Donna's Cool Movies

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Oct 12, 2006

The Prestige
The Prestige
Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Hugh Jackman
Christian Bale

Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman play rival magicians who were once friends before an on-stage tragedy drove a wedge between them. While Bale's Alfred Borden is a more skilled illusionist, Jackman's Rufus Angier is the better showman; much of the film's interesting first half is their attempts to sabotage--and simultaneously, top--each other's tricks. Even with the help of a prop inventor (Michael Caine) and a comely assistant (Scarlett Johansson), Angier can't match Borden's ultimate illusion: The Transporting Man. Angier's obsession with learning Borden's trick leads him to an encounter with an eccentric inventor (David Bowie) in a second half
that gets bogged down in plot loops and theatrics. Director Christopher Nolan, reuniting with his Batman Begins star Bale, demonstrates the same dark touch that hued that film.

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Oct 9, 2006

Running With Scissors [SOUNDTRACK]

Running With Scissors [SOUNDTRACK]

Can't get enough of 1970s-themed soundtracks? Here's another one! Like most of its period brethrens, Running With Scissors starts with a stock made of familiar hits ("Blinded by the Light," "Bennie and the Jets," "Year of the Cat"); it then adds a splash of lesser-known songs by big acts (10cc's "The Things We Do for Love") and a pinch of slightly older tunes for taste (a pair of Nat King Coles and Vince Guaraldi's "O Tannenbaum," from A Charlie Brown Christmas).

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