When asked where I like to go on vacation, my answer will differ depending on who has asked me. Everybody knows I spend a lot of…
Italian Movie Music
Music Videos and other music from the newer Italian movie soundtracks.
Complete Italian Films on YouTube: Is it Ethical To Watch Them?
I’ve found the motherload of complete Italian and I don’t know what to do with them.
Auguroni Daniele Luchetti!
Happy birthday to Daniele Luchetti, a brilliant director, creative filmmaker, and all around great guy that I had the pleasure of meeting in New York City last June for Open…
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
The Good News and the Even Better News
What do you want first, the GOOD NEWS or the EVEN BETTER NEWS?
Happy Birthday Giuseppe Battiston
Prolific is a good adjective for Giuseppe Battiston. Friend and favorite actor of Silvio Soldini, he’s worked for Roberto Benigni, Cristina Comencini, Giulio Manfredonia…
The Ultimate Italian Movie Quiz
Name the films.
Paolo Virzì is Dreaming of American Blockbusters
Congratulations to Paolo Virzì who will this evening be awarded DIrector of the Year at the Ischia Global Fest for his latest film, Il Capitale Umano (Human Capital), already…
Feel Good Summer Movies From Italy
Sì Può Fare (We Can Do That) – Director Giulio Manfredonia does a wonderful job of making what could easily have been overly sentimental and one-dimensional a heartfelt…
If You Liked That One, You’ll Love This Italian Movie
If you liked Transformers, you’re out of luck. Italians don’t have the money to make something like that. But try these Italian alternatives to your more reasonably…
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!
Italian Movies For Beginners
‘My Italian is ok, I can understand and speak relatively well. But I’m looking for some films that are easy-going, light-hearted, feel-good (romantic comedies for…
The Best Italian Comedies of the Last Five Years
Checco Zalone is hilarious, has forever changed the face of Italian comedy, and is laughing all the way to the bank, but he’s not the only one with a fresh new look at…
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 “Should Have Wons”
It’s a great year for Italian cinema and the David di Donatellos, the Golden Globes, The Nastri D’Argentos,and even the American Academy Awards proved that. But in all…
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.…
Il Capitale Umano (Human Capital) From Paolo Virzì
Il Capitale Umano is director Paolo Virzì’s grand-slam home run, a film based on a book by Stephen Amidon that was begging to be a movie.
An Interview with Roberto Andò
Roberto Andò’s latest film, Viva La Liberta, is a gentle political satire reminiscnt of Hal Ashby’s Being There, and Andò is currently talking to a “very…
Smetto Quando Voglio – I Can Quit When I Want
In the first few minutes of Sydney Sibilia’s Smetto Quando Voglio ( I Can Quit When I Want), I thought, “Oh wow, Syd’s ripping off ‘Breaking Bad!’…
An Interview With Stephen Amidon, Author of Il Capitale Umano
I’ve been callling Paolo Virzì’s film “the next big thing” for a while now and, I told you so! Il Capitale Umano is winning award after award and did…
An Interview With Daniele Luchetti
I can’t say for sure, but I can only imagine what it would be like to organize an event featuring a bunch of Hollywood directors and celebrities, with all of the egos and…
Piccola Patria (Small Homeland) at Open Roads
I’m particularly excited for today’s screening of Piccola Patria (Small Homeland) at New York Lincoln Center’s Open Roads: New Italian Cinema. Director…
Supergirls in Italian Cinema
Watch out boys: The girls are taking over.
“This Award Obligates Us To Invest Even More In Italian Cinema”
Dario Franceschini, minister of MiBAC (The Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities is the culture ministry of the Italian Republic), has been tweeting good news for Italian…
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’,…
Piccola Patria At Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
My prediction about Alessandro Rossetto’s ‘Piccola Patria’ (Small Homeland) never making it out of Italy was unfounded; it will be screened at Open Roads:New…
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…
It seems that there are a lot of Italian actors and filmmakers that haven’t gotten the hang of Twitter. Not that I want them to go…
I’m gonna be honest, I am super busy today, but I thought I would give you one more reason to love Italian movies: Really good looking…
Born July 15, 1982 in Castiglione del Lago, Perugia, actress Laura Chiatti entered the Miss Teenager Europa contest in the singing category and got the “wrong” prize; she…
So what have Italians been buying movie tickets for? Checco, of course, and adorable Paola Cortelessi is in two of the top ten films so far…
About a year ago wrote about the new movie that Pupi Avati was making starring Cristiana Capotondi, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Sharon Stone, of all people. Called…
We are SO LUCKY today; author Gregory Earls has agreed to write a review for us, and it’s a film that I have lying around somewhere…