MOVIE: “Il Demonio (The Demon)” – Brunello Rondi (1963)

I really enjoyed this movie, unluckily it’s in italian and there are no english subtitles. The story is about the possession of a young woman living in a south italian little town; half of my family is from South of … Continue reading

MOVIE: “Random acts of violence” – Ashley Cahill (2013)

MOVIE: “Random acts of violence” – Ashley Cahill (2013)
Random Acts of Violence 2013 - 1Malcolm is sure of a thing: in 70s/80s New York was a better place since the amount of violence in the city was taking low the rents of the houses and the lifestyle, so a lot of artists and creative people were living there. Now the life became easier and the city is gentrified, it has lost the dangerous status and with it the interesting people.
His project is to start a revolution to get the city back at that ambient, and in his mind it’s possible only making rise again the number of crimes, so he starts to randomly murder people. Since this is a very ambitious project, he goes around with a troupe filming a documentary about him and his “revolution”.
Unluckily it’s less easier than expected for crimes to be on the first page in New York’s newspapers…

A low budget, weird movie with an interesting story. I didn’t like so much the ending, but I enjoyed the rest of the film.

(Also yes, I hate people using phones while watching movies at the cinema too.)

★★★★☆

P.s. you read right on the poster: not only random acts of violence, but even a random Kirsten Dunst appearance.

MOVIE: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson (2014)

MOVIE: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson (2014)

Last night I went to the cinema to watch “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with Stevie, so in the original language version. I don’t want to write so much as a review, since I read a lot about this movie and for sure better than what I’d write myself.
I only say this: after a 12 hours travel and a giant kebab, Stevie not only didn’t fall asleep, but we laughed and had fun for all the time of the movie. (Just so you know: it’s not I torture my boyfriend taking him directly to the cinema as he arrives from a long travel, but this was the only available play of the movie in original language in my city, and as you can guess we don’t have so many occasions of going out on a date at the cinema 😉 ).

The movie tells the adventures of Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, concierge and lobby boy of the famous and rich Grand Budapest Hotel, after the first one is accused of killing a rich old woman and stealing a painting even if he didn’t do it; it’s a funny and enjoyable film, full of interesting and particular characters who move in the middle of an incredible story (sometimes similar to a fable) that teaches us, ironicly, that “[…] there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.” 😉

A fact I didn’t know and I found only today reading about the movie: it’s inspired by the work of Stefan Zweig, austrian writer, and to his autobiographical book “The World of Yesterday“.

★★★★★

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MOVIE: “Enter the void” – Gaspar Noé (2009)

MOVIE: “Enter the void” – Gaspar Noé (2009)

A young, foreigner drug dealer in Tokyo is killed by police during a job. He leaves in the city his little sister, who he worked to take in Japan to live together, and a bunch of few other people, who he follows after his death.
A weird movie, in which we see the first part from a long subjective shot, then we fly with the soul of Oscar around Tokyo to follow the happenings in the life of those who remained, how his death changed them, going occasionally back to his and Linda’s (his sister) difficult past. It’s the soul that tells us the story, that still shows memories, feelings, powerlessness: and it’s all still so human.
Tokyo has never been so dark and confusing: we see it almost always by night and as under the effect of drugs, as the events of the main characters are falling down one after another, from betrayal to sex work, from death to being hunted by police. The first image we have of it, is a luminous sign with written “Enter”, which is in front of Oscar’s room, then the walk on drugs to the “Void”, club where a friend of Oscar is waiting for drugs…and he is not alone.
This is not a soft movie: it’s a hard story, where no one seems to be who he is, that teaches us that the “bad” people sometimes are not the real bad, and that not all good stories have happy endings.

★★★★☆

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MOVIE: “Blue Valentine” – Derek Cianfrance (2010)

MOVIE: “Blue Valentine” – Derek Cianfrance (2010) I’m not a great fan of romantic movies, but for some reason I wanted to watch this. Probably it was because of the title, that is the same of a great Tom Waits’ … Continue reading

MOVIE: “Leslie, my name is evil” – Reginald Harkema (2009)

MOVIE: “Leslie, my name is evil” – Reginald Harkema (2009) This movie is about the story of Leslie Van Houten, a 60s teenager, former prom queen, that joined the Manson’s Family and took part in their murders. What happens when … Continue reading

MOVIE: “Heavenly Creatures” – Peter Jackson (1994)

MOVIE: “Heavenly Creatures” – Peter Jackson (1994) The movie is based on a true story, the one of the Parker-Hulme murder, happened in New Zealand during the 50s. It tells about the friendship between the two teenagers Pauline Parker and … Continue reading

MOVIE: “Io e te (Me and you)” – Bernardo Bertolucci (2012)

MOVIE: “Io e te (Me and you)” – Bernardo Bertolucci (2012) I enjoyed this movie a lot. It’s the story of Lorenzo, problematic adolescent who decides to go living for a week in the basement of his house while his … Continue reading

MOVIE: “The Wall (Die Wand)” – Julian Pölsler (2012)

MOVIE: “The Wall (Die Wand)” – Julian Pölsler (2012) Imagine to go in holiday in a beautiful and isolated place, in the middle of nature, with some friends and to suddenly become a prisoner of that paradise, alone and without … Continue reading

MOVIE: “Waking Life” – Richard Linklater (2001)

“Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled”
“L’esser sani di mente non è che pazzia tesa al buon uso; la vita da svegli è un sogno sotto controllo”

George Santayana

MOVIE: “Waking Life” – Richard Linklater (2001)

It was a lot of time that Stephen was asking me to watch this movie, but I never felt enough in the mood for it. I knew it is a very psychologic and deep film and I was not sure to watch it in italian or in english with subtitles. Last night, with bad weather outside and some beers in the house, seemed finally the right moment; at the end I watched it in english with english subs, but I think I’ll have to watch it again one or two times to get exactly every meaning of the story and to mix them with the beautiful images.
It’s a great movie, featuring deep thoughts, existential doubts and incredible characters walking, talking, existing between dream and reality.

Era un sacco di tempo che Stephen mi chiedeva di guardare questo film, ma non mi ero mai sentita nel mood per farlo. Sapevo che si tratta di un film molto psicologico e profondo e non ero certa se guardarlo in italiano o in inglese con i sottotitoli. La scorsa notte, con un tempo orribile fuori e qualche birra in casa, finalmente era arrivato il momento giusto; alla fine l’ho visto in lingua originale con sottotitoli in inglese, ma credo di doverlo rivedere almeno una o due volte per assimilare esattamente ogni significato della storia e per riuscire ad amalgamare questi ultimi con le bellissime immagini.
E’ un gran film, composto da pensieri profondi, dubbi esistenziali e personaggi incredibili che camminano, parlano ed esistono tra sogno e realtà.

★★★★★

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