Guardians of Ga Hoole

  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Producers: Donald De Line, Deborah Snyder, Zareh Nalbandian, Lionel Wigram
  • Writers: Kathryn Lasky, John Orloff, John Collee
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jim Sturgess, Rachael Taylor, Jay Laga aia, David Wenham, Emilie de Ravin, Miriam Margolyes, Geoffrey Rush

Legend of the Guardians is based on the first three installments of the book series: The Capture, The Journey, and The Rescue.[2]

Pirates of the Caribbean At World s End

  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Chow Yun Fat, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Jack Davenport

Lord Cutler Beckett executes anyone suspected of or associated with piracy. Beckett, who now possesses Davy Jones’s heart, orders Jones to destroy all pirate ships. Condemned prisoners sing a song to compel the nine pirate lords comprising the (fourth) Brethren Court to convene at Shipwreck Cove. However, Captain Jack Sparrow, pirate lord of the Caribbean, never appointed his successor, and therefore must attend. Captain Barbossa leads Will, Elizabeth, Tia Dalma, and the Black Pearl crewmen to rescue Jack. Sao Feng, pirate lord of the South China Sea, possesses a map to the entrance to Davy Jones’s Locker, where Jack is imprisoned. The British Royal Navy, led by Mercer, attack Feng’s bathhouse. During the battle, Will bargains with Feng for the Pearl in exchange for Sparrow, so Will can rescue his father from The Flying Dutchman.

The crew journeys into the Locker and successfully retrieves Sparrow. As The Black Pearl seeks an escape route, dead souls are seen floating by underwater. Tia Dalma reveals that Davy Jones was appointed by Calypso, Goddess of the Sea and his lover, to ferry the dead to the next world. In return, Jones was allowed to step upon land for one day every ten years to be with his love; but when she failed to meet him, the scorned captain abandoned his duty and transformed into a monster. Governor Swann, now dead, reveals that whoever stabs Jones’s heart becomes the Dutchman’s immortal captain.

Will is bound to sail the sea as The Flying Dutchman’s captain. Will and Elizabeth have one day together where they consummate their marriage. He departs at sunset, but first gives Elizabeth the Dead Man’s Chest. Barbossa commandeers the Pearl, stranding Jack and Gibbs in Tortuga. Having anticipated Barbossa’s deception, Sparrow removed the map’s middle that shows the path to the Fountain of Youth. Jack departs the trilogy just as he entered, alone in a dinghy on the open sea. Ten years later, Elizabeth and her son Will,[2] stand atop a seacliff; The Flying Dutchman appears on the horizon with Will Turner aboard.

Munich

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Barry Mendel, Colin Wilson
  • Writers: Book, George Jonas, Screenplay, Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
  • Genres: Drama, History, Thriller
  • Actors: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Geoffrey Rush, Ayelet Zurer, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Amalric, Gila Almagor, Moritz Bleibtreu

The film begins with a depiction of the events of the Munich Massacre in 1972. After the killings, the Israeli government devises “an eye for an eye” retaliation. A target list of eleven names is drawn up in retaliation for the eleven Israeli men murdered.

Avner, an Israeli-born Mossad agent of German descent, is chosen to lead the assassination squad because he is not well-known in the field and he knows his way around Europe. To give the Israeli government plausible deniability, Avner officially resigns from Mossad, and the squad operates with no official ties to Mossad or the Government of Israel. Avner is given a team of four men: Steve, a South African driver; Hans, a document forger from Frankfurt; Robert, a Belgian toy-maker trained in defusing explosives; and Carl, a former Israeli soldier who “cleans up” after the assassinations. Since the Mossad is “not connected” to the mission, Avner and his team set about tracking down the eleven targets with the help of an informant, Louis, who is introduced to Avner by an old friend.

The group go to Rome to track down and shoot their first target, Abdel Wael Zwaiter, who is broke and living as a poet in Italy where he has translated One Thousand and One Nights into Italian. The group follows him, from a speech he gave to a small audience, to his apartment building. After confirming the poet is indeed Abdel Wael Zwaiter (by asking him), two members of the nervous squad (Avner & Robert) make their first kill.

A postscript states that nine of the men originally targeted by Mossad were assassinated. It adds that Salameh was eventually killed in 1979.

Shine

  • Directors: Scott Hicks
  • Producers: Jane Scott
  • Writers: Jan Sardi, Scott Hicks
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller Stahl

Shine begins as we see an apparently lost man finding his way into a restaurant. The man has some sort of mental disability and we find out his name is David Helfgott, played by Geoffrey Rush. The movie then cuts back to his childhood, where the viewer sees David perform in a music competition. Helfgott’s father, Peter (played by Armin Mueller-Stahl) watches as David loses the competition. David’s father seems to be a cruel and harsh man.

The movie then shows David as a teenager (played by Noah Taylor). David wins the state musical championship and is invited to study in America but is forbidden by his father to leave. David’s talent grows until he is offered a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, England. David’s father again forbids him to go but David leaves and as a consequence his father disowns him.

In London, David enters a Concerto competition choosing to play Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Concerto. As David practices, he increasingly becomes manic in his behaviour. During one of David’s performance he suffers a mental breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital where he receives electric shock therapy.

After David’s initial institutionalization he tries to return home, but his father still rejects him. David is admitted again to a mental institution where he spends a considerable amount of time. Eventually we see David as an adult taken home by one of the workers at the mental institution. This worker remembers him from before he suffered his breakdown. The worker recognizes that David needs more care than they can offer and David finds himself in a hostel, wandering the streets. At this point we enter where the movie began.

At the restaurant they are astounded by his ability to play the piano and one of the owners befriends David and looks after him. In return David plays at the restaurant. It’s through the owner that David is introduced to Gillian (played by Lynn Redgrave). David and Gillian fall in love and marry. Through Gillian’s help David readies himself for a comeback concert at which he is given a standing ovation.