|Adaptation 2002 R, 110 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ron Livingston, Jay Tavare, Stephen Tobolowsky, Gary Farmer, Doug Jones, Jim Beaver
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicholas Cage) takes on the project of adapting Susan Orlean's (Meryl Streep) non-fiction book, "The Orchid Thief," into a movie. Orlean's story involves John Laroche's (Chris Cooper) poaching of "ghost orchids" from a Florida Everglades natural preserve. Charlie faces a mid-life crisis when his brother Donald (also played by Cage), who is following in his brother's footsteps as a screenwriter, moves in with him. Donald breezes through the writing of his assigned screenplay. Meanwhile, paranoid Charlie encounters more than a few problems writing his and, in the process, ends up as the subject in his script that tells of his inability to adapt Orlean's book into a film. Cooper won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role; three other nominations were received, including Best Actor (Cage) and Actress in a Supporting Role (Streep).
|The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 2006 N/R, 76 min.|
Genre: Horror / Mystery / Thriller
Director: David Lee Fisher
Cast: Judson Pearce Morgan, Daamen J. Krall, Doug Jones, Lauren Birkell, Neil Hopkins, William Gregory, Randy Mulkey, Time Winters, Richard Herd, Scott Lincoln, Tim Russ, John Bigham
Director David Lee Fisher draws on director Robert Wiene's 1920 German classic film in which Francis (Judson Pierce Morgan) and Alan (Neil Hopkins) visit the fair in Holstewall, Germany, where they meet hypnotist Dr. Caligari (Daamen J. Krall) in his tent. Caligari awakens a sleepwalker, Cesare (Doug Jones), who predicts that Alan has only one day to live. Within 24 hours, Alan is stabbed to death, and Francis sets out to investigate.
|Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007 PG, 92 min.|
Genre: Action / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Director: Tim Story
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Andre Braugher, Laurence Fishburne, Doug Jones, Beau Garrett, Brian Posehn, Zach Grenier, Dawn Chubai, Kevin McNulty, Andy Stahl
In this comic book film, the Fantastic Four–Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd), Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), Johnny Storm (Chris Evans), and Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis)–are back. This time around, the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones, Voice of Laurence Fishburne) appears on the scene and ruins Sue and Reed's wedding. The Silver Surfer is an intergalactic traveler who has come to Earth to destroy it, and now the Fantastic Four step in to rescue their world.
|Hellboy 2004 PG-13, 132 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Corey Johnson, Doug Jones, Biddy Hodson, David Hyde Pierce, Angus MacInnes, Brian Caspe, Brian Steele, Ladislav Beran, Kevin Trainor
During World War II, the Nazis conjured up a red-skinned devil baby. U.S. soldiers rescued him, named him Hellboy, and Professor Bruttenholm (John Hurt) took him under his wing. Flash ahead in time; seven-feet-tall Hellboy (Ron Perlman) is now a muscular, cigar-chomping spewer of one-liners who sports a red tail. Although he doesn't fit the typical description of an agent, the FBI uses him as their special weapon to protect the U.S. against supernatural powers.
|Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 PG-13, 110 min.|
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Comedy / Drama
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Alexander, James Dodd, Seth MacFarlane, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt, Brian Steele, Andrew Hefler, Ivan Kamaras, Mike Kelly, Jeremy Zimmerman
That cigar-chomping agent, Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is back, and this time he battles the evil Prince Nuada (Luke Goss). Aiding Hellboy in his mission of using superpowers for good are his Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development colleagues: his girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), Johann Krauss (John Alexander and James Dodd), and robotic/aquatic Abe Sapien (Doug Jones). In order to raise the Golden Army of wind-up people that lunge forward on springs for the powers of darkness, Prince Nuada must first reassemble the mystical crown that is being protected by his sister Princess Nuala (Anna Walton). Now, the future of mankind lies in the hands of Hellboy and his cohorts as they try to stop Prince Nuada from succeeding in his evil mission. An Academy Award nomination was received for Best Makeup.
|Pan's Labyrinth 2006 R, 112 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama / Horror / Fantasy
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Alex Angulo, Roger Casamajor, Doug Jones, Manolo Solo, Cesar Vea, Ivan Massague, Gonzalo Uriarte, Eusebio Lazaro
In 1944, young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) moves to Northern Spain with her pregnant mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), where they join Carmen's new husband, Capitan Vidal (Sergi Lopez). With post-war Fascist repression in full swing and her new father serving as one of Franco's officers, Ofelia retreats into her own private world and meets the goat-god Pan (Doug Jones) who tells her that she is not human but is, instead, Princess Moanna who is the daughter of the King of the Underworld. In Ofilia's fable, in order to regain her status of princess, she must complete three tasks, which include killing a huge toad that lurks under a fig tree. Four Academy Award were received, including Best Foreign Film, and two other nominations were received.
|Warriors of Virtue 1997 PG, 103 min.|
Genre: Action / Fantasy
Director: Ronny Yu
Cast: Angus Macfadyen, Mario Yedidia, Marley Shelton, Chao-Li Chi, Dennis Dun, Jack Tate, Doug Jones, Don W. Lewis, J. Todd Adams, Adrienne Corcoran
Young Ryan (Mario Yedidia) travels through a whirlpool to the land of Tao where he encounters the evil Komodo (Angus Macfadyen) but is saved by lessons learned from five humanoid Kangaroos, which represent fire, metal, wood, water, and earth.
|1. Adaptation (2002)|
2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2006)
3. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
4. Hellboy (2004)
5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
6. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
7. Warriors of Virtue (1997)
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