Get Low

  • Directors: Aaron Schneider
  • Producers: Richard D Zanuck, David Gundlach
  • Writers: Screenplay, Chris Provenzano, C Gaby Mitchell, Story, Chris Provenzano, Scott Seeke
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Scott Cooper

No one really understands Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), who lives as a hermit deep in the woods. Rumors surround him, like how he might have killed in cold blood, and that he’s in league with the devil. So the town is surprised when Felix shows up in town, demanding a “living funeral” for himself. Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), the owner of the Funeral Parlor, sees an oppurtunity for some money, and agrees to let the townsfolk tell Felix Bush the stories they’ve heard about him. Things get messy when an old mystery is brought back by Quinn’s protege Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), involving a local widow named Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek). When Felix’s funeral rolls around, however, he’ll tell the townsfolk exactly why he’s been alone in the woods for so many years.

The Straight Story

  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Producers: Pierre Edelman, Michael Polaire, Mary Sweeney
  • Writers: John E Roach, Mary Sweeney
  • Genres: Adventure, Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton

Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) is an elderly World War II veteran who lives with his daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek), a kind woman with a mental disability. When he hears that his estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke, he makes up his mind to go visit him and hopefully make amends before he dies. But because Alvin’s legs and eyes are too impaired for him to receive a driving license, he hitches a trailer to his recently purchased thirty year-old John Deere Lawn tractor and sets off on the 240-mile journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mount Zion, Wisconsin.

The film follows the story of Alvin’s six-week journey across rural America, the people he meets, his impact on their lives, and theirs on his. It has been called a modern odyssey of a man dealing with his own mortality and mistakes and the lasting bonds of family.


  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Brian De Palma, Paul Monash
  • Writers: Lawrence D Cohen, based on a novel by, Stephen King
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta

Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy outcast, has her first period while showering after a P.E. class. She is humiliated by her classmates who tease her by chanting/screaming “plug it up!” The gym teacher, Miss Collins (Betty Buckley), breaks up the bullying. Miss Collins berates Carrie, but becomes horrified when she realizes Carrie has no concept of menstruation. At home, Carrie is harassed by her mother Margaret (Piper Laurie), a delusional religious fanatic, who tells her daughter the humiliation is a punishment from God for having her period.

The girls who teased Carrie are subjected to an athletic detention by Miss Collins, who then bans the chief instigator, Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen), from the upcoming senior prom for her refusal to participate. Another of the instigators, Sue Snell (Amy Irving), feels guilty for her actions and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross (William Katt) to take Carrie to the prom. Carrie initially refuses, thinking the invitation to be another trick, but Miss Collins’ comforting pep talk persuades her to agree.

When told about the prom, Carrie’s mother forbids her from going and warns her that Tommy will lead her into a life of sex. However, Carrie resists and in her anger, she displays telekinetic powers, causing her mother to believe her daughter is possessed by a demon. As Carrie firmly insists on going to the prom, her mother warns her that “They’re all gonna laugh at you!”

Some time afterward, Sue, the sole survivor, is seen walking up to the empty lot where Carrie’s house once stood. She sees a “For Sale” sign planted in some rocks, “CARRIE WHITE BURNS IN HELL” written across it with lipstick. As Sue gently kneels down to put flowers at the base of the sign, Carrie’s bloody hand reaches up and grabs her. Sue then wakes up screaming and shaking in the arms of her mother (Priscilla Pointer).

Four Christmases

  • Directors: Seth Gordon
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon
  • Writers: Matt Allen, Caleb Wilson, Scott Moore, Jon Lucas
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Kristin Chenoweth

No one enjoys the holidays more than Orlando “Brad” McVie (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon). Every December 25th, this happily unmarried, upscale San Francisco couple embark on a holiday tradition they have shared every year since they met – ditching their crazy families for a relaxing, fun-filled vacation in some sunny exotic locale. There, sipping margaritas by the pool, they toast the season, knowing they once again avoided the chaos and emotional fallout of their four respective households: divorced parents, squabbling siblings, out-of-control kids and all the simmering resentments and awkward moments that are the hallmarks of every family Christmas. But not in Christmas 2006. Shorts and sunglasses packed, Brad and Kate are trapped at the San Francisco airport by a fogbank that cancels every outbound flight. Worse yet, they are caught on camera by a local news crew, revealing their whereabouts to the whole city… and to their families.

With no escape and no excuses, they are now expected home by Brad’s father (Robert Duvall) and Kate’s mother (Mary Steenburgen), as well as Brad’s mother (Sissy Spacek) and Kate’s father (Jon Voight), thereby celebrating four Christmases in one day. As they brace themselves for a marathon of homecomings, Brad and Kate expect the worst-and that’s exactly what they get. But as Brad counts down the minutes to their freedom, Kate surprisingly finds herself tuned to the ticking of a different clock. At the end of the day, each will gain a new perspective on where they came from… and where they’re going. Getting to know themselves and each other as they really are could finally give them a chance at the kind of love they’ve only been playing at. Kate decides she would like to someday start a family, scaring Brad away. Brad eventually comes back to Kate, surprising her at her door with the line “If we’re going to have one, we must have two, so they can play together,” as he realises how empty his life is and how much he loves Kate.

A year later on New Year’s Day 2008, the couple welcomes their first born child in a hospital: a baby girl. They attempted to keep the child’s birth a secret from their families, but once again they were caught on camera by a local news crew who was covering the first birth of the new year thereby revealing the arrival of the child to the city…and to their families.


  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Producers: Terrence Malick
  • Writers: Terrence Malick
  • Genres: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

Badlands is narrated from the perspective of Holly (Spacek), a teenaged girl living in a dead-end South Dakota town. One day she meets Kit (Sheen), a rebellious young greaser who sweeps her off her feet and takes her as his accomplice on a cross-country killing spree. Holly’s narration, describing her adventures with Kit with romantic clichés, is juxtaposed with the grim reality of Kit’s sociopathic appetite for grisly violence. This use of voice-over to create a dialectic between sound and image has become a dominant feature of Malick’s work.