Cold Mountain

  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Producers: Albert Berger, William Horberg, Sydney Pollack, Ron Yerxa
  • Writers: Anthony Minghella, Charles Frazier
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, War
  • Actors: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Hunnam, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, James Gammon, Jack White, Ethan Suplee

At the film’s inception Jude Law plays a young man named W. P. Inman at a provincial North Carolina town. He meets Ada (Nicole Kidman) and is at the fledgling stages of a relationship with her when he marches off to war as a Confederate soldier.

The film opens early in the morning of July 30, 1864. Confederate troops are entrenched outside Petersburg during its siege. The teenaged Oakley (Lucas Black) is handing out clothes from a wheelbarrow while Inman reads letters from Ada. The soldiers are tired and bored. Most are seasoned veterans who have been fighting for over three years. But meanwhile Union engineers are filling a mine under the Confederate trenches with gunpowder barrels while above, hundreds Union troops are waiting to attack. Suddenly back at the Confederate siege works, a rabbit hops into the trench. Just as one of the men is about to capture it the ground rises from under him and there is a huge explosion. The Union lit the barrels and most of the trench exploded. As Inman and Oakley get up dazed from the blast they see Union troops charging at them. As the Union charge they run right into the crater where the trench used to be and are trapped in a kill zone. The Confederates fire down at them but the fighting becomes hand to hand and Oakley is pulled down in by a Union soldier and Inman goes after him. Before Inman can reach him Oakley is bayoneted but survives. Inman shoots the Union soldier with a LeMat revolver he finds and pulls Oakley out of the chaos. The battle ends with a huge Union defeat. As the Confederates are cleaning up after the battle, Inman comforts Oakley as he is pulled to the hospital on a cart. Later that day Oakley dies in the hospital with Inman and Stobrod Thewes (Brendan Gleeson) beside him.

The film ends several years later with Ada, Ruby and their families celebrating Easter. Ruby has married Georgia, and the two have an infant child. Her father Stobrod is revealed to have survived, and it is revealed that Ada’s night with Inman had given her a child, Grace Inman.

Animal House

  • Directors: John Landis
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman, Matty Simmons
  • Writers: Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Cesare Danova, Donald Sutherland

Two freshmen, Larry and Kent, are trying to get accepted to a fraternity at fictional Faber College in 1962. They first try their luck at the Omega Theta Pi House invitational party but are repeatedly steered to an area with other undesirables. They then try next door at the Delta Tau Chi House, where Kent’s brother was once a member. They meet John “Bluto” Blutarsky, urinating outside the building. The Deltas “need the dues”, so Larry and Kent are allowed to pledge Delta. They are given the fraternity names “Pinto” (Larry) and “Flounder” (Kent).

Meanwhile, Dean Vernon Wormer is trying to remove the Delta fraternity from campus due to repeated conduct violations. Since they are already on probation, he puts the Deltas on “Double Secret Probation” and orders the clean-cut Omega president Greg Marmalard the job of finding a way to get rid of the Deltas once and for all.

At the campus ROTC detachment drills, Doug Niedermeyer, the cadet commander, berates Flounder for wearing a pledge pin on his uniform. Later, he orders Flounder to clean his horse’s filthy stable stall. While practicing their golfing, Deltas Boon and Otter become annoyed when they overhear Doug bullying Flounder. (“Only we can do that to our pledges!”) After Boon takes a few swings with his driver, Otter shows him what he is doing wrong. His first ball strikes Doug’s horse. the second hits Doug in the head, knocking him out the saddle; terrified, the horse takes off, dragging a screaming Doug behind it. Bluto and D-Day then talk Flounder into sneaking the hated animal into Dean Wormer’s office late at night. They give him a gun and tell him to shoot it. Unbeknownst to Flounder, the gun is loaded with blanks. He cannot bring himself to kill the horse and fires into the ceiling, but the noise so frightens the horse that it dies.

The Deltas’ midterm grades are so bad that they are all expelled from school by an ecstatic Wormer and their draft boards are notified of their eligibility. For revenge, the Deltas decide to wreak havoc on the annual homecoming parade, inspired by Bluto’s impassioned speech. In the ensuing chaos, Bluto steals a car, abducts Mandy and drives off into the sunset, or rather to Washington, D.C., as the futures of many of the main characters are revealed.

Beerfest

  • Directors: Jay Chandrasekhar
  • Producers: Michael Beugg, Bill Gerber, Steve Lemme, Richard Perello, Erik Stolhanske
  • Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Will Forte, Ralf Moeller, Eric Christian Olsen, Nat Faxon, Mo Nique, and Cloris Leachman, Cameo appearances, Donald Sutherland, Daniel Poyner, Willie Nelson

At the funeral of their German-born grandfather Johann von Wolfhausen (Donald Sutherland), brothers Jan and Todd Wolfhouse (Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske) discover that family tradition demands they travel to Munich during Oktoberfest to spread his ashes on the Theresienwiese.

Their great-grandmother, Gam Gam (Cloris Leachman), gives them two tickets to Munich, where a Mr. Schniedelwichsen (Bjorn Johnson) will take them to the family resting place. While waiting for Schniedelwichsen after their arrival, the brothers unintentionally start a brawl that takes down an entire Oktoberfest tent.

Schniedelwichsen leads Jan and Todd to Beerfest, an underground drinking game tournament run by Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen (Jürgen Prochnow). The triumphant German national team is furious that Schniedelwichsen would bring outsiders to the contest, so he is shot. Jan and Todd discover that the von Wolfhausens are related to the Wolfhouses. The German team reveals that Johann was a stable boy who stole the recipe for “the greatest beer in all the world” decades ago and ran away with his prostitute mother, Gam Gam. The Germans celebrate an easy win over Jan and Todd in a drinking contest by urging the audience to pelt Jan and Todd with vegetables, destroying the urn containing their grandfather’s ashes, and spilling them all over the brothers.

The team celebrates in Amsterdam, where they bump into Willie Nelson (in a cameo role). Because Willie’s marijuana-smoking tournament teammates, Cheech and Chong, were not able to attend the contest, Nelson invites the Beerfest team to join him and they gladly do so. The film ends with a smoke-filled screen and the words “Coming Soon – Potfest”.

Disclosure

  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Producers: Michael Crichton, Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Michael Crichton, Paul Attanasio
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland

The movie is a combination mystery and thriller about office politics and intrigue in the computer industry. The main focus of the story from which the movie and book take their titles is the issue of sexual harassment: Charges of sexual harassment are levied against a computer company executive, one Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas) by a rival executive, Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore) who is brought in to be Tom’s boss by the company president Bob Garvin (Donald Sutherland). Tom counter-sues, claiming that Meredith actually harassed him.

The movie invites viewers to consider some pointed questions about the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, such as: whether the issue is overblown, whether there is a double-standard when applied to women as opposed to men as perpetrators, and the ease with which charges of sexual harassment can be used as a weapon by ambitious executives seeking to climb over their colleagues to the top of the corporate ladder.

However, Tom discovers that the sexual harassment charges against him were a ruse to distract him and prevent him from discovering a fraud perpetrated by Bob and Meredith. Tom successfully thwarts the plan with the aid of three women: his attorney, Catherine Alvarez (Roma Maffia), his wife Susan (Caroline Goodall) who is also a lawyer but initially doesn’t believe him, and Stephanie Kaplan (Rosemary Forsyth) the company’s Chief Financial Officer who also becomes promoted to the head of the division once Meredith has been exposed and is fired. Tom ends up in the same position at the end of the film as he was at the beginning (however, plus $100,000.00 and attorney fees from arbitration), but only after narrowly escaping from having both his career and his family life destroyed.

Astro Boy

  • Directors: David Bowers
  • Producers: Maryann Garger
  • Writers: Osamu Tezuka Timothy Harris
  • Genres: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane

The movie is about a sentient robot boy built with advanced technological abilities, including flight.