Predator

  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon, John Davis
  • Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall

The film opens with a mysterious spacecraft entering Earth’s atmosphere, then focuses on the coast of Guatemala, where a joint task force, led by Major Alan “Dutch” Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is assigned to rescue a presidential cabinet minister kidnapped by guerrilla forces in Val Verde. Dutch’s old military buddy and now CIA officer, George Dillon (Carl Weathers), steps in as a liaison. The team is then inserted by helicopter to their destination within the jungle.

As they progress, the team finds the wreckage of a downed helicopter and later the remains of several skinned bodies. They are identified to be an Army Special Forces team, whose presence in the country mystifies Dutch. They soon make their way to a heavily defended rebel encampment and take out its inhabitants in short order, except for a girl named Anna (Elpidia Carrillo) whom they take prisoner. Dutch is enraged to discover the rescue mission had been a setup to get his group to destroy the camp, after Dillon confesses that the men they found earlier disappeared in a failed rescue mission of two CIA agents.

As the team make their way to the extraction point, they are observed from afar by an unknown creature using thermal imaging. After two members of the team are mysteriously slain, the survivors become aware that something in the jungle is stalking them. Anna delivers insight into the creature, which has apparently become a local legend for hunting humans as trophies. Despite attempts to track down and trap the creature, the team is slowly killed off one by one, until only Dutch and Anna remain. Realizing the creature only kills those possessing weapons, a wounded Dutch sends Anna unarmed to the extraction point. Dutch narrowly escapes the creature – revealed to be a masked, bipedal alien – by accidentally covering himself in mud, which hides his body’s heat signature.

Dutch confronts the creature one last time, using more mud as camouflage and a number of improvised weapons and traps to kill it. The creature, hearing Dutch’s war-cry, arrives, but despite having its cloaking ability disabled in an attack, manages to capture him. Then, in a display of chivalry, the creature challenges Dutch to a final duel in hand-to-hand combat, unveiling its monstrous face and discarding its electronic weaponry before brutally beating him. Once cornered, Dutch manages to drop the counterweight from one of his traps, which falls and crushes the creature. As Dutch asks the mortally wounded alien what it is, the creature mimics his question (in garbled English) and then activates a time bomb on its wrist device while laughing maniacally. Dutch runs for cover as a massive explosion destroys the creature and nearby jungle. Anna and the rescue helicopter finally arrive to pick up Dutch and head back to base.

The Warriors

  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon
  • Writers: Sol Yurick, David Shaber, Walter Hill
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Michael Beck, James Remar, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, David Patrick Kelly

Cyrus, the leader of the most powerful gang in New York City, the Gramercy Riffs, calls a midnight summit for all the area gangs, with all asked to send nine unarmed representatives for the conclave in Van Cortlandt Park. The Warriors, from Coney Island, Brooklyn, are one such gang.

The eloquent and intelligent Cyrus (Roger Hill) tells the assembled crowd that a permanent citywide truce would allow the gangs to control the city, pointing out there are 60,000 of them and only 20,000 officers in the NYPD. Most of the gangs laud his idea, but members of The Rogues gang, who have smuggled a gun in, pass it to their leader, Luther (David Patrick Kelly), who then kills Cyrus. Panic ensues. Luther is seen in the act by one of the Warriors, Fox (Thomas G. Waites). Immediately after, the NYPD rushes in from all sides. During the chaos, Luther screams that the Warriors are responsible for killing Cyrus. While the Riffs beat the Warriors’ leader Cleon (Dorsey Wright), the other eight Warriors escape the melee and debate their next move, knowing they are deep in enemy territory.

Meanwhile, the other locally-based gangs regroup at their respective headquarters. Masai (Edward Sewer), second-in-command of the Riffs, takes charge as their new leader, and declares a bounty on the Warriors. This sets the entire city’s gang population out hunting for them, with a seemingly omniscient radio DJ (Lynne Thigpen) reporting on the events.

The DJ makes her final appearance and informs everyone that the early reports were wrong. She announces that she is sorry for the Warriors and that “The only thing we can do is play you a song.” She plays them Joe Walsh’s “In The City” as the Warriors walk down their hometown beach with Mercy.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider

  • Directors: Simon West
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Colin Wilson
  • Writers: Screenplay, Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Story, Sara B Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Simon West
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig

The film opens with Croft in an Egyptian tomb, seeking a diamond at one end of a chamber. As she approaches she is attacked by a large robot. After an intense chase and battle, she disables it by ripping out its motivational circuits. She takes the diamond, which is revealed to be a memory card labeled ‘Lara’s Party Mix,’ and inserts it into a laptop computer inside the robot, whereupon it plays music. Now it is revealed that the scene took place in a practice arena in Croft’s home, and that her assistant, Bryce, programmed the robot, to challenge her in combat.

It is the day of the first phase of a planetary alignment, culminating in a solar eclipse on the Earth, which happens once every 5,000 years. In Venice, the Illuminati search for a key to rejoin halves of “the triangle,” which must be done by the final phase of the alignment. Mr. Powell, an Illuminati member, assures that they are almost ready, but in reality he has no idea where to find the key.

Croft’s butler, Hillary, tries to interest her in several projects, but she ignores them. 15 May, as Hillary is aware, is the day that Croft’s father disappeared many years earlier. She has not recovered from his loss.

At the mansion, Hillary and Bryce are shocked to see Croft wearing a dress. She goes into the garden to her father’s memorial, then returns inside, where Bryce has a reprogrammed SIMON, ready to challenge Croft once again. Hillary reveals a silver tray holding Croft’s pistols, which she takes with a smile.

Watchmen

  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder
  • Writers: David Hayter, Alex Tse, Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie

The story takes place in an alternate timeline in which masked, costumed heros fight crime in America, originally in response to a rise in masked and costumed gangs and criminals. In the 1930s and ’40s, some of the vigilantes formed a group called the Minutemen to “finish what the law couldn’t.” Of the eight Minutemen, three died violently, one disappeared, and one was committed to an asylum. Decades later, a second generation of “superheroes” attempts to form a similar team called the Watchmen. Various historical events are shown to have been altered by the existence of superheroes, such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War. The American victory in Vietnam, due to the intervention of the godlike being Doctor Manhattan, leads to Richard Nixon’s third term as President following the repeal of term limits in the United States. By the 1980s, however, the Watchmen have been outlawed by Congress after an outpouring of anti-vigilante sentiment in the country, and tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union have escalated the Cold War with threats of nuclear attack.

By 1985, only three Watchmen remain active: the Comedian and Doctor Manhattan, both of whom act with government sanction, and the masked vigilante Rorschach, who refuses to retire and remains active illegally. Investigating the murder of government agent Edward Blake, Rorschach discovers that Blake was the Comedian, and concludes that someone may be trying to eliminate the Watchmen. He attempts to warn his retired comrades—his former partner Daniel Dreiberg (Nite Owl), the emotionally detached Dr. Jonathan Osterman (Doctor Manhattan), and Dr. Manhattan’s lover Laurie Jupiter (the Silk Spectre). Dreiberg is skeptical, but nonetheless relates the hypothesis to billionaire Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias), who dismisses it.

With the end of the Cold War and the uniting of humanity, Jupiter and Dreiberg return to New York City as it’s being rebuilt to begin a new life together. The film closes with a newspaper editor in New York complaining of having nothing worthwhile to print because of the worldwide peace. He tells a young employee that he may print whatever he likes from a collection of crank mailings, among which lies Rorschach’s journal.

Tales of the Black Freighter

  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder
  • Writers: David Hayter, Alex Tse, Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore
  • Genres: Animation, Short, Horror
  • Actors: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie

The story takes place in an alternate timeline in which masked, costumed vigilantes fight crime in America, originally in response to a rise in masked and costumed gangs and criminals. In the 1930s and ’40s, the vigilantes formed a group called the Minutemen to “finish what the law couldn’t.” Of the eight Minutemen, three died violently, one disappeared, and one was committed to an asylum. Decades later, a second generation of “superheroes” attempts to form a similar team called the Watchmen. Various historical events are shown to have been altered by the existence of superheroes, such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War. The American victory in Vietnam, due to the intervention of the godlike being Doctor Manhattan, leads to Richard Nixon’s third term as President following the repeal of term limits in the United States. By the 1980s, however, the Watchmen have been outlawed by Congress after an outpouring of anti-vigilante sentiment in the country, and tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union have escalated the Cold War with threats of nuclear attack.

By 1985, only three Watchmen remain active: the Comedian and Doctor Manhattan, both of whom act with government sanction, and the masked vigilante Rorschach, who refuses to retire and remains active illegally. Investigating the murder of government agent Edward Blake, Rorschach discovers that Blake was the Comedian, and concludes that someone may be trying to eliminate the Watchmen. He attempts to warn his retired comrades—his former partner Daniel Dreiberg (Nite Owl), the emotionally detached Dr. Jonathan Osterman (Doctor Manhattan), and Dr. Manhattan’s lover Laurie Jupiter (the Silk Spectre). Dreiberg is skeptical, but nonetheless relates the hypothesis to billionaire Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias), who dismisses it.

With the end of the Cold War and the uniting of humanity, Jupiter and Dreiberg return to New York City as it’s being rebuilt to begin a new life together. The film closes with a newspaper editor in New York complaining of having nothing worthwhile to print because of the worldwide peace. He tells a young employee that he may print whatever he likes from a collection of crank mailings, among which lies Rorschach’s journal.

Hellboy

  • Directors: Guillermo del Toro
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson
  • Writers: Screenplay, Guillermo del Toro, Story, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Briggs, Comic Book, Mike Mignola
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Actors: Ron Perlman, Rupert Evans, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Ladislav Beran, John Hurt, Jeffrey Tambor

In 1944, the Nazis work with the undead Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin on an isolated island off the coast of Scotland to build a dimensional portal. They intend to use it, with Rasputin’s help, to awaken the Ogdru Jahad, monstrous entities that have been imprisoned and asleep since an undisclosed time, to destroy their enemies. But Rasputin secretly intends to use the entities to bring about the destruction of the entire Earth. He is aided by his servant, Ilsa von Haupstein, to whom he has granted eternal life, and Nazi Lieutenant Colonel Karl Ruprecht Kroenen, Hitler’s top assassin and head of the Thule Occult Society. The United States sends a small Army team to destroy the portal, guided by a young doctor, Professor Trevor Broom (professor Bruttenholm in the comics)[3], who is well-versed in the occult. In the ensuing battle, the German scientists and soldiers are killed and the portal is destroyed, in the process absorbing and apparently killing Rasputin. Ilsa and Kroenen escape capture. As the Army team surveys the ruins for anything that may have sneaked into their dimension through the portal, they discover an infant demon with a stone right hand. Broom coaxes it into his arms with a Baby Ruth candy bar. The soldiers affectionately name the little creature “Hellboy.”

Finally, the film ends with a humorous mid-credits scene, where a forgotten and frightened Manning is lost several levels down in the dank and dim halls of the mausoleum, listening to maybe the rustle of footsteps, and looking to see if there’s anyone around.

Boogie Nights

  • Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Producers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
  • Writers: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore

Handsome but naïve high school dropout Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), emotionally abused by his domineering, alcoholic mother, is discovered by porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) at a suburban club owned by Maurice Rodríguez (Luis Guzmán). He then gives himself the screen name of Dirk Diggler, whose extraordinary endowment and youthful charisma make him an instant award-winning star in the adult entertainment business. His success allows him to buy a new house, an extensive wardrobe, and his most prized possession: an orange Chevrolet Corvette. Aware of Jack’s goal of making films that draw audience members with their plots as much as their sex scenes, Dirk and his best friend/fellow porn star Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), who aspires to be a magician, suggest a series of action films starring themselves as Brock Landers and Chest Rockwell. The film series become a runaway success.

Assistant director Little Bill (William H. Macy) is married to a porn star (Nina Hartley) who constantly humiliates him by having sex, frequently in public, with other men. At a New Year’s Eve party marking the start of the 1980s, he shoots her and her lover and then turns the gun on himself in front of the guests. This marks a major turning point, as most of the characters’ lives take a turn for the worse as the new decade begins. The film moves from one character to another, showing their attempts to make lives for themselves in the adult film industry and their failures when they leave it. Jack’s porn empire flounders after his main source of funding, Colonel James (Robert Ridgely), is imprisoned for possession of child pornography. His new financier, Floyd Gondoli (Philip Baker Hall), insists on cutting costs by shooting on videotape, a format that Jack detests. He is also unhappy with the lack of scripts and character development in the projects Gondoli expects him to churn out as quickly as possible. He tries to revitalize his career by having Rollergirl (Heather Graham) ride with him in a limousine while they search for random strangers to have sex with her in the back seat while a crew tapes it. When the man they choose insults Rollergirl and rudely tells Jack his movies aren’t good anymore, Jack and Rollergirl severely beat him and leave him bleeding and half-conscious on the street.

Now addicted to cocaine and methamphetamine, Dirk finds it increasingly difficult to achieve an erection and frequently falls into violent mood swings. He has a falling out with Jack during a film shoot, and he and Reed decide to pursue their dream of rock and roll stardom, a move supported by Scotty (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a gay boom operator who adores and emulates Dirk. However, their addictions lead them to squander all their money and render them unable to pay the recording studio for the demo tapes. Desperate for money, Dirk tries to prostitute himself with a man, but he is assaulted and robbed by a gang of thugs in a homophobic assault. Dirk, Reed and their friend Todd (Thomas Jane) attempt to scam Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina) by selling him a half-kilo of baking soda disguised as cocaine for $5,000, and Todd is killed in an ensuing gunfight. Frightened by his brush with death and weary of his wasteful existence, Dirk reconciles with Jack. The film ends with several characters living in Jack’s house as their own version of a family.

Die Hard 2

  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Producers: Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Walter Wager, Steven E De Souza, Doug Richardson
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Reginald VelJohnson, John Leguizamo

John McClane, while waiting on Christmas Eve at Washington Dulles International Airport for his wife Holly to arrive from Los Angeles, spots a group of men dressed in army fatigues and passing a package between them. Following two of them into the baggage area, McClane ends up in a fight, killing one of them, but the other one escapes. McClane, believing that some scheme is about to happen, reports the incident to airport security, lead by Captain Carmine Lorenzo, but his concerns are ignored. McClane contacts his friend, LAPD Officer Al Powell, who helps him to identify the corpse as a professional elite soldier previously reported dead, confirming McClane’s suspicions.

Meanwhile, U.S. Army Colonel Stuart and his men have secured a small church near the airport, and sets up a base of operations. They are able to take over control of the airport’s air traffic control, preventing the tower from communicating with incoming planes. Stuart demands that they be allowed to rescue Ramon Esperanza, a drug lord and dictator of a South American country named Val Verde, being flown in to the United States for trial, as well as having a Boeing 747 prepared for Ramon, Stuart, and his men to leave the country. Stuart insists that any unauthorized attempt to communicate with the planes would be met with dire consequences. In the control tower, Leslie Barnes, communications director for the airport, comes up with the idea of using a radio in the unfinished airport annex; Barnes along with a SWAT team move towards the annex. McClane overhears this, and with the help of Marvin the janitor, tries to get to the annex before Barnes, expecting there to be a trap. McClane’s intuition proves correct as the SWAT team is killed in a gunfight, but McClane is able to arrive in time to save Barnes’ life. Before Barnes can get to the radio tower, Stuart blows it up and then fulfills his promise by altering the altitude reading on one of the arriving plane’s Instrument Landing System, taking the guise of the Dulles’ control tower to give the plane permission to land. Despite McClane’s efforts to warn off the plane on the ground, the plane, unable to see the ground due to poor visibility, crashes into the runway, killing all on board.

Lorenzo decides to drive McClane to the plane to stop the mercenaries and Esperanza from escaping, but the panicking crowds along with traffic prompts McClane to go on his own. Soon however, McClane comes across a local news team reporting the story that was willing to get him to the plane aboard their helicopter. McClane is able to get onto the wing of Stuart’s plane with their help, and attempts to prevent it from taking off by wedging open the flaps. Stuart and Major Grant go onto the wing to remove the blockage. However, McClane fights with Grant, getting him sucked into one of the plane’s engines and killed, but Stuart easily thrashes McClane. But before being thrown off the wing, McClane manages to open the fuel tanks on the wing, spilling a trail of jet fuel along the runway. Just as the plane takes off, McClane ignites the fuel trail with his cigarette lighter, causing the plane to explode, killing everyone on board. The planes overhead, including Holly’s, use the flaming trail as their landing lights, and all the planes are able to land safely. McClane reunites with Holly, Thornburg, for his beyond extreme selfishness and not caring about the lives he put at risk, is fired (off-screen), and John and Holly are driven off together by Marvin.

Event Horizon

  • Directors: Paul W S Anderson
  • Producers: Jeremy Bolt, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
  • Writers: Philip Eisner, Uncredited, Andrew Kevin Walker
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T Jones, Jack Noseworthy

In the year 2047, a signal from the starship Event Horizon is picked up on Earth. The ship had disappeared without trace beyond Neptune in 2040; her loss was considered the worst space disaster on record. The ship has reappeared in a decaying orbit around the planet Neptune, and the rescue ship Lewis and Clark is dispatched to investigate. The ship’s crew is commanded by Capt. Miller (Laurence Fishburne) and carries the Event Horizon’s designer, Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill).

When the Lewis and Clark arrives, the crew are informed by Dr. Weir that the Event Horizon had actually been built to test a secret, experimental gravity drive. The drive would create an artificial black hole to bridge two points in space to significantly reduce journey time. The ship had been on its initial test flight, intended to reach Proxima Centauri; it subsequently vanished without a trace. Weir plays to the crew the only signal received since the ship’s reappearance, spoken by ship’s captain, Cpt. Kilpack, which is a series of confusing screams and shouts, embedded in which is the Latin phrase liberate me (“save me”).

Upon approaching the drifting vessel, no definitive trace of human life is found; inconclusive sensor readings lead the Lewis and Clark’s crew to enter the Event Horizon to search for survivors. Inside, the crew split up and Medical Tech Peters (Kathleen Quinlan) discovers a frozen human corpse floating on the bridge, with both eyes gouged out. Engineer Justin (Jack Noseworthy) enters the ship’s core and sees a black, liquid-like mirror within its drive; it sucks him inside as he touches it and emits a large shock wave, damaging the Lewis and Clark. Rescue Tech Cooper (Richard T. Jones) manages to pull Justin out of the core by his tether, but he is catatonic.

The ship explodes at the neck and splits in two. The gravity drive then activates, pulling the rear of the ship into a wormhole. Starck and Cooper, with a comatose Justin, survive in the remaining forward decks and place themselves into stasis. Starck has a nightmare of a mutilated Dr. Weir rescuing her, and is awakened in a distraught state by the real rescue team as the film ends.

Die Hard

  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver, Charles Gordon, Beau Marks
  • Writers: Novel, Roderick Thorp, Screenplay, Jeb Stuart, Steven E de Souza
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason

John McClane, a detective with the New York City Police Department, arrives in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to try to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly Gerraro. McClane is driven to the Nakatomi Plaza building at Holly’s company’s expense by a limo drier named Argyle. McClane is welcomed to their Christmas party and takes a moment to refresh himself from the flight in a bathroom. The party is disrupted by the arrival of a dozen terrorists led by Hans Gruber who quickly secure the party goers as hostages. McClane quietly slips into the ventilation system before he is discovered to try to learn more, and discover that Gruber is simply trying to steal $640 million in bearer bonds from the Nakatomi vault. When the Nakatomi president Joseph Takagi refuses to reveal the passcodes to the vault, Gruber kills him, and then orders Theo, his technical man, to begin breaking through all but the final electromagnetic lock on the vault, promising that he will handle the last lock.

McClane quietly moves through the building, killing terrorists that he encounters, and learns more of their motives while acquiring a two-way radio, C4 explosives and detonators off the body of one terrorist he kills. McClane manages to use the radio to attract the attention of LAPD Sergeant Al Powell and uses a terrorist corpse dropped onto his patrol car to convince him that something is amiss. McClane uses the pseudonym “Roy Rogers” to avoid revealing his identity to the terrorists while explaining the situation to Powell as the police and SWAT team arrive. McClane and Powell are unable to prevent the SWAT team from entering an ambush set by the terrorists, but McClane manages to minimize the damage by sending some C4 explosive down the elevator shaft to wipe out the terrorists firing on the SWAT team. McClane refuses to reveal himself when Gruber threatens and proceeds to kill Harry Ellis, one of Holly’s coworkers who tried to negotiate a deal for his release. The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrive, and order power to the Plaza shut down. Gruber reveals this was his plan all along as the final electromagnetic lock on the vault is disengaged, and Theo begins to collect the bonds.

McClane and Holly are escorted out of the building and meet Powell in person. When one of the terrorists is found still alive and bearing down on McClane, Powell fires and kills him. When Thornburg and his crew arrive to get the exclusive story, Holly punches him in the face. McClane and Holly are driven off by Argyle.