Tag Archive: Ennio Morricone

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (L’Uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo)

BBBB (out of 5) An American writer visiting Rome walks by an art gallery and witnesses a woman being stabbed, blocked from helping her by giant glass doors (in one of the film’s… Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight

BBB (out of 5) Samuel L. Jackson blocks the path of a coach making its way to Red Rock across a nineteenth century snow-capped Wyoming ridge, begging a ride from its passengers. Jackson… Continue reading

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China Is Near (La Cina e Vicina)

BBBB (out of 5) A political comedy/drama that has lost none of its energy or vitality in the years since it was made.  Marco Bellocchio provides a rich satire on Italian society that… Continue reading

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1900 (Novecento)

BBBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are born on the same day at the very beginning of the twentieth century, one the grandson of the padrone (Burt Lancaster) who has ownership… Continue reading

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The Decameron (Il Decameron)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pasolini’s trilogy of life gets off to a terrific start with this spirited and funny adaptation of Boccaccio’s bawdy tales, with producer Alberto Grimaldi inspired by the success of… Continue reading

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Hamlet (1990)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Mel Gibson is excellent in the title role of the much-depressed Danish prince whose recent loss of his father has put him into a quandary: is it possible to forgive… Continue reading

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The Unknown Woman (The Unknown) (La Sconosciuta)

BBBB (out of 5) A Ukrainian woman shows up in a Roman apartment building to work as a house cleaner, then makes her way into the home of a highly successful jeweler and… Continue reading

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Malena

BBBB (out of 5) Monica Bellucci stars as the title character, the most beautiful woman in a small Italian village who is also the object of affection for a burgeoning young boy who becomes… Continue reading

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The Star Maker (L’Uomo Delle Stelle)

BBBB (out of 5) A con man in 1940s Italy travels from village to village filming people for bogus screen tests and promising that one day he’ll come back for them and make… Continue reading

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Cinema Paradiso

BBBB (out of 5) A successful, aging filmmaker looks back on his youth and remembers his life and the influence that movies have had on him throughout. He recalls his younger days as… Continue reading

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Two Mules For Sister Sara

BBBB (out of 5) While on a mission to find out about a French-protected fort that he plans on attacking, soldier Clint Eastwood comes across a nun (Shirley MacLaine) who is about to be… Continue reading

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La Cage Aux Folles

BBBB (out of 5) A gay couple who own a drag cabaret in St. Tropez are pleased when their son comes home for a visit and announces that he is soon to be… Continue reading

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Lolita (1997)

BBBB (out of 5) Vladimir Nabokov’s famously controversial novel received screen treatment once before when Stanley Kubrick adapted it in 1962. This time around the film version is, thanks to a more relaxed… Continue reading

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Days Of Heaven

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Every single frame in this gorgeous melodrama is dripping with beauty (it deservedly won an Oscar for its cinematography).  Richard Gere and Brooke Adams, unmarried and pretending to be siblings… Continue reading

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Disclosure

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Douglas is once again the bitch-magnet in this foray into misogyny and what it does to the corporate man. He plays an important executive at a computer software company… Continue reading

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Bugsy

BBB (out of 5) Thoroughly overrated gangster movie tells the true story of Benjamin Siegel (Warren Beatty) and his dream to build Las Vegas. Beatty, after years of being criticized for his placid,… Continue reading

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Le Professionnel

BB.5 (out of 5) Jean-Paul Belmondo is arrested in an African country while attempting to assassinate its president and goes to jail for a couple of years. After being released he returns to Paris,… Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time In The West (C’Era Una Volta Il West)

BBBBB (out of 5) Sergio Leone wasn’t interested in another western after his Man With No Name Trilogy concluded on a high note with The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, but difficulty… Continue reading

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A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari)

BBB (out of 5) Since Akira Kurosawa was inspired by American westerns to write and direct Yojimbo, it’s no surprise that this English-language remake of it fits the genre so well.   Clint… Continue reading

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For A Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sergio Leone followed up the popular Fistful Of Dollars with this staggering action film, an enjoyable sequel that surpasses the original in some ways.  Clint Eastwood returns as the… Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo)

BBBB (out of 5) Clint Eastwood returns for his third film as the Man With No Name (who, oddly, has a name this time) in a film that isn’t a continuation of For… Continue reading

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In The Line Of Fire

BBBB (out of 5) Trust Wolfgang Petersen to come up with a cop thriller that’s a good cut above the genre average. Clint Eastwood plays a near-retired agent who never got over the… Continue reading

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Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto)

BBBB (out of 5) No one made political films like Elio Petri, and this excellent drama is one of his hottest button-pushers.  Gian Maria Volonté is electrifying as a policeman who commits a murder… Continue reading

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A Quiet Place In The Country (Un Tranquillo Posto Di Campagna)

BB.5 (out of 5) Abstract painter Franco Nero decides that city life makes completing his latest gallery of works far too difficult. He asks his married agent and lover (Vanessa Redgrave) to rent a… Continue reading

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Salo, or The 120 Days Of Sodom (Salo o Le 120 Giornate Di Sodoma)

B.5 (out of 5) Sick and disgusting, this film is strangely not without its odd appeal. After all, when you find out that a film has this much revolting imagery (people eating feces,… Continue reading

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Arabian Nights (Flower Of The Arabian Nights) (Il Fiore Delle Mille E Una Notte)

BB.5 (out of 5) Visual splendour is a plus in this gorgeous but empty and uneven film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, part of his “Trilogy Of Life” which also includes The Decameron and… Continue reading

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Teorema

BBB (out of 5) If an Italian movie that spends most of its time focusing on a young Terence Stamp‘s tightly-panted crotch is your idea of a good time, and it should be,… Continue reading

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Hawks And Sparrows (The Hawks And The Sparrows) (Uccellacci e Uccellini)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pasolini lightens up a little in this charming comedy that takes Catholicism on with humour instead of trauma. Its picaresque narrative has father and son Totò and Ninetto Davoli… Continue reading

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The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti Di Canterbury)

BBBB (out of 5) Pier Paolo Pasolini adapts Chaucer to the big screen with ribald results: like the author’s near-pornographic work, this film is an immoral, perverse collection of bawdy tales that has… Continue reading

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Pasolini: An Italian Crime (Pasolini: Un Delitto Italiano)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Celebrated Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo, Accattone) had his prolific life ended abruptly when he was found bludgeoned to death in his car near a local beach outside… Continue reading

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Red Sonja

BB.5 (out of 5) This fantasy adventure is so terrible it’s actually fun. Brigitte Nielsen gives an awkward performance (emotionally, not physically) as a sword-wielding babe who has been gifted by a goddess… Continue reading

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According To Pereira (Sostiene Pereira)

BBB (out of 5) Marcello Mastroianni is terrific as a tired, aging Lisbon journalist whose cultural column is a staple of the city’s paper but its content is completely beyond the interest of his… Continue reading

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The Untouchables

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This adaptation of the Elliot Ness co-authored novel (the inspiration for a popular television series of the sixties) is a taut and exciting thriller in the best sense of… Continue reading

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Frantic

BBB.5 (out of 5) Very cool thriller by Roman Polanski stars Harrison Ford (unusually excellent) as a successful doctor visiting Paris with his wife (Betty Buckley) in order to give a presentation at a… Continue reading

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Ripley’s Game

BBBB (out of 5) Years after he originally showed us his talents by killing and assimilating his best friend, Tom Ripley (John Malkovich, at the very peak of his slithering form) lives the… Continue reading

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The Thing

BBB.5 (out of 5) A stray dog runs into a research station in Antarctica followed by a crazed man who is trying to kill it. The scientists working at the station have no… Continue reading

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The Exorcist II: The Heretic

B (out of 5) Laughably bad sequel to the most famous horror movie of all time (right after Psycho, I suppose). Linda Blair‘s Regan is still suffering from bad dreams because of her… Continue reading

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Bloodline

BB.5 (out of 5) A pharmaceutical tycoon is murdered on a ski trip, leaving his entire fortune and control of his company to his daughter (Audrey Hepburn). She takes on this great responsibility… Continue reading

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Tragedy Of A Ridiculous Man (La Tragedia Di Un Uomo Ridicolo)

BB.5 (out of 5) Middling Bertolucci drama about a cheese factory owner (Ugo Tognazzi) who witnesses his son being kidnapped before having a ransom demanded of him. In order to pay, Tognazzi would… Continue reading

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Before The Revolution (Prima Della Rivoluzione)

BBB (out of 5) A teenage boy is growing into his twenties and looking for a cause to fulfill his burgeoning ideology. He decides to flirt with communism, despite the fact that he… Continue reading

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Fists In The Pocket (I Pugni In Tasca)

BB (out of 5) Marco Bellocchio’s directorial debut is a searing indictment of bourgeois family values in a conservatively Catholic Italy. A dysfunctional clan living in a small town are headed by its… Continue reading

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Bulworth

BBBBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty plays Jay Billington Bulworth, an unhappy conservative Senator who decides that the best course of action for his political career is to take a contract out on… Continue reading

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Love Affair (1994)

BBB (out of 5) Warren Beatty co-wrote this remake of Leo McCarey’s ever-popular 1939 film of the same name, which was also filmed by McCarey in 1957 as An Affair To Remember.  Beatty plays… Continue reading

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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Atame!)

BBBB (out of 5) Pedro Almodovar really pulls out all the stops for this romantic comedy. Antonio Banderas (who has never been more attractive, before or since) plays a recently released mental patient who… Continue reading

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