Discussions of new films, books, television shows, and media indirectly related to magic and magicians. For example, there may be a book on mnemonics or theatrical technique we should know or at least know about.
Penn Gillette's new film just received a rave review from the best newspaper in the United States, the New York Times. See it here.
Take a look at these kind words:
"The Aristocrats is - how shall I put it? - an essay film, a work of painstaking and penetrating scholarship, and, as such, one of the most original and rigorous pieces of criticism in any medium I have encountered in quite some time...."
The Aristocrats apparently finally opened in Chicago, and Roger Ebert's review appeared this morning (rogerebert.com). He doesn't particularly like the movie because he hates the joke that is the movie's subject, but has come up with a very funny (and vicious) new punch line of his own. I won't spoil it by revealing it here, but worth a read.
I saw the film tonight and I absolutely loved it. Eric Mead, Robin Williams and Mario Cantone got the biggest laughs from the audience. I am not easily offended at all and there were a few comments from the staff of "The Onion" that were really borderline for me. And I too am dying to know who is Johnny's hot friend in the hot tub with him.
It sold out -- a goodly supply -- at my local Best Buy the day it became available. Best Buy got more in the next day, when I bought my copy. I just returned from another Best Buy trip, where I noticed it was sold out again. I've never noticed a movie selling this fast the first week. Only in America ...
I'm a big fan of Penn & Teller. I love their magic and their show "[censored]".
I was very anxious to rent this movie. It was a huge disappointment. A bigger disappointment than the Protocols of the Elders of Magic, if you can bring yourself to believe that.
The joke isnt funny the first time you hear it, and it doesnt get better the 100th time either. They say this is the type of joke that is usually saved for certain circles, once everyone goes home from the comedy club and I guess it must be funnier after a few drinks but I doubt it.
The funniest part was with the South Park kids. After the punch line, one kid speaks for the others and says that it was not funny and that he doesnt get it, while the one who said the joke agrees that he doesnt get it either.
Personally, I sort of felt sorry for all of these comedians. It was a little pathetic to hear them get so excited about this joke which falls flat. Its like watching a really bad card trick over and over again.
The only highlight was to see the joke performed within a card trick.