2018-05-28 20:56:51[UPDATES]

MAGIC REIMAGINATION

 

Screening List:

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)

GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

THE FUGITIVE (1993)

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)

 

  Film Introduction:

 

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

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Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Written by: Dan Aykroyd / Harold Ramis

 

Starring: Bill Murray / Dan Aykroyd / Sigourney Weaver / Harold Ramis

 

“When there is something strange in the neighborhood, who you go to call?” The story involves an epidemic of psychic nuisance reports in Manhattan. Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler, defrocked parapsychologists whose university experiments have been exposed as pure boondoggle, create a company named Ghostbusters to trap pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. Their clients include Dana Barrett who notices that the eggs in her kitchen are frying themselves. Her next-door neighbor, notices horrifying monsters in the apartment hallways. They both apparently live in a building that serves as a conduit to the other world. The ghostbusters ride to the rescue, armed with nuclear-powered backpacks. There is a lot of talk about arcane details of psychic lore (most of which the ghostbusters are inventing on the spot), and then an earthshaking showdown between good and evil is unveiled, during which Manhattan is menaced by a monster that is twenty stories high...

 

GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)

 

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Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Written by: Dan Aykroyd / Harold Ramis

 

Starring: Bill Murray / Dan Aykroyd / Sigourney Weaver / Harold Ramis

 

Five years after what happened in the first film, the company called Ghostbusters founded by Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler, who got kicked out of the university in New York City have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt. However, their old friend Dana Barrett visits Egon Spengler and voices her fears that something supernatural was after her beloved child Oscar. They discover a pneumatic transit line tunnel full of ectoplasmic “slime.” Later, the slime invades Dana's apartment and attacks her and Oscar. When investigating the slime, the Ghostbusters discover that the slime reacts to emotions, and suspect that it has been generated by New Yorker's negative attitudes. New Year's Eve sees a sudden increase of unusual activity as the slime rises from the subway line and onto the city streets. In the end, they save the Big Apple from the massive slime attack and a flood of evil spirits.

 

GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

 

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Directed by: Paul Feig

Written by: Katie Dippold / Paul Feig / Dan Aykroyd / Harold Ramis

Starring: Melissa McCarthy / Kristen Wiig / Leslie Jones / Kate McKinnon

 

Physicists Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert are authors of a research book which posits the existence of paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is subway worker Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton containment laser and plenty of attitude, the four "Ghostbusters", prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square. Unbeknownst to them, the ghosts are being summoned by Rowan North, an occultist attempting to bring about the apocalypse...

 

THE FUGITIVE (1993)

 

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Directed by: Andrew Davis

Written by: Jeb Stuart / David Twohy

Starring: Harrison Ford / Tommy Lee Jones / Sela Ward / Julianne Moore

 

Dr. Richard Kimble is a well-known surgeon who returns home from work one night to find his wife Helen was murdered. He was then convicted of killing her and sentenced to murder. On his way to prison, the bus was in crashed, giving him the opportunity to escape. He determines to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime. While he is hunted, Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a U.S. Marshal, the hunter. On one hand, the further he is to catching Kimble, the more Gerard is convinced he is innocent. On the other, Kimble's determination and ingenuity soon produce results and he comes to the frightening realization that he can trust no one. It turns out that the murderer was hired by a pharmaceutical company that has illegally falsified the medical research just to get their unqualified new drug to the market. Naturally, Kimble who would not cooperate becomes their target...

 

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995)

 

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Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Written by: Richard LaGravenese

Starring: Clint Eastwood / Meryl Streep / Annie Corley / Victor Slezak

 

Francesca Johnson leaves behind a request in her will that asks her two children Carolyn and Michael to spread her ashes in the Roseman Covered Bridge, and bewildered, the siblings uncover a touching love story after going through their mother's stuff. It was the summer of 1965, Francesca had a four-day-affair with a world-traveling photographer Robert Kincaid who had come to Madison County, Iowa, to shoot a photographic essay for National Geographic on the covered bridges in the area. Each is at a point in life where expectations are behind them. Yet four days after meeting, they almost ran away together, so she could travel the world with him. However, after a wrenching period of decisionmaking, she decided to stay at the last minute after considering the bigger picture that includes the consequences leaving would have on the lives of her teenage children and husband. When the children finally discover their mother's secret, they also take stock of their own lives. The film is adapted from the best seller by Robert James Waller.


THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)

 

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Directed by: Peter Jackson

Written by: Frances Walsh / Philippa Boyens / Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood / Ian McKellen / Liv Tyler / Viggo Mortensen

 

The confrontation has reached its climax. Hobbit Frodo carried the Ring to Mount Doom with Sam and Gollum. Gollum wants to take the Ring back, so he brings Frodo to a black hole of death after getting rid of Sam by tricks. Meanwhile, wizard Gandalf the White brings Middle Earth warriors to defend Gondor’s capital Minas Tirith. Receiving Gandalf’s message, Aragorn leads Rohan’s King Théoden and Éowyn and their army to them. On their way, Aragorn runs into elf Elrond who then gives him the sword Narsil which once cut the arm of Sauron. Aragorn brings Narsil to the Paths of the Dead to recruit the Army of the Dead. At the same time, elf Legolas and dwarf Gimli also come along and unite with Gandalf and others. The Orcs army is coming. The battle between darkness and brightness is on the verge of breaking out...

 

 

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