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Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

Elevator Pitch In 1972 American Boby Fischer meets Russian chess master Boris Spassky in Iceland to decide who is to be world chess champion. Fischer has proved himself to be a brilliant player, becoming American champion at the age of 14, but he suffers from paranoia, believing that his every move is being monitored by … Continue reading

Primeval (2007)

Elevator Pitch A TV station sends a newsman and his photographer, accompanied by a female animal expert to Burundi to capture an enormous crocodile which has been eating the local population. They assemble a cage and settle down to wait with a couple of local white hunters, but it turns out that the croc is … Continue reading

The Proposal (2009)

Elevator Pitch The Chief Editor of a New York publishing house is to be deported to her country of birth, Canada, because she has failed to renew her visa, and so she extemporises by saying that she and Andrew, her hard pressed assistant, are to marry. Later, encouraged by the possibility of promotion and a … Continue reading

Predator 2 (1990)

Elevator Pitch In a future 1997 the detectives of the LAPD are engaged in firefights with the street gangs of the city, but when one gang retires to their fortress and does not come out again the detectives enter the building and find bodies and blood. What has happened? Another gang is attacked in their … Continue reading

Predator (1987)

Elevator Pitch A bunch of ex-special forces mercenaries are hired to go into the Central American jungle, together with a CIA spook in order to rescue a couple of hostages from some bandits. As they make their way through the jungle they become aware that everything is not quite as it should be and their … Continue reading

The Purge 2: Anarchy (2014)

Elevator Pitch It is the night of the purge, a 12 hour period between  seven pm and seven am when the law is suspended and killers roam the streets of LA. For a variety of reasons a heavily armed man on a mission links up with a mother and daughter and a young married couple, … Continue reading

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Elevator Pitch. In 1944 A young girl who, with her pregnant mother, is visiting the garrison commanded by her stepfather in the Spanish mountains, wanders off and discovers a labyrinth, where she is confronted by a fawn who tells her she is a lost princess of the underworld, and to gain her rightful place she … Continue reading

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Elevator Pitch. A wilful and intelligent young woman, the second of five daughters of a Derbyshire landowner, all of whom their mother wants to marry off, rejects a possible suitor and comes to the attention of a rich but reticent young aristocrat, who is attracted to her despite her more lowly birth; when he insults … Continue reading

THE PARTY (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 11m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Sally Potter Additional Info Walter Donohue was story editor. All the actors were paid equally for their work, information used to promote equal pay for women in the film industry. I noticed that the appearance of one fox required four “fox wranglers”. … Continue reading

PHANTOM THREAD (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Paul Thomas Anderson (apparently with input from Daniel Day-Lewis) Additional Info In my occasional feature of cars in films, the car featured in this film is a Bristol 404, a good choice I thought, since they were very expensive and not very … Continue reading

The Paperboy (2012)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel, of the same name by Peter Dexter Writers/Script Peter Dexter, Lee Daniels Additional Info It is worth bearing in mind that MM’s character is gay. It is said by some that the film got a standing ovation at Cannes, but others have said that … Continue reading

Prince Valiant (1997)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A comic character, apparently started in 1934 written by Hal Foster, and previous film from 1954. Writers/Script Michael Frost Beckner, Anthony Hickox, Carsten Lorenz Additional Info The finished work was apparently recut by the producers while the director was away on his Christmas holidays, removing both … Continue reading

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