Monday, July 31, 2006

MOVIE MAGIC SMACKDOWN PART 2

MOVIE MAGIC SMACKDOWN PART 2

More from Bill.  Apparently he wasn’t too thrilled with my last post about the upcoming movie The Prestige.

“Well, yeah... but... c'mon! I've heard you say WAY more than that about movies you've never seen before!How about the term 'the prestige'? Does it mean what they say? Did anyone actually use it? Did you read the book the movie was based on?How about Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as magicians? I heard what you said about Criss Angel 'raising the bar' for how good a magician can look. What about Bale and Jackman?Or, if you must talk about OTHER movies, how about how magic is usually portrayed? Wasn't it you who told me the story about the special consultants brought in for the "magic" scenes in the 1967 Casino Royale?But yeah, you're right. I haven't seen it yet either and... it looks good.Billp”

Ok, I admit that I kinda glossed over the movie.  Pure laziness on my part.  So let’s set the wayback machine and start over, shall we.

The Prestige is an upcoming movie based on a book.
The plot is “In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent seance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command--the highest misdirection and the darkest science. Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations...to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.”

The two magicians are played by Huge “Wolverine” Jackman and Christian “Batman” Bale.  Other roles are played by Michael “Will make movie for food” Caine, Scarlett “This shirt does bind, maybe I should take it off” Johannson, Ricky “Best damn magician in the whole freakin’ world” Jay and David “I’M BOFFIN’ IMAN” Bowie.

It is directed by Christopher Nolan, the man who brought us Momento, Insomnia, Batman Begins and Untitled Batman Begins Sequel.

Ok, so, what do I think of this movie?  Well, it looks good.  I like pretty much everyone involved and I like magic, so it’s win/win for me.  Truth be told I’d rather not get my hopes up on this one.  Magic and magicians have not really been treated well in hollywood.  They screwed up Houdini’s life story,  and the movie titled Magic was actually aboout a ventriloquist.  It is a sad state of affairs when the most posative protraial of magic and magicians is the character Gob on the late, great TV show Arrested Development.

So I’ll wait and see, and probably give you a review when the movie comes out.  In the meantime the movie The Illusionist opens August 18th, so let us focus our attention there, shall we.

Next Post: Damn it Bill, let me talk about something else!!!!!!!!!  

2 Comments:

Blogger Billp said...

Something else? But... it's a blog about magic...

However you may continue to talk about Scarlett Johansson taking her shirt off as often as you wish.

jkrig

2:35 PM  
Blogger tga said...

Hmmmm, let's see...
"...two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent seance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command--the highest misdirection and the darkest science..."
Sounds to me like a re-write of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" which also, oddly enough, featured Michael Caine.
But enough about the lack of new ideas... Let's focus on this Scarlett Johansson shirt-removal phenomenon you mentioned. I'm having trouble picturing it... Would you be able to post an example (or 12) of it, please?
Please...?

eypmmq

5:09 PM  

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