All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Are You Watching Closely?
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.
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…
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…
"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…
Nolan asks us to watch his film closely but knows very well that we won't because deep down, we actually want to be fooled. The bastard is mocking us from behind the scenes, revealing the secret right at the very beginning and laugh hysterically as we still scratch our heads throughout the film.
He doesn't even try to disguise his trick, we literally hear and see the answer yet we choose to mislead ourselves. Now that I've stepped back and looked at the bigger picture, I realize there wasn't even any puzzle to begin with.
The real mystery here is why was I so dense the first time around to not see something so obvious! Nolan, you clever bastard, you -- pulling off one of the most fascinating sleight-of-hand in the history of film editing.
One of nolans top 5 movies
damn i love my father
Easily my favorite Nolan movie. Phenomenal cast. Full of great twists and turns, and one of my favorite movie endings of all time. 9.8/10
The best of Nolan. The twist and performances are excellent and Bale and Jackman make great rivals. The opening and ending are also fantastic. Falls apart at times for trying to be too smart though.
Still very good. 4/5.
"Are you watching closely?"
A thrilling story of deadly magician duel with mind-bending twists.
Strange and tangled story. A few bad actors. There was a lot of room for improvement. Simply boring.
So, the plot hinges on a magical box? That was unfulfilling.
I'm a big fan of the films of Christopher Nolan and with Interstellar I believe he has reached his peak of storytelling and directing. The Prestige is something different from the film maker because this one is a period piece, set in what I am presuming is the very early 1900s? All of his other films either seem to be set in current day or a futuristic society. The Prestige is a little more low key in its look and feel too. The Prestige seems to have about as good a reception as any of Nolan's other films, but this viewer right here found it to be a bit of a mixed bag...
My problems with this film, the story…
Contemporaneous reviews were much more mixed than this film deserved. I got the sense from Ebert and others that they were with the story until it veered into the implausible, and also weren't entirely on board with the theme of revealing the pedestrian or even awful methods behind astounding illusions. Knowing what it's going for going in, I loved it on second viewing.
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…