Ferris Bueller s Day Off

  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Tom Jacobson
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Edie McClurg

High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school on a spring day by faking an illness to his parents (Lyman Ward and Cindy Pickett), then encourages his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his pessimistic best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to spend the day in Chicago as one of their last flings before they head off to different colleges. Ferris persuades Cameron to let them use his father’s restored convertible 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California to travel into the city. The rest of the school and many residents learn of Ferris’s exaggerated illness and offer donations to help “Save Ferris”. Only two people are not convinced by Ferris’s deception: his often sarcastic sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), outraged at Ferris’s ability to defy authority easily, and the school’s Dean of Students, Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), who believes Ferris to be truant.

Ferris and his friends arrive downtown and leave the Ferrari with two garage attendants (Richard Edson and Larry Jenkins), who drive off in it a short while later to take a joyride. Ferris, Sloane and Cameron enjoy many sights of the city, including taking in a game at Wrigley Field, visiting the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taking part in the Von Steuben Day Parade, with Ferris lip-syncing to “Danke Schoen” and The Beatles’ version of “Twist and Shout.” Ferris also uses his ploys to pretend he is Abe Froeman, the Sausage King of Chicago, to dine at an upscale restaurant, Chez Quis, on Rush Street (while narrowly avoiding Ferris’s father, who is on his way to lunch with business associates).

As the credits are rolling, Mr. Rooney in his disheveled state is invited by the bus driver to catch a ride back to school on a school bus as it drives students home. And in the tag at the very end of the credits, Ferris emerges from the bathroom, pleading directly with the audience, “You’re still here? It’s over! Go home! Go!” before he turns around and goes into the bathroom again.

Beetle Juice

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: David Geffen, Larry Wilson, Michael Bender, Richard Hashimoto
  • Writers: Story, Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson, Screenplay, Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O Hara, Jeffrey Jones

Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) Maitland decide to spend their vacation decorating their idyllic New England country home. While the young couple is driving back from town, Barbara swerves to avoid a dog wandering the roadway, and crashes through a covered bridge, plunging into the river below. They return home but realize they cannot exactly recall how they got there. When Adam attempts to leave the house to retrace his steps, he finds himself in a strange otherworldly dimension referred to as Saturn, which happens to be covered in sand and populated by enormous sand worms, which he abruptly encounters. Based on the fact they have no visible reflection in the mirror and are unable to leave their house, the Maitlands realize that they might not have survived the crash. A book entitled Handbook for the Recently Deceased confirms the couple’s suspicion that they are, in fact, dead.

The Maitlands’ peace is later disrupted when their house is sold and the obnoxious new residents, the Deetzes, arrive from New York City. The new family consists of Charles (Jeffrey Jones), aspiring sculptor and Charles’ second wife Delia (Catherine O’Hara), and Charles’s goth daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder). Under the guidance of interior designer Otho (Glenn Shadix), the Deetzes transform the house into a gaudy piece of pastel-toned modern art. Although the Maitlands remain invisible to Charles and Delia, their daughter Lydia can see the ghost couple and befriends them.

In an attempt to contact the Maitlands, the Deetzes hold a seance that summons the couple, but begins to visibly harm them. A desperate Lydia summons Betelgeuse, agreeing to marry him if he saves the Maitlands. Betelgeuse disposes of Charles’ co-workers and releases the Maitlands from the spell, but then conjures a ghostly priest to wed him to Lydia. The Maitlands narrowly stop the ceremony before it can be completed, and Betelgeuse is devoured by one of the Saturn sandworms. The Deetzes and the Maitlands decide to live together in harmony and share the home. At the film’s conclusion, Betelgeuse is seen waiting in the afterlife reception waiting room, where he unwisely angers a witch doctor who shrinks his head.

Sleepy Hollow

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Scott Rudin, Adam Schroeder, Francis Ford Coppola, Larry J Franco
  • Writers: Washington Irving, Kevin Yagher, Andrew Kevin Walker, Tom Stoppard
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery
  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Christopher Lee, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Christopher Walken

In 1799, New York City police constable Ichabod Crane is dispatched by his superiors to the Hudson Highlands hamlet of Sleepy Hollow, to investigate a series of brutal slayings in which the victims have been found beheaded. A frequent user of new, though so far unproven investigative techniques such as finger-printing and autopsies, Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow armed with his bag of scientific tools only to be informed by the town’s elders that the murderer is not of flesh and blood, rather a headless supernatural warrior from beyond the grave who rides at night on a massive black steed.

Crane does not believe them and begins his own investigation, until he comes face to “face” with the Headless Horseman. Boarding a room at the home of the town’s richest family, the Van Tassels, Crane develops an attraction to their daughter, the mysterious Katrina, even as he’s plagued by nightmares of his mother’s horrific torture when he was a child.

Delving further into the mystery with the aid of the orphaned Young Masbeth, whose father was a victim of the Horseman, Crane discovers within the Western Woods both the Horseman’s entry point between this world and the beyond, the gnarled Tree of the Dead, and his grave.

He finds the Horseman’s skull is missing though the murders continue until Crane uncovers a murky plot revolving around revenge and land rights with the Horseman controlled by Katrina’s stepmother, Lady Van Tassel, who sends the killer after her. Following a fight in the local windmill and a stagecoach chase through the woods, Crane eventually thwarts Lady Van Tassel by returning the skull to the Horseman, who regains his head and heads back to Hell along with her. His job in Sleepy Hollow completed, Crane returns to New York with Katrina and Young Masbeth in time for the new century.

Dr Dolittle 2

  • Directors: Steve Carr
  • Producers: John Davis, Neil A Machlis, Aldric La Auli Porter, Heidi Santelli, Joseph Singer
  • Writers: Hugh Lofting, Larry Levin
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Steve Zahn, Norm Macdonald, Lisa Kudrow, Jeffrey Jones, Kevin Pollak, Kyla Pratt

The movie starts out with Lucky the Dog (voiced by Norm Macdonald) explaining John Dolittle’s (Eddie Murphy) gift of talking to animals. John comes home from France and gives his wife a present from Paris while he was on talk shows and other things about his gift. He also gives his daughter, Maya (Kyla Pratt), a chameleon, named Pepito, from Mexico.

Meanwhile, John then teaches Archie and Lucky to be the strongest males in their species, though the training goes to trouble when John accidentally scolds Lisa and then, unwittingly ignores her for the next few days. Then, John tells Archie that he will win Ava’s heart, by challenging a fight to her boyfriend, the tough, western-accented Kodiak Bear, Sonny.

Then, every animal in the forest watches as John dances with Lisa and the two attempt to embrace but Lucky accidentally blows it, making John angrily getting the animals away from the cabin and Lisa dumps him by making him sleep on the couch. Then, Archie attempts to get Ava’s attention by singing her a song while imitating John in a smooth voice and on a tree branch but blows his attempt when he is too heavy for the branch to hold and he falls down.

The film then ends as Charisse and her father getting closer than ever and helping Pepito with his blending problems, Lucky once again winning the affection of the female wolf and cubs being raised by Archie and Ava, though the brother-sister duo are taught by Archie on how to sing and dance.

Ed Wood

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi
  • Writers: Screenplay, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Book, Rudolph Grey
  • Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Patricia Arquette, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie, Bill Murray

The film opens showing Edward D. Wood, Jr. struggling to join the film industry. Upon hearing of an announcement in Variety that producer George Weiss is trying to purchase Christine Jorgensen’s life story, Ed is inspired to meet Weiss in person. Weiss explains that Variety’s announcement was a news leak, and it is impossible to purchase Jorgensen’s rights. The producer decides to ‘fictionalize’ the film (titled I Changed My Sex!), and “do it without the shemale”. Meanwhile, Ed becomes a friend of his longtime idol BГ©la Lugosi, after spotting him trying out a coffin in an undertakers. With BГ©la set to ‘star’, Ed convinces Weiss that he is perfect to direct the film because he is a transvestite.

Ed and Weiss argue over the film’s title, Weiss has already had the poster printed, which Ed changes to Glen or Glenda. The shoot finishes on Glen or Glenda, and Ed is enthusiastic that he starred, directed, wrote and produced his own film. Glen or Glenda is released to critical and financial failure. Ed is unsuccessful in getting a job at Warner Bros., a producer there tells him Glen or Glenda is the worst film he has ever seen, but Ed’s girlfriend, Dolores Fuller, tells him that he is not “studio material”, and that he should find independent backers for his next film, Bride of the Atom. Ed is unsuccessful in finding money for Bride of the Atom, but is introduced to the psychic The Amazing Criswell.

Ed convinces Reynolds that funding Ed’s script for Grave Robbers from Outer Space would result in a box office success, and generate enough money to make all of the Twelve Apostles films. Dr. Tom Mason, Kathy’s chiropractor, is chosen to be BГ©la’s stand-in. However, Wood and the Baptists begins having conflicts over the title and content of the script (which is changed to Plan 9 from Outer Space), Wood’s B movie directing style, his casting decisions and his transvestism. This causes a distressed Ed to leave the set and immediately take a taxi to the nearest bar, where he encounters his idol Orson Welles. Welles tells Ed that “visions are worth fighting for”, and filming for Plan 9 finishes with Ed taking action against his producers. The film ends with the premiere of Plan 9, and Ed and Kathy taking off to Las Vegas, Nevada to get married.