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The Filmography Disquisition Series
Blake Lively: An Exhaustive Examination
Episode 14 – The Shallows (2016)
Nancy Adams is a medical student taking some time away from the daily grind to enjoy a vacation in Mexico. When her hungover and irresponsible travel buddy bails on plans for surfing, Nancy decides to go it alone at a secret beach that she knows about thanks to photos from her dearly departed mother.
Nancy, who is very good a surfing and filling out surfwear, meets a couple of locals who tell her about some of the ins and outs of the secret beach – which is more intense than the beaches she usually surfed in Texas.
After a day of hanging 10, Nancy is ready to pack it in – after catching just one more wave. As she paddles out in search of the right wave, she comes across the partially eaten carcass of a dead whale. Nancy heads to shore, but not before catching the attention of the shark defending its feeding grounds. After a nearly deadly encounter with the shark, a wounded Nancy ends up stranded on a small rock outcropping. Armed only with her wits, medical training, and the friendship of a sassy seagull, Nancy treats her bloody leg and gets to work on a plan to escape the shark – which is now stalking her in a really vindictive sort of way. After several failed plans (and dead bystanders), Nancy harnesses the fighting spirit of her mother and engages the shark in a deadly battle of wills. After lighting the shark on fire with a flare gun and dead whale oil, Nancy finally outwits the sea beast, leading to its briny demise at the bottom of the ocean floor. One year later, Dr. Nancy Adams returns to surfing alongside her father and sister and the memory of her mother.
Film rankings thus far:
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
2. The Town
3. The Age of Adaline
4. Elvis and Anabelle
6. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
9. Green Lantern
11. Cafe Society
12. Simon Says
13. New York I Love You
Join Vanessa and Toben on an academic and well-researched quest to answer one of the most pressing cinematic questions of our time: what’s the best movie Blake Lively’s ever been in? During volume one of this series, they will watch – in chronological order – every single major motion picture featuring the actress Blake Lively. At the end of each episode, an updated ranking of Blake Lively movies will be determined, until the inevitable conclusion.