The Prestige -
Saw this movie for the fourth time last night, and I'm still not sick of it, even knowing all the plot twists. It's so rare to see a movie that presents so many disjointed plot elements--Murder trial, rival magicians, "The Transported Man" secret, the Tesla machine--and then brings everything together so seamlessly at the end. Easily holds on to the top spot in my favorite movies.
"YOU DON'T KNOW?!" has become some of the sh** me and friends say when we don't know something.12 Years a Slave
-- Overall a pretty great film, I'm glad it got the Best Picture Oscar, because the content feels important to what was a very critical aspect and lingering remnant of the colonial era. Certainly the twist of an affluent man forced into slavery makes for a wonderfully captured 'cruel awakening' for Solomon, so it creates a gripping narrative from the get-go. The performances were wonderful and endearing and full of the appropriate gravitas that made each situation feel real. More than anything, I think it's the cast that really brings this one to life. And I take pride that a Canadian character saves the day. FUCK YEAH.Her
-- A very original examination into relationships and some of their more "hidden" and complicated dimensions. The film feels like it's trying to look into the future of relationships, or how they can change or how none are really so simple as, say, most romance films try to trivialize. The choice of filming this movie in Shanghai was perfect to give it that "world of tomorrow" look that makes the technology and environments feel very real and immersive. The second half felt like it builds to something bigger than itself, and I'm not sure I'm entirely convinced by it, but it has some interesting implications as well. Some parts are also weird; our main character isn't exactly how you'd picture a "leading man", but we're still effectively sold on his story, on his apprehensions, and on his heart break and problems. One minor thing that bugged me is that Joaquin Phoenix looks like a pervert/pornstar from the 1970s, while every female co-star is top-shelf hottie that seem to be really into him in some way. C'MON.Jackass: Bad Grandpa
-- Sue me, I'm a sucker for these films. Essentially this film takes the original Jackass with what Sasha Baron Cohen did with Borat and made a film about it. The results are pretty good. His "grandson" plays his part well and works as a good opposite to the dirty old Knoxville in old man makeup. The reactions are what you go in for to the crazy antics. While I liked how staged Jackass is normally, here you get a bit more narrative and the film going in to fuck with people.