Tuesday, November 10, 2009
As the title stated this is clearly random. I like to be as professional as possible when writing on review sites, but I will lapse from my matronly ways being that this does happen to be my blog, and to tell you of a dream I had last night. You probably don't give a @#$% about my surreal mental lapsing, but I thought I should share, because my dreams are becoming like second rate movies. I had a dream that I was approaching McDonald's and there where these two blonde guys on the outside of the establishment (they looked like those angels off of Knowing). They where challenging men to fight. As me and my associate past they sort of focused on us and I felt a pounding in my chest and we walked into the adjoining parking lot. They taunted and continued their taunting, ebbing closer to me and my associate. Then they drew knifes and said that they had to kill us because we where Christians and they made it their business to kill Nuns. I don't understand what correlation we had to Nuns and the whole thing was bogus. Not educated in the art of war I stood clammy at the palms and not knowing what to do. Somehow and for some reason my mother popped up and was like Elektra the Marvel Assassin, taking the two guys out with blades. Then from then on I had this goal of learning how to fight with a knife because, I knew that I would meet these guys again. Yeah, it's B movie material, but it was such a vivid dream I thought I should share.
Friday, October 23, 2009
What an artful creation derived from all involved. Edward Norton captivates the screen with an insidious ferocity that triumphs over his display of acting in The Hulk. He seems to harness the barrage of power held within the character, with a muzzle that seemingly emits light such as through a shade. For what the viewer beholds is a real illusionist; I allude not only to Norton's presentation of the character, but the actor himself.
The Illusionist is a mystery, a romance, a thriller, and an instant classic. The story is about a boy named Eduard Abramovich (later known as Eisenhiem The Illusionist-Edward Norton) who takes interest in being a magician and an illusionist. At a young age people notice that there is something different about him. One of the spectators is the young Duchess Sophie Von Teschen (Jessica Biel) who falls in love with Eduard, but it is not to be....
After repeated visits the two are found out and separated because of the class distinction. Eduard being a carpenters son and Sophie being a Duchess. After the forced separation Eduard travels abroad to see the world. Discovering illusions and learning his art. Later in the movie he says that he discovered many mysteries, but the only one he could not decipher was why he couldn't stop loving her.
After 15 years Eduard emerges from taciturn withdrawal and his studies and becomes Eisenheim the Illusionist. No one has seen illusions such as these. Prepare for the biggest con in history. Can someone be conned out of life?...
Prepare for awesome performances by Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell, Edward Norton, and Jessica Biel in this original and visually stimulating artistic film achievement!
I must say that Rufus Sewell did an extraordinary job as Crown Price Leopold. He possesses such a snobbish aristocratic aura that seems to float over his head in every movie I have seen him in: including Zorro, and A Knight's Tale. This role is no different, other than that this role is more developed and carries more weight. Enjoy the breathtaking footage, and awesome plot in, The Illusionist.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Every now and then I have to take a brief sojourn from the current hubbub of commotion of plot less philandering satiating current thriller/horror. When I do I turn to the renowned Hitchcock, who plunders the senses with a barrage of emotions and feelings that engulf the viewer in the aura of the film.
Alfred Hitchcock is not the only creative genius to entrance us in the surreal; for aside Hitchcock was the famous composer Bernard Herrmann, whose soundtracks mesmerize the viewer and lead us along Hitchcock's decent into mystery and horror. One film that combines the two aspects of superb filming and soundtrack is my favorites of his work- Vertigo.
The story of a man named John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) who proceeds into a troubled and ultimately fatal relationship with the supposed Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak). Little does he know of the horrendous (and visually and audibly pleasing) ramifications of the bond formed...
In short, don't pass this film up. If your as enamored by the soundtrack as I was, then check out the soundtrack on the film Knowing, starring Nicholas Cage.