#9 – Deja Vu – by Nick Andersen

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Deja Vu is a 2006 film directed by the late Tony Scott (1944-2012) starring Denzel Washington, Paula Patton and Jim Caviezel. It is based on a story by writers Bill Marsilii and Terri Rossio. You can never go wrong with a movie if Denzel is in it. You are almost always guaranteed an entertaining one or two hours with his performance and he always delivers the best he can be to the particular role of each film. This was Tony Scott’s second Denzel Washington movie (first being Man On Fire – 2004) and went on to direct two more with him (Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstopabble). For a movie before 2010, and from the many others we’ve seen after, Deja Vu stands out with great action and edge-of-the-seat suspense. Throw in a little Sci-Fi and you’ve got a box office hit.

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#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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#4 – Project Almanac

If something had tought us “Back to the Future” is that you can’t play with time travel without consequences and the laws that are applied, well in this movie “Project: Almanac” if you pay attention you can find some mistakes that should be pretty obvious but they handle so that you focus on other things and so you would not notice these small errors about time travel.

Project: Almanac sets very few time travel rules, but one that is established early and used much later in the film is that if you look at your past/future self and they look back, you start to flicker out of existence. The problem is the parade of temporal convenience that makes that rule have no effect on the movie  between the establishing scene and the payoff near the end.

The group travels back a few weeks to help the one who showed that you can’t look at yourself in the past, Goldberg, pass a chemistry exam. It doesn’t go well, so after they come back to the present, they try it again. Then they try it again.

Well, that threw all time travel laws out the window.

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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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