Many films find the setting in New Jersey, some reaching the heights of top ten lists on sights like IMDB. If we were to list all the quality productions we would be here for far too long, though there are 5 that stand out.
Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich is a stellar film from such a unique angle, its plot revolves around a puppeteer finding a door that allows those who pass through to see through the eyes of the famous actor John Malkovich, he then monetizes for 20-minute intervals as after that they are ejected out onto the Jersey Turnpike. The blend of realism and absurdism really find a happy warm-spot in this film, there are genuine characters who have very subtle underlying issues and fantasies that combine with the fairly unique premise to create this experience that is enjoyable and more than slightly thought-provoking.
War of the Worlds.
War of the Worlds when it was first written was the first the world had ever seen of the genre of Science Fiction, and the films do the original book justice by far. There are two versions to pick from one from 1953 and another from the early 2000s, either are a fabulous watch though the 20th-century version might hold more nostalgia in the way films use to be made. It is about Martians invading earth and the subsequent chaos that comes which such an extinction-level event. This film carries excitement in buckets and asks that eerie question ‘what would happen if there was life on Mars, and what if they found us?’.
Paul Blart Mall Cop
There are some jobs that movies bring to the life you would never expect (I am still waiting on a film based on the pest control in nj though) Paul Blart is that exact thing. Paul Blart Mall cop and its subsequent sequels are good films to enjoy for their on the nose simplicity. Headed by funny-man Kevin James, this energy-filled comedy follows the titular Paul Blart, who fails in his training to be a police officer for the New Jersey police force, so instead decides to climb to the career he actually wants by gaining a job as a mall cop, but when a bank-heist situation arises, he has to step up and predictable hilarity ensues.
Hailed as one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time, following the murders of Mrs. Vorhees, a distraught mother who lost her son to drowning whilst he was at camp, the fault of which she blames on the sexed-up councilors. This gore-fest is such a classic in the slasher genre, and a commonly misunderstood original considering Jason Vorhees becomes the main villain in the sequels, but it has some amazing performances from Betsy Palmer and a youthful Kevin Bacon. The sequels are also highly recommended for those more familiar with the Hockey mask wearing zombie-like Jason. The villain the franchise is now known for.
A beautiful mind
A beautiful mind is a biographical piece based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel-prize winning Mathematician. Starring Russell Crowe in one of his finest performances to date, it follows the character as he goes through life with this incredible brain that can easily decrypt and decode messages from sight alone, a skill that only he possessed. The emotion is rife in this film, Nash’s paranoid Schizophrenia combined with a period-plot revolving around the Cold War leading to Nash believing he was being followed by Soviet spies due to his condition means there is so many themes and discussions in this film that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches it.