Knight Day

  • Directors: James Mangold
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Patrick O Neill
  • Genres: Action, Comedy
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez

Roy Milner (Cruise) is a secret agent who goes on a blind date with unlucky-in-love June Havens (Diaz), and ends up pulling her into a journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source.

The Girl Next Door

  • Directors: Luke Greenfield
  • Producers: Charles Gordon, Harry Gittes, Marc Sternberg
  • Writers: Stuart Blumberg, David T Wagner, Brent Goldberg
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Chris Marquette, Paul Dano

Ambitious Westport High School senior, Matthew Kidman dreams of a career in politics. He has been accepted to prestigious Georgetown University, but will only be able to afford it if he can win a large scholarship. With graduation approaching, he struggles to find anything truly memorable about his high school experience. However, his luck changes when he meets his beautiful next door neighbour Danielle. The outlandish Danielle and the steady Matthew each turn out to be the perfect complement for the other, and they are immediately smitten with one another. However, the relationship is challenged when Matthew discovers through his porn-enthusiast friend Eli that Danielle was recently an adult film actress under the stage name “Athena”.

Following Eli’s advice on how to deal with this incredible revelation, Matthew takes Danielle to a sleazy motel. Danielle guesses that Matthew has discovered her past and punishes him by performing a humiliating striptease and offering herself to him sexually. When Matthew becomes distressed and asks why she is degrading herself for him, Danielle calls him out on his base intentions and abruptly ends the relationship. Matthew goes to Danielle’s house the following day and attempts to reconcile with her, but learns that she is returning to the porn industry, and is leaving for Las Vegas with her ex-boyfriend, porn producer Kelly.

Hugo Posh and Matthew make millions from the video. Hugo Posh keeps his word and pays for Samnang to come to the USA, while Matthew has enough money to attend Georgetown and take Danielle to DC with him. The final scene is Matthew driving into Georgetown University in a BMW Z4. Matthew’s story ends with him getting the girl of his dreams and a chance at the future he has always wanted.

Gigantic

  • Directors: Matt Aselton
  • Producers: Mindy Goldberg, Christine Vachon
  • Writers: Matt Aselton, Adam Nagata
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner, Jane Alexander, John Goodman

Young mattress salesman Brian decides to adopt a baby from China but is distracted when he forms a relationship with quirky, wealthy Harriet whom he meets at his mattress store. As their relationship flourishes, unbeknownst to them, a hitman is trying to kill Brian.[1][2]

Little Miss Sunshine

  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  • Producers: Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, David T Friendly
  • Writers: Michael Arndt
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin

Sheryl Hoover (Toni Collette) is an overworked mother of two children, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her brother, Frank (Steve Carell), is a homosexual scholar of French author Marcel Proust, temporarily living at home with the family after having attempted suicide. Sheryl’s husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) has a Type A personality, and is striving to build a career as a motivational speaker and life coach. Dwayne (Paul Dano), Sheryl’s son from a previous marriage, is a Nietzsche-reading troubled teenager who has taken a vow of silence until he can accomplish his dream of becoming a test pilot. Richard’s foulmouthed father Edwin (Alan Arkin), recently evicted from a retirement home for snorting heroin, lives with the family; he is close to his seven-year-old granddaughter Olive (Abigail Breslin).

Olive learns she has qualified for the “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty pageant that is being held in Redondo Beach, California in two days. Her parents and Edwin, who has been coaching her, want to support her, and Frank and Dwayne cannot be left alone, so the whole family goes. Because they have little money, they go on an 800-mile (1,287-km) road trip in their yellow Volkswagen T2 Microbus.

The family is next seen outside the hotel’s security office where a police officer gives them their freedom in return for a promise never to enter a beauty pageant in the state of California again. Piling into the van with the horn still honking, they happily smash through the barrier of the hotel’s toll booth and head back to their home in Albuquerque.

There Will Be Blood

  • Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Producers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, Joanne Sellar, Scott Rudin
  • Writers: Screenplay, Paul Thomas Anderson, Novel, Upton Sinclair
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier

Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) is an embittered and self-centered man who begins his path to fortune as a silver prospector out in New Mexico before becoming an oilman, building his first, primitive oil well with a small crew. One of his workers is killed in an accident, and Plainview takes the man’s orphaned child, H. W., as his own; his initial successes allow him to expand his enterprise over the years, and he negotiates for new leases with a sales pitch that plays up his appearance as a family man through H. W. (Dillon Freasier).

One day, Plainview is approached by young Paul Sunday (Paul Dano), who, for a reward, tells him of an oil source on his family’s property in a small town called Little Boston. Plainview and H. W. travel there under the guise of hunting for quail and discover oil seeping to the surface. He offers to buy the land from Paul’s father Abel (David Willis) to much suspicion from Paul’s twin brother Eli (also played by Dano), who quickly establishes Plainview’s true interests; he demands more money for the deal, but he is brushed aside by Plainview with a much lower offer to his father. Daniel soon begins to lease nearly all the surrounding ranches and construction begins, allowing the hillside community to flourish from the flow of new wealth. Eli, who is a charismatic preacher and self-proclaimed faith healer, plans an expansion of his “Church of the Third Revelation.” He proposes to bless a newly-built oil derrick at its opening ceremony, but he is suddenly turned down when Plainview decides to bless the well himself. Not long thereafter, a worker is killed by a falling drill bit, and gas eruption causes H. W. to go deaf. When Eli finally demands the money promised to him, Daniel attacks him, mocking his faith and his inability to “heal” H. W. Eli returns home to take his anger out on his father, blaming him for selling the land at a greatly undervalued price.

The final scene features Eli, now ruined by poor investments lost to the Great Depression, visiting Plainview in his basement bowling alley. Eli discovers Plainview there, passed out on the floor, manages to awaken him, and Plainview immediately begins to drink more alcohol from a flask pulled from his pocket. Eli announces that the elder Bandy has died, leaving the grandson, and offers to partner with Daniel in order to drill the oil out from the old Bandy property, in exchange for a significant sum of money. But Daniel toys with his desperation by demanding that Eli first proclaim, “I am a false prophet, God is a superstition.” He then tells him that he has already drained the oil from Bandy’s land using the surrounding wells, and reveals that Eli’s brother Paul had years before sold the information to him about the oil on their land – exaggerating greatly the amount that he had paid him, in order to further torment Eli. Daniel announces that he had finally “beaten” Eli, but, unsatisfied with this psychological triumph, he chases and then beats a bewildered Eli to death with one of the bowling pins. His butler appears and approaches cautiously, while a tired Daniel ambiguously declares, “I’m finished!”