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#1 of 84 Ron-P

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Posted July 26 2006 - 03:54 PM

http://www.apple.com....onist/trailer/

Great cast...all 3 of those guys are very enjoyable to watch on screen and the other is great to look at.

Edward Norton
Paul Giamatti
Jessica Biel
Rufus Sewell

I'm not surprised that we get The Prestige and now this.
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#2 of 84 Rakesh.S

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Posted July 26 2006 - 04:21 PM

why do studios develop similar themed movies at the same time? it is so idiotic.

it was the same way when alexander was in production and they were getting ready to make another one with dicraprio

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Posted July 27 2006 - 01:47 AM

it's rare to see a film for ed norton to star in. all of his films have been entertaining so far, even the one he directed.

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Posted July 28 2006 - 07:22 AM

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it's rare to see a film for ed norton to star in. all of his films have been entertaining so far, even the one he directed.

This is the main draw for me, Norton is always reliable. The trailer for this followed The Prestige, and I'm sad to say that the Prestige blew it out of the water, and is one of the films I'm most looking forward to after The fountain.
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#5 of 84 Chuck Mayer

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Posted July 28 2006 - 07:26 AM

I'll see Norton in anything.
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Posted July 28 2006 - 07:39 AM

Gaimatti's becoming one of my faves of late. It's been a few years (2002?) but his role in Big Fat Liar was freakin' hilarious. He made that film. Can't remember if he got any props for that and I know comedies often get overlooked. If you haven't seen it in awhile-give it another shot. Posted Image

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Posted July 28 2006 - 08:19 AM

I don't know why but for a second I thought this was a remake of Robin Hardy's The Fantasist......sorry, brain fart.
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Posted July 31 2006 - 12:29 AM

anyone seeing this opening day?

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Posted August 07 2006 - 12:30 PM

okay guys, here's the first 6 minutes + a scene w/jessica biel+ed legally:

http://movies.yahoo....llusionist.html

norton is back in his "soft-voice" acting =). i liked him screaming and stuff in american history x. norton's one smart cookie. have you guys ever seen him on leno? just... wow. easily dwarves any of the other celebrities, the way he eloquently speaks, you know he's an intellect through and through. i bet he's got a hard time finding material to satisfy his acting urges. i've also read he's got other things to attend to from his father's end.

meanwhile, anyone familiar with the director?

#10 of 84 Tim Glover

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Posted August 07 2006 - 04:03 PM

According to Yahoo he has only directed Interview With The Assassin in 2002. Also credited for the screenplay of that one and the Illusionist.

#11 of 84 JediFonger

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Posted August 08 2006 - 03:27 AM

isn't that the one where it's a fake documentary about a guy who comes forward about killing JFK?

sounds like this guy should meet chris guy =).

meanwhile, he likes to discuss reality issues.

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Posted August 08 2006 - 07:17 AM

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norton's one smart cookie. have you guys ever seen him on leno? just... wow. easily dwarves any of the other celebrities, the way he eloquently speaks, you know he's an intellect through and through.
Sadly, Ed Norton from "The Honeymooners" is an intellectual titan compared to most celebrities.

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Posted August 08 2006 - 07:52 AM

i cant wait to watch more of the magic trick Eisenheim can do... i saw some of the movie clips at this website, www.theillusionist.com and im so excited to watch the full movie scene. the beautifull Princess Sophie (jessica beil) pulls of her most impressive trick yet: transforming herself into a turn-of-the-century Austrian duchess- and a serious art house actress.

#14 of 84 Dave Hackman

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Posted August 27 2006 - 01:03 PM

Eisenheim the illusionist (Edward Norton) comes to town and wows nearly everyone in Vienna except Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) who becomes quickly annoyed with him. His magic starts as entertainment then borders on the supernatural as Eisenheim brings those recently departed back to say a few last words. The prince’s fiancée (Jessica Biel) is a childhood friend of Eisenheim and soon after they reunite, the real magic begins.

This movie was adapted from a short story and it shows. It isn’t filled with any excess fat and while the dialog is hard to understand at times, there is enough for you to get to the next magic performance.

Good acting and a good story made seeing this on the big screen very worthwhile. In the theater where I watched this, the audience applauded at the end.

I will be adding this to my movie collection.

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Posted August 27 2006 - 08:12 PM

An enjoyable film, but the story wasn't anything new. The people and places have changed, but you've seen the story before. However, everything about the movie was great, it was just a good enjoyable film to watch.
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Posted August 28 2006 - 02:28 AM

Saw this yesterday, and really enjoyed it. The cinematography & score worked perfectly together to create the perfect atmosphere for the story. The performances worked all around. You expect greatness from Norton & Giamatti, but the surprise here is Biel, who holds her own with those heavyweights. Her stock should soar after her work here.

This one may be a sleeper hit - my screening was almost full, and the audience was with the film the whole way.

For those who have seen it (and if you haven't DON'T click on the spoiler), didn't the ending remind you of
The Usual Suspects??

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Posted August 28 2006 - 04:22 AM

Craig, on the ending, yes.
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#18 of 84 JediFonger

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Posted August 28 2006 - 04:46 AM

this finally arrived at a cinema i have gift certs to =). i hope to see it before sept, when my fall semester begins =).

#19 of 84 Michael Reuben

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Posted August 28 2006 - 05:04 AM

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For those who have seen it (and if you haven't DON'T click on the spoiler), didn't the ending remind you of
The Usual Suspects??
Yes and no. Same warning for those who haven't seen it:
The Usual Suspects is the classic example of an unreliable narrator. It's the guy telling the story (Verbal) who's hiding the truth, and the guy listening (the FBI agent) who ultimately puts it all together. But in The Illusionist, the guy telling the story is Giamatti's inspector, and he finally realizes that he's like the audience member called up onto the stage to "assist" the magician but who is just as deceived. His narration isn't unreliable because he's lying; it's unreliable because he too has been fooled. Meanwhile, the film gives the audience little hints (e.g., the suitcase full of money) that all is not as it seems.
BTW, I very much enjoyed the film. The performances alone make it worth seeing.

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#20 of 84 Jason Seaver

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Posted August 28 2006 - 07:04 AM

Huh; I saw this a week or two ago and thought it was pretty awful, one of the worst I've seen this summer. A big part of my problem is that the "illusions" Norton's character performs just weren't possible with the technology of the time. Use of CGI during a movie about stage magic always gets my goat, and this was some bad, egregious use of it. Heck, I'm almost positive that they had two seperate lockets - I couldn't help but notice that we never saw it twist and open in the same shot, and that there is no interior seam on the inside.

Okay, that's perhaps nitpicking, but the second half was dreadfully predictable, and watching Norton and Giamatti go through the motions was tedious. Also, Norton seemed to be putting so much effort into his accent, that it was tough to see the acting behind it (I think the makers of The Grey Zone had the right idea of just having people use their native accents in a situation like this).
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