The Age of Stupid

  • Directors: Franny Armstrong
  • Producers: Lizzie Gillett
  • Writers: Franny Armstrong
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Actors: Pete Postlethwaite, Jehangir Wadia, Layefa Malin, Al Duvernay, Fernand Pareau, Jamila and Adnan Bayyoud, Piers Guy, Mark Lynas, David King, George Monbiot

The story begins in the year 2055. A man known as the archivist of all art and acquired knowledge in the world, portrayed by Pete Postlethwaite, reviews archive footage from back “when we could have saved ourselves”. The footage he reviews consists of news reports showing the effects of a changing climate and is intertwined with six individual stories:

Al Duvernay is shown to having stayed behind and helped in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. He also reflects on his job in the oil industry and how valuable resources are being wasted.

Indian business man Jeh Wadia talks about the start-up of his low cost airline GoAir and his desire for all people not just the rich to be able to afford to travel by air.

An Iraqi family, that has fled to Jordan because of the Iraq War, tell the story of their fathers death. The focus is on two children of the family, Jamila and Adnan.

An English family take a tour of the Mont Blanc glacier in France and their guide is eighty two year-old Fernand Pareau a local who has seen the glacier recede massively in his lifetime. The guide is also shown taking action against expanding road infrastructure in his area.

A fast forward from 2008 to 2054 shows the effects of ignoring the signs of climate change. In the end the message of the archivist is beamed into space.

In the Name of the Father

  • Directors: Jim Sheridan
  • Producers: Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne
  • Writers: Jim Sheridan, Terry George
  • Genres: Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Daniel Day Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson

Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his friend Paul Hill (John Lynch), fed up with life in IRA-era Belfast, move to London and join the hippie scene. They hook up with a bunch of spaced-out hippies squatting in a derelict flat. There they meet Carole Richardson and Paddy Armstrong. Hanging out in a London park after a fight with their flatmates, Hill and Conlon meet a homeless man named Charlie Burke in a park, who claims the bench they are sitting on belongs to him. While the two talk to Burke on the park bench, an explosion is heard. Later that night Conlon steals money from the apartment of a prostitute who drops her keys on the sidewalk outside her house. A fellow squatter, jealous of Conlon’s advances to a female in the group, drops a hint to the police that Gerry and Paul, being Irish, may be involved in the bombing, and they are arrested.

Britain’s newly-passed anti-terror laws enable the police to hold suspects for 7 days without charge. During this time, Gerry and Paul are subjected to torture until they confess. The four principal defendants (Hill, Conlon, Armstrong and Richardson) are sentenced to 14-30 years in jail. From their prison cell, Gerry and his father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite), who is sentenced along with him as part of the Maguire Seven, try to appeal. Giuseppe’s health continues to worsen while in prison. In the meantime, the police arrest IRA member Joe McAndrew (Don Baker) who admits to the Guildford bombing. The police ignore his confession and the Guildford Four remain in prison.

Meanwhile, barrister Gareth Peirce (Emma Thompson) begins to investigate the case in the police archives, after receiving Giuseppe’s letters of appeal for assistance, believing that Gerry, his father, and Gerry’s friends are not guilty. Fortuitously, on a day the original archives clerk is sick, she asks for the file of Conlon. The replacement clerk asks “Which Conlon? Giuseppe or Gerard?” Realising the situation, after only having had access to Giuseppe’s file, she requests Gerry Conlon’s file. The Gerry Conlon file contains statements and photographs clipped together with a note that says “not to be shown to the defence”. This material provides the accused with a solid alibi and in 1989 the court is forced to release all four (Giuseppe had died in prison nine years prior). On leaving the courthouse, Gerry states that he will continue to fight injustice “in the name of his father.”

Alien

  • Directors: David Fincher
  • Producers: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
  • Writers: Characters, Dan O Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Story, Vincent Ward, Screenplay, David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Lance Henriksen, Pete Postlethwaite

Following the events in Aliens, the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco experiences an onboard fire and launches an escape pod containing Ellen Ripley, Newt, Hicks, and the damaged android Bishop who are all in cryonic stasis. The pod then crashes on Fiorina ‘Fury’ 161, a foundry facility and penal colony inhabited by all-male former inmates with “double-Y” chromosome patterns. As the inmates recover the pod and its passengers, an Alien facehugger is seen approaching their dog. Ripley is taken in and awakened by Clemens (Charles Dance), the facility’s doctor, and learns that she is the only survivor of the crash. Many of the ex-inmates have embraced an apocalyptic, millenarian religion which forbids sexual relations, and Ripley is warned that her presence among them may have extremely disturbing effects.

Suspicious of what caused the escape pod to jettison and what killed her companions, Ripley requests that Clemens perform an autopsy on Newt. She fears that Newt may be carrying an Alien embryo in her body, though she does not share this information. No embryo is found in Newt’s body and it appears she simply died in the crash, however, the colony’s warden (Andrews) becomes increasingly angered that Ripley’s unusual behavior is agitating the prisoners. They perform a funeral for Newt and Hicks in which their bodies are cremated in the facility’s gigantic furnace. In another part of the facility the dog goes into convulsions and an Alien erupts from its body. The Alien soon begins to attack members of the colony, killing several and returning one man to his former insane state. To get answers, Ripley recovers and reactivates the damaged android Bishop, who reveals that there was an Alien on the Sulaco and that it came with them to Fiorina in the escape pod. She then informs Andrews of her previous encounters with the Aliens and suggests that the group hunt it down. However, Andrews does not believe her story and also informs her that there are no weapons in the facility anyway. Their only hope of protection is the rescue ship being sent for Ripley by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.

Just as the Alien is killed, the Weyland-Yutani team arrives, including a man who looks identical to Bishop, claiming to be the creator of the android. He attempts to persuade Ripley to undergo surgery to remove the Queen embryo. Ripley refuses and commits suicide, throwing herself into the gigantic furnace just as the Alien queen begins to burst out from her chest. However, as she is dying from the wound, Ripley grabs the Alien Queen and holds it as she falls in the furnace. The film ends with a sequence showing the facility being closed down, the last surviving inmate (Morse) being led away, and a shot of the Sulaco escape pod as the sound recording of Ripley’s final lines from the original Alien film is heard.

The Lost World Jurassic Park

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R Molen, Colin Wilson
  • Writers: Novel, Michael Crichton, Screenplay, David Koepp
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite, Vanessa Lee Chester, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough

The film opens with a family of tourists on the island of Isla Sorna. The young daughter explores on her own and runs into a baby Compsognathus. When the child attempts to feed the dinosaur, a large pack emerges and attacks the girl for more food. She is rescued by her parents and brought back to the mainland.

Four years have passed since the disaster at Jurassic Park, and John Hammond has lost control of InGen to his ruthless nephew, Peter Ludlow. Despite having signed a non-disclosure agreement about the prior events, chaos theorist Ian Malcolm has gone public and revealed details of his experiences at Jurassic Park. Unfortunately for him, his stories are not widely believed, threats of legal action prevent him from producing any evidence, and his academic reputation is destroyed.

Hammond summons Malcolm to his home, where he reveals the existence of Site B, Isla Sorna. Sorna was the facility where the dinosaurs were actually engineered, before being sent to Isla Nublar when mature. The island was abandoned after a hurricane wiped out most of the facilities, and the creatures have been living in the wild ever since. Hammond explains that the loss of Nublar and the incident with the girl have severely damaged InGen’s finances, and so Ludlow plans to bail the company out by exploiting Site B. Hammond requests Malcolm’s help in stopping Ludlow and preserving the dinosaurs’ natural habitat. He initially refuses, but after learning that his girlfriend, paleontologist Sarah Harding, is already on the island, he goes along.

Later, as Malcolm and Sarah fall asleep on the couch in their living room, Kelly is watching television and sees the cargo ship on its way back to Site B, surrounded by a convoy of naval vessels. The program breaks away to an interview of restored InGen Chairman John Hammond, who explains that the island will be left alone as a natural reserve so the dinosaurs can live free of human interference. He offers a quote by Malcolm, “Life will find a way.” The scene cuts to Site B, where the family of Tyrannosaurs is shown in the wild, alongside various other dinosaurs.

The Usual Suspects

  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Producers: Michael McDonnell, Bryan Singer
  • Writers: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Benicio del Toro, Giancarlo Esposito, Pete Postlethwaite, Dan Hedaya, Suzy Amis

On the deck of a ship in San Pedro, California, a figure identified as “Keyser” speaks with an injured man called Keaton (Gabriel Byrne). The two talk briefly, then Keyser appears to shoot Keaton before setting the ship ablaze. The next day, FBI Agent Jack Baer (Giancarlo Esposito) and U.S. Customs special agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) arrive in San Pedro separately to investigate what happened on the boat. There appear to be only two survivors: a crippled man named Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey), and a hospitalized Hungarian criminal. Baer interrogates the Hungarian, who claims that Keyser SГ¶ze, a Turkish criminal mastermind with a nearly mythical reputation, was in the harbor “killing many men.” The Hungarian begins to describe SГ¶ze while a translator interprets and a police sketch artist draws a rendering of SГ¶ze’s face. Meanwhile, “Verbal” Kint has testified at length about the incident in exchange for near-total immunity. Police Sergeant Jeffrey Rabin (Dan Hedaya) comments that Verbal must have powerful protection to get such a favourable deal, and that high-ranking officials including “the governor” have made inquiries on Verbal’s behalf. After making his statement to the district attorney and while waiting to post bail on a relatively minor weapons charge, Verbal is placed in Rabin’s cluttered office where Kujan requests to hear the story again, from the beginning. Verbal’s tale starts six weeks earlier:

Verbal meantime walks away from the police station, dropping his feigned cerebral palsy, and gets into a waiting car driven by “Mr. Kobayashi”, pulling away just as Kujan comes outside, searching in vain. The final moment of the film is a repeat of Verbal’s earlier statement about SГ¶ze: “And like that… he’s gone.”