• Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Producers: Lewis J Rachmil, Craig Zadan
  • Writers: Dean Pitchford
  • Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow

Upbeat teenager Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon),who was raised in Chicago, moves to an uptight and old fashioned Iowa town because of financial problems. Soon, he finds the local city council has banned dancing and rock music. Ren tries to fit in, but it is hard enough being from the city, and the law makes that harder. Ren becomes stressed out, since dancing was the only way to get rid of stress, leading him and his friends to do it secretly, and teach people to dance. Ren soon begins to fall for a free-spirited girl named Ariel Moore, who has a boyfriend, named Chuck Cranston, who only is dating Ariel to get into her pants, and a conservative father named Reverand Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) who is a big authority figure for the town, and because of his hatred of rock and roll, is responsible for the law. Ren and his classmates want to do away with the law, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the law and awaken the spirit of the townspeople. But, Reverand Shaw Moore has other plans.


  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Producers: Renny Harlin, Alan Marshall
  • Writers: John Long, Michael France, Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Leon, Paul Winfield, and Ralph Waite

In the opening scene, hotshot mountain climber and rescue worker Gabe Walker (Sylvester Stallone) meets with his friends Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker) and Jessie Deighan (Janine Turner) on a narrow peak in the Rocky Mountains. While moving from one mountaintop to another via a steel cable, Hal’s girlfriend Sarah’s (Michelle Joyner) harness breaks and she is left dangling over a deep chasm. While the others frantically come up with a solution, Gabe straps himself in and goes out to save Sarah, but is unsuccessful as she falls to her death at the bottom of a mountain.

Months later, Gabe returns to town for the first time since Sarah’s funeral. Overcome with guilt over having lost Sarah, Gabe has returned only to pack up his remaining possessions so he can leave permanently. However, a radio distress call comes in to the local rescue center where Hal and Jessie still work. Hal heads off to find the stranded climbers while Jessie pleads with Gabe to join Hal’s rescue attempt. Battling his inner demons, Gabe meets Hal on the mountain, where the latter, still angry with Gabe for being unsuccessful at saving Sarah, lashes out and almost throws Gabe off the cliff.

Communicating by radio, Qualen and Gabe make a deal to exchange Jessie for the money Gabe collected from the third case. Qualen releases Jessie, but Gabe throws the bag of money into the helicopter’s rotors. In the following confusion, Qualen’s helicopter falls precariously against the side of the mountain, suspended by a steel cable. Gabe and Qualen fight atop the dangling wreck. Gabe manages to jump off as the wreckage plummets several thousand feet, carrying Qualen with it. After which, Tucker quotes “If you’re looking for Qualen, look about 4000 feet south of here. He’ll be the one wearing a Helicopter.” The film ends as Gabe, Hal, and Jessie are found by federal agents and rescued.

Terms of Endearment

  • Directors: James L Brooks
  • Producers: James L Brooks
  • Writers: James L Brooks, Larry McMurtry
  • Genres: Romance, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow

The film is about the thirty-year mother-daughter relationship between two women: stubborn brunette Emma (Debra Winger) and her devoted, possessive, blond, widowed mother Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine).

Before the opening credits, the film portrays Aurora as a worried, new mother who checks on her baby every five minutes in the middle of the night and imagines the worst. In the baby’s bedroom, she stares at the crib of her infant daughter and imagines crib death: “Rudyard, she’s not breathing.” She shakes her baby out of its quiet and peaceful sleep, causing the infant to wail — and Aurora to claim: “That’s better.”

Later, as a young adult, Emma rebels against Aurora’s attentions, and against her advice marries literature student Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels). As the independent-minded, individualistic Emma is getting in the car with her family to move from Houston, Texas to Des Moines, Iowa, away from her managing mother, she tells her:

As they suffer from unpaid bills (in a wrenching supermarket scene, young Teddy (Huckleberry Fox) hands back a Clark candy bar to the checkout clerk with a simple: “I don’t need it”), young mother Emma also discovers that her feckless husband, a college literature professor, is unfaithful and sleeping with one of his graduate students, and she retaliates with her own brief affair with a timid Iowa bank officer Sam Burns (John Lithgow).

After the funeral, Garrett supportively pays special attention to Emma’s long-neglected son.


  • Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
  • Producers: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Aron Warner, John H Williams
  • Writers: Screenplay, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger S H Schulman, Book, William Steig
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Shrek, an ogre that has always enjoyed living in peaceful solitude in his swamp, finds his life disrupted when numerous fairy tale beings, including the talkative Donkey, are forced into the swamp by order of Lord Farquaad. Shrek decides to travel the country to see Farquaad to try to regain his privacy, with Donkey tagging along. The two make it to Farquaad’s palace in DuLoc and come across a knight tournament to decide who will rescue Princess Fiona from a castle surrounded by lava and protected by a fire-breathing dragon, so that Farquaad may marry her. Shrek and Donkey easily best the other knights, and Farquaad agrees to nullify his order if Shrek goes on to rescue Fiona, a deal that Shrek agrees to.

Shrek and Donkey travel to the castle and split up to find Fiona. Donkey manages to encounter the dragon, sweet-talking the beast to save himself when he finds out the dragon is female, and she takes a liking to Donkey, taking him back to her chambers. When Shrek finds Fiona, she is appalled at his lack of romanticism. As they are leaving, Shrek manages to save Donkey, caught in the dragon’s tender love, and causing the dragon to become irate, chasing Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey out of the castle but unable to follow. At first, Fiona is thrilled to be rescued but quickly becomes disgusted to find out that Shrek is an ogre. The three make their return journey to Farquaad’s palace, with Shrek and Fiona finding they have more in common with each other along the way, and falling in love. However, at night, Fiona refuses to camp with them, taking shelter in a nearby cave until morning.

Shrek finds that despite his privacy he is miserable, and misses Fiona. Donkey shows up to tell him that Fiona will be getting married shortly, urging Shrek into action to gain Fiona’s true love. They are able to travel to the fortress quickly thanks to Dragon, who escaped her confines and followed Donkey. They interrupt the wedding before Farquaad can kiss Fiona, but not before the sun sets, causing Fiona to turn into an ogre in front of everyone (this causes Shrek to realise the mistake he made earlier). Farquaad, furious and disgusted over the change, orders Shrek and Fiona killed, but Dragon bursts in and gobbles up Farquaad whole, causing the other knights to flee. Shrek and Fiona admit their love for each other and share a kiss; Fiona is bathed in light as her curse is broken, but leaving her as an ogre, a form she was not expecting but that Shrek finds beautiful. The two get married and depart on their honeymoon, while Donkey and Dragon continue their relationship.