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martedì 30 gennaio 2018

Get Out

Get Out (2017) is a comic/ horror written and directed by Jordan Peele, starring Daniel Kaluuya (Chris) and Allison Williams (his girlfriend Rose). The movie earned 2 noms at the Golden Globes and is running for 4 statuettes at the 90th Academy Awards- Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor for Kaluuya.
The movie tells the misadventures of Chris, a black young photographer who agrees to meet his girlfriend’s parents who live a beautiful colonial house in the countyside. Mom and Dad turn out to be the worst kind of racist psychos cunducting illegal experiments on Rose’s love interests.
  • Get Out is the first movie I have seen in this award season. And I have enjoyed it because it deals with current topics, such as racism still is in nowadays’ society and illegal scientifical experiments on human beings. But yet, Get Out makes you think&laugh in a comical entertaining way. But it scares you at the same time. How come that illegal experiments are made without no-one notice it? Or worse: a) no one seems to really care, b) where are the authorities?
  • Daniel Kaluuya gives his face to a complex character. Chris is an ambicious photographer who lives a common, decent life. When things get dangerous, he does not suspect on his beloved girlfriend, does he? But then Chris manages to wake up and manages to get out this horrific reality. A black guy who is smart, fast and “good” in a subdle racial movie where the blacks are not only restrained to play the part of the victims. Chris’ role in the movie jumps of the opposition of colors, making us reflect more on the cruel experiments. We don’t tolerate them because they are injustly applied on black people or we don’t tolerate them at all? I mean, even if applied to asian people/european/caucasian or on the environment and the animals? Kaluuya’s acting portrays all this. Intense interpretation.
  • Rose’s family. I mean, wow. How is it even possible that a revival colonial house exists in 21th c? The parallelism between the 2 “worlds”, contemporary and colonial is very interesting.
  • Classical horror effects, music and… tools.

Movie rating: 5/5 stars.

In my opinion, one of the most complete movies of the season, even if its early screen opening seems to cut Get out out of the awards game. Be scared of outsiders.  

giovedì 25 gennaio 2018

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour (2017) British war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and Ben Mendelsohn as Bernie, the king.
The Darkest Hour is running for Best picture in the 90th Oscars and Gary Oldman was nominated for best actor in a leading role, after winning the Golden Globe Award.

The movie follows the early days of Churchill as Prime Minister: due to the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign, Churchill carries a poor reputation but seems the only man who can solve a bi-partisan crisis. Churchill is a old annoying druker but he knows how to speak properly: thanks to Churchill’s radio interventions and his committment to the cause, he managed to high the medium english moral about a war that seems lost. After Belgium surrenderd to the SS troops and France was about to be invaded completely, Churchill leads the evacuation of more than 300000 troops in Dunkirk’s beach, thanks to the fundamental help of 4000 brave english soldiers left in Calais.

  • This is the second movie of this season that deals with the evacuation of Dunkirk- together with “Dunkirk” movie- but it does so in a different perspective. Talking less about action and more about political organization, the Darkest Hour is a beautiful insight in both an historiacal momentum and a character, Winston Churchill, that, more than others, represents the real English pride.
  • The other politicians & the king: what a precise description. All the scenes seems as a doc- movie ! Without being boring for a second !
  • Gary Oldman as Churchill is one of the best performances of the year. He seems as if he were is alter-ego. Phenomenal in portraying Churchill’s behavour and moves. The nomination was truly deserved and in my opinon, Gary Oldan may be one of the strongest contendents.
I’ve enjoyed so much this movie. It won’t win the Academy award, but hope dies last. As Churchull said.

Movie rating: 5/5 stars.

martedì 23 gennaio 2018



  • Call Me by Your Name
    Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers
  • Darkest Hour
    Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski, Producers
  • Dunkirk
    Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • Get Out
    Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele, Producers
  • Lady Bird
    Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O'Neill, Producers
  • Phantom Thread
    JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi, Producers
  • The Post
    Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
  • The Shape of Water
    Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers


Timothée Chalamet- Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis- Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya-Get Out
Gary Oldman-Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington-Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Sally Hawkins-The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand-Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie-I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan-Lady Bird
Meryl Streep-The Post

Willem Dafoe-The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson-Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins-The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer-All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell-Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


Mary J. Blige-Mudbound
Allison Janney-I, Tonya
Lesley Manville- Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf-Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer-The Shape of Water

The Boss Baby
Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito
The Breadwinner
Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo
Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson
Carlos Saldanha
Loving Vincent
Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart


Blade Runner 2049
Roger A. Deakins
Darkest Hour
Bruno Delbonnel
Hoyte van Hoytema
Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water
Dan Laustsen


Beauty and the Beast

Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour
Jacqueline Durran
Phantom Thread
Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water
Luis Sequeira
Victoria & Abdul
Consolata Boyle


Christopher Nolan
Get Out
Jordan Peele
Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Steve James, Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman
Faces Places
Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda
Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
Last Men in Aleppo
Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen
Strong Island
Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes


Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Frank Stiefel
Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon
Knife Skills
Thomas Lennon
Traffic Stop

Kate Davis and David Heilbroner


Baby Driver
Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Lee Smith
I, Tonya
Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water
Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jon Gregory


A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
On Body and Soul

The Square


Darkest Hour
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
Victoria & Abdul
Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Arjen Tuiten


Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread
Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water
Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
John Williams
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Carter Burwell


"Mighty River" from Mudbound
Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
"Mystery Of Love" from Call Me by Your Name
Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
"Remember Me" from Coco
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"Stand Up For Something" from Marshall
Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
"This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman
Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul


Beauty and the Beast
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049
Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water
Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin


Dear Basketball
Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
Garden Party
Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon
Dave Mullins and Dana Murray
Negative Space
Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
Revolting Rhymes
Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer


DeKalb Elementary
Reed Van Dyk
The Eleven O'Clock
Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
My Nephew Emmett
Kevin Wilson, Jr.
The Silent Child
Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
Watu Wote/All of Us
Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen


Baby Driver
Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049
Mark Mangini and Theo Green
Richard King and Alex Gibson
The Shape of Water
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce


Baby Driver
Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
Blade Runner 2049
Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth
Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo
The Shape of Water
Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson


Blade Runner 2049
John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
War for the Planet of the Apes
Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist


Call Me by Your Name
Screenplay by James Ivory
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
Molly's Game
Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

The Big Sick
Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Get Out
Written by Jordan Peele
Lady Bird
Written by Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water
Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Written by Martin McDonagh

lunedì 22 gennaio 2018

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water (2017) is a fantasy-drama directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Sally Hawkins (Elena Esposito), Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer.
Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who meet and fall in love with a captured humanoid-amphibian creature.
  • Sally Hawkins is brilliant. She literally acts without uttering a word, in such a meaningful way. The main character portrays how every human being needs love in their life, to be loved and, eventually, love in return, no matter if the beloved is not another human. Love wins.

  • The creature. Is it a sensitive mermaid or a bloody amphibin? This dualism, how the creature behaves in a sweet and human way with Elena is in extreme contrast with its brutal side, shown during the medical experiments. And why are amphibians eating eggs all the time? This character does not convince me.

  • Colonel Richard Strickland or the man who first captures the creature in a river, than can’t wait to vivisect it. But why? If the creature is needed to gap the Russians in technology, why on earth this urge to get rid of it? Besides, the ugly use of violence puts a cross on this character.

  • The artist, gay, close friend Giles. He helps and supports Emilia in a clumsy way. Funny or upsetting? Don’t know.
The movie does not convince me, in spide of the good reviews. Lacks in the plot and too little fantasy to be called a fantasy movie.
Movie rating: 2/5 stars
Let me know what you think.

mercoledì 17 gennaio 2018

Lady Bird

Lady Bird (2017) is a comedy-drama movie directed by Greta Gerwing, starring Saoirse Roman (Lady Bird/Christine) , Laurie Mecalf (mother), Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet.
Lady Bird and her best friend Julie attend a Catholic high School in Sacramento. Lady Bird has a dream: becoming someone, while entering, like her brother, an important university. During the movie, she tested what love can mean, having breaf relationship with a class-mate and an alternative musician. During the movie, Lady Bird fights against her mother, who tries to coordinate the whealth of the family, after her husband had lost the job. “Lady Bird” is a movie of self discovery, along the path of becoming an adult.
Soirse Ronan was nominated at the 75a Golden Globes Awards for best actress in a comedy feature.

  • An interesting and entertaing movie! It shows how complex can be the growing up process. It shows exactly how a young adult is elfish, interested only in her own business… I mean, she doesn’t even noticed her father suffered about depression ! Or, let’s admit it, Lady Bird is in love more of the idea of love than paying attention of love itself… she doesn’t realize her boyfriend was gay!
  • Soirse Ronan is thrilling ! Funny, clumsy, chicky… a pure pleasure for the eyes. The irish 24 yo is perfect in Lady Bird’s shoes. And what a transformation! Hairstyle and clothes come right from the 2000s. Authentic.
  • Lady Bird’s mother: a real women. We spectator are wondering when occurs the gap in becoming an adult between head in clouds’ Lady Bird and her mother? Concerned about material issues as money, dealing with duble shifts, her husband problems and… well, a daughter that sees nothing over her nose.
  • Oh dear 2000s. Love the school parties and relationship between class-mates. Are you the coolest? “If you are still hanging out with Kyle, we can catch up”
  • Sacramento- Nyc: or suburbs vs metropolitan city. Nyc seems the perfect city for a head full of dreams. Or not?

Movie rating: 3.5 / 5.
Entertaing but a bit predictable.

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lunedì 15 gennaio 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) written and directed by Martin McDonagh, starring Frances McDormand , Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage. The film follows a mother – Mildred (McDormand) who, when the police in her town fail to find a suspect in her daughter's Angela murder, rents three billboards to call public attention to the unsolved crime, polarizing the attention of the community. On the billboards there was written: "RAPED WHILE DYING", "AND STILL NO ARRESTS?", and "HOW COME, CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?” Willoughby was the chief of the local police, blaimed for the unsuccessful investigations. After his death, a former member of the police, agent Dixon (Rockwell) , team attempts to solve the crime.
The film was screened in the main competition of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on September 4, 2017.The movie, also played at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival,where it won the People's Choice Award. Recently at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film gained 4 prizes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress – Drama (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Rockwell), and Best Screenplay.

  • The best movie of the year. Intense, emotional being simple and with no pomposity at all. The power of the words written in the infamous billboards that Mildred decided to rent in her daughter’s behalf are, more than anything this year, contemporary. A movie that follows an important issue, as phisical violence on women is, in a season when famous actresses have decided to denunciate hers monsters.
  • Why are the Ebbing’s people so angry with Mildred and her billboard’s agents? Why can’t they admit the inefficiency of the authority rather than piss of on people who have the right to ask for justice?
  • So well played is Mildred, a strong character, that has nothing to do with the beauty princess style, so often designed for women to play on screen. Mildred is boyish in her determinate and agressive way, a bit gangster, a bit alchoolic, but yet real, genuine. As complex as a real women, that is allowed with no one’s permission to wear her favourite mechanic’s overall.
  • The spectator is tempted to feel pity for Willoughby. McDonagh with beautiful family pictures reminds us that Willoughby is a human being. But how can we feel close to the man who has done nothing to solve Angela’s case? Tricky move. As the letter Willoughby writes before committing suicide. He frees Dixon from his demons and Mildred’s from the people’s hate.
  • Dixon in 3 words? Piece Of Shit. Racist, violent, misogenist. At the end, a complete metamorphosis. Can the role of a man make any difference ?
  • Arresting not Angela’s killer but another rapist is far? Injustice isn’t, so if we can’t solve an unsolved crime, we can prevent a future one. Prevention. What a wonderful message this movie delivers.
Movie rating: 5 stars /5.


lunedì 8 gennaio 2018

75° Golden Globes winners

Best dramatic tv series : The handmaid’s tale
over the nominated: Game of Thrones, This is us, The Crown, Stranger Things

Best actess in a dramatic movie: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards along Ebbing, Missouri
over the nominated: Jessica Chastain- Molly’s Game, Sally Hawkins- The Shape of Water, Michelle Williams- All the money in the world, Meryl Streep- The Post

Best actor in a dramatic movie: Gary Oldan- The Darkest hours
over: Daniel Day-Lewis: Phantom Thread, Timothée Chalamet- Call me by your name, Denzel Washington- Roman J. Israel Esq. , Tom Hanks-The Post.

Best dramatic movie: Three Billboards along Ebbing, Missouri
over: The shape of water, Dunkirk, The Post, Call me by your name.

Best actor in a comedie: James Franco- The Disaster artist
over: Hugh Jackman- The greatest showman, Ansel Elgot- Baby driver, Steve Carell- The sex battle, Daniel Kaluuya- Get out

Best supporting actress: Allison Janney- I, Tonya
over: Laurie Metcalf- Lady Bird, Mary J.Blige-Mudbound, Octavia Spencer-The Shape of water, Hong Chau- Downsizing

Best supporting actor: Sam Rockwell- Three Billboards along Ebbing, Missouri
over: Armie Hammer- Call me by your name, Christopher Plummer- All the money in the world, Willem Dafoe- The Florida project, Richard Jenkins- The Shape of water

Best actress in dramatic tv series: Elisabeth Moss- The Handmaid’s Tale
over: Claite Fory-The Crown, Caitrona Balfe-Outlander, Katherine Langfords- 13 reasons why, Maggie Gyllenhaal- The Deuce
Best actress in a comedy movie: Saoirse Ronan- Lady Bird
over: Emma Stone- The battle of the sexes, Helen Mirren- Ella&John, Margot Robbie- I,Tonya, Judi Dench-Victoria & Abdul

Best comedy: Lady Bird
over: The Greatest showman, Get Out, The Disaster Artist, I,Tonya

Best actor in a dramatic series: Sterling K. Brown-This is us
over: Bob Odenkirk- Better Call Saul, Jason Bateman-Ozark, Freddie Highmore- The Good doctor, Liev Schreiber- Ray Donovan

Best original song: This is me
over: Mighty River, The Star, Home, Remember me

Best director: Guillermo de Toro- The Shape of Water
over: Martin McDonagh- Three Billboards along Ebbing, Missouri, Ridley Scott- All the money in the world, Steven Speilberg- The Post, Christopher Nolan-Dunkirk

sabato 6 gennaio 2018

Dunkirk (2017) directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden and Harry Styles. 

The movie was acclaimed since its release in July 2017. 

Operation Dunkirk portrays the evacuation of sea, land and air of the homonimous region in France occupied by the english army. Tommy, the only one who survived a german attack, finds on a beach a great number of troops awating for evacuation. The troops managed to leave the beach thanks to a hospital ship and a prive yacht, driven by Mr Dawson and his son Peter plus the contribution of a hurricane pilot.

The reason why this movie is so considered by the public opinion is obscure to me. Of course, there are little dialogues in a movie that is pritty much visual and musical, but the plot seems flat as if nothing really important occurs throughout the story. 

Techically, great landscapes, facial expression , dramatic moments and emotional soundtrack. But, beyond this compositional surface ? Boring. I had to replay it twice. 

Movie rating 2/5.

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venerdì 5 gennaio 2018

Call me by your name

Call Me by Your Name (2017) directed by Luca Guadagnino is one of the most longed movies of this award season. Set in Northern Italy in 1983, Call Me by Your Name narrates the love story between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old half italian, half french and his father's American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer).
The movie absorbes you with its vintage allure, whilst the days pass by under the beautiful italian sun. It is summer time, when the young Elio shares his spare time with an uncommon friend. I enjoyed the setting, the soft & slow narration, the pastel colours, the taste of the sweet appricots. Everything is armonic as only can be in an Italian environment.
The 22 yo Timothée Chalamet is superb. Natural, naive, predictable in his characters shoes. He deliveres, in my opinion, one of the best performance of the year.
Armie Hammer is perfectly in the mood of the “superstar” american. The nomination for best supporting actor is really hot.
Call Me By Your Name deals with the these- days fashionable theme of homosexuality (after the acclaimed “Carol” and last year’s winner “Moonlight”): in the first half of the movie, the issue is quite silent, whereas he explodes in the second half. Did I enjoy the outcome of Elio and Oliver’s relationship? Actually, no. Too much unjustified sex scenes that, in my view, in the long term have destroyed the initial nice-to-watch platonic relationship.

Movie rating: 4/5.
Let’s see what comes from the Golden Globes and, of course, the Oscars.

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giovedì 4 gennaio 2018

I, Tonya

I, Tonya (2017) directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers.
starring Margot Robbie (also a producer), Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson.
The movie follows the life and career of figure skater Tonya Harding, with particular focus on her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival and Olympic team mate Nancy Kerrigan. 
Great things have been said about Margot Robbie’s acting in this movie, which is why I’ve finally decided myself not only to watch it, but also to review it as an opening to the 2018 Ciak Movies’ winter movie season. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the reading. 
The movie is a combination of fake interviews (made on the path of real ones) and a number of flashblacks which impulse the developement of Tonya’s incredibile story. Tricky and funny… who didn’t enjoy the old ma’s brutal behaviour? We laugh, even though the story is tragic. 
Margot Robbie is mezmerizing ! Funny, entertaining, sportive, messy, bitchy … whatever adjective, the former Harley Queen portrays the complexity of the true Tonya like anyone else could have done. Can we talk about her hairstyle? Please ! An award is in the air? Yeah, like a spry of fixer. 
Tonya’s husband or “what the fuck”: why is the girl so bond to this useless man? He hit her, he betrayed her, he even managed to break her career! In the whole lenght of the movie we are just like, “oh woman, kick him out”, but she didn’t. Huge mistake. …. acting? Pure ass hole. Wonderful.
Nancy’s attack. Gillespie portrays all the stupidity of the act. Ilarious. 
The quality of the movie: 2017 targed, even though it seems a movie made right out of the 70s. Pastel colors, fragmented images: a revised form of the old patter which differentiate itself form the conventional bio-pics. And of course, cloths, hairstyle and music, all adapted. 
Movie rating: 4.5 ⭐️ / 5
The only this that didn’t work is the fact that Tonya is banished form any competion in her sport. But this is what happened in real life, am I right?