Rock Star

  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Producers:
  • Writers: John Stockwell
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston

Rock Star tells the story of Chris Cole and a rock band called Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopier technician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called “Blood Pollution” by night.

Internal struggles between the Steel Dragon band members culminate with the firing of the lead singer, Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng) and the starting of recruitment sessions to find a new vocalist. Chris experiences his own internal strife with his bandmates, particularly guitarist Rob Malcolm (Timothy Olyphant) and is fired from Blood Pollution. He is given an audition with Steel Dragon (thanks to two of Blood Pollution’s groupies who had a tape of one of their concerts) and joins them as their new singer, adopting the stage name “Izzy.”

Following a successful debut concert with Steel Dragon, Izzy has to come to grips with the pressures of his newfound fame and success. The band embarks on a lengthy tour and Izzy experiences the excesses of the lifestyle. His new lifestyle impacts his life both for better and worse, particularly with his relationship with his supportive girlfriend, Emily (Jennifer Aniston). The group’s band manager Mats (Timothy Spall) serves as a sympathetic mentor to Izzy.

Izzy (now Chris Cole again) makes his way to Seattle and starts a new coffee-house rock band. (An allusion to the end of 1980s hair metal and the beginnings of the grunge rock movement) He finds Emily working in the coffee shop she and her roommate purchased a few months earlier, but is initially too ashamed to meet her. While walking one evening, Emily sees a flyer for his band posted on the wall and takes it down. In the final scene, Chris is singing with his band in a bar and Emily walks in. Chris leaves the stage and meets her. They reconcile, ending the film with a kiss.

101 Dalmatians

  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Producers: John Hughes
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Genres: Family, Comedy, Adventure
  • Actors: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright, Hugh Laurie

Roger Dearly (Jeff Daniels) is an American computer game designer, who shares his home in London with his pet dalmatian, Pongo. One day Roger takes Pongo for a walk, and the dog sets his eyes on a beautiful female Dalmatian named Perdy. After a frantic chase through the streets of London, Roger and Pongo discover Perdy likes Pongo; and Perdy’s owner, fashion designer Anita Campbell-Green (Joely Richardson), is taken with Roger when they meet in St. James Park. Romance blossoms between both human and canine couples and Roger and Anita walk down the aisle. Anita works for Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close), a sexy fashion maven with a great love for cigarettes and fur.

Anita becomes inspired by her dogs and designs a fur coat made with spotted fur, causing Cruella to leap on the idea of making garments out of actual Dalmatians. When Cruella learns that Perdy has given birth to fifteen Dalmatian puppies she offers the couple a decent price for the newborn puppies, but the couple refuses. Flying into a maniacal rage, she fires Anita and vows to get even. She has her henchmen, Jasper and Horace (Hugh Laurie & Mark Williams), steal the puppies and deliver them to her ancient estate, De Vil Manor.

Roger designs a successful video game featuring dalmatian puppies as the protagonist and Cruella as the villain, and they move to the English countryside with their millions.