and live a very comfortable life until Herb’s multiple heart attacks force them to sell their Manhattan apartment and settle in a retirement community in suburban Connecticut, where Pippa develops a sleep disorder. By far the youngest of all the residents, she finds herself becoming bored and restless and beginning to unravel until she meets her neighbor’s emotionally damaged son Chris, who becomes an unlikely confidante and unexpected lover. Pippa’s unswerving devotion to her husband is tested when she discovers he is having a fling of his own with Sandra Dulles, an attractive woman — even younger than his trophy wife — who has a long list of neuroses of her own.

The Boy Friend

  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Producers: Ken Russell, Harry Benn
  • Writers: Ken Russell, Sandy Wilson
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Tommy Tune, Brian Murphy, Barbara Windsor, Vladek Sheybal

In the Villa Caprice, or Madame Dubonnet’s School for Young Ladies, Maisie and the girls live with the maid, Hortense, and Mme. Dubonnet. Hortense orders a costume for “a Miss Polly Browne” and Maisie and the other girls (Dulcie, Nancy, and Fay) sing the ironic “Perfect Young Ladies” with Hortense. Polly arrives and tells everyone about her made-up boy friend who is “motoring down from Paris” to meet her for the upcoming carnival ball, and sings about “The Boy Friend”. Later, Bobby surprises Maisie and they dance to “Won’t You Charleston With Me?”

Polly’s widowed father, Percy, then arrives at the school to discover that the headmistress is an old flame of his. They sing “Fancy Forgetting” to rekindle the spark. Polly, though a millionaire’s daughter, feels left out because she is the only one of her set who does not have a boyfriend, and she needs a partner for the fancy dress ball. However, when the errand boy, Tony, arrives to deliver her Pierrette costume, they are immediately attracted to each other, and sing “I Could Be Happy With You.” Later, they meet at the beach (after the chorus number “Sur La Plage”) and sing about “A Room in Bloomsbury.” They then kiss and decide to meet at the ball. The comically flirtatious Lord Brockhurst arrives on the scene, leading to a comical meeting with the rigidly mannered Percival Browne. Lord Brockhurst’s domineering wife Lady Brockhurst is also introduced. Percival Browne and Dubonnet then sing “The ‘You-Don’t-Want-To-Play-With-Me’ Blues”.

At the ball, Bobby and the three boys propose to Maisie and the three girls, but the girls reply in unison that “we’ll let you know at midnight” and everyone dances to “The Riviera”. Lord Brockhurst sings “It’s Never Too Late To Fall In Love” with the flirty Dulcie, and is caught out by Lady Brockhurst. Polly confides in Mme. Dubonnet, and they sing “Poor Little Pierrette”. Tony later arrives at the ball and takes Polly by surprise. He asks “May I have this dance, Pierrette?” to which Polly replies, “I’m afraid I can’t dance with a stranger”. He then kisses her to remind her. Polly discovers that Tony is really the son of Lord and Lady Brockhurst, who had left home to try to make his own way in the world. Percy and Mme. Dubonnet announce that they are getting married. The clock strikes midnight, and the girls unanimously say yes to the boys’ proposals. The last scene has everyone dancing as soon as Bobby, with the last spoken line in the play, asks “So how about that Charleston?” The show ends with a reprise of “The Boy Friend” and “I Could Be Happy With You.”

Love Me Tonight

  • Directors: Rouben Mamoulian
  • Producers: Rouben Mamoulian
  • Writers: Samuel Hoffenstein, George Marion Jr, Waldemar Young
  • Genres: Musical, Comedy
  • Actors: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles, Charles Butterworth, Myrna Loy

Parisian tailor Maurice Courtelin (Maurice Chevalier) poses as a baron in order to collect the unpaid bills a local aristocrat (Charlie Ruggles) have been piling up. On his way to the castle, he has a confrontation with haughty Princess Jeanette (Jeanette MacDonald). When he arrives at the castle, he charms the various denizens, including Jeanette’s chattering aunts and her man-hungry cousin Valentine (Myrna Loy). Jeanette is resistant towards the newcomer, but eventually falls for his charms, telling him she will love him no matter who he is or where he is. When he helps her redesign an outfit, he confesses to her that he’s really a tailor. The entire household is outraged, and Maurice leaves. As he takes the train back to Paris, Jeanette realizes her mistake and follows him on horseback. He tells her to stay away, so she stands in front of the train. When the train stops, Maurice jumps out and they embrace as smoke from the train envelops them.

Ray

  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Producers: Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin, Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin
  • Writers: James L White
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Jamie Foxx

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles Robinson went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered incorporating gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style.

As he revolutionized the way people appreciated music, he simultaneously fought segregation in the very clubs that launched him and championed artists’ rights within the corporate music business. The movie provides a portrait of Charles’ musical genius as he overcomes drug addiction while transforming into one of his country’s most beloved performers.