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Nov 182009

12 Monkeys is a 1995 science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam and inspired by the French short film La Jetée (1962). 12 Monkeys stars Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt and Christopher Plummer. The film depicts a future world in 2035 devastated by disease, forcing the human population to live underground. Convict James Cole (Willis) “volunteers” for time travel duty to gather information in exchange for prison release. When he first arrives in the past, Cole is arrested and locked up in a psychiatric hospital, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly (Stowe), a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines (Pitt), the insane son of a scientist and virus expert.

After Universal Pictures acquired the rights to remake La Jetée as a full-length film, David and Janet Peoples were hired to write the script. Under Terry Gilliam’s direction, Universal granted the filmmakers a $29.5 million budget, and filming for 12 Monkeys lasted from February to May 1995. The film was shot mostly in Philadelphia and Baltimore, the setting of the story.

The film was released to critical praise and grossed approximately $168 million in worldwide box office totals. Brad Pitt was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and won a Golden Globe for his performance. 12 Monkeys also won and was nominated for various categories at the Saturn Awards.

James Cole (Willis) is a convicted criminal living in a grim post-apocalyptic future. In 1996-1997, the Earth’s surface was contaminated by a virus so deadly that it forced the surviving population to live underground. To earn a pardon, Cole allows scientists to send him on dangerous missions to the past to collect information on the virus, thought to be released by a terrorist organization known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. If possible, he is to obtain a pure sample of the original virus so a cure can be made. Throughout the film, Cole is troubled with recurring dreams involving a chase and a shooting in an airport.

On Cole’s first trip, he arrives in Baltimore in 1990, not 1996 as planned. He is arrested and hospitalized in a mental institution on the diagnosis of Dr. Kathryn Railly (Stowe). There, he encounters Jeffrey Goines (Pitt), a fellow mental patient with animal rights and anti-consumerist leanings. Cole tries unsuccessfully to leave a voice mail on a number monitored by the scientists in the future. After a failed escape attempt, Cole is restrained and locked in a cell, but then disappears, returning to the future. Back in his own time, Cole is interviewed by the scientists, who play a distorted voice mail message which gives the location of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys and states that they are responsible for the virus. He is also shown photos of numerous people, including Goines. The scientists then send him back to 1996.

Cole kidnaps Railly and sets out in search of Goines, learning that he is founder of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. When confronted, however, Goines denies any involvement with the virus and suggests that wiping out humanity was Cole’s idea, originally broached at the asylum in 1990. Cole vanishes again as the police approach. After Cole disappears, Railly begins to doubt her diagnosis of Cole when she finds evidence that he is telling the truth. Cole, on the other hand, convinces himself that his future experiences are hallucinations, and persuades the scientists to send him back again. Railly attempts to settle the question of Cole’s sanity by leaving a voice mail on the number he provided, creating the message the scientists played prior to his second mission. They both now realize that the coming plague is real, and make plans to enjoy the time they have left.

On their way to the airport, they learn that the Army of the Twelve Monkeys is a red herring; all the Army has done is delay traffic by releasing all the animals in the zoo. At the airport, Cole leaves a last message telling the scientists they are on the wrong track following the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, and that he will not return. He is soon confronted by Jose (Jon Seda), an acquaintance from his own time, who gives Cole a handgun and instructions to complete his mission. At the same time, Railly spots the true culprit behind the virus: Dr. Peters (David Morse), an assistant at the Goines virology lab. Peters is about to embark on a tour of several cities around the world, which matches the sequence (memorized by Cole) of viral outbreaks. Cole, while fighting through security, is fatally shot as he tries to stop Peters. As Cole dies in Railly’s arms, she makes eye contact with a small boy – the young James Cole witnessing his own death; the scene that will replay in his dreams for years to come. Dr. Peters, safely aboard, sits down next to Jones (Carol Florence), one of the lead scientists in the future.

from wikipedia

Dec 292009

5ive Days to Midnight (sometimes called Five Days to Midnight) is a five-part miniseries which ran on the Sci Fi Channel in June of 2004. It stars Timothy Hutton as J.T. Neumeyer, a physicist who discovers a briefcase containing postdated documents and evidence which indicate he will die five days in the future. The miniseries was five hours long including commercials, each hour dedicated to relating the events of an entire day. It ran for four days, the first episode detailing the events of the first two days.


Day One

Physics professor J.T. Neumeyer is celebrating his daughter’s tenth birthday, as well as mourning the ten year anniversary of the death of his wife who died giving birth. While at the cemetery, Neumeyer’s daughter Jesse finds a futuristic briefcase with her father’s name on it behind her mother’s headstone. Thinking for some unexplained reason that it simply belongs to some other “Professor J.T. Neumeyer” who resides in the seattle area and visits his wife’s grave nonetheless attempts to open the combination-locked briefcase in order to discover more about its owner; he finally succeeds by entering his daughter’s birthday, because, (during scene with strange graphics of equations and astronomical phenomena swirling about his head), he arrives at the trivially obvious conclusion that it is the combination. Upon opening the briefcase, Neumeyer finds a police file complete with photos, newspaper clippings and evidence detailing his brutal murder in five days.

Neumeyer, creeped out by the whole thing, starts looking into where it might have come from. At first he thinks it is a prank perpetrated by an exceptionally brilliant but eccentric graduate student of his named Carl Axelrod. He tracks down Irwin Sikorski, the homicide detective whose name appears on the police file as investigating officer. The detective points out the holes in the story, citing that the file says he missed the autopsy and he states that he doesn’t even know the last time he missed an autopsy. Neumeyer goes home to contemplate the days’ events and figure out how to proceed. Neumeyer is given a blue parka, which he is wearing in the crime scene photos, by his girlfriend Claudia.

Day Two

More things from the file start to come true. A rental company sends him a green Jeep Cherokee which also appears in the photos and the detective informs Neumeyer that he has a doctor appointment the day of the autopsy and wouldn’t be able to be there. More strangely, on the back of the newspaper clipping telling about his murder there is a story of a young woman who is killed when a tree is knocked down by heavy winds during a storm and crushes her house. Neumeyer manages to get her out of the house in time altering the future and saving her life. It isn’t until this moment that he is completely convinced that the things in the briefcase are real. Also in this segment it is revealed that one of the people on the suspect list is Claudia’s (Neumeyer’s girlfriend) ex-husband, Roy Bremmer. He’s a gangster and he has been tracking Claudia all over the country and has finally found her. Carl Axelrod is cleared as a suspect and Neumeyer enlists him in discovering how the case could have come from the future. Claudia goes to Neumeyer, confesses that she is still married to Bremmer and gives him a gun for protection. Claudia is going to leave to go on the run again but Neumeyer convinces her to stay and that he can protect her. A car across the street is taking pictures of them.

Day Three

Motives are established for the list of suspects in the police file:

It becomes clear that Carl – who worships physics – begins to see JT’s death as inevitable.
Brad sees an opportunity to make money from reverse-engineering the suitcase but is rebuffed by JT. With Brad facing repossession of all his belongings due to bad investing, he sees JT as standing in the way of his financial recovery.
Roy Bremmer finds JT and threatens him and Jesse if Claudia (revealed to be originally named Angela) is not returned to him.
Claudia increases the life insurance policy on JT to $4 million dollars.
JT also seeks to escape his fate by buying a plane ticket to get out of the city. The plane takes off, giving JT a sense of relief, yet less than an hour into the flight, a sick passenger is needed to be removed from the plane, causing the pilot to return to the city.

At the end of the episode, it is revealed Mandy Murphy died in a horrible car crash. While the accident which caused her death was changed, it appears that JT cannot irrevocably alter someone’s fate.

It begins to seem as if his fate is sealed.

Day Four

JT resigns himself to his fate and makes a video for Jesse, listing things he would’ve liked to have seen in the future. Jesse begins her own investigation, noting that Mandy Murphy’s dog was also indicated as killed by the falling tree. The dog was not in the car, and no one knows what became of the dog, leading Jesse to believe that the future is changeable.

JT alters his means of trying to alter the future and tries to entrap or remove the motives / abilities of the list of suspects for doing him harm:

When unable to convince Carl that physics are simply physics, JT tricks Carl into a hospital for the mentally disabled.
JT promises Brad the briefcase after he will have solved his own case, to remove Brad’s potential threat.
JT meets Roy Bremmer and offers him the money to be earned by reverse-engineering the briefcase, but Bremmer is not interested. JT even tries to shoot him as a last resort, but is not able to pull the trigger. Sikorski arrives at the scene and has Bremmer arrested.
JT does not believe Claudia has a reasonable motive to kill him, and instead works with her to remove the other threats.
The day ends with the escape of Carl from the hospital. He steals the briefcase from Neumeyer’s house. Brad intercepts Carl leaving with it and attacks him, but without success. Roy is released from jail once his lawyer gets involved. All three suspects again have reason and ability to kill JT.

Day Five

Carl steals the green Jeep from the rental agency.

Sikorski is revealed to have been working angles against JT. Working with Bremmer, he knows of Claudia’s true identity as Angela Bremmer. He also knows that Claudia will inherit a lot of money on Roy’s death. Sikorski kills Roy so that Claudia will gain her inheritance. Sikorski aims to make himself rich by killing them all and gaining access to Claudia’s wealth.

Carl and Brad both head to the bar where Sikorski has taken Claudia and JT. Planning on killing JT, Brad shoots at Carl as Carl tries to run him down. Carl drives the Jeep into the bar, knocking out Sikorski. JT loads the empty gun Sikorski gave to Claudia with the unspent bullet that was present in the briefcase. Sikorski believes the bullet won’t work and is killed when he tries to shoot JT.

Carl approaches JT with the intention of killing him. JT tells Carl to look at the briefcase, noting that the police file has changed to reflect the deaths of Bremmer and Sikorski and their plot to kill JT. Carl becomes fascinated by the change, noting that the future has been changed and JT doesn’t need to die. Physics has been satisfied.

As the survivors leave the bar, JT concludes that Jesse must be the one that sent the briefcase from 50 years in the future. Her full name is Jesse Tracy Neumeyer, the other “J.T.” who owned the briefcase.

from wikipedia

Nov 182009

A Sound of Thunder is a science fiction film released in 2005, and directed by Peter Hyams. The film was planned originally for a 2002 release. However, flooding in Prague (where the production was filmed) and other financial difficulties—- including the bankruptcy of the original production company during post-production[citation needed]—- resulted in a delayed release. A Sound of Thunder is based loosely upon the short story “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury. The film is about “time tourists” who accidentally interfere too much with the past and thus completely alter their present.

Businessman Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley) has recently offered a time tourism service. For an extraordinary price, Time Safari will take clients through a wormhole to the past to hunt dinosaurs. Scientist Travis Ryer (Edward Burns) is the leader of these expeditions, along with several other guides. The following protocols are set out:

Don’t change anything in the past.
Don’t leave anything behind.
Don’t bring anything back.
To further ensure that Earth’s evolutionary timeline will not be disturbed, only creatures that are already doomed—such as dinosaurs about to die in a volcanic eruption—can be killed. The participants must wear helmets with sealed faceplates (like astronauts) and use rifles that fire frozen-nitrogen bullets that melt, leaving no trace. The wormhole itself creates a path that physically separates the party from touching the ground, and on which they must remain.

On one excursion, the guides are escorting a party of wealthy clients that includes two friends. One of the men, who is extremely nervous, is surprised by a prehistoric butterfly which he tries to shoot when it flutters close to his helmet. He learns that his weapon will not fire, as all safari patron weapons are tied remotely to Ryer’s. He alone can fire first, thereby deactivating the safety feature on the tourists’ rifles.

The group gathers before a large tar pit, waiting for their prey. As scheduled, they are charged by an Allosaurus, but the safety on Ryer’s rifle does not deactivate and nobody is able to fire. Panicking, the two wealthy tourists run off to seek cover. Ryer and the guides distract the dinosaur, while quickly exchanging gun parts in order to slay the beast. The party returns through the time portal. Unseen, a footprint of tar on the path indicates that someone has stepped off it.

The next day, Ryer notices significant climate and other small changes around him. On the next expedition, Ryer and a new party of tourists arrive to slay the Allosaurus. As they wait for the creature to emerge, Ryer checks his watch, realizes it is late and that the Allosaurus should have already arrived. Instead, they find it has already died. Furthermore, the volcano, which is supposed to erupt after the explorers return to the future, is already in the process of erupting.

The Federal agency that oversees temporal travel opens an investigation and shuts down Time Safari in order to review protocols. Ryer seeks out Sonia Rand (Catherine McCormack), the original developer of the time travel technology and the computer (TAMI) that controls the jumps. She believes that Time Safari is essentially playing with fire and she eschews her previous association with company.

Because the past has been changed, a series of time waves sweep across the present. The first wave produces changes that drive the two from Rand’s apartment. Rand explains that the sequence of changes will not take effect at once, but instead will spread out like a series of ripples on the surface of water. Moreover, they will proceed in order of evolution: first the non-living physical environment will reset, then the vegetation will change, then wildlife, and finally humans.

Under supervision of the temporal agency, Time Safari sends Ryer back to fix the past with Rand’s help. When he arrives, he discovers he is in the American Southwest and about to be trampled by an Apache tribe on horseback. Ryer ducks out of the way, but sees that another time wave is about to hit. He leaps through the wormhole, but just as he exits, the wave hits, causing all power in the Time Safari facility to go out. When back-up power is restored, the building and the city are covered in dense vegetation.

One of the scientists, Payne (David Oyelowo), discovers that the team arrived just over a gram heavier than when they left. It is also discovered that Hatton has bribed a government administrator to allow the shutdown of a costly “bio filter,” which screens out the transfer of organic matter. The team leaves the company building and find the two clients battling baboon/dinosaur and bat/pterodactyl re-evolved hybrid creatures as well as predatory plants. They learn that one of the tourists stepped on a butterfly, bringing it back to the present, and critically altering the evolution of life.

Another time wave hits just before they reach the time portal. Finding it no longer works, they decide to try to get to a university possessing a particle accelerator, which can be modified to function as a time machine. Eventually, only Ryer and Rand are left alive. Rand manages to send Ryer back 65,000,001 years to dodge the time waves, after which he is sent forward one year to the point when the original explorers traveled into the past. In the present, the final time wave hits and Rand is turned into a catfish-like humanoid.

Ryer tells Jenny (Jemima Rooper) about everything that will happen in the future. He stops the tourist from stepping off the path and killing the butterfly, and thus the future is saved. Back in the present, Jenny gives Ryer the video of the alternate Ryer who saved the future. He visits Rand to show her the video, hoping that together they will be able to put the time company out of business.

from wikipedia

Nov 182009

Æon Flux is a 2005 science fiction film directed by Karyn Kusama. The film is a loose adaptation of the animated science fiction television series of the same name, which was created by animator Peter Chung (who had a minor role in this film version of his work) and stars Charlize Theron as the title character. The film was released on December 2, 2005.

In a post-apocalyptic future, after a virus has wiped out ninety-nine percent of the Earth’s population in the year 2011, survivors inhabit Bregna, a walled city-state, which is ruled by a congress of scientists. Æon Flux is an assassin-member of the ‘Monicans’, an underground rebel organization who communicate telepathically through use of pills and are led by The Handler. After a mission in destroying a surveillance station, Æon comes home to find her sister Una killed, supposedly mistaken for a Monican. When Æon is sent on a mission to kill the government’s leader, Trevor Goodchild, she discovers that she is unwittingly playing a part in a secret coup.

This discovery brings into question the origin and destiny of everyone in Bregna; and in particular, Æon’s personal connection to the man she has been sent to assassinate. Ultimately she learns that she is a clone of Goodchild’s late wife Katherine, and that he is in fact trying to save humanity by secretly creating a cure for the infertility caused by the antidote for the disease which killed ninety-nine percent of the Earth’s population. It turns out that all newborn children in Bregna are clones created with recycled DNA, with the dead constantly being reborn into new individuals and still bearing parts of the memories of their ancestors. One of Trevor’s experiments is successful but Oren Goodchild, Trevor’s brother, destroys the research in an attempt to stay in power and live forever in the form of clones of himself.

However, in a confrontation with Trevor and Æon, Oren reveals that humanity itself has adapted and some people have regained the ability to have babies on their own. Æon is ultimately forced to go up against both her former allies and Oren but she manages to convince the Monicans not to listen to The Handler and take her side to kill Oren and his men. In a final act, Æon prepares to destroy the housing facility where the DNA used for cloning is stored, a dirigible constantly floating in the sky. She meets the old man who monitors the DNA, who was the doctor who preserved her DNA when Oren ordered it to be destroyed all those years ago. The subsequent crash breaks the wall surrounding the city and for the first time in centuries the population is able to expand into the outside world.

from wikipedia

Nov 182009

2001 Film ( alternate title is All Over Again)

Against Time Most of us eventually wonder what we might have become. Is Z.T. about to discover what he became? About to finish high school, budding inventor Z.T. dreams of escaping both his sleepy town and his gloomy, widowed Dad, COLE. But his ambitions get a stunning reality check with the arrival of ZACK, a raving, 68 year-old drunk claiming to be the boy s older self. Suspiciously unable to recall the exact details, Zack is desperate to avert a single mistake he claims sent the rest of his years into a tragic spiral. As the two forge a shaky alliance to piece together the old man s fragile memory, Z.T. deals with pressure from his well-meaning Coach (John Amos) and courts a new love, DELENA (Emilie Jacobs). After a devastating confession from Z.T. s father, Zack s visit takes on new gravity, as one man, split in two by fifty lost years, realizes that both his future and past now hang perilously, in a race AGAINST TIME.

Nov 232009

A time-travel experiment in which a robot probe is sent from the year 2073 to the year 1973 goes terribly wrong thrusting one of the project scientists, a man named Nicholas Sinclair into a plague ravaged alternate time-line whose war weary inhabitants are locked in a constant battle with killer robots which are automatically being sent there from Sinclair’s lab. To escape this situation, Sinclair must find a similar time machine in this alternate world and prevent the disaster from ever happening

Nov 232009

Army of Darkness (also known as Evil Dead III, Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness or The Medieval Dead) is a 1993 comedy horror/adventure film and the third installment in the Evil Dead series. Bruce Campbell stars as protagonist Ash Williams who finds himself in the Middle Ages where he must battle the undead in his quest to return home. The film was directed by Sam Raimi, and written by Raimi and his brother Ivan, and produced by Rob Tapert.

Army of Darkness is not as violent or gory as the prior Evil Dead films, relying more on slapstick. The film had a higher budget than its predecessors, estimated to be around $11 millionAt the box office Army of Darkness barely made back its budget, with a gross of $11.5 million domestically Since its video release it has acquired a cult following, along with the other two films in the trilogy.


After a brief flashback to Evil Dead II, which explains the Necronomicon and how Ash got to where he is, Ash lands in Medieval England, where he is almost immediately captured by Lord Arthur’s men, who suspect him to be an agent for Duke Henry, with whom Arthur is at war. He is enslaved along with the captured Henry, his gun and chainsaw confiscated, and is taken to a castle. Ash is thrown in a pit where he fights off a Deadite and regains his weapons from Arthur’s Wise Man. After demanding Henry and his men be set free, Ash is celebrated as a hero, and also grows attracted to the sister of one of Arthur’s fallen knights, Sheila.

According to the Wise Man, the only way Ash can return to his time is to retrieve the Necronomicon. After bidding goodbye to Sheila, Ash starts his search for the Necronomicon. Entering a haunted forest, an unseen force pursues Ash through the woods. Fleeing, Ash ducks into a windmill where he crashes into a mirror. The small reflections of Ash climb out from the shattered mirror and torture him. One of the reflections dives down Ash’s throat and uses his body to become a life-sized copy of Ash, after which Ash kills him and buries him.

When he arrives at the Necronomicon’s location, he finds three books instead of one. Ash eventually finds the real one and attempts to say the magic phrase that will send him home. However, forgetting the last word he tries to trick the book by mumbling the missing word, but that unleashes the Evil Dead. Ash simply grabs the book and rushes back to the castle, while the dead rise from graves all around. During Ash’s panicked ride back, Ash’s copy rises from his grave and unites the Deadites into the Army of Darkness.

Despite causing the predicament faced by the Medieval soldiers, Ash initially demands to be returned to his own time. However, Sheila is captured by a Flying Deadite, and then transformed into a Deadite. Ash becomes determined to lead the humans against the skeletal Deadite army. Reluctantly, the people agree to join Ash. Using scientific knowledge from textbooks in the trunk of his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, plus enlisting the help of Duke Henry, Ash successfully leads the Medieval soldiers to defeat his Deadite clone, Evil Ash, and his Deadite Army and save Sheila. After this, he is brought back to his own time using a potion made from the Necronomicon.

The final scene begins with Ash back at the S-Mart store, telling a co-worker all about his adventure back in time, and how he could have been king. After this, a deadite starts wreaking havoc on the store (it is implied that he again raised the dead by saying the wrong words needed to travel through time), and Ash slays the creature. The film ends with Ash in voice over saying, “Sure I could have been King, but in my own way, I am a king.” He then says out loud, while kissing a female customer, “Hail to the King, baby!”

from wikipedia

Nov 232009

Austin Powers in Goldmember, released in 2002, is the third film of the Austin Powers series starring Mike Myers in the title role. The movie was directed by Jay Roach, and co-written by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers. Myers also plays the roles of Dr. Evil, Goldmember and Fat Bastard. The movie co-stars Beyoncé Knowles, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Michael York, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine and Fred Savage. There are a number of cameo appearances including Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Quincy Jones, Tom Cruise, Katie Couric, Nathan Lane and The Osbournes.

In a self-parody of the Austin Powers series, there is a film within the film in the opening. Austin Powers is featured in a bio-pic called Austinpussy (a parody of the James Bond film Octopussy) directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise as Austin Powers, Gwyneth Paltrow as Dixie Normous, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, Danny DeVito as Mini-Me, and John Travolta as Goldmember.

Goldmember is a loose parody of the James Bond movies Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, also incorporating elements of The Spy Who Loved Me and GoldenEye. The film took in approximately $296 million from movie tickets worldwide.

Dr Evil’s new lair lies behind the Hollywood Sign.The year is 2002. In his lair behind the famous Hollywood sign, Dr. Evil outlines his latest plan. He will go back in time to 1975 and bring back Johan van der Smut (alias Goldmember), who developed a cold fusion unit for a tractor beam. He intends to use the tractor beam to pull a meteor into the Earth to strike the polar ice caps and cause global flooding. The plot is discovered by the British Secret Service; Austin Powers arrests Dr. Evil and places him in a maximum security prison.

Austin is knighted for his services but is disappointed when his father, the famous super-spy Nigel Powers, fails to attend. He later learns that his father has been kidnapped from his yacht and that some of the crew have had their genitals painted with gold. In search of answers, Austin visits the imprisoned Dr. Evil in Geneva, who tells him that Goldmember is behind the abduction and, on the condition that he be transferred to a normal prison to be with his beloved Mini-Me, reveals that Goldmember is in 1975. Traveling to 1975, Austin infiltrates Goldmember’s roller disco club “Studio 69″. Austin meets up with Foxxy Cleopatra—an old flame and FBI agent—who is undercover in the club. Austin locates his father but before they can escape they are delivered into Goldmember’s inner sanctum. Goldmember abducts Nigel to 2002 using Dr. Evil’s time machine. In 2002, Dr. Evil and Mini-Me instigate a riot in their prison, allowing them to escape.

A British Intelligence mole in Dr. Evil’s organization informs Austin that the doctor has moved to a new lair somewhere near Tokyo, Japan. Austin and Foxxy fly to Tokyo where they are informed that Dr. Evil’s henchman Fat Bastard is wrestling at the Asahi Sumo Arena. Austin confronts Fat Bastard and manages to subdue him. Fat Bastard confesses that a Japanese businessman, Mr. Roboto, is making a device for Dr. Evil.

Dr. Evil’s new lair is a submarine lurking in Tokyo Bay. Goldmember tells Dr. Evil that they have the ultimate insurance policy in Austin Power’s father. Mini-Me escorts Nigel to his cell but he starts to subvert Mini-Me. Scott presents his father with a pair of sharks with laser beams attached to their heads. Overjoyed, Dr. Evil professes his love for his son and seats Scott at his right hand, displacing Mini-Me. The clone leaves dejected.

Austin and Foxxy meet with Mr. Roboto, who pleads ignorance about Nigel’s whereabouts. Unconvinced, Austin and Foxxy infiltrate Roboto’s factory where the command unit for the tractor beam is being loaded in Goldmember’s car. Roboto hands Goldmember a golden key which is needed to activate the beam. Foxxy confronts Goldmember, but Nigel is about to have an “unfortunate smelting accident” and Goldmember escapes as Nigel is rescued. Austin and Nigel dispute the course of action but cannot agree, and go their separate ways.

In Austin’s hotel, the mole has arranged the defection of Mini-Me. Austin, Foxxy and Mini-Me (now an Austin Mini) use Nigel’s spy car in submarine mode to reach Dr. Evil’s lair and gain entry. Foxxy splits up from Austin and Mini-Me, and they search the sub.

In the control room, Dr. Evil threatens the World Organization with global flooding. To prove he isn’t bluffing, he uses the tractor beam to pull a satellite out of orbit. Following the successful trial of the beam, Roboto demands a bonus which Dr. Evil refuses. Becoming more evil, Scott disposes of Roboto in the shark tank.

Austin and Mini-Me are waylaid by the medical officer but obtain a plan of the vessel. After being discovered by the MO, Mini-Me escapes and meets up with Foxxy while Austin is taken to the control room.

Dr. Evil offers to show Austin his plan before killing him, but the activation key is missing. Foxxy enters with a gun and the missing key, followed by Mini-Me (shocking Dr. Evil). Austin threatens Dr. Evil at gunpoint, but his father intervenes and reveals that Dr. Evil and Austin are brothers, separated at an early age during an assassination attempt, which shows how Dr. Evil ended up in the care of the Belgian man and the French prostitute mentioned in the first film. The brothers, Mini-Me, and Nigel are reconciled, but Scott interrupts, angry that now that he has become evil his father is turning good. Declaring that he hates them all, he vows revenge and leaves.

However, Goldmember intends to complete the destruction of the world. Although Foxxy throws the activation key into the shark tank, Goldmember has a spare: his gold-plated penis. As Goldmember activates the tractor beam, Austin attempts to misdirect Goldmember’s gunfire while Dr. Evil (now “Dougie”) reverses the polarity of the cold fusion unit, which electrocutes Goldmember and destroys the meteor.

It is revealed that the entire string of events was adapted into a film by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise. The Austin Powers cast (aside from Scott and Nigel) are in the audience of a Hollywood theater watching the film. Upon exiting, they bump into Fat Bastard, but he took the Subway diet and is now very thin. Austin and Foxxy exit the theater and share a kiss.

Alone in Dr. Evil’s Hollywood lair, a bald, maniacal Scott has taken over Dr. Evil’s criminal empire and vows revenge on Austin.

from wikipedia

Nov 232009

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, released in 1999, is the second film in the Austin Powers series. The series began with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and continued with Austin Powers in Goldmember. The film was directed by Jay Roach, co-written by Mike Myers and screenwriter Michael McCullers, and once again stars Myers as the title character. Myers also plays Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard.

The film’s title is a play on the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and contains plot elements from James Bond films Diamonds Are Forever (Laser Gun Plot and Cloning) , You Only Live Twice (Secret Volcano Base), Moonraker (Outer Space Ventures), The Man with the Golden Gun (Mini Me based on character Nick Nack from Bond film mentioned) and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (opening sequence in which Vanessa Kensington dies).

The film grossed around US$310 million in worldwide ticket sales, making more money during its opening weekend than the entire box office proceeds of its predecessor.

NATO’s monitoring facility observes the return of Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) and informs British intelligence. At Dr. Evil’s Seattle headquarters, Dr. Evil is presented with a one-eighth-size clone of himself (Verne Troyer) whom he calls Mini-Me. Number Two (Robert Wagner), who survived his incineration towards the end of the previous film, also reveals the enormous profits they have made by legitimately investing in a previously unknown startup company called “Starbucks”. However, Dr. Evil is unimpressed and unveils his latest evil plan—he has developed a time machine to go back to the sixties and steal Austin Powers’ (also Mike Myers) mojo, a fluid inside his “family jewels” which is the source of Austin’s incredible sexual prowess and appeal.

Meanwhile, back in 1999, Austin is still enjoying his honeymoon with his wife—the former Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley). Unfortunately, something goes amiss, and it turns out that she is actually one of Dr. Evil’s kamikaze fembots who attempts to kill Austin after being malfunctioned by Austin’s T.V. remote, but eventually self-destructs. He grieves briefly, but then proceeds to the lobby naked and celebrates being single again.

Dr. Evil and Mini-Me go back to 1969 and meet up with a younger Number Two (Rob Lowe) and (a not-so-young) Frau Farbissina (Mindy Sterling). A disgruntled “Scottish Guard” with unusual eating habits called Fat Bastard (again, Mike Myers) has been hired to extract Austin’s mojo from his frozen body at the Ministry of Defence Cryo Chamber.

British intelligence warns Austin that one of Dr Evil’s agents is after him, and during a photo shoot the wanton Ivana Humpalot (Kristen Johnston) seduces him, but at the last moment she admits to her orders and claims he is too sexy. They then proceed to have sex in her bed. Unfortunately they do not get far before he discovers that he has lost his mojo, and is therefore impotent. The MOD learns that Dr. Evil has developed a time machine and sends Austin back to 1969 with its own time travel device, in a convertible Volkswagen New Beetle painted with 60’s LSD-themed colours. Austin arrives back at a party in his London pad and with the assistance of a CIA agent, Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), escapes another assassination attempt by two of Dr. Evil’s operatives. However, the two of them are chased by Mustafa (Will Ferrell), yet another of Dr. Evil’s henchmen, and when caught he reveals the existence of a secret volcano lair (due to an inability to withhold the answer when asked the same question three times), but is prevented from divulging its location by the intervention of Mini-Me. After examining photographs from the crime scene at MOD headquarters, Austin identifies Fat Bastard as the perpetrator of the theft.

At Dr. Evil’s secret volcano lair, Fat Bastard arrives with Austin’s mojo. Dr. Evil drinks some of it and engages in some “private time” with Frau Farbissina. This results in an awkward “sometime after” situation when Frau reveals that she is “late.” However, at the same moment Scott (Seth Green), Dr. Evil’s son, arrives through the time portal. Dr. Evil announces his latest plan: to hold the United States — and the whole world — ransom by threatening to destroy Washington D.C., and then additional major cities each hour, using a giant laser on the moon.

In London, Austin and Felicity get to know each other, but he has to reject her advances owing to the loss of his mojo. Under MOD instructions to implant a homing device, Felicity seduces Fat Bastard. Unfortunately, the device is left in a public toilet, but a stool sample (which Austin accidentally drinks) from the scene is analysed to reveal traces of a rare vegetable that only grows on one Caribbean island.

Austin and Felicity arrive on the island but are apprehended. They are put in a cell with a single guard who is overcome when Felicity shows off her breasts. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me leave for the moon to install the giant laser and are followed by Austin and Felicity, who hitch a ride on Apollo 11. In Dr. Evil’s moon base, Austin battles with Mini-Me, eventually flushing him into space.

As Austin confronts Dr. Evil, the giant laser is fired, but Austin diverts it and saves Washington D.C., although Felicity is killed by poison gas. However, using Dr. Evil’s time portal Austin travels backwards ten minutes and meets up with himself to save both the world and Felicity.

Foiled again, Dr. Evil initiates the self-destruction mechanism of the moon base and escapes in his rocket after throwing the bottle of Austin’s mojo in the air. Despite his attempts to save his sex drive, Austin fails to catch it and it crashes on the floor, destroying his mojo. However, Felicity points out that all the things he has done show that he never really lost his mojo in the first place. With seconds to spare they escape through the time portal back to 1999.

Fat Bastard makes another attempt to assassinate Austin but, after an emotional moment, is kicked in the “Mommy and Daddy Button” by Felicity. Finally, Dr. Evil recovers Mini-Me from space and once again vows to “get” Austin Powers.

Later, on Jerry Springer, Scott learns he was not created in a test tube but is actually the love child of Dr. Evil and Frau Farbissina.

During the credits, Austin is seen returning to his pad, only to hear Felicity having sex with another man. When he enters the room, he discovers that it is in fact the past Austin, who makes the claim that since he and Austin are the same person, it’s not cheating. Austin of course forgives Felicity (“I can’t blame you, Felicity, I mean… the man is handsome, baby!”) As he discovers he’s got his mojo back, both Austins then make their move on Felicity as the clip fades to the credits.

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Nov 182009

Back to the Future is a 1985 science fiction adventure film directed by Robert Zemeckis, co-written by Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, as well as Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson. Back to the Future tells the story of Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955. He meets his parents in high school, accidentally attracting his mother’s romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents to fall in love, while finding a way to return to 1985.

Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended his father if they attended school together. Various film studios rejected the script until the box office success of Zemeckis’ Romancing the Stone, and the project was set up at Universal Pictures with Spielberg as executive producer. Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly when Michael J. Fox declined as he was busy filming the TV series Family Ties, but during filming Stoltz and the filmmakers decided Stoltz was miscast so they asked Fox again and he managed to work out a timetable so he gave enough time and commitment to both: the subsequent recasting meant the crew had to race through reshoots and post-production to complete the film for its July 3, 1985 release date.

When released, it became the most successful film of the year, grossing more than $380 million worldwide and receiving critical acclaim. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, as well as Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. Ronald Reagan even quoted the film in the 1986 State of the Union Address. In 2007, the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, and in June 2008 the American Film Institute’s special AFI’s 10 Top 10 acknowledged the film as the 10th best film in the science fiction genre. The movie marked the beginning of a franchise, with Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III released back-to-back in 1989 and 1990, as well as an animated series and theme park ride.

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