Still Moonstruck

Dec 18 2012 @ 8:43pm

As the year-end lists roll in, Roger Ebert Michał Oleszczyk takes a moment to remember the little guys:

Enrico Casarosa's "La luna", the animated short distributed alongside Pixar's adventure flick "Brave," is one of the most beautiful, rich and moving films I saw this year, and yet it's unlikely it will top anyone's list — as if seven minutes weren't enough to cast a spell, fall in love, or make history.

Ebert Oleszczyk has a soft spot for films starring the moon:

It is true that Ms. Moon (as I was taught to call her by someone very dear to me) has recently been slumming in the atrocious "Twilight" series, but I always think back to her screen glory days and the two beautiful turns in a pair of movies scripted by John Patrick Shanley: "Moonstruck" (1987) and "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990). Her huge, quizzical face hanging down from the sky in both films served as a sign of renewal for the long-depressed characters. She is the ultimate now-you-see-it-now-you-don't object and, in that, she resembles the happiness we try to pursue and every so often attain.