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Serena (2014)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Ron Rash Writers/Script Christopher Kyle Additional Info This movie spent a long time in post production. Because they needed to redo some dialogue, due to aircraft noise, they tried to buy Lawrence out of Hunger Games for one day. … Continue reading

THE SHAPE OF WATER (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor Additional Info Vanessa Taylor is the writer of a number of Game of Thrones scripts. Director Guillermo del Toro Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones Elevator Pitch At the height … Continue reading

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book series of the same name by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi Writers/Script Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum, John Sayles Additional Info I chose to count the visual effects people named on IMDb. There are more than 300 of them! Director Mark Waters Starring Freddie Highmore, … Continue reading

Survivor (2015)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Phillip Shelby Additional Info The strap line “Now his next target is hunting him” is absolutely incorrect. It’s just intended to appeal to those of us who quite like Resident Evil. Director James McTeigue Starring Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Francis de la … Continue reading

Super Cyclone (2012)

Duration 1h 29m Rating (UK) None – PG in some places Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Liz Adams Additional Info The writer/director has not even bothered to find out what the difference is between a platform and a mobile unit in the oil business, and that’s just the start! Director Liz Adams Starring … Continue reading

Source Code (2011)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Ben Ripley Additional Info The director is the son of David Bowie Director Duncan Jones Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Russell Peters, Scott Bakula Elevator Pitch A former helicopter pilot wakes up on a train, apparently in the … Continue reading

Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

Duration 2h 32m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Star Wars VII – a direct continuation of the last story. Writers/Script Rian Johnson Additional Info Carrie Fisher died while the fim was in post production and it is dedicated to her. Princes William and Harry donned stormtrooper suits and were in a set, but we … Continue reading

Suburbicon (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, George Clooney, Grant Heslov Additional Info This originally written by the Coens in 1986 shortly after “Blood Simple”, and steps taken to film it starring George Clooney in 2005. Director George Clooney Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Glenn … Continue reading

The Sense of an Ending (2017)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Julian Barnes Writers/Script Nick Payne Additional Info Tony in the book is supposed to be an unreliable narrator, virtually impossible to achieve on screen I think. Director Ritesh Batra Starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily … Continue reading

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A young adult book of the same name by Ann Brashares Writers/Script Delia Ephron, Elizabeth Chandler Additional Info All four of the leading young women were stars of American TV dramas. Director Ken Kwapis Starring Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Jenna Boyd Elevator … Continue reading

School for Scoundrels (2006)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Possibly books by Stephen Potter, his “Gamesmanship” was a hit in 1960 and resulted in a film “School for Scoundrels” in the same year. When we were young we loved the whole thing. Writers/Script Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong Additional Info The now famous Jim Parsons from … Continue reading

Sweetwater (2013)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Andrew McKenzie Writer/s Script Logan Miller, Noah Miller Additional Info Later known as “Sweet Vengeance” also “Hello to Jason Isaacs”. Director Logan Miller and Noah Miller. Starring Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Root, Luce Rains Elevator Pitch In 19th century New Mexico … Continue reading

Seeking a Friend at the End of the World (2012)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Lorene Scafaria Director Lorene Scafaria Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Amy Schumer, Martin Sheen Elevator Pitch An asteroid is due to demolish earth in three weeks, but an insurance salesman still goes to the office. When he … Continue reading

Sex and Death 101 (2008)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Daniel Waters Director Daniel Waters Starring Simon Baker, Winona Ryder Elevator Pitch Out in the world a woman is attacking men and causing them to become comatose, and is being chased by the police. Meanwhile the owner of a fast food … Continue reading

Salt (2010)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) PG-13 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Kurt Wimmer Director Phillip Noyce Starring Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor Elevator Pitch A female CIA agent is outed as a double by a Russian defector and so has to go on the run, chased by her former colleagues. There … 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

Bond 10: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) A Source of story An original screenplay using the title of an Ian Fleming book only Writer/s Script Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum Director Lewis Gilbert Starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Walter Gotell, Geoffrey Keen, Bernard Lee, George Baker, Shane Rimmer, Kevin McNally Elevator Pitch … Continue reading

Seeking Justice (2011)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Robert Tannen Writer/s Story Todd Hickey, Robert Tannen Director Roger Donaldson Starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Carpenter Elevator Pitch When a professor of English’s wife is raped her husband is offered “justice”. A shadowy group will have him … Continue reading

Swordfish (2001)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Skip Woods Director Dominic Sena Starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Sam Shepard, Vinnie Jones, Drea de Matteo Elevator Pitch A covert American anti-terrorist organisation is in need of funds, so they hire a convicted hacker to break … Continue reading

St Vincent (2014)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Theodore Melfi Director Theodore Melfi Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Jaeden Lieberher, Kimberly Quinn Elevator Pitch A Vietnam war veteran who leads a desolute existence, gambling, drinking and consorting with a Russian prostitute accidentally becomes a baby … Continue reading

Scary Movie (2000)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A totally derivative screenplay Writer/s Script Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Selzer Director Keenan Ivory Wayans Starring Carmen Electra, Dave Sheridan, Mark McConchie, Karen Kruper, Anna Faris, John Abrhams, Regina Hall, Marlon Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth, Cheri Oteri, Shawn Wayans, Elevator … Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Released 2009 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Writer/s Script Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg Writer/s Story Lionel Wigram, Michael Robert Johnston Director Guy Ritchie Starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan, Geraldine James, Kelly Reilly, Miles Jupp Elevator Pitch Holmes … Continue reading

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

Released 2013 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A tenuous relationship with the previous movies in the franchise Writer/s Script David Zucker, Pat Proft Director Malcolm D Lee, David Zucker Starring Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Gracie Whitton, Snoop Dogg, Shad Moss, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Jerry O’Connell Elevator Pitch The franchise continues to spoof current … Continue reading

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

Released 2010 Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Matt Lopez, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard Writer/s Story Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Matt Lopez Director Jon Turteltaub Starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molino, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige Elevator Pitch A couple of ancient sorcerers in modern Manhattan battle it … Continue reading

Stardust

Released 2007 Rating UK PG Source of story A novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman Writer/s Script Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn (Also Director) Starring Ian McKellen, Kate Magowan, Melanie Hill, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Henry Cavill, Nathaniel Parker, Peter O’Tool, Mark Strong, Jason Flemyng, Mark Heap, Struan Rodger, Rupert Everett, David Walliams, Julian … Continue reading

Shortcut to Happiness

Released 2007 Rating (UK) PG Source of story A short story by Stephen Vincent Benet, and a play by Archibald Macleish both called “The Devil and Daniel Webster”. Writer/s script Peter Dexter, Bill Condon, Nancy Cassaro Writer/s story Peter Dexter Director Harry Kirkpatrick (But actually Alec Baldwin who withdrew his name from the production.) Starring … Continue reading

Split (2017 in Spain)

Released 2016 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s script M. Night Shyamalan Director M. Night Shyamalan Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula Elevator Pitch When a man with multiple personalities emails his shrink asking for help, and keeps visiting her without an appointment she knows … Continue reading

Safe House

Released 2012 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s script David Guggenheim Director Daniel Espinosa Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga. Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick, Liam Cunningham Elevator Pitch A rogue CIA agent and the housekeeper of a CIA safe house in South Africa are forced to go on … Continue reading

Scary Movie 2

Released 2001 Rating 18 Director Keenan Wayans Writer/s Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Selzer, Alyson Fouse, Greg Grabianski, Dave Polsky, Michael Snowden, Craig Wayans Starring James Woods, Anna Faris, Marlon Wayans, Christopher Masterson, Shawn Wayans, Regina Hall, Tori Spelling, Tim Curry Source of story Scary Movie 1 Elevator Pitch … Continue reading

Sliver

Released 1993 Rating 18 in UK Director Phillip Noyce Writer/s Joe Eszterhas Starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Polly Walker, Martin Landau Source of story Novel of the same name by Ira Levin Elevator Pitch A youngish book editor moves into an apartment in the Sliver, which has previously been occupied by a woman … Continue reading

Scary Movie 3

Released 2003 Rating 15 in UK Director David Zucker Writer/s Craig Mazin, Pat Proft Starring Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Piven, Anna Faris, Kevin Hart, Queen Latifah, Leslie Nielsen Source of story Earlier Scary Movies – particularly the characters Elevator Pitch A newscaster finds that things are going awry in her home town … Continue reading

Sense and Sensibility

Released 1995 Rating U in UK Director Ang Lee Writer/s Emma Thompson Starring James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter, Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Gemma Jones, Hugh Grant, Robert Hardy, Alan Rickman, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton, Imogen Stubbs, Hugh Laurie Source of story Book of the same name by Jane Austen Elevator Pitch When Mr Dashwood … Continue reading

Sully

Released 2016 Rating 12A in UK Director Clint Eastwood Writer/s Todd Komarnicki Starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Mike O’Malley, Anna Gunn, Laura Linney Source of story Real events and book by Chelsey Sullenberger Elevator Pitch When a bird strike disables both engines of an Airbus A320 shortly after take-off from LaGuardia, the pilots have moments … Continue reading

Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Released 2013 Rating PG in UK Director John Lee Hancock Writer/s Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell Source of story Based on (as opposed to “inspired by”) real events. Elevator Pitch In 1961, with money running short PL Travis, the author of Mary Poppins, is persuaded to … Continue reading

Surrogates

Released 2009 Rating 12A in UK Director Jonathan Mostow Writer/s Michael Ferris, John Brancato Starring Bruce Wills, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Cromwell Source of story Graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele Elevator Pitch In the near future the population is represented in the workplace and at play by their surrogates, remotely operated … Continue reading

Star Trek Beyond (ST 13)

Released 2016 Rating 12A Director Justin Lin Writer/s Simon Pegg, Doug Jung Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba Source of story Star Trek – the legend Elevator Pitch The Enterprise is dispatched from the frontier space station Yorktown to assist a lost alien vessel in uncharted space, but … Continue reading

Sid & Nancy

Released 1986 (Remastered 2016) Rating 18 in UK Director Alex Cox Writer/s Alex Cox, Abbe Wood Starring Gary Oldman, Cloe Webb, David Hayman Source of story Real events Elevator Pitch At the height of the Sex Pistols fame, the bassist Sid Vicious becomes involved with Nancy Spungen a drug addict, camp follower and occasional sex … Continue reading

The Secret Life of Pets

Released 2016 Rating U in UK Director Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud Writer/s Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch Starring Louis KC, Eric Stonestreet Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch Max, a terrier in Manhattan, usually just sits at the door all day waiting for his owner to return, but when she brings home … Continue reading

Shoot ‘Em Up

Released 2007 Rating 18 Director Michael Davis Writer/s Michael Davis Starring Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, Paul Giamatti Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A man delivers a baby in a warehouse, while engaging in a gun battle with men chasing the mother. Thereafter, he and a helpful whore go on the run with … Continue reading

Seven Pounds

Released 2008 Rating 12A Director Gabriele Muccino Writer/s Grant Nieporte Starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A young engineer causes the deaths of seven people including his fiancee due to texting while driving. He is traumatised by guilt and so sets out to change the lives … Continue reading

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