(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Moonstruck
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: Convinced that her life is cursed, Italian-American widow Loretta (Cher) has resigned herself to marriage with a dimwitted man that she doesn’t love, until she meets his hotheaded younger brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage). Loretta falls hard and deep, one of the film’s many couples who rediscover the overwhelming magnitude of love.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: A young Nicolas Cage channeling a raw sexuality, paired with Cher giving her most starry-eyed performance (and one that deservedly won her an Academy Award). And so much bread and aggressive Italian gesturing. What’s not to love?
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Mothers are incredible creatures, that’s a given. From your own to those of a fictional existence, all of the moms of the world each play a critical role in the story of our lives, or in the tales of our favorite pieces of media. They inspire the hero, teach them the fundamental building blocks of life, and energize them to continue on their own personal journeys – all the while being their own special brand of magical, smart individuals (or being terrifying villains of the horror sort, but that’s for another list.)
So with a certain mother themed holiday having just passed, along with the momma-positive flicks Life of the Party and Breaking In now in theaters, it is definitely time to celebrate some of the best moms in cinematic history. There will be some obvious choices for sure, but there are also some underrated ladies that need their moment to shine. Whether you would put them on your own list, or choose a different movie mom to recognize, there is no denying the importance these women have within their stories, and for the legacy of moms on film as a whole. So grab your bouquet of flowers – its time to pay the 10 best movie moms some respect! Read More »
Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.
It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:
- Kathy Bates presenting Misery
- Cher presenting Moonstruck
- Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
- Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
- Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
- Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
- Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
- Demi Moore presenting Ghost
- Mike Myers presenting Shrek
- Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
- Kurt Russell presenting The Thing
- Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects
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