#8 – Chronicle – by Nick Andersen

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Chronicle is a 2012 film directed by Josh Trank starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan. It is based on a story by both Josh Trank and writer Max Landis. This is the type of film that is mostly recorded as a first person with old model cameras (2004) and camcorders rather than the professional cinematic cameras that weigh a lot and are highly expensive. The movie is not exactly a superhero one but it deals with superpowers and that is always exciting! Don’t let the first person view throw you off! This independent film really succeeded in creating an enjoyable story with the theme of superpowers.

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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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#6 – Stand By Me – by Nick Andersen

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Stand By Me is a memorable 1986 coming of age film and an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Body. Directed by Rob Reiner, starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell. I was not born in the 80s or late 70s, but I can tell that this is the type of movie kids loved growing up and consider it today a childhood classic. Surprisingly, it’s an R rated one instead of a PG-13 as one could believe.

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#5 – Oldboy (2003) – by Nick Andersen

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Oldboy is an R-rated 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook. It stars Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae and Kang Hye-jung. This is my first watching a Park Chan-wook film. I had added this one to my list a while ago because of the 8.4/10 score it has on IMDB. From the sypnosis, I had somewhat an idea of what I was about to watch: A man is released after being imprisoned for 15 years by an unknown captor. This is his story of revenge…

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Film Trivia: 10 Things You May or May Not Know About Whiplash

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What a thrilling film! Here are 10 facts about Whiplash that you probably didn’t know about:

1. Remember when Fletcher’s three drummers played for around 5 hours before beginning class? During those intense practice scenes, director Damien Chazelle wouldn’t yell, “cut!” so that Miles Teller would keep drumming until he exhausted himself.

2. For the slapping scene, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller filmed many takes with Simmons only faking the slap. For the final take, Simmons and Teller chose to film the scene with a real slap. This is the take that is used in the film.

3. Miles Teller, who’s been drumming since he was 15, received blisters on his hands due to the intense, unconventional style of jazz drumming. Some of his blood was on the drumsticks and the drum set as a result.

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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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#2 – A Walk Among The Tombstones – by Nick Andersen

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A Walk Among The Tombstones is a 2014 movie. First thing that came to my mind was, ‘Yay a Liam Neeson film!’ But wait, not so fast. While generally any movie that has Mr. Neeson in it is an enjoyable one, this one has mixed reviews.

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#1 – The Last Samurai – by Nick Andersen

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This is our blog’s first review. As mentioned in the welcome post, there is no order to the reviews we will post. Whatever we watch we will write a review about it.

The Last Samurai is a 2003 film. This is perhaps my fourth or fifth time watching this film. It never gets old or boring. I really enjoy watching this film because of how much I respect and admire the Japanese and their way of life back then and even today.

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