Death at a Funeral

  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Dean Craig
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Keith David, Ron Glass, Kevin Hart

When Aaron’s father passes away, his family and friends join him at his father’s funeral resulting in a series of comedic and unfortunate events.

Bottle Rocket

  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Producers: Polly Platt, Cynthia Hargrave, Barbara Boyle, James L Brooks, Richard Sakai, Michael Taylor, David Jones, Andrew Wilson
  • Writers: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson
  • Genres: Short, Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, James Caan, Robert Musgrave, Lumi Cavazos

The film centers on a group of aimless young men from a wealthy Texas community. As the movie opens, Dignan (Owen Wilson) “rescues” Anthony (Luke Wilson) from a voluntary mental hospital where he has been staying for self-described exhaustion. Dignan has an elaborate escape planned and has developed a 75-year plan, which he shows to Anthony on the escape bus. The plan is to pull off several heists and then meet Mr. Henry, a landscapist and part-time criminal known to Dignan.

The two friends waste no time in breaking into and robbing a house as a practice run, taking small, specific items from a list. During Dignan’s critique of the robbery, he mentions that he took diamond earrings, which were not on the list. Anthony becomes angered because the house was his family’s and he admonishes Dignan for stealing his mother’s earrings without permission.

Anthony visits his little sister at her school so she can return the earrings. Dignan recruits Bob Mapplethorpe as a getaway driver because he is the only person they know with his own car. The three make a road trip to buy guns and return to Bob’s house to plan their next heist, a local bookstore. The group bickers as Dignan struggles to describe his intricate plan to the others.

Anthony and Bob visit Dignan in prison. They catch up and tell him how Mr. Henry robbed Bob’s house. Dignan begins rattling off an escape plan and instructs his friends to get into position for a get-away. After a tense moment, the two realize that Dignan is joking. Before leaving, Dignan says to Anthony, “Isn’t it funny that you used to be in the nuthouse and now I’m in jail?” as he walks back into the prison. As in most Wes Anderson movies the ending is in slow motion.

Charlie s Angels Full Throttle

  • Directors: McG
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg, Nancy Juvonen
  • Writers: TV Series, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Screenplay, John August, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Story, John August
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Luke Wilson, Matt LeBlanc, John Cleese, Robert Patrick, Crispin Glover, Shia LaBeouf, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore

The Angels are hired to locate a set of titanium rings stolen from the Department of Justice that, when put together in a special machine, will display a list of all individuals in the witness protection program. Having discovered that one person on the list has been killed, the Angels investigate the scene and discover evidence suggesting that the killer is a surfer with a scar on one leg. Having tracked the killer to his next victim- who is subsequently sent to Bosley’s house for protection- it is revealed that angel Dylan was once named Helen Zaas (pronounced “Helen’s ass”, making her the “butt” of many jokes) and is in the program herself for sending her former boyfriend- a member of the O’Grady mafia family- to jail.

Although they recover the rings, Dylan leaves the Angels because she doesn’t want to endanger them with her ex’s vendetta, but former Angel Kelly Garrett- in a visit that may have been spiritual- reminds her that every Angel is unique, and her flawed past shouldn’t define her present. Returning to the team, Dylan and the others deduce that former angel Madison Lee (Demi Moore) is the perpetrator of the crimes due to her being the only individual possessing the necessary contacts to carry out such a scheme. Madison, having concluded “Why be an Angel, when [she] can be God”, having shot the Angels after reacquiring the rings, although they are saved by their specially-designed kevlar vests- returns to the agency to ‘confront’ Charlie, rejecting his attempts to remind her that the Angels are a family and shooting his speaker off the desk, informing him coldly that she was always the best.

Learning that the rings will be sold after a rendezvous on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Angels travel to Hollywood, setting the crime families up to be caught by the FBI in a faked rendezvous. With Madison having contacted the O’Gradys to act as security, Alex and Dylan take out the O’Gradys, while Natalie and Madison go head-to-head themselves. Dylan manages to kill her ex, with the Angels subsequently stopping Madison’s attempt to blow up the premiere of Alex’s boyfriend Jason’s (Matt LeBlanc) new movie thanks to Bosley knocking the bomb away. Although Madison tries to escape, the Angels defeat her in a final confrontation in an abandoned theatre, throwing her through a gas main just as she fires her gun, causing an explosion that kills her. The film ends with the Angels celebrating their victory with Bosley (Bernie Mac).

Vacancy

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Stacy Cramer, Hal Lieberman, Brian Paschal
  • Writers: Mark L Smith
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley

A distraught couple, David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox (Kate Beckinsale) take a wrong turn on a remote mountain road and they decide to check into an isolated motel in the middle of nowhere supervised by Mason (Frank Whaley). They realize they are in a cell phone dead zone with no reception.

While in their room, a bored David takes a peek at the video tapes left on top of the television. As he watches the tapes he realizes they are snuff films, taken in the same room in which they are staying. The couple are alarmed and David runs to the motel’s payphone booth only to be crashed by their own car. David escapes and runs back into the room. The couple decide to lock themselves in the room when they notice a truck pull in. They try to warn the truck’s driver only to find out that he’s the buyer of the snuff films and is also one of the killers.

David and Amy then escape into a tunnel that they discovered in the bathroom of their room. Two masked killers chase them inside the tunnel but they miss them. David and Amy find themselves inside the manager’s lair where they find video monitors taping the entire hotel. Amy tries to make a call to 911 but is interrupted. The couple sneak back in the tunnel, making their way into a storage room. Meanwhile the police unit from 911 arrives and David and Amy run to him as he checks the rooms. They all get inside the police car but it won’t start and the killers kill the policeman. The couple run into a motel room. David hides Amy inside the ceiling as he ventures out. The killers catch David and stab him and he ends up lying at the doorway, unconscious. When morning comes, Amy finally comes down from the ceiling and finds where killers hid their car. A killer breaks into the car from the roof as Amy drives away and another killer gets pinned into the grill of the car. Amy crashes the car into a motel room killing both of the killers. Amy runs into the reception area where she is attacked by Mason who is now totally enraged. As they fight, Amy comes crashing down the floor where she picks up a gun. She shoots Mason three times killing him. Amy makes another call to 911 and caresses David, who is barely conscious but alive.