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.
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…
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…
Another good one from Christopher Nolan. He's not the next Kubrick that IMDb makes him out to be, but he's still pretty awesome.
My favorite Nolan film, hands down. "David Bowie as Nikolai Tesla" is a statement worth a few stars in and of itself. I might even venture to say it's a career best for Christian Bale.
THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW TO DO THE TRANSPORTED MAN IS WIFF A BLOODY DOUBLE!
TV, con Ines
Couldn't recall if I had seen this...until it started! I had. But it's definitely worth a second look. Very enjoyable film about two stage magicians played by Christian Bale& Hugh Jackman who engage in typical one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.
Great supporting cast, too with Michael Caine, David Bowie, Rebecca Hall & Scarlett Johansson.
After recently watching this film again, I have finally come to terms with my feelings towards it.
I love this film, and I believe I am right to do so.
Here are a few highlights that really struck me this time around:
Christian Bale is great in a dual role, I have never given him enough credit for the subtlety in his performance of the two twin brothers. I think a lot of actors would have been tempted to play up the differences up more and he has such great restraint, while still giving enough difference that I think you can tell which one he is if, "you're watching closely".
I won't spend much time on the direction but I…
This is one of those movies where you can never anticipate what is going to happen next. It covers two magicians who's inner greed forces them to do unthinkable things just to be known as the greatest there ever was. No one act or person is as important as being remembered. Nobody remembers the man who disappears, it's the man who reappears that everyone remembers. It is the one who survives to tell the tale that gets all the glory.
Great acting jobs by both Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Both do a very solid job switching between protagonist and antagonist, while keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat the whole way through. Michael Caine does yet another…
I have mixed feelings on this movie. There were some great twists and turns, but I never really bought into the plot. For one thing, I was laughing at Christian Bale's accent for most of the movie. For another, I know Nolan had good intentions, but it almost feels like they were mocking Tesla. The main saving grace was Michael Cane. He never gives a bad performance. Overall, it kept my interest, and the ending was great, but I can't overlook the flaws
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A lot of this feels like Nolan just kind of spinning his wheels, trying his hardest to jam in as many "OMG MINDBLOWN" moments as possible. Yet there's no denying that this is more elegantly constructed and measured than something like Inception or Interstellar (which might be why I prefer both of those to this), and that there's some pretty compelling bits of subtext regarding the sacrifices of artistry and art's connection to technology.
It's still a shame that there's never a moment when Michael Caine says "I"VE BURIED TOO MANY WOLVERINES MASTER WAYNE."
Probably my favourite Nolan film, and even more rewarding on a second viewing.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…