Carriers

  • Directors: David Pastor
  • Producers: Ray Angelic, Anthony Bregman
  • Writers: David Pastor
  • Genres: Thriller, Drama, Horror
  • Actors: Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Christopher Meloni

The horror starts with a pandemic virus that has already spread world-wide. Two brothers, Brian and Danny, along with Brian’s girlfriend Bobby and Danny’s friend Kate, are heading to a place where they believe they can wait for the viral pandemic to die out, along with the infected– namely a place called Turtle Beach, where Brian and Danny used to spend their holidays as children. They come across a van parked in the middle of the road, where a man stops them, looking for fuel for his car. They realise his daughter, who is in the backseat of the van is infected and they refuse to help, attempting to drive around the van which is blocking the road. The man attacks their car, and while trying to evade him, their car is irrevocably damaged. The four teenagers have no choice but to join the father and his infected daughter in order to use their fully functioning van, providing the gas from their own car, making a deal with the man that they will drive him to a school where it is rumoured that a serum has been developed that could help the infected, in order to help the little girl. Upon reaching the school however, they encounter a doctor with several infected children. The doctor explains the serum only slowed down the virus, prolonging the disease by three days, and that as a result he is planning on euthanizing the children, claiming that “living is sometimes a more painful way of dying”. Meanwhile in the car the little girl’s breathing becomes compromised and Bobby (who remained with her while the others went into the school) tries to help, taking off the child’s mask to help her breathe. However the little girl begins to cough, and coughs blood into Bobby’s face. Fearing that she may be infected, she doesn’t tell the others when they return, still in shock. The little girl asks to go to the bathroom, and her father reluctantly takes her, knowing the teenagers will take his car and leave them behind, but seeing no other choice. Before he walks away he tells Danny that he seems like a good man. The teenagers drive away, knowing they are leaving father and daughter to their deaths.

Later the car runs out of gas, and Brian, who has been oddly calm since abandoning his girlfriend at the gas station becomes increasingly more violent. Another car appears, driving towards them, and Brian accelerates aggressively, before blocking their progress along the road. Danny leaves the car and attempts to plead with the two ladies in the car for gas; however they are too frightened to help them. Brian takes out a gun and shoots at them, killing one of the ladies while the other one takes out a gun of her own and shoots him in the leg. He then shoots her. Danny is horrified and furiously demands to know why. Brian then reveals that he feels he has to take care of everything so Danny can have a conscience-free life, such as lying to their parents that they would “be back soon”, while intending on escaping. Danny is distressed, realising that Brian had lied, presumably telling him their infected parents were dead, while in fact they had abandoned them while they were still alive. When trying to dress the wound in Brian’s leg, Danny discovers that Brian is infected also. Kate convinces Danny they have to leave him behind. Danny takes the keys to the car but realizes that Brian, who is now awake, has the keys. Danny says his goodbyes and kills his brother. Together Danny and Kate reach their destination, Turtle Beach, the place which holds so many memories for Danny. He realises that without his brother, the place that had seemed so special to them as kids is now empty. The film ends, leaving their fate uncertain.

Bottle Shock

  • Directors: Randall Miller
  • Producers: Jody Savin, Randall Miller, Brenda Lhormer, Marc Lhormer, J Todd Harris, Marc Toberoff
  • Writers: Jody Savin, Randall Miller, Ross Schwartz
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez, Dennis Farina, Bradley Whitford, Miguel Sandoval, Eliza Dushku

Sommelier and wine shop owner Steven Spurrier, a British expatriate living in Paris, concocts a plan to hold a blind taste-test intended to introduce Parisians to the quality wines coming from elsewhere in the world (and save his business in the process). He travels to the not-yet-famous Napa Valley in search of contestants for his Judgment of Paris taste test, where a chance meeting introduces him to floundering vintner Jim Barrett of Chateau Montelena. Spurrier goes around Napa tasting chardonnays and leaving money for tasting. Through unfortunate circumstances, the chardonnay is lost and people go to throw it away. The local diner discovers it and buy it from them for Bo telling him to leave a crate as payment for the favor. Bo is picked to represent Chateau Montelena and travels to Paris where the taste test begins. While tallying the scores from the eight Parisian judges, Steven is shocked to find that Montelena has won. Each of the judges, choosing Montelena as their favorite continue to drink it as Steven tallies the scores and spit it out in shock at the news that it is, in fact, American. The report is featured in an article of Time and restaurants all around America are asked continually for the wine (Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 1973) and forced to state that they don’t have it. This twist of fate and the resultant oenological epiphany forever change their lives along with that of Barrett’s son, Bo, as well as the fortunes of Napa Valley wineries and the global wine industry as a whole. In the end, the futures of the characters are revealed to present day. Jim Barrett still makes wine at 81 at the time of this film’s release, Bo now runs the Chateau, a bottle of Montelena Chardonnay 1973 and the red wine, also from California, that had won the same competition were given a case at the Smithsonian Institute. Steven Spurrier hosted another contest, this time with full confidence that Parisian wine would win. California won again.[1]

Star Trek

  • Directors: J J Abrams
  • Producers: J J Abrams, Damon Lindelof
  • Writers: Screenplay, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Characters, Gene Roddenberry
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg

In 2387, Romulus is threatened by a supernova. Ambassador Spock pilots a Vulcan ship carrying “red matter” that can create a gravitational singularity, drawing the supernova into a black hole. However, Spock is too late, and Romulus is destroyed. Captain Nero of the Romulan mining ship Narada attempts to exact revenge on Spock for the destruction of Romulus, but both ships are caught in the black hole’s event horizon, traveling to different points into the past. The Narada arrives first, 154 years earlier, and attacks the Federation starship USS Kelvin. As the Kelvin is evacuated, acting-Captain George Kirk stays behind to provide cover for the fleeing shuttlecraft. The Kelvin is destroyed moments after George’s son, James Tiberius Kirk, is born. Ambassador Spock arrives 25 years later and is captured by Nero. Spock is marooned on the planet Delta Vega so that he can witness the destruction of Vulcan.

Kirk grows up into an intelligent, but reckless and cynical young man. Captain Christopher Pike tells him of his father’s heroic efforts and convinces him to join Starfleet. At Starfleet Academy, Kirk befriends fellow cadets Leonard McCoy and Uhura. In his third year at the Academy, Kirk is accused of cheating on the Kobayashi Maru test by its programmer, Commander Spock. During the hearing, Starfleet receives a distress signal from Vulcan, and the cadets are mobilized to help man the ships in orbit. Acting as his attending physician, McCoy smuggles the grounded Kirk on board the USS Enterprise.

Kirk is promoted to captain of the Enterprise, relieving the newly promoted Admiral Pike. While searching for his father, Spock encounters his older self in a hangar; Ambassador Spock is departing to help found a new colony for the remaining Vulcans. Spock informs his older self of his intention to leave Starfleet to help in the rebuilding. Ambassador Spock tells his younger self that he and Kirk need each other and that he should remain in Starfleet. Taking his older self’s advice, Spock does so, becoming first officer under Kirk’s command.