Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BEST ACTING PERFORMANCES EVER

Ever since I turned 20 I stopped checking actors and started following directors.

However, I remember a bunch of acting performances that I can’t forget and I really doubt they will ever be bettered.

Chronologically:


 1)     Pierre Lorre – M

 2)     Orson Wells - Citizen Cane

 3)     Humphrey Bogart – Casablanca

 4)     Ingrid Bergman – Casablanca

 5)     James Stewart – Rope

 6)     Toshirô Mifune – Seven Samurai

 7)     Cary Grant – North by Northwest

 8)     Jack Lemmon - The Apartment

 9)     Liv Ullmann – Persona

10)    Marlon Brando – The Godfather 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WHY CINEMA IS DEAD

The “Godfather of Gore” Lucio Fulci predicted in the early 90s “Cinema won’t survive this era. Why? It can only be made for real in America since the real money is there. But they have no ideas. From now on you will only see remakes and sequels”

The one and only George Romero was asked last year “Why modern directors don’t make movies that show their personal view anymore?”. Romero answered in a flash “Why would they? Nobody cares what they really think. Besides, they know very well if they look for a budget they need to propose movies which don’t upset anyone. When they look for a distribution they know far too well what kind of product is likely to be financed”. 

Only real Independent Cinema can make real films: movies which look for something more than pure revenue (i.e. Art concept).

The problem for Independent Cinema is

1)     To exist a movie needs to be seen.
2)     To be seen a film needs a distribution
3)     Distributors just look for money (isn’t it Netflix?) so won’t take risks, they won’t show real movies, those which dare. That’s it.

Hence: Cinema is dead, long live the Cinema

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ABOUT ROCK & ROLL

”You said rock & roll comes before everything else for you, why?”. 

Joe thought this through for a few seconds before responding “I was 17 and I’d never listened to rock & roll. During a student assembly I was on my own, as usual. A couple of class-mates came over with a Walkman: ‘Check this out!’. ‘What’s that?’ I asked. ‘Just try it’. I put skeptically the earphones on and it all happened in a flash: a pure explosion of sensations, expressions, happiness. Above all a relief, a Nirvana feeling: no matter what your age is you’re not the only one. It all started then and there was no return. You see I can stay away from everything in my life: I didn’t watch movies for a decade, I didn’t read books for years, I didn’t even meet any human being for months but if I didn’t listen to rock & roll a few hours a day I wouldn't get out of bed”.

The interviewer looked at the novelist with a puzzled face “If music is so important to you why do you write instead of playing?”.  Joe looked away for a few seconds then back to the guy and smiled sly


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HELLFIRE


Sometimes picnics end up in an unexpected way…  

Friday, May 26, 2017

“What’s to explain about Grunge?”


Lately I see a question often posed by people in their 20s or early 30s: “What’s to explain about Grunge?” with an irritated tone for feeling treated as if they weren’t good enough to understand.

The point is It’s not that easy to explain what grunge represented for those who were teen-agers back in the days.

The 80’s was the quintessential hedonist decade: yuppies careerists, movies about steroid abusers fighting “the reds”, hair metal-hard rock bands celebrating money and success.

But then the magic happened.

A bunch of guys coming from Washington state dressed with ripped jeans, simple T-shirts and Converse shoes said enough with this shit, let’s talk about real people, real problems.

The “Losers” took over the “Successful ones”.

No more Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Europe and above all Gun’s N’ Roses.

Just drum, bass, guitar and distortion.

And anger expressed through art.

And us empathizing with them, feeling finally represented.

For a lustrum we were king.

That’s it


Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

TRAINSPOTTING 2 - review


When I first watched Trainspotting (1996) what I appreciated the most was the capability of Welsh (to write) and Boyle (to stage) a reality with neither filters nor hypocrisy.

The characters were a bunch of losers, ‘’cunts’’ who were living in a society based on rules and people that weren’t any less cunty than them.

Mark, Spud, Sick Boy, (somehow even Begbie but not Tommy) preferred to stay away from that banal, hypocritical world and yet reminding one way or another of the guys-next-door.

Is drug addiction not that worse than the bourgeois falsehoods? Who knows…

Trainspotting 2 manages to give some continuity: when you are in your mid 40s people who haven’t seen you in a very long time expect you to be a sensible grown-up with a family, kids, a respectable job and ‘’all sorts of other shite’’.

What happens if you don’t? Should you feel ashamed and find a quick way not to disappoint those expectations or should you feel proud to be who you are? Is your real nature to be pushed away or embraced? Everybody has their own answer.

What is clear is that once again Boyle moves from drama to comedy, surreal, grotesque in a matter of seconds with a bunch of Dutch tilts and all the stylistic elements of his way of directing.

At the end of the day this is a film which is very consistent with the original philosophy


Monday, January 9, 2017

Top 10 movies 2016!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Casa Nostra Abroad - Ep 4

New Episode of Casa Nostra Abroad with subtitles (do not empathize with those who are looking for an accommodation: reality is far worse than that!)
Nuovo episodio di Casa Nostra Abroad con sottotitoli (non immedesimatevi in quelli che cercano casa: la realta’ e’ molto peggio!)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Perche' l'Italia non cresce: occhio ai cazzari!


Dare un occhio quassu', e poi uno quaggiu'


Cosa emerge? Che chiunque vi dica che il problema italiano e' l'Euro e' un cazzaro e chiunque rimpiange Craxi, Andreotti etc etc  non ha capito niente. Fino alla soglia degli anni '80 l'Italia aveva le stesse statistiche dei paesi europei piu virtuosi. Poi cosa e' successo? Che il debito pubblico (vero freno alla ripresa italiana) passa dal 56% nel rapporto sul PIL (accettabilissimo) nel 1981 al 121.55% del 1995 (7 anni prima dell'ingresso nell'Euro!). Chi sono stati i presidenti del consiglio in quella fase? Principalmente Craxi ed Andreotti. Perche' aumento' il debito pubblico (oltre che per corruzione, mafia etc) in quella fase? Per fare contenti gli elettori (con concessioni varie che non si potevano concedere) e rimanere al potere. Attenzione sempre a chi ci racconta la storia: lo fa sempre nel suo interesse e mai nel nostro.