Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Once upon a Time in Hollywood... Review

Once upon a Time in Hollywood doesn't intend to be enjoyed by everyone.

In fact a lot of people don't.

This is by far the most imperfect of the movies made by Tarantino.

And yet the most personal and poetic.

It could be defined as his own Sunset Boulevard.

Those who don't know Billy Wilder will probably have a hard time understanding it.

On this occasion the author doesn't need the genre filter to talk about something very personal.

He questions himself much more than he ever did before.

The director goes back home to that Hollywood which was always in his mind.

In his own fairy tale some rules of "the reality we normally perceive" apply and some don't (as always in his films).

This is where the artist emerges: creating a world that thoroughly absorbs you and makes your life more interesting. Provided you know what he is talking about and you understand what Rick, Cliff and Sharon represent.

Thank you Quentin, I hope this is your last movie: you couldn't make a better spiritual testament.

Monday, July 22, 2019

MONNEZZA CAPITALE (Capital Garbage)

Rome is about to collapse due to the garbage overwhelming the city. In addition to the errors of the institutions, are citizens guilty at all?

In una Roma al collasso la domanda principale rimane: quali colpe hanno i cittadini per lo stato delle cose? Maggiori o minori rispetto alle istituzioni?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

HOW TO MAKE A 0 BUDGET FILM

In the course of this interview (2018) I've been asked some tips about how to make a 0 budget film and which movies to watch in order to do that

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

BUDAPEST: GIMME DANGER


Joe was wandering around the beautiful Budapest without any definite plan: all he knew was a few hours later a flight would take him back.

His entire life was passing in front of him: the uni, the Erasmus, the post graduation, the first Irish life moments, the sliding doors, happiness, sadness, what could have been and was not.

A melancholy feeling crossed him along with the awareness that it’s pointless to look behind.

A wonderful trip was about to end, a new chapter of his life was likely to start knowing only that in life nothing happens as we hope nor as we fear.

Iggy once said  “I don’t wanna be pop, I don’t wanna be punk, I just wanna be”...

He couldn’t agree more






Saturday, February 16, 2019

THE MULE

Eastwood means Cinema.

Many directors shoot, others make films,
someone is even capable of good movies.  

Clint is something else: he is Pure Cinema.

The Mule, among other things, shows the contradictions of the
United States where very often people do wrong things legally
and right things illegally.
He’s never been politically correct nor is he in
this testament.

Earl feels betrayed by his country and its values.

He never looks for redemption nor for
any kind of catharsis.

The screenplay works perfectly: every time it might
degenerate towards rhetoric it goes right back
on track, giving this anti-hero a humanity that
we hardly ever see in the digital generation.

Lesson clear and understood.

Thank you Clint.





Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kino Stabia – Behind the scene

If you have a chance to join a Kino session anywhere in the world do it!

Monday, February 5, 2018

FILMS A CINEMA LOVER MUST SEE

If you are passionate about Cinema you should love these ones...


           M (1931)

-         The 39 Steps (1935)

-         Stagecoach  (1939)

-         Citizen Kane (1941)

-         Casablanca (1942)

-         Notorious (1946)

-         Rope (1948)

-         Sunset Boulevard (1950)

-         Seven Samurai (1954)

-         Rear Window (1954)

-         Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

-         The Night of the Hunter (1955)

-         The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

-         Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

-         The Seventh Seal (1957)

-         North by Northwest (1959)

-         The Apartment (1960)

-         À bout de soufflé [Breathless] (1960)

-          (1963)

-         Bande à part (1964)

-         Le Samouraï (1967)

-         Night of the Living Dead (1968)

-         Rosemary's Baby (1968)

-         Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

-         The Wild Bunch (1969)


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

ROGER FEDERER, THE IMMORTAL

Joe was watching Federer demolish the poor Berdych to reach, once again, the semifinals of the Australian Open 2018 edition

Joe considered "he could win his 20th Grand Slam... When was last time I saw someone beat him playing a truly impressive tennis?".

His job was so boring he didn’t have anything better to do than looking for suppressed memories. 

January 2005, Joe was an unpaid intern at the Roman bureau of the Associated Press, not dreaming any more to become a great journalist. His co-worker broke in the news “Federer’s leading 2 sets to 1 but Safin is playing incredibly!”.

He moved to the other room to watch the continuation of the match (“much better than making fucking photocopies” he thought) which turned out to be by far the best match he ever saw in a long long time. Federer played his best tennis but that day Safin was simply unplayable and won 9-7 the 5th set to reach the final of the 2005 Australian Open.

“In 13 years many things changed except one: Federer” Joe’s mind was back in 2018, “I moved from one state to another, changed many cities, I met literally thousands of people and he’s still there, on top”.

Bush, Recession, Obama, Trump, Starwood, Besedo, Teaching, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, his first laptops and video cameras, being a trainer, catching intercontinental flights, making feature and short films, hanging out with cool people (and addicts of any kind), changing mind 20 times a day about what to do next, running away at the end of it all.

Ultimately start over.

He could write many novels and screenplays based on those 13 years where everything changed to stay the same.

Precisely like the best tennis player he ever saw