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The Prestige is an underrated film

14 Sep

THE-PRESTIGE

Christopher Nolan has been known to trick and challenge his audiences to think, but he explores new ground in the underrated film, The Prestige. Two magicians Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) have turned a friendly competition into a bitter rivalry that consumes each of them with obsession and jealousy. Both actors give convincing performances. Their preparation for the roles of magicians are obvious and not lost on the audience.

Magicians are not supposed to reveal their secrets and Nolan continues to amaze audiences with his ability to direct or should I say misdirect the obvious from the mind and eye. Wally Pfister’s camera work and use of dark-lighting sets the tone for Nolan and his brother Jonathan to adapt a story that is full of mystery from start to finish. Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The Prestige has all three parts and has audiences leaving the theater asking, “How did he do that?”

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: B

The Town turns heads

12 Oct

In 2010, movie audiences were taken by surprise when the film, The Town turned heads with this unexpected action thriller. Ben Affleck’s career has been hit or miss over the years, but lately it has been more misses than hits, until he wrote, directed, and starred in this gangster film about a group of bank robbers that seem to always be one step ahead of the law, until its leader, Doug MacRay (Affleck) falls in love with Claire (Rebecca Hall) a bank teller from his latest heist. Things get complicated when James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) challenges MacRay to remember¬† his loyalty to his friends and Charlestown.

Affleck captures the character of Charlestown with wonderful shots of the city and excellent performances from his supporting cast of Renner, Jon Hamm, Pete Postlethwaite and Blake Lively. The Town is an exciting film that gives audiences one great heist scene after another and a refreshing ending that leaves audiences hoping for a sequel.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: A
Adam’s Grade: A-