The Little Rascals

  • Directors: Penelope Spheeris
  • Producers: Bill Oakes, Michael King, Gerald R Molen
  • Writers: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur, Penelope Spheeris, Robert Wolterstorff
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, Brittany Ashton Holmes, Blake McIver Ewing, Kevin Jamal Woods, Jordan Warkol, Zachary Mabry, Ross Bagley, Sam Saletta, Blake Jeremy Collins

“The He-Man Woman Haters Club” is a club of young, local school-aged boys, all of whom refuse to play with girls and detest them, and the boys are entering their go-cart, the “Blur,” in the annual go-cart race, and one of the members, Alfalfa, the best friend of the club president, Spanky, is selected to drive the Blur in the race. However, Alfalfa hadn’t attended the meeting, so the boys search for him to find Alfalfa in the middle of a romantic boat ride with his sweetheart, Darla. Since Alfalfa’s relationship with Darla interferes with the club’s rule of forbidding a club member to play with or have a romantic relationship with girls, the other club members try to spoil Alfalfa and Darla’s romantic boat ride in hopes of breaking them up. However, their plans fail, and Darla and Alfalfa schedule a romantic picnic in the clubhouse.

Soon after, the other He-Man Woman Haters secretly spy on the couple during their picnic, until Alfalfa notices and quickly brings his date with Darla to an early end, and he makes Darla hide in the clubhouse until he can convince the other boys that he and Darla weren’t doing anything in there. But Darla thinks that Alfalfa is ashamed of her, so she tries to escape the clubhouse by driving away in the Blur and crashing through the clubhouse walls, causing the clubhouse to catch on fire. The boys quickly try to put the fire out (Buckwheat and Porky, the youngest club members, were sent to call the fire department, but neither one of them knew the number for 9-1-1, so the club did not get any professional help from fire-fighters, despite the fact that the fire station was near the public telephone that Buckwheat and Porky tried to use to call for help, but they didn’t notice it). Alfalfa faints, after the clubhouse catches on fire, and while he is out cold the other boys finish putting out the fire and Darla tosses the ring Alfalfa gave her earlier back to him before leaving with a wealthy new boy named Waldo, who tried to win her over earlier and nearly succeeded. After Alfalfa regains conciousness, the other club members punish him by forcing him to guard the Blur every night and day until the day of the race. Alfalfa tries to win Darla back, by going to her ballet recital and writing a love letter.

The boys manage to build a new go-cart in time for the race, and Alfalfa is the driver, as originally planned, though Woim and Butch have repainted the Blur and pass it on as their own go-cart, and try to cheat their way to winning during the race. Darla, who is racing with Waldo, eventually gets tired of Waldo’s attitude and starts to yearn for Alfalfa, who still wants her back, more, so Waldo abandons Darla in the middle of the race and takes off. Darla then climbs aboard the He-Man Woman Haters’ go-cart and races with Alfalfa and Spanky, and eventually, the He-Man Woman Haters win the race, much to the chagrin of Waldo, Butch, and Woim. Darla reunites with Alfalfa, and their romantic relationship starts all over again. When being awarded their trophy and prize money, Spanky gets to meet his favorite racer, A.J. Ferguson, who turns out to be a woman. She kisses the top of Spanky’s head, though Spanky himself doesn’t mind it, his opinion about females stubbornly hasn’t officially changed, though the rest of the club members besides Alfalfa also gain girlfriends after the race. And finally, Spanky gives in to his now girl-loving friends, and “Welcome Women” is added to the new clubhouse sign, for the club members have managed to purchase a new clubhouse with their prize money.

Jurassic Park

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R Molen
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Koepp, Malia Scotch Marmo, Michael Crichton, Novel, Michael Crichton
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Martin Ferrero, Bob Peck, Samuel L Jackson, Wayne Knight

On Isla Nublar located on an island to the West of Costa Rica, an InGen employee is attacked while placing a Velociraptor into a specially built enclosure, prompting a lawsuit from his family. CEO John Hammond is pressured by his investors to allow a safety inspection by experts before opening the park. He invites paleontologist Alan Grant, paleobotanist Ellie Sattler, chaos theorist Ian Malcolm, and his investors’ attorney Donald Gennaro to perform the inspection. The group meets a Brachiosaurus when they set off into the park. At the park, they learn that InGen created the dinosaurs by cloning genetic material found in mosquitoes that fed on dinosaur blood, preserved in Dominican amber. The DNA from these samples was spliced with DNA from frogs to fill in sequence gaps. Only female dinosaurs are created in order to prevent uncontrolled breeding within the park. The team is also shown the enclosure of the Velociraptor, dubbed “raptors”, intelligent and ferocious predators.

Malcolm and Sattler are worried, but Grant remains neutral. They meet Hammond’s grandchildren, Tim and Alexis “Lex” Murphy, and go on a vehicular tour of the park. Ellie leaves the tour to supervise and take care of a sick Triceratops with Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Gerry Harding. A tropical storm hits the island as most InGen employees leave for the day leaving only Hammond, game warden Robert Muldoon, chief engineer Ray Arnold, and leading computer programmer Dennis Nedry to supervise the park and the visitors. Bribed by InGen’s rival Lewis Dodgson, Nedry takes an opportunity to shut down the park’s security system so he can steal dinosaur embryos and deliver them to an informant at the auxiliary dock. As a result, the security systems of the whole park are shut down, allowing the Tyrannosaurus to break through the deactivated electric fence surrounding its pen, devouring Gennaro, attacking Tim and Lex hiding in the car, and wounding Malcolm. The children and Grant only narrowly avoid being killed and eaten. Just after they flee the wreckage, Sattler and Muldoon arrive. At first, they believe the only survivor of the attack is Malcolm, but upon further investigation they find footprints belonging to Grant and the kids. Just then, the T. rex returns and Malcolm, Muldoon, and Sattler barely escape her in their Jeep. Meanwhile, Nedry crashes his Jeep and, while trying to winch it, is killed by a Dilophosaurus. Grant, Tim, and Lex spend the night in a tree. While hiking to safety the next morning, they discover hatched eggs, thus indicating that the dinosaurs are actually breeding. Grant realizes that the frog DNA is responsible: some species of frog are known to spontaneously change sex in a single-sex environment.

Raptors enter the Visitor Center and Lex and Tim narrowly escape them in the kitchen (locking one in the freezer). Grant and Sattler take Lex and Tim to the Control Room where Lex is finally able to restore the Park’s computer systems in order to call Hammond to request a helicopter rescue of the survivors. Grant and Sattler hold off a raptor trying to open the door to the computer room, until the power is restored and the electromagnetic locks begin working. With the door secure, the raptor breaks into the room through the window, and the group climbs up into the ceiling crawlspace and arrive at the Visitors Center rotunda, above the skeleton display. The raptors pursue and after a scuffle on top of the fossil exhibits where the raptors block their escape route, help comes from an unlikely source: the Tyrannosaurus suddenly appears and attacks the raptors. The raptors are killed by the Tyrannosaurus, saving Grant, Sattler, Lex, and Tim in the process. The four flee the fight, climb into Hammond and Malcolm’s jeep and leave. Grant says he will not endorse the park, a choice with which Hammond concurs. As all fly away in the helicopter, the children fall asleep beside Grant, who contemplatively watches the birds flying nearby, the surviving relatives of the dinosaurs they escaped.

Schindler s List

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Branko Lustig, Gerald R Molen, Lew Rywin, Irving Glovin, Robert Raymond
  • Writers: Thomas Keneally, Steven Zaillian
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, History, War
  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz

The film begins with the relocation of Polish Jews from surrounding areas to the Krakow ghetto shortly after the beginning of World War II. Meanwhile, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), an unsuccessful businessman, arrives in the city from the Sudetenland in hopes of making his fortune as a war profiteer. Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party, lavishes bribes upon the Wehrmacht and SS officials in charge of procurement. Sponsored by the military, Schindler acquires a factory for the production of army mess kits. Not knowing much about how to properly run such an enterprise, he gains a close collaborator in Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), an official of Krakow’s Judenrat (Jewish Council) who has contacts with the Jewish business community and the black marketers inside the Ghetto. They lend him the money for the factory in return for a small share of products produced. Opening the factory, Schindler pleases the Nazis and enjoys his new-found wealth and status as “Herr Direktor,” while Stern handles all administration. Stern suggests Schindler hire Jews instead of Poles because they cost less (the workers themselves get nothing; the wages are paid to the State). Workers in Schindler’s factory are allowed outside the ghetto though, and Stern falsifies documents to ensure that as many people as possible are deemed “essential” to the German war effort, which saves them from being transported to concentration camps, or even being killed.

The Schindler Jews, having slept outside the factory gates through the night, are awakened by sunlight the next morning. A Soviet dragoon arrives and announces to the Jews that they have been liberated by the Red Army. The Jews walk to a nearby town in search of food. As they walk abreast, the frame changes to another of the Schindler Jews in the present day at the grave of Oskar Schindler in Jerusalem. The film ends by showing a procession of now-elderly Jews who worked in Schindler’s factory, each of whom reverently sets a stone on his grave. The actors portraying the major characters walk hand-in-hand with the people they portrayed, and also place stones on Schindler’s grave as they pass. The audience learns that at the time of the film’s release, there are fewer than 4,000 Jews left alive in Poland, while there are more than 6,000 descendants of the Schindler Jews. In the final scene, Liam Neeson (though his face is not visible) places a pair of roses on the grave and stands contemplatively over it.

Hook

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R Molen, James V Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo, Bruce Cohen
  • Writers: Screenplay, James V Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo, Screen Story, James V Hart, Nick Castle, Characters, J M Barrie
  • Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Charlie Korsmo, Amber Scott

Years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland and married Wendy Darling’s granddaughter Moira. As corporate lawyer Peter Banning, he has entirely forgotten his childhood as Peter Pan. He’s successful, but never has time for his wife Moira and children, Jack and Maggie. The family travels to London to visit Wendy, now very old and being honored for her work caring for orphans. Jack and Maggie are kidnapped by Captain Hook, who survived his run-in with the crocodile. Wendy tries to tell Peter of his past, but he does not believe her.

Tinker Bell visits Peter that night, taking him to Neverland. He wakes up among the pirates; then, observing Hook boasting of kidnapping Peter’s children to use as bait, Peter reveals himself. Hook is disgusted at his nemesis’ ineffectual condition. Hook’s henchman Smee concludes that being away from Neverland for so long has wiped his memory clean of the past. Hook is ready to have Peter and his children killed, but Tinker Bell convinces him into giving Peter three days to train for a duel. She takes Peter to the Lost Boys, led by Rufio, who initially do not believe he’s Peter Pan. Tinker Bell convinces them that he is Pan, and they re-train him. Peter is hampered by his inability to remember being a boy or how to fly. At the same time Hook decides to “teach” Peter’s children to love him as a means of demoralizing Peter when the day comes. Although Maggie does not fall for the ploy, the often-overlooked Jack listens, and with Hook cheering him on at a pirate baseball game (as his father had failed to do), he comes to accept Hook as a father figure.

With the help of Tinker Bell becoming human-sized and kissing him, Peter manages to find his flight-enabling “happy thought”: his love for Moira and becoming a father, the reasons he left Neverland. Peter leads the Lost Boys into battle with the pirates. Rufio takes on Hook while Peter rescues his son and daughter. Rufio dies, his last words telling Peter that he wishes he had a father like him. Jack is finally convinced that his father cares for him, and pleads to go home. Realizing that Hook will not stop and that he will return to threaten his family time and again, Peter resumes the duel. It ends when the giant crocodile falls down from his framework and swallows Hook. Peter passes on his sword and leadership to the biggest of the Lost Boys, Thud Butt, and flies back to London with his children. He awakens in his regular clothes at the famous statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and sees Tinker Bell one last time. He assures her that he still believes in fairies, and she leaves. He returns to his family, finally remembering who he is, and appreciating them all as he should.

Minority Report

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Gerald R Molen, Bonnie Curtis, Walter F Parkes, Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Screenplay, Scott Frank, Jon Cohen, Short Story, Philip K Dick, Uncredited, John August
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough

In 2054, John Anderton is a member of an experimental Washington, D.C. police force known as Precrime, which uses future visions generated by three “precogs”, mutated humans with precognition abilities, to stop murders. Though a respected member of the force, Anderton has been addicted to an illegal psychoactive drug since the disappearance of his son Sean, which also caused his wife Lara to leave him. With the Precrime concept poised to go nationwide, the system is audited by Danny Witwer, a member of the Department of Justice. During the audit, the precogs predict that Anderton will murder a man named Leo Crow in 36 hours; believing the incident to be a setup by Witwer, who is aware of Anderton’s addiction, and given his own ignorance of Leo Crow’s existence prior to this point, Anderton attempts to hide the case and quickly departs the area before Witwer begins a manhunt for him. Anderton seeks the advice of Dr. Iris Hineman, the lead researcher of the Precrime technology. She explains to Anderton that the three precogs—the children of drug addicts using experimental drugs years ago—may see different visions of the future. When this happens, the system only provides data on the two reports which agree; a “minority report”, showing the futures where the perpetrators may not have actually committed a murder, is discarded. According to Dr. Hineman, the female precog Agatha is likely the one who witnessed the minority report.

At a banquet to celebrate the success of the Precrime unit and Burgess, Anderton plays Agatha’s vision of the Lively murder for the gathered crowd, clearly showing Burgess as the murderer. As Burgess sneaks off to confront Anderton, a new precrime report is created: Anderton is the victim and Burgess is the murderer. When Burgess finds Anderton, Anderton explains the impossible situation: if Burgess kills Anderton, he proves the system works but at the cost of a life sentence, while if he does not, the system will not have worked and the Precrime division will be shut down. Burgess resolves the paradox by killing himself. The Precrime program is shut down, all those jailed as a result of Precrime are pardoned and released, and the precogs are given the chance to lead a full life. Anderton and Lara remarry and start a new family.

Rain Man

  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Producers: Peter Guber, Jon Peters, David McGiffert, Mark Johnson, Gerald R Molen
  • Writers: Screenplay, Barry Morrow, Ronald Bass, Story, Barry Morrow
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

Charlie Babbitt (Cruise), a Los Angeles car dealer in his mid-twenties, is in the middle of importing four grey market Lamborghinis. The deal is being threatened by the EPA, and if Charlie cannot meet its requirements he will lose a significant amount of money. After some quick subterfuge with an employee, Charlie leaves for a weekend trip to Palm Springs with his girlfriend, Susanna.

Charlie’s trip is cancelled by news that his estranged father, Sanford Babbitt, has died. Charlie travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, to settle the estate, where he learns an undisclosed trustee is inheriting $3 million on behalf of an unnamed beneficiary, while he is to receive a classic Buick Roadmaster convertible and several prize rose bushes. Eventually he learns the money is being directed to a mental institution, and he discovers that it is the home of his autistic brother, Raymond (Hoffman).

Raymond is an autistic savant, with superb recall but little understanding of subject matter. He is frightened by change and adheres to strict routines (for example, his continual repetition of the “Who’s on First?” sketch). Except when he is in distress, he shows little emotional expression and avoids eye contact.

Numbed by learning that he has a brother and determined to get what he believes is his fair share of the Babbitt estate, Charlie takes Raymond on what becomes a cross-country trip back to Los Angeles to meet with his attorneys. He intends to start a custody battle in order to get Raymond’s doctor, Dr. Bruner (Molen), to settle out of court for half of Sanford Babbitt’s estate so that they can maintain custody of Raymond.

Eventually, Raymond is allowed to go back home to Cincinnati. Charlie, who has gained a new brother and mellowed considerably, tells him he’ll visit.

The Lost World Jurassic Park

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R Molen, Colin Wilson
  • Writers: Novel, Michael Crichton, Screenplay, David Koepp
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite, Vanessa Lee Chester, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough

The film opens with a family of tourists on the island of Isla Sorna. The young daughter explores on her own and runs into a baby Compsognathus. When the child attempts to feed the dinosaur, a large pack emerges and attacks the girl for more food. She is rescued by her parents and brought back to the mainland.

Four years have passed since the disaster at Jurassic Park, and John Hammond has lost control of InGen to his ruthless nephew, Peter Ludlow. Despite having signed a non-disclosure agreement about the prior events, chaos theorist Ian Malcolm has gone public and revealed details of his experiences at Jurassic Park. Unfortunately for him, his stories are not widely believed, threats of legal action prevent him from producing any evidence, and his academic reputation is destroyed.

Hammond summons Malcolm to his home, where he reveals the existence of Site B, Isla Sorna. Sorna was the facility where the dinosaurs were actually engineered, before being sent to Isla Nublar when mature. The island was abandoned after a hurricane wiped out most of the facilities, and the creatures have been living in the wild ever since. Hammond explains that the loss of Nublar and the incident with the girl have severely damaged InGen’s finances, and so Ludlow plans to bail the company out by exploiting Site B. Hammond requests Malcolm’s help in stopping Ludlow and preserving the dinosaurs’ natural habitat. He initially refuses, but after learning that his girlfriend, paleontologist Sarah Harding, is already on the island, he goes along.

Later, as Malcolm and Sarah fall asleep on the couch in their living room, Kelly is watching television and sees the cargo ship on its way back to Site B, surrounded by a convoy of naval vessels. The program breaks away to an interview of restored InGen Chairman John Hammond, who explains that the island will be left alone as a natural reserve so the dinosaurs can live free of human interference. He offers a quote by Malcolm, “Life will find a way.” The scene cuts to Site B, where the family of Tyrannosaurs is shown in the wild, alongside various other dinosaurs.