The Mask of Zorro

  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Producers: David Foster, Doug Claybourne, Executive Producers, Steven Spielberg, Walter F Parkes
  • Writers: Screenplay, John Eskow, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Story, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Randall Jahnson, Characters, Johnston McCulley
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Western
  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher

In 1821, the Mexican Army is on the verge of liberating its country from Spanish colonial rule. In Las Californias the ruthless Spanish Governor, Don Rafael Montero, is about to be overthrown. In a final effort to trap his nemesis, the masked swordsman Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), Montero prepares to execute three innocent townspeople. With assistance from two orphan brothers, Joaquin and Alejandro Murrieta, Zorro releases the prisoners. Zorro rewards the Murrieta brothers with a medallion he wears, and escapes on his horse, Toronado, after cutting a “Z” into Montero’s neck as a warning.

Montero deduces that Zorro is really Don Diego de la Vega, a Spanish nobleman married to Esperanza, the woman Montero loved. Attempting to arrest Diego, a fight ensues. Esperanza is killed while trying to protect Diego. Diego’s house is burned and his infant daughter, Eléna, is taken by Montero to be raised as his own. Diego is imprisoned.

Twenty years later Montero returns to California, looking for Diego in the old prison. Although de La Vega is there, Montero does not recognize him, while several prisoners claim to be Zorro. Diego escapes, intent on killing Montero at a public ceremony for Montero’s return. Diego restrains himself when he sees Eléna (Catherine Zeta-Jones), now a beautiful young lady. Eléna is presented with a bouquet of flowers – Romagnas, native to California – the scent of which she recognizes, although she believes she has never been to California.

The one moment that captured all the advertising and viewer’s attention: When Eléna (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is undressed by the slashing sword of Mexican thief Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro (Antonio Banderas); the view of her opened dress caused his sword blade to pop up, followed by his taking her for a sensuous kiss.[1][2] The scene has been called one of the most erotic film moments of the 1990s.[3][4] In fact, both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas have admitted to sexual arousal during the filming of this scene,[5] Banderas being aroused by Zeta-Jones’s beauty,[5] and Zeta-Jones being aroused by the very fact that Banderas could strip her by using only his sword and not his hands.[5]

Dinner for Schmucks

  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Producers: Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Jay Roach
  • Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman, Source material, Francis Veber
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston

Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

The Uninvited

  • Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
  • Producers: Michael Grillo, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Riyoko Tanaka
  • Writers: Screenplay, Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard Original Screenplay, Kim Jee Woon
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Maya Massar, Lex Burnham

The movie begins with a young girl, Anna (Emily Browning), making out with her boyfriend Matt on the beach at a party. While this is happening, you hear Anna’s voice: “I’m on a beach”, implying that she is describing a dream. After a few moments he tells Anna he loves her and has “a condom”, she tells him she just can’t do it, gets up, and leaves. As she goes, her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) asks if everything is all right. She ignores her, and Alex goes back to what she was doing. On the way to her house she travels through the woods. Anna encounters three garbage bags lying around. She pauses, then goes to pass them when one of them twitches and shakes. She approaches it cautiously when it falls open and the dirty, twisted body of a young red haired girl falls out. As Anna stands, shocked, the head suddenly twists around and looks at her and says “Don’t go home”. Screaming and afraid, Anna runs home. She then hears a bell, which later is implied that was worn by her terminally ill mother and rung when she needed something. When she walks in, she states that her mother is alone but that she should never be alone. She enters the front of the house. Again, her voice narates, saying “Something is wrong. There’s something evil in the house.” It is coming from her father’s study. As Anna aproaches it, blood begins to pour from the keyhole. Suddenly, random clips begin to play, including a falling watering pail and a shattering glass orb. The dream ends, and Anna is revealed talking to a psychiatrist.

While Anna is back at the institution she says to her psychologist that she did what he had told her to, she had “finished what she started”. It is also revealed that the institutionalized woman at the beginning was “Mildred Kemp”. (Which makes sense, because Mildred asked “who am I going to tell my stories to?,” which means that while Anna moved back into the house, she was remembering the stories Mildred had told her, and putting them into her own version). To explain the matter of pearls, Mildred took them from the Wright family mother and wife, and it can be seen at the end of the movie that Mildred has the pearls in her hands while she closes her room’s door . It seems that it is only a coincidence that Rachel also has a pearl necklace, as there can’t be any relationship between Rachel and Mildred. It also shows that when Rachel was listenning in on them, she was actually worried because Anna was talking to herself. No one ever spoke directly to Alex or interacted with her except Anna; she never sent letters, and that was why her father ignored her. The last things you see are Anna smiling, and then the door across the hall shuts, showing the residents name: ‘Mildred Kemp’.

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Richard D Zanuck, John Logan, Walter F Parkes
  • Writers: Musical, Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, Play, Christopher Bond, Screenplay, John Logan
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Musical, Thriller
  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders

Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), a skilled barber, is falsely charged and sentenced to a life of hard labor in Australia by the corrupt Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), who lusts after Barker’s wife Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly). Now under the assumed name “Sweeney Todd”, Barker returns to London with sailor Anthony Hope (Jamie Campbell Bower). At his old Fleet Street lodgings above Mrs. Nellie Lovett’s (Helena Bonham Carter) pie shop, he discovers that Lucy, having been raped by Turpin, has poisoned herself, and his teenage daughter Johanna (Jayne Wisener) is now Turpin’s ward, and like her mother before her, is the object of his unwanted affections. Todd vows revenge, reopening his barber shop in the upstairs flat.

While roaming London, Anthony spots Johanna and falls in love with her, but is ejected from the Judge’s house by Turpin and his associate, Beadle Bamford (Timothy Spall). Far from being discouraged, the sailor becomes determined that the pair will elope. Meanwhile Todd, during a visit to the marketplace, denounces a fraudulent hair tonic (describing it as a mixture of “piss and ink”) by faux-Italian barber Adolfo Pirelli (Sacha Baron Cohen), and later humiliates him in a public shaving contest. Pirelli and his boy assistant Toby (Ed Sanders) visit Todd’s barbershop; Lovett keeps Toby occupied downstairs, while in the parlor Pirelli reveals himself to be Todd’s former assistant and attempts to blackmail him. To protect the secret of his true identity, Todd murders Pirelli.

An insane beggar woman, who has been pestering Todd, Lovett, and Anthony throughout the film, now makes her way into the shop. As Todd enters, she claims that she recognizes him. Just then, Turpin’s voice is heard. Todd quickly slits the beggar woman’s throat and deposits her body through the trap door. As Turpin enters, Todd explains to him that Johanna had repented, and offers a free shave. Todd then reveals his true identity and stabs Turpin in the neck numerous times before finally slitting his throat and dropping him through the trap door. As Johanna peeks out of the trunk, Todd spots her and prepares to slit her throat as well, not recognizing her as his daughter. A scream from Lovett diverts him to the basement, where she tells him that Turpin had still been alive and tried to grab at her dress before bleeding to death. Viewing the corpses in the light of the bakehouse fire, Todd discovers that the beggar woman was his wife, Lucy, whom he had believed to be dead based on Lovett’s account of the poisoning. Todd realizes that Lovett knew Lucy was alive. Lovett points out that she never said Lucy died; and, after attempting to convince Sweeney that she misled him for his own good, she confesses she lied because she loves him and would be a better wife than Lucy ever was. Todd pretends to forgive her, waltzing maniacally with her around the bakehouse before hurling her into the open oven, where he watches her burn to death. He returns to Lucy and cradles her dead body as Toby emerges from the sewer, picks up the discarded razor, and slits Todd’s throat. The film ends with Todd bleeding over his dead wife as Toby walks away.

The Terminal

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Andrew Niccol
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol, Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta Jones

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a man from the fictional country of Krakozhia, arrives at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, only to discover that during the flight his Eastern Bloc country’s government has been overthrown by rebels, invalidating his passport and thus leaving him stranded and stateless. Over the next nine months, Viktor is forced to live in the terminal building, unable either to set foot into the United States or to go home. He befriends the staff at the terminal, including flight attendant Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones), while being under the watchful eye of Immigration Officer Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), who wants the “Navorski problem” removed from the airport.

One day, Viktor explains to Amelia that the purpose of his visit to New York City is to collect an autograph of the jazz tenor saxophonist Benny Golson. His late father was a jazz enthusiast. He had discovered the “Great Day in Harlem” photograph in a Hungarian newspaper in 1958, and vowed to get an autograph of all the 57 jazz musicians featured on the photograph. Over the next 40 years, he had managed to collect an autograph of all of them, except for one person: Benny Golson. Viktor wants to collect this last one to fulfill his father’s dream.

To make matters worse, Dixon needs to sign the form granting Viktor the right to remain in the United States, but refuses, instead deciding to deport him out of spite. Thanks to the timely interference of the friends Viktor has made during his stay in the terminal, he is allowed to leave the airport. As Viktor prepares to take a taxi to the Ramada Inn, 161 Lexington Avenue, in New York, where Benny Golson is performing, he observes Amelia exiting from a cab, where she gives him a wistful smile. He attends the show and collects the autograph, finally completing the collection. Afterwards, Viktor leaves and hails a taxi, telling the driver that he wants to go ‘home’.

Artificial Intelligence AI

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Kathleen Kennedy, Walter F Parkes, Bonnie Curtis
  • Writers: Brian Aldiss, Ian Watson, Steven Spielberg
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Frances O Connor, Jude Law, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas, William Hurt

The story is set in the mid-21st century. Global warming has led to ecological disasters all over the world, and a drastic reduction of the human population. Mankind’s efforts to maintain civilization lead to the creation of “mechas,” advanced humanoid robots capable of emulating human thoughts and emotions. Among these androids there is an advanced prototype model named David, a mecha created by the Cybertronics company to resemble a human child and to “feel” love for its human owners. They test their creation on one of their employees, Henry Swinton and his wife Monica. The Swintons have a son, Martin, who has been placed in suspended animation until a cure can be found for his rare disease. Although Monica is initially frightened of David, she eventually warms to him after activating his imprinting protocol, which irreversibly causes David to feel love for her as a child loves a parent. As he continues to live with the Swintons, David is befriended by Teddy, a mecha toy, who takes upon himself the responsibility of David’s well being.

Martin is suddenly cured and brought home; a sibling rivalry ensues between Martin and David. Martin’s scheming behavior backfires when he and his friends activate David’s self-protection programming at a pool party. Martin is saved from drowning but David’s actions prove too much for Henry. It is decided for David to be destroyed at the factory where he was built, but Monica rather leaves him (alongside Teddy) in a forest to live as unregistered mechas. David is captured for an anti-mecha Flesh Fair, an event where useless mechas are destroyed before cheering crowds. David is nearly killed, but the crowd is swayed by his realistic nature and he escapes, along with Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), a male prostitute mecha on the run after being framed for murder.

David and Teddy take a submersible to the fairy, which turns out to be a statue from a submerged attraction at Coney Island. Teddy and David become trapped when the park’s ferris wheel falls on their vehicle. Believing the Blue Fairy to be real, he asks to be turned into a real boy, repeating his wish without end, until the ocean freezes. 2000 years later, Manhattan is buried under several hundred feet of glacial ice, and humans are extinct.[1] Mechas have evolved into an alien-looking humanoid form.[2] They find David and Teddy: functional mechas who knew living humans. David wakes up and realizes the fairy was fake. Using David’s memories, the mechas reconstruct the Swinton home, and explain to him via a mecha of the Blue Fairy that he cannot become human. However, they recreate Monica from a lock of her hair which has been faithfully saved by Teddy, but she will live for only a single day and the process cannot be repeated. David spends the happiest day of his life playing with Monica and Teddy. Monica tells David that she loves him and has always loved him as she drifts to sleep for her final time. This was the “everlasting moment” he had been looking for, he closes his eyes, falls asleep for his first time, and goes “to that place where dreams are born”.

The Ring

  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Producers: Walter F Parkes, Roy Lee, Laurie MacDonald, Michael Macari
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella

The film focuses on a mysterious cursed videotape which contains a seemingly random series of disturbing, grainy, black and white images. After watching the tape, the viewer receives a phone call in which a voice condemns the viewer to death in exactly seven days.

As the film opens, two teenage girls Katie Embry (Amber Tamblyn) and Rebecca ‘Becca’ Kotler (Rachael Bella) discuss the supposedly cursed tape. Katie reveals that, seven days before, she went to a cabin at Shelter Mountain Inn with friends, where she viewed the video tape. After a series of strange occurrences, involving a television in the house turning itself on, Katie is mysteriously killed while Becca watches, causing her to be institutionalized in a mental hospital.

Katie’s aunt, Rachel (Naomi Watts), is a journalist living in Seattle. At Katie’s funeral, Rachel’s sister asks her to investigate her daughter’s death. Her investigation leads her to the cabin where Katie watched the tape. She finds and watches the tape, the phone rings and a girl says “seven days.” The next day she calls Noah, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her precocious son Aidan, to see the video. He asks her to make a copy for further investigation. Aidan watches the tape a couple of days later.

Rachel informs Aidan that they will no longer be troubled by Samara. However, Aidan is horrified, telling his mother she had freed her body, and that Samara never sleeps. In his apartment, Noah’s TV turns on, revealing an image in which Samara crawls from the well, walks toward the screen and crawls out of the set into the room. Samara stares directly at him, frightening him to death  â€“ which Rachel discovers after racing to his apartment. Upon returning to her apartment, Rachel destroys and burns the original tape screaming and asking what Samara wants from her. She soon notices the tape marked “COPY” underneath the couch. Afraid that Aidan will also die, Rachel realizes the only way to escape is to copy the tape and show it to someone else, continuing the cycle. The movie ends with Rachel helping Aidan to copy the tape and put it in a public library.

Minority Report

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Gerald R Molen, Bonnie Curtis, Walter F Parkes, Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Screenplay, Scott Frank, Jon Cohen, Short Story, Philip K Dick, Uncredited, John August
  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough

In 2054, John Anderton is a member of an experimental Washington, D.C. police force known as Precrime, which uses future visions generated by three “precogs”, mutated humans with precognition abilities, to stop murders. Though a respected member of the force, Anderton has been addicted to an illegal psychoactive drug since the disappearance of his son Sean, which also caused his wife Lara to leave him. With the Precrime concept poised to go nationwide, the system is audited by Danny Witwer, a member of the Department of Justice. During the audit, the precogs predict that Anderton will murder a man named Leo Crow in 36 hours; believing the incident to be a setup by Witwer, who is aware of Anderton’s addiction, and given his own ignorance of Leo Crow’s existence prior to this point, Anderton attempts to hide the case and quickly departs the area before Witwer begins a manhunt for him. Anderton seeks the advice of Dr. Iris Hineman, the lead researcher of the Precrime technology. She explains to Anderton that the three precogs—the children of drug addicts using experimental drugs years ago—may see different visions of the future. When this happens, the system only provides data on the two reports which agree; a “minority report”, showing the futures where the perpetrators may not have actually committed a murder, is discarded. According to Dr. Hineman, the female precog Agatha is likely the one who witnessed the minority report.

At a banquet to celebrate the success of the Precrime unit and Burgess, Anderton plays Agatha’s vision of the Lively murder for the gathered crowd, clearly showing Burgess as the murderer. As Burgess sneaks off to confront Anderton, a new precrime report is created: Anderton is the victim and Burgess is the murderer. When Burgess finds Anderton, Anderton explains the impossible situation: if Burgess kills Anderton, he proves the system works but at the cost of a life sentence, while if he does not, the system will not have worked and the Precrime division will be shut down. Burgess resolves the paradox by killing himself. The Precrime program is shut down, all those jailed as a result of Precrime are pardoned and released, and the precogs are given the chance to lead a full life. Anderton and Lara remarry and start a new family.

Catch Me If You Can

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Michel Shane, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
  • Writers: Book, Frank Abagnale, Stan Redding, Screenplay, Jeff Nathanson
  • Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye

Frank Abagnale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio), 15 years old, lives happily in 1963 New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale Sr (Christopher Walken), and French mother Paula (Nathalie Baye). When a loan for Frank Sr. is denied at Chase Manhattan Bank, due to a series of IRS tax frauds by Frank Sr, the family is forced to move from their grand home to a small apartment. Paula carries on an affair with Jack (James Brolin), a friend of her husband. In the meantime, Frank poses as a substitute teacher in his French class. Shortly, Frank’s parents file for divorce, and Frank, scared, runs away. When he runs out of money, he begins to use confidence scams. Frank’s cons grow ever bolder and he even impersonates an airline pilot. He forges Lufthansa & Pan Am payroll checks and succeeds in stealing more than $2.8 million.

Meanwhile Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), an FBI bank fraud agent, begins to track down Frank with little help from his superiors. Carl and Frank meet in a hotel, where Frank convinces Carl his name is Barry Allen of the Secret Service. Frank leaves, with Carl angrily fooled. Later, at Christmas, Carl is still working when Frank calls him, attempting to apologize for duping Carl. Carl rejects his apology and tells him that he will soon be caught, but laughs when he realizes that Frank actually called him because he has no one else to talk to. Frank hangs up, and Carl continues to investigate. At a restaurant, a waiter points out to Carl that Frank’s false name, “Barry Allen”, is from The Flash comic books. Carl then realizes that Frank is probably a teenager.

On Monday, though delayed, Frank does return, and finally reveals to Carl that not all of his careers were cons — Frank passed the Louisiana Bar exam by studying for it for two weeks. The epilogue shows that Frank is happily married with three sons, lives in the Midwest, and is still good friends with Carl. Frank has helped catch some of the world’s most elusive money forgers and earns millions creating unforgeable checks.

Men in Black

  • Directors: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F Parkes
  • Writers: Comic Book, Lowell Cunningham, Screenplay Story, Ed Solomon
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D Onofrio, Rip Torn

The MIB, a top-secret agency that polices, monitors and directs alien activity on Earth, has established the Earth as an apolitical “neutral zone” for alien refugees (as Agent K explains, like Casablanca with no Nazis). MIB agents have no identity or any public record of existence, and the MIB agency answers to no government. The funding for their agency comes from the patents they own on technology confiscated from aliens, such as velcro, microwave ovens, and liposuction. Any memory of MIB activity upon “mustering out” of the MIB is erased and a new identity is created for the departing agent. Into this strange world is ushered the initially skeptical Det/Sgt James Edwards (Will Smith), an NYPD officer, as he becomes Agent J, one of the newest MIB personnel. Tommy Lee Jones plays K, a senior MIB agent who recruits and guides J as he learns the ropes.

MIB agents wear sunglasses and dark suits, and appear at UFO landing sites, similar to paranormal reports of real-world Men in Black. Instead of intimidating or threatening witnesses, the MIB use devices known as “Neuralyzers” to wipe witnesses’ memories of what they have seen, and replace the memories with more mundane explanations, such as swamp gas or weather balloons. Neuralyzers are also used on agents who leave the organization for any reason. The MIB’s sunglasses protect them from the effects of the Neuralyzer.

In the final scene of the film, the camera pulls back into the sky through space past our solar system, past millions of stars, ultimately revealing that our galaxy is contained within a circular container resembling a marble. The container is then picked up by an alien hand which throws it, hitting another ‘marble’ which also contains a galaxy. Both marbles are then picked up by the hand and placed into a bag full of galaxy-containing marbles.