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…
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…
It's obvious everyone involved did their homework. Less obvious is what exactly they wanted to say about magic. Or anything.
Fabulous movie from a stellar cast.
[miles teller's voice] i'M UPSET!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
On the surface, it is a hell of a yarn with a genius structure, mirroring the 3 phases of stage illusions. Yes, Borden's secret is a little obvious, but Nolan demonstrates that was merely a sly bit of misdirection when he blindsides you with Angier's much more horrifying one.
Just below the surface though, Borden and Fallon's story explores the dilemma of being unable to devote yourself completely to both your art and your family (the 2 things which motivate Borden). Borden obviously chooses to maintain the secret to his illusion at the expense of his relationship with his family, but it is clear that the decision weighs on him heavily. Angier, on the other hand, is motivated by petty…
A bird dies in this movie its trash. Its also a terrible britsploitative Sherlock Holmes esque bullshitfest. But if these qualities aren't enough to deter you from watching it just keep this in mind: its directed by Christopher Nolan.
The Prestige is a difficult film for me to judge, because it has two polarizing opposites at its heart. On the one hand, the narrative structure of the film is quite possibly the best thing that Christopher Nolan ever concocted, even moreso than the reverse narrative of Memento or the dream within a dreamscape of Inception. On the other hand, the film leaves me feeling, empty, rather than filled with a sense of awe and wonder.
The narrative aspect wins out for me, objectively speaking, in the end. The film is designed exactly like the magic trick that is described repeatedly throughout the film (almost ad nauseum). Things that are what they appear to be turn out to be something…
Been meaning to re-watch this for quite a while - finally it happened!
And then I remembered why I hadn't gotten round to watching it, I find this film really quite depressing. And it always surprises me. And I don't mean "because this is a bad film" not at all, it's a good film - but the tone and the ideas? I find quite hard to watch.
And of course Bale's accent. I will never get used to that common Landaner accent he has going on.
But still, it's a clever film - I like the storytelling approach it takes, for me Nolan hasn't had a duff film.
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…