Saturday, December 02, 2006

My good luck at the movies continues. The Prestige is every bit as good as a putative fight to the death between Batman and Wolverine, maybe because that actually is the case. Starring Christian Bale, Huch Jackman and even David Bowie, the plot revolves around an intellectual arms race between two turn-of-the-century magicians. It is certainly violent at times, but the lengths to which Bale and Jackman go to both preserve their secrets, effectively an advantage of knowledge, is delightful to nerds everywhere. The presence of Bowie, playing unheralded inventor Nikola Tesla (UNESCO proclaimed 2006 to be his year, whatever that means), cements the existence of this arms race. Simultaneously and paradoxically, the eccentric supergenius argues that some technology is not worth being developed and some knowledge is not worth having. This, of course, is anathema to the relentlessly progressive spirit that, among other things, yielded TiVo, blogging and the drive-through ATM. For that reason alone, you should go watch.

Actually, I don't know where I go off touting my luck at the movies. A few hours before The Prestige, I was treated to an eponymous biography of Jacques Derrida.

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