Month: October 2012

Film: The Prestige

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.”

I’ve always been a fan of magic. I still remember going to this one magic show when I was a kid, maybe 5 or 6 at the time. I went with my best friend and her mom, and to say we were excited was an understatement. Now I wasn’t one of those kids who put on magic shows for their friends and family, I was the type of person that loved to watch the illusion and be confounded by my amazement of a trick. Than again maybe that’s one of the reasons why I’m pursuing science, there’s all the wonder and amazement that comes from watching a good illusion but you get the added benefit of knowing it isn’t a trick. The experiments are real, the illusion exists in reality.

The Prestige is a 2006 film, yes magic does play a role in the film however it is primarily about the rivalry between 2 magicians and their quest to become the top illusionist. The Prestige was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as rival magicians Robert Angier and Alfred Borden respectively. The film also stars Michael Caine as Cutter, a stage engineer.

I re-watched this movie this past weekend on a rainy Friday evening and I was instantly reminded why I’m such a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work. The storytelling is just brilliant, the comparison between Angier the aristocratic magician and Borden the working class magician is superb. As a viewer you are consistently reminded about the differences between the two magicians but it is subtle enough to give depth and not force the film into a ‘rich vs poor’ story. What is interesting is how similar the two magicians are, they both face terrible losses and commit a plethora of back-and-forth crimes against one another in the name of their craft. The lengths these two men  will go through to become the superior magician both astounding and terrifying.

The casting is perfect in this film. Hugh Jackson has showmanship to spare and does a fantastic job playing the role of the theatrical yet torn Angier. The juxtaposition between a man willing to go to such great lengths in the name of his craft and a man who just craves the spotlight is a thought provoking one. I’m sure a psych student would have a field day trying to analyze his actions! Not to be outdone, Christian Bale is spot on as Borden. A man who is willing to give up so much, yet struggles to hold onto what is nearest and dearest. Lastly we can’t forget Michael Caine who rounds out the  casting playing a stage engineer who wants to do what is right and is a scene-stealer to boot.

If you have any interest in magic, the human mind or to what extremes a rivalry can go I would highly suggest watching this film.

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Open-faced Flatbread with Dressings

Sometimes the best food combinations come out by accident. Made this meal one night after coming back from night class and just threw some things together. My roommates made fun of me for calling this a lazy meal; but hey what can I say, I guess i’m just not a KD girl. Honestly though, can’t even describe how good this combination is!

Toasted flatbread with ricotta cheese, cucumber, fried egg, honey mustard, ranch dressing and BBQ sauce. Added some mint for a garnish

Delicious.

Monday Questionnaire

Soooo this has been a long blog hiatus! I’m back at school for the year and classes and assignments have meant many sleepless nights which unfortunately leads to a lack of blogging. But excuses aside, I’m back and although I haven’t made nearly as many posts as I would have hoped (how have I still not made a post on my trip to Alberta!? Is it too late for that now?) I want to get back into the swing of things. And what better way than to start off the week with a Monday Questionnaire! Questions provided by one of my favourite bloggers Amarixe

 

1.) Mood:
Anxious for the week ahead. The semester is quickly drawing to a close meaning the second round of midterms and term paper deadlines are right around the corner. I’m also slightly worried how bad Hurricane Sandy will hit both my University city and my parents house. There are some pretty large trees near both my homes so I’m hoping the winds won’t be enough to blow them over.
 
2.) On the topic of Hurricane Sandy, are any natural disasters common where you live?
I live in Ontario, Canada which is inland and away from many natural disasters. However Southern Ontario is going to feel some of the affects of Hurricane Sandy with heavy rains and winds supposed to reach up to 100km/hr! Hmmm but what are the chances of the University closing because of the winds? 
 
3.) What is your favorite song at the moment?
 
Some nights by Fun. Some might consider it overplayed but whenever its on I can’t help but let it play.
 
4.) Current nail polish:
 
Essence – Modern Romance
 
I took my grad pictures last week (have some beautiful outdoor pictures in the Autumn leaves!) and thought this would be a great pinky nude that isn’t overtly distracting but at the same time isn’t a trend colour.
 
5.) If you could only use one makeup product, what would it be? 
Concealor. I have some redness and some discolouration. I think a nice even skin tone is the perfect canvas. After that I would probably choose blush and eyeliner
 
6.) Current outfit:
Just took a shower after coming back from the gym so I’ve got on my oversized residence t-shirt from first year and some PINK flannel pyjama bottoms.
 
7.) Are you good at keeping in touch with friends and family?
I’d like to think I am. It’s hard to stay as close when you go from seeing people everyday to once every couple weeks but good friends are worth the effort.
 
8.) Are you excited about any holiday collections this year?
I’ve been intrigued by a couple of the holiday nailpolish collections but they’re all kind of jumbled in my head so I can’t pick any stand out favourites. I’m in love with the dark black based shimmery green polishes a number of companies have come out with.
 
9.) The world’s most wonderful chef is at your home ready to fix any meal you desire– what do you order?
I think a great chef can really show their skill with soup, salad and pasta. However I would have to add some of my all-time favourites to round out the meal (although with all of these courses this is looking more like a feast!), you can’t go wrong with crispy fritters and pecan pie!
 
10.) Weekly goals:
Basically school, school, school. I’ve got a heavily weighted midterm next week that I need to start studying for, but I’ve also got a stack of journal articles I need to get through so I can start my term papers. In other words it looks like its a long week ahead.