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Last Century Film – Moonstruck

1 Sep

Life is simple and not so complicated, the moment you realize that love is not an option and companionship is an easy way out, you are basically done for.

Thanks to destiny and everything against a boring, dull life, we can be saved by Nicolas Cage, sorry… by just letting yourself go. moonstruck

Moonstruck is a very nice oldie were we get to see Cher win her Oscar. We also get a pretty good picture of how we over-think things and tend to complicate our lives in the most unbelievable ways.

We are all full with a bunch of stories in our heads, but it is the full moon that shows up once in a while covering our city with the most insane light, the one with the power to let us do whatever we want, (if you ever needed a reason to stop your drama, here you go, blame it on the moon).

It is a quick, no fuss film with very good performances and very consistent comedic vibe.

Give it a try, hard to be disappointed when you just want to relax and have a good time!

By LaTrosa

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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 – 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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