The Last Kiss

  • Directors: Tony Goldwyn
  • Producers: Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Marcus Viscidi, Andre Lamal
  • Writers: Paul Haggis Zach Braff, Gabriele Muccino
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck, Blythe Danner, Tom Wilkinson

Michael and his live-in girlfriend Jenna appear to be enjoying the perfect relationship: Jenna is pregnant prior to the opening of the film and her parents are pressuring the pair to get married. Jenna claims that Michael’s work pressures and her own dissertation rendered it an inopportune time for marriage. The real reason, unbeknownst to anyone, is that Michael feels trapped and scared. Although he considers Jenna an ideal companion, Michael is harboring second thoughts.

Upon a chance encounter at a wedding, Michael meets Kim, whom he confides in about his relationship. Kim guesses he is about to break up with Jenna and becomes flirtatious. While Michael becomes intrigued by Kim’s youthfulness, openness, and spirit, he does not succumb to temptation. The two part ways with Kim telling Michael where she attends school and where she usually hangs out.

Michael eventually seeks her out at the Memorial Union but tells Kim he was in the area only because of a client meeting. Kim senses his interest and, while Michael drives her home, invites him to a party. Michael accepts. Back in the office, Michael constructs an excuse to be away from Jenna on the night of the party. He asks Chris, his friend and co-worker, to cover for him in case Jenna calls. Chris suspects Michael has met another woman and wishes to avoid becoming involved, as Chris himself has just left his wife; he knows first hand how painful a breakup can be. Michael denies the existence of another woman and merely says he will ‘be with an old college friend.’

Michael follows her back and finds himself locked out. He stakes out on the front porch until Jenna agrees to talk. Both day and night, wet and dry, Michael remains at the front door with many neighbors taking notice and some even providing beverages to him. Stephen even proceeds to drive by in his car and notices Michael, who sees him. A proud smile develops on his face as he drives off, indicating that Michael has taken his advice seriously. Slowly but surely, she begins to relent, first tossing out a blanket during a cold evening, then dropping off a sandwich the next day. During the evening of what would have been his third night on the porch, Jenna breaks her silence and speaks to Michael through the closed door. She laments about mourning the loss of the relationship like the loss of someone’s life. Later that evening, Jenna opens the door and Michael goes inside.

The X Files

  • Directors: Rob Bowman
  • Producers: Chris Carter, Daniel Sackheim
  • Writers: Screenplay, Chris Carter, Story, Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
  • Genres: Adventure, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Martin Landau, Mitch Pileggi, William B Davis, Blythe Danner, Armin Mueller Stahl

The film opens in 35,000 BC North Texas during prehistoric times in a wordless sequence. A Neanderthal man stumbles upon what appears to be a large, primal, vicious alien in a cave (although the camera work uses zooms and flash-edits to keep the creature from being visualized fully). The two fight, and the caveman wins, stabbing the alien to death. However, fans of the show will recognize the black oil as it bleeds from the alien’s wounds and soaks into the Neanderthal. After a fade to modern-day small-town Texas, a little boy (Lucas Black) falls down a hole in his back yard, and finds a human skull. As he picks it up, black oil seeps out from the ground beneath his feet, and black slivers move up his legs until they reach his head – his eyes go black. Shortly afterward, a team of firemen descend to rescue him. They are presumably lost to the same fate as the boy (it is later said that the four firemen and the boy were all transported). A team of biohazard-suited men in a helicopter, accompanied by several semi-trailers and a man named Ben Bronschweig (Jeffrey DeMunn) descend upon the scene.

At another crop outpost in Tunisia, Strughold is given a telegram by the Cigarette-Smoking Man; the telegram informs them that The X-Files have been reopened.

Meet the Parents

  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Producers: Robert De Niro, Jay Roach, Jane Rosenthal, Nancy Tenenbaum
  • Writers: Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke, James Herzfeld, John Hamburg
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner

Gaylord M. “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse living in Chicago. He intends to propose to his girlfriend Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), a schoolteacher. His plans are disrupted by the news that Pam’s sister Debbie (Nicole DeHuff) is getting married and Greg and Pam are invited to spend the weekend before the wedding at Pam’s parents’ house in Oyster Bay, New York (on Long Island). Hoping to make the best of the situation, Greg now plans to propose to Pam in front of her family and brings the engagement ring he bought for Pam with him.

At the Byrnes family home, Greg meets Pam’s father Jack (Robert De Niro), mother Dina (Blythe Danner) and their beloved cat Mr. Jinx. Jack takes an instant dislike towards Greg and, subtly at first but more openly as time goes by, criticizes Greg for his choice of career as a male nurse and anything else he sees as a difference between Greg and the Byrnes family. Greg desperately tries to impress Jack but his efforts fail one by one. Greg presents the family with a bottle of cheap champagne he purchased at a local drug store; while trying to open the bottle, the cork flies out of the bottle and hits the urn containing the ashes of Jack’s beloved mother, breaking the urn and spilling the ashes on the ground, upsetting Jack even further.

The movie ends with Debbie and Bob’s wedding and Jack viewing the tapes of Greg recorded by the hidden cameras.

Little Fockers

  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Producers: Robert De Niro, Jay Roach, Jane Rosenthal
  • Writers: Mary Ruth Clarke and Greg Glienna, John Hamburg and Marc Hyman, James Herzfeld John Hamburg
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo

After being given permission to marry Pam, the daughter of a retired CIA agent, Gaylord “Greg” Focker travels to Miami, with his fiancée, her nephew “Little Jack,” her parents and their cat to meet his quirky parents, Roz and Bernie Focker. Roz is a sex therapist for the elderly, while his dad is a prosecutor who stopped practicing when Greg was born to be a stay-at-home dad. On the other hand, Pam’s parents Jack and Dina are traditionally conservative, which produces many of the movie’s set ups and comedic situations. This movie shows an evolution in Jack’s relationship with his family. In the first movie, Meet the Parents, Jack is always in control of his family, whereas this time he goes too far with his suspicious nature and covert operations to expose what he believes is Greg’s secret past.