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Bullitt (1968)

Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) AA Source of story Loosely based on a novel by Robert L. Pike Director Peter Yates Writers/Script Alan Trustman, Harry Kleiner Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jaqueline Bisset, Don Gordon, Robert Duvall, Simon Oakland, Joanna Cassidy Elevator Pitch: Lieutant Bullitt is asked by a senator holding a hearing on organised … Continue reading

The Box (2009)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A short story “Button, Button”, by Richard Matheson, first pubished in Playboy in 1970. Director Richard Kelly Writers/Script Richard Kelly Starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella Elevator Pitch: A married couple, Norma and Arthur Lewis, who have a preteen son, are facing possible hard times … Continue reading

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 18 (NC-17 in USA) Source of story An original screenplay Director Abel Ferrara Writers/Script Zoë Lund, Abel Ferrara Starring Harvey Keitel, Frankie Thorn, Paul Hipp, Zoë Lund, Eddie Daniels (I have named the relatively unknown actors who I thought contributed most). Elevator Pitch: A police lieutenant (un-named) is gambling heavily … Continue reading

Batman and Robin (1997)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original Batman comics, the TV series and particularly the previous film, Batman Forever. Director Joel Schumacher Writers/Script Akiva Goldsman Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Elle Macpherson Elevator Pitch: Batman and Robin are established crime fighters … Continue reading

Blackhat (2015)

Duration 2h 13m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Apparently the director followed a news story about the disabling of parts of Iran’s nuclear research by malware. Director Michael Mann Writers/Script Morgan Davis Foehl Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wein Tang, Leehom Wang Elevator Pitch: When an explosion occurs in a Chinese nuclear power plant … Continue reading

Bad Boys II (2003)

Duration 2h 27m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay using the characters from the first film. Director Michael Bay Writers/Script Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl (story Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Ron Shelton. Characters George Gallo) Starring Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Shannon, Henry … Continue reading

The Boxtrolls (2014)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A part of a novel “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow Director Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi Writers/Script Irena Brignull, Adam Parva, Vera Brosgo; (Story Anthony Stacchi, Phil Dale) Starring Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, … Continue reading

Bad Boys (1995)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Michael Bay Writers/Script Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson (Story George Gallo) Starring Tchéky Karyo, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Imperioli, Téa Leoni, Elevator Pitch: After an ingenious heist of a cache of heroine from a police lock-up, a couple … Continue reading

The Babadook (2014)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay derived from a short film Monster by the same writer/director Director Jennifer Kent Writers/Script Jennifer Kent Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney Elevator Pitch: The irrational behaviour of  Amelia’s son, due it seems to an obsession with a shadowy monster, results in … Continue reading

Ben is Back (2018)

Elevator Pitch A family are returning from an outing on Christmas Eve, and on arriving at their house find that there is a young man waiting in the driveway. His presence is the cause of some elation on the part of the mother and distress on the part of the husband and the elder daughter. … Continue reading

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Elevator Pitch A disparate group of people collect at a run down hotel on the Nevada/California border.. They are a priest with a poor memory, a singer on her way to Reno, a vacuun cleaner salesman and a young woman who drags a hostage from her car into her room. There is a young man … Continue reading

Bad Moms (2016)

Elevator Pitch Amy is an attractive overworked mother with two demanding almost teenage children and a slobby husband. She is constantly trying to keep up with the immaculate leaders of the school’s PTA, but finally loses patience with their ridiculous standards and with her husband, who she throws out after she catches masturbating while interacting … Continue reading

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Elevator Pitch Ron Stallworth is the first black police officer to join the force in Colorado Springs. After a time in the Archives he convinces his boss to allow him to become a detective, and he almost randomly chooses to infiltrate the KKK in the city, by telephone. When asked to attend a meeting he … Continue reading

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Elevator Pitch: A woman wakes up in bed next to a man who she does not know. What is going on?  He explains that he is her husband and that she had an accident years ago which resulted in her waking up every day with no memory of anything from the previous day or before. She … Continue reading

Bond 19: The World in Not Enough (1999)

Elevator Pitch When the daughter of an oil tycoon escapes from her kidnappers, and the tycoon himself in terminated in the MI6 building, James Bond is set to unravel a complex plot, involving oil pipelines in Azerbaijan and atomic bombs in Turkey. He is required to protect the tycoon’s daughter whose motives may be suspect … Continue reading

Book Club (2018)

Elevator Pitch Four friends, now possibly in their sixties, have met regularly as a book club and reviewed works of fiction. One has been recently widowed, one divorced for 18 years, is a judge, one a hotel owner, has commitment issues and the fourth, a restauranteur has a husband who has lost interest in sex. … Continue reading

Beirut (2018)

Elevator Pitch. Mason Skiles a former diplomat, now a labour arbitrator in New England, gets a call to give a lecture in Lebanon, where ten years earlier events had resulted in the death of his wife and the termination of his career. He is aware that the reason for the visit may not be the … Continue reading

Bastille Day (2016)

Elevator Pitch. When a terrorist bomb kills four people in Paris, the French police tag an American as the perpetrator setting a wayward CIA agent on his trail. But everything is not as it seems, the American is a minor criminal, specialising in pickpocketing and he has accidentally stolen the bomb which should have been … Continue reading

Bandits (2001)

Elevator Pitch. A couple of bank robbers who have recently escaped from prison hit on the idea of taking the manager hostage, and then getting to the bank first thing in the morning, but when they accidentally pick up a bored housewife to whom they are both attracted, and their get away driver is distracted … Continue reading

The Bag Man (2014)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script David Grovic, Paul Conway (and an original screenplay “Motel” by James Russo) Additional Info Rebecca Da Costa is an almost unfeasibly tall Brazilian model. I thought she did OK. Director David Grovic Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Nero, Crispin … Continue reading

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