Film Review: The Prestige

Director Christopher Nolan has handed himself a difficult task of tackling a complicated story about two cold, central figures. Indeed, the complex premium of the film 'The Prestige' becomes a good escalating battle of wits presented the 'Nolan way.' A dazzlingly interesting narrative about two rival magicians from turn of the century London, 'The Prestige' revolves around the lives of Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). They start a friendship that ever turns into a rivalry after Rupert's wife gets killed in a magic trick that has gone wrong. Since then, they start trying to discover each other's secrets, and ruin each other's tricks along the way. The story escalates further when Alfred discovers the ultimate trick of the 'Transported Man,' a trick that will make Rupert lose his mind just to decipher Alfred's ultimate secret.

Dark, increasingly elaborate, complex, convoluted, contrived, and full of twists and turns, Nolan's dark vision for 'The Prestige' becomes a workout for the audience's mind. Filled with its labyrinth of conflicting ideas amidst the sincere human characters coming from the characters, the film is a mind-tickler that makes the viewer engaged with the story as s / he tries to penetrate its elegantly Victorian noir presentation to find out the film's own Ultimate trick. Underneath the film's physicality lies some mundane truths about love, life, career, sacrifice, and revenge. The film may be set during the Victorian days, but the universal issues it poses about rivalry and obsession make people relate to it very well. The film's plot-heavy story and striking moments either leaves the viewer exhilarated or disturbed for many possible reasons.

Technically, the film is nothing less than brilliant. The time period depicted is taken to perfection. The costumes and art direction are splendid. The effects look believable and seamless. The cinematography is stunning and validating. Indeed, the auteur in Nolan really surfaces in every film he makes.

Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan have collaborated on a powerful script with its non-linear pace complemented by the film's impressive visual and aural composition. Many films become under-written or half-developed, but 'The Prestige' is the opposite – it's almost too clever, that inevitably, some people do not get to appreciate its entity anymore. This film has its own audience really. Some may find it a cult classic of impressive cinematic magic; And yet, some may find it a ponderous tale that promises much, but in the end, delivers surprisingly little.

Those who find fulfillment in this kind of film can enjoy a great deal from it being a twisty thriller presented in a not so common ground – the dark and intelligent treatment Nolan is known for. They see an exemplary story with multi-faceted levels of artistry. From hers sheer finery and elegant details both inside and out, it reaps value out of the question, 'How did they do that?' – figuring out how Nolan has done the rare magic trick to come up with the compulsively absorbing 'The …

The 4 Levels of an Insurance Career Path

You may see many newspaper ads tying to hypnotize a prospective agent stating how easy it is to make $100,000. Moreover, they emphasize it can be done in the first year. Please give me a nickel for the 1,500,000 licensed life and health insurance agents that cannot achieve that. ($75,000 if you are calculating). Before $100,000 of income can be reached, most agents must achieve at least the third if not fourth level.

LEVEL ONE This is the insurance trainee, just starting out and continuing the first 12 months. This level is actually more about survival than it is about earnings. Many insurance trainee agents deplete savings accounts, ask relatives for loan assistance, and even take out a second mortgage on their house. Either they should have never applied for the position or the insurance agency has provided inadequate assistance to ease the agent’s burden. In the majority of cases, it is the later. Only 20% of agents struggle by, only to encounter another enduring battle.

LEVEL TWO This is the insurance rookie, who will be facing three more years of uphill challenges. Again, survival appears in the picture, along with enough income to keep from going under. The life preserver is based on both the agent’s attitude and selling skills. Selling skills start with finding the right people to focus your attention on. People that fit into your comfort zone and have a need for an insurance product you are familiar enough selling. This leads to giving a sufficient quantity of appointments. However, company provided scripts are a hard way to go when doing a presentation.. Of the appointments made, can the still inexperienced agent produce enough sales for a decent income? Only 8% of the starting agents now remain.

LEVEL THREE These are the insurance innovators with over 4 years experience and under 8. Why are they innovators? To survive the have broken just about all the career company rules of the plan to success. First, they have tossed out the insurance company presentation book, sometimes in favor of a plain yellow legal pad. The company presentation speech has been discarded in favor of a friendly conversation. The insurance innovator uses a lead acquisition system that quickly brings out the highest qualified prospects. This agent has stopped becoming an insurance seller. He now helps guide the prospect to a tailored plan that turns the prospect into a buyer. In addition, the insurance innovator has a valuable base of built up clients for additional sales.

As insurance is now officially a career, few of these agents drop out. Many start to specialize in selling fewer products. A lot now are semi-independent and some even have their own firms. For others they make take a new direction, with a different company or firm that seems much more promising. Incomes are often comparable or higher than the national average.

LEVEL FOUR The true insurance professionals. Numerous pros are fully independent. They have often signed contracts with six or more independent life …

The Educational Benefits of Card Games

Playing card games can be a unique educational experience for children. The positive effects of games like that can be enormous. Besides the obvious entertainment benefit there are other great benefits that parents and educators must consider.

In this article I will explain some of those benefits using popular card games such as Taki (or Super Taki) and Piccolo.

Since early age parents can notice how their children attract to the bright colors, the shapes, the colorful images and the interesting designs that most game cards have. This fascination can grow interest in the games, an interest that can grow into a wish to use those cards in several ways. When children reach a specific age it’s advised to play cards with them, to demonstrate and to show them the rules and the proper use of the cards.

Here are some benefits that educators consider as the most important in card games for kids:

1- Entertainment- researchers believe that pastime activities as playing board or card games are the most suitable form of entertainment for kids at all ages. We all read about the negative effects of computer games and other modern pastime activities, teaching your children to spend their leisure time in playing board and card games such as Taki, Super Taki, Piccolo, Piccolino or Classic Memory Game that can be acquired in games shop in is the best way to enrich their daily routine with fun activities without to turn into stale, and sometimes violent, activities as playing in video or computer games.

2- Education- Most board and card games are an excellent way to teach your kids math or languages without the strict pressure of school. Kids will love to play in bible games or other form of cards and will not notice that the added essence of playing is the educational benefits that they receive from the game.

Experiments showed that kids who played in card games as their main pastime activity had better grades in school that those who spend this time playing video games.

3- Social and Family activity- Playing family card games offers immediate pleasure for both kids and adults so the most beneficial type of game is a game in which the whole family plays together. The benefits of such game are obvious. Besides being a gratifying discovery for the kids, it will also give them the sense of security and health that comes with a good family activity. Quality recreation time that involves card games for children is highly recommended by psychologists and educators.

How do you start teaching your kids to enjoy card and board games? You must visit a serious games shop and start by reading the description of each game and the age range that the game fits. If you are looking for specific skills that you want to improve ask the advice of an educator or an expert. For examples, a game such as Super Taki is excellent for kids who are at the age of six …