Daddy Day Camp

  • Directors: Fred Savage
  • Producers: Matt Berenson, Wyck Godfrey, Co Producer, Adam Goldberg, Rhiannon Meier, Executive Producer, John Davis, Matt Berenson, Derek Dauchy, Chris Emerson, Richard Hull, Nancy Kirhoffer, Jefferson Richard
  • Writers: Geoff Rodkey, J David Stem, David N Weiss, Story, Geoff Rodkey, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Characters, Geoff Rodkey
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr, Paul Rae, Lochlyn Munro, Tamala Jones, Spencir Bridges, Richard Gant, Josh McLerran, Talon Ackerman, Brian Doyle Murray

After opening Daddy Day Care, Charlie (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Phil (Paul Rae) decide to expand their business and buys a dilapidated camp they attended as kids, turning it into Daddy Day Camp. The two men soon face foreclosure, low enrollment, and plenty of repairs. The few kids that remain at the camp eventually band together when Charlie’s father, Col. Buck Hinton (Richard Gant), starts to control the whole camp and eventually the kids start to form a team instead of fighting each other. They then battle the rival day camp in an Olympiad. In the end, the kids prevail and more kids come to the camp saving Camp Driftwood from foreclosure.

Deja Vu

  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio 1
  • Genres: Action, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton, Bruce Greenwood, Adam Goldberg, Jim Caviezel

On Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a ferry (the “Sen. Alvin T. Stumpf”) is carrying several hundred U.S. Navy sailors and their families from the Algiers dock to a celebration, when it explodes and sinks into the river, killing at least 543 on board. Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is sent to investigate the explosion and discovers evidence that the attack was by a domestic terrorist. He meets with the investigating police officers and FBI Agent Paul Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer), letting them know of his findings. Back at his office, Doug learns about a charred body pulled from the river, that of a Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton). However, unlike the other bodies found in the river, this one was discovered before the explosion.

After Pryzwarra is impressed with Doug’s detective expertise, he convinces him to join a newly formed government-funded detective unit whose first case is to investigate the explosion. With a team led by scientist Dr. Alexander Denny (Adam Goldberg), they investigate the events leading up to the explosion by using a new program called “Snow White”, which enables them to look into the past (4 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds) in detail. The catch is, they can only see the events once – there is no fast forwarding or rewinding, although they can record what they see. Convinced that Claire is a vital link to the case, Doug persuades the team to focus on her. Sure enough, while investigating Claire’s past through “Snow White”, eventually the bomber calls her to try and purchase her car to use to blow up the ferry. Although he decides to not purchase her car, during the phone call, the “Snow White” team is able to discover an exact time and place where they know the terrorist will be.

After tending to a bullet wound at Claire’s house, Doug goes to the ferry where, with Claire’s help, he kills Carroll, but is unable to disarm the bomb. To save everyone on the ferry, Doug has Claire drive the SUV with the bomb off the ferry into the water just before it explodes. Claire is able to escape, but Doug is unable to get out before the bomb explodes and dies in the underwater explosion. As Claire mourns Doug’s death, she is approached by another Doug Carlin, the one from the present, who consoles her. As they drive off, the Beach Boys’ song, “Don’t Worry Baby”, which had played at the beginning of the film, plays on the radio.

Dazed and Confused

  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Producers: Richard Linklater, Sean Daniel, James Jacks
  • Writers: Richard Linklater
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Adam Goldberg, Matthew McConaughey, Marissa Ribisi, Kim Krizan

It is May 28, 1976, the last day of school at Lee High School in Texas. Next year’s seniors are preparing for the annual hazing of incoming freshmen. Randall “Pink” Floyd (Jason London), the school’s star football player, is asked to sign a pledge promising not to take drugs during the summer or do anything that would “jeopardize the goal of a championship season.” When classes end, freshman boys are hunted down by the seniors at the local middle school for paddling. The freshman girls are also hazed as they are rounded up in the school parking lot by senior girls, covered in mustard and ketchup, and forced to propose to senior boys.

Freshman Mitch Kramer (Wiley Wiggins) escapes the hazing with his best friend Carl Burnett (Esteban Powell) when Carl’s mom pulls a shotgun on Fred O’Bannion (Ben Affleck) but is eventually cornered at his baseball game, where he is violently paddled. O’Bannion, a senior flunky participating in the hazing tradition for a second year, takes special pleasure in punishing Mitch. Pink gives the injured Mitch a ride home and offers to take him cruising with friends later that night. Plans for the evening are ruined when Kevin Pickford’s (Shawn Andrews) parents discover he is to host a keg party. Elsewhere, the intellectual trio of Cynthia Dunn (Marissa Ribisi), Tony Olson (Anthony Rapp) and Mike Newhouse (Adam Goldberg), known as the class nerds, decide to go out and “viscerally” participate in the evening’s activities. Floyd and his friend David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey), an older guy who still socializes with high school students, pick up Kramer and head for the Emporium, a pool hall popular with the teenagers.

As night turns to dawn, Pink, David, Don, and several friends including Ron Slater (Rory Cochrane) and Simone Kerr (Joey Lauren Adams) decide to smoke marijuana on the 50-yard line of the football field. The police arrive on the scene and, recognizing Pink, call football Coach Conrad (Terry Mross). Conrad lectures Pink about hanging out with “losers” and insists that he sign the pledge. Disgusted, Pink throws the pledge into the coach’s face and says that he might play football, but only on his terms. Pink leaves with his friends to get tickets to an Aerosmith concert. Mitch arrives home after sunrise, but finds his mother has waited for him. She decides against punishment due to the previous evening’s hazing incident. Mitch goes to his bedroom, puts on headphones and listens to “Slow Ride” by Foghat. Pink, David, Ron, and Simone travel down a highway en route to purchase Aerosmith tickets.

Saving Private Ryan

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn
  • Writers: Robert Rodat
  • Genres: Action, Drama, War
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Jeremy Davies, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Dennis Farina

The film begins with an elderly World War II veteran (Harrison Young) and his family visiting the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France. The veteran collapses to his knees in front of a gravestone, overwhelmed by emotion. The scene then changes to the beginning of the Normandy invasion, with American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach and struggling against dug-in German Army infantry, machine gun nests and artillery fire. One of the officers who survives the initial landing, Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks), commanding officer of C Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion, assembles a group of soldiers and slowly penetrates the German defenses, leading to a breakout from the beach.

Meanwhile, in the United States, General George C. Marshall discovers that three of the four brothers of the Ryan family have all died within days of each other and that their mother will receive all three notices on the same day. He learns that the fourth son, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon) of Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment is missing in action somewhere in Normandy. The drop target for Ryan’s unit was Neuville-au-Plain, Manche. After reading to his staff Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to Mrs. Bixby, Marshall orders that Ryan be found and sent home immediately.

Back in the present, the elderly veteran is revealed to be Ryan at Miller’s grave. Ryan asks his wife to confirm that he has led a good life and that he is a “good man”, and thus worthy of Miller’s and the others’ sacrifice. He then salutes Miller’s grave as the camera pans down the gravestones to the American flag and fades out.