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Last Century film – Roman Holiday

31 Jul

It kind of looks like I forgot about my blog, and I have been short on posting, but all i was doing was going crazy with my new Netflix addiction (and some other stuff for instance… more human interaction).

Hi, I am new in town, have no money but like to have fun, want to join me? Where have I heard that one before...

Hi, I am new in town, have no money but like to have fun, want to join me? Where have I heard that one before…

I decided to watch an old film I knew nothing about, and quite honestly, was not very keen to watch but, hey, you know me, quite the undecided type.

Roman Holiday is an old film, black and white with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, an unlikely match if you ask me as Mr. Peck tends to be a bit cold and stiff on-screen.

So the film, yes, well, it was like a tourist welcoming package to Rome, I often felt I was just supposed to say: hey I wanna go there, I want to see that, I want to ride on a motorcycle… I want to be caught by the police for braking the law and then be released just because young love is very important…

It is a classic, but the only real thing about this film is the sense of adventure that lasts just a fraction of our lives, and to be honest, the happy ending we usually get from a summer fling.

I don’t think I change my opinion about Rome with this film, because most of us know the tourist attractions are the only ones clean… you know, for the pictures.

A movie you must watch just because, classic and stuff, nothing major, but a classic non the less.

 

By LaTrosa

 

 

Last Century Film Review – The Shining

23 Jun
Please don't let me alone here with myself! I don't even like myself!

Please don’t let me alone here with myself! I don’t even like myself!

This is a film I was totally avoiding, not because I don’t like horror or Stanley Kubrick, Or Jack Nicholson, or amazing horror films, great acting, great directing, amazing stories…

It was not because of that

It was because EVERYONE had seen it, and I was put on a corner for being “different”, not being a true cinema lover, it was my Karma.

So I had some time to kill and decided to hit the play button on the much-anticipated moment… the moment where I would finally meet my destiny.

And it was alright, NO BIG DEAL! it was thrilling and interesting, but it was maybe over hyped?

I know it is a cult film  and I will be hated for what I am about to say, (hopefully for a short while), but listen to me on this one, the film is interesting only because of the individual performances, even the director  was such a heavy participant that it was almost like an actor, masterfully driving us around the mental decay of the family stranded in a hostile hunted Colorado hotel.

I consider a fantastic achievement of this film, the way it took an empty hotel and made it feel so crowded, so overwhelming and powerful, that was in my opinion, something only Kubrick could have done, nobody can take any object and turn it into a character.

What I want to say is that it was so good that you can spin-off at least 4 different films, and all will be hits.

So to all the haters I say I liked the film, to all the non haters… there you go… I saw it…

Here is hoping I don’t stay alone in my house for longer that 20 minutes.

By LaTrosa

Last century film review – Princess Mononoke 1997

14 Apr

That fantastic land only the very best storytellers can create.

Let us gather around the the table and talk about our future.

Let us gather around the table and talk about our future.

And quoting Queen ” is this the real life, is this just fantasy?… well people I hope it is fantasy, because it rules!

1997, the year where Mononoke- Hime was born from the amazing brains of Hayao Miyazake.

The adventure to discover the world around you, the things we don’t see, the things we take for granted, where you discover what sacrifices are you ready to make for the benefit of all are really gratifying.

What we get to see during this film is the collision of greed and neglect with the world we live a world passively trying to protect us just by providing those amazing things we are yet to discover; in this case our two heroes try to protect what is worth saving in their eyes, and if you ask me, and the way this is going, we humans are not worth saving!

There is a dark period for animation at the beginning of the 2000´s, leaving the last century with classic films for the eyes and for the brains, real work was done to create animation not with a message but with essence and imagination.

Lovely film with much more impact than we give it credit for.

By LaTrosa

Last Century Film – The Mask – 1994

16 Feb

oh the 90s, that mythical era were, well, good comedy was made!

This is me on the inside on the outside!

This is me on the inside on the outside!

And people were young and silly.

A colorful and fast paced comedy for its time, with Jim Carrey still discovering how good of a comedian he could be and Cameron Dias …. yes … SO!

As far as phantasy goes the film managed it quite gracefully, it also introduced the first canine I did not hate in a film, the story was unbelievably plausible in my opinion and that made it even funnier.

I loved about it specially the cartoon-like scenarios, they helped me identify more with the concept of the film and the overall silliness.

The Mask is a comedy classic, very funny and very unique, since then, a comedy of such characteristics is hard to find. Even if we can barely remember it or don’t know about it the film looms in the distance as that comedy that while never going over the top, it had the potential of doing so and people would still love it.

Reminiscent of the past? babysitting? this movie might be for you!

PS: Avoid at all costs re-makes or sequels they suck so much!

By LaTrosa

Last Century – La Vita e Bella – 1997

11 Dec

I was wondering what movie to watch to lift up my spirits, in  a true old style romantic way, so I decided La Vita e Bella was the movie to go for different reasons.

Ignore the background and you will see the magnifficense

Ignore the background and you will see the magnificence

Somehow, and it might just be me, but, everything in Italian sounds so sensual and culturally intriguing, so a successful italian movie should have those ingredients at least.

War movies are not my thing but, a war movie where war is just an accessory is plain brilliant, take the personal story and paste it in war anywhere and you will have a winning film.

In this particular case however we´ve most probably have to take also Roberto Benigni, because he is a fantastic actor who has the power to master the physical humor, and translate such an amazing story.

This story is so particular and unbelievable that you want it to be real, you need to know there was hope among all that horror, and it works, you cry like a little girl but you still think life is beautiful, and not only love will save the day but a friggin´positive attitude will take you a long way.

This classic film will lift you up and crash you every time you need a reality check, will help you put things into perspective and teach you to put value into the real things.

Add it to your watch list or collection, it is worth it.

And your lady friend will need a crying shoulder at some point…

By LaTrosa

Last Century – Philadelphia 1993

3 Nov

Remember that disease AIDS? the one nobody talks about anymore?

apparently the things you don’t talk about they go away… NOT TRUE! But we kind of forget about things we are afraid of.

I have no right to tell you how to live your life… but … use protection…

The movie Philadelphia, is a movie who reaches many of us in different ways, but it was not a pamphlet or a paid service for awareness, it is a lesson on basic discrimination, ignorance and real unconditional love.

The film follows the last months of life of a lawyer fighting against his unfair dismissal from the firm he worked for; played perfectly by Tom Hanks earning him an Academy Award; he was alone in his fight due to the fear of other lawyers to represent him, but he got Denzel Washington to do it after he saw how unfair and ridiculous ignorance can get.

This movie is a classic, a masterpiece, with the melancholy and sadness present throughout, death looms and the embarrassing questions get answered; the raw picture of living with AIDS is drawn in front of your eyes and how it affects not only your closest circle but a great extent of everything you have ever done, whoever you have spoken to, touched and loved.

In retrospect this film is educational, teaching us how not to take things for granted, avoid stereotypes, educate yourself about the reality of  threats surrounding us, and most importantly, TO KEEP CALM!

Great movie, great experience, heart breaking and heart warming at the same time.

By LaTrosa

Last Century – The Green Mile 1999

20 Oct

Probably the last time Tom Hanks made a movie worth praise.

Not only because of him, but because in general it was difficult to find a movie were he was not the center of attention, The Green Mile gathers such an incredible performing talent in combination with writing and directing that Tom Hanks looks like just another dude in the movie.

I see the evil in you , and I love you all the same!

This movie was and still is one of the best made, they don’t make them like this anymore, the storytelling and the period films are very interesting and captivating, I am sure there is so much to discover or to adapt…  they even have the secure audience, so I wonder why they just don’t make more of those, and stop with the excessive prequeling, sequeling,  spinoffing!

You know you are going to die, you know when, wrongly accused and considered extremely dangerous, and the only thing you can think of is to do good to others and to touch in a positive way the lives of the ones closet to you… BRILLIANT!

Miracles, faith, forgiveness, social stigma, justice, all gathered under one roof, dancing together and moving the carpet under you!

If Stephen King (writing god) sticks around longer in this planet with us, we would be safe from lame and uneventful movies.

A delight, captivating and complete movie, which happens to have Tom Hanks in it.

By LaTrosa

PS: Earlier this year we lost Michael Clarke Duncan, he was the central pillar of this movie, carried it with quality acting  and gave one of the bests character performances I have ever seen, R.I.P, you will be missed!

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