When I started this podcast, I made a list of my favorite movies that I’d like to get to one day. The Prestige was on the list. It’s about as well-crafted a movie as you can see. Mike Williams agrees. He is an actual magician who performs around Dallas. The first half of the conversation centers around that, asking how one becomes a magician and what that looks like in DFW. Then we settle in to agreeing that this is one of the real all-time movies.
This is a wonderful movie that gives a lot to talk about. I’m glad to have the situation line up where I’m talking about it with such wonderful guests. My wife and I were visiting our friend Justin who moved to Michigan, and it worked out so that the three of us were able to see the movie together then sit down in his living room and record a conversation about it afterwards. We talked about what autism is meant to signify in movies, whether or not a push-or-be-pushed mentality really translates and when it’s ok to accept a little bad for a lot of good. We also had a wonderful moment where Megan and I were able to explain a plot twist to Justin that he had missed, so that was really fun.
We are back to new movies this week, and it’s a pretty solid one. There were things that made it worth seeing, like a couple deft twists. I talked about those with Central Track’s Angela Jones. There were also things that held it back, like some of the casting. Angela also read the book the movie is based on, so she was able to add some depth there.
You have probably not seen this movie before. But if you had, we might not be talking about it. It’s a movie that sticks out because when you watch it, you can’t believe that you never heard a thing about it. Because it’s a really good comedy. It has a lot of well-crafted little moments. It’s punchy and easy to watch. It has a very recognizable and deep cast. Mike Sirois is the one who told me about this movie several years ago, and it was fun to see how much he loves this movie.