I watched three great movies in the past week- The Prestige, The Silence of the Lambs and Changeling.
1. The Prestige– I like movies that deal with illusions, magic, wizardry etc. This movie stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Cane primarily. Another masterpiece by Christopher Nolan. I don’t know how I managed to miss it the first time around. If you haven’t seen it, then you’re really missing something here! The movie is based on two magicians and how they become professional rivals- how one is naturally gifted (Christian Bale as Borden) and how the other one (Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier) will do anything to triumph and in the process, lose almost everything. It’s refreshing to see Christian Bale in a role other than that of Batman. He’s such a wonderful actor. Click here for the plot summary from Wikipedia.
2. The Silence of the Lambs– I wanted to watch this one since such a long long time. It was almost embarrassing! I managed to get the DVD from a local Walmart store. The story revolves around two serial killers and an FBI agent (Jodie Foster) who is a student in the FBI academy and it trying to complete her assignment of convicting one serial killer with the help of the other (Anthony Hopkins). The movie won lots of Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme) and Best Picture (Edward Saxon). It has also been rated as one of the Most Scariest Movies of All Times. Click here for the plot summary from Wikipedia.
3. Changeling– Clint Eastwood’s new flick and was released in the US on Oct 31st, 2008. I saw it in the theater today. Stars Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich among others. It’s based on the true story of one Christine Collins and her struggle to find her missing boy. The director, with great expertise, reveals the bureaucracy that was prevalent in the Los Angeles Police Department and the State Asylum. This movie had also created a lot of interest at the Cannes Festival this year. I’m not really a fan of Angelina Jolie, but she’s done a fabulous job in this movie. I remember seeing her in “A Mighty Heart” and almost cringing. I have a feeling that this movie will be nominated for lots of Oscars and will probably win some too. This is just the type of movie that the Academy Awards jury likes. The plot and the general atmosphere of the movie is extremely dark and depressing. So if you indulge in movie watching only for light entertainment, then I would advise you against watching this. The main plot of the story sticks to the real story almost everywhere, except for a couple of dates here and there. I don’t want to reveal the plot and spoil the fun. But please go watch it if you are a Clint Eastwood/Angelina Jolie fan. Click here for more details from Wikipedia.
I have no idea why Quantum of Solace is releasing only next week in the United States! I can’t wait to watch that and Milk– a movie that deals with Gay Rights…especially after Proposition 8 got passed in California.