The Boondock Saints

  • Directors: Troy Duffy
  • Producers: Elie Samaha, Lloyd Segan, Robert Fried, Chris Brinker
  • Writers: Troy Duffy
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly

The film opens with Irish fraternal twins Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) MacManus attending Mass at a Catholic church. Next, (the film is chronologically unclear) while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends, the two get into a bar brawl with three Russian mobsters, who receive a sound beating. The morning after, two of the Russians seek revenge on Connor and Murphy, who kill their attackers in self-defense.

FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) is assigned to the case and surmises that the death of the Russians was not a professional hit, but probable self-defense. The brothers decide to clear their names and arrive at the police station, where they find that the police and local news reporters see them as heroes. To avoid press attention the brothers decide to spend the night in a holding cell, where they receive an apparent vision from God telling them to hunt down wicked men so that the innocent will flourish.

Connor and Murphy resolve to rid Boston of “evil men”, with their friend and former mob errand boy Rocco (David Della Rocco) eventually joining them to help. Connor learns of a meeting of Russian syndicate bosses at a hotel from a pager taken from one of the dead Russian mobsters and the brothers quickly kill nine bosses and underbosses—saving the leader â€” later referred to as “Fat/Fag Man” for last. They recite their family prayer and kill him with two gunshots to the back of the head â€” the bullets cross and go out his eyes. They place coins on the eyes of all nine bodies, as if to pay the toll to cross the river Styx.

Papa Joe is sent to trial and though there seems to be enough evidence to convict him, the reporters on-scene anticipate his acquittal due to his “Gotti-esque” demeanor. The brothers and Il Duce, aided by Agent Smecker, infiltrate the trial and make a speech stating that they intend to eradicate evil wherever they find it before the three men recite their family prayer and kill Papa Joe, causing panic in the court room. The media dubs the three “Saints”, and the movie ends with various candid interviews of with the public, reflecting on the question “Are the Saints ultimately good, or evil?”

Antichrist

  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Producers: Meta Louise Foldager
  • Writers: Lars von Trier
  • Genres: Drama, Horror
  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

An academic couple lose their young son while making love in the room next door. When the woman falls into a deep mental crisis, the man, who works as a therapist, decides to treat her himself. He will do this using exposure therapy, meaning that she should be exposed to her fears in order to overcome them. They travel to their cottage “Eden,” a location where the woman previously has been working on a thesis about witch-hunts, which appears to be a central factor of her fears. Soon after the treatment begins, the woman loses control of herself as what appears to be supernatural events start to occur.

Daybreakers

  • Directors: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
  • Producers: Chris Brown, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst
  • Writers: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

In 2019, a plague transforms the world’s population into vampires. With fewer humans to provide blood, the vampires seek to farm the remaining humans and to find a way to continue their existence. A secret team of vampires uncover a way that would rescue the human race.[1]

Clear and Present Danger

  • Directors: Phillip Noyce
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Novel, Tom Clancy, Screenplay, Donald Stewart, Steven Zaillian, John Milius
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Miguel Sandoval, Joaquim de Almeida, and, James Earl Jones

The film opens with a United States Coast Guard patrol boat stopping a suspicious yacht, finding that an American businessman and his family had been murdered by several men still operating the craft. The murdered man happens to have been a close friend of President of the United States. President Bennett (Donald Moffat) finds out that the man was murdered because of his ties to the Cali Cartel, having skimmed over $650 million from the Cartel for his own use. In his anger, the President tells James Cutter, his National Security Advisor, that the Colombian drug cartels represent “a clear and present danger” to the U.S., indirectly giving Cutter unofficial permission to take down the men responsible for his friend’s death.

Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), meanwhile, is appointed Deputy Director (Intelligence) when his friend, mentor, and boss Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones) is diagnosed with an aggressive, and ultimately fatal, case of pancreatic cancer. Upon his appointment, Ryan is asked to go before the United States Congress to request increased funding of $70 million for ongoing CIA intelligence operations in Colombia. Congress agrees to provide the funding, with Senator Mayo receiving Ryan’s word that “no troops” or black-ops will be used in Colombia. Needing to keep an unwitting Ryan out of the loop, Cutter turns to CIA Deputy Director of Operations Robert Ritter, who secures a document giving him permission to do what he sees fit to take down the cartel. Ritter then assembles a black-ops team with the help of John Clark (Willem Dafoe), a secret field operative. Clark and his team travel to Colombia and begin destroying the various Cartel gangs, their equipment and hidden drug lab facilities.

Back home, Ryan angrily confronts the President, who was indirectly responsible for all the carnage. The President smugly tries to convince Ryan that he now holds “a chip in the big game” â€” by being in the loop of what happened, Ryan can use the President for special favors, in return for keeping the debacle secret. The late Admiral Greer would be the scapegoat instead. Ryan is unable to bear dishonoring the black-ops team who died in the raid, the innocent civilians (whom Cutter called “collateral damage”) who died from the aerial bomb at the villa and the legacy of his mentor. He angrily tells the President that he intends to blow the whistle at a Congressional Oversight Committee session despite the damage it could do to his career, saying to the President, “Sorry I don’t dance”. He then walks out of the Oval Office, and the film ends with Ryan beginning his testimony to Congress.

Spider Man

  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Producers: Laura Ziskin, Ian Bryce, Avi Arad
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Koepp, Alvin Sargent, Comic Book, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris

Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and Peter’s secret crush Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) visit a genetics laboratory at Columbia University with their high school class. While taking photos in the laboratory, Peter is bitten on the hand by a genetically engineered “super spider”. Feeling unwell, he passes out shortly after arriving home. Meanwhile, scientist and owner of Oscorp Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), Harry’s father, is attempting to preserve his company’s military contract, knowing that its loss will mean the end of his business. He experiments on himself with his company’s new, but unstable, performance-enhancing chemical vapor which increases his speed, strength, and stamina. However, it also causes him to become insane and he kills his assistant, Mendel Stromm (Ron Perkins). The next morning, Peter wakes to find that his previously impaired vision has improved and that his body has metamorphosized into a more muscular physique. At school, he finds himself producing webbing and having the quick reflexes to avoid being injured in a fight with bully Flash Thompson (Joe Manganiello). Peter escapes from the school and realizes that he has acquired spider-like abilities from the spider bite. He quickly learns to scale walls, long jump across building rooftops and swing via webs from his wrists.

The Goblin holds Mary Jane and a tram car full of children hostage on top the Queensboro Bridge where Spider-Man arrives. The Goblin forces Spider-Man to choose who he wants to save, and drops Mary Jane and the children. Spider-Man manages to save both Mary Jane and the tram car, while the Goblin is pelted by civilians showing loyalty to Spider-Man. The Goblin then grabs Spider-Man and throws him into an abandoned building where he begins to beat him. The tables turn as the Goblin boasts of how he will later kill Mary Jane, and an enraged Spider-Man dominates over him, forcing the Goblin into being unmasked. Norman begs for forgiveness, but his Goblin persona attempts to remote-control his glider to impale Spider-Man. The superhero avoids the attack, causing the glider to impale Norman instead, and he dies asking Peter not to tell Harry about the Green Goblin. At Norman’s funeral, Harry swears vengeance toward Spider-Man, who he believes is responsible for killing his father, and asserts that Peter is all he has left. Mary Jane confesses to Peter that she’s in love with him, but Peter, feeling that he must protect her from the unwanted attentions of Spider-Man’s enemies, hides his true feelings. As Peter leaves the funeral, he recalls Uncle Ben’s words about responsibility, and accepts his new life as Spider-Man.

Platoon

  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Arnold Kopelson
  • Writers: Oliver Stone
  • Genres: Action, Drama, War
  • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young American who has abandoned college to enlist in the infantry for combat duty in Vietnam. The year is 1967. Upon arrival, he sees dead soldiers in body bags being loaded into his plane, but more distressing to him is the shellshocked state of a departing soldier with the thousand-yard stare. Taylor and several other replacements have been assigned to Bravo Company, 25th Infantry division, “somewhere near the Cambodian border.” Worn down by the exhausting work and living conditions, his enthusiasm for the war wanes quickly and he develops an admiration for the more experienced soldiers, despite their reluctance to extend their friendship.

One day, another new arrival, platoon commander Lieutenant Wolfe (Mark Moses) discusses the plans for a patrol later that night with the platoon sergeants: the compassionate Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), harsh Staff Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), cowardly lifer Sergeant Red O’Neil (John C. McGinley), and drug addict Sergeant Warren (Tony Todd). Barnes and Elias argue over whether to send the new men out on a patrol that is likely to be ambushed. O’Neil insists that the new troops go out instead of several men under him who are nearly finished with their tours of duty. Barnes agrees, only on the condition that O’Neil goes out as well.

Francis emerges from his foxhole and stabs himself in order to be medevaced. O’Neil is found by other Americans, and Harris (much to O’Neil’s distress) gives him command of the platoon. As he is loaded onto the helicopter, Taylor is reminded by Francis that because they have been wounded twice, they can go home. After bidding farewell to Rhah, Francis, Tony Hoyt (Ivan Kane) and Ebenhoch (Mark Ebenhoch) (his last surviving friends in the platoon; the other survivors are Rodriguez (Chris Castillejo), Huffmeister (Robert Galotti), and O’Neil), Taylor boards his helicopter. The helicopter flies away and Taylor weeps as he stares down at the destruction, while he (from a future perspective) narrates that he will forever be in Vietnam, with Barnes and Elias battling for what Rhah called “possession of his soul”, and that he believes he and other veterans must rebuild themselves, and find goodness and purpose in their lives.