Up in the Air

  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Producers: Daniel Dubiecki, Jeffrey Clifford, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman
  • Writers: Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman, Walter Kirn
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a man who makes his living traveling to workplaces around the United States and conducting employee layoffs for bosses too cowardly to do it themselves. Ryan also delivers motivational speeches, using the analogy “What’s In Your Backpack?” to extol the virtues of a life free of relationships with people and things. He relishes the comfort of anonymity during his perpetual travels. Ryan’s personal goal for his life is to achieve ten million frequent flyer miles. While traveling, he meets another frequent flyer named Alex (Vera Farmiga) and they begin a casual relationship.

Ryan is called back to his company’s offices in Omaha, Nebraska, where he finds out that an ambitious young coworker named Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) is pushing a plan to cut costs by having employees stay grounded and conduct layoffs over the internet. Ryan argues that Natalie knows nothing about the process of firing people, and his boss (Jason Bateman) assigns him to take Natalie with him on his upcoming travels to show her what it’s like. As they travel together and become better acquainted, Natalie questions Ryan’s philosophy, but Ryan is happy to remain in his niche and continue avoiding serious relationships.

Ryan’s boss comes in and tells Ryan that one of the employees he and Natalie fired has killed herself. In the aftermath, Natalie quits and the company sends Ryan back onto the road, putting the remote-layoff program on indefinite hold. Ryan writes a glowing letter of recommendation for Natalie that earns her a new job in San Francisco. Ryan enters an airport and stares at the schedule of departures, dropping his compact suitcase on the floor.

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.

The Uninvited

  • Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
  • Producers: Michael Grillo, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Riyoko Tanaka
  • Writers: Screenplay, Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard Original Screenplay, Kim Jee Woon
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Maya Massar, Lex Burnham

The movie begins with a young girl, Anna (Emily Browning), making out with her boyfriend Matt on the beach at a party. While this is happening, you hear Anna’s voice: “I’m on a beach”, implying that she is describing a dream. After a few moments he tells Anna he loves her and has “a condom”, she tells him she just can’t do it, gets up, and leaves. As she goes, her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) asks if everything is all right. She ignores her, and Alex goes back to what she was doing. On the way to her house she travels through the woods. Anna encounters three garbage bags lying around. She pauses, then goes to pass them when one of them twitches and shakes. She approaches it cautiously when it falls open and the dirty, twisted body of a young red haired girl falls out. As Anna stands, shocked, the head suddenly twists around and looks at her and says “Don’t go home”. Screaming and afraid, Anna runs home. She then hears a bell, which later is implied that was worn by her terminally ill mother and rung when she needed something. When she walks in, she states that her mother is alone but that she should never be alone. She enters the front of the house. Again, her voice narates, saying “Something is wrong. There’s something evil in the house.” It is coming from her father’s study. As Anna aproaches it, blood begins to pour from the keyhole. Suddenly, random clips begin to play, including a falling watering pail and a shattering glass orb. The dream ends, and Anna is revealed talking to a psychiatrist.

While Anna is back at the institution she says to her psychologist that she did what he had told her to, she had “finished what she started”. It is also revealed that the institutionalized woman at the beginning was “Mildred Kemp”. (Which makes sense, because Mildred asked “who am I going to tell my stories to?,” which means that while Anna moved back into the house, she was remembering the stories Mildred had told her, and putting them into her own version). To explain the matter of pearls, Mildred took them from the Wright family mother and wife, and it can be seen at the end of the movie that Mildred has the pearls in her hands while she closes her room’s door . It seems that it is only a coincidence that Rachel also has a pearl necklace, as there can’t be any relationship between Rachel and Mildred. It also shows that when Rachel was listenning in on them, she was actually worried because Anna was talking to herself. No one ever spoke directly to Alex or interacted with her except Anna; she never sent letters, and that was why her father ignored her. The last things you see are Anna smiling, and then the door across the hall shuts, showing the residents name: ‘Mildred Kemp’.

Meatballs

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: John Dunning
  • Writers: Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Chris Makepeace, Kate Lynch

The film follows the antics and foibles of head counsellor Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray) and the counsellors-in-training (CITs) at Camp North Star, a cut-rate summer camp located in the “North Woods.” The characters range from reasonably sane to zany and screwball.

The main plot involves Rudy Gerner (Chris Makepeace), a lonely kid who is sent to summer camp by his father (assumedly a single father, as his mother is not seen or mentioned). Noticing Rudy is unable to fit in, Tripper takes him under his wing and each morning they go jogging and bond as friends. Tripper helps Rudy gain confidence while Rudy gives Tripper the courage to start a romance with Roxanne (Kate Lynch), the female head counsellor.

Love is also in the air for other CITs. Candace (Sarah Torgov) “kidnaps” Crockett (Russ Banham) in a speedboat and confesses her feelings for him. Wheels (Todd Hoffman), who had broken up with A.L. (Kristine DeBell) the year before, successfully rekindles their relationship during a dance. The nerdy Spaz (Jack Blum) develops a crush on Jackie (Margot Pinvidic), who appreciates his kindness and decency.

A parallel plot deals with Camp North Star’s rivalry with Camp Mohawk, a wealthier camp located across the lake whose members treat them with disdain. During a basketball game, North Star is being thoroughly trounced by Mohawk when they attempt their own perverse form of victory. This sets the stage for the yearly Olympiad held between the camps.

Later that evening, CITs sing around a campfire and say their final goodbyes as the camp prepares to close for the summer. Roxanne agrees to come live with Tripper and, on a motorcycle, the two of them lead the buses out of camp.

Kindergarten Cop

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Murray Salem, Hershel Weingrod, Timothy Harris
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed

The taciturn, stubborn, autocratic, violent Police Detective John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has pursued drug dealer Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson) for years. He finally arrests Crisp for murder, but is unable to convict him due to the refusal of a witness named Cindy to identify the killer. After Kimble psychologically humbles Cindy, Crisp is identified in a police line-up. Kimble, accompanied by Detective Phoebe O’Hara (Pamela Reed), is then ordered to go undercover in Astoria, Oregon, to find Crisp’s ex-wife Rachel and their son, who are hiding from him, and offer her a deal to testify against Cullen. Since their appearance is not known to them, O’Hara is to act as the substitute teacher of the son’s kindergarten class at Astoria Elementary School while Kimble has to track down the identity of the mother, who is believed to have stolen money from Crisp.

Unfortunately, O’Hara, who is hypoglycemic, gets a terrible case of the stomach flu and falls ill at the last moment. Kimble therefore takes the teacher’s job, much to the suspicion of the school principal, Miss Schlowski (Linda Hunt). Despite having no teaching experience — and thus initially collapsing beneath the stress—Kimble soon adapts progressively to his new status. Using his tame ferret as a class pet, his police training as a model for structure of the classes, fun games such as “Who Is Your Daddy And What Does He Do?”, and positive reinforcement, he becomes a much-admired and cherished figure to the children despite the aggravation they bring him. In turn, Kimble begins to love his cover job and his young charges, even to the point of manhandling an abusive father whose son Zach attends Kimble’s class.

While Kimble recovers, he comes back to the school to visit his kindergarten classroom. While he is visiting, Joyce sees him and kisses him in front of all the kids. / Other Reviewers have said the Kimble returns as a full time teacher of his Kindergarten class, and leaves the police force. This is due to the fact that O’Hara needs to ask where to send the wedding invite (California or Astoria), even though his assignment in Astoria has finished. And also, when the school principal (Linda Hunt) says to Kimble as he re-enters the classroom “They’re all yours”, and hands him his teaching whistle, whereupon Kimble is given a hearty welcome back by Phoebe and his pupils.

Hotel for Dogs

  • Directors: Thor Freudenthal
  • Producers: Lauren Shuler Donner, Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Novel, Lois Duncan, Screenplay, Jeff Lowell, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Emma Roberts, Jake T Austin, Don Cheadle, Troy Gentile, Kyla Pratt, Johnny Simmons, Lisa Kudrow

Orphaned siblings Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin), who have been forced to hide their ownership of their beloved dog, Friday, as they move from one foster home to another. They deceive a pawn shop to get money for hamburgers for themselves and the dog, but are caught. Their social worker Bernie (Don Cheadle) reprimands them, but helps them to minimize the damage.

They secretly turn a closed hotel into a home for Friday and any other strays they can find. They are joined by a guy named Dave (Johnny Simmons) and a girl named Heather (Kyla Pratt), both of whom work at a pet store; Dave and Andi soon develop crushes on one another. They are later joined by a kid who lives nearby named Mark (Troy Gentile), who likes Heather, although she does not return the feelings.

The kids rescue many dogs, and Bruce invents and constructs many ingenious machines, using parts he steals from his foster parents, to help feed the dogs and provide sanitary facilities, exercise and entertainment to them. The dogs are quick in learning how to use the machines.

Bernie is pleased to tell them they can move from the foster home they hate to a new one that is a few hours away. Even though this may be their last chance to be placed in a foster home together, they decline as they care too much about the dogs to abandon them, but they cannot tell Bernie this reason because they might be forbidden to continue their care for the dogs.

With donations from the people of the city the hotel ends up fixed up and turned into an actual hotel for dogs named The Hotel For Dogs. The kids all work there, Andi and Dave kiss, and Mark starts to win Heather over. Bernie and his wife end up adopting Andi and Bruce and let them keep Friday who they had to hide from all of their foster parents.

Space Jam

  • Directors: Joe Pytka
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi, Sport
  • Actors: Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Wayne Knight, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, Theresa Randle, Bill Murray

A boy named Michael Jordan plays basketball outside his home, telling his father that he wants to one day go to college and play in the NBA. Fast-forward several years, and Michael has not only fulfilled his dream of playing college and professional basketball, but has also become a bona fide NBA superstar. After winning his third championship with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan announces his retirement and declares his intention to play baseball. Signed to the minor league Birmingham Barons, Jordan is a major draw for the team, but only a fair to mediocre player.

Deep in space, on another planet, five tiny aliens called Nerdlucks (Pound, the orange one, Bupkus, the purple one, Nawt is the red one, Bang, the green one and Blanko, the blue one) have been sent to Earth to go to Looney Tune Land and capture the Looney Tunes characters and take them back to Moron Mountain, an outer space theme park belonging to their boss, Mr. Swackhammer (voiced by Danny DeVito). The Looney Tunes call a meeting to find a way to escape slavery on Moron Mountain. Bugs Bunny convinces the Nerdlucks that the Looney Tunes must be allowed to defend themselves and, after consulting with his fellow Tunes, challenges the Nerdlucks to a basketball game, cockily expecting a blowout victory in light of the Nerdlucks’ small size.

Swackhammer berates the Monstars for losing, but when they finally realize that they are physically bigger than he is, they turn on him and shoot him into outer space. Jordan convinces the Monstars return the skills to the players, making them Nerdlucks again. The aliens beg the Looney Tunes to let them stay in Looney Tune Land, despite Bugs’ objection that they “aren’t looney enough”. Jordan then dashes back home in time to join the Barons on the diamond, returns the stolen skills to the NBA players, and later makes his return to the NBA, mirroring his real-life comeback.

Twins

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: William Davies, William Osborne and, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, Tony Jay, Marshall Bell

Julius and Vincent Benedict are fraternal twins; the results of a secret experiment carried out at a genetics laboratory to produce the perfect child, using sperm donated by six different fathers. The mother, Mary Ann Benedict (who was thought to have died while giving birth to Vincent and Julius) was told that the children died at birth. Accepting this, she had gone on to become a successful artist. The program was considered a failure and shut down because of the conception of the twins, one inheriting the “desirable traits”, and the other, the “genetic trash”.

In fact, the children both survived. Vincent was placed in an orphanage run by nuns in Los Angeles, California whilst Julius was taken to an unnamed South Pacific island and raised like a modern Doc Savage to become highly intelligent, physically very strong and spiritually pure. He learned to speak twelve languages, and excelled in mathematics, history, science and literature. He was not told about his younger brother until his 35th birthday.[1]

In Los Angeles, with no-one but himself to rely on, Vincent escaped from the orphanage as soon as he was old enough and developed into the ultimate lowlife, involved in shady business deals and car theft and in debt to loan sharks. He is also a womanizer and a smart aleck with a very greedy lust for money. He is about to be beaten up by the loan sharks when he is arrested for unpaid parking fines.

They return the money (the “four million dollars”, suggesting Vincent skimmed a million off despite Julius’s insistence that they return the whole sum), marry the sisters, and use the $50,000 reward money to start up a legitimate consulting business (“Like the RAND corporation… only smarter!”), utilizing Julius’s knowledge and Vincent’s questionable business savvy. As a result of the publicity, their mother tracks them down and they are tearfully reunited (after she tracks down the scientist who told her they died and punches him for lying to her). In the end, both brothers end up having pairs of twins with their respective wives.

Ghostbusters II

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Wilhelm von Homburg

Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters are out of business after being sued by the city for property damage incurred during the battle against Gozer. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore have become entertainers at children’s parties, Egon Spengler works in a laboratory conducting various experiments, Peter Venkman hosts a pseudo-psychic television show, and Dana Barrett is working at an art museum restoring paintings and raising her infant son Oscar at a new apartment.

One day, Oscar’s carriage starts rolling down the street by itself and is nearly crushed by traffic. Ray, Egon, and Peter investigate. Meanwhile, Dana’s boss, Dr. Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol), is restoring a painting of a seventeenth-century tyrant named Vigo the Carpathian when the real Vigo’s spirit (located inside the painting) orders Janosz to find a child that he (Vigo) might use as a physical form. When Ray is lowered underground, he discovers a river of pink slime beneath the streets. He obtains a sample; moments later, the Ghostbusters are arrested after Ray accidentally knocks most of the city’s electrical power out. During court, two ghosts appear out of the slime in response to the judge’s shouting and attack the court. However, the Ghostbusters manage to capture them using their old equipment and therefore resume their business. During a test of the slime, the Ghostbusters realize that the slime absorbs emotion and becomes malevolent or benevolent according to the emotions to which it is exposed. Meanwhile, the slime appears out of Dana’s bathtub and tries to grab her and Oscar; but she escapes. The next morning, the Ghostbusters investigate the painting of Vigo and begin to notice the presence of the spirit in it. The next night, Ray, Winston, and Egon discover that the river of slime leads directly to the museum.

Janosz appears and kidnaps Oscar while Dana goes to the museum. After Dana enters the museum, the “malevolent” slime forms a shell around the building and the Ghostbusters are called to destroy it. They are unable to do so by their accustomed means; therefore they instead animate the Statue of Liberty by exposing it to “benevolent” slime and “ride” the statue to the museum, where they destroy part of the rooftop with its torch. When the Ghostbusters are in the museum, Vigo appears out of the painting and grabs Oscar. Outside, the citizens of New York, knowing the slime’s sensitivity to emotion, give the Ghostbusters an advantage by singing Auld Lang Syne, enabling the Ghostbusters to drive Vigo the Carpathian into his portrait. In an effort to escape, he possesses Ray, but is destroyed entirely by the “benevolent” slime. His portrait is then replaced by one showing the Ghostbusters and Oscar in forms that represent them as guardians to Oscar, concluding the film.

Ghost Busters

  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Producers: Bernie Brillstein, Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, William Atherton

Investigating a disturbance at the New York Public Library, three misfit parapsychology research professors specializing in research on ghosts, Drs. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), Raymond “Ray” Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), for the first time witness concrete evidence of paranormal activity, including a ghost. They nevertheless are expelled from Columbia University after their research grants are terminated. To maintain their livelihood, they establish “Ghostbusters”, an organization described by Venkman as a “professional paranormal investigations and eliminations” service, using an old firehouse as their headquarters, a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance dubbed “Ecto-1” as transport, and one Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) as a receptionist. Just as the fledgling business runs out of funds, they are hired by the staff of a hotel plagued by a ghost (named “Slimer” by Ray in The Real Ghostbusters). They capture this ghost successfully, using their nuclear-powered “proton packs” to force it into a small holding trap for later transfer to a containment grid in the firehouse. Following their first successful endeavor, the Ghostbusters suddenly find themselves overwhelmed by calls from prospective clients about hauntings, to the point that they hire a fourth member, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). Zeddemore ultimately comes to believe that the increase of ghostly activity is building up towards a single grand-scale paranormal event that will result in the biblical “Judgment Day”, and is later proven to be correct.

Assisted by the police and Army, the Ghostbusters proceed to the top of 55 Central Park West, but are too late to prevent Barrett and Tully from meeting. Together they open an interdimensional portal, allowing Gozer to enter the human world, while the two are transformed into the doglike beasts seen earlier. When Gozer (Slavitza Jovan) emerges in a female humanoid form, the Ghostbusters briefly force her back into her dimension with their proton guns. Being led to believe that they are its prophesied adversaries, Gozer challenges them to choose a form for it to assume as it destroys the world. When Venkman orders his teammates to think of nothing, Stantz is unable to avoid thinking of the most innocent being he could imagine: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. A gigantic version of this mascot appears and begins to lay waste to the city. Seeing this, Spengler realizes that their only hope is to cross their weapons’ emitted energy streams, reversing the particle flow and destroying Gozer’s gate to its home dimension, despite the fact that the Ghostbusters themselves may be killed as a result. As the “Marshmallow Man” reaches the top of the building, the team executes this plan, causing the gate to explode and reducing the creature to torrents of melted marshmallow. The Ghostbusters survive and Venkman frees Tully and Barrett from their doglike forms, which have been carbonized. When they leave the building, the Ghostbusters are met by Janine, who had been waiting for them. As they leave the scene in the Ecto-1, the public cheers them, followed by Slimer.