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Top Five Movies of Isla Fisher

I think I’ve come to a realization that the only thing less interesting than someone telling you a poker story would be someone telling you a story about a card trick.

“So, this guy wanders over to my table as I’m eating dinner and tells me to pick a card, any card. So, I pick one. Remember this, it’s the five of diamonds. Then, the guy says put it back in the deck. So, I do. He shuffles the cards and get this, he throws them all over the room. There are cards everywhere. In the potted plants, in the coq au vin, in Cindy’s cleavage, believe me, everywhere. Then, he walks over to the portrait of Sir Edmund Hillary hanging on the freaking wall, pulls it toward him and a card falls into his left hand. It’s the five of diamonds. I mean, are you kidding me?”

isla2This epiphany came to me while I thought about Isla Fisher’s next movie, “Now You See Me” which premiers next week. I like magic. I like going to see it live. I’ve gone to see Ricky Jay perform, I’ve gone to the Magic Castle, I’ve watched those Fox magician specials narrated by Mitch Pileggi and I’ve enjoyed each and every one of those. But, I’ll be damned if I could explain it to you and have you share the joy that I felt at watching Ricky Jay deal himself four aces, but I know it has more to do with the magician than the magic itself. I think I’ll do much better at describing what makes Isla’s top five movies, because those moments are captured forever in the same way for all of us.

5. Hot Rod

I think daredevils are not far removed from magicians, except that stories get a lot better when falling, fire and explosions are involved. This movie might not be great, but it has “Deadwood” alum Ian McShane along with Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Isla.

4. Burke and Hare

Not only does this movie have Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in the title roles, it adds Jessica Hynes (Pegg’s “Spaced” co-star), Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry to go along with Isla. I would try to compare grave robbing to daredevilry and magic, but I think I’ve blasted this forced theme into a flight of doves.

3. I Heart Huckabees

I don’t think I’d ever seen a movie like this one when I stepped into the theater that fateful day in 2004. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie like it since. I have no clue if that’s a good or bad thing to this day.

2. The Lookout

Did you know that “Now You See Me” is also about bank heists just like this movie? Now you do and I don’t have to labor to try to connect bank robbery to magic.

1. Wedding Crashers

A very funny movie and that marked the first pairing of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. We’ll see if they still have that same “magic” the week after next with “The Internship.”

Agree? Disagree? Which movies would make your Isla Fisher top five?

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About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."

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