Monday, September 20, 2010

The Illusionist (2006): review - 8/10

A magician stages tricks in late Austro-Hungarian Empire, where he comes to the attention of the police.

Beautifully shot: the film seems primarily to be about totalitarianism.

2 comments:

  1. Hello Tadeusz. I just wanted to let you know that it's been a while since I read your blog and it has been a great source of movie recommendations for me since most of the time I agree with you rating on movies.

    As silly as it sounds, films are important for me because they let me think about things I wouldn't normally think, so I can somehow be a better person even without the chance to experience everything.

    Thank you, you've done so much for me without knowing.

    Keep it up.

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  2. Thanks Xeep,

    I'm glad you find the reviews useful.

    I'm thinking of simple ways to improve the keywording here: you can also follow my movie reviews on this site where there is a lively community of critics and the cross-referencing is more sophisticated:

    http://rateyourmusic.com/~tadeusz598

    I like films that give us an insight into human motivations, but which are at the same time entertaining.

    Ergo, if a movie is serious without being entertaining then I feel it has failed: likewise, I usually give lowish scores to cinema which is merely sensational.

    All the best,

    Tadeusz

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