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…
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…
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…
"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…
2 magicians play tricks on each other back n forth for two hours. I like it. Also, David Bowie's impression of Pierce Brosnan's Russian accent was spot on.
I thought I was going to see, and for a large part of the movie thought I was watching, a late 19th century period drama about two duelling magicians, but as it turned out I actually watched a sci-fi movie. I'm really not sure how I feel about that. Should I feel cheated or just accept that premise after the fact?
I enjoyed watching the movie and most of its many plot twists (it wouldn't be Nolan without them) and genuinely wanted to know what the final major twist was. At the same time it's beautifully shot and has (mostly) fine acting performances. On the other hand, I found the characters very flat and with no character development at all.…
Prime, uncut Nolan. It's been a few years since my last viewing (but I watched it like crazy in college), and I'm happy to report that I somehow underrated it the whole time. Mike D'Angelo's excellent essay for The Dissolve on Nolan's career spends a lot of time on this film, and watching the blu-ray made me realize how much it comes off as an allegory for modern filmmaking. Practical effects don't look as snazzy, but those who use them "get their hands dirty." Angier (Jackman's best work by default, usually he drives me nuts) becomes the villain in this piece when he sells his soul for a machine (re: computer) that does the illusion for him. It's safe to…
What starts out as drama surrounding the efforts of rival magicians trying to outdo each other, does a brilliantly subtle and unexpected genre shift towards the later third of the movie. No spoilers here though, Top notch story telling, with strong performances by the whole cast, direction, and vivid 19th Century London setting. Highly recommended.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"See.. sacrifice, Robert, that's the price of a good trick."
I Fall Short Of Words...
Γιατί δεν το ονόμασε "the cinema", ποτέ δε θα το καταλάβω.
As much as I love Christopher Nolan's Batman films (and I really do), his other films are even more fascinating to me. For some inexplicable reason solving the puzzle of "The Prestige" is just as fun for the umpteenth time as it was when I saw it originally.
Saw this in spokane with Brian. So good we were able to convince them we were going to see it again but actually snuck into Saw 3.
I would have rather seen the Prestige again..
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- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…