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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.
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…
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…
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.
"Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called 'The Pledge'. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course...it probably isn't. The second act is called 'The Turn'. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But…
Looks like Wolverine was..
Holy Conan Doyle Batman
It was an ambitious script, and they pulled it off. I really enjoyed it. At times, it was a little hard at times for me to follow. There were a lot of quick cuts that shifted in time, but the shifts in timelines wasn't always apparent. Sometimes this was done intentionally, and to great effect, but other times I had to stop and think (in a bad way) just to get my bearings. The fact that I often had a hard time distinguishing between Hugh Jackman and the other guy (Batman) exacerbated the problem, but that's probably just my fault. If I could request a special "idiot's cut," I would have made one of them wear a goofy hat for…
This is Christopher Nolan's best film.
It's been quite some time since I last watched The Prestige. It's just as magnificent as it was the first time I saw it.
What struck me this time though was how sad the film was. Every character suffers a heartbreaking loss.
A stunning and beautiful film. I might even say it's Nolan's best.
Are you watching closely?
- Alfred Borden
Unfortunately, yes I was. It seems as though the closer I watched The Prestige, the more it started to fall apart before my very eyes and lose itself in a script which tried with all its shallow heart to seem 'complex' in some way.
Now I may as well get what I liked out of the way first since I really have a lot of things I disliked about it which I'd rather get onto in a minute. The cinematography is very good, Wally Pfister is one hell of a cinematographer who's able to give every scene that sort of gloom and dark atmosphere which fits the film ever so well. So in…
Nice mindbender, well filmed and expensive looking, albeit you can see the one of the major twists coming on for at least an hour or so.
I don't know what movie made Michael Caine an A-lister. I've seen him in a lot of stinkers and frankly I still need to see the one that convinces me that he deserves the laurels he won. Versatility is not on his agenda, is it?
And then there's David Bowie. His acting is alright, but like Madonna you always know you're looking at THE David Bowie and it takes right out of the movie back into your seat.
Upon seeing the unimpressive trailer for Interstellar again play before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which is anything but unimpressive), I thought I should do something special to help usher in Christopher Nolan's next film.
So, after some insightful research, I compiled a list of what defines Nolan's film-making style, separated into two categories - writing and directing (being that he is both writer and director for his films). Each element was carefully chosen, based on its prominent recurrence within each of his films. This is all-encompassing.
Ladies and gentlemen of Letterboxd, I give you the Christopher Nolan Formula...
1. Steal or adapt interesting concept from another source.
2. Protagonist is good-looking middle-aged while male (no exceptions)…
- 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!
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…