Garfield A Tail of Two Kitties

  • Directors: Tim Hill
  • Producers: John Davis, Michele Imperato, Brian Manis
  • Writers: Screenplay, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Characters, Jim Davis
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly, and the voices of, Bill Murray, Tim Curry

In London, a cat named Prince (voice of Tim Curry) is living a luxurious life and is king of his castle. On the other side of the world, Garfield is living in his owner Jon’s house and is thinking that he’s the king of the home. That night, it is revealed that Jon is propsing to marry his girlfriend, Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Garfield (voice of Bill Murray) finds a turkey at the dinner table and eats completely, while Jon is about to propose but was unable to find the ring (because Garfield took it). Liz tells Jon that she’s been asked to represent at London and is flying tonight. After Liz leaves, Jon is fully sad that he couldn’t make his proposal to Liz and she’s flying to London. Then suddenly, Jon then decides to go to London.

The next day, Garfield and Odie are sent to a vet so Jon can go to London, but they escape into Jon’s bag and head to London (without Jon knowing). Meanwhile, Prince has just been named the new owner of the castle, while a man named Lord Dugous (Billy Connolly) thought he was the rightful owner. So to hopefully have himself named as the owner, he puts Prince in a basket and throws him into the river which leads to London. Jon arrives at his apartment and then Liz comes in, Jon was just about to propose when Garfield and Odie come out of the bag.

The film ends when the animals come and they, Garfield and Prince party.

Boondock Saints II All Saints Day

  • Directors: Troy Duffy
  • Producers: Chris Brinker, Don Carmody
  • Writers: Troy Duffy
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Clifton Collins Jr, Julie Benz, Judd Nelson, David Della Rocco, Peter Fonda, Billy Connolly

It is revealed that after the MacManus brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus), and their father Noah (Billy Connolly) assassinated Papa Joe Yakavetta, they fled to Ireland and remained in a secluded farmhouse for the past eight years. Their uncle Sibeal arrives to inform them that a renowned Boston priest they heard of was murdered by a mysterious assassin who attempted to copycat their method. In response, the brothers dig up their old clothes and guns and prepare to depart back to Boston. On a freighter en route to Boston, they meet a Mexican fighter named Romeo (Clifton Collins, Jr.) who admires the saints and offers his resources in Boston if he is allowed to join them, and they accept. They hear a radio broadcast regarding Papa Joe’s son Concezio Yakavetta (Judd Nelson) and deduce that he is the man who hired the hitman to kill the priest and draw them out of hiding.

Meanwhile, Detectives Dolly (David Ferry), Duffy (Brian Mahoney), and Greenly (Bob Marley) are at the scene of the priest’s murder and become worried that their involvement in the murder of Papa Joe will be revealed. They are greeted by Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz), the protege of Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), and investigate the death of the priest. All four are correct in their assertion that it was not the Saints who murdered him, as the gun angles, exit wounds, and placement of pennies don’t match their M.O., plus the fact that they don’t kill the innocent. They begin an investigation to find a man of short stature who fits the description of the assassin and find that all signs point to Concezio Yakavetta, who is still angry over the circumstances of his father’s murder. However, the assassin appears to be working for a mysterious old man, not Yakavetta, who apparently knows Noah and is trying to bring him out of hiding by having the brothers killed.

At an unknown location, Bloom meets with Sibeal regarding a place to hide. The boatman waiting to take her there is revealed to be Paul Smecker, who faked his death and secretly set up a chain of resources to assist the Saints. They plot to break the Saints out of Hoag Maximum Security Prison and have them do what they do on a larger scale. In the meantime, Connor and Murphy plot to kill as many fellow prisoners as they can while they wait to be freed.

The Boondock Saints

  • Directors: Troy Duffy
  • Producers: Elie Samaha, Lloyd Segan, Robert Fried, Chris Brinker
  • Writers: Troy Duffy
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly

The film opens with Irish fraternal twins Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) MacManus attending Mass at a Catholic church. Next, (the film is chronologically unclear) while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends, the two get into a bar brawl with three Russian mobsters, who receive a sound beating. The morning after, two of the Russians seek revenge on Connor and Murphy, who kill their attackers in self-defense.

FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) is assigned to the case and surmises that the death of the Russians was not a professional hit, but probable self-defense. The brothers decide to clear their names and arrive at the police station, where they find that the police and local news reporters see them as heroes. To avoid press attention the brothers decide to spend the night in a holding cell, where they receive an apparent vision from God telling them to hunt down wicked men so that the innocent will flourish.

Connor and Murphy resolve to rid Boston of “evil men”, with their friend and former mob errand boy Rocco (David Della Rocco) eventually joining them to help. Connor learns of a meeting of Russian syndicate bosses at a hotel from a pager taken from one of the dead Russian mobsters and the brothers quickly kill nine bosses and underbosses—saving the leader â€” later referred to as “Fat/Fag Man” for last. They recite their family prayer and kill him with two gunshots to the back of the head â€” the bullets cross and go out his eyes. They place coins on the eyes of all nine bodies, as if to pay the toll to cross the river Styx.

Papa Joe is sent to trial and though there seems to be enough evidence to convict him, the reporters on-scene anticipate his acquittal due to his “Gotti-esque” demeanor. The brothers and Il Duce, aided by Agent Smecker, infiltrate the trial and make a speech stating that they intend to eradicate evil wherever they find it before the three men recite their family prayer and kill Papa Joe, causing panic in the court room. The media dubs the three “Saints”, and the movie ends with various candid interviews of with the public, reflecting on the question “Are the Saints ultimately good, or evil?”

Open Season

  • Directors: Roger Allers, Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi
  • Producers: Producer, Michelle Murdocca, Co Producer, Amy Jupiter, Executive Producer, Steve Moore and John B Carls
  • Writers: Steve Bencich, Ron J Friedman
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Gary Sinise, Jon Favreau, Matthew W Taylor, Jane Krakowski, Billy Connolly, Georgia Engel, Patrick Warburton

In the tranquil town of Timberline, a 900 pound grizzly bear named Boog (Martin Lawrence) enjoys a captive existence. He spends his day as the star attraction of the town’s nature show and spends his nights living the life of luxury in the garage of park ranger Beth (Debra Messing) who raised him since he was a cub in a poor captive state.

One day, maniacal hunter Shaw (Gary Sinise) drives into town with the one-antlered mule deer Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) strapped to the hood of his truck. Boog wakes him as the two scream in terror. With Boog reluctant to intervene, Elliot begs to for help to escape. At the last minute and against his better judgment, Boog frees Elliot before Shaw could go after him. Boog never expects to see his “buddy” again.

Elliot follows Boog home and finds him sleeping in the garage and starts to throw rabbits at the window. Elliot tells Boog the he is intent on returning the favor by “freeing” him from his garage captivity. Elliot introduces Boog to a world of sweet temptations outside of the garage that he has never known. When the grizzly’s true instincts begin to emerge, events quickly spiral out of control as the two ransack the town’s food store. Elliot escapes before Boog is caught by a friend of Beth, police officer Gordy (Gordon Tootoosis).

The following day, Boog leads a rampage against the hunters, sending them running after McSquizzy blows up their trucks. Shaw returns for a final battle. Elliot takes a bullet meant for Boog, enraging the bear who ties up Shaw with his own gun. Boog finds that Elliot survived the blast, only losing his second antler in the fight. Beth returns to take Boog back home, but instead he stays with his friends. She realizes that the bear is home in the forest.

The Last Samurai

  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Producers: Tom Cruise, Tom Engelman, Marshall Herskovitz, Scott Kroopf, Paula Wagner, Edward Zwick
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada, Koyuki Kato, Shin Koyamada

Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), born in United Kingdom but naturalized American, is a disenchanted Ex-United States Army captain, tortured by the guilt of his past transgressions against Native American civilians. After losing his previous job of sharing his old war experiences in public demonstrations, he is recruited by his former commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Bagley (Tony Goldwyn), whom Algren loathes and blames for his waking nightmares, on behalf of a Japanese businessman, Mr. Omura (Masato Harada). He is hired to help the new Meiji Restoration government train the new Western-style Imperial Japanese Army. With him are his old army colleague Zeb Gant (Billy Connolly) and Simon Graham, (Timothy Spall) a British translator.

Under the command of Bagley, Algren trains an army of peasants and farmers in firearm techniques, and before they are sufficiently trained, is forced to take them into battle to defend Omura’s investment in a new railway, against a group of samurai rebels led by Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe). During the battle, the samurai slaughter Algren’s vulnerable soldiers, and Bagley withdraws from the field. Gant kills several samurai, but is soon killed. Algren manages to kill some samurai (including the samurai who killed Gant) with a pistol, a saber and a broken spear embroidered with a flag depicting a white tiger. Despite his best efforts he is soon overpowered. However, the flag on the spear reminds Katsumoto of a vision he had during meditation, of a white tiger fighting off his attackers. Seeing the resemblance, Katsumoto makes Algren his prisoner instead of letting his samurai kill him. In self-defense the badly wounded Algren deals a death blow to Katsumoto’s own brother-in-law, the red-masked Samurai, Hirotaro. He is taken to an isolated village, where he gradually recovers from his wounds (as well as his rampant alcoholism). He lives with the family of Hirotaro, namely his widow Taka, her two sons and Katsumoto’s son Nobutada (Shin Koyamada). Over time, Algren’s mental and emotional state improve as he learns the way of the samurai, (Bushido). He develops romantic feelings for Taka, studies swordsmanship from a skilled sword master (Ujio) and learning Japanese, converses with the local residents, gaining their respect.

The movie ends and the viewer realizes that the narrator of the story is Simon Graham. Algren then returns to the samurai village where he was imprisoned earlier, and to Taka. Graham philosophically concludes Algren found a measure of peace “that we all seek, and few of us ever find.”