Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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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…
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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…
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THE ENDING JESUS FUCKING CHRIST
I really should just expect to have my mind fucked sideways every time I consciously choose to watch a Christopher Nolan film.
I haven't been shocked by a plot twist like that since I watched 'Inception' for the first time over a year ago.
Yo tengo un problema con el señor Nolan. Sus películas siempre se me hacen pesadas de cojones. Siempre he escuchado que sobreexplica, trata al público como si fuese tonto y sus tramas tienen agujeros por todas partes. Y esta película tiene todo eso.
Con un plantel de actores de tamaña talla, uno pensaría que sería una gran película, con actuaciones soberbias. Poh no. Tanto Bale como Jackman parecen estar fuera de sí. Especialmente el primero parece estar actuando de manera forzada y tosca... Es decir, sé que hacer ese tipo de papel debe ser difícil, pero parece que ni lo hubiera intentado. Jackman pues... cumple, sin más, de manera muy sosa. Está ahí. Es Jackman haciendo de Jackman haciendo de mago. Así tal cual.
De la historia mejor no hablo porque es una idiotez como un piano. Vete a pescar bacalaos al Sáhara, Nolan.
one of the most intelligent films I've ever seen
one of the most intelligent films I've ever seen
I was hooked but not going to lie I had to wiki the plot a few times so I could get what was going on.
With each watch the sheer ballsy technique on display is phenomenal. It might not be Nolan's most entertaining film, but it is certainly his most human. Characters morph and our alliances continuously shift. The director is at his most Kubrick, and Jackman has yet to better his work here.
In remembrance of late David Bowie, Tesla! Despite that I don't really know who Bowie is before his song in Inglourious Basterds(and I'm sorry for being ignorant and apology accepted by myself).
Not as tense as I remember the film to be. I'm not sure if I have ever watched through the film as a whole, but anyway this is good, very Nolan, though not a fan myself.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!