(1997)
"La Femme Nikita"
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Horowitz, Naomi Janzen
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Rating: 7.5 Country: Canada
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Section One, a clandestine anti-terrorist organization, fakes the death of a jailed, convicted murderer and, believing her twin assets of beauty and ability to kill will make her a valuable new operative, trains her in the fighting skills necessary to succeed in her new job. The new operative, code-named 'Josephine', proves to be somewhat less ruthless than planned, however, as she had been falsely convicted and never murdered anyone.

Cast
Peta Wilson (Nikita), Don Francks (Walter), Eugene Robert Glazer (Operations), Roy Dupuis (Michael Samuelle), Matthew Ferguson (Seymour Birkoff), Alberta Watson (Madeline /, (89 episodes, 1997-2001)).




(1984)
Amadeus
Directed By: Milos Forman
Written By: Peter Shaffer, Peter Shaffer
Genre: Drama, Music
Rating: 8.4 Country: USA
Seen: No Language: English, Italian, German

Plot
Antonio Salieri believes that Mozart's music is divine. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. But he can't understand why God favored Mozart, such a vulgar creature, to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is set to take revenge.

Cast
F. Murray Abraham (Antonio Salieri), Tom Hulce (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Elizabeth Berridge (Constanze Mozart), Roy Dotrice (Leopold Mozart), Simon Callow (Emanuel Schikaneder), Christine Ebersole (Katerina Cavalieri), Jeffrey Jones (Emperor Joseph II), Charles Kay (Count Orsini-Rosenberg), Kenneth McMillan (Michael Schlumberg (2002 Director's Cut)), Kenny Baker (Parody Commendatore), Lisabeth Bartlett (Papagena), Barbara Bryne (Frau Weber), Martin Cavina (Young Salieri (as Martin Cavani)), Roderick Cook (Count Von Strack), Milan Demjanenko (Karl Mozart).




(1995)
Cité des enfants perdus, La
Directed By: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Written By: Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Rating: 7.8 Country: France, Germany, Spain
Seen: Yes Language: French, Cantonese

Plot
Krank (Daniel Emilfork), who cannot dream, kidnaps young children to steal their dreams. One (Ron Perlman), a former whale hunter who is as strong as a horse, sets forth to search for Denree, his little brother who was kidnapped by Krank's men. Helped by young Miette (Judith Vittet), he soon arrives in La Cite des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children).

Cast
Ron Perlman (One), Daniel Emilfork (Krank), Judith Vittet (Miette), Dominique Pinon (le scaphandrier / les clones), Jean-Claude Dreyfus (Marcello), Geneviève Brunet (la Pieuvre), Odile Mallet (la Pieuvre), Mireille Mossé (Mademoiselle Bismuth), Serge Merlin (Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)), Rufus (Peeler), Ticky Holgado (Ex-acrobat), Joseph Lucien (Denree), Mapi Galán (Lune), Briac Barthélémy (Bottle), Pierre-Quentin Faesch (Pipo).




(2002)
City Of God (Cidade de Deus)
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Written By: Paulo Lins, Bráulio Mantovani
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating: 8.8 Country: Brazil, France
Seen: Yes Language: Portuguese

Plot
Brazil, 1960's, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970's: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980's: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God.

Cast
Alexandre Rodrigues (Buscapé - Rocket), Leandro Firmino (Zé Pequeno - Li'l Zé), Phellipe Haagensen (Bené - Benny), Douglas Silva (Dadinho - Li'l Dice), Jonathan Haagensen (Cabeleira - Shaggy), Matheus Nachtergaele (Sandro Cenoura - Carrot), Seu Jorge (Mané Galinha - Knockout Ned), Jefechander Suplino (Alicate - Clipper), Alice Braga (Angélica), Emerson Gomes (Barbantinho - Stringy), Edson Oliveira (Barbantinho Adulto - Older Stringy), Michel de Souza (Bené Criança - Young Benny), Roberta Rodrigues (Berenice - Bernice), Luis Otávio (Buscapé Criança - Young Rocket), Maurício Marques (Cabeção - Melonhead).




(1982)
Conan the Barbarian
Directed By: John Milius
Written By: Robert E. Howard, John Milius
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating: 6.7 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
A barbarian trained in the arts of war joins with thieves in a quest to solve the riddle of steel and find the sorcerer responsible for the genocide of his people in this faithful adaptation of Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery adventures. This film briefly sparked a wave of fantasy films including the sequel, Conan the Destroyer, in the early 80s.

Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan), James Earl Jones (Thulsa Doom), Max von Sydow (King Osric), Sandahl Bergman (Valeria), Ben Davidson (Rexor), Cassandra Gava (The Witch), Gerry Lopez (Subotai), Mako (The Wizard), Valérie Quennessen (The Princess), William Smith (Conan's Father), Luis Barboo (Red Hair), Franco Columbu (Pictish Scout), Leslie Foldvary (Sacrificial Snake Girl), Gary Herman (Osric's Guard), Erik Holmey (Turanian War Officer (as Erick Holmey)).




(1995)
Dead Man
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
Genre: Drama, Western
Rating: 7.7 Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Dead Man is the story of a young man's journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named "Nobody," who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody's help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side.

Cast
Johnny Depp (William Blake), Gary Farmer (Nobody), Crispin Glover (Train Fireman), Lance Henriksen (Cole Wilson), Michael Wincott (Conway Twill), Eugene Byrd (Johnny 'The Kid' Pickett), John Hurt (John Scholfield), Robert Mitchum (John Dickinson), Iggy Pop (Salvatore 'Sally' Jenko), Gabriel Byrne (Charlie Dickinson), Jared Harris (Benmont Tench), Mili Avital (Thel Russell), Jimmie Ray Weeks (Marvin, Older Marshal), Mark Bringleson (Lee, Younger Marshal (as Mark Bringelson)), John North (Mr. Olafsen).




(1986)
Down by Law
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: 7.8 Country: USA, West Germany
Seen: Yes Language: English, Italian

Plot
DJ Zack and pimp Jack end up in prison for being too laid-back to avoid being framed for crimes they didn't commit. They end up sharing a cell with eccentric Italian optimist Roberto, whose limited command of the English language is both entertaining and infuriating -but rather more useful to them is the fact that Roberto knows an escape route

Cast
Tom Waits (Zack), John Lurie (Jack), Roberto Benigni (Roberto), Nicoletta Braschi (Nicoletta), Ellen Barkin (Laurette), Billie Neal (Bobbie), Rockets Redglare (Gig), Vernel Bagneris (Preston), Timothea (Julie), L.C. Drane (L. C), Joy N. Houck Jr. (Detective Mandino), Carrie Lindsoe (Young Girl), Ralph Joseph (Detective), Richard Boes (Detective), Dave Petitjean (Cajun Detective).




(1990)
Edward Scissorhands
Directed By: Tim Burton
Written By: Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 8 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, Edward is left with metal scissors for hands. Edward has always lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers Edward and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes Edward into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse.

Cast
Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands), Winona Ryder (Kim), Dianne Wiest (Peg), Anthony Michael Hall (Jim), Kathy Baker (Joyce), Robert Oliveri (Kevin), Conchata Ferrell (Helen), Caroline Aaron (Marge), Dick Anthony Williams (Officer Allen), O-Lan Jones (Esmeralda), Vincent Price (The Inventor), Alan Arkin (Bill), Susan Blommaert (Tinka (as Susan J. Blommaert)), Linda Perri (Cissy (as Linda Perry)), John Davidson (Host-TV).




(1997)
Event Horizon
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson
Written By: Philip Eisner
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating: 6.2 Country: UK, USA
Seen: Yes Language: English, Latin

Plot
In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.

Cast
Laurence Fishburne (Captain Miller), Sam Neill (Dr. William Weir), Kathleen Quinlan (Peters, Med Tech), Joely Richardson (Lt. Starck), Richard T. Jones (Cooper), Jack Noseworthy (Justin), Jason Isaacs (D.J.), Sean Pertwee (Smith), Peter Marinker (Captain John Kilpack), Holley Chant (Claire), Barclay Wright (Denny Peters), Noah Huntley (Burning Man / Edward Corrick), Robert Jezek (Rescue 1 Technician).




(1996)
Fargo
Directed By: Joel Coen
Written By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Rating: 8.3 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction.

Cast
William H. Macy (Jerome 'Jerry' Lundegaard), Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter), Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud), Kristin Rudrüd (Jean Lundegaard), Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson), Tony Denman (Scotty Lundegaard), Gary Houston (Irate Customer), Sally Wingert (Irate Customer's Wife), Kurt Schweickhardt (Car Salesman), Larissa Kokernot (Hooker #1), Melissa Peterman (Hooker #2), Steve Reevis (Shep Proudfoot), Warren Keith (Reilly Diefenbach (voice)), Steve Edelman (Morning Show Host), Sharon Anderson (Morning Show Hostess).




(1999)
Fille sur le pont, La
Directed By: Patrice Leconte
Written By: Serge Frydman, Serge Frydman
Genre: Drama / Romance
Rating: 7.3 Country: France
Seen: Yes Language: French/Italian

Plot
It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor, a knife thrower who needs a human target for his show. The girl, Adele, has never been lucky and nowhere else to go. So she follows him. They travel along the northern bank of the Mediterranean to perform and in the process win a big fortune through gambling. Although both of them continue a platonic relationship, the sex-starved girl attempts to sleep with handsome guys she encounters throughout the journey. Finally, Adele falls in love with a newly-wed groom and both of them elope to Greece, while Gabor is stuck in Turkey. Then Adele is dumped by the groom. Only by now both Gabor and Adele realize that luck isn't with them unless they get together again. But both of them are so broke that they can't even feed themselves, let alone getting back to Paris and reunite...

Cast
Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frédéric Pfluger, Demetre Georgalas, Catherine Lascault, Isabelle Petit-Jacques, Mireille Mossé, Didier Lemoine, Bertie Cortez, Stéphane Metzger, Claude Aufaure, Farouk Bermouga, Nicolas Donato, Enzo Etokyo, Giorgios Gatzios




(1999)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating: 7.5 Country: France, Germany, USA, Japan
Seen: Yes Language: English, French

Plot
In Jersey City, an African American hit man follows "Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai." He lives alone, in simplicity with homing pigeons for company, calling himself Ghost Dog. His master, who saved his life eight years ago, is part of the local mob. When the boss' daughter witnesses one of Ghost Dog's hits, he becomes expendable. The first victims are his birds, and in response, Ghost Dog goes right at his attackers but does not want to harm his master or the young woman. On occasion, he talks with his best friend, a French-speaking Haitian who sells ice cream in the park, and with a child with whom he discusses books. Can he stay true to his code? And if he does, what is his fate?

Cast
Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog), John Tormey (Louie), Cliff Gorman (Sonny Valerio), Dennis Liu (Chinese Restaurant Owner), Frank Minucci (Big Angie), Richard Portnow (Handsome Frank), Tricia Vessey (Louise Vargo), Henry Silva (Ray Vargo), Gene Ruffini (Old Consigliere), Frank Adonis (Valerio's Bodyguard), Victor Argo (Vinny), Damon Whitaker (Young Ghost Dog), Kenny Guay (Boy in Window), Vince Viverito (Johnny Morini), Gano Grills (Gangsta in Red).




(2000)
Gladiator
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: David Franzoni, David Franzoni
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Rating: 8.3 Country: UK, USA
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge.

Cast
Russell Crowe (Maximus), Joaquin Phoenix (Commodus), Connie Nielsen (Lucilla), Oliver Reed (Proximo), Richard Harris (Marcus Aurelius), Derek Jacobi (Gracchus), Djimon Hounsou (Juba), David Schofield (Falco), John Shrapnel (Gaius), Tomas Arana (Quintus), Ralf Moeller (Hagen), Spencer Treat Clark (Lucius), David Hemmings (Cassius), Tommy Flanagan (Cicero), Sven-Ole Thorsen (Tiger).




(1995)
Heat
Directed By: Michael Mann
Written By: Michael Mann
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating: 8.2 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: Spanish, English

Plot
Hunters and their prey--Neil and his professional criminal crew hunt to score big money targets (banks, vaults, armored cars) and are, in turn, hunted by Lt. Vincent Hanna and his team of cops in the Robbery/Homicide police division. A botched job puts Hanna onto their trail while they regroup and try to put together one last big 'retirement' score. Neil and Vincent are similar in many ways, including their troubled personal lives. At a crucial moment in his life, Neil disobeys the dictum taught to him long ago by his criminal mentor--'Never have anything in your life that you can't walk out on in thirty seconds flat, if you spot the heat coming around the corner'--as he falls in love. Thus the stage is set for the suspenseful ending....

Cast
Al Pacino (Lt. Vincent Hanna), Robert De Niro (Neil McCauley), Val Kilmer (Chris Shiherlis), Jon Voight (Nate), Tom Sizemore (Michael Cheritto), Diane Venora (Justine Hanna), Amy Brenneman (Eady), Ashley Judd (Charlene Shiherlis), Mykelti Williamson (Sergeant Drucker), Wes Studi (Detective Casals), Ted Levine (Bosko), Dennis Haysbert (Donald Breedan), William Fichtner (Roger Van Zant), Natalie Portman (Lauren Gustafson), Tom Noonan (Kelso).




(2006)
Laberinto del fauno, El
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Written By: Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 8.5 Country: Spain, Mexico, USA
Seen: No Language: Spanish

Plot
In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.

Cast
Ivana Baquero (Ofelia), Sergi López (Captain Vidal), Maribel Verdú (Mercedes), Doug Jones (Fauno), Ariadna Gil (Carmen Vidal), Álex Angulo (Doctor), Manolo Solo (Garcés), César Vea (Serrano), Roger Casamajor (Pedro), Ivan Massagué (El Tarta), Gonzalo Uriarte (Francés), Eusebio Lázaro (Padre), Francisco Vidal (Sacerdote (as Paco Vidal)), Juanjo Cucalón (Alcalde), Lina Mira (Esposa del alcalde).




(1998)
Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, La
Directed By: Giuseppe Tornatore
Written By: Alessandro Baricco, Giuseppe Tornatore
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
Rating: 7.8 Country: Italy
Seen: No Language: English, French

Plot
Shortly after the Second World War, Max, a transplanted American, visits an English pawn shop to sell his trumpet. The shopkeeper recognizes the tune Max plays as one on a wax master of an unreleased recording, discovered and restored from shards found in a piano salvaged from a cruise ship turned hospital ship, now slated for demolition. This chance discovery prompts a story from Max, which he relates both to the shopkeeper and later to the official responsible for the doomed vessel, for Max is a born storyteller. Though now down on his luck and disillusioned by his wartime experiences, the New Orleans-born Max was once an enthusiastic and gifted young jazz musician, whose longest gig was several years with the house band aboard the Virginian, a posh cruise ship. While gaining his sea legs, he was befriended by another young man, the pianist in the same band, whose long unlikely name was Danny Boodman T.D. Lemons 1900, though everyone just called him 1900, the year of his birth. Abandoned in first class by his immigrant parents, 1900 was found and adopted by Danny, a stoker, and raised in the engine rooms, learning to read by reading horseracing reports to his adoptive dad. After Danny's death in an accident, 1900 remained on the ship. Increasingly lured by the sound of the piano in the first-class ballroom, he eventually became a gifted pianist, a great jazz improvisationist, a composer of rich modern music inspired by his intense observation of the life around him, the stories passengers on all levels of the ship trusted him enough to tell. He also grew up to be a charming, iconoclastic young man, at once shrewd and oddly innocent. His talent earned him such accolades that he was challenged by, and bested Jelly Roll Morton in an intense piano duel that had poor Max chewing paper on the sofa in agonies of suspense. And yet for all the richness and variety of his musical expression, he never left the ship, except almost, once, in the aftermath of his infatuation with a beautiful young woman immigrant who inspired the music committed to the master Max discovers in the pawnshop. Max realizes that 1900 must still be on the ship, and determines to find him, and to find out once and for all why he has so consistently refused to leave.

Cast
Tim Roth (Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Nineteen Hundred '1900'), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Max Tooney), Mélanie Thierry (The Girl), Bill Nunn (Danny Boodmann), Clarence Williams III (Jelly Roll Morton), Peter Vaughan ('Pops', the Shopkeeper), Niall O'Brien (Harbor Master), Gabriele Lavia (Farmer), Vernon Nurse (Fritz Hermann, the Bandleader), Alberto Vazquez (Mexican Stoker), John Armstead (), Cory Buck (The Young 1900 II), Norman Chancer (), Sidney Cole (Musician), Katy Monique Cuom ().




(1994)
Léon
Directed By: Luc Besson
Written By: Luc Besson
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating: 8.6 Country: France
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Mathilda, a twelve-year old New York girl, is living an undesirable life among her half-family. Her father stores drugs for two-faced cop Norman Stansfield. Only her little brother keeps Mathilda from breaking apart. One day, Stansfield and his team take cruel revenge on her father for stretching the drugs a little, thus killing the whole family. Only Mathilda, who was out shopping, survives by finding shelter in Léon's apartment in the moment of highest need. Soon, she finds out about the strange neighbour's unusual profession - killing - and desperately seeks his help in taking revenge for her little brother. Léon, who is completely unexperienced in fatherly tasks, and in friendships, does his best to keep Mathilda out of trouble - unsuccessfully. Now, the conflict between a killer, who slowly discovers his abilities to live, to feel, to love and a corrupt police officer, who does anything in his might to get rid of an eye witness, arises to unmeasurable proportions - all for the sake of a little twelve-year old girl, who has nearly nothing to lose.

Cast
Jean Reno (Léon), Gary Oldman (Stansfield), Natalie Portman (Mathilda), Danny Aiello (Tony), Peter Appel (Malky), Willi One Blood (1st Stansfield man), Don Creech (2nd Stansfield man), Keith A. Glascoe (3 rd Stansfield man), Randolph Scott (4 th Stansfield man), Michael Badalucco (Mathilda's Father), Ellen Greene (Mathilda's Mother), Elizabeth Regen (Mathilda's Sister), Carl J. Matusovich (Mathilda's Brother), Frank Senger (Fatman), Lucius Wyatt Cherokee (Tonto (as Lucius Wyatt 'Cherokee')).




(1998)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Directed By: Guy Ritchie
Written By: Guy Ritchie
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Rating: 8.1 Country: UK
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Four Jack-the-lads find themselves heavily - seriously heavily - in debt to an East End hard man and his enforcers after a crooked card game. Overhearing their neighbours in the next flat plotting to hold up a group of out-of-their-depth drug growers, our heros decide to stitch up the robbers in turn. In a way the confusion really starts when a pair of antique double-barrelled shotguns go missing in a completely different scam.

Cast
Jason Flemyng (Tom), Dexter Fletcher (Soap), Nick Moran (Eddie), Jason Statham (Bacon), Steven Mackintosh (Winston), Nicholas Rowe (J), Nick Marcq (Charles), Charles Forbes (Willie (as Charlie Forbes)), Vinnie Jones (Big Chris), Lenny McLean (Barry The Baptist), Peter McNicholl (Little Chris), P.H. Moriarty (Hatchet Harry), Frank Harper (Dog), Steve Sweeney (Plank), Huggy Leaver (Paul).




(1987)
Predator
Directed By: John McTiernan
Written By: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating: 7.7 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English, Spanish

Plot
Dutch and a small group of commandos and sent by the CIA to a Central American Jungle, to rescue capture airmen from Guerillas. But it's not the armed terrorists which are the problem. Something hidden in the jungle, something invisible to the naked eye, something not of this earth is the problem. As Dutch and his men had back to transport, they are slowly targeted one by one.

Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Dutch), Carl Weathers (Dillon), Elpidia Carrillo (Anna), Bill Duke (Mac), Jesse Ventura (Blain), Sonny Landham (Billy), Richard Chaves (Poncho), R.G. Armstrong (General Phillips), Shane Black (Hawkins), Kevin Peter Hall (The Predator).




(1994)
Pulp Fiction
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Written By: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: 8.9 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English, Spanish, French

Plot
Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents.

Cast
John Travolta (Vincent Vega), Samuel L. Jackson (Jules Winnfield), Tim Roth (Pumpkin - Ringo), Amanda Plummer (Honey Bunny - Yolanda), Eric Stoltz (Lance), Bruce Willis (Butch Coolidge), Ving Rhames (Marsellus Wallace), Phil LaMarr (Marvin), Maria de Medeiros (Fabienne), Rosanna Arquette (Jody), Peter Greene (Zed), Uma Thurman (Mia Wallace), Duane Whitaker (Maynard), Paul Calderon (Paul), Frank Whaley (Brett).




(1999)
Sleepy Hollow
Directed By: Tim Burton
Written By: Washington Irving, Kevin Yagher
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Rating: 7.5 Country: USA, Germany
Seen: No Language: English, Latin

Plot
Ichabod Crane will have to brave the nearby woods to win the heart of Katrina Van Tassel, even though several decapitated bodies have been found. And then the legend of the axe wielding headless horsemen come together to make this movie.

Cast
Johnny Depp (Ichabod Crane), Christina Ricci (Katrina Van Tassel), Miranda Richardson (Lady Van Tassel), Michael Gambon (Baltus Van Tassel), Casper Van Dien (Brom Van Brunt), Jeffrey Jones (Reverend Steenwyck), Richard Griffiths (Magistrate Philipse), Ian McDiarmid (Doctor Lancaster), Michael Gough (Notary Hardenbrook), Christopher Walken (Hessian Horseman), Marc Pickering (Young Masbath), Lisa Marie (Lady Crane), Steven Waddington (Killian), Claire Skinner (Beth Killian), Christopher Lee (Burgomaster).




(2000)
Snatch.
Directed By: Guy Ritchie
Written By: Guy Ritchie
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Rating: 8.2 Country: UK, USA
Seen: Yes Language: English, Russian

Plot
Turkish and his close friend/accomplice Tommy get pulled into the world of match fixing by the notorious Brick Top. Things get complicated when the boxer they had lined up gets the shit kicked out of him by Pitt, a 'pikey' ( slang for an Irish Gypsy)- who comes into the equation after Turkish, an unlicensed boxing promoter wants to buy a caravan off the Irish Gypsies. They then try to convince Pitt not only to fight for them, but to lose for them too. Whilst all this is going on, a huge diamond heist takes place, and a fistful of motley characters enter the story, including 'Cousin Avi', 'Boris The Blade', 'Franky Four Fingers' and 'Bullet Tooth Tony'. Things go from bad to worse as it all becomes about the money, the guns, and the damned dog!

Cast
Ade (Tyrone), William Beck (Neil), Andy Beckwith (Errol), Ewen Bremner (Mullet), Jason Buckham (Gary), Mickey Cantwell (Liam), Nikki Collins (Alex), Teena Collins (Susi), Charles Cork (MC), James Cunningham (Horrible Man), Sorcha Cusack (Mum O'Neil), Mickey Dee (Jack The All Seeing Eye), Benicio Del Toro (Franky Four Fingers), Sam Douglas (Rosebud), Dennis Farina (Avi).




(1976)
Taxi Driver
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Written By: Paul Schrader
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: 8.6 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Vietnam vet Travis Bickle is 26, a loner in the mean streets of New York City, slipping slowly into isolation and violent misanthropy. In solving his insomnia by driving a yellow cab on the night shift, he grows increasingly disgusted by the low-lifes that hang out at night: "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." His touching attempts to woo Betsy, a Senator's campaign worker, turn sour when he takes her to a porn movie on their first date. He even fails in his attempt to persuade child prostitute Iris to desert her pimp and return to her parents and school. Driven to the edge by powerlessness, he buys four handguns and sets out to assassinate the Senator, heading for the infamy of a 'lone crazed gunman'...

Cast
Robert De Niro (Travis Bickle), Jodie Foster (Iris), Albert Brooks (Tom), Harvey Keitel (Sport), Leonard Harris (Charles Palantine), Peter Boyle (Wizard), Cybill Shepherd (Betsy), Diahnne Abbott (Concession Girl), Frank Adu (Angry Black Man), Gino Ardito (Policeman at Rally), Victor Argo (Melio (as Vic Argo)), Garth Avery (Iris' Friend), Harry Cohn (Cabbie in Bellmore), Copper Cunningham (Hooker in Cab), Brenda Dickson (Soap Opera Woman).




(1999)
The Boondock Saints
Directed By: Troy Duffy
Written By: Troy Duffy
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating: 7.8 Country: Canada, USA
Seen: Yes Language: English, Spanish, Papiamento

Plot
Two Irish brothers accidentally killed mafia thugs. They turned themselves in and were released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and started knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he was to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing.

Cast
Willem Dafoe (Paul Smecker), Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor McManus), Norman Reedus (Murphy McManus), David Della Rocco (David Della 'Roc), Billy Connolly (Il Duce), David Ferry (Detective Dolly), Brian Mahoney (Detective Duffy), Bob Marley (Detective Greenly), Richard Fitzpatrick (The Chief), William Young (Monsignor), Robert Pemberton (Macklepenny), Bill Craig (McGerkin), Dot Jones (Rosengurtle Baumgartener), Scott Griffith (Ivan Checkov), Layton Morrison (Vladdy).




(1992)
The Last of the Mohicans
Directed By: Michael Mann
Written By: James Fenimore Cooper, John L. Balderston
Genre: Adventure, Romance, War
Rating: 7.7 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English, French, Mohawk

Plot
British and French troops do battle in colonial America, with aid from various native American war parties. The British troops enlist the help of local colonial militia men, who are reluctant to leave their homes undefended. A budding romance between a British officer's daughter and an independent man who was reared as a Mohawk complicates things for the British officer, as the adopted Mohawk pursues his own agenda despite the wrath of different people on both sides of the conflict.

Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis (Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe)), Madeleine Stowe (Cora Munro), Russell Means (Chingachgook), Eric Schweig (Uncas), Jodhi May (Alice Munro), Steven Waddington (Maj. Duncan Heyward), Wes Studi (Magua), Maurice Roëves (Col. Edmund Munro), Patrice Chéreau (Gen Montcalm), Edward Blatchford (Jack Winthrop), Terry Kinney (John Cameron), Tracey Ellis (Alexandra Cameron), Justin M. Rice (James Cameron), Dennis Banks (Ongewasgone), Pete Postlethwaite (Capt. Beams).




(1991)
The Silence of the Lambs
Directed By: Jonathan Demme
Written By: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Rating: 8.7 Country: USA
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator have the answers to their questions to help locate the killer. Clarice must first try and gain Lecter's confidence before he is to give away any information.

Cast
Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling), Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Hannibal Lecter), Scott Glenn (Jack Crawford), Anthony Heald (Dr. Frederick Chilton), Ted Levine (Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb), Frankie Faison (Barney Matthews), Kasi Lemmons (Ardelia Mapp), Brooke Smith (Catherine Martin), Paul Lazar (Pilcher), Dan Butler (Roden), Lawrence T. Wrentz (Agent Burroughs), Don Brockett (Friendly Psychopath in Cell), Frank Seals Jr. (Brooding Psychopath in Cell), Stuart Rudin (Miggs), Maria Skorobogatov (Young Clarice Starling).




(1999)
The Straight Story
Directed By: David Lynch
Written By: John Roach, Mary Sweeney
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Rating: 8 Country: France, UK, USA
Seen: Yes Language: English

Plot
"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle.

Cast
Sissy Spacek (Rose 'Rosie' Straight), Jane Galloway Heitz (Dorothy, Straight's Next-Door Neighbor (as Jane Galloway Heitz)), Joseph A. Carpenter (Bud), Donald Wiegert (Sig), Richard Farnsworth (Alvin Straight), Tracey Maloney (Nurse), Dan Flannery (Doctor Gibbons), Jennifer Edwards-Hughes (Brenda, the Grocery Clerk), Ed Grennan (Pete), Jack Walsh (Apple), Max the Wonder Dog (Farm Dog), Gil Pearson (Sun Ray Tours Bus Driver), Barbara June Patterson (Woman on Bus), Everett McGill (Tom the John Deere Dealer), Anastasia Webb (Crystal).




(1997)
Vita è bella, La
Directed By: Roberto Benigni
Written By: Vincenzo Cerami, Roberto Benigni
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Rating: 8.4 Country: Italy
Seen: Yes Language: Italian, German, English

Plot
In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.

Cast
Roberto Benigni (Guido Orefice), Nicoletta Braschi (Dora), Giorgio Cantarini (Giosué Orefice), Giustino Durano (Eliseo Orefice), Sergio Bini Bustric (Ferruccio Papini), Marisa Paredes (Madre di Dora), Horst Buchholz (Doctor Lessing), Lidia Alfonsi (Guicciardini), Giuliana Lojodice (School Principal), Amerigo Fontani (Rodolfo), Pietro De Silva (Bartolomeo), Francesco Guzzo (Vittorino), Raffaella Lebboroni (Elena), Claudio Alfonsi (Amico Rodolfo), Gil Baroni (Prefect).




(2000)
Wo hu cang long
Directed By: Ang Lee
Written By: Du Lu Wang, Hui-Ling Wang
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Rating: 8.1 Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Seen: Yes Language: Mandarin

Plot
The disappearance of a magical jade sword spurs a breathtaking quest for the missing treasure. Li is embittered by the loss of his jade sword, and his unrequited pursuit of Yu is further complicated by the mysterious intrusion of an assassin. The identity of the assassin is gradually unveiled as another poignant tale of love begins to ravel with that of Li and Yu against the backdrop of Western China's magnificent landscape.

Cast
Yun-Fat Chow (Master Li Mu Bai), Michelle Yeoh (Yu Shu Lien), Ziyi Zhang (Jen Yu (Mandarin version)), Chen Chang (Lo 'Dark Cloud'), Sihung Lung (Sir Te), Pei-pei Cheng (Jade Fox), Fa Zeng Li (Governor Yu), Xian Gao (Bo), Yan Hai (Madame Yu), De Ming Wang (Police Inspector Tsai), Li Li (May), Su Ying Huang (Auntie Wu), Jin Ting Zhang (De Lu), Rei Yang (Maid), Kai Li (Gou Jun Pei).