Alvin and the Chipmunks

  • Directors: Tim Hill
  • Producers: Ross Bagdasarian Jr, Janice Karman
  • Writers: Jon Vitti, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Rob Minkoff
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Music
  • Actors: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Jane Lynch, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Justin Long

The story begins in the back of a hill, located in a forest during the summer. The tree that the chipmunks Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (voiced by Jesse McCartney) live in is cut down and driven to Los Angeles to become a Christmas tree. Once in LA, the Chipmunks meet struggling songwriter David Seville (Jason Lee) who had his latest song rejected by JETT Records executive Ian Hawke (David Cross) who was Dave’s college roommate. Dave once had a relationship with his next door neighbor, Claire Wilson (Cameron Richardson). She broke up with him because she felt he was too busy, irresponsible and he had no time for her.

After winding up at Dave’s interview, the Chipmunks hop into his basket and follow him home. Once at home, Dave discovers the Chipmunks, and is accidentally knocked unconscious. Upon waking, he kicks them out until hearing them sing “Only You (And You Alone)”. Dave then makes a deal with them; they sing the songs he writes, and in exchange he provides food and shelter for them. However, all does not go well, as Dave’s job presentation is ruined by their coloring on it, and when Alvin tries to set the mood for his dinner with Claire, things become weird and she rejects him after he tells her that “My life is being sabotaged by talking chipmunks”. To make it up to Dave, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore go to Ian in an attempt to record a song and get a record deal.

The end credits show several of The Chipmunks’ past albums.

Dogma

  • Directors: Kevin Smith
  • Producers: Scott Mosier
  • Writers: Kevin Smith
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock

An old man looks at the ocean from a New Jersey boardwalk outside a skee ball arcade. He is beaten into a coma by three hockey stick-wielding teenagers, the Stygian Triplets.

Two fallen angels — Bartleby (Ben Affleck), a watcher, and Loki (Matt Damon), formerly the Angel of Death — were banished from Heaven after Bartleby convinced Loki to quit his position and find one that doesn’t involve mass slaughter. This culminates in Loki giving God the finger, and both angels being exiled to Wisconsin and permanently banned from Heaven. The two see their potential salvation when a church in Red Bank, New Jersey, celebrates its centennial anniversary with a plenary indulgence. By passing through the doors of the church, they can have their sins forgiven and upon death regain access to Heaven. They don’t realize by doing this they will overrule the word of God. Since the basis of existence is that God is infallible, proving God wrong would destroy existence.

Metatron (Alan Rickman), the seraph who acts as the Voice of God, appears to abortion clinic worker Bethany Sloane (Linda Fiorentino) and gives her the task of preventing Bartleby and Loki’s return. Bethany is initially against the mission as she has lost her faith in God due to her infertility and subsequent divorce. Bethany is attacked by the Stygian Triplets and saved by Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith), two prophets whom Metatron said would appear. She is also aided by Rufus (Chris Rock), the thirteenth apostle, left out of the Bible because he is black, and Serendipity (Salma Hayek), a Muse with writer’s block turned stripper. Bethany learns that she is the Last Scion, the last descendant of Mary and Joseph, and the last relative of Jesus Christ.

Bethany removes the life support from God’s human body, allowing Him/Her to escape — and inadvertently killing Bethany. God (Alanis Morissette) manifests at the church before Bartleby, who apologizes for his acts. God kills Bartleby with the power of Her voice. Silent Bob shows up with Bethany’s bloodstained corpse. God resurrects Bethany and conceives an heir inside her. The heavenly beings return to Heaven through the church doors.

Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel

  • Directors: Betty Thomas
  • Producers: Ross Bagdasarian Jr, Janice Karman
  • Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Jon Vitti, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Glenn Berger
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson, Zachary Levi, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler

During the Chipmunks’ concert, David Seville (Jason Lee) suffers a severe injury and is rushed to the hospital. Although he survives, he must stay for a few days to recuperate. Prior to the event, he had made arrangements for Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) to attend school. Little does he know, while in school, the Chipmunks feel like “Chipmunks Out of Water” on account of all the human students around. Meanwhile, Ian Hawke (David Cross) (after the departure of the Chipmunks dealt him a serious blow) searches the world for animals who can sing and dance. He happens upon Brittany (Anna Faris), Jeanette (Christina Applegate), and Eleanor (Amy Poehler), the Chipettes, and cannot wait to make them famous, and get his sworn revenge on the Chipmunks.[2]

Monster House

  • Directors: Gil Kenan
  • Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Jack Rapke
  • Writers: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler
  • Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Lee

A preteen boy, D.J. Walters (Mitchel Musso), spends a lot of his free time spying on the house across the street and its owner, Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi), a crotchety old man who terrorizes anyone who steps anywhere on his lawn or close to his house. DJ has seen and documented Nebbercracker taking toys from kids that have stepped in his grounds. His parents (Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard), dismiss his comments as “kid talk” and leave town for the weekend, during which he is to be cared by Elizabeth or “Zee” (Maggie Gyllenhaal), DJ’s apathetic babysitter.

When Charles “Chowder” (Sam Lerner), DJ’s best friend, loses his basketball on Nebbercracker’s lawn, DJ ventures there to recover it, but Nebbercracker appears and grabs DJ, who then starts screaming. This causes him to collapse from a stroke, seemingly dead. While Nebbercracker is carried away by the paramedics, a gold key is dropped, which DJ scoops up.

That night, DJ gets a call from Nebbercracker’s house (which was just eerie moaning from the other end). He calls Chowder and they agree to meet at a construction lot. There, they decide to investigate the house. When Chowder tries to ding-dong-ditch the house, it comes to life and attempts to eat him. They run back to DJ’s house and spend the night watching across the street. Unknown to them, Zee’s boyfriend, Bones (Jason Lee), has already been “swallowed” by the house.

The film ends with the kids returning to the hole where the house was, and Chowder, DJ, and Jenny helping Nebbercracker return all the toys. During the credits, it is shown that everyone that was eaten by the house crawls out of the basement bewildered but unharmed.

Almost Famous

  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Producers: Cameron Crowe, Lisa Stewart, Ian Bryce
  • Writers: Cameron Crowe
  • Genres: Drama, Music
  • Actors: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

In 1973, William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is a 15-year-old boy aspiring to be a rock-and-roll journalist, despite the desires of his eccentric, overprotective mother, Elaine (Frances McDormand), who wants him to go into law. Shunned by his classmates (most of whom are two or three years older than he is), he writes for underground papers in his hometown, San Diego.

He goes one morning to watch as a local radio station interviews pioneering rock journalist Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The two hit it off, and Bangs gives William a $35 assignment to write up a Black Sabbath concert. William, without credentials or a ticket, cannot get into the arena. He meets up with some semi-groupies who call themselves “Band-Aides,” named Estrella Starr (Bijou Phillips), Polexia Aphrodisia (Anna Paquin), and Sapphire (Fairuza Balk), as well as their leader, Penny Lane (Kate Hudson). Then he runs into the opening band on the card, Stillwater, who was running late. At first they dismiss him as a journalist, “the enemy”, but when he calls them by their names and praises their most recent work in detail, they realize that he is a genuine fan and allow him backstage.

The final scenes are a picture of the cover of the Rolling Stone issue that will feature William’s story with Russell’s picture on the front with the rest of the band behind him. We then see images of Penny leaving on her dream trip to Morocco, William at home with his sister and mother, and of Doris, which will take the band (without William) on its 1974 tour (with the marquee “NO MORE AIRPLANES TOUR 1974”). Though, as Bangs suggested, rock ‘n’ roll may be changing from an art form to a profit center, it is implied that at least Stillwater will be immune from this.

Vanilla Sky

  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Producers: Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Mateo Gil, Cameron Crowe
  • Genres: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell

David Aames recently has become owner of his deceased father’s publishing company, and begins to enjoy a wealthy lifestyle. David, through his friend Brian Shelby, is introduced to Sofia Serrano, and the two begin to flirt and become closer. When David’s former girlfriend, Julianna Gianni, discovers this, she becomes extremely jealous. One day, she offers David a ride, but purposely crashes her car at high speed off a bridge; Julianna dies while David survives, though his face is scarred up so badly he wears a mask to hide the embarrassment from the world so that people will not stare or look at his face. On an evening out with Brian and Sofia after the crash, David becomes extremely intoxicated, much to Sofia’s displeasure, and she and Brian leave David to wallow on a sidewalk. However, the next morning, Sofia returns to help David back onto his feet, and they begin to date steadily.

Though David’s life seems perfect, he finds oddities about it, such as a completely empty Times Square. At times, he finds himself hallucinating, his face reverting to before the plastic surgery. A strange man appears at various locations to tell David he has the power to control the world. After one hallucination episode, David goes to Sofia’s apartment to find Julianna there, and that all the old photos and pictures of David and Sofia have been replaced with Julianna. In a fit of rage, David kills Julianna by suffocation. He is arrested and put into prison, placed under the psychological care of Dr. Curtis McCabe. David, finding himself suffering from a form of amnesia, attempts to recount the recent events to Dr. McCabe, and the two discover that there may be a connection between David and a company known as “Life Extension”, who place clinically-dead patients into cryogenic chambers to awaken in the future when cures may be available. David and Mr. McCabe visit the company, who explain that they place their patients into a “Lucid Dream” state while in the cryogenics company. David recognizes that the reality he is in is his own Lucid Dream, and calls for Tech Support.

David escapes from the company office to find the mysterious man directing him to an elevator. As they rise to the top of an impossibly tall building, the man, revealing himself to be the tech support, explains David’s true past: after passing out drunk on the sidewalk, he never saw Sofia again. Due to his depression, David sought the services of Life Extension, wishing to start the Lucid Dream the morning after the drunken incident, and to live under the “vanilla sky” his mother always talked about; he then committed suicide so that he may be placed in the cryogenic system, where he has been for the past 150 years. While David was experiencing the Lucid Dream, a malfunction of the system caused the dream to become a nightmare, merging Sofia and Julianna’s personas and creating people, such as Dr. McCabe, out of his past memories. At the roof of the building, the man offers David a choice, to either be reinserted into the corrected Lucid Dream as to be together with Sofia forever, or to opt to wake up though this requires a leap of faith off the building. David opts to be awakened so that he can live a real life, and he takes a few last moments to say goodbye to the Dream versions of Sofia and Brian, then jumps off the building, his memories flashing through his eyes as he falls. Just as he hits the ground, a voice tells David to wake up, the film briefly focuses on his closed eye opening onto the real world.

The Incredibles

  • Directors: Brad Bird, Supervising technical director, Bill Wise
  • Producers: John Walker, Executive producer, John Lasseter, Assistant producer, Katherine Sarafian, Associate producer, Kori Rae
  • Writers: Brad Bird
  • Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L Jackson, Brad Bird

Superheroes, or “supers” as they are often referred to, were at one time much valued. One of the best known superheroes is Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson). There was even some interviews with him, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson).

On the night of his wedding, Mr. Incredible had to foil a suicide attempt by a bank president while Bomb Voyage (Dominique Lewis) tries to rob his bank. Interference at the bank by Mr. Incredible’s number one fan Buddy Pine (Jason Lee) wanting to become his ward “IncrediBoy” results in damage to train tracks which force Mr. Incredible to stop the train. Mr. Incredible, in his civilian identity of Bob Parr, finally meets with Lucius Best (Frozone) at the church and is officially wed to Elastigirl.

The man saved from his suicide attempt by Mr. Incredible sues him for injuring him. Soon, injuries and other incidents suffered by civilians make superheroes unpopular with the public. This prompts a government-sponsored law to conceal them. Fifteen years later, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl have settled into a suburban lifestyle near the city of Metroville, under their civilian names. Their older children Dash (Spencer Fox) and Violet (Sarah Vowell) have also inherited superhuman powers — the hot-headed Dash obtains the ability of super-speed and the shy and timid older Violet has the ability to create forcefields and make herself invisible; but their infant Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile and Maeve Andrews) has no visible powers. Bob finds his job at an insurance agency boring and tedious, and often yearns for his former life and secretly goes at night with his best friend Lucius Best (Frozone) to find and stop crime. One such night ends in total disaster – although they save the tenants of a burning building, Bob and Lucius have to flee the police after they accidentally break into the jewellery store next door. When Helen finds out what happened after Bob gets home (very late), they only just avoid having an argument in front of the kids.

The Parrs arrive in Metroville as the Omnidroid rampages through the city, as, using its ability to learn and cope with opponents, it had separated Syndrome from his remote control over it. Assisted by Frozone, they seize the remote control and take advantage of its design to destroy the Omnidroid. They then return home, but find that Syndrome, having discovered the Parrs’ identity, is attempting to kidnap Jack-Jack and make him his sidekick. As Syndrome flies to his waiting jet, Jack-Jack’s innate superhuman power manifests itself as the ability to shapeshift into a number of difficult-to-handle forms, the last being a devilish being, causing Syndrome to drop him. Bob throws Helen into the air to safely catch Jack-Jack. The he throws his new car at Syndrome’s jet, which causes, as set up earlier by Edna’s list of cape-caused accidents, Syndrome’s cape to get caught in one of his jet engines, dragging him to his apparent death. The Parrs resume their normal life, albeit more contentedly with their status quo than before. But when the city is threatened by a new villain called the Underminer (John Ratzenberger), the family of supers prepare to fight anew together.