Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Directors: Steve Barron
  • Producers: Simon Fields, Kim Dawson, David Chan, Co Producer, Graham Cottle, Executive Producer, Raymond Chow
  • Writers: Comic Book, Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Story, Bobby Herbeck, Screenplay, Todd W Langen, Bobby Herbeck
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas

The film begins April O’Neil, an investigative reporter at Channel 3 Eyewitness News, is researching a story on a recent, immense crime wave in New York City. She is later rescued by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from a group of street thieves. As the Turtles are celebrating their victory, an ex-hockey player called Casey Jones, having become a vigilante so as to combat the crime wave, is shown beating two thieves with his sports equipment and arguing with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael over the proper way to punish criminals. The crime wave is traced by April to the Foot Clan; when she makes them uncomfortable, the Foot Ninjas attack her and knock her unconscious, whereupon Raphael rescues her – not noticing that one Foot soldier follows him through the sewer system.

As the Turtles escort April back to her apartment, where they remain for some hours, the Foot raid the Turtles’ lair and kidnap Splinter. They carry him back to their headquarters, where their master Shredder is forming an army of corrupted, ninja-trained teenagers to build himself an empire of crime. One of those teenagers is Danny Pennington, the son of April’s boss; having seen the Turtles at her apartment, he tells Shredder where to find them. The Foot therefore launch a surprise attack on April’s apartment. Caught off-guard and outnumbered, April, the Turtles, and Casey (who had intervened when he saw Raphael in danger) are forced to escape to April’s childhood home in a rural farmstead. Raphael is rendered unconscious during the battle and does not wake from his coma for several days, during which his brothers and their friends use diverse methods to recover from their losses.

The trainees of the Foot Clan confess all of their involvement to the New York Police Department, while April asks Casey for a kiss, which he gives wholeheartedly. The film concludes with Partners In Kryme’s track “Turtle Power” and the Turtles celebrating their victory over the Foot Clan. Splinter, to summarize their emotions, contributes the word “Cowabunga” (a favorite slogan in later films), to which he proclaims “I made a funny! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!”.

Feel the Noise

  • Directors: Alejandro Chomski
  • Producers: Simon Fields, Cathy Gesualdo, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Sondervan
  • Writers: Albert Leon
  • Genres: Drama, Music
  • Actors: Omarion Grandberry, Kevin Rios, Giancarlo Esposito, Victor Rasuk, James McCaffrey

After a run-in with local thugs, aspiring Harlem rapper Rob (Omarion) flees to Puerto Rico and a Puerto Rican father (Giancarlo Esposito) he never knew, and finds his salvation in Reggaeton, a spicy blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin beats. Puerto Rico, the spiritual home of Reggaeton, inspires Rob and his step-brother Javi (Victor Rasuk) to pursue their dream of becoming Reggaeton stars. Together with a dancer named C.C., they learn what it means to stay true to themselves and each other, while overcoming obstacles in love, greed and pride, all culminating in an explosive performance at New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Shall We Dance

  • Directors: Peter Chelsom
  • Producers: Simon Fields, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Writers: Masayuki Suo title Shall We Dance original screenplay, Audrey Wells
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Ann Walter, Stanley Tucci

John Clark (Richard Gere) is a lawyer with a charming wife and a loving family, who nevertheless feels that something is missing as he makes his way every day through the city. Each evening on his commute home through Chicago, John sees a beautiful woman staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night, and signs up for ballroom dancing lessons, hoping to meet her. At first, it seems like a mistake. His teacher turns out to be not Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), but the older Miss Mitzi (Anita Gillette), and John proves just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates on the dance-floor. Even worse, when he does meet Paulina, she icily tells John she hopes he has come to the studio to seriously study dance and not to look for a date. But, as his lessons continue, John falls in love with dancing. Keeping his new obsession from his family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago’s biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her own lost passion for dance. But the more time John spends away from home, the more his wife Beverly (Susan Sarandon) becomes suspicious. With his secret about to be revealed, John has to do some fancy footwork to keep his dream going and realize what it is he really yearns for.