Derek Winnert

Posts Tagged "Italy"

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John Wick: Chapter 2 **** (2017, Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane) – Movie Review

Italian villain Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) is none too thrilled when retired ex-hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) refuses his marker to repay his debt and to make a kill for him. Santino promptly blows up his house to […]

Feb, 17

Bitter Rice [Riso Amaro] **** (1949, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone, Doris Dowling, Vittorio Gassman) – Classic Movie Review 4768

Co-writer/ director Giuseppe De Santis’s stark, yet blatantly sexual, Italian neo-realist 1949 film study of deprived women workers in Italy’s Po Valley rice fields is famous for conferring stardom on the provocatively sensual 19-year-old Silvana […]

Dec, 07

No Peace under the Olives [Non C’è Pace tra gli Ulivi] *** (1950, Raf Vallone, Lucia Bosé, Folco Lulli) – Classic Movie Review 4767

After fighting for his country, a young Italian peasant returns to his home in the hills only to find himself involved in more bloodshed when he avenges himself on the landowner who stole his girl […]

Dec, 06

Inferno **½ (2016, Tom Hanks, Ben Foster, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen) – Movie Review

After all his previous problems in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons (2009), you’d think Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) would be enjoying some well deserved peace and quiet, especially after all those dead priests […]

Oct, 14

The Big Blue [Le Grand Bleu] ***½ (1988, Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette) – Classic Movie Review 4462

Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Reno star as two divers, rivals since childhood, who battle for supremacy of the deep. Director Luc Besson’s fascinating but under-written and overblown 1988 movie was a huge hit with the […]

Oct, 06

The Hawks and the Sparrows [Uccellacci e Uccelini] ***½ (1966, Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi) – Classic Movie Review 4136

Writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1966 bitter-sweet parable film, about an old father (the grizzled iconic comedian Totò) and his son (the director’s mop-topped discovery Ninetto Davoli) who go on their travels along the road in the […]

Aug, 07

Splendor **** (1989, Marcello Mastroianni, Massimo Troisi, Marina Vlady) – Classic Movie Review 4048

Italian writer-director Ettore Scola’s affectingly nostalgic 1989 salute to the cinema is as good and glorious as the much more lauded Cinema Paradiso (1988). Marcello Mastroianni is splendid as Jordan, the owner and manager of the […]

Jul, 19

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