The Lost Boys

  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Producers: Harvey Bernhard, Richard Donner
  • Writers: Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Edward Herrmann, Barnard Hughes, Dianne Wiest

After a strange and mysterious murder at a fairground at the immediate start of the film, Michael and Sam move with their mother Lucy to Santa Carla, a coastal California town plagued with gang activity and unexplained disappearances. The family moves in with Lucy’s father, a cantankerous old man who lives in the outlying suburbs of town and who decorates his house with the product of his hobby: taxidermy.

The center of town life seems to be the local boardwalk. While Lucy gets a job at a local video and electronics store run by a man named Max, Michael is fascinated by a beautiful young woman who he sees at an outdoor concert. After following her along the boardwalk, he sees her getting on a motorcycle with David, the leader of the local gang. The following night he finds the young woman again and learns her name is Star. As they are about to leave together on Michael’s motorcycle, David reappears and provokes Michael into following him and his cadre. They drive to some sea-cliffs where Michael is almost baited into going over the edge. Michael punches David, who merely sees potential in Michael and invites him to the gang’s lair, an old dilapidated hotel that sank beneath the ground after an earthquake.

The teens determine that one of the gang must be the head vampire. Michael, disgusted at the transformation he has undergone, joins them in an attempt to rescue Star and her young brother Laddie, also a “half vampire” and reverse their condition. The group borrow Grandpa’s car (without permission – Sam shouting permission to borrow the car as they drive by him.) Grandpa is seen making a fence and putting large spiked fence posts into the ground. The group travels to the vampire’s cave and while Michael rescues Star and Laddie, the Frog Brothers and Sam travel deep into the lair to kill the vampires. They discover the gang asleep, hanging from the roof like bats. Unsure of which one of the gang is the head vampire the Frog brothers stake Marko, one of the gang members who expires in an explosive fashion. With the rest of the gang woken by the commotion the three boys retreat, with Sam narrowly escaping capture by David. That night, while Lucy is on a date with Max and their grandfather is away, the teens barricade their house and prepare for the gang’s assault. Among other things they steal holy water from a church and fill squirt guns with it to use against the vampires. That night the gang attacks. With the help of Sam’s dog, Nanook, the defenders pick off the gang-members one by one, with Sam shooting Dwayne through the heart with an arrow, Nanook knocking Paul into a bathtub full of holy water and garlic, and Michael impaling David on some deer antlers in his grandfather’s taxidermy workshop. However, Michael is still a vampire, and Max and Lucy then appear and Max reveals himself to be the head vampire after all; the tests hadn’t worked because he had been freely invited into the house. He reveals that he had wanted Lucy as his mate and that his “family” and hers would merge. Lucy is horrified, but Max threatens to kill Sam unless she joins him. As Max is about to bite Lucy’s neck, her father crashes his jeep through the wall of the house; the vehicle’s hood is piled up with the large spiked fence posts (seen earlier when Grandpa is putting the fence up) and one of them impales Max, killing him. As the others stare in amazement, Grandpa casually gets a root beer from the refrigerator and remarks, “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach… all the damn vampires.”

Lethal Weapon 3

  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, Story, Jeffrey Boam
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Stuart Wilson, Steve Kahan

L.A.P.D. Sergeants Riggs and Murtaugh respond to a bomb threat. Riggs convinces Murtaugh – who is working his last week before retirement – to enter the building before the bomb squad arrives, claiming that he can defuse the bomb himself, and that the bomb squad is always late. They have an argument about which wire to cut. He convinces Murtaugh that they should cut the blue wire using the toilet bomb incident that occurred three years ago as an example, but instead he cuts the red wire. When he cuts the red wire, however, the bomb’s timer accelerates, and the partners barely escape before the bomb detonates and destroys the building. To add insult to injury, the bomb squad arrives a few seconds later. Although they save a cat, the partners are demoted to patrol officers.

During their first patrol, Riggs and Murtaugh foil a routine armored car robbery; surprisingly, the robbers are found to have pistols loaded with armor-piercing bullets which Murtaugh refers to as “Cop Killers”. They order one of the robbers brought in for interrogation, but arrive to find someone has infiltrated the police station and killed him. A hidden camera shows the killer to be former LAPD Lieutenant Jack Edward Travis, legendary for both his brutality and his corruption. Riggs and Murtaugh are eager to investigate, but they are shunted to the side by Internal Affairs Sergeant Lorna Cole.

Riggs declares his love for Lorna after her near death experience as she waits to be transported to the hospital. Lorna is reluctant as she fears she will lose Riggs like all the others did. But Riggs claims that it is “not likely” to happen and the two kiss before Lorna is airlifted to hospital. On his retirement day, Murtaugh reconsiders and decides to enlist again, preserving the Riggs/Murtaugh partnership.

Lethal Weapon 2

  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Boam, Story, Shane Black, Warren Murphy
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O Connor, Patsy Kensit, Steve Kahan

The story opens with LAPD Sergeants Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh engaged in a car chase with a red BMW. After it crashes, they move in to arrest the driver, but find he has escaped. Searching the car, they discover the trunk is full of South African Krugerrands (gold coins which were illegal in the U.S. due to sanctions against the South African apartheid regime). Later that night, Murtaugh is threatened at his home by thugs dressed in black hoods, warning him to cease the investigation around the Krugerrands.

In the wake of the attack on Murtaugh, he and Riggs are reassigned to a less dangerous task, protecting a Federal witness, Leo Getz (Joe Pesci). They subsequently discover Getz has been laundering funds for the same drug smugglers and he leads them to their base of operations, a house on stilts. Attempting to arrest the gang, Riggs and Murtaugh are confronted by Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland), the minister of affairs for the South African Consulate. Rudd indignantly invokes diplomatic immunity on behalf of himself and his ‘staff’, and threatens to report Riggs and Murtaugh to the State Department for violating South African soil.

Although ordered by the Department to leave Rudd and his associates alone, Riggs and Murtaugh are certain that he is the drug trafficker they are looking for and commence a private war against them. While Leo and Murtaugh distract the guards at the consulate, Riggs infiltrates the building and catches the name “Alba Varden”, a name that appears familiar somehow to Murtaugh. At the same time, Riggs begins a romance with Rudd’s secretary, Rika van den Haas (Patsy Kensit), who strongly dislikes both her boss and her country’s policies. Riggs invites her to a dinner at his trailer, which ends in a torrid sexual encounter.

Running to his partner, Murtaugh finds that, although critically wounded, Riggs is still alive. The two buddies laugh and joke as the sirens come for them in the background.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Robert Watts, Executive producers, George Lucas, Frank Marshall
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Boam, Tom Stoppard, Story, George Lucas, Menno Meyjes
  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, John Rhys Davies

The 1912 prologue depicts Indiana Jones as a Boy Scout in Utah, battling grave robbers for an ornamental cross that belonged to Francisco VГЎsquez de Coronado. As the grave robbers give chase, Indiana hides in a circus train, where he uses a whip, scars his chin, and gains his fear of snakes. Although he rescues the Cross of Coronado, the robbers tell the sheriff that Indiana was the thief, and he is forced to return it. Indiana’s father, Henry, remains oblivious as he researches the Holy Grail, keeping meticulous notes in a diary that contains his life’s research into its whereabouts. The leader of the robbers, dressed similarly to the future Indiana and impressed by his tenacity, gives Indiana his fedora and some encouraging words. In 1938, Indiana recovers the cross from the robbers and donates it to Marcus Brody’s museum.

Indiana is taken to meet Walter Donovan at his penthouse in New York City. Donovan informs him that Indiana’s father has vanished while searching for the Grail, having used partial directions from an incomplete stone tablet as a guide. Indiana receives Henry’s Grail diary in the mail. Understanding that his father would not have sent the diary unless he was in trouble, Indiana and Marcus travel to Venice, where they meet Henry’s colleague, Dr. Elsa Schneider. Indiana and Elsa discover catacombs beneath the library where Henry was last seen, finding the tomb of Sir Richard—a knight of the First Crusade who is buried with a complete version of the tablet. The tablet provides a datum in the form of Д°skenderun, Hatay, allowing Indiana to interpret the remaining directions. Indiana and Elsa flee when the catacombs are set aflame by the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword. Indiana captures the cult’s leader, Kazim, who explains that the Brotherhood has guarded the secret of the Grail for centuries. Indiana explains that he only wants to find his father, so Kazim tells him that Henry was taken to a castle on the Austrian-German border.

The Joneses, Marcus and Sallah arrive to find that the Nazis are unable to pass through three “trials”—booby traps guarding the Grail. The four are discovered, and Donovan fatally wounds Henry with a gunshot to force Indiana to seek the Grail for its healing powers. Indiana finds ways past the traps using information from the diary; Donovan and Elsa follow. Indiana meets the last Knight of the First Crusade—kept alive by the power of the Grail—who has hidden the Grail among many false Grails that will kill anyone who drinks from them. Elsa selects a golden cup for Donovan, but when he drinks water from it, he rapidly ages and decomposes. Indiana, recognizing that Christ’s cup would be that of a carpenter, drinks from a wooden chalice—the Grail. He uses it to take water to his father, healing his gunshot wound instantly. Despite the Knight’s having warned them not to take the Grail from the temple, Elsa attempts to do so, causing the temple to collapse. Elsa drops the Grail and falls into a chasm attempting to recover it. Indiana almost meets the same fate until his father tells him to let it go. The Joneses, Marcus and Sallah flee the temple and ride into the sunset, after Henry reveals to the group that “Indiana” was the name of the family dog.