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Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Duration 2h 28m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 11  Source of story The characters and the environment created by the Wachowskis in the Matrix trilogy. Director Lana Wachowski Writers/Script Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci,  Ratings IMDb: 5.8/10 by … Continue reading

Perfect Creature (2006)

Duration 1h 30m Ratings UK: 15, USA:  Source of story An original screenplay Director Glenn Standring Writers/Script Glenn Standring Starring Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Leo Gregory, Scott Wills,  Ratings IMDb: 5.4 by 5,280. Rotten Tomatoes: No score (only three reviewers, one of whom had obviously reviewed the wrong film) Elevator Pitch: In an alternative 1960s … Continue reading

The Zero Theorem (2013)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Terry Gilliam Writers/Script Pat Rushin, Terry Gilliam Starring Christopher Waltz, Gwendoline Christie, Rupert Friend, David Thewlis, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ben Wishaw, Mélanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Elevator Pitch: Qohen Leth is a computer programmer who spends most of his time … Continue reading

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Duration 2h 16m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The Spanish film “Abre Los Ojos” (Open Your Eyes) by Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil Director Cameron Crowe Writers/Script Cameron Crowe Starring Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Timothy Spall, Tilda Swinton, Michael Shannon, Johnny Galecki, Elevator Pitch: David Aames is a … Continue reading

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Duration 1h 52m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A graphic novel of the same name by Bryn Lee O’Malley Director Edgar Wright Writers/Script Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright Starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Webber, Ellen Wong, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Brandon Routh, Elevator Pitch: Scott … Continue reading

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The first movie and characters Director Jake kasdan Writers/Script Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg Starring Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Awkwafina, Kevin Hart, Danny DeVito, Nick Jonas, Rory McCann, Danny Glover, Elevator Pitch: The game is on again and the avatars Dr Smolder Bravestone, … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Duration 2h 41m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A riff on events in Hollywood in 1969, in an alterative reality. Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino, Rafal Zawierucha, Lorenza Izzo, Kurt Russell, … Continue reading

Yesterday (2019)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Director Danny Boyle Writers/Script Jack Barth, Richard Curtis Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino, Meera Syal, Joel Fry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon, Sarah Lancashire, James Corden, Robert Carlyle Elevator Pitch: Imagine a world where no-one has heard of the … Continue reading

Hancock (2008)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Vincent Ngo, Vince Gilligan Additional Info The script had been knocking about for ten years before Vince Gilligan had a go at it. It cost a lot but made money, including $50 million on its opening weekend. Director Peter Berg Starring Will … Continue reading

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Duration 2h 16m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A Marvel Comics character, and the first film Captain America: The First Avenger. Writers/Script Christopher Marcus, Stephen McFeely (story by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and a large number of Marvel authors developed the characters). Additional Info The first scene is filmed on Sealaunch Commander, … Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Seth Graham-Smith Writers/Script Seth Graham-Smith Additional Info It is said that despite the fact that the script was written by the author of the book, there are not many similarities between the two. It seems that essentially only the … Continue reading

TomorrowLand (2015)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay: it has associations with various aspects of Disneyworld and EPCOT Writers/Script Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird (with story by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeff Jensen) Additional Info The title had to be changed in different parts of the world because Tomorrowland was registered … Continue reading

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A screenplay inspired by the original 1995 Jumanji, and a children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsberg written in 1981. Writers/Script Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner Additional Info The writers of the oringinal Jumanji are also credited: Greg Taylor, Jim … Continue reading

X-Men 5: First Class (2011)

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The Marvel Comics characters Writers/Script Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn Additional Info Although this is the fifth X-Men film it is a reboot, portraying their earlier lives before the previous four films. Story by Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer and a lot of … Continue reading

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A computer game of the same name Writers/Script Patrick Massett, John Zinman Additional Info The story developed by Sara B Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary and adapted by Simon West Director Simon West Starring Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig, Richard Johnson, … Continue reading

Blade (1998)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Loosely based on a Marvel comic character by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan Writers/Script David S Goyer Additional Info Said to have been poorly received at test showings, so rewrites and reshoots involved. The car – a 1968 Dodge Charger. Director Stephen Norrington Starring Wesley Snipes, … Continue reading

Captain America 1: The First Avenger (2011)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A Marvel comic character by Joe Simn and Jack Kirby Writers/Script Christopher Marcus, Stephen McFeely Additional Info The climax of this film takes place in a flying wing type aircraft. As a child I had an Observer’s Book of Aircraft from the 1950s which featured several … Continue reading

Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (1992)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) AA Source of story A novel by Phillip K Dick ( Actually I thought it was a short story) Writer/s Script Hampton Fanchor, David Peoples Additional Info The appear to have been seven versions of this film, and I think the one I saw the other day was either the … Continue reading

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Duration 2h 33m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Quentin Tarantino Additional Info The director said that it had taken him ten years to write this script – I select this snippet from the endless items of trivia available on websites relating to the film. Director Quentin Tarantino (and Eli … Continue reading

Self/Less (2015)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Alex Pastor, David Pastor, Tari Director Tarsem Singh Starring Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Michelle Dockery Elevator Pitch A dying billionaire seeks help from a shadowy organisation who promise to transfer his conciousness into an artificially … Continue reading

King Kong (2005)

Duration 3h 7m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The 1933 film of the same name scripted by James Creelman and Ruth Rose. Writer/s Script Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson Writer/s Story In 1933 – Edgar Wallace and Merian C Cooper Director Peter Jackson Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Andy … Continue reading

The Dark Tower (2017)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Apparently eight Stephen King novels of the same name Writer/s Script Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel Director Nikolaj Arcel Starring Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick Elevator Pitch The Dark Tower stands at the centre of the … Continue reading

Baby Driver (2017)

Duration 1h 52m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Edgar Wright Director Edgar Wright Starring Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzales, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Walter Hill Elevator Pitch Baby is a talented get-away driver with tinitus, who therefore listens to an IPod all the time. … Continue reading

Wonder Woman (2017)

Duration 2h 21m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A DC Comics Character created by William Moulton Marston Writer/s Script Allan Heinberg Writer/s Story Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs Director Patty Jenkins Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, James Cosmo … Continue reading

John Wick (2014)

Released 2014 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Derek Kolstad Director Chad Stahelski, David Leitch Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willen Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Toby Leonard Moore, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane Elevator Pitch A man has his house trashed, his dog killed and his car stolen … Continue reading

Watchmen

Released 2009 Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons Writer/s Script David Hayter, Alex Tse Director Zack Snyder Starring Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino Elevator Pitch In an alternative 1980s USA, … Continue reading

Transcendence

Released 2014 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Jack Paglen Director Wally Pfister Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman Elevator Pitch In an alternative present a number of organisations are working on artificial intelligence, and a terrorist cell is working against … Continue reading

The Family Man

Released 2000 Rating 12 in UK Director Brett Ratner Writer/s David Diamond, David Weissman Starring Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Harve Presnell Source of story An original screenplay, with echoes of other Christmas parables. Elevator Pitch Jack Campbell, the VP of an investment company who cares nothing for anything except money and … Continue reading

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Released 2006 Rating 15 in UK Director Tom Tykwer Writer/s Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer Starring Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alan Rickman, John Hurt (Narrator) Source of story A book by Patrick Süskind Elevator Pitch A young man, raised in the grimy underbelly of 18th century Paris, is driven by his heightened … Continue reading

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Released 2014 Rating 15 in UK Director Matthew Vaughn Writer/s Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong Source of story A graphic novel Elevator Pitch A maniac tech billionaire has a plan to reduce the population of the earth by turning the inhabitants against each other. But standing … Continue reading

Evan Almighty

Released 2007 Rating PG Director Tom Shadyac Writer/s Steve Oedekerk and others Starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman Source of story In some respects a sequel to “Bruce Almighty” Elevator Pitch A congressman is persuaded by God to start to build an ark on a collection of vacant building lots in Virginia, … Continue reading

High Rise

Released 2015 Rating 15 in UK Director Ben Wheatley Writer/s Amy Jump Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Reese Shearsmith Source of story J.G.Ballard novel of the same name. Elevator Pitch An architect has designed a high rise building where as you get nearer the top the residents … Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Released 2011 Rating 12A in UK Director Guy Richie Writer/s Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney Starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry, Kelly Reilly, Geraldine James, Eddie Marsan Source of story Characters created by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle and a previous outing for this lot in 2009. Elevator Pitch Prof … Continue reading

Real Steel

Released 2011 Rating 12A in UK Director Shawn Levy Writer/s John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, Jeremy Leven Starring Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie Source of story A short story “Steel” by Richard Matheson Elevator Pitch This is “Robot Wars” on steroids, in a world where massive humanoid machines battle it out in packed … Continue reading

The Lobster (2015)

Released 2015 Rating 15 in UK Director Yorgos Tanthimos Writer/s Yorgos Tanthimos, Epthymis Filippou Starring Colin Farrell, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, John C.Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw Source of story Original screenplay Elevator Pitch In an alternative reality adults are required to have partners in life, and those without them are sent to a hotel … Continue reading

The Adjustment Bureau

Released 2011 Rating  12A in UK Director George Nolfi Writer/s George Nolfi Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie Source of story A short story by Phillip K Dick Elevator Pitch A potential US senator who may be even more goes a bit off the rails, so a group of mysterious men arrange … Continue reading

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