Sunday, November 05, 2006

The ubiquitous Michael Caine returns - again.

Regular readers will know I wrote a book about the films of Michael Caine three years back. It covered every feature film the iconic British actor had appeared in from Zulu up to The Actors, with brief anticipatory entries for Secondhand Lions [which turned out rather good, I thought] and The Statement [not so successful, IMHO]. Caine works in fits and starts, taking a year off every now and then before making another clutch of movies. So his only feature released in 2004 was Around the Bend [haven't seen it yet, got the DVD but reviews aren't promising].

Last year saw three Caine movies in cinemas - Batman Begins [good], The Weather Man [flawed] and Bewitched [god awful, apparently - I've yet to see it]. Now Sir Michael is back with another Christopher Nolan-directed feature, The Prestige [see the groovy poster above]. The actor was on Parkinson last night, doing his bit to promote the movie and I've heard plenty of good things about it, so I must make the effort to see it. Despite a dozen recommendations, I've managed to miss on seeing Children of Men at the cinema, which also has a Caine appearance in it. Tsk! Guess I'll be waiting for the DVD of that one.

2 comments:

Reel Fanatic said...

Was there some law passed about 10 years ago that stated Michael Caine must be in at least one out of every five hollywood movies put out every year? No matter how often I see him, though, I always like him .. My favorite of his would have to be "The Quiet American" .. a magnificent performance

Richard Dinnick said...

If you intend to see The prestige, I implore you to read Chritopher Priest's absolutely mind-blowing book first. I understand the film has cut out the modern day framing device, so cannot understand what on earth the ending of the film will be like...