Funny Games U S

  • Directors: Michael Haneke
  • Producers: Hamish McAlpine, Christian Baute, Chris Coen, Andro Steinborn
  • Writers: Michael Haneke
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart

The film begins with a well-to-do family – George, his wife Ann, his son Georgie and their dog – arriving at their lake house. Their next-door neighbor pays a visit, accompanied by two young men, Peter and Paul, whom he introduces as friends. The two men begin imposing themselves on the family’s courtesy, and in the process destroy their phone and ruin all their eggs. Eventually a frustrated Ann demands that the men leave, asking George to eject them from the premises. Peter breaks George’s leg with George’s golf club and the two men take the family hostage. They force the family to participate in a number of sadistic games in order to stay alive. When some of the family’s other neighbors arrive for a visit, Ann passes the men off as friends until the visitors leave.

Paul asks if the family wants to bet that they will be alive by 9:00 in the morning, though he doubts that they will win. Between playing their games, the two men keep up a constant patter, and Paul frequently ridicules Peter’s weight and lack of intelligence. He describes a number of contradicting stories of Peter’s past, though no definitive explanation is ever presented as to the men’s origins or motives. Georgie tries to escape and runs to the gate. He attempts to climb the locked gate but changes his mind and goes to the neighbors’ house passing through the water. Inside the house Georgie attempts to shoot Paul with a shotgun, but the gun fails to go off. Paul returns him to the living room, along with the gun. After a few more games, the men play a counting-out game between the family members on the basis that who ever gets counted out will be shot, but Georgie suddenly panics and makes a run for his life, which results in him getting shot dead, after which they both leave with Paul a little annoyed that Peter didn’t follow the rules to the letter.

George and Ann weep for their loss, but eventually resolve to survive. Ann flees the house while George, with a broken leg, tries to get help with the malfunctioning phone. Ann struggles to find help, but eventually Peter and Paul reappear, capture her, and return to the house. Stabbing George, the men attempt to force Ann to choose for her husband between a drawn out death with the knife or a quick death with the shotgun. The gagged and bound Ann, however, seizes the shotgun that is sitting on the table in front of her, as Paul explains the rules of the game, and kills Peter. After this, Paul is outraged, and confiscates the shotgun. He then begins to curse, and becomes frantic, and starts looking for the remote for the television. After finding it, he rewinds all the occurrences back to where Ann is about to grab the shotgun, breaking the fourth wall. On the ‘do over,’ Paul catches her arm, and says that she isn’t allowed to break the rules. They then kill George and take Ann out on the family’s boat early the next morning. Around eight o’clock, they nonchalantly throw the bound Ann into the water to drown, thus winning their bet. They dock at the house of the neighbors that had previously visited the family, and request some eggs, thereby restarting their cycle of murder.

King Kong

  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Producers: Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Screenplay, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Story, Merian C Cooper, Edgar Wallace
  • Genres: Adventure, Romance
  • Actors: Andy Serkis, Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

The film opens in New York City, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. Having lost her job as a vaudeville actress, Ann Darrow is hired by troubled filmmaker Carl Denham to be an actress in his new motion picture against the famous and popular actor Bruce Baxter. With time running out, Ann signs on when she learns her favorite playwright Jack Driscoll is the screenwriter. As the SS Venture sails across the ocean, they slowly fall in love. As for Carl, a warrant is out for his arrest and Captain Englehorn begins to have second thoughts, following the fears of his crew over the legend of Skull Island. Despite his attempt to turn around, the ship is sucked up into fog and crashes into one of the encircling rocks.

Carl and his crew explore a seemingly deserted village against a wall. As they explore, Carl spots a native girl and offers her chocolate but she attacks, and Carl and the crew realize the village isn’t deserted. Then, a member of Carl’s film crew gets impaled by a spear, Ann notices and screams, a roar beyond the wall responds and the crew are attacked by the natives. The matriarch vows to sacrifice Ann to “Kong”. Just as Carl is about to be killed, Englehorn and the sailors break up the attack and return to the damaged ship. They finally lighten the load on the ship to sail away, until Jack discovers Ann has been kidnapped. On the island in a sacrificing ceremony, Ann is tied to a wooden drawbridge by the natives and lowered to the other side of the wall across a moat-like ditch in the ground. The crew arrived armed, and started killing all the natives. But are too late as Kong appears to claim Ann, and glares back at Carl, and then disappears with Ann into the jungle as Carl watches from the opposite side of the wall. A rescue party is organized, and Captain Englehorn gives them 24 hours to find her. In the meantime as Kong holding Ann moves quickly through the jungle and shakes her around, Ann discovers the remains of the previous sacrifices, and stabs Kong’s hand with her ceremonial necklace, much to Kong’s surprise. Hearing the rescue party approaching, Kong grabs Ann as she tries to run from him and takes her deeper into the jungle.

Kong eventually stops Jack’s taxi, knocking Jack unconscious, he then sees Ann down the street, which calms him down before he can kill Jack. They share a quiet moment on a frozen lake in Central Park then are interrupted by the military. Kong heads to the Empire State Building and climbs to the top. While observing the dawning day, Kong repeats the sign for “beautiful” Ann had used in his lair, causing a shocked Ann to realize his intelligence. Before Ann is able to attempt further communication, they are again attacked by the military. Kong makes his last stand against the Curtiss Helldivers,[3] on the summit of the observation spire, downing three of them. Ultimately, Kong is hit by several bursts of gunfire from the surviving planes, and gazes at a distraught Ann for the last time before falling off the building to his death. Jack finally reaches Ann and comforts her. In the aftermath, hundreds of people and reporters run to Kong’s lifeless body and look in amazement. A man tells Carl that the airplanes got him. But Carl says, “It wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.”

21 Grams

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Robert Salerno
  • Writers: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro, Melissa Leo, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston

The story is told in a non-linear manner. The following is a linear, chronological summary of the plot:

Jack Jordan is a former convict who is using his new-found religious faith to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism. Paul Rivers is a mathematics professor with a fatal heart condition. Unless he receives a new heart from an organ donor, he will have less than one month to live. Paul’s wife wants him to donate his sperm so she can have his baby, even if he dies. The two are civil to one another, yet distant. Cristina Peck is also a recovering drug addict, and now lives a normal suburban life with a supportive husband and two children. She is a loving mother and active swimmer, who has left her days of drugs and booze behind. These three separate stories/characters become tied together one evening when Jack kills Cristina’s husband and children in a hit-and-run accident. Her husband’s heart is donated to Paul, who begins his recovery.

Cristina is devastated by the loss and returns to drugs (2C-B and ketamine) and alcohol. Paul is eager to begin normal life again, but he hesitantly agrees to his wife’s idea of surgery and artificial insemination as a last-ditch effort to get pregnant. During consultations with a doctor before the surgery, Paul learns that his wife had undergone an abortion after they had separated in the past. Angered, Paul ends the relationship. He becomes very inquisitive about whose heart he has. He learns from a private detective that the heart belonged to Cristina’s husband, and begins to follow the widowed Cristina around town.

Jack and Cristina rush Paul to the hospital. Jack tells the police that he shot Paul, but he is released. The conflict between Cristina and Jack remains unresolved (they meet in the waiting room after Paul’s death, but do not speak). Cristina learns in the hospital that she is pregnant. After Paul’s death, Cristina is seen tentatively preparing for the new child and Jack is shown returning home to his family.

Mulholland Dr

  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Producers: Pierre Edelman, Alain Sarde, Mary Sweeney
  • Writers: David Lynch
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller

The story may not be linear and exhibits several instances of temporal disruption. A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) escapes imminent murder when she is the sole survivor of a car accident on Mulholland Drive. Injured and in shock, she descends into Los Angeles and sneaks into an apartment which an older, red-headed woman has recently vacated. An aspiring actress named Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) arrives from Deep River, Ontario, and takes a taxi to the same apartment, where she finds the dark-haired woman confused, not knowing her own name. The dark-haired woman assumes the name “Rita” when she sees a poster for the film Gilda (1946), starring Rita Hayworth. Betty decides to assist her in discovering her identity, and they look in Rita’s purse where they find a large amount of money and an unusual blue key.

A man in a diner called Winkies tells his companion about a nightmare in which he dreamt there was a horrible figure behind the diner. When they investigate, the figure appears, causing the man with the nightmare to collapse in fright. Later, a bungling hit man attempts to steal a book full of phone numbers and leaves three people dead. A Hollywood director named Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) has his film commandeered by apparent mobsters, who insist he casts an unknown actress named Camilla Rhodes (Melissa George) as the lead in his film. After he resists, he returns home to find his wife having an affair and is thrown out of his house. He later learns that his bank has closed his line of credit and he is broke. He agrees to meet a mysterious figure called The Cowboy, who urges him to cast Camilla Rhodes for his own good.

Diane meets with the bungling hit man at Winkies, where she gives him Camilla’s photo and a large amount of money, and they are served by a waitress named Betty. The hit man tells Diane that when the job is done, she will find a blue key. Diane looks up to see the man who had the nightmare standing at the counter. Back at her apartment, in view of the key, she is terrorized by hallucinations. She runs screaming to her bed where she shoots herself.

The International

  • Directors: Tom Tykwer
  • Producers: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Lloyd Phillips
  • Writers: Eric Singer
  • Genres: Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Haluk Bilginer

Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks, the International Bank of Business and Credit (IBBC). Uncovering illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman’s investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan, where the IBBC assassinates an Italian prime ministerial candidate. Following a lead on the assassin to New York City, Salinger is involved in a gunfight in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. An ally of Salinger’s in the NYPD tracks down the assassin’s handler, who helps Salinger reach Istanbul, where the CEO of the IBBC is conducting an arms deal. After Salinger’s plan to record the CEO’s conversation and expose him as a fraud is foiled, Salinger faces off with him on a rooftop. After the CEO explains that killing him will accomplish nothing, since a hundred other unscrupulous bankers are ready to take his place, he is abruptly killed by an assassin hired by the surviving family of the same Italian politician he had ordered killed earlier in the film, ending the movie.[1] However, during the credits, it is indicated that the bank continues with its plans and is successful, regardless of the death of its CEO. Pre-release trailers indicate that a source for the drama may be found in the quasi-historical corporate entity known as Permindex and the defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

The Ring

  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Producers: Walter F Parkes, Roy Lee, Laurie MacDonald, Michael Macari
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella

The film focuses on a mysterious cursed videotape which contains a seemingly random series of disturbing, grainy, black and white images. After watching the tape, the viewer receives a phone call in which a voice condemns the viewer to death in exactly seven days.

As the film opens, two teenage girls Katie Embry (Amber Tamblyn) and Rebecca ‘Becca’ Kotler (Rachael Bella) discuss the supposedly cursed tape. Katie reveals that, seven days before, she went to a cabin at Shelter Mountain Inn with friends, where she viewed the video tape. After a series of strange occurrences, involving a television in the house turning itself on, Katie is mysteriously killed while Becca watches, causing her to be institutionalized in a mental hospital.

Katie’s aunt, Rachel (Naomi Watts), is a journalist living in Seattle. At Katie’s funeral, Rachel’s sister asks her to investigate her daughter’s death. Her investigation leads her to the cabin where Katie watched the tape. She finds and watches the tape, the phone rings and a girl says “seven days.” The next day she calls Noah, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her precocious son Aidan, to see the video. He asks her to make a copy for further investigation. Aidan watches the tape a couple of days later.

Rachel informs Aidan that they will no longer be troubled by Samara. However, Aidan is horrified, telling his mother she had freed her body, and that Samara never sleeps. In his apartment, Noah’s TV turns on, revealing an image in which Samara crawls from the well, walks toward the screen and crawls out of the set into the room. Samara stares directly at him, frightening him to death  â€“ which Rachel discovers after racing to his apartment. Upon returning to her apartment, Rachel destroys and burns the original tape screaming and asking what Samara wants from her. She soon notices the tape marked “COPY” underneath the couch. Afraid that Aidan will also die, Rachel realizes the only way to escape is to copy the tape and show it to someone else, continuing the cycle. The movie ends with Rachel helping Aidan to copy the tape and put it in a public library.