Movie Review – A Chiara

A Chiara Italy (2021) Dir. Jonas Carpignano Teenage curiosity is blight on our lives. We are all keen to know the things adults have kept from us; some can’t seem to wait for the door to the world to open for them and try to gain early entry, rarely with positive results. What makes it … Continue reading Movie Review – A Chiara

Movie Review – The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy (Il ragazzo invisibile) Italy (2014) Dir. Gabriele Salvatores Not a remake of the 1957 sci-fi cash in featuring Robbie The Robot but a rare foray into the superhero genre for Italian cinema. They have dipped their toes in the past, mostly in the late 1960s and early 1970s with low budget rip … Continue reading Movie Review – The Invisible Boy

Movie Review – Martin Eden

Martin Eden Italy (2019) Dir. Pietro Marcello Does art influence culture or does culture influence art? Do you have to be a certain class of person to appreciate or create art, or can you become a certain type of person because you appreciate or create art? In other words, can the two co-exist without one … Continue reading Movie Review – Martin Eden

Movie Review – Youtopia

Youtopia Italy (2018) Dir. Bernardo Carboni Money is the root of all evil, as the saying goes and often it is not hard to concur. It is nice to have it and troublesome when we don’t, whilst those who have plenty feel entitle to more. To get money takes hard work, luck, and often sacrifice, … Continue reading Movie Review – Youtopia

Movie Review – Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini)

Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) Italy (2019) Dir. Claudio Giovannesi The Mafia are one of the most notorious crime syndicates in the world. Whilst it is unwise for anyone to get on the wrong side of them, there is equal concern for anyone wanting to join them, given a long life expectancy isn’t guaranteed. Yet, … Continue reading Movie Review – Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini)

Movie Review – Figli

Figli  Italy (2020) Dir. Giuseppe Bonito Having children is a primary reason people get married. The idea of creating a human life and nurturing is journey in the world is something that brings couples together and strengthens their marriage. Some couples go a bit mad and have loads of kids, but this doesn’t suit everyone. … Continue reading Movie Review – Figli

Movie Review – Good Girls (Brave ragazze)

Good Girls (Brave ragazze) Italy (2019) Dir. Michela Andreozzi “I am woman, hear me roar” No matter how much men hate to admit it, women are made of much tougher stuff than they are given credit for. And, like us chaps, when they are backed into a corner they will come out fighting with all … Continue reading Movie Review – Good Girls (Brave ragazze)

The Traitor (Il traditore)

The Traitor (Il traditore) Italy (2019) Dir. Marco Bellocchio If you were part of a huge criminal organisation like the Mafia then the last thing you would do is become a police informer and spill the beans about the inner workings of this dangerous group. To ensure his place in Italian history - or infamy … Continue reading The Traitor (Il traditore)

The Immortal (L’immortale)

The Immortal (L'immortale) Italy (2019) Dir. Marco D'Amore There is a great sketch on the infamous Derek & Clive: Ad Nauseam album about people not putting labels on everyday things leading to mass confusion. I was lured into watching this film by it being a spin-off from Gomorrah, a noted Italian crime film from 2008, loosely … Continue reading The Immortal (L’immortale)

The Cormorants (I cormorani)

The Cormorants (I cormorani) Italy (2016) Dir. Fabio Bobbio Childhood summers, spent with friends hanging out, living life without a care. It sounds idyllic and for many might be the stuff of fiction like an Enid Blyton story rather than real life, but real life doesn’t always make for fun and engrossing cinema either. Two … Continue reading The Cormorants (I cormorani)