Logan s Run

  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Producers: Saul David, Hugh Benson, Unit Production Manager Byron Roberts
  • Writers: William F Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, David Zelag Goodman
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov, Farrah Fawcett

The film begins with an on-screen preamble:

Within a domed city, Logan 5 (Michael York) watches as an infant’s hand is implanted with a crystal. The crystal is the baby’s Lifeclock; it changes colour as a person ages. As someone approaches their “Last Day” the Lifeclock begins to blink red, and finally turns black. Logan is a Sandman, responsible for hunting down and killing Runners, people who refuse to report to Carrousel when their Lifeclock begins to blink. Logan is accompanied by his fellow Sandman and friend Francis 7 (Richard Jordan).

The two witness a Carrousel ceremony. In Carrousel, there is the hope of Renewal, a belief that if they have obeyed the rules faithfully, they may be reincarnated. If anyone disobeys, they are “finished forever.” The participants assemble in an arena, then appear to be vapourized while the audience cheers, shouts and chants “Renew!” Although neither Logan nor Francis have known anyone to Renew, Francis believes that Sandmen Renew. After killing a Runner with Francis, Logan gathers the Runner’s personal effects which include a small, silver ankh.

At home searching for some recreational sex, Logan summons someone from “The Circuit” — this is how he meets Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter), who wears a collar with an ankh pendant. After discussing with Logan why it’s wrong to run, Jessica leaves, deciding not to have sex with him.

Logan and Jessica journey to the city to tell the inhabitants what they’ve learned, and invite the old man to join them. Outside the city domes, the old man waits as Logan and Jessica enter the city. They reach the crowds as they gather for Carrousel and try to explain that they don’t have to die. Logan and Jessica are arrested by several Sandmen and brought before the Sandman central computer for interrogation. Logan resists, but the computer system accesses his mind. When the computer asks if Logan found Sanctuary, his subconscious mind replies that Sanctuary does not exist. This information runs contrary to what the computer considers fact, leading it to decry it as “does not program.” The computer redoubles its efforts to hack into Logan’s mind, diverting increasing power to the interrogation, but continues receiving contrary information from Logan. This causes a cascade failure of cognitive dissonance as a series of chain reactions cause explosions, blasting parts of the city seals open. The populace flees, and the young citizens meet the first old man that they have ever seen.

Cabaret

  • Directors: Bob Fosse
  • Producers: Cy Feuer
  • Writers: Christopher Isherwood, John Van Druten, Joe Masteroff, Jay Allen
  • Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

Film Programmer Joanna Ney says in discussing the film. “The musical numbers are, in fact, the essence of the film and inform the narrative.”

In early 1930s Berlin, American singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) performs at the Kit Kat Klub. A new arrival in the city, Brian Roberts (Michael York), moves into Sally’s apartment building. A reserved English academic and writer, Brian gives English lessons to earn a living while completing his German studies. Sally unsuccessfully tries to seduce Brian and suspects he may be gay (Christopher Isherwood, on whose semi-autobiographical book the film is indirectly based, was gay and reportedly “went to Berlin in search of boys to love”).

Brian tells Sally that on three previous occasions he has tried to have romantic relationships with women, all of which have failed. The unlikely pair become friends, and Brian is witness to Sally’s anarchic, bohemian life in the last days of the German Weimar Republic. Later in the film, Sally and Brian become lovers despite their earlier reservations, and Brian and Sally conclude with irony that his previous failures with women were because they were “the wrong three girls.”

Sally befriends Maximilian von Heune, a rich playboy baron who takes her and Brian to his country estate. It becomes ambiguous which of the duo Max is seducing, epitomized by a scene in which the three dance intimately together in a wine-induced reverie. Max eventually loses interest in the two, and leaves them back in Berlin. When Sally triumphantly tells Brian that she slept with Max, Brian begins to laugh and reveals that he slept with Max as well. After the ensuing argument, Brian storms off and picks a fight with a group of Nazis, who beat him senseless. Brian and Sally make up in their rooming house, where Sally reveals that Max left them an envelope of money.

Although the songs throughout the film allude to and advance the narrative, every song except “Tomorrow Belongs To Me” is executed in the context of a Kit Kat Klub performance.

Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me

  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Producers: Mike Myers, Demi Moore, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
  • Writers: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Rob Lowe, Will Ferrell

NATO’s monitoring facility observes the return of Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) and informs British intelligence. At Dr. Evil’s Seattle headquarters, Dr. Evil is presented with a one-eighth-size clone of himself (Verne Troyer) whom he calls Mini-Me. Number Two (Robert Wagner), who survived his incineration towards the end of the previous film, also reveals the enormous profits they have made by legitimately investing in a previously unknown startup company called “Starbucks”. However, Dr. Evil is unimpressed and unveils his latest evil plan—he has developed a time machine to go back to the sixties and steal Austin Powers’ (also Mike Myers) mojo, a fluid inside his “family jewels” which is the source of Austin’s incredibly sexual prowess and appeal.

Meanwhile, back in 1999, Austin is still enjoying his honeymoon with his wife—the former Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley). Unfortunately, something goes amiss, and it turns out that she is actually one of Dr. Evil’s kamikaze fembots who attempts to kill Austin, but eventually self-destructs. He grieves briefly, but then proceeds to the lobby naked and celebrates being single again.

Dr. Evil and Mini-Me go back to 1969 and meet up with a younger Number Two (Rob Lowe) and (a not-so-young) Frau Farbissina (Mindy Sterling). A disgruntled “Scottish Guard” with unusual eating habits called Fat Bastard (again, Mike Myers) has been hired to extract Austin’s mojo from his frozen body at the Ministry of Defence Cryo Chamber.

Then, during the credits, we see Austin returning to his pad, only to hear Felicity having sex with another man. However, when he enters the room, he discovers that it is in fact the past Austin, who makes the claim that since he and Austin are the same person, it’s not cheating. Austin of course forgives Felicity (“I can’t blame you, Felicity, I mean… the man is handsome, baby!”) As he discovers he’s got his mojo back, both Austins then make their move on Felicity as the clip fades back to the credits.

Austin Powers in Goldmember

  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Producers: Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, John S Lyons, Eric McLeod, Demi Moore, Mike Myers, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
  • Writers: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine

The year is 2002. In his new underground lair behind the famous Hollywood sign, Dr. Evil outlines his latest evil plan. Using a time machine he will go back to 1975 and bring back a Dutchman, Johan van der Smut (alias Goldmember), who had developed a cold fusion unit for a tractor beam. He intends to use the tractor beam to pull a golden meteor into the Earth to strike and melt the polar ice caps and cause global flooding. However, the plot is discovered by the British Secret Service, and Austin leads a group of commandos to arrest Dr. Evil and place him in a maximum security prison.

Austin is knighted for his services but is disappointed when his father (the famous super-spy Nigel Powers) fails to attend the investiture. However, he later learns that his father was kidnapped from his yacht and that some of the crew have had their genitals painted with gold. It was immediately revealed to Austin that Nigel was kidnapped after he skipped out on the knighting ceremony. In search of answers, Austin visits the imprisoned Dr. Evil in Geneva, who tells him that the insane Goldmember is behind the abduction and, on the condition that he be transferred to a normal prison to be with his beloved Mini-Me, reveals that he is in 1975.

Meanwhile, alone in Dr. Evil’s now empty Hollywood lair, a completely bald, maniacal Scott has taken over Dr. Evil’s criminal empire and declares, like his father did in the last two films, that he will “get” Austin Powers; he then proceeds to inexplicably get out of his chair and dance like Michael Jackson.