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The Illusionist (2006)
A Wonderful, suspenseful, sensual escape from reality
I love movies of all type for different reasons. Action movies to become stimulated physically, comedies to laugh my troubles away, suspense to sit on the edge of my seat. But mostly, I attend movies to escape from a humdrum and dangerous world. "The Illusionist" is the ultimate in escape movies. It is gripping from he opening scene and the grip lasts until the final realization. The story is masterfully crafted and the screenplay intriguing. The special effects and illusions are entertainment enough. But all of this surrounded in the backdrop of the story, it's movement from one idea to another is an added treat. First there is the marvelous acting of all the major actors, surrounded by great support. The cinematography and music are awesome. This movie is filled with entertainment, suspense, romance, sensuality tastefully done, treachery and surprises. I have not been so entranced by a movie since the first Banderas Zorro movie. I didn't look at my watch once and the one hour and forty-five minutes flew by in delight. I want to see this movie over and over again. and I will still marvel at its perfection. You all must go and see it.
I saw this film on a whim. I had not great expectations for either the film or Courtney Cox, who I remembered as an airhead on Friends. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I was taken in within the first few minutes and spent my time trying to figure out what actually happened. I had several theories, but it was not until the end that the secret is revealed. My jaw dropped to the floor and I knew that I had seen a beautiful work of art. I had to watch it again to see if I could pick out the clues. There were very few. But it made perfect sense. Cox was wonderful! Her performance in this movie made a fan out of me. I cannot wait for her next dramatic role. The story, the directing, the cinematography as well as the acting are superb. I cannot recommend this movie any more than 'see it' Make up your own mind, but give it a chance. You will be amazed.
Summer of '42 (1971)
While I don't think that this is the best movie ever made, it is the most memorable one for me. It was the last movie that my fiancée' and I saw before we were married. It was a perfect movie to see just as our love was soon to be a lifetime commitment. The weeks leading up to our marriage were filled with anxiety, anticipation and some doubt. We decided to see this movie as our last date and we were moved immensely by it. I think it removed our doubt and anxiety bout what we were about to do. We named our daughter Jennifer because of Jennifer O'Neill and remind her of that often. She's 32 years old, now. I recently acquired it on DVD and every time we watch it, my beloved and I will continue to have fond memories. The music is beautiful.