Crash

  • Directors: Paul Haggis
  • Producers: Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle, Bob Yari, Cathy Schulman
  • Writers: Screenplay, Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco, Story, Paul Haggis
  • Genres: Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Ryan Philippe, Larenz Tate

A police detective with a drugged out mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the white district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist white veteran cop who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a film director hits with his wife who is ashamed and humiliated by two policemen, a locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets.

The Blind Side

  • Directors: John Lee Hancock
  • Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Gil Netter
  • Writers: Screenplay, John Lee Hancock, Book, Michael Lewis
  • Genres: Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, and Kathy Bates

The Blind Side depicts the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless 18 year old from a broken home. He enrolls in a private Christian School and struggles to fit in because he is woefully underprepared. Eventually, he is taken in by the Tuohys, a well-to-do family who helps him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some self-discoveries of their own. Recognizing his potential talent as a football player, they encourage him. Living in his new environment, the 18-year-old faces a completely different set of challenges. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

All About Steve

  • Directors: Phil Traill
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock, Mary McLaglen
  • Writers: Kim Barker
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church

The movie starts with a terminally cheerful, latex-cherry-boot-wearing Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) walking through Sacramento on her way to work to drop off her weekly crossword for the local city newspaper. She’s a cruciverbalist (a creator of crossword puzzles) and she’s very proud of her work, peeking over people’s shoulders as they try to figure out her clues. It becomes obvious very quickly, however, that Mary is not like other people, and all she has is her work. All around her, her coworkers talk about going out and having fun, and another coworker announces his engagement. None of this fazes Mary, who confronts her boss with her fantastic idea to include a DAILY crossword puzzle in the newspaper. Her boss, concerned that Mary is all work and no play, encourages her to start enjoying life. “Try enjoying being normal,” he says. She writes this down on her folder. “Be more normal.” She then tells her boss that she has a blind date that night, set up by her parents, that she’d planned on canceling. Now she isn’t so sure she should cancel it.

She then goes to a school career day, where her carefully dramatized speech about the importance of cruciverbalism is ambushed by the children, who ask her how she pays her rent on one crossword puzzle a week. She admits that she lives temporarily with her parents while her apartment is being fumigated (but we get the impression that apartment was fumigated months, maybe even years ago). The children laugh. They shout at her saying, “You don’t have a husband, do you? Not even a boyfriend!” Mary, clearly hurt, keeps on her smile but feels demoralized. She goes home, where her parents ask her how her day went. She lies, and says she needs to get ready for her date. They are thrilled to hear that she’s not canceling it.

Then she races into the arms of her friends and is lifted on to their arms. Her last line is, “Why should you have to change to be normal? All you have to do is find someone who’s as normal as you are.”

The Proposal

  • Directors: Anne Fletcher
  • Producers: Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Kristin Burr
  • Writers: Pete Chiarelli
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T Nelson, Aasif Mandvi, Betty White

Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is the executive editor-in-chief of a book publishing company, Colden Books. All of her workers, including her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), hate her, and she fires a senior editor, Bob Spaulding (Aasif Mandvi) because he is unable to get a man named Frank to interview Oprah. After learning she is being deported to Canada,she forces Andrew to marry her, as his future is tied to hers. When the government investigates, Mr. Gilbertson (Denis O’Hare) informs them that they will undergo rigorous testing to prove that the marriage is not fraudulent. Andrew grudgingly accepts, under the condition that he is promoted to the position of editor and his manuscript be published. He also forces Margaret to propose nicely to him on her knees in the streets of New York, and to allow him to tell his parents they are getting married.

The two are forced to spend the weekend with his parents in Sitka, Alaska in order to sell the lie, where they will be attending the 90th birthday party of Andrew’s Gammy (Betty White). Margaret is very unreceptive of Alaska, and is furthermore shocked to learn that Andrew’s family owns most of the business in Sitka. They attend a surprise party for them, where Andrew catches up with his ex-girlfriend, Gertrude “Gert” (Malin Akerman). After he is humiliated by his father, Joe Paxton (Craig T. Nelson), Andrew announces that he and Margaret are getting married. They are forced to kiss, and do so passionately, showing the first signs of respect for one another. Andrew’s parents then show them their room, and Gammy gives them a special blanket (called baby-maker, which they avoid). Andrew and Margaret sleep separately.

During the wedding ceremony, Margaret decides she cannot do this to Andrew and confesses the business arrangement in front of everyone- including Mr Gilbertson, who tells her she has twenty four hours to get back to Canada, and thus goes back to New York to pack her things. Upon doing so, however, Andrew shows up at the office and confesses his love for her in front of the entire office staff, proposing marriage all over again. They go to Mr. Gilbertson once more to get engaged “for real”.

Two Weeks Notice

  • Directors: Marc Lawrence
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant

Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is an environmental lawyer in New York City. George Wade (Hugh Grant) is an immature billionaire real estate tycoon who has almost everything and knows almost nothing. Lucy’s hard work and devotion to others contrasts sharply with George’s world weary recklessness and greed.

Lucy meets George in an attempt to stop the destruction of the Coney Island community center from her childhood. He attempts to hire her to replace his old Chief Counsel, Amber. She knows of his playboy tendencies, but he promises to protect the community center if she works for him.

She soon finds that what he really requires is advice in all aspects of his life. She becomes his indispensable aide, and he calls her for every little thing. She finally gets fed up with the situation and gives him her two weeks’ notice of resignation. He is deeply troubled by this and tries to convince her to stay. He also tries to block her from getting any other jobs, as an attempt to make her stay. He finally gave in and has her train her replacement, the attractive and flirtatious June Carver (Alicia Witt), before she quits. Lucy gets jealous of June before she leaves.

After she’s gone, George realizes that his time with her has really changed him, as he keeps the promise he made to her in the beginning even if it means it costs his company millions. Meanwhile, in her new job, she’s missing him terribly. He goes in search for her and they confess their feelings for each other.

While You Were Sleeping

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Joe Roth
  • Writers: Daniel G Sullivan, Fredric LeBow
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden

Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a lonely fare collector on the Chicago elevated railway. The highlight of her days is selling a token to a handsome commuter, Peter Callaghan (played by Peter Gallagher), on whom she has a secret crush. Working on Christmas, Lucy witnesses Peter being mugged and pushed onto the tracks, and she rescues him from an oncoming train. Peter falls into a coma and she accompanies him to the hospital, where she fantasizes aloud, “I was going to marry him”. A nurse overhears her and, misinterpreting the situation, tells the head physician, a policeman and Callaghan’s family that Lucy is his fiancée. At first Lucy is too caught up in the madness of everyone’s panic to tell the truth, and after that she is too embarrassed to.

An orphan with few friends, she becomes so captivated with the quirky Callaghans and their unconditional love for her, that she cannot bring herself to hurt them by revealing that Peter doesn’t even know her. She spends a delayed Christmas with the family so “they can get to know each other”. Lucy then meets Peter’s younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman), who has taken over his father’s business and is always working. Jack is very suspicious at first, saying Peter never mentioned Lucy or a marriage, which is not like him. Later on, after spending some time together to get acquainted, Jack starts to realize that he himself has feelings for Lucy.

The film ends with the two happily married in wedding attire, on the back of a train departing from the station, complete with a sign reading “Just Married”. Lucy explains that Peter once asked when she fell in love with Jack, and Lucy replied, “It was while you were sleeping.”

The Prince of Egypt

  • Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells
  • Producers: Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Stewart, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Ofra Haza Helen Mirren

The first song (“Deliver Us”) shows Hebrew slaves labor away while Jochebed (also spelt Yocheved), seeing her fellow mothers’ baby sons being taken away from them, places her own son in a basket and sets it afloat on the Nile to be preserved by fate, singing her final lullaby (“River Lullaby”, A recurring motif in the film) to the baby. Her daughter, Miriam, follows the basket and witnesses her baby brother being taken in by the Queen of Egypt and named Moses.

The story cuts to (presumably) 18-20 years later (biblically 40 years), to show a grown Moses and his foster-brother, Rameses, racing their chariots through the Egyptian temples, destroying many statues. When they are lectured by their father, Seti, later on for their misdeeds, Rameses is offended. Moses later remarks that Rameses wants the approval of his father, but lacks the opportunity. Moses goes to cheer his brother up, making joking predictions (“Statues crumbling and toppling, the Nile drying up; you will singlehandedly bring the greatest kingdom on Earth to ruins!”). They then stumble in late to a banquet given by Seti, discovering that he has named Rameses as Prince Regent. In thanks, Rameses appoints Moses as Royal Chief Architect. As a tribute to Moses, the high priests Hotep and Huy offer Zipporah, a Midianite girl they kidnapped, as a concubine for him. She eventually escapes, with Moses’ help. Moses is led to a small spot in Goshen where he is reunited with Miriam and Aaron, his siblings. There, Miriam tells him the truth about his past. Moses at first is in denial (“All I Ever Wanted”), but a nightmare and talks with his adoptive parents help him realize the truth. Moses eventually kills an Egyptian guard, who was abusing an old slave, and runs away in despair.

The next morning, the Hebrews happily pack, leave their enslavement, and eventually find their way to the Red Sea (“When You Believe”), but turn around to find out Rameses has changed his mind and is pursuing them with his army. Moses parts the Red Sea, while behind him a pillar of fire writhes before the Egyptians, blocking their way. The Hebrews cross on the sea bottom; when the army gives chase, the water closes over the Egyptians, and the Hebrews are freed. Rameses, who has been hurled back to the shore by the collapsing waves, is left yelling his brother’s name in disgrace. Moses turns from the shore and begins to lead his people onward; only briefly looking back towards the sea in Rameses’ direction, murmuring sadly; “Farewell, Brother”. The last scene of the film shows Moses delivering the Ten Commandments to his people as Jochebed’s voice echoes in the background.

Miss Congeniality

  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Producers: Bruce Berman
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen

Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent who goes undercover in the fictional Miss United States scholarship program/beauty pageant in San Antonio, Texas on the lookout for a terrorist. She, who is not traditionally attractive, is turned into a more attractive woman going by the name of Gracie Lou Freebush, with the same tomboyish habits (eg. snorting while laughing). She is seen overreacting to a gun-toting Texan, wearing a Tyrolean for her talent competition, much to the dismay of her mentor, Victor Melling (Michael Caine) and the director of the competition and former queen, Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergen), and using her on-stage talent to demonstrate self-defense techniques.

In the pageant itself, Hart, competing on behalf of the state of New Jersey was tabbed to advance to the top 10, but gets through on talent alone for the rest of the pageant. She was eventually placed as runner up (Cheryl Frasier/Miss Rhode Island won). It is revealed at the end of the movie that Morningside and her son, Frank Morningside (gone under the name Tobin to hide his many crimes) have plotted to sabotage the pageant. They are caught after the title crown (which is rigged with a bomb) detonates at conclusion of the pageant, and Gracie is awarded “Miss Congeniality” (although The Miss Congeniality award is usually given during the pageant itself, a custom in pageants such as Miss USA and Miss Universe) and starts a relationship with her partner Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt).

Speed

  • Directors: Jan de Bont
  • Producers: Mark Gordon, Ian Bryce
  • Writers: Graham Yost
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels, Alan Ruck, Glenn Plummer

Police Officer III Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) and his veteran partner Police Officer III Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels) are explosives experts in LAPD SWAT. A disgruntled Atlanta Bomb Squad retiree, Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), is holding a group of thirteen office workers trapped in an elevator for ransom. Jack and Harry manage to rescue the hostages before Payne sends the elevator plummeting to the basement. They find Payne in a freight elevator. After a brief standoff, with Payne holding Harry hostage, Payne escapes and sets off a small explosion that knocks Jack unconscious and appears to kill Payne. Jack and Harry are then commended for their bravery by the LAPD in an official ceremony.

Later, as Jack heads to work, a city bus explodes in front of him, killing the driver. Payne calls Jack on a nearby pay phone, revealing he is alive and that he has rigged another bus to explode. The bomb will arm itself when the bus reaches 50 mph and will detonate if the bus goes below that speed. In addition, Payne will detonate the bus manually if anyone gets off the bus, or if the ransom is not delivered on time. Jack locates the bus and jumps aboard, but the bomb has already been armed.

The police plan to catch Payne picking up the ransom money, believing that he is unaware of the evacuation and destruction of the bus. However, Payne is far ahead of them. Disguised as a police officer, he kidnaps Annie off of the street, then escapes into the subway where he collects the ransom money that dropped through a cleverly concealed hole beneath the designated trash can. He boards a train, kills the operator, and wires Annie with a bomb. Jack pursues them and follows Payne onto the top of the subway car, where a fight ensues. The duel ends when Jack pushes Payne’s head into a tunnel light, decapitating him. Jack disarms Annie’s bomb but cannot stop the train, which was damaged during the fight. The train derails at the end of the line, breaking through a wall where it comes to rest on Hollywood Boulevard. Jack and Annie confess how they feel about one another and kiss as shocked pedestrians look on.