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Trainspotting (1996)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh Director Danny Boyle Writers/Script John Hodge Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, James Cosmo, Shirley Henderson, Elevator Pitch: A group of friends, Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, Tommy and Begbie … Continue reading

Thor: Ragnarök (2017)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Apparently elements of the Marvel story “Planet Hulk” by Greg Pak, Walter Simonson, Carlo Pagalayan. Director Taika Waititi Writers/Script Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher L. Yost Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum,  Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Sam … Continue reading

Training Day (2001)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay focused on actual police corruption in LA Director Antoine Fuqua Writers/Script David Ayer Starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Harris Yulin, Cliff Curtis, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, Eva Mendes, Terry Crews, Elevator Pitch: Jake is a rookie cop … Continue reading

Tideland (2005)

Duration 2h 00m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin Director Terry Gilliam Writers/Script Tony Grisoni, Terry Gilliam Starring Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer, Brendan Fletcher, Jennifer Tilley, Jeff Bridges Elevator Pitch: When preteen Jeliza-Rose’s mother dies of an overdose she and her father take off for the … Continue reading

Terminator 6: Dark Fate (2019)

Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Said to follow on from Terminator 2: Judgement Day Director Tim Miller Writers/Script David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray (Story James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee, Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes Starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Toy Story 4 (2019)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) U Source of story The previous three films Director Josh Cooley Writers/Script Andrew Stanton, Stephany Folsom (Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rahsida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes, Stephany Folsom) Starring Voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu … Continue reading

Tombstone (1993)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events and characters through the prism of legend. Director George P. Cosmatos Writers/Script Kevin Jarre (With a lot of uncredited input) Starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Jon Tenney, Thomas Haden Church, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy … 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

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

Duration 1h 37m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Michael Dowse Writers/Script Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo (Sotry by Topher Grace, Gordon Kaywin) Starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michael Biehn, Lucy Punch, Bob Odenkirk Elevator Pitch: Matt is an MIT graduate who, to his father’s frustration, … Continue reading

The Triangle (2001 TV Movie)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A not very original teleplay Director Lewis Teague Writers/Script Ted Humphreys (story Ted Humpreys, Bing Howenstein) Starring Luke Perry, Dan Cortese, Olivia d’Abo, Dorian Harewood Elevator Pitch: A group of young men with the girlfriend of one of them, embark on a charter boat for the … Continue reading

Triple 9 (2016)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director John Hillcoat Writers/Script Matt Cook Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins Jr. Elevator Pitch: A gang of ex-military personnel and renegade policemen are engaged to carry out a robbery on behalf … Continue reading

This is 40 (2012)

Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Two characters who made minor appearances in “Knocked Up”. Director Judd Apatow Writers/Script Judd Apatow Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segal, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Albert Brooks,John Lithgow, Tatum O’Neal, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader Elevator Pitch: Debbie … Continue reading

Bond 4: Thunderball (1965)

Elevator Pitch. When SPECRE steals two atomic bombs, by hijacking a Vulcan bomber, and holds the civilised world to ransom Bond is dispatched to the Bahamas to infiltrate the organisation and to firstly find out what is going on, and secondly to locate the bombs. But the clock is ticking so can he convince the … Continue reading

Thor 2: The Dark World (2013)

Elevator Pitch You may remember the scientists from “Thor”. Well they are on the case again, finding that there are disruptions to the laws of physics, and as a result Jane Foster is infected by a weapon from the Dark World, the evil inhabitants of which had been defeated by Odin’s father, but who have … Continue reading

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Elevator Pitch Ten years after Sarah Connor survived the first Terminator attack, the machines send back a more advanced model the T-1000 which is intended to eliminate the 10 year old John Connor. The humans send back a reprogrammed T-800, with instructions to keep John alive, and it, together with Sarah who has been incarcerated … Continue reading

Transsiberian (2008)

Elevator Pitch An American couple decide to travel from Vladivostock to Moscow by the Transsiberian express and on the train they are joined by a young couple, a Spaniard and an American. In snowy Russia the husband is accidentally left at a station , and at the next one the wife, and the couple, decide … Continue reading

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Elevator Pitch In the early 1970s Control, the head of MI6, suspects that there is a mole in the senior management and, on the possibility of finding out who it is, sends Jim Prideaux to Hungary. But Prideaux is shot and as a result Control and his right hand man George Smiley are sacked. Later … Continue reading

This is Where I Leave You (2014)

Elevator Pitch Just after seeing his wife being unfaithful to him (literally) Judd Altman is called back to the family home where his father has just died. He, his two brothers, his sister and his mother, now the widow, are required to “ sit shiva”, a Jewish mourning process where the close relatives of the … Continue reading

Terminator 5: Genisys (2015)

Elevator Pitch Skynet continues to fight the resistance led by John Connor, and so it sends back a Terminator to 1984 to terminate his mother, Sarah Connor, and to protect her Connor sends back his lieutenant, Kyle Reese. But the time line has changed and Sarah is already being protected by the altered Terminator T-100. … Continue reading

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (2014)

Elevator Pitch An inventor living in the countryside with his daughter come across a derelict truck and take it back to his workshop, where on firign it up, it turns out to be Optimus Prime. But a black ops group tasked with ridding the world of the Transformers, both good and bad turn up and … Continue reading

True Grit (2010)

Elevator Pitch. When the father of a girl is killed by an outlaw she determines to hunt him down with the help of Deputy Marshall “Rooster” Cogburn; the murderer, who it seems has disappeared into the badlands with an outlaw gang, is also being hunted by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf for killing a senator, and so … Continue reading

Tully (2018)

Elevator Pitch Marlo, a mother with two children, one of them “quirky”, has just given birth to a third and is finding life difficult, so welcomes help from her rich brother, who suggests that she will benefit from the services of a “night nanny”; Tully, the nanny, arrives after dark, and magically Marlo’s life is transformed, … Continue reading

Thor (2011)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The characters from the Marvel comics Writers/Script Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne (with story by J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich and characters by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby) Additional Info As usual with Marvel stuff the IMDb trivia is endless, but my favourite item … Continue reading

Bond 18: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 13 Source of story Earlier Bond films – retaining the characters of 007, M, Q and Miss Moneypenny but little else. Writers/Script Bruce Feirstein Additional Info The car enthusiasts tell us that 17 BMW 7 Series were used in the film, most of them for a set piece in a … Continue reading

The Tournament (2009)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A sort of original screenplay Writers/Script Gary Young, Jonathan Frank, Nick Rowntree Additional Info The film was conceived by Scott Mann, Jonathan Frank and Nick Rowntree when they were at university on Teesside. Funding was difficult and they ran out of money twice, once stranding the … Continue reading

The Tall Man (2012)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Pascal Laugier Additional Info William B. Davis, who is the sherriff, was “the smoking man” in the X-Files. Director Pascal Laugier Starring Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, Samantha Ferris Elevator Pitch Cold Rock is a former mining town … Continue reading

TeenWolf (1985)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman Additional Info Apparently the studio wanted a film which could be made very cheaply, so the objective was achieved. It only took 21 days to film, at a cost of about $1,000,000 and made about $80,000,000 worldwide. Director … 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

Total Recall (2013)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The 1990 original itself based on the Phillip K. Dick story We Remember it for You Wholesale. Writers/Script Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback (screen story by Ronald Shusett, Dan O’Bannon, Jon Povill, Kurt Wimmer) Additional Info The first Phillip K.Dick story to be used in a movie … Continue reading

Timeline (2003)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Michael Crichton Writers/Script Jeff Maguire, George Nolfi Additional Info The finished movie was recut several time by the director on the instructions of the studio. Michael Crichton disliked it so much that he never allowed any more of his … Continue reading

Troy (2004)

Duration 2h 43m (less on TV) Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Loosely based on Homer’s works “The Illiad” and “The Odyssey” Writers/Script David Benioff Additional Info Terry Gilliam was said to have been offered the opportunity to direct but after reading five pages of the script turned it down. Director Wolfgang Petersen Starring Julian … Continue reading

The Tailor of Panama (2001)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by John Le Carré Writers/Script Andrew Davies, John Le Carré, John Boorman Additional Info In 2001 Pierce Brosnan was still being James Bond, and Daniel Radcliffe was about to be Harry Potter Director John Boorman Starring Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, … Continue reading

Term Life (2016)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A graphic novel of the same name by Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow Writers/Script Andy Lieberman Additional Info The title is taken from the fact that the guy has taken out an insurance policy on his life with his daughter as benificiary. Director Peter Billingsley Starring … Continue reading

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Ed Decter, John J Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly Additional Info Cameron Diaz won several awards, the film is in several “Best Comedy” lists and it made a lot of money. Director Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly Starring Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben … 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

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story The earlier outings of this franchise, starting with the original Tremors. Writers/Script Scott Buck Additional Info The characters and the story developed by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Ron Underwood and Nancy Roberts Director S.S. Wilson Starring Michael Gross, Sara Botsford, Billy Drago, Brent Roam, August Schellenberg, … Continue reading

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Marc Lawrence Additional Info Sandra Bullock, as producer, insisted on filming in New York despite the higher cost, and received the thanks of the city. Trump and one of his homes are in it. Director Marc Lawrence Starring Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, … Continue reading

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Albert Maltz Additional Info The story by Budd Boetticher – the action taking place during the French invasion of Mexico between 1862 and 1866. Director Don Siegel Starring Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood – and a lot of Mexicans because they were cheap. … Continue reading

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady Writers/Script Lorenzo Semple Jr, David Rayfiel Additional Info This might be the first American “Conspiracy” film made prompted by the Watergate affair. Director Sydney Pollack Starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John … Continue reading

The Thing (2011)

Duration 1h 43m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Originally a short story “Who Goes There” by John W Campbell Jr published in 1938 and the 1982 film of the same name. This is in fact a prequel to the earlier film Writers/Script Eric Heisserer Additional Info The 1982 film shows the ruins of a … Continue reading

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