#40 – Contact – by Nick Andersen

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Contact is a 1997 science fiction drama film directed by a great visual storyteller, Robert Zemeckis. It stars Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, William Fichtner, Tom Skerrit, James Woods, John Hurt, David Morse and Jena Malone. An incredible cast. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan’s 1985 novel of the same name. Carl and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film. Jodie Foster plays the lead role of Dr. Ellie Arroway, a SETI scientist who discovers undeniable evidence of extraterrestrial life, and is chosen to make first contact.

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#21 – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – by Nick Andersen

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? is a 1993 drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by Peter Hedges. The film is an adaptation from Peter Hedges’ book of the same title. Its lead actors are Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Juliette Lewis. It’s the story about Gilbert, man of the house, who cares for his younger brother Arnie who has a development disability and for his morbidly obese mother with the help of his two sisters. They live in Endora, Iowa, a place where nothing really happens or ever will. It is the life of Gilbert and his dealings with family, work, and love.

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#7 – Enemy – by Nick Andersen

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Enemy is a 2014 film directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, and Sarah Gadon. It is an adaptation of the book El Hombre Duplicado by José Saramago. My goodness, what a mind-boggling film! I watched this movie last week, but had to watch it again today to understand it well enough to make a review. For me, this is truly a brilliant work of art. I highly recommend people to watch it before reading on with all the major spoilers. It is one of the best I have seen so far this year. Amazing.

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#3 – Runaway Jury – by Nick Andersen

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Runaway Jury is a 2003 film and a really good one! I wasn’t sure in the beginning of this film if I was going to like it, since the short summary on the back of the dvd case didn’t reveal too much; but I chose it because of the four main actors that star in it, two of them being big time actors: Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.

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