“When you come to the south you cry twice, when you arrive and when you leave.” – Mattia (Alessandro Siani), Benvenuti al Sud.
New From Daniele Ciprì :La Buca
Two years after his directorial debut, È Stato il Figlio (It was the son) Daniele Ciprì”s second film La Buca (the hole) opens in Italy September 25. La Buca is a comedy,…
Happy Birthday Sophia Loren
As one director recently said, “Sophia is perhaps the only movie star who has never forgotten where she came from.”
What To Watch Right Now: Paolo Virzì’s Il Capitale Umano
I’ve been calling it “The Next Big Thing” and now it’s just “The Big Thing”. Being considered for an Oscar nomination and for a European Film…
My Favorite Movies. It’s A Pretty Embarrassing List.
I could lie and make up a list of more intellectual movies, but this one’s for real. These are the movies I’ve watched so many times I’ve memorized the lines.
Luigi Lo Cascio Has Two Chances To Make It To The Academy Awards
Even though it should be three chances for a nomination, two isn’t all that bad.
And The Oscar Goes To
Never have there been so many strong candidates but the final choice is clear.
Finalmente: Un Ragazzo D’Oro
Un Ragazzo D’Oro: Golden Boy Sharon Stone in an Italian movie with Riccardo Scamarcio and Cristiana Capotondi! It will hit Italian theaters this week – will it make…
Important Recognition for Ivano De Matteo’s I Nostri Ragazzi
I Nostri Ragazzi: I loved it so much I went to both screenings, it was my favorite at the Venice Film Festival, and it turns out I wasn’t alone in my praise for the film…
The World’s Best Actor is the World’s Nicest Guy: Luigi Lo Cascio
I’ve seen every movie he’s ever made, many of them more times than I care to admit, his birthday, October 20 is the official “I Love Italian Movies” day of…
A Good Day at the Venice Film Festval
Riccardo Scamarcio, Valeria Golino, Daniele Ciprì, Isabella Ferrara! My photos of the best day ever at the Vevice Film Festival.
Looking Forward To Venice: Senza Nessuna Pietà
You can’t hope for a new life without settling the score with the old one.
Looking Forward To Venice: Abel Ferrara’s ‘Pasolini’
Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s mysterious death is the subject of a new movie from director Abel Ferrara, who tries to solve the mystery and I have a ticket for the…
My Favorite Italian Movie Moments
It’s true. I LOVE ITALIAN MOVIES
Happy Birthday Daniele Ciprì
Auguri Daniele Ciprì! August is your month!
8 Italian Movies For Manly Men
Here are some movies for guys; shooting, sex, and blood guaranteed.
5 Italian Stars To Get Big Celebrity Crushes On
With all those good-looking celebrities in Italy, you probably already have one, but just in case…
#TBT, Top Ten With I Love Italian Movies!
My TBTs don’t go back decades, but even Pane e Tulipani is an old movie now!
The Venice Film Festival: Remember To Pack Your Pearls
It’s that time of the year again; I’m getting ready for the Venice Film Festival and I am going to be yammering on about it incessantly so get ready.
My Favorite Moments From Venice Film Festivals
I’m taking a trip down memory lane this morning as I get ready for this year’s Venice Film Festival.
10 Things I’ve Learned From Italian Movies
Italian Movies Are Educational
Pasolini: Premiering at the Venice Film Festival
Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s mysterious death is the subject of a new movie from director Abel Ferrara, who tries to solve the mystery.
Venice Film Festival Lineup
Highlighted for Italian movie fans
Free, Complete Italian Movies On YouTube: Catch Them While You Can
They come and they go from YouTube, so watch them while they are there. Most don’t have subtitles, but they’re free!
Top Ten Reasons To Pay Attention To Italian Cinema Right Now
1) It’s Easier To Find Italian Movies These Days. Though there is still the problem of distribution laws and what can and can’t be legally streamed, there are still…
Herman Koch’s ‘The Dinner’ Becomes Ivano De Matteo’s ‘I Nostri Ragazzi’
One of my favorite books, The Dinner by Dutch author Herman Koch, is being made into a movie. Wait, it gets better. One of my favorite books, The Dinner by Dutch author Herman…
Italian Movies For Italian Americans
You’re first or second generation Italian; maybe you’ve visited but most of what you know about Italy is from your Nonna’s stories? Here are some movies to make…
The Updated Gay Guide To Italian Movies
The Gay Guide, though in no ways definitive, can give you some idea of what is happening in Italian Cinema these days. I’ve cleaned it up a bit and added a couple of films.…
Supergirls in Italian Cinema
Watch out boys: The girls are taking over.
Alice Rohrwacher Wins at Cannes: Clearly, Italy is Back in the Game
Two years ago Matteo Garrone won the Gran Prix for Reality, the following year, there was an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Sorrentino’s ‘La Grande Bellezza’,…
Golden Lion Winner ‘Sacro GRA’ at New York’s Lincoln Center
I should have known that Sacro GRA would win the Golden Lion at the Venice FIlm Festival last year; the crowd went wild and the ovation was greater and longer than for any other…
La Mafia Uccide Solo D’Estate
Pierfrancesco “Pif” Diliberto, Italian TVs answer to Jon Stewart has made his first movie, a clever child’s eye view of what it was like for normal people living under…
Really no need to fasten your seat belts for this old school Italian melodrama.
In America she’d probably get cast in all the “girl next door” roles and win everyone’s hearts in the end, and in Italy she gets those…
Attention Canadians: Don’t miss Black Souls, Anime Nere, from director Francesco Munzi tomorrow at the Toronto Film Festival.
Pierfrancesco Favino wants you to go to the official page of his new film, in theaters now, Senza Nessuna Pietà and post a selfie in front…
Want to know how lazy I was this year? I didn’t even pack my camera, just took pictures with my iphone. I don’t think I’ll do…
You have to understand; I am not the kind of person to even say the word “selfie”. I spent years refusing to “high five” and “fist…
My fourth Venice Film Festival has concluded and I hope to go back every possible future year, even if Asia Argento (Dario’s precocious daughter) says that…
Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and American actor Adam Driver won best actress and best actor for their wonderful performances in Saverio Costanza’s Hungry Hearts, an English…
Based on a book, The Dinner by Dutch author Herman Koch, Ivano De Matteo’s I Nostri Ragazzi (Our Kids) is officially my favorite movie so far…