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While The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t my favorite thing in the world, I still proudly carry my Christopher Nolan fan club card (figuratively speaking, of course) and one of my favorites of his is The Prestige. It takes a lot of the Batman pedigree, mixes in a little Logan, some Bowie and gives us an exceptionally well-told story of two guys that hate each other in the most entertaining way possible.

Love this one! Thanks to Pat Barnett for the image. Click to enlargen.



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Tomorrow’s pic is the stuff that dreams are made of… and I mean that kind of literally.

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  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by B Arnold Quizzling

    Suck it haters!

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    First (or should I say "Inception!")

    by Unscripted

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen this since it first came out on DVD

    by Lucky13

    Gotta give it another shot... wasn't the biggest fan but all you AICN geeks seem to love it.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    And finally first

    by B Arnold Quizzling

    For a great movie at last! Ok, my gloating is done. Return to your nerdy lives.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Nolan's Best Movie....

    by DeckardB26354


  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    LAST (In Nolan style, I'm doing my comment ala Memento)

    by ImMorganFreeman

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Nolans best film by far

    by Logan_1973

    Most of it still sails over most peoples heads.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Fresh goes better, Mementos freshness

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Carlo Rambaldi

    by cesareo

    say hi to Stan for us.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    love this flick.

    by chainsaw autotune

    and bowie!

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    All of Nolan's movies are epic grudge matches.

    by Christopher3

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Chris Nolan is overrated.

    by King_Knut

    So said I a few months back, so say I again: Also, the funniest, darkest, most entertaining film about two performers who hate each other is Alex de la Iglesia's 1999 movie, Muertos De Risa. Find it.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    This film is fucking fantastic, Nolan at his absolute best.

    by Randy

    Two great performances, Jackman easily doing the best work of his career, and Bale takes on an incredibly complex role. The way Nolan is able to tell such a complex and layered story so clearly was amazing, he did the same with Memento. Great period design, photography and a nice behind the scenes look at magic and obsession. In many ways, I would say this film compares greatly to Amadeus, and is easily a fine argument for Nolan's true brilliance.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Bowie as Tesla, 'nuff said.

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

    Amazing film, Nolan is one of the best directors working today.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    @king_knut Thank you for your article, a great read.

    by jack

    You did a fine job exposing Nolan's flaws as a filmmaker and why he is so overrated.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by ilovemichealbay

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Batman Begins 9/10. The Dark Knight 11/10. The Dark Knight Rises 10/10.

    by ilovemichealbay

    The Dark Knight Rises is truly fantastic, but not as perfect as The Dark Knight. Partly because Heath Ledger is greatly missed as the Joker, although Tom Hardy does a great job as Bane and the story is slightly more complex this time round. The Dark Knight was a well-paced, more immersive, tense crime thriller like Heat and the Departed. The Dark Knights Rises feels like and epic grand scale movie that tries to eclipse its predecessor and any other movie that tries to rival it. But is that a bad thing! You see, I would give Batman Begins 9/10, The Dark Knight 11/10 because I wasn't expected so blown away by when I first saw it, and The Dark knight Rises 10/10, because there was an expectation that this movie was to live up to the hype and surpass the quality of the Dark Knight, which it almost does. So doesn't get up to eleven! There are some great scenes, the Wall Street motorbike sequence when Batman makes his 8-year comeback is sensational (the Best Action scene in the Trilogy) and Michael Cain is simply heart wrenching in this movie, I wish he were in it more. I had my doubts about Ann Hathaway, but she is perfect as Catwomen. And Christine Bale is the rock that solidifies and elevates this movie into grand status. Although I wish I saw more of him as Batman, as he spends some the movie in isolation in the beginning and half way through, but that is my only complaint. But the ending, is a fitting end, to a truly masterful set of movies. It upset a little, because I knew that this was the last one from Chris Nolan and Bale. We will never get a set of movies like these, for a long time. So enjoy and appreciate them. Thank you Chris Nolan and your wonderful crew of filmmakers, for making the best trilogy of movies of all time. (Yes, even better than Jason Bourne, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones and yes even that small set of movies called Star Wars)

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    The Prestige remains Nolan's best in my opinion

    by Mattyboy122

    It's not even close.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Which isn't to slag off Nolan

    by Mattyboy122

    So much as it is to hail the magnificence of The Prestige.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Bowie was great in this

    by Rob

    Hope he gets some more shine now.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    Thanks, I appreciate it.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    I like films. I like talking about films. Presumably you do too, otherwise... what are you doing here?

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Definitely Nolan's best

    by Clabog592

    Love this movie. What really makes this movie for me is how character focused it is. His recent projects have either been too sprawling or too exposition heavy to focus in on quieter character moments. Also it's cool to see Nolan tackle something supernatural and make it feel so effortless.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Slightly supernatural, that is

    by Clabog592

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Brilliant film

    by BloodiedFox

    It's a pity it's overshadowed by Nolan's other works, as great as those are. Tesla's first entrance is sheer cinematic wonder.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    dogmatic What the fuck are you talking about?

    by jack

    Tesla did win the electricity wars.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    and Memento remains Nolan's best movie so far.

    by jack

    TDKR his worst although Inception comes pretty close.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I really like Nolan's films but I agree, TDKR is his worst film yet

    by SithMenace

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I come here to talk about movies.

    by vetepalapinga

    I'm not trying to convince anybody that my opinions are the ultimate truth.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but your Christopher Nolan fan club card has been revoked.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Good for you. Neither am I.

    by King_Knut

    Don't know what gave you that idea. I'm just expressing my opinion, as eloquently as I can manage to, and hopefully engage in some intelligent debate about the merits and demerits of various films. Although so far, you've not given me much of that. All you've managed is to call me a sad timewaster with a superiority complex. Well done!

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Re: I'm Beginning To Suspect AICN Has Been Bought Off ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    ... possibly by Marvel Studios, so that THE AVENGERS, which, let's face it, was a solid film but certainly not the second coming of Comic Book Movie Whedon Christ or whatever you guys are making it out to be, comes out on top when comparing it to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, which was a superior film in a myriad of ways. ESPECIALLY when you're all uniformly either sucking off or apologizing for shit like PROMETHEUS, which actually WAS an underperforming black mark on Ridley Scott's normally pristine record. Exactly what were you assholes expecting? CGI Heath Ledger as "The Joker"? A comic-accurate "Knightfall", so we spend eight years with Bruce Wayne in a fucking full-body cast? A grittier BATMAN FOREVER? Sorry Nolan didn't grant you exclusive set access or send Harry a fucking Batman cowl or anything. Get over it.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    this is STILL his best feature, his masterpiece

    by TheSeeker7

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Click to enlargen? Don't you mean enlarge?

    by Gary Makin

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Dude, you did that yourself.

    by vetepalapinga

    What I meant to say with the original post was I find it sad that you were wasting your own time on Earth writing a detailed essay on something you hate. You say you're posting here because you like movies...but you don't like Nolan's movies. Why are you posting on this talkback then?

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I still need to see Following.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    That BOTSPOTD is lame, but

    by Nichole

    For the love of God quit talking shit about the Dark Knight Rises. The internet can be so fucking stupid. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon. If you liked Begins, and Dark Knight, then.... You figure it out. It does not make you cool to shit on Rises, you fucking lemmings, it makes you look like a Moron.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Where, when did I say I hate Christopher Nolan???

    by King_Knut

    Oh, NOW I'm in danger of wasting my time... Have you even read my article? Did you even notice the line "I own every film of his except Following", or "he is 98% of the way to being the best action director since John McTiernan" in my comments? I absolutely don't hate Chris Nolan. I just don't think he's beyond reproach, and I believe I'm entitled to express that without being shouted down or insulted. Rather than reiterating disparaging comments about what you surmise I may or may not be doing with my free time, you could try to engage with the points I raise in the piece: Did you not feel that the stroke of magical realism in the third act of The Prestige was out of keeping with the tone and explicit aim of the rest of the film? If you don't think it was jarring, what set it up dramatically or stylistically? Do you find it believable that characters engaged in mortal combat would engage in pithy repartee, in a film which makes such a point of its grounding in the real world as The Dark Knight does? What other films can you recommend that use similar dialogue over action successfully, without being tongue in cheek or horribly dated? What was the complexity of Inception? What was the film saying, or what would Nolan like us to take away from it? I write to communicate, to engage, to be made to think, to reassess, to learn. I would genuinely like to hear your take on these issues. That goes for everyone else on this board, too. Please, I would love to hear some cogent arguments for the themes of Inception, a defence of the dialogue of the Batman films, or an analysis of the plot of Inception. Just because I might not agree 100% with someone, I won't cuss them or dismiss them out of hand. I'd rather talk to them, or listen to them. I find life's a lot smoother that way, and I get more done.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    armageddonproductions, I agree, except about

    by Nichole

    Prometheus. That movie is solid as fuck.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    You talk a lot of sense.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    king_knut, The whole point of Inception, is that...

    by Nichole

    They are doing An Inception on Leos character. As a group. The actual plot is a smokescreen. So he can get past the death of his wife, for letting her experience deep dreamstates and getting lost. The initial setup, and Main inception on Cillian Murphys character mean nothing. It just has to be there so Leo can confront his demons. Watch it again. I will not call you names, but Inception IS one of the deepest movies you will ever see. You just don't get it.

  • See above.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    Oh, I like that! I'd not heard that argument before, never even considered that as a possibility. But then, I suppose that's the point of performing inception, that the target is not aware of it. I'm going to have to watch it again now in that light, and see what the characters around Leo do to get him there. That's the most compelling angle I've yet heard from which to view Inception, and if that is indeed the case, I think you've just kicked up my estimation of the film. Thanks! Would that mean then, that perhaps the overriding theme of the film is not the oft-trotted "fantasy is better than reality/ignorance is bliss", but rather that the greatest endeavours transcend their stated or apparent purpose? THAT's an argument worth putting across in a film.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Also, Phantomcreepsreturns

    by King_Knut

    I'm not sure what you mean by deep. If you mean complex, well, there are many more complex films, such as Primer. However, complexity for its own sake is not particularly edifying, entertaining or interesting (see Mulholland Drive...) If you mean thought-provoking, well, I suppose your angle has just provoked some thought in me, but that;s the first real intrigue or excitement that Inception has ever spurred in me, and even that's pretty subjective. Fight Club, for example, made me think a lot more, about a greater range of things: what it means to be male, what it means to be a consumer, what the role of activism in society is, etc. Heck, even Adam Sandler's film, Click, made me think a lot more than Inception. It's awful no doubt, but it did make me question how we approach our daily lives, how we prioritise our waking thoughts. I'm sure it didn't really mean to do that, but it did a better job of making me question those things than Groundhog Day, which is saying something. What do you mean by deep?

  • I guess by deep, I mean... Well, that the overall meaning is lost in what people see as complexity. But at the same time it is complex. For example: When turned on its side, Paiges Character is seemingly learning about how to go deeper into dreams, but in reality she all ready knows and is doing this "acting/part" just to get Leo to go deeper, which he is afraid of, because he doesn't want to see his wife/guilt. All the other characters, and I mean everyone of them, is in on this elaborate inception to free their friend from his loss. Even the other characters grow and arc, because of what they are doing. Especially pay attention to Michael Caine, and also the ending where they all greet him in passing at the airport, as if he finally understands. I did read your article, and thought it was good, all though I disagree with some of it. Yes, please watch the movie again from that angle and you will hopefully see it in a new light. Thanks, for not being the typical arguing d-bag. I do agree, about the diaolouge in the Batman films, but hey... It's a Batman movie :)

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    When did I shout or insult you?

    by vetepalapinga

    If the Batman movies weren't somewhat grounded in reality, in my opinion, would be terrible and would age as horribly as all the Batman incarnations before it. You don't like the dialogue? I remember thinking the very first time I saw TDK knight I thought Harvey's intro was cheesy and the last bit of dialogue at the very end was very cheesy, but during my second viewing I realized something you obviously haven't yet: It's a comic book movie. It's about a guy dressed up like a bat. Nolan never wanted you to suspend disbelief. The complexity of Inception? That movie is pretty straightforward if you ask me. It's a heist movie with a fantasy element.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    damn, I better spell check next time.

    by vetepalapinga

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    what I meant to say was..

    by vetepalapinga

    just "TDK" and "The last bit of dialogue delivered by Gordon" and most importantly "Nolan never wanted you to STOP the suspension of disbelief".

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Re: phantomcreepsreturns

    by ArmageddonProductions

    I love me some Ridley Scott, and ALIEN is about as flawless as a film gets, but I think he was betrayed by a terrible script with PROMETHEUS. In lesser hands, people would be talking about PROMETHEUS the same way they talk about PANDORUM or SUPERNOVA or MISSION TO MARS. The fact that he still made it "just O.K." and that it has as many fans as it does says quite a bit about his continued abilities as a visionary, though it doesn't say much about his ability to pick decent projects anymore.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by Nichole

    We will just have to disagree about Prometheus. I wouldn't compare it to Mission to Mars. Not even close in my book, but to each his own. I thought Prometheus was brilliant. No problems with it at all. But hey, it's all good. Shoot, look at my screename. Look up The Phantom Creeps, if you haven't seen it. and watch, Bela Lugosi tear up the screen in a serial. If I can absolutely love that, then I think Prometheus is pretty darn impressive.

  • Also, check this out:

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    I liked Inception well enough, but..

    by MCVamp

    For the defenders who say "YOU DON'T GET IT" go ahead and watch South Park "Insheeption."

  • I just love the elaborate screwjobs throughout. "Yes, you Borden"

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST


    by ponyboy

    thank you for mentioning Primer! I literally force that movie on my friends, they just don't get it, or even understand it. I try to make them listen to the commentaries, no dice. really dig that flic. definitely not getting into a Nolan war...but my favorite is still memento. first time I saw it, well it just fucking reaffirmed my love for intelligent filmmaking/writing. will be watching the prestige blu-ray tomorrow night as I haven't seen it a long while....also a top notch Nolan film. top notch!

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    The end of this movie creeped me the fuck out

    by David Duchovny

    We are probably a decade away from it happening in reality. Of course it will happen in an incubator somewhere, but same fucking thing. Ewww.

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Oh, and the Thom Yorke song that closes the movie is brilliant

    by David Duchovny

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    First and foremost, I don't think that any film can use its genre as a defence against poor dialogue. Suspension of disbelief is not a given, it's something a film has to earn, just as a film should make us care about the characters, not assume we do. Both lessons Hollywood seems to have forgotten of late. Jarring dialogue pulls this viewer, at least, right out of the film, just as much as Deus ex Machina or unaccountable character behaviour would. It's Filmmaking 101. I don't know that any film needs to be grounded in reality if it wants not to age. Not even a superhero or comic book film. I've wracked my brains, an unfortunately, before the mid-90's, they're really weren't very many good comicbook films to use as a benchmark, so I can't back that up by citing too many examples. Nonetheless, I'd argue that the original Superman still holds up, it's not trying to be reality-based, and it doesn't suffer from terrible dialogue. I think that Batman 1989 is an excellent film, not trying to ground itself in reality, that hasn't aged at all badly (apart from the suit occasionally looking a bit amateurish). The bits that are garish bow were doubly garish then: that was part of of the exciting, transportative quality that film had, which made it the phenomenon it was. Batman Returns was much more heavily designed, so yes, that one has aged a bit as aesthetic preferences have moved on (see Alien3 for how to foolproof a fantasy film against ageing through design: shave everyone's head, dress them in sackcloth, and set it in a rusting industrial heap). I'd still let Michelle Pfeiffer lick my face, though. The Schumacher Batmans were just as crap then as they are now. By suggesting they've aged you're giving them an undue compliment, so stop it. And to address your last point - I would have absolutely agreed with you until Phantomcreeps dropped that bomb on me a few posts up. I need to watch it again, but if that reading holds water, I shall have to swallow my pride and admit that Nolan really has made a film which works successfully on more than one level.

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    You're confusing taste with facts

    by vetepalapinga

    Im not defending any previous Batman incarnation. If you ask me, they were even at the time they came out, terrible. I've always hated them. I'm glad you brought Superman up because that's the main reason why I brought up the aging factor. All comic book movies age pretty rapidly and SM has aged more slowly and I think it's because a big chunk of the beginning has a serious grounded tone. I don't see why having different tastes than you makes me wrong or dumb. Burton's batman movies do all of those things you claim to hate in spades.

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    phantomcreepsreturns, completely agree on Inception!

    by xbagboy

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Is it real?

    by jack

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by G100

    Is the Thom Yorke song and it is perfect. The Prestige is superb. Inception is excellent though it's basically Philip K. Dick the movie. TDK trilogy works great as whole because it was never going to be anything other than Nolans take and version of Batman.

  • Aug. 12, 2012, 6 a.m. CST

    Is it a dream?

    by jack