World s Greatest Dad

  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Producers: Howard Gertler, Ted Hamm, Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick, Tim Perell, Sarah de Sa Rego, Jennifer Roth
  • Writers: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore

Lance Clayton (played by Robin Williams) is a single father, unpublished author, and high school English teacher who dreams of becoming a famous writer. He unsuccessfully tries to bond with his misanthropic, underachieving, sex-obsessed teenage son Kyle (played by Daryl Sabara).[2] Virtually friendless, Kyle is a student at the same school where Lance teaches an unpopular poetry class.

Because of Kyle’s poor academic performance, the school principal advises Lance that Kyle should transfer to a special needs school. One night, Kyle dies accidentally in an autoerotic asphyxiation accident in his bedroom. Overcome with grief, Lance avoids embarrassment by staging Kyle’s death scene as a suicide, hanging Kyle in the closet and leaving a false suicide note on the body.

Initially, most of the students and faculty at Lance’s school are uninterested in Kyle’s death, Kyle having been a very unpopular and unlikeable person. However, a classmate later obtains the suicide note from police records and publishes it in the school newspaper. The note strikes a chord with the students and faculty and many now claim to have been Kyle’s friend. Enjoying the attention his writing is finally receiving, Lance fabricates and publishes Kyle’s diary of his last days. Kyle becomes something of a post-mortem cult phenomenon at the school; students who had previously disliked him begin to claim that they had always been close to Kyle and Lance is regarded as a hero. A much younger teacher on staff, who has been dating Lance at her convenience, begins to give him her undivided attention.

The bogus journal also attracts the attention of book publishers now eager for Lance’s work, and Lance lands a TV appearance on nationally-broadcast talk show. Ironically, the school principal now wants to dedicate the school library to Kyle’s memory, in spite of Kyle’s terrible attitude and lack of interest in schoolwork during his life. Kyle’s only friend Andrew, asks Lance some penetrating questions, aware that Kyle was incapable of profound writing. Lance’s work, though published under false pretenses, earns him all the fame and appreciation he had dreamed of. At the library dedication, Lance’s guilt over his exploitation of Kyle’s death reaches a breaking point, leading him to confess everything, from Kyle’s real character and death to Lance’s authorship of Kyle’s “journals.” Lance is immediately despised by everyone except Andrew, who praises Kyle’s bogus journal and encourages Lance to continue writing. Lance, encouraged by Andrew’s statement, invites him to attend a zombie movie marathon at his house.

Spy Kids 3 D Game Over

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Sylvester Stallone, George Clooney, Selena Gomez

Before the movie begins, Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) reminds the audience the safety of the movie in 3-D and urges them to take off their 3-D glasses immediately and put them on when instructed, and the movie begins.

Juni Cortez, ex-agent for the O.S.S., gets called in to help when his sister, Carmen, is in trouble. She had gone into the new video game, Game Over, to shut it down before the Toymaker, creator of the game, could use it to control the minds of the kids who played it. When he arrives in the game, Juni has a rough time of it, losing most of the precious time he needed to shut down the game. He meets three beta-testers – Rez, Francis, and Arnold – who, when asked to help him get to Level 2, send him instead to the moon, and Robo Con, where they believe he’ll get a “Game Over”.

Once on the moon, Juni receives a life line from the O.S.S. He gets to pick someone to come into the game to help him. Eagerly, he chooses his grandfather, who had been hunting the Toymaker. After receiving “Mega Legs”, his grandfather disappears, saying he’ll catch up to Juni later. Meanwhile, it is revealed that the Toymaker was the one holding Carmen hostage in the game.

Back in the real world, Rez, Francis and Arnold are tracked down, and turn out to be nothing like they were in the game. Juni’s grandfather admits to letting the Toymaker out of the game, and he wreaks havoc with monsters from his game that can only be seen with the glasses used to enter the game. Everyone arrives to help take down the monsters. Juni’s grandfather confronts the Toymaker, and reveals that he had only been looking for him so he could forgive him for putting him in the wheelchair. The Toymaker surrenders, and becomes part of the Cortez Clan.

Spy Kids

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alan Cumming, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, with Robert Patrick, and Tony Shalhoub, Alexa Vega, as Carmen, Daryl Sabara, as Juni, George Clooney

Carmen and Juni Cortez live with what they think are boring parents. One night, Carmen asks her mother Ingrid to tell her a story, and with Juni listening, Ingrid recounts the tale of two spies, who though they are on opposing sides and originally supposed to kill each other, end up falling in love and getting married instead. What Carmen and Juni don’t know is that this is the true story of their parents Gregorio and Ingrid. The newly married couple makes a big decision. They retire from the OSS (Official Strategic Service), the spy organization they were working for, to raise their family.

Ten years later, the family is facing some problems. Carmen enjoys tormenting her younger brother, who does not have many friends. In fact, the only enjoyment in his life comes from watching “Floop’s Fooglies”, a children’s TV show starring a man named Fegan Floop, his sidekick Alexander Minion, and strange, humanoid Fooglies that speak in gibberish. Ingrid longs to return to spy work, while Gregorio just wants everyone to be happy.

Trouble begins when Gregorio is called in on a mission to locate some OSS Agents that have gone missing. The latest disappearance was that of Donnagon Giggles, an old fellow agent. The next morning, as Juni watches Floop’s show, the strange host introduces a new Fooglie character- “Donnamight.” Gregorio and Ingrid become suspicious when they realize that the strange character resembles Donnagon. The camera reveals that Floop is actually working for a villain named Mr. Lisp, and was paid quite a lot of money to develop an army to take over the world. Lisp is unhappy with the Fooglies, and is prepared to cut all funding for the project. Floop and Minion quickly present their latest idea – the Spy Kids, child-sized robots that have the athletic prowess and intelligence of the world’s best spies. Unfortunately, the robots are currently brainless- but Floop does have a plan…

Floop realizes that the Third Brain has already been copied and ingrained into every Spy Kid’s head, and runs off to try to reverse the process before they can leave the castle. The Cortez’s team up in the main room and prepare to fight Lisp, Gradenko (with burnt hair from the last encounter with Juni and Carmen), and even Minion, who now has four heads and three hands on each arm. Minion summons the Spy Kids, and the family prepares to fight, even Machete, who appears at the last minute to provide support. Floop is suddenly struck with inspiration thanks to Juni’s words. The Spy Kids are programmed to do only evil deeds… so he changes their understanding of right and wrong. The newly happy robots play by tossing Minion, Lisp, and unfortunately Gradenko into the air, and, after watching, the whole family returns home. In the end, Floop uses the Carmen and Juni robots on his show, which prove to be just what it needs, and the chief of the OSS, Devlin (George Clooney in an obvious cameo), summons Carmen and Juni to another mission. The final quote of the story is “Spywork, that’s easy. Keeping a family together, that’s difficult. And that’s the mission worth fighting for.”

The Polar Express

  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Gary Goetzman, Steve Starkey, William Teitler, Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke, Chris Van Allsburg
  • Writers: Novel, Chris Van Allsburg, Screenplay, Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles Jr
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Leslie Harter Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Chantel Valdivieso, Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, Steven Tyler, Michael Jeter

The Polar Express is a story of a young boy (Daryl Sabara) on Christmas Eve who is hoping for belief in the true spirit of Christmas. He suddenly hears some noise from downstairs and runs to investigate. Seeing a shadow of what appears to be Santa Claus, he soon discovers that it is his parents. He runs back to his room and looks through magazines and encyclopedias for confirmation of Santa Claus and the North Pole, but to no avail. Hearing his parents coming, he runs back to bed and pretends to be asleep while his parents whisper about how he had once stayed up late listening for Santa Claus. About an hour after they leave, a magic train called The Polar Express pulls up in front of his house. He is invited aboard by the train’s mysterious conductor (Tom Hanks) to journey to the North Pole. Though he initially hesitates, he boards the train after it starts to move.

On the train, the boy encounters a group of other children who are on their way to see Santa Claus, including a pretty young girl, a know-it-all and a lonely little boy. The boy also encounters a mysterious hobo (Tom Hanks), who lives on the top of the train, as well as the engineer and fireman (Michael Jeter). They must all overcome a variety of obstacles; at one point, a herd of caribou block the tracks. Later, the cotter pin holding the throttle together breaks. The train, now out of control and with the Hero Boy, Hero Girl Nona Gaye, and the Conductor standing on the front, then reaches “Glacier Gulch,” an area with steep downhill grades. The three must hold on tightly as the train speeds through Glacier Gulch and onto a frozen lake. The train tracks are frozen under the ice, and as a result, the Conductor must guide the engineer and the fireman towards the other side of the lake as the ice breaks up behind them

The children return to the train, and the conductor punches letters into each ticket. These letters spell some form of advice (such as “Learn,” “Lead,” or “Believe” for the Know-it-All, Hero Girl, and Hero Boy respectively.) As the train leaves, the Hero Boy discovers the pocket of his robe torn and the bell missing. He returns home, saddened by the loss of the bell, but is cheered when he sees that Santa had already arrived at Billy’s house. On Christmas morning, his sister finds a small present hidden behind the tree after all the others have been unwrapped. The boy opens the present and discovers that it is the bell, which Santa had found on the seat of his sleigh. When the boy rings the bell, both he and his sister marvel at the beautiful sound; but because their parents no longer believe in Santa Claus or Christmas, they do not hear it. The last line in the movie repeats the same last line from the book: “At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”