Nothing Like the Holidays

  • Directors: Alfredo De Villa
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Rick Najera, Ted Perkins, Alison Swan
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez, Melonie Diaz, Vanessa Ferlito

Three Puerto Rican siblings return to their parents’ home for Christmas in Humboldt Park on Chicago’s northwest side.[1] Mauricio is a successful lawyer, Roxanna is an aspiring Hollywood actress, and Jesse is returning home after serving several years in Iraq during his stint in the United States Marine Corps..

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]

Poseidon

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Paul Gallico, Paul Attanasio, Mark Protosevich
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Lucas, Jacinda Barrett, Richard Dreyfuss, Jimmy Bennett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Stacy Ferguson, Andre Braugher, Kevin Dillon

The SS Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner named for the Greek god of the sea, is making a transatlantic crossing.

The opening focuses on an introduction of the main characters. Nineteen-year-old[2][3][4][5] heroine[6] Jennifer Ramsey (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel) are a young couple hoping to be engaged, but her father, former New York City Mayor Robert (Kurt Russell), has doubts about their relationship. Elena (Mía Maestro), a traveling stowaway, is going to see her ill brother in New York. She is being helped by Valentin (Freddy Rodriguez), a waiter on the ship’s staff who met her in a club and agreed to smuggle her on board. Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas) is a smooth-talking professional gambler who develops feelings for a woman, Maggie James (Jacinda Barrett), who has a son, Connor (Jimmy Bennett), to whom Dylan grows close to throughout the movie, and Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) is an architect left distraught by his lover’s breaking up with him.

Most of the passengers are at a New Year’s Eve party in the ship’s ballroom, unaware of the danger about to befall them. However, a depressed Nelson, awaiting a midnight phone call from his ex-boyfriend that never comes, sees a 150-foot high rogue wave in the calm open ocean, heading towards the ship. The wave crashes into the starboard side of the ship, causing it to capsize and killing most of the passengers on its decks. As the ship rotates 180 degrees and submerges from the impact, the windows in the hallway explode from the intense force of the wave, causing water to flood into the ship and it begins to sink.

Calm is restored in the ballroom after Captain Michael Bradford (Andre Braugher) assures the passengers that rescue boats are on their way and will be there in a couple of hours. A small group of passengers (see above) ignore his attempts to keep them in the ballroom and flee, with the bulkhead doors sealing behind them. Due to the buildup of pressure, the water breaks through into the ballroom, killing all those who stayed behind. They attempt to head toward the bow of the ship, where they believe they will have the best chance of escaping the capsized liner. Fighting through many hazards (flooding the ballasts, negotiating an elevator shaft with a table, etc…), they ultimately arrive at the bow and escape through the propeller tube by blowing apart the turbines with a canister of explosive gas. They jump out of the tube and find a life raft as the Poseidon sinks. They then fire a signal flare, and are rescued by Coast Guard choppers.