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The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic action film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals and Mila Kunis. Filming began in February 2009 and took place in New Mexico. Alcon Entertainment financed and co-produced the film with Silver Pictures, while it was distributed by Warner Bros. in the US, and Columbia Pictures in some international territories. It was released on January 15, 2010

So Thirty years after a Massive Apocalypse style event, ELI (Denzel) is traveling the world on foot toward an unknown destination. He is heading West. In the first few minutes of the film he is established as someone who knows how to survive. He hunts small game and defends himself, really well, against some highway men who try to get the best of him.
Eli is carrying with him on his wanderings, a Book. It turns out, he thinks this book will save the world and when he enters a town out in the middle of no where, the deranged self-proclaimed mayor named Carnegie (Gary Oldman) figures out that Eli is carrying the very book he himself has been searching for. Although Eli carries the book because he believes it will save man kind, Carnegie wants it because with its secrets, he believes he can control the masses.
Violence quickly ensues and Eli goes about kicking all sorts of asses. Allegedly Denzel trained with the legendary Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lees protegé and close friend in preparation for the film and the required action scenes.

Reviews of the film have been mixed and I can see why. With two talents like Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman on the screen together, one goes into it expecting a bit more in terms of sheer acting performance. Both of them play such washed out, generic characters though, it seems like there was little left to really work with.
Other films in the genre such as Children of Men and The Road bring much more depth to the characters, where as “The book of Eli” seems to be satisfying on a fun sort of commercial level. It’s worth seeing. 1-10 I give it a low 7.

FYI- Japanese movie poster.

True Romance
True Romance (1993) is an American romantic crime film written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. It stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with an ensemble cast including Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Chris Penn and Tom Sizemore.
This is THE movie that put ALOT of people on the map.
Essentially the story goes as follows….Boy (christian slater) falls in love with a Call girl (Arquette) and after getting married the day after they meet,  he decides that he needs to confront (read; kill) her pimp played by Gary Oldman. He does this and steals, on accident, a grip of drugs and then after briefly meeting his old man a former cop (Hopper), he and his new wife flee to California. So the pimps big connect (Walken) follows the trail to his father the retired cop and tries to torture him for info, yet fails. However, they find out where the drugs went via shitty chance circumstance. So the newly married couple are in California and for various reasons are trying to sell the drugs to a rich movie director and it all goes south real quick when the Italians show up. A blood festival insues and guess who the only two are to escape? You got it….

This movie is amazing due to a few factors. The Talent. The Dialogue. The editing. It seems like Tony Scott got in and finger fiddled things a bet less than in other films and let the amazing crew he had just act. Very interesting.

Below I provide a video of one of, if not the coolest dialogues in movie history….watch and learn. This was in fact, the first film in which I started a LONG TERM love affair with Chris Walken and Dennis Hopper really really impresses (Dennis get well soon!!!!).

Below…just a bonus moment from the Film.