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Throwback Thursday- Love Affair

There is something wonderful and satisfying about a love story done right. The anticipation, the wonder and finally, the happy ending. Even those of us who are skeptical about love can’t help but shed a tear and smile.

The film Love Affair (1994), is not the first time this familiar narrative has been seen on the big screen. Audiences were first introduced to the story in 1939’s Love Affair, starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer and then in 1957’s An Affair To Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

In 1994, the narrative was revived a third time with IRL couple Annette Bening and Warren Beatty. Simply by pure luck, Mike Gambril (Beatty) and Terry McKay (Bening) purchased a plane ticket for the same flight. When the plane is forced to land midway through the flight, the passengers are ferried back to safety on a ship. Despite the fact that both Mike and Terry have significant others waiting for them, there is an obvious spark between them. To test if the attraction is real (and potentially long term) or a momentary twist of fate, they agree to meet up in New York City three months later. When one of them does not show up for their previously agreed upon appointment, doubts begin to form. Are Mike and Terry meant to be or just two ships in the night, just passing by each other?

What I appreciate about this movie is that despite the fact that it has two predecessors, it stands on its own two feet. It’s the kind of love story that I can appreciate. It has all of the highs and lows of the genre, without being too over the top or mushy.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday- Dick Tracy (1990)

Dick Tracy made his world debut in 1931 as a comic strip detective. In 1990, the comic strip was made into a movie with Warren Beatty in the title role.

At the start of the movie, Dick Tracy has a simple life. He has his career and his longtime girlfriend, Tess Trueheart (Glenne Headly). Then the kid (Charlie Korsmo) and Breathless Mahoney (Madonna) enter his life. Complicating the story is Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino), his long time nemesis who starts to make trouble in town.

Part classic noir, part comic book, this movie is colorful. Is it the best movie ever written? No. But it is escapism entertainment and isn’t that what we sometimes want in a movie?

I recommend it.

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