|Almost Heroes 1998 PG-13, 90 min.|
Director: Christopher Guest
Cast: Chris Farley, Matthew Perry, Eugene Levy, Kevin Dunn, David Packer, Bokeem Woodbine, Lisa Barbuscia, Scott Anderson, Hamilton Camp, Steven M. Porter, Barry Del Sherman, Robert Tittor, Franklin Cover, Christian Clemenson, Patrick Cranshaw
In this film, which marks Chris Farley's last starring role, he plays a 19th-century explorer, Bartholomew Hunt, who sets out with his companion, Leslie Edwards (Matthew Perry), in a race to the Pacific Ocean–with the intent of stealing the thunder from the Lewis and Clark expedition.
|American Beauty 1999 R, 120 min.|
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Barry Del Sherman, Amber Smith, Joel McCrary, Erin Cathryn Strubbe, Matthew Kimbrough
Lester (Kevin Spacey) and Carolyn Burnham (Annette Bening) have grown apart over their years of marriage when Lester falls head-over-heels for their daughter Jane's (Thora Birch) best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). Carolyn, meanwhile, begins an affair with successful realtor Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher), and Jane becomes chummy with her neighbor, Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley). Their tangled lives all come together one stormy night amidst bizarre misunderstandings. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, five of which captured Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor (Spacey), and Director. Other nominations included Bening for Best Actress.
|Mascara 1999 R, 95 min.|
Director: Linda Kandel
Cast: Ione Skye, Lumi Cavazos, Amanda DeCadenet, Steve Schub, Steve Jones, Karen Black, Corey Page, Tara Subkoff, Flea, Barry Del Sherman
Three friends–Rebecca (Ione Skye), Laura (Lumi Cavazos), and Jennifer (Amanda De Cadenet)–struggle to help each other as they travel the long road of failed, romantic relationships.
|Reality Bites 1994 PG-13, 94 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Ben Stiller
Cast: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Joe Don Baker, John Mahoney, Keith David, Anne Meara, Renee Zellweger, Barry Del Sherman, Andy Dick, Harry O'Reilly, Susan Norfleet
Lelaina (Winona Ryder) was valedictorian of her college class and is working at a low paying job in Houston. She and her friends–Troy (Ethan Hawke), Vickie (Janeane Garafalo), and Sammy (Steve Zahn)–represent the 1990s generation of graduates who really thought that hard work and good grades were all they needed to find good jobs, but they are struggling with problems. TV executive Michael Grates (Ben Stiller) arranges to present Lelaina's home video, "Reality Bites," on a TV show. The video contains vignettes of her friends depicting their problems, and now Lelaina must choose between materialism and protecting her friends.
|The Specials 2000 R, 82 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Action / Fantasy
Director: Craig Mazin
Cast: Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, James Gunn, Kelly Coffield Park, Sean Gunn, Judy Greer, Jordan Ladd, Barry Del Sherman, Mike Schwartz, Michael Weatherly
In this satire on superheroes, "The Specials" is the name of a group of wanna-be superheroes out to claim their own place in the world of action figures and comic books. But, in the process, they are more concerned with looking good than in doing good.
|There Will Be Blood 2007 R, 158 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciaran Hinds, Dillon Freasier, Sydney McCallister, David Warshofsky, Colton Woodward, Colleen Foy, Russell Harvard, David Willis, Barry Del Sherman, Paul F. Tompkins, Kevin Breznahan, Randall Carver
Prospector Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) works in California at the turn of the 20th century and later adopts a young boy, H.W. (Dillon Freasier), whose father was killed in the oil fields. A few years pass, and H.W. joins Daniel in a plot to swindle the Sunday family out of its land in order to begin their oil empire. Meanwhile, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) begins the Church of the Third Revelation and, as its charismatic preacher, introduces values of humanity, which oppose the lack of values in oil drilling. Thus, the stage is set for a life-long conflict between Eli and his preaching vs. Daniel and his oil drilling. Academy Awards were received for Best Actor (Day-Louis) and Cinematography; seven other nominations were also received including Best Picture and Director.
|1. Almost Heroes (1998)|
2. American Beauty (1999)
3. Mascara (1999)
4. Reality Bites (1994)
5. The Specials (2000)
6. There Will Be Blood (2007)
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