I was watching the first episodes of director Paolo Sorrentino’s new HBO TV series The Young Pope (starring Jude Law and premiering in the USA on January 15) and it hit me; Sorrentino is one of the cinema greats of all time, Italian or otherwise. Moving to TV, he’s on cutting age of good things to come for other Italian filmmakers.
You can love or hate his movies; you can “get him” or be confused by him; but you can’t dismiss him. His films are a cut above anything else in terms of innovation, creativity, bravery, and beauty, and La Grande Bellezza is arguably one of the best Italian films of all time.
Number 25 on Ciak Magazine’s 2016 “It List” Alessandro Borghi is big and about to get bigger. Last year his roles in Suburra and Non Essere Cattivo cemented him in the “Best Actor” category, and his role in Michele Vannucci’s Il Più Grande Sogno this year keeps him there.
He’s got talent, charisma, and, as a friend just said to me, “He’s a babe!”. Yes, he is VERY GOOD LOOKING and we will look for his Ciak Magazine ranking to get even higher in 2017. Watch for him in the upcoming TV series based on Suburra, the movie.
I have yet to get an Italian to admit liking Checco, and yet his movies are the top-grossing in the history of Italian cinema. They dismiss him, saying that he speaks to the lowest common denominator, but that can’t be all of it.
First of all, I think that intellectuals misunderstand Checco. Yes, he’s a boorish lout, but he’s a boorish lout who is willing to learn. He isn’t celebrating stupidity, he’s lampooning it. I think he’s funny.
There are plenty of boorish louts in Italian cinema that I HATE (i.e.: Mandelli and Biggio), but Checco’s got something VERY BIG going on that can’t be ignored.
In the “Where Have You Been All My Life?” category, the stars of the Edoardo De Angelis film Indivisibili, actresses/singers Angela and Marianna Fontana are at the top. These lovely, multi-talented twin sisters are mind-blowing in the film and destined for greatness.
Director Paolo Genovese already had my attention with films like Una Famiglia Perfetta the Christmas movie about the guy who hires a family for Christmas. He’s witty and smart and his dialogue is awesome, and Americans got to see this for themselves when he brought his award-winning Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) to the Tribeca Film Festival (it won best foreign screenplay).
There’s talk of an American remake, but it will be beloved when it comes in its original form to US theaters.