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Which Film Would You Most Like to See?
Dr. Who: The Time War - JJ Abrams
 12%  [ 2 ]
Liquid Sunshine - Jason Reitman
 6%  [ 1 ]
The Defense - Christopher Nolan
 6%  [ 1 ]
GTA Vice City - Martin Scorsese
 12%  [ 2 ]
Coming Home - Paul Thomas Anderson
 6%  [ 1 ]
Heavy Rain - David Fincher
 6%  [ 1 ]
Lost in Translation II: Lost in Transylvania - Spike Jonze
 6%  [ 1 ]
Disenchanted Kingdom - Sam Mendes
 6%  [ 1 ]
Infernus - Lars von Trier
 6%  [ 1 ]
The Disc - Coen Brothers
 12%  [ 2 ]
A Father's Forgiveness - Tom Hooper
 6%  [ 1 ]
The Legend of Zelda - Quentin Tarantino
 6%  [ 1 ]
The Chasing - Clint Eastwood
 6%  [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 16

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:55 am    Post subject: The Make A Movie Draft VI -- Final Products! Reply with quote

The "Make A Movie" Draft - VI

The sixth Make A Movie Draft is complete, and we've got a brand new slate of film to presents to you all. The entire crews for all of these fictional films were drafted by each participant, and a story written accordingly. Write-ups were put together by each participant, and then they were ready.

I'd also like to introduce our special guest reviewers....

The Gnat and dream_catcher_9

I'd also like to ask anyone interested to also put together a ballot submission. To go through the various films and decide which film deserves which reward. Kind of like a mock Academy Award ballot. Just remember that if you were in the draft, don't include any winners from your own film.

Ballot wrote:

Most likely to win Best Lead Actor:
Most likely to win Best Lead Actress:
Most likely to win Best Supporting Actor:
Most likely to win Best Supporting Actress:
Most likely to win Best Visual Effects:
Most likely to win Best Original Screenplay:
Most likely to win Best Adapted Screenplay (taken from source material, may not be applicable):
Most likely to win Best Director:
Most likely to win Best Picture:

Optional: What could be improved for the next draft

So without further more, I will start putting out the various films. Please give me a little bit of time to reserve all my posts before you post anything.

Links wrote:

Links to Draft Related Threads

Make A Movie Draft I

Make A Movie Draft II:

Make A Movie Draft III:
Final Products

Make A Movie Draft IV:
Final Products

Make A Movie Draft V:
Final Products

Make A Movie Draft VI:


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Directed by J.J. Abrams

Plot Summary:
Doctor Who: The Time War reveals the war of the Time Lords vs. the Daleks which lasted thousands of years. The Daleks send thousands upon thousands of ships through to time votex and massacre millions of their enemy's race. As the Time Lords become increasingly desperate for survival, they resurrect some of the rogue members of their race and become highly unscrupulous as war wages on. Both sides continually abuse the use of time travel to go back and retry battles they lost, which along with the bruising of space and time simply leads to both Time Lords and Daleks dying over and over again. As blood stains the Time Lord's home planet of Gallifrey, it's up to The Doctor (Johnny Depp) and their high council to make decisions that could shake the universe at its core, as all of space and time is in jeopardy.

Johnny Depp as The Doctor

The pride of the Time Lords, The Doctor is a whimsical free spirit who adventures through time and space. He maintains a nonchalant attitude of the impending war with the Daleks in the very beginning, but after a child’s dies in his arms at the hands of their enemy, he becomes a warrior.

Timothy Dalton as Rassilon

One of the creators of the Time Lords and time travel technology. He is resurrected to take over leadership of the Time Lords after their high council feels their current president Romana (Keira Knightley) is not handling the war with enough power.

Andy Serkis as The Master

As the war wages on the Time Lords resurrect The Master who was formerly a rogue member of their society because they feel he’d be a great warrior. His reckless style leads to more deaths than he saves.

Keira Knightley as Romana

The president of the Time Lords in the early stages of the war until she is overthrown in desperation due to their weakness in the war. She attempts peace, but ultimately the Time Lords discard all morality in attempts to overpower the Daleks.

Ralph Fiennes as Davros

The creator of the Dalek race. He is their leader despite being non-Dalek himself (which is a robot race). He is particularly evil and rotten (literally and figuratively).

Summer Glau as The Visionary

A crazed, frazzled looking woman who prophesizes for the Time Lords. She sees that after the war ends, only two children of Gallifrey survive and that they are together on Earth in the future.

David Tennant as The Doctor

A future incarnation of The Doctor who is battling The Master (John Simm) on Earth in 2009. The Time Lord leaders attempt to bring Gallifrey to Earth’s orbit in this future, but The Doctor knows that if this happens everything the war created would come with it (pure evil).

John Simm as The Master

A future incarnation of The Master who is attempting to take over Earth and triangulate a signal to help bring the Time Lords to Earth. He soon realizes he has been completely manipulated and that having missed the end of the war, he never saw who the Time Lords became.

Rupert Grint as Chantir

A blue alien who is being held prisoner by the Daleks. He helps The Doctor overpower the guards and acquire a powerful gun and modifier that can exterminate all inhabitants of Gallifrey.

Helen Mirren as The Professor

Provides the context for the entire story, explaining the reason behind the war that is in their near future.

Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor

The next incarnation of The Doctor after Johnny Depp’s incarnation is near death and regenerates.

(Machines) as The Daleks

The arch enemies of the Time Lords. They attack due to previous conflicts that had been boiling up to this breaking point. The Time Lords had attempted to go back in time to avert their very creation which, after failing to do so, tipped the Daleks over the edge and caused them to attack the Time Lord's home planet of Gallifrey.

Plot Synopsis:
The opening credit sequence scrolls as the camera shows a classroom. The Professor (Helen Mirren) is explaining to her teenage students the ongoing conflict between their kind and an alien race named the Daleks. She explains that The Doctor, one of their own race, had been sent far into the past in an attempt to avert the creation of the Daleks. Foreseeing the possibility that the Daleks might conquer the universe, the Time Lords tried to stop them before they could even start. The Daleks then attacked the Time Lord’s high council after they failed to stop their inception. The final attempt at peace which ultimately failed came at the hands of their current president, Romana (Keira Knightly). It zooms in on the teacher’s face, and she says “a war is coming”.

The Doctor Who theme song plays.

We are then taken to a vast Dalek ship, led by their captain Davros (Ralph Fiennes) who looks rotten and almost corpse like. All of their robot race damns the Time Lords and collectively scream “EXTERMINATE” as the camera pans out to see thousands upon thousands of them.
Now on Gallifrey, the planet of the Time Lords, we find The Doctor (Johnny Depp) walking into the council of the Time Lords, an epically large theater-like council with hundreds of Time Lord leaders. President Romana discusses with the council the potential implications of the war that they see approaching. The Doctor appears rather unphased by the matter. Having dealt excessively with the Dalek race and having never been defeated by them, he feels the war will be another walk in the park, especially with all of the time lords teamed together. Romana and the rest of the council are frustrated with him. She explains the weaponry they have prepared; including Bowships, Black Hole Carriers, N-Forms, and battle TARDIS’s.

The Daleks descend on Gallifrey. Thousands of Dalek ships shoot through the time vortex and open fire on the planet. The Doctor is meanwhile sleeping in his TARDIS (his time traveling machine and place of residence). Seemingly uninterested in joining the war, he messes around with his controls and listens to music. Suddenly the TARDIS shakes as a Dalek has fired nearby. When he comes outside, he sees the school on fire and children running. One is running towards him and just as he gets to the The Doctor, he is killed by a Dalek and dies in his arms. A switch has clearly flipped in The Doctor’s attitude. He is ready to fight.
Epic battle scenes are shown. Time Lords are firing their weapons at Daleks while their race gets picked off one by one. They are destroying Dalek fleets, but their sheer volume is proving nearly impossible to stave off. Slow motion grandiose landscapes of Gallifrey show incredible explosions and Time Lords fighting for their life as they exhaust their weaponry.

The Dalek leader Davros descends upon the Gates of Asylum, attempting to destroy the heart of the Time Lord leadership. The Nightmare Child, a demonic creation of a war of time, sucks Davros into its jaws. The Doctor attempts to keep him alive, but he is too late and Davros is destroyed.
At this point in the war the council of the Time Lords is desperate. They consistently doubt Romana and feel they must take extreme measures to survive. They overthrow their president and decide to resurrect the creator of the Time Lords, Rassilon (Timothy Dalton). After being brought back using the resurrection gauntlet, he instantly is shown to be a far more ruthless leader. Knowing his race is in jeopardy, he is willing to push the envelope even further.

He decides to also resurrect The Master (Andy Serkis), a renegade Time Lord who despite his evil doings, is thought by Rassilon and the council to be the kind of warrior they need to defeat the Daleks. The Time Lords in their increasingly desperate state have become highly unscrupulous as their ruthlessness reaches all time highs.

Both sides of the war possess time traveling capability, and as the war wages on both the Daleks and the Time Lords continually go back into the past in attempts to correct battles they lost. They abuse space and time, bending it and battering the fabric of it. Endless amounts of Time Lords are resurrected by time travel but simply die yet again. Blood and fire engulf most of the planet. Eventually the war reaches a point where it locks in time due the overuse of time travel. No side can leave or re-enter the battle. The war spans over thousands of years, but it is all relative to the viewer who seeing it condensed.

The Master fights recklessly; injuring his own kind in his erratic offensives. Eventually outnumbered, he flees in cowardess, under the radar of the council and The Doctor who all think he perished in battle. Rassilon had unbeknownst to him created a link inside him as a child between him and the core leaders in case he was to resurface in the future. This “link” was four beating pulses in his head that if triangulated could bring them to him (this is explained by Rassilon to the council after he goes missing).

The Doctor amidst battle is captured and imprisoned by the Daleks. Thrown into a cell with an alien species, he is stuck unable to help his people who are dying millions by the second. The Daleks holding him prisoner possess The Great Key, which if used to modify weaponry could have astronomically destructive effects.

Meanwhile in the council, a now fairly evil Rassilon sits at a round table with Time Lord leaders. The Visionary (Summer Glau), a ratty crazed looking woman who primarily prophesizes, tells the council that the final days of Gallifrey are coming. Rassilion feels so desperate to succeed that he proposes The Final Sanction, the most devastating fail safe measure in the universe. This plan would essentially have the Time Lords ascend into pure floating consciousness and in doing so destroy the entirety of space in time; eliminating all life forms, planets, and the existence of the universe.

The final days of the war are literally hell. The Time Lords are ravaged by the Horde of Travesties, the Could’ve Been King and his Army of the Meanwhiles and Neverweres, and the Nightmare Child crushing both Daleks and Time Lords in its path.

With help from his inmates, particularly the blue alien Chantir (Rupert Grint), The Doctor overpowers his guards and seizes The Great Key. His interspecial inmate allies help him acquire a De-Mat gun, which can kill an organism in the blink of an eye. The Doctor after learning of Rassilon’s plan to end the universe realizes he must modify the gun with The Great Key to effectively kill every single Dalek and Time Lord (with the exception of himself) in order to avoid the destruction of reality. It is the only way he can think of to end the war and preserve what is left of time and space.

Meanwhile in the council, The Visionary sketches a difficult to decipher prophecy that explains that two children of Gallifrey are to survive to the war and that the link between them is Earth. In desperation to survive, they teleport to Earth in 2009 as they link with The Master who triangulated the signal, and find both The Master (John Simm) and The Doctor (David Tennant) in future incarnations in conflict on planet earth in Naysmith Mansion of England. This is a long scene that was previously in “The End Of Time”, David Tennant’s final episode as The Doctor. The link has brought the warring Gallifrey to Earth’s orbit along with all of the last days of the war. Rassilon reveals his Final Sanction plan and The Doctor explains to The Master that after he ducked out of the war early, he never saw the evil that the Time Lords became. He convinces The Master how much the council has manipulated him and together they break the link and kill Rassilon, sending Gallifrey back into its final days of war.

Back at the war, The Doctor back in his past carnation (Johnny Depp) stares at his modified De-Mat gun which can end the war but also kill his entire race.

An almost silent montage with faint whispers of explosions and screams shows the most gruesome battles the war has seen; living nightmares for both the Daleks and Time Lords. Slow motion grand displays of destruction show the horror of the war’s final days.
The Doctor enters his TARDIS, and prepares the gun with drips of tears and shaking hands. He begins to fly away, pulling the trigger. Gallifrey is swallowed by a silent flash as bright as the sun, in a profound annihilation that kills all particles within lightyears of the warzone, rippling through space and time swallowing planets and galaxies in its path.

We find The Doctor still alive in his TARDIS but weak to the point of near death. He glows and bursts into light himself; regenerating into his next carnation (Christopher Eccleston). He plainly says “Back to work” and shifts some switches and the TARDIS is off again; the Doctor Who theme song starts playing and the credits roll.

The Gnat's Review
The Gnat wrote:
This is what a Doctor Who film should be, minus one thing, Johnny Depp being the Doctor. As great as Depp is, it needs to be a British actor who plays the Doctor. This is also a very niche film.

The rest of the cast is great and using recently former Doctors in Eccleston and Tennant is great. What will make or break this film is how Abrams is able to portray the horrors of the time war. These things need to be almost comical in some ways and terrifying in others. They have to be up there with the Weeping Angels who are so common place but made so scary or the wooden dolls in the second episode of the second half of series 6.

Entertainment Grade: B+
Critical Grade: C+
Overall Grade: B


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Liquid Sunshine
Directed by Jason Reitman
A GJ Pictures Production

In this part drama, part comedy, A semi-successful businessman in Seattle, Henry (Jon Hamm) meets and develops a friendship with a local homeless man named Cam (James Franco). As the two become closer, they begin to learn things from each of their respective lifestyles. Along the way, Henry deals with stress at his workplace, along with a rocky relationship with his wife, while Cam tries to deal with his very shadowy past.



James Franco as Cam: a homeless man in his late 20's, Cam lives in a makeshift camp with several other homeless people underneath a bridge. Cam is an extremely kind and helpful person, with a good sense of humor, but lives life as a nomad. Never staying in one place for a long period of time, running away from his checkered past.

Jon Hamm as Henry Winters: a semi-successful businessman. Henry is a stressed out person, juggling his desire to move up in his work, as well as deal with a very rocky relationship with his wife. After meeting Cam, Cam helps teach him that you work to live, you don't live to work.

Supporting Cast:

Jeffrey Tambor as Kenny: A man who lives with Cam underneath the bridge. Kenny is old, and kind of out of his mind, but overall a lovable and funny guy.

Alison Brie as Katie: A caring girl who works at Henry's business, albeit in a different department. Cam gets a date with Katie when Henry lies for him, claiming that Cam works for him at the company.

Will Arnett as Jimmy: a cocky, overconfident rival of Henry's. Both Jimmy and Henry are fighting to earn the same job opening, but Henry's work outweighs that of his own, so Jimmy finds other means to try and gain the upper hand.

Jennifer Garner as Megan Winters: Henry's wife. She used to be a care free person, but the frustrations of marriage have gotten the better of her. She constantly gets into disagreements with Henry over trivial things, and the two never get along. There is still some fragment of love there somewhere, but it is outweighed by the frustration.

Carla Gugino as Sammy: Henry's boss. Sammy gets notice that she is receiving a transfer and promotion to Boston, and is informed that it us up to her to pick someone to fill her old job. She sees Henry as the early front-runner, but things get complicated when she develops a secret affair with Jimmy.

Adam Scott as Chris: one of Henry's friends at the office. Chris plays a small role as one of the people Henry bounces thoughts off of. He is also put in the compromising position of catching Sammy and Jimmy "in the act" in her office.

Rob Lowe as Michael: an old friend of Megan's from college. The two meet up by coincidence one day, and begin hanging out again. Things get screwed up however, when Henry finds out that they've been sleeping together.

Louis C.K. as Scott: Henry's attorney. Scott meets with Henry when Henry starts to consider a divorce with his wife. Scott tells him that Henry can make away with bank after his wife's affair, but Henry doesn't like the idea.

J.K. Simmons as Frank: Frank enters the story of the film pretty late, probably a little over 3/4 the way through, but plays a vital role that shakes the foundations of what is going on. Frank knocks on Henry's door one day looking for Cam. Frank tells Henry that he is his father, and he has been traveling around the country, following leads for nearly 15 years looking for him.

The film opens in Seattle. Henry (Jon Hamm) is at his office talking to his boss, Sammy (Carla Gugino). Sammy tells him that she's being transferred to their Boston branch, and that she's been given the responsibility to fill her current position. Knowing that he is the clear favorite to take over, Henry makes a joke about his advancement, to which Sammy also laughs at, knowing as well that he is the best suited. As Henry is leaving for work, he is approached by Jimmy (Will Arnett), who talks to him about Sammy leaving, and taunts him about which of them should get the promotion.

Henry makes his walk home from work. Along the way, he passes by a homeless camp that he's walked past hundreds of times without even acknowledging it. His cell phone rings in his pocket, and as he goes to grab it, he knocks his wallet out his pocket unknowingly. As Henry keeps walking, the show shows Cam (James Franco), walk up and grab the wallet, but Henry is already far away from him. We then see Cam start to follow him on his way home.

Henry arrives home, and is lazily welcomed by his wife, Megan (Jennifer Garner). The two talk about their days to each other like robots, and Megan gets up to start dinner. As she does so, the doorbell rings. Henry answers it, and Cam is standing at the door. Cam gives Henry is wallet back, telling him that he dropped it. Henry is surprised that he followed him all this way just to return his wallet. Henry, as a show of thanks, offers Cam to stay for dinner, to which he accepts. Megan is less than thrilled however, but puts up with it. At the table, the three begin talking. Cam seems like a pretty easy guy to talk to, and him and Henry get along great. Henry tells his wife about his promotion opportunity he learned about at work that day. Megan asks Cam what he does for a living, to which Cam pauses, but then gives an honest answer. He says that he doesn't have a job, and that he currently doesn't live anywhere either. Megan is disgusted by this, asking condescending questions. Henry tries to excuse her behavior, and gets Cam out of the room. He apologizes for her behavior, and wishes Cam a good night.

Over the coarse of the next couple weeks, we see Cam and Henry start to become better friends. Henry walks by the camp where Cam lives twice a day on his way to work, and the two usually talk on the way. We some of Cam's life in his homeless camp as well during this time. Cam mainly hangs out with Kenny (Jeffery Tambor), a slightly insane, but lovable old man who has been homeless for decades. Kenny still holds on a shred of irrational hope that he'll one day get a job. In his makeshift tent, he even has an old suit that he tells Cam he is going to wear on the day of his interview. Along this time, we also see Megan invite her old high school friend, Micheal (Rob Lowe) over for lunch occasionally, and its clear the the two of them are more than just friends. Michael is a very sly womanizer, and isn't afraid that she is married.

Henry has Cam over at the house a couple more times, much to the displeasure of his wife, and Henry and his wife get into even more arguments. Their relationship hadn't been strong in years, but it was worse than ever now. Things reach their tipping point when Megan tells Henry that his dog, Striker, can't live in the house anymore. Henry puts up his best fight to the idea, but eventually gives up. Having no place to go with Striker, he decides to ask Cam to take the dog off his hands, rather than put him down or give him to a shelter. Cam happily agrees, and the dog lives pretty happily in the camp with Cam and Kenny.

As a thanks for helping him out with Striker, Henry, with the help of his work buddy, Chris (Adam Scott), gets Cam a job interview as the person who runs the tiny little bakery on Henry's floor. Cam, trying to hide his own financial situation, asks Kenny if he can borrow his suit, to which Kenny happily agrees. So Cam arrives to his interview massively overdressed in an suit decades old, but pulls it off anyways. On his way out, Henry congratulates him, and the two run into Katie (Alison Brie), who works in a different department, but is good friends with Henry. Henry thinks it a good idea to lie for Cam. Henry tells her that Cam (who is still dressed in his suit) is a new employee, working under him, to which Katie is very impressed, all of which Cam just agrees to. Henry is able to subtly set the two up on a date.

Over the coarse of the film, Cam and Katie develop a pretty healthy relationship, granted Cam never tells her the truth about himself. Eventually, Henry arrives at work one Monday morning. As he comes onto his floor, he is approached by Jimmy again. Jimmy is more boastful than usual today, and he brags to Henry that he is in line to get that promotion. Convinced that Jimmy is just trying to get under his skin, like usual, Henry blows it off. He walks into Sammy's office though, to make sure. Sammy confirms that she has chosen Jimmy to take her job, and Henry is dumbfounded. Sammy comes up with some shady reason why he is better suited, and Henry storms out. He is approached again, this time by Chris. Chris says he's been looking all over for him, and that hey need to talk. Chris tells Henry about what he had seen Friday night as he was leaving for work, and it is shown as a flashback. Chris was getting ready to leave, when he heard weird noises coming from Sammy's office. When he heard her screaming, he went in to investigate, only to find Sammy and Jimmy going at it on her desk. The show shows Chris awkwardly looking at the two, who don't even notice him, and he backs out.

Elsewhere, Cam is returning to the homeless camp from his date with Katie. When he arrives, everyone at the camp is distraught. Cam rushes into Kenny's tent, where he is lying peacefully, dead in his sleeping bag. He had passed away in his sleep. Cam is heart broken, but demands a proper funeral. The next day, a cheap, but heart felt service is given for Kenny, run by Cam. Even Henry shows up to pay his respects. At Henry's house however, things are getting serious with Megan and Michael. Micheal advances his way past the flirting stage, and the two start having sex in Henry's bed. Michael asks where Henry is, to which Megan replies that he's at some stupid hobo funeral. Henry however, is just returning from it as she says that, and catches the two in the act. In the fallout of the incident, Henry kicks Megan out of the house, and asks for a divorce.

A couple weeks later, Henry is meeting with his lawyer, Scott Brown (Louis CK). Scott gives him his professional advice on the divorce, which is the fact that since Henry caught Megan in adultery, he can make a way good in the divorce settlement. Henry, who seems more annoyed the the whole process than excited, refuses, and simply says, "look, I'm not concerned with being the "winner" here, or showing her who's boss. I just want to be divorced, I just want to close that chapter of my life. I don't want to hurt her, I just don't want her around."

Henry arrives back home, where Megan is moving her stuff out. Henry and Megan are a lot more civilized around each other now that they are separated, now that there isn't constant tension between them. Henry wishes her the best of luck as she drives off. Henry extends Cam a generous offer. He tells Cam that he can move in with him, and stop living on the streets if he wants. Now that he has a job, he can pay a little bit of rent each month, so it won't be charity. Cam is overwhelmed by Henry's generosity, and accepts. A couple days later, at Henry's house, Cam and him are hanging out. Cam takes out his pipe and packs a bowl of some weed, and lights up. Cam offers Henry some, to which at first he turns down. After some convincing though, the two of them are smoking together and talking about how it all went down. Cam tells Henry that he's glad he stood up to Megan and kicked her out, and the two realize they've learned a lot from each other. When the bowl is beat, Cam gets up and says he's going to go back to his room and grab some more.

As Cam is in his room, the doorbell rings. Henry gets up to go answer it. When he opens the door, he see's a complete stranger (JK Simmons), who introduces himself as Frank. Frank asks him is Cam is here. Henry, confused by the situation, asks Frank who he is. Frank replies again, by asking if Cam is here. Henry says that he's not saying anything until Frank explains what he's doing here. Frank sighs and explains. He says that he is is father, and he's been following him all around the country trying to get a hold of him. He evens shows Henry a picture in his wallet of him and Cam fishing when he was a young teenager. Henry calls for Cam, but there is no answer. Frank and Cam go to his room, but Cam is gone, and the window is ajar. Cam had seen his father approach the door, and had fled.

It is now almost dark, and Cam is sitting alone at the homeless camp, sitting next to the makeshift tribute they had made for Kenny. He is approached by Katie. By now, Katie and Cam had gotten to know each other, and it was obvious that there were feelings there. Katie tells Cam that Henry called her, and told her where she could find him. Cam is clearly upset. Katie is able to comfort him, and Cam reluctantly explains the situation. Cam was a teenager when it happened. He was wasted and stranded about 30 minutes from home late one night, not anything unusual for him. Cam's father was really strict about his underage drinking, and, afraid to call him, Cam called his mother instead. Cam's mother had a serious eye condition. She had terrible eye sight, and was legally blind at night. She was not allowed to drive, but Cam called her anyways, begging her to give him a ride home so that he wouldn't have to call his dad. His mother agreed, and came to pick him up. The roads were pretty clear, and they had gotten most of the way home. There was a stretch though, where the road got extremely narrow. It was pitch black, and a car was coming at them. Cam's mother couldn't image how far the car was away from them, and swerved way too early to get out of the way. The swerve sent the car flipping into a ditch. Cam's mother didn't survive the accident, and Cam got away with several broken bones. After he had gotten out of the hospital, Cam couldn't live with what he had done, and was ashamed of himself. Not able to even look at his father anymore, Cam ran away. And had been living a nomadic homeless life for years now. As Cam explains the story, Katie comforts him, shocked at the truth. Cam tells her that he isn't really a business executive, to which Katie obviously understands now, but doesn't care at all.

As the movie comes to a close, we see Cam finally meet with his father. It is an emotional scene, where Frank explains that he doesn't blame Cam for anything that happened. He doesn't care about the incident anymore, he just wants to have his son back, and know that he's safe. Cam is still distraught from the incident, but now even more ashamed that he put his father through all of the stress of him vanishing. The shot zooms out of the two catching up, and we then see Henry. He's standing on his porch, casually smoking a joint. Several shots are shown over a Jon Hamm voiceover. Sammy, upset that Jimmy wouldn't move with her to Boston when their relationship got more serious, discovers that he was just sleeping with her to get the job, and leaves him, Henry getting the promotion instead. Henry explains that he is a free man now, much happier now that he no longer lives a forced, chained down life.

Dreamcatcher's Review
dream_catcher_9 wrote:
Wow, Real life human drama right there. Just a fantastic look at how people think and what they are feeling. The story you write is so detailed that I could picture the whole thing without guessing on some stuff. You tell how people can be caring, mean, happy, sad. I loved James Franco in Cam's shoes. He is pretty much the perfect homeless man with his lazy but calm demeanor. Really enjoyed Jon Hamm as Henry. Again, I could picture him as a strong husband and father figure to Cam. Jennifer Garner is always nice to have in a story, not only cause she is really hot, but is a nice person and smart. Your story kinda shows her working out of her boundaries, which I like. Sort of like the films message, learning about people totally different from you and incorporating that into your life. All the other characters were pretty spot on as well.

I loved how you wrote the story, you made it very clear and simple, but you also gave it a lot of depth with the main characters and what they were feeling and going through in each scene. My only critique I have is I didn't really come out of it with much laughter. Couldn't really get that laugh from reading it, but again, its hard to know without actually seeing the film. Liked Jason Reitman as the director as he is a master at Human Drama, and slick comedy. Juno and Up In The Air for example. Even though there was no cinematography(obviously) I could picture everything in my head, which is a testament to the story. Just like a good book you read.

Overall you did a great job, I understood what was happening throughout, I loved the relationship with Henry and Cam, who was my favorite character. If this was made into a film I would have loved to have seen more of him. All the main characters had solid roles, and the women were gorgeous, nice selection Smile. Would definitely pay the 8-10 dollars to see this as I always will watch a good human drama film with good actors, and a good director. Ill give you a solid A, only thing I would have liked was a bit more comedy, but still, great job all around.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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The Defense

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Attorney David Jamison (Bale) defends recently captured serial killer Robert Anthony (Cranston) who for ten years terrorized a small Texas town. With a determined FBI Agent (Mortensen) and an experienced District Attorney (Clooney) leading the way, Anthony appears to be on the fast track to death row. Through the trial process morality is questioned, resilience is tested, and true motives are discovered.


Christian Bale – David Jamison

A ruthless defense attorney who begins questioning the morality of his work during the biggest case of his life.

Bryan Cranston – Robert Anthony

A crazed serial killer on trial in Texas charged with seventeen counts of murder. Anthony is seen throughout the movie in flashbacks narrated by testimony. The flashbacks recount Anthony committing unthinkable crimes without a hint of remorse.

Emily Blunt – Rachel Myers

David’s wife who leaves him after he refuses her plea to drop the case. Rachel is later interviewed by a journalist profiling David.

George Clooney – Greg Rodgers

The DA who leads the prosecution and is aided by David’s ex-wife.

Viggo Mortensen -- Richard George

An FBI agent on the stand who has spent ten years hell-bent on capturing Anthony.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- Luke Thompson

An ambitious legal associate working for David, vying for his share of the media spotlight.

Guy Pearce -- Patrick Robinson

An Iraq-Veteran who was tortured while on leave by Anthony. He is called to testify despite the immense psychological damage done by Anthony.

Sandra Bullock -- Megan Wade

A journalist profiling David who interviews Rachel and other people from David’s past.

Martin Sheen – John Cameron

The grandfather of one of Anthony’s victims. Cameron waits everyday in the lobby of the courtroom unable to bring himself to observe the trial.

Anne Hathaway -- Jamie Robinson

The wife of Patrick Robinson, the man who was tortured by Anthony. Her testimony serves as narration for a flashback showing the attack.

Elle Fanning – Olivia Cameron

One of Anthony’s victims seen in flashbacks.

Michael Caine

A priest that David speaks with during a troubling time.

Quote: has acquired a copy of the script for the upcoming Christopher Nolan film The Defense.

We open to see a run down motel A Cadillac de Ville stops in front of the office and a man, Robert Anthony (Cranston), gets out of the car. He looks around to see if anyone is around then steps out. He is wearing a raincoat covered not in water but in blood and seems eerily calm. Anthony takes off the coat and places it in a bag. He walks into the motel office and requests a room for one night.

Outside we see three black SUVs drive up to the motel slowly with the headlights off. Inside one of the SUVs we see a SWAT team preparing their weapons. Anthony unlocks the door to his room and walks in. He places the bag on the bed and takes three knives (also coated
with blood). The SWAT team is now approaching the motel room. They break down the door and swarm in. Anthony makes no attempt to escape allowing the SWAT team to take him peacefully, a slight smirk on his face.
Defense Attorney David Jamison (Bale) is called by Anthony the night he is arrested. He explains his situation to him and hangs up. David goes to the county jail to meet with Anthony and agrees to defend him.

FBI Agent Richard George (Mortensen) meets with Bexar County District Attorney Greg Rodgers (Clooney). Agent George has chased Anthony for the majority of his stint on the FBI’s most wanted list. He tells Greg that the case against Anthony is a “slam dunk”.

We meet David’s wife Rachel (Blunt) who after finding out the identity of David’s new client, begs him to reconsider. David refuses. He goes to the county jail to meet with Anthony. David asks for his side of the story, Anthony tells him to “Google it”.

The trial begins, the prosecution (lead by Clooney’s character) recreating the night of April 19th 2009. The story flashes back to that night, we see Patrick Robinson (Pearce), an Iraq Veteran on leave. He leaves his wife Jamie (Hathaway) at home to go get takeout. Hathaway’s
character begins narrating the scene as she is called as the first witness. She talks about his emotional homecoming and being able to be together for the first time in 18 months. The tone changes when she is asked about April 19th. We see Robinson walking to his car; from the shadows a man emerges, we can’t see who it is. We see the man holding a syringe which he then injects into Robinson’s neck. The scene cuts back to courtroom. Jamie begins tearing up as she talks about how Robinson was tortured.

Against David’s objections, the judge allows the prosecution to call Robinson to the stand. We see him being pushed in a wheelchair and then helped onto the stand. The lingering physiological (and physical) damage as a result of the attack are grossly apparent. After Rodgers finishes his questioning, we, for the first time, see David cross examine a witness. His intellect and cleverness is obvious.

We see highlights of David effectively ‘poking holes’ in the defense’s case on a cable news channel. Journalist Megan Wade (Bullock) is seen watching, she makes a comment about the national interest in the case and in David in particular. She mention that she intends to write a profile of David.
Later in the film David meets John Cameron (Sheen) the grandfather of one of Anthony’s victims (Elle Fanning) while getting coffee. Cameron tells David that he has been unable to bring himself to go into the courtroom and listen to observe the trial. David does not volunteer his role
in the trial. John tells David the story of his granddaughter being raped and then murdered. He speaks with obvious hatred towards Anthony and wonders aloud who could possibly defend such a horrible person.

FBI Agent Richard George (Mortensen) takes the stand next. As George outlines the crimes that Anthony is charged with the film flashes back showing Anthony brutally murdering men, women and children. The next few scenes show George and the FBI time after time being
one step behind Anthony and with each occurrence George becoming more and more frustrated.

While buying groceries a woman approaches Rachel and asks how she can stand behind ‘a monster’. Rachel is visibly upset. She later begs David to hand over the case to another attorney and threatens to leave him if he doesn't. David refuses; the next morning he wakes up to find Rachel has left. Later in the day, while alone in a stairwell we see David break

DR's Review
Darrelle Revis wrote:
My favorite cast by far. Nolan directing Bale, Clooney, Viggo, JGL, Piearce, and Cranston sounds amazing to me. The story is grim and a little more conventional than I’d expect from a Nolan film, but the cast and characters would clearly elevate this. Cranston is my early favorite for Best Supporting Actor. Bale definitely would be in play for Best Actor as well.

GJ's Review
Greg_Jennings wrote:
This is one I was excited to see, it had a cast full of actors that I loved, and I was pumped to see what would come of it. I love the casting of Bryan Cranston in the lead role, that man needs some kind of breakout recognition in the film department. The cast as a whole does seem a little overwhelming. Huge name people like Hathaway, JGL, Martin Sheen, among others are put into small roles where more realistic casting might have worked better, but different people have different tastes. The story is pretty interesting for the most part, I think a little more could have been focuses on the characters themselves, to develop them more, than just having the details of the trial. I think it would definitely have potential if realized into a full film however.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Director: Martin Scorsese


Set in 1986 Vice City, the story revolves around Mafia hitman Tommy Vercetti, who was recently released from prison. After being involved in a drug deal gone wrong, Tommy seeks out those responsible while building a criminal empire and seizing power from other criminal organizations in the city.


The film is the story of Tommy Vercetti, a member of the Liberty City mafia who has just been released from prison in 1986 after serving 15 years for killing eleven men. Tommy's old boss, Sonny Forelli, fears that Tommy's presence in Liberty City will heighten tensions and bring unwanted attention to his organization's criminal activities. To prevent this, Sonny ostensibly "promotes" Tommy and sends him to Vice City under the guardianship of mafia lawyer Ken Rosenburg to act as their buyer for a series of cocaine deals. During Tommy's first meeting with the drug dealers, an ambush by an unknown party results in the death of Tommy's bodyguards, Harry and Lee, and the cocaine dealer, Vic Vance. Tommy narrowly escapes with his life, but he loses both Forelli's money and the cocaine.

Tommy returns to his hotel room and phones Sonny to inform him of the outcome of the deal. Sonny, furious at the news, threatens Tommy about the consequences of messing with his organization. Tommy promises to retrieve the money and the cocaine and kill whoever was responsible for the ambush. Towards this end, Tommy meets up again with Forelli's lawyer Ken Rosenberg, who leads Tommy to contact a mid-level drug dealer and ex-military Colonel named Juan Garcia Cortez. Cortez expresses regret about Tommy's bad deal and promises that his own lines of inquiry are being made. Tommy also meets Cortez's daughter Mercedes, who becomes Tommy's girlfriend shortly thereafter.

While Tommy waits for the outcome of Cortez's investigation, he becomes in contact with hot shot record producer Kent Paul and meets local free-lance criminal Lance Vance. Lance is eventually revealed to be helping Tommy because his brother and business partner was the dealer who was killed in the ambush, and he too is seeking revenge.

As time passes, Tommy befriends Colonel Cortez and begins to do regular work for him as an errand boy and hitman. One of his jobs for Cortez is to provide protection for a drug lord Ricardo Diaz during a deal with the Cuban gang Los Cabrones, which is ambushed by a gang of Haitians. Tommy does his job and saves Diaz's life, leading Diaz to begin hiring Tommy for his own agenda. Tommy takes this work because it pays well, in spite of his distaste for Diaz's character.

Tommy learns from Cortez that Cortez's own lieutenant, Gonzalez, was partially responsible for the ambush on Tommy's cocaine deal, and asks Tommy to kill Gonzalez with a chainsaw as a favour. Afterwards Cortez lays suspicion for the ambush on Diaz. Tommy initially plans to continue the status quo to prepare for his own attack, but his hand is forced when Lance Vance attempts to take revenge on Diaz by himself and fails. Lance is captured and taken to a junkyard to be tortured. Tommy rushes across the city and rescues him. With the die cast, the two move quickly to raid Diaz's mansion with assault rifles provided by Lance. They wound and then execute Diaz outside his office. With Diaz dead, and Colonel Cortez fleeing the country on his boat to escape arrest, the established drug empires in Vice City quickly crumble and Tommy and Lance personally take over, becoming Vice City's cocaine kingpins.

Tommy becomes the head of his own organization, the Vercetti crime family, and the more powerful and rich Tommy becomes, the more Lance begins to exhibit paranoid and sociopathic behaviors, to the point that he begins to abuse his own bodyguards and constantly calls Tommy in states of hysteria.

Tommy also makes alliance with Umberto Robina's Los Cabrones against Auntie Poulet's Haitians, even though he is at the same time hypnotized by Poulet's voodoo into helping the Haitians. Tommy and Poulet part ways after he helps fight off a Cuban assault on Haitian turf, after which he becomes unwelcome near their neighborhoods. In the end though, Tommy and the Cubans sneak explosives into the Haitian drug factory disguised in Haitian gang cars and blow it up, effectively ending the Haitian gang's power.

As his drug business expands, Tommy, with the help of Kent Paul, buys assests in nearly bankrupt companies such as a car lot, a cab depot, a strip club, a night club, a boathouse, a print shop for counterfeit money, an ice-cream company that is revealed to be a front for drugs, and an adult film company, all of which he turns back into competitive businesses. He also becomes a personal bodyguard to a rock band, an honorary member of a biker gang, and pulls off a major bank heist.

Eventually the Forelli family discovers that Tommy has taken over much of the action in Vice City without sending a cut to Sonny as required. Sonny sends collectors to force money out of Tommy's assets, but Tommy disposes of them. An angered Sonny Forelli arrives in Vice City with a small army of mafiosi, intent on taking their tribute by force. When Sonny and his henchmen arrive at the Vercetti Estate, Tommy attempts to give them their tribute in counterfeit money, and confronts Sonny over the hit he was supposed to pull on one man that turned into an eleven-man killing spree. However, Lance, having come to resent Tommy's substantial share of their profits, reveals to Tommy that he made a back-room deal with the Forelli's to topple the Vercetti family, and informs Sonny that the tribute money is counterfeit. Tommy stands alone as Lance, Sonny, and Sonny's henchmen raid Tommy's Mansion.

Tommy first chases, ridicules, and finally kills Lance on the rooftop helipad, then storms downstairs where he faces off with Sonny. During the gunfight, Sonny reveals he is the one who set Tommy up fifteen years before, sending him to kill the eleven men who were expecting him. Tommy eventually kills Sonny in the main hall of his estate. With his enemies vanquished, Tommy establishes himself as the undisputed crime kingpin of Vice City. Ken Rosenberg, who has worked with Tommy throughout the events of the game, becomes his right-hand man.



Tommy Vercetti (Javier Bardem)

Tommy Vercetti, born in 1951, is the main protagonist. Prior to events in Vice City, Vercetti had previously worked as a member of the Forelli family of the Liberty City Mafia. In 1971, he was sent by Sonny Forelli to kill a man in the Harwood District, but as he arrived 11 men ambushed him. Vercetti was forced to kill them all, resulting in a 15-year prison sentence for multiple counts of homicide. He also earned the title "Harwood Butcher".

Fresh out of prison in 1986, Vercetti (at the age of 35) is keen to start work again for the Forelli family, and is immediately dispatched by Don Sonny Forelli to Vice City to participate in a crucial introductory drug deal. When an ambush of the deal by a group of masked assailants results in, Tommy, losing both the money and the drugs, sets out to find and kill the party responsible. In doing so, he takes complete control of the city, becoming one of Vice City's richest and most powerful men and becoming the leader of the extremely powerful Vercetti Gang. Sonny Forelli, however, continually demands his cut of the substantial profits, leading him to confront Tommy in person. After it emerges that Tommy's original 1971 capture was orchestrated by Sonny himself, Tommy kills Sonny and countless Forelli family members in his mansion, and emerges triumphant as the leader of an organization in total domination of Vice City. He used his power to kill a couple of the people he worked for, such as Ricardo Diaz.

Sonny Forelli (Sean Penn)

Sonny Forelli (1948–1986) is the Don of the Forelli family of the Liberty City Mafia circa 1986 and the main antagonist.

Sonny came to power young, and ordered several important mob killings around the time of Tommy Vercetti’s imprisonment that resulted in the great success of the Forelli family. At the time of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Sonny is believed to have major influences in racketeering, gambling, unions, corruption, and prostitution, with growing interest in the narcotics trade (which the other Mafia families have tried to avoid). Tommy Vercetti grew up with Sonny and they were friends. Sonny granted Tommy a position in the organization and he was loyal to the family above all else. Then, fifteen years before the start of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Tommy was sent by Sonny to the Harwood District to assassinate a key mobster. Tommy was apparently ambushed, and ended up killing eleven rival mobsters in a massacre earning him the title of the “Harwood Butcher.” Tommy always believed that Sonny set him up, although his motives were unknown. Forelli is wary of the possibility of other gangs, including the rival mob families, cutting into Vice City’s hugely profitable and suddenly expanding drug business, and wants to stake a claim for the Forelli family first. At the same time, Tommy Vercetti is back in town, just fresh from prison. Because Tommy kept quiet when he did his time, Sonny feels obliged to give him a job; however, Sonny believes Tommy is still too well known as the Harwood Butcher and he feels this will prove harmful to business in Liberty City. He therefore sends Tommy to Vice City as a formal Forelli family representative to set up a drug outpost there. His intention was for Vercetti to start a large drug cartel in Vice City operating on behalf of the Forelli family. When it is learned that Vercetti emerges without the millions in cash or the drugs he was sent to buy as a result of the ambush during a drug deal, Sonny is enraged and promises to kill Tommy if he does not get both the money and the merchandise back. As Tommy Vercetti grows powerful and builds his extensive empire, Sonny calls in periodically to pressure Tommy into giving him his cut. Once it is clear that Tommy has gone solo, he sends enforcers to Vice City to rough up Tommy’s men and tax his multiple businesses. When Tommy slaughters all of them, Forelli approaches one of Tommy’s partners, Lance Vance, and the two conspire against Tommy. Tommy is expecting Sonny and his men when they arrive at his mansion’s doors, ready with suitcases full of counterfeit money to pay the Forelli family off once and for all. When Lance Vance tells Sonny the real money is in Tommy’s office safe and Sonny reveals that Tommy’s imprisonment was actually organized by himself, Tommy realizes the time for diplomacy is over. A huge gunfight ensues, and Tommy slaughters countless Forelli family members, and the traitor Lance, within the mansion, ending with a showdown between Sonny and himself in the mansion’s entrance hall. Tommy finally gets revenge for his 15-year imprisonment by personally killing Sonny in a gun battle.

Ken Rosenberg (Matt Damon)

Ken Rosenberg (1953-) is a shady neurotic lawyer (a partner at the “Rosenberg & Associates” legal firm) who is closely affiliated with Tommy Vercetti and loosely connected to the Forelli family, often serving as comic relief. Ken meets Tommy at Escobar International Airport and remains his loyal ally. He has been reported to have problems with controlled substances (particularly cocaine) and egomania. He is also suspected of cheating on his law school exams and having employed heavies on numerous occasions to intimidate and corrupt juries; Giorgio Forelli, the Cousin of Sonny Forelli and a member of the Forelli Family, is a “blue chip” client of Ken’s. Ken’s inability to firmly take control of situations meant he would also be the subject of jokes on occasions. Ken has a very poor success rate at trial and is referred as a “bonkers ambulance chaser” who couldn't "defend an innocent man all the way to death row"

Lance Vance (Jamie Foxx)

Lance Vance is a Dominican drug dealer who becomes Tommy Vercetti's associate, but later the secondary antagonist. Lance worked in the narcotics trade with his brother, Victor, and made up one third of the Vance Crime Family, with Victor as the leader. In the game's opening cut scene, Pete flies Victor to a cocaine deal with Tommy Vercetti (which Lance arranged), but before the goods could change hands, Victor and two men accompanying Tommy, are shot down in an ambush. Pete, still in the helicopter, flies away unscathed, while Tommy jumps into a car with Ken Rosenberg at the wheel and narrowly escapes with his life, but not the money or drugs. Pete would tell Lance about the accident which resulted in Lance seeking out Tommy in order to find their money. Lance meets Tommy face-to-face shortly after Tommy beats to death a small-time hitman named Leo Teal who helped organize the ambush. Each agrees to help the other get revenge on whoever wrecked the cocaine deal. Lance helps Tommy on several assignments such as saving Ricardo Diaz from an ambush by the Haitian Gang in mission Guardian Angels and killing a thief who was stealing money from Ricardo. Lance attempts to kill Ricardo after discovering he organized the ambush but is captured and tortured by Ricardo in a junk yard until he is saved by Tommy. Tommy and Lance plan an ambush on Ricardo and after sneaking into his mansion they make their way to Ricardo's office and gun him down. They take over his empire creating the Vercetti Gang. However, over time as Tommy becomes extremely rich and powerful, Lance begins to resent Tommy's greater share of the substantial profits. He believes that Tommy is treating him like a child and a common grunt. Eventually, Sonny Forelli approaches Lance (or possibly the other way around) and Lance begins to conspire against Tommy. Lance later betrays Tommy in the final confrontation between Sonny and Tommy, changing sides and citing business as a reason for betraying Tommy. Enraged, Tommy slaughters all of Forelli's men, and kills Lance on the rooftop helipad of the Vercetti Estate.


Juan Garcia Cortez (Antonio Banderas)

Colonel Juan García Cortez (1935-), a retired colonel from an unspecified Central American nation and is an acquaintance of Ken Rosenberg. He helped set up the failed exchange that brought Tommy Vercetti to Vice City, but was not involved in the ambush that resulted in the deal's failure.

Mercedes Cortez (Zoe Saldana)

Mercedes Cortez is Colonel Cortez's wayward daughter and a love interest of Tommy Vercetti.

Ricardo Diaz (Joaquim de Almeida)

Ricardo Diaz (1935–1986) is the leader of the biggest drug cartel in Vice City and an antagonist. He is extremely dangerous and volatile individual behind the ambush of the Forelli family's drug deal. He is also the leader of his own gang, and the initial drug lord of Vice City.

Umberto Robina (Pierce Brosnan)

Umberto Robina (1942-) is the leader of Los Cabrones who has been involved in a long-term Vice City turf war with the Haitian Gang.

Kent Paul (Jude Law)

Kent Paul (1964-) is a Cocky 21 year old English youth who works in the music business but claims to be a criminal mastermind.

Auntie Poulet (Adriana Barraza)

Auntie Poulet (1934-) is an elderly Haitian matriarch, leader of the Haitian Gang (which she also uses as her own protection).

Vic Vance (Will Smith)

Victor "Vic" Vance is the brother of Lance Vance and is involved in the initial drug deal that is ambushed by Ricardo Diaz and his men.

Dreamcatcher's Review
dream_catcher_9 wrote:
Really solid movie all around. Has that classical mafia feel about it. Tommy Vercetti is a bad - character and having Javier Bardem playing him was perfect, I really couldn't have picked a better actor. His right hand man Ken Rosenberg(Matt Damon) was also a perfect choice, as Matt has that smart, naive, but also sophisticated look to him that meshes well with Tommy. I really enjoyed all of the characters tbh. Well done in the character development also, we see Ken Grow into Tommy's best bud, we see Tommy grow into this bad - guy who is the leader of Vice City, we see Lance show his true colors by betraying Tommy.

Really would love to watch this movie as I think it would be a classic mafia film. Don't really see any plot holes, I think the betray by Lance would have showed great on camera giving us that twist or surprise. There is enough side stories like Los Cabrones vs the Haitians, giving us solid depth to Tommy and who he is. My only question would be is, would this film be more of a comedy type or serious? I could see it either way, and IMO I think a comedy with humor from not only some characters like Ken but from the killings as well could spice it up a tad.

Overall a very solid movie, with classical elements, some bad assery, some seriousness, and some comedy. Id give this a B+, but could go up or down depending on how this translates to the big screen.


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Coming Home
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, written & produced by tinoynk Industries

Leonardo DiCaprio as Danny Corbett- A former small time hood for a local Philly crime organization, Danny is released on parole after serving 14 years at the beginning of the film for a murder he didn’t commit. During his stint in prison he learned that one of the two crime bosses he worked for, Bodie McMillan (DeNiro) was his father, instead of Sean Corbett (Hoffman), his mother’s husband and the man who raised him alone after she died in childbirth.

Ed Norton as Scott Corson- Danny’s best friend from childhood. He was responsible for the murder that Danny took the rap for, in order to protect him and the organization they worked for. Though he isn’t successful at getting Danny back into the regular job of a gangster, he is always around him throughout the course of the film.

Robert DeNiro as Brodie McMillan- One of the two main leaders of the crime syndicate Danny and Scott worked for. The affair he had with Danny’s mother was common knowledge to almost everybody in their circle, but made sure Danny never found out the truth about who his real father was. It wasn’t until a spiteful correctional officer from their neighborhood told him that Danny ever found out.

Al Pacino as Sabino Durante- Brodie’s partner and one of the two leaders of a crime organization that ran drugs, prostitution and gambling throughout Philadelphia. He is less wary of the dangers of “modern” (circa 1978) police technology than McMillan and does not realize the caution he must take in talking on the phones, causing trouble with the law.

Don Cheadle and Mark Wahlberg as FBI Agents Tracy Lewis and Glenn Kilburn- FBI agents trying to wrap up Brodie and Sabino’s organization.

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Duane Lumsden- Danny’s parole officer, who legitimately convinces him not to continue a life in organized crime.

Amy Adams as Emma Hughes- A girl that Danny went out with before he went to jail. They were never very serious, and married while Danny was in jail. She works as the club run by Brodie and Sabino, and Danny tries to convince her to leave with him.

Natalie Portman as Sophia Corbett- Danny’s sister. She is Sean Corbett’s daughter, and as such is actually Danny’s half sister.

Melissa Leo as Isabella Rossi- Danny’s maternal aunt.

John C. Reilly as Nick Brooks- Bartender in a club owned by Sabino and Brodie.


Danny Corbett (DiCaprio) and his friend Scott (Norton) spent their teenage years as low level hustlers for Brodie McMillan (DeNiro) and Sabino Durante (Pacino), gangsters who ran drugs, prostitution and gambling in their South Philadelphia neighborhood since the 40s. McMillan and Durante met on a boat to America in 1924, and before the next War broke out had taken advantage of a power vacuum and established themselves as kingpins in the area. Danny’s mother died in childbirth and was raised by his father Sean (Hoffman), who worked as a train operator and constantly disapproved of the company his son kept.

Weeks before Danny’s 20th birthday, a routine heroin transaction goes bad and Scott kills one of the men they are supposed to sell the drugs to. The police find Danny’s fingerprints at the scene, but no trace of Scott. To take the heat off Scott and the rest of the organization, Danny takes the entire rap for himself and is sent to prison for 25 years with possibility of parole. It is there he is told by a correction officer from his neighborhood that his father was actually Brodie. He finds out this was known throughout those in their organization, but that Brodie had made it clear that anybody who told Danny would regret it.

The movie begins with a 34 year old Danny being released from prison on parole. Upon returning home he confronts his father who confessed to knowing the truth, but also tells him that it never made any difference, as he raised Danny all by himself. After more than a decade, he has allowed himself to forgive the man who raised him. More family drama ensues with his sister (Portman) and maternal aunt (Leo).

Though he is tempted to return to work with Scott, Brodie and Sabino, his charismatic and friendly parole officer (Hoffman) endears himself to him and appeals to Danny’s common sense, along with his desire to not return to prison.

Meanwhile, FBI agents Tracy Lewis (Cheadle) and Glenn Kilburn (Wahlberg) are getting close to the Sabino/Brodie organization. They had begun covert surveillance on their organization over a year ago. They have been in contact with Sabino, who still denies all their charges but has obviously begun to sweat, not knowing how they received their information. They believe it will not be long before they are able to wrap him up. After learning of Danny’s return and knowing that Brodie McMillan is his father, they pick him up and tell him that Sabino has flipped and is willing to inform on his organization. They play Danny tapes they have of Sabino talking on the phone and try to convince him and they were able to flip him with this evidence.

Danny doesn’t say anything, but immediately tells Brodie, who he now accepts as his father that Sabino had been talking to the police. Danny volunteers to kill Sabino himself. Though Brodie begs him not to he knows that his son’s mind is made up. Not long after, Lewis and Kilburn are able to actually flip Sabino, convincing him they had enough information to put him away, citing information given from Danny but claiming it too came from surveillance. He signs a sworn affidavit confirming his intention to testify against his partner.

Sabino doesn’t believe that anybody is aware of this and thinks it best to return home and act as normal. Danny is waiting for him, and kills him. Danny did not realize that police were tailing Sabino’s every move, and is promptly apprehended and sentenced to life, without parole.

Oh, and John C. Reilly is the bartender at a strip club they own.

The Gnat's Review
The Gnat wrote:
A very classical feel to a gangster/mafia film. It comes together nicely with a powerhouse cast for a gangster film working in an area where DiCaprio works best. Norton also slots well into this sort of film with DiNiro and Hoffman.

The story seems quite tried and true as a gangster film but that won't stop people from coming to see it in the theaters or DiCaprio from getting recognition with an Oscar nomination. However, the DVD sales are somewhat disappointing as people realize it is a film that is fairly common in terms of a gangster film.

Entertainment Grade: B+
Critical Grade: A-
Overall: B+


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Heavy Rain

Join Father Ethan Mars, Reporter Madison Paige, Private Investigator Scott Shelby, and FBI Profiler Norman Jayden as they hunt down a serial murderer known as the Origami Killer, who drowns young boys in rainwater and leaves Origami figures and orchids with their bodies.

Director: David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac)

Adaptive Writer: James McMurry (Vengence)



Jim Carrey as Ethan Mars

-Ethan Mars starts out as a typical family man, married with two sons. But, after his son Jason wanders off at the mall, a tragic accident occurs, killing Jason and leaving Ethan in a coma. When Ethan wakes from this coma, he is depressed, and his life falls apart. His wife leaves him, his son Shaun is distant, and he starts having random blackouts. During one of these blackouts, Shaun is taken from him, apparently the work of the Origami Killer. But after questionable detective work, it is learned that Ethan awoke with an origami figure in his hand, so he must evade the police. While in full-on evasion mode, Ethan goes through trials set forth by the killer to prove his worth as a father and get his son back.

John Goodman as Scott Shelby

-Scott Shelby is a retired police detective, who now works as a Private Investigator. He claims to be helping families of the Origami Killer's victims, and after knocking out a possessive ex-client, he is followed around by Lauren Winter, as they try to solve the mystery of the Origami Killer. As it turns out, Scott's intentions aren't so pure...

Rose Byrne as Madison Paige

-Madison Paige is a journalist, who suffers from severe insomnia. Because of this, she decides to stay in a motel, where she meets Ethan, who is badly injured after one of his trials. She helps patch him up, and continues to aid his quest to get his son back. During the story she is constantly testing her boundaries as a journalist and as a woman.

Josh Stewart as Norman Jayden

-Norman Jayden is an FBI Profiler sent to aid local PD's in the hunt for the Origami Killer. He and his partner, Carter Blake, don't see eye to eye on what constitutes good police work, and the two clash often throughout. Jayden is aided by new technology known as ARI (Added Reality Interface), but he also has a severe addiction to the drug triptocaine.

Major Supporting Roles:

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Lauren Winter

-Lauren Winter is the mother of one of the Origami Killer's victims, and is also a prostitute. She did whatever she had to do to provide for her family, but that family was taken from her. She is visited by Scott Shelby, and decides to help him in his supposed quest to find justice for the families of victims.

Gerard Butler as Carter Blake

-Carter Blake is the local detective handling majority of Origami Killer related work. He is the classic "bad cop" and often bends the rules to get ahead, and overlooks evidence if it proves him wrong. He and Jayden clash often, but eventually they get the job done.

Minor Supporting Roles:

Casey Affleck as Gordi Kramer

-Gordi is the son of a billionaire, and has always been able to count on his father to get him out of trouble. But Gordi was the last person seen with a boy who was a victim of the Origami Killer, so Scott and Lauren come knocking. Gordi snidely confesses to killing the boy and being the Origami Killer, but before they are able to act, Scott and Lauren are confronted by Kramer security.

David Cronenberg as Charles Kramer

-Charles Kramer is a billionaire, made his money in construction. He warns Scott to stay away from Gordi, eventually admitting that his son had killed the one boy, but as a copycat hoping to get some sort of sick thrill. He insists his son felt deep remorse for his actions, and that nothing would happen again. Scott persists, and he and Lauren are thrust into big trouble because of it.

Tim Curry as Leighton Perry

-Perry is the head of the Homicide division handling the Origami Killer case. He introduces Norman, helps oversee things between he and Blake.


Diane Neal as Grace Mars

-Grace is Ethan's husband. They have a happy life in the beginning, but after the accident and Jason's death, she leaves Ethan and they share custody of Shaun. She gives the police information about Ethan's blackouts and recent behavior, which lead them to believe that he is the Origami Killer.

Joel Courtney as Shaun Mars

-Shaun Mars is the latest missing boy thought to have been abducted by the Origami Killer. He is Ethan and Grace's son, his older brother was Jason.

Ving Rhames as Jackson "Mad Jack" Neville

-Mad Jack is the owner of a junkyard. Jayden finds Mad Jack based on a car that was thought to have been used by the Origami Killer. When Jayden finds some dirty laundry, he and Mad Jack get into a fight, with Jayden eventually prevailing.

Michael Gross as Dr. Adrian Baker

-"The Doc" is a sicko. Madison comes to his house in search of clues, since he was the owner of the location of one of Ethan's trials. She knows he is a sketchy character, so she refuses a drink from him, but when she is caught snooping around, he knocks her out and ties her to a table. She escapes, and has a fight to the death with Baker.

Jason Statham as Andrew

-Andrew is a criminal who has the misfortune of trying to rob a convenient store while Scott Shelby is in it. Scott knocks him out and calls the police.

Ryan Hurst as Troy

-Troy is a possessive ex-client of Lauren's. As Scott is initially leaving her...workplace...he sees Troy walk by, and hears him yelling. So he goes back in and fights Troy. This causes Lauren to follow him and help.

John Ingle as Manfred

-Manfred runs a clock and typewriter repair shop. He and Shelby are old friends, so Shelby goes to him to get information about a typewriter that they Origami Killer used to write a letter. While Scott and Lauren are in his shop, Manfred is killed, presumably by the Origami Killer.

Sienna Miller as Susan Bowles

-Susan is another victim's mother. Scott goes to her apartment, but he finds a suicide note, then proceeds to find her bleeding from the wrists in her bathtub. She survives, and tells him that dealing with the pain of having lost her son, and her husband who left after her son's disappearance, was just too much. Scott cares for her and her baby for a little while, before collecting clues and leaving.

Iqbal Theba as Hassan

-Hassan is yet another family member contacted by Scott Shelby (Hassan's son Reza was abducted and killed by the Origami Killer). Hassan runs a convenient store, and Scott saves him from a robber when gathering information.

Paul Schulze as Nathaniel Williams

-Nathaniel Williams is a mentally disturbed man who fits the psychological profile compiled by Norman Jayden. It is painfully obvious that Williams is not the killer, but after pulling a gun on Carter Blake, Jayden has no choice but to shoot him.

Andrew Howard as Miroslav Korda

-Korda is another suspect who fits Jayden's profile. He runs from Blake and Jayden, but Jayden eventually catches up to him in a meat freezer. After a fight Blake catches up and is able to subdue him. But after questioning they deduct that he is not the killer.

Mark Boone Jr as "Motel Clerk"

-He is the clerk that works at the motel Ethan and Madison are staying at. He is very suggestive towards Madison when she checks in, but she is obviously repulsed by him.

Stephen Tobolowsky as Ethan's Psychotherapist

-Ethan sees him after waking from a coma to help deal with the issue's he's been having. Blake and Jayden try to get information out of him, and Blake's physical tactics eventually work.

Dane Cook as Brad Silver

-Silver is the focal point of Ethan's fourth trial.

Ellen Burstyn as Ann Sheppard

-Ann is the Origami Killer's mother, but she is stricken with Alzheimer's. Madison finds a way to help her remember her son's name.

Zach Mills as Jason Mars

-Jason is Ethan's oldest son, who is killed on his birthday in a car accident.

Max Records as John Sheppard

-John Sheppard is one of two twins who lived in a run down trailer near a construction site. While playing on the site, John dies after his abusive father refuses to leave the house to try to save him.

Jonah Bobo as Scott Sheppard

-Scott is John's twin brother. He ran back to his house to get help when his brother was drowning, but his father wouldn't help. After John's death, Scott was taken into foster care, where he took the last name Shelby.

James McMurry as Paco Mendez

-Paco is the owner of a club called The Blue Lagoon. Madison seduces him to get information about a building that one of Ethan's trials took place in (she was led here from The Doc's house). She is successful, but when they go somewhere private, Paco pulls a gun and forces her to dance. She outsmarts him, ties him up, and gets the information she needs. Later, Paco is killed by the Origami Killer, who appeared to be an associate of his.

Full Plot:

Ethan Mars is the stereotypical man living the American Dream. His wife is Grace, his two sons Jason and Shaun. But on Jason’s tenth birthday, tragedy strikes. The family goes to the mall, and Jason is lost in the crowd. After searching for him, Ethan sees that he is across the street from the mall’s main entrance. Relieved to see his father, Jason runs across the street, into oncoming traffic. Ethan dives out in front of a car in an attempt to save his son, but he is unsuccessful. Jason dies in the accident, and Ethan is left in a coma for six months.

Two years after the accident, Ethan and Grace have separated. They share custody over their other son, Shaun, though he has grown distant from Ethan. While Shaun is staying with Ethan, a strange letter arrives at the house. This letter has no return address, but Ethan shrugs it off as junk mail. Ethan puts Shaun to bed, but then he blacks out. When he wakes up from this blackout, he is lying in the middle of a street (far from his house), and he is holding an origami figure in his hand.

Meanwhile, Scott Shelby is visiting families of victims of the Origami Killer. Shelby was once a police officer, now he works as a PI. He goes to “a sleazy place” in hopes of finding Lauren Winter. Lauren works as a prostitute, but she only did so to provide for herself and her son Johnny, who was a victim of the Origami Killer. Scott finds his way to her door, and knocks. Not knowing that he was a detective, Lauren acts as if he is a new client. She goes about her normal business, explaining her personal rules and policies. As she is getting ready, he tells her that he is a PI helping gather evidence to help the families of the killer’s victims. Scott convinces Lauren to talk about her son’s disappearance, but she gives him very little information, and eventually asks him to leave. As he is leaving, he notices a rowdy-looking guy walking towards her room. This man is Troy, a possessive ex-client of Lauren’s. She lets him in, but Scott hears trouble coming from her room. He busts back in, fights off Troy, and Lauren decides to open up to him.

The next day, Norman Jayden goes to the latest crime scene of the Origami Killer. He finds several clues there, including footprints, orchid pollen, blood, and eventually tire tracks, which were most likely treads of the car the killer used to transport the body. As he is leaving, he meets Lieutenant Carter Blake. Norman suggests removing many of the cops from the scene, since they are degrading potential evidence, but Blake has to have it his way, and keeps things going as they were.

Later that day, Ethan takes Shaun to a park after school, trying to spend some time with him and regain their father-son bond. Shaun takes a ride on the carousel, which causes Ethan to black out again. Ethan wakes up, again on an unfamiliar street, and starts panicking and searching for Shaun. He is unsuccessful, as all he is able to find is Shaun’s backpack.

Norman meets with Captain Leighton Perry, and after attending a short press conference about the killings he is given a meager office to work out of. Norman uses ARI (Added Reality Interface), a virtual reality program that allows him to review evidence, reference FBI databases, and aids him in putting together a profile of the killer. But this new technology has severe side-effects, as Jayden starts to shake once he takes off the ARI glasses. He is tempted to take triptocaine, a drug that he is addicted to, but he instead is able to make it to the restroom, where he splashes cold water on his face to calm down. As he exits the restroom, Ethan comes in to be questioned about his son’s disappearance. He seems shaky, since he doesn’t know many of the details they ask for due to his blackout. After being questioned, Ethan asks if Shaun’s disappearance could be related to the Origami Killer. Blake gives a bland answer, not providing a hint either way.

[deleted scene]Shelby continues meeting with victim’s families, now going to a convenient store to meet with Hassan, whose son Reza was killed by the Origami Killer. Having gone through the details too many times already, Hassan is hostile and refuses to talk. Scott decides to go grab a case of beer to throw some business to Hassan, but while he is getting it, a robber named Andrew comes barging in with a gun. Scott sees this through the corner mirror, and sneaks up on Andrew, knocking him unconscious. Grateful for Scott’s actions, Hassan hands over a box full of things that were sent to him after his son’s disappearance. Scott thanks him and heads on his way.

We now get to meet Madison Paige. An insomniac, she lies awake in bed, when she suddenly hears a noise. She then sees shadows, and is eventually chased around her apartment by masked men. Eventually they catch up to her and cut her throat. This wakes her from a nightmare, and she continues to lie in bed, frightened and alone.

Ethan receives another letter, similar to the one he received a few days before Shaun’s disappearance. He opens it, and finds a ticket to a locker at the local train station. He goes to the station to collect the contents of the locker, and starts having hallucinations of Jason. Eventually these visions subside, and he takes a shoebox out of the locker. This box is similar to the one given from Hassan to Scott.

At this point, Norman has gathered enough information to put together a profile of the Origami Killer. Blake, not a believer in profiling, insists that Nathaniel Williams, with whom he’d had earlier run-ins, is a prime suspect. Williams fits many of the points of the profile, though not nearly enough to be considered a serious suspect by Jayden. Trying to mend a struggling relationship with Blake, Jaydedn agrees to check out Williams’ apartment. When they arrive, Williams is not home, but they enter anyway. They find many crosses and other religious decorations, so many to the point that it is creepy. Norman is sure that Williams is not the killer, but as they are leaving, he arrives. Blake harasses Williams, prompting Williams to pull a gun on Blake. Left with no other choice, Norman shoots Williams.

[deleted scene]Scott Shelby now meets with Susan Bowles, the latest victim’s mother. She doesn’t answer the door, so he forces his way in, and finds a suicide note on the counter. He rushes to her bedroom, and is able to bandage her wounds and resuscitate her. She explains to him that the loss of her son, and subsequently her husband, who disappeared days after her son, was just too much for her to bear. Scott takes care of her newborn baby, and collects some evidence that she had.

Ethan checks into a Motel and examines the box he found in the locker. There are five origami figures, a bear, butterfly, lizard, shark, and rat, as well as a gun, cell phone, and computer chip. He puts the chip in the phone and sees a prerecorded video of Shaun crying for help. He then opens the first origami figure, and is on his way to his first trial: The Bear.

Ethan takes a parking stub from the box and retrieves a car that had been left at a parking garage for his trial. The car has a GPS, which gives him directions. Ethan must drive five miles into oncoming traffic on a busy highway, and must reach the destination in five minutes or less. Ethan makes it to the destination, but he suffers broken ribs and lacerations from the car eventually crashing on the side of the road. But he did enough to pass, so he is given a set of letters to a hangman, which contains the address where Shaun is being held.

Madison checks into the same motel Ethan has been staying at. The clerk is very suggestive towards her, insinuating that he could assault her in her room since he has a master key. She leaves his desk as quickly as possible, and on the way to her room discovers Ethan leaning on a rail, badly injured. She helps him into his room and treats his wounds. As he showers, they talk to make sure that he doesn’t pass out. She explains that she is staying in the motel because of her insomnia, but Ethan withholds the information about his son and the trials.

[deleted scene]Continuing down Blake’s suspect list, he and Jayden go to question Miroslav Korda. When encountered, Korda punches Blake in the face and is chased through a market by Jayden. Jayden is eventually able to corner him in a meat freezer, where the two fight. Blake catches up, and is able to subdue Korda. But yet again, it is obvious that Korda is not the Origami Killer.

Grace Mars comes to the detectives and tells them about the blackouts and other issues Ethan has been discussing with a psychotherapist. They head off to see the shrink, who reveals an origami figure that Ethan said he woke up with.

Lauren Winter shows up at Scott’s apartment, giving him a letter that she received a few days before her son’s disappearance. This letter is very similar to the one Ethan received. Lauren tells Scott that her husband opened and read the letter, and the next day he disappeared, just like Susan Bowles’ husband. Since she helped him, Lauren thinks that she should travel with Scott and help him find more information about the Origami Killer. Scott reluctantly agrees, and they go off to meet Gordi Kramer.

Scott believes that Kramer is the Origami Killer. He was seen picking up one of the boys, who was later found dead in the same way as the other victims, with an orchid and an origami figure. There is a party at Kramer’s house, so Lauren devises a way to help Scott get to Gordi. Scott confronts him, and he jokingly admits to being the Origami Killer. At this point, Kramer’s bodyguards come and Scott leaves with Lauren. Scott then meets with Charles Kramer, Gordi’s father, who tries to bribe Scott into looking elsewhere for the killer, which Scott refuses.

Ethan now goes off to complete his second trial: The Butterfly. After crawling through glass shards and weaving through transformers, Ethan finds the next chip, which gives him more letters to complete the hangman. Madison finds Ethan, once again injured, and she helps clean up the cuts on his arms. Ethan passes out, and when he wakes up he insists that Madison leave, still giving her no information about his trials.

After Madison leaves, Ethan goes to the third location for his third trial: The Lizard. He finds his way to a room with many sharp objects and bandaging supplies. He is instructed to cut off part of a finger. While he is recovering from the pain, Madison finds him and warns him that police (including Norman and Blake) are surrounding the apartment, ready to arrest him as the Origami Killer. They narrowly escape, and Ethan once again forces Madison to leave him.

Scott and Lauren head to a typewriter repair store owned by one of Scott’s old friends to see if he can tell them what model of typewriter was used to type out the letter Lauren received. Manfred is an expert, so he knows the model number instantly, and goes to search his records for people who bought that brand. Scott waits in Manfred’s main office, while Lauren browses through the shop. Manfred is then killed, and the killer (presumably the Origami Killer) has called the police to report the murder. Scott wipes his and Lauren’s prints from the few things they touched in the shop, saying that police interrogation would waste their time and possibly lead to Shaun Mars’ death. Lauren reveals to Scott that she got the list, and they cross reference the list with an Origami magazine list to find one name: John Sheppard, a boy who died over 30 years ago.

Ethan arrives at Brad Silver’s house to complete his fourth trial: The Shark. Ethan finds Brad and murders him, completing the trial. He sends a picture of the dead body to the Origami killer, who gives him more letters to the hangman.

Madison heads to Adrian Baker’s house. Baker is the owner of the apartment where Ethan cut off a finger, so she thinks he may know something about the Origami Killer. As she snoops around, he knocks her unconscious and ties her to a table in his basement. She is surrounded by bloody tools and instruments, and he moves a power drill towards her, but is interrupted by the doorbell. As he’s answering the door, Madison frees herself and kills Baker when he comes back. She finds a business card from the Blue Lagoon with the name “Paco” on it.

Norman goes without Blake to investigate Jackson “Mad Jack” Neville, who owns a junk yard. The tire tracks found at the original crime scene match the tread of a car in Mad Jack’s garage. Mad Jack is a very intimidating man, and he doesn’t appreciate Norman snooping around. Norman finds a trail of blood leading to an acid vat, where he finds human bones floating. Mad Jack attacks Jayden, but he is unsuccessful and is arrested, though he certainly isn’t the Origami Killer.

Scott and Laruen go to John Sheppard’s grave, and learn that he drowned at a construction site when he was ten years old. The story is told by an old lady at the grave while we see John Sheppard and his twin brother playing at the construction site. John gets stuck, and when his brother goes to get help, their abusive father refuses to move, so John’s brother is forced to watch John die.

Madison goes to the Blue Lagoon and tries to talk to the club’s owner, Paco Mendez (James McMurry, in an Oscar nominated performance). She isn’t allowed in, but she notices Paco’s interest in girls who dance seductively. She adjusts her wardrobe, dances, and gets to talk to Paco. They go up to a room for a “private show”, when Paco pulls out a gun and forces her to striptease. Madison grabs a lamp and knocks the gun away, also knocks Paco out. She ties him up, and then tortures him to get him to tell her about the apartment. As Madison leaves, Norman enters and goes up to Paco’s room. He enters to find Paco dead, with the killer still present. The killer pushes him aside and escapes, leaving Norman to look for clues.

Ethan finally lets Madison into his life, after recognizing all that she’s done for him. As he is getting dressed, he notices her notepad, and realizes that she is a journalist. Enraged, he wakes her and confronts her, asking if she just sees him as a story. She apologizes for not telling him that she is a reporter, and she tells him that she really cares about him, far more than any story. They reconcile, and as Madison goes to get groceries, she sees police coming. She calls Ethan and warns him, and he is able to escape once again.

Scott returns to his apartment and finds Lauren tied up by Charles Kramer. Scott is then knocked out. He wakes up trapped in his car with Lauren, sinking into a lake. He is able to free himself and Lauren. Scott breaks into the Kramer mansion, shoots his way to Charles. Kramer admits that Gordi did kill the one boy he was seen abducting, but that it was a copycat crime and Gordi was genuinely remorseful. As Scott leaves, Charles has a heart attack, and Scott chooses to let him die.

Madison finds John Sheppard’s mother, Ann, and despite her Alzheimer’s, she is able to help Ann remember that her surviving son’s name was Scottie, and that he was taken in by the Shelby family. At the same time, Ethan completes his last trial: The Rat. He is instructed to drink a vial of poison, which will kill him, but leave him just enough time to save his son. Ethan drinks it, and is given the final letters to the hangman, completing the address. As it turns out, the vial was not full of poison, the Origami Killer just needed to see that Ethan was willing to do anything to save his son.

Norman is going over his notes via ARI, and he notices that the killer wore a watch. He had seen this watch before, and he discovered that it was the same watch Carter Blake had. Blake told Norman that this watch was given to all police officers who achieve the rank of lieutenant. Based on his geolocation data in ARI, Norman figures out that the Origami Killer must be Scott Shelby. He rushes out of the police station, followed by Blake and more backup.

Madison goes to Scott Shelby’s apartment, and finds burnt origami figures in the trash. She then discovers a secret room filled with orchids. Scott comes in at this point, traps her in the room, and sets his apartment on fire. Madison is able to escape the room and hides in the refrigerator, surviving the fire and explosion from when the fire reached a propane tank in the apartment.

Ethan goes to the address from the hangman, and gets Shaun out of the well. Scott comes in, and explains that he had seen Ethan try to save Jason, and thought he was the type of father who would do anything to save his son, not just sit and let him die. As Ethan and Shaun leave, Scott raises his gun to shoot Ethan, but is tackled by Norman, who eventually kills Scott by letting him fall off a ledge into a grinder.

Ethan goes on to start a new life with Madison and Shaun. Norman gets a big promotion and lots of publicity, and Lauren spits on Scott’s grave for everything that he did to her. Thus ends Heavy Rain, but, it begs the question: What would you be willing to do to save the ones you love?

Dreamcatcher's Review
dream_catcher_9 wrote:
Really awesome movie. I loved all the intricate details of each character and the story flowed extremely well. When I got done with the story I was satisfied, as I didn't really notice any plot holes, or things that didn't make sense. Scott Shelby as the origami killer was a nice twist, as well as the story behind it. Him seeing his father not save his brother and watching him die, and then testing Ethan was well thought out.

One critique I have is that I would have liked to know is why he chose to test Ethan as a father? I do think if this was a real movie, that they should show Scottie watching his twin brother die in the beginning, just a personal preference.

I also really liked the side characters, the one where Madison dreams of slitting her wrists. "We now get to meet Madison Paige. An insomniac, she lies awake in bed, when she suddenly hears a noise. She then sees shadows, and is eventually chased around her apartment by masked men. Eventually they catch up to her and cut her throat. This wakes her from a nightmare, and she continues to lie in bed, frightened and alone." That had me laughing really hard.

For the most part I agreed with your choice of characters, the only exception would be Jim Carrey as Ethan Mars and Casey Affleck as Gordi Kramer. Maybe It was because of Gone Baby Gone, but I think Casey could have done a great job as the lead.

If this was a movie, I would definitely pay the 8-10 dollars to see this. Has some good characters, a nice story and a good drama/mystery. Would have loved to see what the cinematography was like. Reminds me a bit of LA Confidential and Zodiac. Great choice with Fincher as I think he would turn this story into gold. Overall from what I read, Id give this a solid B+ or A- depending on the cinematography and how each character would play out on screen, but a great job nonetheless.

GJ's Review
Greg_Jennings wrote:
I've been following this one since you first said you were going to put it together. I think the way that Heavy Rain is set up works really well to translate to film, considering the fact that Heavy Rain is basically one big interactive movie anyways. David Fincher as the director, while maybe not original, is a solid selection. He has experience in the serial killer film genre. I have mixed feelings about the actors and actresses chosen. The casting for the 4 main roles are solid, but some of the supporting cast are just people I probably wouldn't have taken. I'm not sure Gerard Butler is a good choice for Carter Blake, and I thought that casting Jason Statham as the burglar is kind of overkill. The way it's set up though, I'd definitely be in line to see it.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Lost in Translation II: Lost in Transylvania

Director: Spike Jonze

Ten years after their life altering encounter in Tokyo, the now retired Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and the tumultuous Charlotte meet again by chance during a layover in a foreign airport. When it is discovered that neither is in a hurry to get to their next destination, they decide to spend a week in the Transylvanian city of Hunedoara. Throughout the week the two rekindle their unusual relationship while each tries to figure out their role in their own life.

Bill Murray - Bob Harris: Recently retired from the Hollywood scene, Bob is dealing with the changes coming to his life as he ages. Fear of being forgotten and regret for spending so much time away motivates Bob to plan an extended European site-seeing vacation with his son Nick. Throughout the movie Bob attempts to connect with his son and apologize for his past lifestyle, but finds it hard to bridge the long fortified gap between them.

Scarlett Johansson - Charlotte: Although she has now settled into a fruitful career, Charlotte finds herself bored with life and unable to find fulfillment in any aspect of it, including the romantic portions. Desperate for a change, she decides to travel abroad and recapture the emotionally significant experience she took away from Tokyo.

Jesse Eisenberg - Nick Harris: Bob’s son, he finds himself uncomfortable with his fathers new outlook on life. He doesn’t see a need to “reconnect” and intentionally avoids conversation that might lead to that topic. Despite this, he loves his father and admires him more than he allows himself to show.

Nicolas Cage - Andrei: A Transylvanian vampire, Andrei is a well dressed and polite figure who is seen at the center of the party in a local bar/night club. Andrei displays a certain confidence in his life that attracts each of the main characters in a unique way.

John Malkovich - Gheorghe: Seemingly the only employee at the run down hostel the main characters are staying, Gheorghe is a quiet and frightening man with a thick Transylvanian accent. Later it is revealed that he is also the most prominent vampire hunter in the area.

Anna Kendrick - May: Nick Harris’ girlfriend back in the US, she is seen clinging to Nick until the last minute, and often calls him throughout the film. An extreme difference between the mundane and tired conversations Nick has with May, and the witty yet open conversations he has with Charlotte is emphasised as the film develops.

Ione Skye - Catalina: Stefan’s vampire wife, she plays a pivotal role in influencing the main characters about the ease and simplicity of vampire life.

Willem Dafoe - Stefan: Catalina’s husband, he first reveals that he, Catalina and Andrei are vampires.

Frank Vincent - Ed: An older man seen at the beginning of the film, trying to reach out to a despondent Charlotte as she leaves their hotel room in the US.

Rob McElhenney - Airport Security: An uptight security guard who reminds Charlotte of the apparent dullness in society, and idolizes Bob Harris in a later scene.

The film begins featuring each of Bob, Charlotte, and Nick in their own life, preparing to leave for a European vacation. Bob is brooding over a family photo in which he was omitted. Nick is seen explaining to May that the vacation won’t be too long, but he would stay if he could. Charlotte is seen in the previously described scene with Ed.

When the Bob happens upon Charlotte at the Transylvanian airport, he surprises her with clever jape that alludes back to the first film, and although she is clearly surprised and happy to see him, neither person knows how to react. The ensuing dialogue is overly polite and guarded, anf when Nick is introduced it is finally revealed what each of them is doing there. It is ultimately decided that both parties will spend a week in Transylvania.

The bulk of the movie is spent exploring the Transylvanian society as the characters interact. Nick is clearly stricken with Charlotte, and Bob and Charlotte soon discover that the feelings they had romanticised over the last ten years are no longer there, and simply aren’t practical. Charlotte and Nick begin to bond, as Charlotte relates to herself back in Tokyo.

When the three of them meet Andrei, they are shocked by how accurately he predicts each of their situations. Unsure of who he is, or why he seems so popular, they spend the night drinking and exploring the town with Andrei, each having their own conversation with him. Nick consults Andrei on how he might attract an older woman, Bob asks Andrei about his family and admits his worries about aging, and Charlotte inquires about his lifestyle here in Transylvania. All are impressed and envious of his lifestyle.

Later the vampires Stefan and Catalina isolate Nick, and reveal the truth of their nature. After the doubt passes, Nick is more intrigued than scared. After an argument with May and frustration over his life back in the US, Nick acts irrationally and allows them to convert him.

Meanwhile Andrei and Bob delve deeper into the stresses of aging over several rounds of Suntory whiskey. As Bob suddenly decides he needs to go find his son, he is attacked by Andrei and converted into a vampire.

Simultaneously, Charlotte is approached by Gheorghe who insists she has to follow him out of the bar and back to the hotel. When she resists, he tells her she and her friends are not safe. As she turns away to go find Bob or Nick, she hears commotion of Bob being attacked. Gheorghe grabs her and pulls her out of the bar, explaining the situation and the danger of the vampires. Gheorghe insists she needs to run to the airport and run away. She asks him where to go, and he tells her home. Even though she doesn’t say anything, the mention of home clearly evokes a reaction from Charlotte, and as she scrambles into her room at the hostel it is obvious she is contemplating her next action.

After a few scenes featuring Bob and Nick coming to terms with their situation, we see bob stalking Charlotte as she gets out of her car near the airport. As she walks toward the door, he runs behind her, and in a allusion to the previous movie shouts out, “Hey you!” They both pause and then once again embrace. As they hug, he whispers something too quite to hear in her ear, and through her tears she nods and whispers something back. Moments later, Bob bites into her neck, the camera pans out, and the movie ends.

(Images pending.)

The Gnat's Review
The Gnat wrote:
Lost in Translation II: Lost in Transylvania

This film loses much of the endearing quirkiness of the first film. It pulls in too many different directions from being a film about the characters and introspective like the original and where the characters are going to a vampire film. It tries to leave the vampire aspect as a character who brings the other characters to explore themselves, but it doesn't have the same feel.

The cast of this film brings back many of the original characters. Murray and Johnannson are two talented actors that fit their roles and the rest of the cast is good. But the film is just a little bit mismatched and that breaks the characters down to positions where they are playing awkwardly together.

Entertainment Grade: C
Critical Grade: B-
Overall Grade: C+

GJ's Review
Greg_Jennings wrote:
I think that the solid cast of this film would be vital if it were to ever be made. The premise would be hard to pull off, but if it was directed well, and the cast was into it, why not? I think if Spike Jonze set his mind on it, he could find entertainment to provide in this off beat spoof. The believability of this film isn't real high, but its a fun one to speculate and look at. Could be awful, or be a cult classic. The cast does seem kind of loaded for the kind of film it looks like is being crafted, maybe I just imagine more of an under the radar feel would work better for the supporting cast. But if Jonze could get good work out of this crew here, then why not.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Geffen Pictures and thrILL! Gotten Gains present the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart's best-selling book Disney War to be directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.

Wikipedia wrote:
Disney War is an exposé of Michael Eisner's 20-year tenure as Chairman and CEO at The Walt Disney Company by James B. Stewart. The book chronicles the careers and interactions of executives at Disney, including Card Walker, Ron W. Miller, Roy E. Disney, Frank Wells, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Ovitz, Joe Roth and Robert Iger.

David Geffen is producing his first film since Dreamgirls and the film will be directed by Sam Mendes (who was given his directorial debut in American Beauty by Geffen for Dreamworks.

David Geffen, notorious for his feud with Michael Eisner throughout the years, is the Executive Producer behind the adaptation of the critically-acclaimed page-turner of a book. Some of the finest actors in the industry have flocked to the opportunity to work with Mendes and Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin whose script has been declared "brilliant" by both Mendes and Executive Producer David Geffen.


Directed by Sam Mendes

Written by Aaron Sorkin


Ed Harris

Ed Harris will portray Michael Eisner the egomaniacal former Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until 2005.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis will portray Jeffrey Katzenberg the former chairman of The Walt Disney Company's film division who left Disney to form Dreamworks SKG. Katzenberg was publicly christened as Eisner's prized "golden retriever" and not in a positive manner.

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman will portray Michael Ovitz who co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) before replacing Frank Wells to become the President of the Walt Disney Company from October 1995 to January 1997. His tumultuous relationship with his former best friend Eisner resulted in a brutal legal battle.

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas will portray Frank Wells the former President of the Walt Disney Company from 1984 until his passing in 1994 from a helicopter crash. Wells' death is scene as the turning point in Eisner's tenure at Disney.

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin will portray Ron Miller the former professional football player, the son-in-law of Walt Disney, and a former President and CEO of what is now The Walt Disney Company. Miller was ousted in favor of Eisner and Wells.

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley will portray Barry Diller the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation and Eisner's mentor and close friend.

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini will portray Stanley Gold who is the President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, Roy E. Disney's private investment company. He was on the Walt Disney Company's board of directors 1984; 1987-2003. He and Roy resigned to publicly campaign to oust then CEO and Chairman of the Board Michael Eisner. He also helped oust CEO Ron W. Miller and hire Eisner in 1984.

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert will portray Bob Iger the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. He was named president of Disney in 2000, and later succeeded Michael Eisner as Chief Executive in 2005, after a successful effort by Roy E. Disney to shake-up the management of the company. Iger oversaw the acquisition of Pixar in 2006, following a period of strained relations with the animation studio. He also led the company to acquire Marvel Entertainment, further broadening the Disney company's character franchises, in 2009

John Ashton

John Ashton will portray Roy E. Disney the longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy O. Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded. He is perhaps best known for organizing the ousting of two top Disney executives: first, Ron Miller in 1984, and then Michael Eisner in 2005. As the last member of the Disney family to be actively involved in the company, Roy Disney was often compared to his uncle and father.

John Heard

John Heard will portray Joe Roth the former chairman and head of live films at Walt Disney Studios.

Frank Langella

Frank Langella will portray Sandy Litvack who was Disney's primary counsel and CEO Michael Eisner's right-hand man when the company went on its most aggressive acquisition binge ever. He masterminded Disney's purchase of the ABC television network. He relentlessly sought the termination of Ovitz believing he himself deserved Ovitz's position.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver will portray Jane Eisner, wife of Michael Eisner, and a pioneer in journalism in her ownright.

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan as Judy Ovitz- Michael Ovitz's wife and best friend of Jane Eisner who were inseparable before the fallout between Michael Eisner and Michael Ovitz destroyed both friendships.

Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine as Gary Wilson- the former Chief Financial Officer of Walt Disney Company where during his time at Disney, market capitalization increased from $2 billion to $20 billion. He had the unfortunate task of developing a plan for Euro Disney which failed miserably despite his best attempts to salvage it.

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins as Peter Schneider- the first president of Walt Disney Feature Animation for The Walt Disney Company from 1985 to 1999. Schenider, along with Katzenberg, was responsible for helping to turn the feature animation department around and creating some of the most critically acclaimed and highest grossing animated features that Disney released. These films included Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast (the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture), Aladdin, and The Lion King (the highest domestic grossing animated film of all time until 2003). Schneider also sealed the deal that created the highly successful partnership between Pixar and Disney. He was promoted to studio chief in 1999.

James Brolin

James Brolin as Card Walker- After Walt Disney died in 1966, Walker became executive vice president and chief operating officer. When Walt's brother Roy O. Disney died in 1971, he became company president. In November 1976 Walker took over chief executive officer duties, and finally in 1980 became chairman of the board. Walker himself retired as CEO three years later, in February 1983, but stayed on as chairman.

Stephen Root

Stephen Root as John Lasseter the director and the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is also currently the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. Both Lasseter and Steve Jobs refused to continue Pixar's businnes relationship with Disney until Eisner was removed from his position.

Jack McGee

Jack McGee as Stephen Bollenbach the former Chief Financial Officer for the Walt Disney Company and staunch ally of Eisner and opponent of Ovitz.

Logline wrote:
This is the story of the rise and fall of Michael Eisner and his meteoric rise and fall at The Walt Disney Company.

After years of floundering in animation, live action films, merchandise, and theme parks, Michael Eisner and Frank Wells were brought in to resurrect the Walt Disney Company. Eisner, who mentored under Paramount legend Barry Diller, had an exceptional track record for Paramount especially in TV where he oversaw such hit films as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, the Star Trek film franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Beverly Hills Cop, and hit TV shows such as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Cheers and Family Ties. Disney shareholders Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold recruited Wells to become Disney's President and Chief Operating Officer along with Michael Eisner as Chairman and CEO, in their bid to oust CEO/President Ron W. Miller. Miller was Walt Disney's son-in-law but he never had the leadership and grasp on what it took for Disney to maintain years after Walt's death.

Eisner and Wells made an incredible team where Eisner took creative control and Wells oversaw the day to day of business for the company. Eisner surrounded himself with the best in bright executives including Jeffrey Katzenberg. Eisner brought Katzenberg with him to take charge of Disney’s motion picture divisions. As the studio head, Katzenberg was responsible for turning the studio around. He first had the studio focus on the production of adult-oriented comedies under its Touchstone Pictures banner, including films such as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Three Men and a Baby, and the Ernest series.

Katzenberg was also charged with turning around Disney's ailing Feature Animation unit, creating some intrastudio controversy when he personally edited three minutes out of a completed Disney animated feature, The Black Cauldron, shortly after joining the company. The film was a huge failure despite Katzenberg's attempt to rescue it and so he took complete control in resurrecting the once revered animation studio that produced monumental works such as Peter Pan, Bambi, and Snow White. Under his management (along with Peter Schneider), the animation department eventually began creating some of Disney's most critically acclaimed and highest grossing animated features. These films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast (1991, the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture), Aladdin, and The Lion King. In addition, Katzenberg also sealed the deal that created the highly successful partnership between Pixar and Disney and the deal that brought Miramax Films into Disney.

Next up Eisner sought to revive the floundering Disney theme parks and by the mere bumping of lowly ticket prices (that Walt had protected so that average families could afford to attend) as well as parking (once free), revenue skyrocketed. Eisner wanted to use the influx of capital to begin construction of another Disney park overseas. Despite pleas from consultants to place the park in Spain where the climate was more conducive to yearly travel, Eisner unilaterally chose Paris as the destination dubbing the park Euro Disney. Not content to construct a park similar to those in California, Floridas, or Tokyo which he perceived as not meeting the standards of surrounding Parisian architecture, high end material costs soared in attempt to build Eisner's visions. The entire process was marred by controversy as French labor unions protested their lack of involvment (Eisner had flown in American workers to work 18 hour days to get the park ready to open in time). Many French citiznes and officials viewed the park as a statement of American imperialism within their own borders. Attendance was dreadful and stock prices plummeted. Billions were lost and the park was a disaster of financial proportions. Head of Disney counsel Sandy Litvack made an offer (without the consent of Eisner or Frank Wells) to split the debts between Euro Disney's creditors and Disney. After the banks showed interest, Litvack informed Eisner and Wells. The banks capitulated to Disney's demands. The creditor banks bought US $500 million worth of Euro Disney shares, forgave 18 months of interest and deferred interest payments for three years. Disney invested US $750 million into Euro Disney and granted a five-year suspension of royalty payments.

Eisner's luck would soon start to spiral downward and whenever chaos arose, he was quick to write a letter (and later email) tearing other board members, studio heads, and employees apart behind their backs including those he championed such as Wells and Katzenberg. Disney would soon become the grounds for corporate gladiatorial deathmatches where loyalty was nonexistent and backstabbing was the weapon of choice. Tragedy struck when Wells died in a helicopter crash in 1994. Shortly thereafter, Katzenberg resigned and formed Dreamworks SKG with partners Steven Spielberg and David Geffen because Eisner would not appoint Katzenberg to Wells' now-available post as Eisner had repeatedly promised.

Instead, Eisner recruited his closest friend and trusted advisor Michael Ovitz, one of the founders of the Creative Artists Agency, to be President, with minimal involvement from Disney's board of directors. Ovitz had come close to becoming the CEO of Universal but the deal fell through at the 11th hour allowing Eisner the opportunity to hire Ovitz. Immediately, Eisner turned on Ovitz. Litvack and Sandy Bollenbach the CFO refused to report to Ovitz (as Ovitz's contract stated they would) in front of Eisner who remained silent. Eisner's betrayal was immediate and Ovitz was fearful for what he had gotten himself into. Litvack and Bollenbach's refusal had spread through the company and other studio heads followed suit meaning Ovitz, the President of Disney, had no power. He had left his agency where he made 9 figures in salary and commission to work with his best friend and Disney only to find himself the business equivalent of castrated.

One of Ovitz's first tasks was to negotiate Katzenberg's contractual buyout bonus which stated he was to receive a 2% annuity of profits for films he was responsible for at Disney. Seeing as how he was responsible for such juggernauts as The Lion King, Alladin, and The Little Mermaid, this was going to be an enormous sum of money. Ovitz negotiated with Katzenberg's best friend David Geffen and the two agreed on a payment of $90 million which Ovitz saw as a huge victory knowing Katzenberg could be owed 3-4 times as much. Eisner balked at the number refusing to pay Katzenberg a single penny. Ovitz contacted Geffen to tell him Eisner's refusal only to hear Geffen say that each time they came back to negotiate, the price would go up.

Katzenberg's contract seemed airtight so after further discussion, Ovitz was dispatched later only to find Geffen's price was now $150 million. Eisner refused. Finally, Katzenberg filed suit and the case went to arbitration before a judge. Knowing they were going to lose, Disney offered the $150 million Geffen had offered but the price had now gone up to $200 million. Disney refused and the case was won by Katzenberg who walked away with $280 million. Ovitz had negotiated a settlement of $90 million but Eisner's stratospheric ego had more than tripled that. Katzenberg was well aware or Eisner's deception, lies, and betrayal and told Ovitz that "he hadn't seen anything yet" from Eisner. Ovitz lasted only 14 months and left Disney in December 1996 via a "no fault termination" with a severance package of $38 million in cash and 3 million stock options worth roughly $100 million at the time of Ovitz's departure.

Eisner's pursuit of TV led them to acquiring ABC in the largest merger at the time. After several struggles and many mishaps at naming heads of ABC, Bob Iger persevered and helped ABC land a huge hit in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? whose rating went through the roof. The show helped serve a lead-in for other modest hits but Eisner's greed diluted Millionaire's success as they chose to run it as many as 4 nights a week despite the pleas to not flood the viewers with episodes. Eisner turned down soon to be hit shows that ABC had developed and sent packing elsewhere such as Survivor and CSI. Eisner infuriated studio heads by throwing them under the bus, disparaging them publicly, and causing many to quit or be fired. To make matters worse, Eisner wanted to acquire the Fox Family Channel and paid $5.3 billion to do so (which was seen as only being worth $1.7 billion). Nobody in the TV department was consulted and as the result, nobody had asked whether or not acquiring the channel would mean acquiring the channel's content of shows. It did not becuase these shows had syndication agreements of their own meaning they had no shows in the pipeline to play on their newly christened ABC Family Channel. Another disastrous choice by Eisner was drawing ire from some members of Disney's board.

Steve Jobs and John Lasseter had had enough of Eisner's antics. Eisner had declared that Finding Nemo was not very good and would not open well. Eisner was of course, gravely mistaken as Nemo went on to become Pixar's biggest hit to date. While Disney's animation department had catastrophic failures, Pixar was more successful than ever and without them, Disney would have lost even more money. Lasseter and Jobs soon stated that Pixar would not extend their contract with Disney as long as Eisner remained CEO of Disney.

Roy Disney and Stanley Gold had had enough. Nobody had dared to publicly oppose Eisner in the boardroom to this point but it had become clear that something had to be done. Sides were formed and those without significant shares in the company on the board that opposed Eisner were soon bounced from the board. Roy E. Disney, the son of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney, resigned from his positions as the company's vice chairman and chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation, accusing Eisner of micromanagement, flops with the ABC television network, timidity in the theme park business, turning the Walt Disney Company into a "rapacious, soul-less" company, and refusing to establish a clear succession plan, as well as a string of box-office movie flops starting in the year 2000.

On March 3, 2004, at Disney's annual shareholders' meeting, a surprising and unprecedented 43% of Disney's shareholders, predominantly rallied by former board members Roy Disney and Stanley Gold, withheld their proxies to re-elect Eisner to the board. However, the board did not immediately remove Eisner as chief executive.

On March 13, 2005, Eisner announced that he would step down as CEO one year before his contract expired. On September 30, Eisner resigned both as an executive and as a member of the board of directors, and, severing all formal ties with the company, he waived his contractual rights to perks such as the use of a corporate jet and an office at the company's Burbank headquarters. Eisner's replacement was his longtime assistant, Robert Iger.

This is the story of the rise and fall of Michael Eisner and his meteoric rise and fall at The Walt Disney Company.

The Gnat's Review
The Gnat wrote:
This Biopic comes off as a Hollywood story, which is good, because it is. It comes to life nicely with a solid cast that covers all the major players nicely. It is well directed and put together by Mendes and Sorkin.

Where this film runs into troubles is that as good as it is, it goes against the industry that is putting it out. The critics panned it for that reason. And when it comes down to it, it is a biopic like so many others. It gets recognition by the academy, but the market was saturated with them after Ray. It does reasonably well, but isn't a market darling.

Entertainment Rating: C+
Critical Rating : A
Overall Rating: B

DR's Review
Darrelle Revis wrote:
This seems like a pretty epic film. Mendes is one of my favorite directors and Sorkin is obviously awesome as well. Ed Harris is definitely a Best Actor candidate, and this has good shot at Best Adaptation. I think there might be a little too jumbled with all the characters, but if anyone can pull it off, Mendes can. Definite Best Picture candidate and a really cool movie considering how big of an organization Disney is.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Directed by Lars von Trier


A man starts having terrifying visions, and as a result finds his life and his sanity unraveling right in front of him.

plot description:

Begins with a closeup of the eyes... moving out to head and shoulders... moving out once again to a shot of our lead (Chris Evans) alone in the middle of a field, a terrified, lost look on his face. We are not given any context to this shot, as it cuts quickly to the opening title.

It starts ordinarily enough, though with an eerie, dark undertone- we see the lead going through a day in his life, as a masters student/part-time lecturer/tutor at a university. Shot in a handheld, very realist style, we see snippets of his interactions with friends, students, teachers, going through to the night, where he's at the college bar, having a good time with some buddies.

After this, the visions start. He wakes early in the morning to see shadowy figures moving outside his apartment's window. He opens it up, nothing is there. He goes back to sleep, forgets about it for the moment.

The next day, he meets up with a good friend of his (Brad Pitt) for lunch. He notices the friend is acting odd, and is somewhat distant the whole time. Chris doesn't know what's going on, and sinks into a state of unease once again.

Late that night, he's walking home, and ghoulish figures begin creeping up on him again. He gets home, almost in a jog, and banishes them with a slam of the door. This is followed by a phone call from his girlfriend (Violante Placido), and they talk. He doesn't let on about what's happening to him.

He visits a psychiatrist (Daniel Day Lewis). He has several scenes in which he talks with this character, the shrink with a creepy vibe about him, often asking probing questions, really getting into Chris' head.

Chris continues to have visions. He has the ghouls, the dark, shadowy creatures, as well as black and white dreams of a young man (Taylor Lautner) having sex with his girlfriend. There is also one major addition that begins to pop up - a strange man (Keanu Reeves) who appears in the shadows when the ghouls are around.

The behavior of his friend gets stranger and stranger... Chris has trouble getting in touch with him, and when he does, the friend seems at times like a shell, as if there is nothing going on inside.

Chris keeps going back to the psychiatrist, but that often makes things worse. He begins to have visions at his office as well, and the psychiatrist seems malevolent, and subtly frightening in his treatment of the patient.

The visions get stronger and stronger. The keep coming - the ghouls, the mysterious man, the kid and his girlfriend... and he also has dreams of a pair of hired thugs (Peter Stormare and John Hawkes) breaking into his house, looking for him. He imagines the source of this, coming to a number of hypotheticals, all involving a man the two are answering to (Carl Weathers). He imagines him as a mob boss, as a police chief.

He has delved so far into his dreams and visions, we are not sure which is which now.

His spiral reaches a climax when he's in the street, and sees the kid from his visions (Lautner). He chases him through the street, through some back alleys, and eventually corners him, brutally beating him to death. Chris is unrecognizable in this moment of violence.

It is soon after this that the mysterious man approaches Chris. He reveals himself (somewhat cryptically) as Satan himself.

Chris has trouble with this realization. In his continued therapy sessions, the psychiatrist tries to help him accept where he is and what his future holds, but he doesn't take to it.

Finally, he takes off in the night, getting out of the city, out to the coast. There is a lone, shabby apartment building on the beach, in flames. People sitting on the balconies, apparently unaware of the fire. After some consideration, he walks inside the burning building.


additional notes:

-switches between very realist, handheld style and flourishing von Trier-esque wankery.
-very Lynchian tone. In many ways, a tribute to the great one himself.
-very surrealist in parts. We feel the impact of Chris' departure from reality.
-R-Rated, definitely. Strong graphic violence, sex scenes


Chris Evans plays Chris, the lead. A seemingly normal, fulfilled young man, whose life and sanity begin to unravel.

Daniel Day Lewis as The Psychiatrist, an agent of the devil, who tries to slowly ease Chris into his realization.

Keanu Reeves as Lucifer, the fallen angel.

Brad Pitt as Chris' friend, the one who begins to act strange around him early on.

Violante Placido as Chris' girlfriend.

Taylor Lautner as her lover, who meets a grisly end.

John Hawkes, Peter Stormare and Carl Weathers as visions Chris has. Mobsters, or police, or simply thieves.

Udo Kier as a tutor/teacher of Chris' early on in the film. Just a cameo, since he's in most of von Trier's work.

DR's Review
Darrelle Revis wrote:
I really like the tone that’s set in this film. The plot is very cool, and the unreliable nature of Evans’ character is my favorite part about it. DDL as the psychiatrist seems amazing with definite Best Supporting Actor consideration. I’m not familiar with Von Trier’s work so I don’t really have much to go off of, but this seems like it would be great. Not a big Keanu Reeves fan and Pitt is always good so that helps.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Casting Roles For "The Disc":

Director(s): Coen Brothers

Steve Buscemi- Dr Henry D. (Dr. D)
Creator of The Disc. He is the one who is corrupted initially by the powers within, who is driven insane, and will use The Disc against his co-creators. Leaving the Facility with The Disc, is killed by the lone survivor of the horrific events.

Tom Hardy- Dr Steven Issac
Co-creator of The Disc, whom wants to continue with the original plan to use the power within for good, rather than the evil he senses in Dr D. Survives the events and later kills Dr D.

John Turturro- Phillip Issac
Plays Dr Steven’s brother. He is the Blind Man, whom lives on the fringe of society, who is stuck between poverty and insanity. However unbenonuced to those around him, he is a scholar and proclaimed genius. He is tapped in a vision to stop The Disc from getting into the wrong hands.

Kevin Costner- Hank
Best friend and only confident to Phillip. He helps him in his quest to solve the issues and warnings surrounding The Disc. Later he teams up with The Trio (after being separated from Phillip) to stop the evil from spreading.

Gillian Anderson- Mary
Team leader of The Trio. Her job is to secure The Disc, she will end up sacrificing herself for the betterment of the rest of the population.

David Duchovny- Derrick
Second in command after Mary in The Trio. He is the scientist and geographer whom discovers the location of The Disc.

Jeff Daniels- Günter
The German. He uses both his brawn and comedic style to lighten the mood and can get down to business when he must. He barely speaks comprehensive English, but he always has a hot temper, but the right solution to the major issues surrounding the group. He will ultimately turn on The Trio, and use The Disc for his homeland.

Kevin Pollak- The Chief
Leader and organizer of the special task force that is The Trio. He later will recruit Phillip and Hank for the mission after he learns Hank’s brother stops Dr D. initially.

Helena Brohm-Carter- Doris/Olga
German spy, who sets out to find and bring The Disc back her homeland (Germany). She is the secret lover of Derrick, however uses this and allies with Günter in the end revealing herself for what she truly is.

Frances McDormand- Dr Gene
Eldest member of The Disc’s creation team. She puts her soul (literally) into The Disc when she discovers Dr D’s plot to destroy the other creators. She will end up coming back in the form of a vision to Phillip, The Blindman telling him of the atrocities. She later leads Mary in her own vision quest of The Disc and foils Olga’s plot before the Next War starts.

Wikipedia_The Disc wrote:
In the 1960s a team of scientific leaders set out to create the ultimate weapon, one to bring peace to the war torn world. Led by Dr. Gene (McDormand) and Dr. Henery D. (Buscemi) and after four long and agonizing years, their goal is finally realized. A simple golden Disc is all that lay in front of them. However, not all is as it seems. Where The Disc now lays, an ancient evil has awoken inside. Suddenly calling out to Dr. D, whom initially thinks it is a figment of his imagination. But as time goes on, so does the eagerness inside of The Disc. After several weeks, Dr. D realizes what he must do.
The day of the final demonstrations, Dr. D begins his speech. As everyone is in awe, he does the unthinkable. Turing the Utopian device on his own, he destroys everything and anyone in the path of the golden light. Making haste, he realizes the one who is no longer present. Frantically searching, he goes to the computer laboratory. Slumped over in the chair, he sees Gene, and he feels the tension fall from him. Not knowing, Gene has already sacrificed herself and her soul to The Disc to save others.
On the opposite of America, living in his own filth and self wallow, lies Phillip Issac (Turturro) The Blindman. He has a sudden vision, so vivid, he believes he regains his sight. He sees the most beautiful woman (McDormand) hes ever seen in his life. She shows him the ghastly deeds done by Dr D. After the vision is completed, he seeks out the only other person he can trust now that he has seen his brother die at the hands of The Disc. Meeting Hank (Costner), Phillip tries to explain what he has seen and seeks advice from Hank. Hank agrees to help Phillip with the quest he is undertaking.
However, there is another group who is out to seek The Disc, a group to return The Disc to its rightful owners…The Americans. Knowing only where The Disc was made, the group, called The Trio, lead by Mary (Anderson), Derrick (DuCovney) the Scientist, and Gunther (Daniels) The Muscle.
Fueled by his ever growing madness, Dr D. leaves the lab facility hoping to wreak his havoc on others, he has an inner monologue of where to do this deed and comes to the conclusion of New York City. When he reaches his SUV, he turns around to see the brief smile of Dr. Steven Issac (Hardy) who releases an RPG at him. After striking the SUV, Steven Issac falls to the floor to meet is ultimate demise. Dr. D is killed in the blast and The Disc is left to be buried in the sands of the Arizona Desert.
The Fate of the World is in jeopardy if this monstrosity of a weapon is placed into the wrong hands. The Chief (Pollak) will do anything in his powers to stop The Disc from getting into the wrong hands. Be careful Mr. Chief, there are other forces out there that are bearing down on you. Lead by Olga (Brohm-Carter) now called Doris undercover, steals the heart of Derrick whom leads her to The Disc itself and later betrays him, and goes to Germany with Günter set out to destroy the other nations.
From the Directors who brought you Fargo and The Big Lebowski bring you an all knew tale of deception and the love for the human nature. See all the drama unfold in this critically acclaimed film of the winter. Disc, coming to a theater near you.

Dreamcatcher's Review
dream_catcher_9 wrote:
Very creative story with a superhero type feel to it. I really enjoyed how funny the characters were. It felt like a semi serious action film with some real world implications and real world decisions and human thoughts. I was thinking something like Thor. I dunno if that was what you were trying to accomplish but I felt there were some similarities if this was made into a film. There were some holes in the plot as the story skips ahead at times, but that may have to do with your objective. It seemed like this was more of a synopsis than a full plot.

In terms of the characters, I love Jeff Daniels in Gunter's role, as I could easily see him wrecking havoc in Germany with his friend Olga. I also love how cool the Disc is. Dr Gene sacrificing her life to put her soul in the weapon which in turn makes someone else see what she saw on that terrible presentation day was awesome. I think you have a really cool idea, and a nice story to work with, but you sort of left us hanging at the end. I would have gladly paid the 8-10 dollars to see this, as I like most of the characters and I really like the concept of the weapon, as well as the humor in it.

Overall I'd give the story a C as there were a lot of things missing from it, but in terms of creativity and how interested I would be to see this film, Id give it a A-. In terms of a synopsis without giving us all the details and just teasing us a bit Id give this a B+. Just not sure what you were required to write.

GJ's Review
Greg_Jennings wrote:
I was a little confused by the story, but I think I've got the basic idea. The story of the whole thing looks promising, but I'm not sure it feel like a Coen Brothers film in my eyes. Maybe it's just the fact that I don't really understand the way it is supposed to look though, so maybe I'm wrong. It looks like a great Coen brothers cast, I just don't know if it feels like their movie. The story itself is interesting. I also like the fact that the cast is balanced, and big names are only used in roles which they would be appropriate. I also give props for trying something a little outside the box.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apodrocks wrote:
A Fathers Forgiveness
by Tom Hooper


Andrew Garfield

Arranged a plot to kill his family.

Colin Firth

The Father in the family, and survivor. With faith is looking to forgive his son

Emma Thompson

The mother who is shot and killed by a masked assassin.

Jack Huston

Andrew friend and the shooter.

Talulah Riley

The girlfriend and the only one Andrew can really talk too

Freddie Highmore

The families youngest son, dies in the shooting.

Loosely based on a true story, comes the gripping tale of redemption and forgiveness. Tom Hooper directs the powerful family drama about a family that is struck with tragedy. After a knock at the door and a masked gunman on the other side, 5 shots are fired. All five of the family members are shot, and the mother and young son are killed. After the story unfolds we find out that Andrew the eldest son is involved in the murder, and plotted it out and put into custody. The father is clueless on what is going on and trys to figure out the reasons why his son was out to murder his family. Through conversation we get into the mind of murder and find out the reasons why he murdered his family. The father is trying everything in him to try and forgive his son, but are the crimes and the justification too hard to overcome?

DR's Review
Darrelle Revis wrote:
Not a lot to go on here because there is just a short synopsis, but it seems like a powerful, sobering drama. I like the Garfield/Firth combo. The moral dilemma of Firth’s character is something I’d really like to see.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cillian Murphy as Link:

The hero of the LoZ video games, Link has hit rock bottom almost 10 years after saving Hyrule in the Ocarina of Time. Now living with petty thief, Sakon, (Harrelson) in a one-bedroom apartment, all Link has is the memory of his past experiences. Everything changes when Saria (Page) comes to whip him into shape. Hyrule is dominated by Ganondorf (Neeson) and his cronies, led by his son, the Mayor of Hyrule (Grace). By the end of the film, Link becomes a killing machine, just like he was in his youth.

Liam Neeson as Ganondorf:

Shortly after he was defeated by Link, Ganondorf rose to power again in Hyrule. This time, he runs every part of life in Hyrule. Ganondorf is evil incarnate. He is married to Zelda (Lohman) and his son (Grace) is the Mayor of Hyrule.

Ellen Page as Saria

One of the last two living sages, Saria is the one person who can turn Link around. She is honest and stern with him, but clearly cares for him and the well-being of Hyrule. Saria sticks with Link the entire film.

Woody Harrelson as Sakon:

A middle-aged petty thief, Sakon has been Link’s best friend since his fall from grace. He is crazy, but good-hearted and always tags along with Link and Saria.

Alison Lohman as Zelda:

The innocent, Princess Zelda from older games has been replaced with a harsh, older version. She considers Ganondorf to be the worst thing that ever happened to her. Zelda is cunning and smart, always looking out for herself first.

Emma Stone as Malon:

At the start of the film, she is engaged to the Mayor of Hyrule. After learning that her father was brutally murdered by Ganondorf, Malon decides to join Link, Saria, and Sakon in their quest to win back Hyrule. She is smart, young, and beautiful.

Topher Grace as The Mayor of Hyrule:

Ganondorf’s son, The Mayor is his connection to the people. He is young, charismatic, and has the citizens of Hyrule practically brainwashed. He is Link’s final obstacle to getting to Ganondorf.

Judi Dench as Impa:

Zelda’s caretaker from prior games, Impa has a fairly small role in the film. She is motherly and caring, but now weak after years of Ganondorf’s rule. In classic Tarantino violence, Ganondorf kills her in cold blood.

Anthony Hopkins as Rauru:

The other living Sage, Rauru helps train Link for a period of time during the film. He is a wise, older man. Like Impa, Rauru is murdered in the film, but by the Gerudo leader.

Uma Thurman as Lucinda Fox:

After Ganondorf murdered Nabooru, the former Gerudo leader, he put Lucinda Fox in charge. She is a fierce warrior and a cold-blooded killer. She is Link’s final obstacle to getting to Ganondorf.

Ben Foster as Sly:

More of a cameo, Sly is the drug dealer who Link sells his Ocarina to. This is the first scene of the film and it is rather long. Sly is slick and shady.

Short Plot Synopsis:

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Revenge takes place 10 years after The Ocarina of Time. Hyrule’s former hero, Link (Cillian Murphy), is a complete has-been. The iconic villain, Ganondorf (Liam Neeson), is married to Princess Zelda (Alison Lohman) and runs every aspect of Hyrule. Saria (Ellen Page), one of the last 2 living sages, comes back to Hyrule to bring Link out of his rut. The film follows Link, Saria, Link’s friend Sakon (Woody Harrelson), and young Malon (Emma Stone) as they try to take back Hyrule. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Revenge is a stylish, brutal revenge tale that takes an innovative spin on the iconic franchise.

Further plot:

The screen is black, and the film starts with just the audio of a conversation between two men. They are bartering over a drug sale (Foster is the dealer). One of the men says, “I’ll give you my Ocarina for an ounce.” As the video comes in, we see the once young hero, Link (Murphy), now significantly older and strung out. This sets the tone for the first section of the film as we see just how far Link has fallen since saving Hyrule from Ganondorf ten years age. He lives in a run down apartment in a small alley with his best friend, Sakon (Harrelson). Sakon is a petty thief who is lovable but rarely makes sense and is incredibly paranoid.

Meanwhile, Ganondorf (Neeson), Link’s old nemesis, is up in Hyrule running the show. It becomes instantly clear that he is evil at it’s worst. He berates and abuses his wife, Zelda, and often kills servants for the fun of it. His son (Grace) is the Mayor of Hyrule and is his constant connection to the public. Ganondorf calls all the shots in Hyrule. When Ganondorf learns that Zelda’s caretaker, Impa (Dench), has been bad-mouthing him, he bludgeons her to death.

Link’s old friend, Saria (Page), comes to Hyrule in disguise to find him. Saria is one of two living sages. Drowning in self-pity, he barely acknowledges her existence. She rips him a new one and after some time, convinces him to dust off the master sword and get Hyrule back. Sakon begs to be in the group and Link reluctantly allows him to come along.

The next section of the film follows the group as they prepare to find the other living sage, Rauru (Hopkins). On the way to Rauru’s secluded cabin, they come across Malon (Stone). Malon is a beautiful, young girl who is engaged to the Mayor. Her father has been dead for three years, though she has no idea that Ganondorf killed him for his horses (we see this in a flashback). After finding this out, she decides to join Link, Saria, and Sakon on their quest as well.

The group finds Rauru and trains with him for the next portion of the film. At the end of their training, they are attacked by the Gerudo army, led by Lucinda Fox (Thurman). What follows is an epic fight scene between the four heroes and twenty Gerudo soldiers. During the battle, Rauru is murdered by Fox. Eventually, Sakon slays Fox while she is engaged in battle with Link.

After this, the four heroes plan to take on Ganondorf. Once back in Hyrule, Malon breaks apart from the group to go on a mission of her own. She goes back home where the Mayor of Hyrule is sleeping and has a long exchange with him before slitting his throat.

Now at the castle, the other 3 sneak in to finally confront Ganondorf. Saria and Sakon split apart from Link in order to find Zelda. After some time, Link reaches Ganondorf and engages in the greatest fight scene in the history of ever. Zelda, Saria, and Sakon look on as the two fight for an extended period of time. Eventually, Link beheads Ganondorf, ending his reign for good.

Cut to a ceremony where Link is being crowned King of Hyrule. As his friends look on, Zelda is about to put a crown on. Suddenly, a knife goes through his chest. Link falls forward as Zelda smiles.

The end.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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The Chasing

Brief Plot Sypnosis
Set during December 21st through December 25th, 2013, in New York City, THE CHASING follows Chamberlain Hughes, a former pro football super star in the midst of severe depression as his days as a prodigal athlete are coming to an end. His relationships with everyone are strained-his wife, Gloria, his father, Vernon, lifelong friend Alex, and worst of all, his son, Maximus. As Hughes counts down the until he plans to end his own life, he has a chance encounter which will change his entire outlook on life forever.

4 time Academy Award Winner, 11 Time Nominee

Denzel Washington is Chamberlain Hughes
2 time Academy Award Winner

Chamberlain Hughes is a 46 year former professional football player. Born in Brooklyn, Hughes was a prodigal running back. Touted the greatest recruit of all time, Hughes would ball at USC before being drafted to the Jets with the 2nd overall pick. Dubbed "Superman" for his incredible combination of skills, an incredibly dominant football career followed, every year spent in his home town, and though he never won a super bowl ring, Hughes retired widely regarded as the great to ever play. Hughes personality was known to clash with the NYC media. Hughes is an arrogant but generous person, but his persona has turned more to the bitter as he has aged. This past August, Hughes was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. On christmas day, in 3 days, Hughes number will be retired by the Jets. The past 4 months have been the most attention he has received since retirement. Everybody is viewing the number retirement as a celebration of his life, but Hughes himself views it very differently.

Hughes views it as a death to the person he has been his entire life, and has come to terms with the fact that he does not want to life as somebody else. He won't live as a "former great" or "has been", he can't handle it, and plans to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, where he once saw a man commit suicide as a young boy, on christmas eve. His relationships have been very strained. His sweet heart since high school and wife, Gloria, left him when he was seen at Basketball games with a blonde model, Lisa. Though Hughes himself knows he never touched Lisa, he knows and regrets that he neglected Lisa in his days of pouting. Gloria understands and wishes to help him, but won't be humiliated. Hughes relationship with his 18 year old son, Maximus, is further strained. Despite being an incredible athlete himself, Maximus is humble and grounded, much more his mothers son than Fathers, and dislikes his father. Hughes father Vernon, who trained his boy into the most elite football player of all time, has always held an influential role in Hughes life, but even he can no longer reach his son. The only people still even connected to Hughes are his attorney, and a semi homeless man he calls "Red". Red saved Maximus as a boy, and Hughes has thanked ever since. Hughes buys him dinner every night, and owns the lot he sleeps. Other than that, Hughes has become cut off from the rest of the world, living in his Manhattan high rise penthouse alone. Rather than fix and rebuild, or move on and grow, Hughes is electing to end it all. Hughes is a miserable shell of a man with many regrets. Denzel Washington will humanize the superstar athlete who has everything, and reveal a struggle many athletes go through that is hardly discussed.

Tom Hanks is Red

Red, named after the red jacket he ears, is a homeless man who saved Hughes son years ago. Hughes offered him a home but Red declined out of pride. Instead, Hughes buys him dinner and owns the lot he lives on. Red follows him on the Hughes intends to kill himself, and will change Hughes life forever with the simple sentence "You think you have problems? Try stepping in the shoes of somebody with real problems, and we'll see how bad yours seem".

Halle Berry as Gloria Hughes
1 time Academy Award Winner

Gloria Hughes is Chamberlains wife of 20 years, girlfriend of 27, and mother his 18 year old son. Gloria is a strong and grounded woman widely credited by those who know as the rock of Chamberlains life, and the one who kept him in check and dwn to earth. She tried to stay and help her husband as his condition worsened circa september, but he became bitter at her requests for therapy, and showed up with a blonde model to humiliate her at a Knicks game. With that, Gloria moved out, and her son followed her. Even now, she still doubts Hughes ever strayed, and understands he is a terrible condition and wishes to help him.

Sydney Portier is Vernon Hughes
1 Time Academy Award Winner

A former elite athlete, Vernon openly claims to have married for genetics, and trains his own son to be an elite athlete from early age. Hughes was a strict and dominant father, and has maintained an influential role in his sons life to this day. But even Vernon cannot reach his son these days.

Eddie Murphy is Alex Cunningham

Cunningham is Hughes lifelong best friend. Throughout a of his troubles, Hughes has confided in Cunningham, but like Vernon and Gloria, Alex can no longer get ahold of Hughes either.

Derek Luke is Maximus Hughes

Maximus is Chamberlain and Glorias 18 year old son. Maximus is reliving hi fathers life as a football player. He is the most recruited running back in the country, and could use his fathers advice. But he will not speak to his father out of respect for his mother. Chamberlins deepest regret i his relationship with his son.

Kevin Bacon is Jeff Marshall
Marshall is Hughes attorney. Hughes meets with his to discuss transferring all of his funds to an account for his son and wife to have. Marshall is concerned.

January Jones is Lisa Stewart
Stewart is a blonde model Hughes has seen a few times. She is not interested in Hughes, and finds him boring and old.

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Darrelle Revis wrote:
Tom Hanks as Red is definitely the most awesome thing ever. This seems like a great drama with sports as a backdrop. I love the cast too. Seems pretty clichéd, but something that would be emotionally stirring.


In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens. It was the humblest of all God's creatures, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That should do it. Thanks again for the outside help, dreamcatcher, and The Gnat. I really appreciate it.

So now its time for everyone to give out their feedback on the draft, its products, and also to FILL OUT YOUR BALLOTS!

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