Hollywoodland

  • Directors: Allen Coulter
  • Producers: Glenn Williamson
  • Writers: Paul Bernbaum
  • Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Molly Parker, Robin Tunney, Caroline Dhavernas

The movie begins in Beverly Hills on June 16, 1959, at the home of TV star George Reeves with a police investigation underway and Reeves’ lifeless body on his bed. The police rule the death a suicide. The focus of the film then shifts to Louis Simo, a private investigator more interested in generating an income than in devotion to his clients. A man named Chester Sinclair is paying Simo to spy on his wife under the impression that she is cheating on him. Simo simply accepts his money and takes pictures outside of a building where she goes to from time to time. On a visit to see his son, Simo reacts to the boy’s lackluster demeanor and asks his ex-wife Laurie what is wrong. She tells him it’s because the actor who plays Superman has shot himself. Simo learns from a former colleague on the police force that the Reeves suicide has aspects that the cops don’t want to touch. Simo, sensing the potential for making a name for himself, begins investigating the case and notes several apparent conflicts with the official version of Reeves’ death. Simultaneously Simo bickers with Laurie over his failures as a father, particularly now when his son seems so troubled.

The story of Reeves’ quest for fame and success and Simo’s realization of how that quest is paralleled in his own existence causes the detective to reevaluate his life. Simo watches another home movie, this one of himself and Laurie and their son in happier days. The film ends with Simo coming to Laurie’s house wearing a suit and tie, and greeting his son hopefully.

Killshot

  • Directors: John Madden
  • Producers: Lawrence Bender, Richard N Gladstein
  • Writers: Hossein Amini
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Thomas Jane, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon Levitt

A real estate agent and her husband become the targets of two relentless mafia hitmen. When real estate agent Carmen Colson (Diane Lane) catches a glimpse of a hitman named the Blackbird (Mickey Rourke) as he carries out a job, a subsequent request for her to testify against the aging gun for hire soon lands both Carmen and her husband, Wayne (Thomas Jane), in the Witness Protection Program. Blackbird isn’t a man who likes to leave loose ends when it comes to his work, though, and now as the seasoned assassin and his psychotic partner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) attempt to catch the couple in their crosshairs, Carmen and Wayne are going to need much more than a few federal agents to make it out of increasingly deadly situation alive.

Jumper

  • Directors: Doug Liman
  • Producers: Simon Kinberg, Lucas Foster, Jay Sanders, Stacy Maes
  • Writers: David S Goyer, Jim Uhls, Simon Kinberg, Steven Gould
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Samuel L Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Michael Rooker, Diane Lane, AnnaSophia Robb, Max Thieriot, Teddy Dunn, Kristen Stewart, Jesse James

The movie starts with a young David Rice (Thieriot), a 15-year-old student in Ann Arbor, Michigan, discovering that he has the ability to “jump”, teleporting to any location he has seen after falling into a frozen river while recovering a snow globe for Millie (Robb) that was thrown onto the river by school bully Mark (James). He decides to leave his alcoholic father, William (Rooker), his mother Mary (Lane), having left him when he was five, and goes to New York City, but before that he leaves the snow globe for Millie to symbolize that he is still alive. While in New York, he uses his power to rob a bank for funds. He repeats this many times over the years, sometimes leaving IOU notes as a joke. Eight years later, David (Christensen) lives a luxurious life from his penthouse apartment, its walls covered with pictures of places around the world which he “jumps” to on a daily basis. However, a lead from the bank robbery he did when he was 15 has finally led a man named Roland Cox (Jackson) to David, who knows of his ability and has the technology to disable him – electrified restraints. However, as Roland believes someone is protecting David, he hesitates in killing him long enough for David to escape. Roland tells his associates to be prepared at the various sites that David has on his walls.

David jumps to Millie’s apartment and is quickly caught by the Paladins. Risking his life, David manages to teleport the entire apartment to a nearby river, including Millie and the Paladins, but seemingly falls unconscious in the process. However, the couple are then teleported to the library where David made his first jump – along with Roland. David recovers first, grabs Roland and teleports him to a cave high above the Grand Canyon. Before departing, David tells Roland that he could have killed him, proving that he is not the abomination Roland believes him to be. Sometime later, David and Millie travel to Mary’s home, and David learns that he has a sister named Sophie (Stewart), and that Mary herself was a Paladin; when David was five, he began jumping, so she left to avoid having to kill her own son. She asks him to leave, giving him a head start before she must hunt him down; David and Millie jump to an unknown location.

The Perfect Storm

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers: Gail Katz
  • Writers: Sebastian Junger, William D Wittliff, Bo Goldman
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C Reilly, William Fichtner

In September 1991, the swordfishing boat Andrea Gail returns to home port in Gloucester, Massachusetts with a poor catch. The owner of the Andrea Gail starts to get mad upon the distribution of salary to the crew, and insults the captain for his streak of poor catches. Desperate for money, the captain convinces his reluctant crew to join him for one more late season fishing expedition. They head out past their usual fishing grounds, leaving a developing thunderstorm behind them. After little success, they head to the Flemish Cap, where they find great success. At their height of fishing, the engineer is unable to fix their aging and battered ice machine, so the only way to preserve their catch is to hurry back home. After a debate as to sailing straight through the building storm or to wait it out, the crew decides to head home quickly with their 60,000 pounds of fish. However, between the Andrea Gail and Gloucester is a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane, which the crew of Andrea Gail underestimates. After repeated warnings from other ships, the Andrea Gail loses her antenna, forcing a fellow ship to call “Mayday” for the Andrea Gail. A US Coast Guard rescue helicopter responds, but after failing to perform a midair refuel, the helicopter crew ditches the aircraft, and is luckily rescued by a Coast Guard vessel, the Tamaroa. The Andrea Gail endures various problems, with 40 feet waves crashing on to the deck, a broken anchor ramming the side of the ship, and two men thrown overboard, the crew decides to turn around. They head into the eye of the hurricane, as they see the sun for the last time before an overhelming wave (possibly 70 – 100 feet high) sinks the fishing vessel. Friends and family worry and wait for a ship that never comes home.[1]