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The Photographer (2000)
Magic Realism and a little Realistic Magic
I saw this movie at its New York premiere, and walked out saying "wow". The story is simple but interesting, which lets the actors really shine. There's some magic involved, but it isn't the wizards-and-special-effects kind: it's a more subtle, grownup variety that's propelled by the story, rather than vice-versa.
Speaking of magic, the director and cinematographer have performed an amazing trick: they've made grubby downtown Manhattan look beautiful and enticing. You can still smell the urine, but it seems glamorous somehow. I don't want to give anything away, but the final scene of the movie is one of the best shots of the city that I've ever seen.
There's a lot to look at in this movie, and that includes the cast. The new guys are great, and there are lots of familiar faces too. Anthony Michael Hall, Tom Noonan and John Heard all make appearances, and you've never had more fun watching them.
Watch "The Photographer" now, so you can say "I knew all about this before it was popular" in a few years. I can't wait for the DVD.