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Top Gun Maverick (2022)

Duration 2h 10m Ratings UK: !2A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11  Source of story The characters created by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr Director Joseph Kosinski Writers/Script Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christoher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Charles Parnell,  Ratings IMDb: 8.6/10 by 132,147 people.  Rotten … Continue reading

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Duration 2h 27m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15 Source of story A screenplay developed from a pilot which was intended to result in a TV series, but which was turned down. Director David Lynch Writers/Script David Lynch Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Herring, Robert Forster, Ann  Miller, Justin Theroux,  Ratings IMDb: 7.9/10 by 348,477 people.  Rotten … Continue reading

JFK (1991)

Duration 3h 9m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 13  Source of story Books; On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison, Crossfire, The plot that Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs. Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script Oliver Stone Starring Kevin Costner, Edward Asner, Jack Lemmon, Vincent D’Onofrio, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Laurie Metcalf, Joe Pesci, Walter Matthau, Tommy Lee … Continue reading

Drone (2017)

Duration 1h 31m Ratings UK: 15, USA: TV-MA, France: 12  Source of story An original screenplay Director Jason Bourque Writers/Script Paul A. Birkett, Jason Bourque Starring Sean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Mary McCormack, Joel David Moore,  Ratings IMDb: 5.4/10 by 6359 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 27% by 11 reviewers. Review2view: 4/10. Elevator Pitch: Neil (Sean Bean) and Gary … Continue reading

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2022 in Spain)

Duration 2h 6m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 7  Source of story A 2000 documentary by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey Director Michael Showalter Writers/Script Abe Sylvia Starring Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio,  Ratings IMDb: 6.7 by 12,052 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 66% by 187 reviewers. Review2view: 7/10. Elevator Pitch: Tammy Faye meets Jim … Continue reading

Nightmare Alley (2022 in Spain)

Duration 2h 30m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 11  Source of story A 1940s novel by William Lindsay Gresham Director Guillermo del Toro Writers/Script Guillermo del Toro, Kim Morgan Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn,   Ratings IMDb: 7.4 by 10,758 people.  Rotten … Continue reading

The Card Counter (2021)

Duration 1h 51m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 11  Source of story An original screenplay Director Paul Schrader Writers/Script Paul Schrader Starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, William Dafoe, Alexander Babara Ratings IMDb: 6.2/10 by 17,179 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 86% by 188 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10. Elevator Pitch: William Tell (not his real name) is … Continue reading

American Beauty (1999)

Duration 2h 2m Ratings UK: 18, USA: PG, Denmark  Source of story An original screenplay Director Sam Mendes Writers/Script Alan Ball Starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Chris Cooper, Scott Bakula, John Cho,  Ratings IMDb: 8.3 by .  Rotten Tomatoes: 87% by 190 reviewers . Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Nomadland (2020)

Duration 1h 47m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: R, Argentina: 13  Source of story Based on a book by Jessica Bruder Director Chloé Zhao Writers/Script Chloé Zhao Starring Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, and a lot of real people. Ratings IMDb: 7.4 by 104,885 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: . Elevator Pitch: After the financial catastrophes of the early 2000s … Continue reading

Boogie Nights (1997)

Duration 2h 35m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R,   Source of story An original screenplay developed from a short by the director Director Paul Thomas Anderson Writers/Script Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Luis Guzmän, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Mark Wahlberg, William H. Macey, Nina Hartley, Joanna Gleason, Robert Ridgely, Ricky … Continue reading

American Made (2017)

Duration 1h 55m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Brazil: 16  Source of story An original screenplay, but based loosely on real events. Director Doug Liman Writers/Script Gary Spinelli Starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones,  Ratings IMDb: 7.2 by 163,660 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 86% by 262 reviewers.. Elevator Pitch: Barry Seal is a … Continue reading

Lord of War (2005)

Duration 2h 2m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15,  Source of story The characters and story loosely based on real events. Director Andrew Niccol Writers/Script Andrew Niccol Starring Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Ethan Hawke, Eamonn Walker,  Ratings IMDb: 7.6 by 298,045 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 61% by 147 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Yuri … Continue reading

Kill Bill Vol 2 (2004)

Duration 2h 17m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, France: 12  Source of story An original screenplay – continuing from Kill Bill Vol 1 (Intended originally to be all one film) Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino with contributions from Uma Thurman Starring Uma Thurman, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Caradine,  Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Vivica … Continue reading

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Duration 1h 45m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Source of story Apparently a script written in the 1990s originally called “Venom” by an achademic David Dalessandro. Director David R. Ellis Writers/Script John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez, Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Sunny Mabrey, Elsa Pataky, Bobby Cannavale, Ratings IMDb: 5.4by 132,941 people. Rotten … Continue reading

Taxi Driver (1976)

Duration 1h 54m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, Many places: 18. Source of story An original screenplay Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Paul Schrader Starring Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd,   Ratings IMDb: 8.3 by 716,228 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 96% by 92 critics. Elevator Pitch: Travis Bickle is a … Continue reading

Deliverance (1972)

Duration 1h 49m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, Banned in Italy. Source of story A book of the same name by James Dickey Director John Boorman Writers/Script James Dickey (with unattributed changes by the director) Starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward Ratings IMDb: 7.7 by 97,192 people. … Continue reading

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They (1969)

Duration 2h 9m Ratings UK: AA, USA: M, Spain 18,  Source of story A novel of the same name by Horace McCoy, published in 1935 Director Sydney Pollack Writers/Script James Poe, Robert E. Thompson, Sydney Pollack Starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Dern, Al Lewis, Madge Kennedy,  … Continue reading

Easy Rider (1969)

Duration 1h 35m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, France and Netherlands : 12. Source of story An original screenplay, apparently related to “The Wild Angels” and “The Trip”. Director Dennis Hopper Writers/Script Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Phil Spector, Jack Nicholson, Toni Basil, Karen Black, Bridget Fonda, Carrie Snodgrass … Continue reading

Mercury Plains (2016)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: 15, USA R (why?) Source of story An original screenplay Director Charles Burmeister Writers/Script Charles Burmeister Starring Scott Eastwood, Nick Chinlund, Angela Sarafyan IMDb Rating 4.3 by 1200 people Elevator Pitch: A young man, Mitch, in South Texas goes across the border into Mexico with a friend for a night … Continue reading

War Dogs (2016)

War Dogs (2016) Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson “Arms and the Dudes”. Director Todd Phillips Writers/Script Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic Starring Miles Teller, David Packouz, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper, JB Blanc Elevator Pitch: David Packouz is embroiled in an … Continue reading

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Duration 2h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Said to be “partly based on” a novel “On Any Given Sunday” written in 1984 by Pat Toomay (A NFL player) Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script John Logan, Oliver Stone (story Daniel Pyne, John Logan and others) Starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie … Continue reading

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay – which won that award at the 1991 Oscars Director Ridley Scott Writers/Script Callie Khouri Starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brad Pitt, Lucinda Jenney Elevator Pitch: Two friends, Louise, who works at a waitress in … Continue reading

Late Night (2019)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Nisha Ganatra Writers/Script Mindy Kaling Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Paul Walter Hauser, Amy Ryan, Denis O’Hare Elevator Pitch: An English talk show host, Katherine Newbury is likely to be replaced due to the fact that … Continue reading

Queen & Slim (2020 in Spain)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay, although linked by critics to Bonney and Clyde and Thelma and Louise (I favour the latter) Director First time director Melina Matsoukas Writers/Script Lena Waithe (story Lena Waithe, James Frey) Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeen Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Elevator Pitch: An uptight … Continue reading

Bombshell (2020 in Spain)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Based on real events in Fox News over the duration of its existence. Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Charles Randolph Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Elevator Pitch: Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, generally known for … Continue reading

Death Proof (2007)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Quenton Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, Rose McGowan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Elevator Pitch: A group of young women meet in a bar where they become acquainted with Stuntman Mike unaware … 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

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth Director Desiree Akhavan Writers/Script Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Quinn Shephard, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Emily Skeggs, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle Elevator Pitch: Having been discovered having sex with a friend, Cameron … Continue reading

Top Gun (1986)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A magazine article by Ehud Yonay Director Tony Scott Writers/Script Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan Elevator Pitch: A reckless but talented Navy pilot with issues is sent to the Miramar elite … Continue reading

Green Book (2019 in Spain)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Said to have been “inspired” by real events, supported by the fact that the main writer of the story is Nick Vallelonga, Tony’s son. Director Peter Farrelly Writers/Script Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Dimiter D. Marinov, Mike Hatton … Continue reading

Falling Down (1993)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Ebbe Roe Smith Additional Info Someone posted the scene where the Michael Douglas character asks for “Breakfast” in a burger joint but they had stopped serving it three minutes earlier. It has been watched over 3 milion times. I Want Breakfast Director Joel … Continue reading

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Duration 2h 22m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. Writers/Script Frank Darabont Additional Info The Director of Photography was Roger Deakins. He has done some stuff – most recently Blade Runner 2049. Director Frank Darabont Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore … Continue reading

I, Tonya (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events – believe it or not Writers/Script Steven Rogers Additional Info Allison Janney, often seen on our TV screens in the sitcom “Mom”, won Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Oscars, Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. Director Craig Gillespie Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison … Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Duration 3h (or 2h 40m) Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book by Jordan Belfort Writers/Script Terence Winter Additional Info Terence Winter scripted many episodes of The Sopranos. I saw this first at a matinee in Madrid. Every seat in the screen was taken. The producers Red Granite Pictures have recently been required to … Continue reading

MOLLY’S GAME (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 20m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book: Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom Writers/Script Aaron Sorkin Additional Info Apparently real poker players were used in the film as extras and were paid $90 per … Continue reading

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Martin McDonagh Additional Info At the time of writing (January 2018) this film has won several Golden Globes, been nominated for many BAFTAs and is being proposed as an Oscar winner. Director Martin McDonagh Starring Frances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Rockwell, … Continue reading

Logan Lucky (2017)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Rebecca Blunt Additional Info No-one has ever met Rebecca Blunt so those in the know think the script was written either by the director or his wife. Director Steven Soderbergh Starring Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, … Continue reading

The Beguiled (2017)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “A Painted Devil” by Thomas P Cullinan and possibly the 1971 film written by Albert Maltz and Irene Kamp Writer/s Script Sofia Coppola Director Sofia Coppola Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning Elevator Pitch When an injured Union soldier is given … Continue reading

Miss Sloane (2017 in Spain)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Jonathan Perera Director John Madden Starring Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christine Baranski, John Lithgow, Mark Strong, Sam Waterston Elevator Pitch An influencial DC lobbyist joins a company promoting a bill to restrict the purchase of automatic weapons, while her … Continue reading

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Duration 2h 31m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The original TV series by Bruce Geller and the previous movies Writer/s Script Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec Director Brad Bird Starring Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Lea Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson Elevator Pitch A villain obtains the launch codes for the Russian … Continue reading

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