#31 – Meru – by Nick Andersen

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Meru is an R-rated 2015 documentary about three professional climbers and their journey as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most dangerous and never-before-reached summits of the Himalayas. Directed by one of the climbers, Jimmy Chin, with Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk as the other two. Meru is no ordinary climbing documentary; it isn’t a reenacted version of a climb that has already happened. Strapped with GoPro cameras, we get to see and experience firsthand the journey these three men take both physically and mentally, as they prepare and struggle on a mountain that has no conqueror. While most of the film is off of the mountain, it is nevertheless an exciting and impressive story, with glimpses into the obsession of these three famous climbers and their personal battles. Three years in the making, Meru delivers breathtaking visual proof of what we non-climbers can only dream of. Unless you’re a climber, you will never get this close to experiencing the thrill, pain and fears that these extreme athletes go through all for the love of the sport.

Thanks for reading my short review!

– Nick Andersen

#22 – The Imposter – by Nick Andersen

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The Imposter is a 2012 documentary film directed by Bart Layton. It’s about the 1997 case of French Frederic Bourdin, who impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a Texas 13-year old boy who disappeared in 1994. The film has reenacted scenes including interviews with Frederic Bourdin and some members of the Barclay family, as well as real television news footage.

I hadn’t heard about this case before, so when I watched it, I couldn’t believe someone would prey upon a grieving family, not knowing whether their child is still alive or what had happened to him. It’s a pretty messed up story and yet an incredible one.

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