Friday, December 2, 2022

Last Film Show (2021) hits digital today


THE LAST FILM SHOW is one of the greatest love letters to the movies and the power of cinema that you will ever see.  It is one of the best films of 2021 and of the Tribeca Film Festival as well

The film follows a young boy whose family makes a rare trip to the movies. Falling under the spell of the flickering image he begins to return to the cinema almost daily, bribing the projectionist with the lunches his mother prepares for him. Things are going swimmingly until the switch to digital is coming and he is forced to figure out how he can make one more trip into the darkness.

Magical and wondrous beyond words, this is a film that is going to have any true lover of the movies squealing with delight or sobbing with the beauty of the image and story.

While the film echoes films such as CINEMA PARADISO, it is entirely it’s own beast. Yes it openly riffs dozens of films, but it’s all perfectly done and perfectly acceptable since it is never gratuitous or showy, rather it is perfectly placed. And lest you argue that a truly great film wouldn’t lift from other films I will say you are wrong. This is a film that is about the collective dream that we have. It is a film about how films invade our lives and become part of them. Of course there are riffs because over time we see life in terms of the movies.

I was moved to tears and then some.

I am so jealous of the people who got to see this on a big screen with an audience of like minded film fans.

This is a masterpiece.

I fully expect this to be in the running for the Oscars, not just the best foreign language  category, but for others as well.

Forgive me for not saying more but this is a film you need to see and experience. It is a film you need to have live in your heart and make you fall in love with the movies all over again.

Highly recommended.

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