All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
An ingeniously crafted tale of twists & turns, a fascinating vignette of obsession & jealousy, and an interesting illustration of friendship & rivalry, The Prestige is a magical piece of thrilling cinema by Christopher Nolan which comes with its own set of pledge, turn & prestige moments just like any great magic trick and cleverly manages to take its ordinary premise & turn it into something truly extraordinary.
The Prestige is the story of a friendship that became a rivalry which later turned deadly. The plot concerns two renowned stage magicians in London near the end of the 19th century who engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate illusion but their increasing obsession to best each other's tricks eventually leads them…
Forget "The Dark Knight". Forget "The Dark Knight Rises". Forget even "Inception". This film matches the levels of greatness that "Memento", my favorite Nolan film, manages to reach, and it does it without telling the story backwards. This is dark, mysterious, captivating, intelligent, and is easily one of Nolan's most under rated films so far.
Human nature is as destructive as it is constructive. We have the power and knowledge to build impressive constructions, invent machinery and technology that greatly alleviate our lives and can prove extremely beneficent for future generations. We are capable of love, we form families, have children. Everything is at our disposal, thanks to our ingenuity and love we have the opportunity to live in harmony. Yet we crave for more. We feel misunderstood, betrayed, we become cocky, blinded by desire and ambition, greed nests in our brains and hatred in our hearts. We hurt everyone around us, push away our dearest, turn our backs on anyone we ever cared for, we destroy and sacrifice everything that we so compassionately created…
After the disappointment of The Dark Knight Rises I wanted to revisit Nolan at his best. Whilst the film’s narrative structure is fragmented, much like the elusive puzzle at the heart of the story, it is deftly plotted where each component is revealed to fit neatly together and create a satisfying whole. The brilliance of the film is that it reveals everything to the audience at the very beginning. It tells you exactly how the trick is achieved early on, you just need to be paying attention. Yet, despite knowing how every twist and turn will play out the film still rewards repeated viewings which is very rare for this type of film. The twists are never cheap, they are…
"Are you watching closely?" - Alfred Borden
Yeah...so, this is the film that had me all the way. It's sublime. It's one of the most intelligent films I've ever seen. It's got my mind working in over-drive. I'm over-heating. I can't say anything at all about this to people who haven't seen it, so I'll just babble on critically...
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is at the top of their game here. Particularly Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Their roles as hero and villain, protagonist and antagonist are constantly shifting between them, as they're both as equally flawed as one another. At first, they both look like they're horrifically uncomfortable in their roles with their foreign accents, but it doesn't…
Part one of Preparing (As much as Humanly Possible) For Interstellar
Ah, The Prestige. Such a magic trick, such a brilliant concept, such beautiful execution, such rich cinematography, such immaculate performances; the entire film is an example of Christopher Nolan as a magician. As a storyteller. As a master of the medium. And as one of the finest directors of the modern generation.
It might be my favorite of Nolan's work, and while that might change as I work through his filmography in anticipation for Interstellar, one fact that will never change is that The Prestige is incredible. Masterfully combining fantastical, dramatic, and surrealistic touches; Christopher Nolan weaves this biting little tale with such operatic grandeur that you want to…
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Still a great movie on rewatch. I wasn't sure I'd be as into it knowing the deal, but it was still exciting.
Movie about dueling magicians. This movie is a great meditation on dedication and obsession, with some magic thrown in. Nolan is always good at breaking down ridiculously complicated plots and does so again here. If it wasn't for one subplot that feels out of place, yet is very important to the overall story, I would give this five stars.
A very rewatchable movie, brilliantly made.
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It took me 3 viewings to realize that The Prestige is Nolan's best film and now I count it among my favorites. Brilliantly constructed, densely layered, superbly edited, career best performances, and deeply troubling in its implications. Each viewing reveals more details that enhance my admiration.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Damn. Going back over the Nolan films I thought PRESTIGE was a lower tier entry, but now I'm struggling with considering it amongst his very best. Paying particular attention to the editing and pacing where DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION and DARK KNIGHT RISES became increasingly choppy and incoherent, this film is so slick and its pacing so fluid. A lot of the Nolan nitpicks come from his concepts ballooning so much you end up mapping it out in your head which leads you to point out the inconsistencies. THE PRESTIGE has a small scale and its high concept ideas are contained to one central McGuffin that the film dances around for its entire duration. This helps to keep the conflict between…
Brilliant, BUT it is far less interesting once you know the conclusion. Makes you realize why movies built on suspense are better than mystery. Mystery only makes a scene engaging the first time, whereas suspense works over again. It's still an amazing movie, but that is a way in which this film is NOT the ideal movie, though I once thought it was.
It certainly has that Nolan problem solving, twist hiding flair to it. The most interesting thing is Angier's monolugue at the end, which is probably a great description of Nolan's filmmaking approach. He says basically, the audience knows the truth, that the world is depressing, not magic, and "solid all the way through," but they want to…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…