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Eugene Weekly : Movies : 10.26.06


This Weeks Movie Reviews:

The Prestige Directed by Christopher Nolan. Screenplay by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, based on the novel by Christopher Priest. Cinematography, Wally Pfister. Music, David Julyan. Starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, David Bowie and Andy Serkis. Touchstone/Warner Bros., 2006. PG-13. 128 minutes.

Christopher Nolan is a master of beginning at the end. In his breakthrough film, 2000's Memento, he not only began at the end but continued moving backwards through time. In The Prestige, written by Christopher and his brother Jonathan and based on a novel by Christopher Priest, the end is the beginning, but the story doesn't run in anything so simple as a straight line.


Old Joy Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Written by Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt. Cinematography, Peter Sillen. Music, Yo La Tengo. Starring Daniel London, Will Oldham and Tanya Smith. Kino International, 2006. Unrated. 76 minutes.

Sorrow, according to the film Old Joy, is nothing but worn-out joy. It's a fitting description from a film about how opposites attract and repel each other, transforming themselves in the process. A subtle, graceful and haunting film, Old Joy is the story of two old friends who reunite for one weekend in the mountains east of Portland. Read more...


Marie Antoinette Written and directed by Sofia Coppola. Cinematography, Lance Acord. Music by Air and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis, Rip Torn, Molly Shannon and Marianne Faithful. Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures, 2006. PG-13. 122 minutes.

Imagine being given away by your parents before you reached your fifteenth birthday, to be raised by strangers in a country wholly foreign to you. Even if you lived in a royal chateau with every available luxury, would you ever feel at home? That is the conceit at the heart of Marie Antoinette, a lush, sympathetic and occasionally frustrating film about the life of the doomed queen. Read more...


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