A Single Man

  • Directors: Tom Ford
  • Producers: Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno, Chris Weitz
  • Writers: Tom Ford, David Scearce, Christopher Isherwood title A Single Man Book
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult

Set in Los Angeles on November 30, 1962, a month after the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a middle-aged English college professor who has struggled to find meaning in his life since the car accident that killed his longtime partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), eight months earlier. Jim’s family disapproved of his relationship with George and thus refused George permission to attend the funeral.

Throughout the single day depicted in the film, and narrated from his point of view, George dwells on his past, shown in flashbacks, and his seemingly empty future, as he prepares for his planned suicide that evening. He buys bullets for his revolver, empties his safety deposit box in the bank, prepares letters for some friends, and one with some money for his cleaning woman, and arranges his life insurance policy, other important things such as keys, and the clothes he wants to be dressed in by the undertaker neatly in sight. Everyday things and encounters become special for him, realizing that for each it is the last time, and he is extra nice to people, as he is secretly saying goodbye.

George makes an appointment to have dinner with his close female friend Charley (Julianne Moore). He gives a lecture, after which his student Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult) starts a conversation with him, and becomes fixated on him as a kindred spirit. Later George has an unexpected encounter with Spanish male prostitute Carlos (Jon Kortajarena), whom he pays while declining his services. After his dinner with Charley he encounters Kenny again in a bar. They go skinny dipping and then return to George’s house and get very drunk. George passes out and wakes to find himself in bed, with Kenny on his couch. Kenny has discovered George’s planned suicide and taken away the gun. George finds it but decides not to kill himself. Having made peace with his grief, George suffers a heart attack and dies.

Nutty Professor II The Klumps

  • Directors: Peter Segal
  • Producers: James D Brubaker, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Tom Shadyac
  • Writers: Jerry Lewis, Steve Oedekerk, Barry W Blaustein, David Sheffield, Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller, John Ales, Richard Gant, Anna Maria Horsford

As the film opens, Sherman is working on a new miracle formula â€“ this time, the fountain of youth. He is also preparing to marry a fellow scientist, Denise Gaines (Janet Jackson). Unfortunately, he has started suffering from personality lapses that are threatening to alienate his bride-to-be: against his will, he acts like the obnoxious, hypersexed Buddy Love of the first film. After a particularly unpleasant incident, Sherman goes to his lab to analyze his DNA and locates Buddy Love’s DNA in an abnormal gene. He decides to use Denise’s genetic research methods to isolate the gene and permanently extract Buddy Love’s DNA from his own. His assistant, Jason, tries to stop him, warning him that he might damage his health or even lose his intelligence. Sherman disregards the warning and, alone in his lab late at night, extracts Buddy’s DNA.

The orphaned DNA, a glowing blob of jelly, combines with a hair from a basset hound and grows instantaneously into an adult man, Buddy Love—now a fully autonomous being. Thanks to his doggy heritage, however, this Buddy Love has a tendency to chase cats and cars. Sherman, meanwhile, has inflicted so much genetic damage on himself by removing Buddy that his brain cells begin dying at an exponential rate.

Denise and Cletus arrive, and see Sherman and Richmond. Sherman, before his brain becomes seriously damaged, sadly tells Denise, whom he no longer recognizes, that he no smart, never, no more. Denise starts crying, and one of her tears lands on the dried blob, causing it to trickle into the fountain. As his companions begin to usher him away, Denise promising to take care of him, Sherman turns and mumbles something about “pretty water”. They see the fountain’s water glowing a bright neon blue. Denise realizes that Buddy’s DNA is still alive in the water. She and Cletus force Sherman to drink the water before Buddy evaporated, and he rapidly regains his mental faculties. In the last scene, Sherman and Denise get married. As in the first film, bloopers accompany the closing credits.

The Twilight Saga New Moon

  • Directors: Chris Weitz
  • Producers: Mark Morgan, Wyck Godfrey
  • Writers: Screenplay, Melissa Rosenberg, Novel, Stephenie Meyer
  • Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

When asked about the sequel, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke stated, “It’s got werewolves, it’s got visual effects that turn people into werewolves, it’s got motorcycle stunts, you go to Italy. It’s probably twice as much as this [to film].”[5]

On December 13, 2008, Summit Entertainment released a synopsis of New Moon, which states: “Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen, but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.”[6]

Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist

  • Directors: Peter Sollett
  • Producers: Kerry Kohansky, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Novel, David Levithan, Rachel Cohn, Screenplay, Lorene Scafaria
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings

Nick O’Leary (Michael Cera), a teenager from Hoboken, New Jersey, is heartbroken after his girlfriend, Tris (Alexis Dziena), breaks up with him. His friends and musical bandmates in the queercore band The Jerk-Offs (of which Nick is the only straight member), Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron), finally convince him to leave the house to perform at a club later that night only because his favorite band “Where’s Fluffy?” would be playing somewhere in New York City that night. Norah Silverberg (Kat Dennings) and her best friend, Caroline, (Ari Graynor) attend the same high school as Tris. Norah and Tris dislike each other as Norah is smart and motivated, having been accepted into Brown University, while Tris is more of the typical self-interested brat. Tris shows Norah and Caroline a mix CD Nick has made for her and throws it away. Norah takes the mix CD out of the garbage and says that Tris doesn’t appreciate the artwork or the songs. She has been recovering the discarded mix CDs for some time now. That night, they all end up at Arlene’s Grocery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where The Jerk-Offs are playing. While performing, Nick sees Tris in the audience with another guy. Meanwhile, Norah eyes Nick on stage. Thom and Dev meet Lethario (Jonathan B. Wright). Norah asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes to prove to Tris that she is going out with someone. Norah kisses Nick, not knowing that Nick is Tris’ ex, and Tris is jealous. Caroline gets drunk and Norah wants to take her home, but Nick’s band-mates, who see Norah as a potential girlfriend for Nick, give Norah some clothes they know that Nick likes and then offer to take Caroline home so she can ride with Nick. They begin trying to find a rumored concert by the legendary publicity-shy indie band, “Where’s Fluffy?” Caroline wakes up in the back of the van and overhears Thom and Dev having a graphic sexual conversation. Fearing that they are talking about raping her, she decides to run away. Nick and Norah travel around, discovering they both love “Where’s Fluffy?”. Nick brings up Tris’ name, to Norah’s dismay, and they decide to call it a night after having an argument. Nick gets a call from his band-mates telling him that they lost Caroline. Nick tells Norah about Caroline and they meet with the band-mates to try to find her. After no luck finding Caroline, they assume that she is already at the “Where’s Fluffy?” concert. They all go to a club to see if the band and Caroline are there. Nick decides to show he is interested in Norah and starts dancing with her only to be interrupted by Norah’s ex, Tal (Jay Baruchel).

Nick calls Norah, apologizing for leaving, and she agrees to meet up with him again. They both decide to go somewhere no one they know will find them. Norah offers to drive, and turns out to be a reckless driver, who crashes his car into a fire hydrant. They arrive at Electric Lady Studios which is owned by her father. Nick is fascinated at the equipment and history of the studio. Norah asks to let Nick record something in the recording room. As he sings, Norah laughs and enters the room with him. They both stare at each other for a moment then, the sound equipment picks up Norah having an orgasm. She gets a text message from Caroline saying “Fournd Flufdy,” [sic] so they decide to go. They arrive at the concert to find Tal and Tris already there. Tris can’t understand why Nick won’t take her back and Tal wants the same answer from Norah. Tal pulls Norah away from Nick. Nick and Tal start shoving each other until Lethario decides to headbutt Tal and then cries. Nick and Norah share a smile, grab each others’ hands and leave. They reach Penn Station, but as they head for the train, Norah questions Nick about missing the concert. But he doesn’t care and she steps towards him and they share a kiss on the escalator while going down.

The Golden Compass

  • Directors: Chris Weitz
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Philip Pullman title Northern Lights novel, Chris Weitz
  • Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, Sam Elliott, Eva Green

In a parallel universe a person’s soul resides outside the body in an animal-like form called a “dæmon”, Europe is controlled by an authoritarian organization called the Magisterium. In Oxford, orphaned Lyra Belacqua, a ward of Jordan College, tells tales of the “Gobblers”, whom she and her friends believe are responsible for several local children’s disappearance. Visiting the college is Lyra’s uncle, Lord Asriel, who, against official Magisterium doctrine, is presenting evidence that particles called “Dust” exist. After Lyra saves Asriel from an assassination attempt by a Magisterial representative, the college funds his expedition to the far north to investigate the Dust substance. He believes it originates in a parallel universe and enters a person’s body via their dæmon. Fearing the effects of Dust, the Magisterium has been experimenting on children to discover a way to inoculate others against it.

After Asriel departs, the college is visited by Mrs. Coulter, who offers to take Lyra north as her assistant. Before leaving, the college Master entrusts Lyra with an alethiometer (the film’s titular Golden Compass). This device is able to reveal the answer to any question asked by a trained user. It is the last one in existence since the Magisterium had them destroyed (except the one that the college saved). Though unable to operate it, Lyra accepts the gift, promising never to reveal she has it, and takes it with her to Mrs. Coulter’s home. When Mrs. Coulter arouses Lyra’s suspicions by delaying their journey, Lyra discovers that Mrs. Coulter is head of the General Oblation Board, the “Gobblers” who have been kidnapping local children. She also discovers that her best friend Roger and her Gyptian friend Billy Costa have been taken by the Gobblers to the north.

Lyra destroys the separation machinery, leading to a series of explosions which begin to tear down the facility. Lyra leads the other children outside, where Magisterial guards block their escape. A battle ensues when Iorek, the Gyptians, and a band of witches led by Serafina Pekkala arrive. The guards are defeated and the children are rescued. Rather than returning south with the Gyptians and the rescued children, Lyra and Roger instead travel north with Lee Scoresby, Iorek Byrnison and Serafina to find Lord Asriel. Serafina posits that the Magisterium does not just want to control their world, but “every world in every universe”; however, Lyra is certain that, once she delivers the alethiometer to her father, the two of them will be able to make things right.

American Pie

  • Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
  • Producers: Chris Moore, Chris Weitz
  • Writers: Adam Herz
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy

Four Michigan high school seniors make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation after a geeky classmate, Chuck Sherman (Chris Owen) claims to have done so at a party at fellow classmate Steve Stifler’s (Seann William Scott) house.

Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), the initiator of the pact, tries to repair his relationship with his girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid) after they have a serious fight at the party when she accuses him of being with her only for sex. Chris ‘Oz’ Ostreicher (Chris Klein), who is on the high school lacrosse team with Stifler, joins the jazz choir to pick up girls, as the girls in the band know little of his insensitive jock reputation. Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), the mochaccino-drinking sophisticate, pays Vicky’s friend Jessica (Natasha Lyonne) $200 to spread rumors around the school of his sexual prowess, hoping that it will increase his chances of success.

Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) pursues Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), an exchange student from (former) Czechoslovakia. After she comes to Jim’s house to study with him, she has to change clothes after her ballet practice, so Stifler convinces Jim to set up a webcam so they can watch her change. Jim quickly heads over to Kevin’s house to watch with him. Once he gets there Nadia is seen on the computer discovering his pornography collection hidden in his dresser, and instead of being offended, she begins looking through it while masturbating.

The morning after the prom Jim, Kevin, Oz, and Finch eat breakfast at their favorite restaurant – with the fitting nostalgic name, “Dog Years” – where they toast to “the next step.”