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The 10 Essential Technique Movies

The 10 Essential Technique Movies

New millennium, new technology.

Avatar (2009)

Director: Ana Maria Quintana, Luca Kouimelis, Sarah Hinch Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

Summary: In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Director: Paul Greengrass, Annie Penn, Sue Mahoney Stars: Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, Julia Stiles

Summary: Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally uncover his dark past while dodging The Company's best efforts to eradicate him.

Twilight (2008)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke

Summary: When Bella Swan moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to live with her father, she starts school and meets the reclusive Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire. Despite Edward's repeated cautions, Bella can't help but fall in love with him, a fatal move that endangers her own life when a coven of bloodsuckers try to challenge the Cullen clan.

300 (2006)

Director: Stars: David Wenham, Dominic West, Lena Headey

Summary: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Director: Martin Kitrosser, Sherrie Liu, Liu Yi Jun Stars: Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu

Summary: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But "The Bride" lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who wronged her, saving Bill for last.

Spider-Man (2002)

Director: Sam Raimi, Eric Heffron, Michael J. Moore Stars: James Franco, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe

Summary: After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers.

Elf (2003)

Director: Jon Favreau, Jessica Clothier Stars: James Caan, Daniel Tay, Zooey Deschanel

Summary: When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.

Saw (2004)

Director: Daniel J. Heffner, Jillian Giacomini Stars: Michael Emerson, Monica Potter, Danny Glover

Summary: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or die trying...

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Director: Phyllida Lloyd Stars: Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan

Summary: Set on an idyllic Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA hit songs. Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on the island is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited young daughter she's raised alone. But Sophie has secretly invited three of her mother's ex-lovers in the hopes of finding her father.

Amélie (2001)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Anne Wermelinger, Sylvain Bressollette Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

Summary: At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story?