4 items from 2015
Some movies are simply bad, while a few jump full-body, heart and soul, into awful. “Anna” falls in the latter category. A gobsmackingly misguided drama about a fragile Neapolitan woman constantly told she’s worthless (mostly by the insufferable lyrics to Epsilon Indi’s music), the pic has one salvageable quality in the intense performance of Valeria Golino, who picked up Venice’s best actress prize. Unattractively shot, structurally unsound and featuring a script that careens all over the place, Giuseppe M. Gaudino’s return to fiction after several documentaries will quickly sink without a trace.
Most of the pic is in black-and-white because, the press notes say, Anna (Golino) sees her world in black-and-white — except when she’s more overwhelmed than usual, or in flashbacks to her childhood. But Anna doesn’t view the world in a sort of ying-yang of good and bad: She doesn’t see the world at all. »
- Jay Weissberg
★★☆☆☆ Following a Malickian break between films - his debut Round the Moons Between Earth and Sea was released in 1997 - Giuseppe M. Gaudino tells with For Your Love (2015), the final entry to compete for the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, a tale of ordinary madness told in an extraordinary but often scattergun way. The woman on the verge of as nervous breakdown is Anna Ruotolo Scaglione, played by Italian actor and director Valeria Golino. A long musical introduction Neapolitan dialect introduces us to Anna as a "capascaqua" or "featherbrain" as the subtitles would have it. However, right from the start Gaudino suggests that Anna is suffering from a quite severe mental illness.
Anna's general unhappiness is already evident from her face, but as if that wasn't enough For Your Love is mostly played out in an ill-conceived monochrome palette reminiscent of those adverts for Calvin Klein's Obsession. »
- CineVue UK
To coincide with the release Guy Ritchie’s latest comedy spy caper The Man from U.N.C.L.E., we’re looking back on his prior films to see how they stand today. Let’s see if time has been either kind, or harsh, towards his back catalogue. Sometimes retrospect can add further appreciation to a film once met with critical derision, sometimes nostalgia can blur one’s opinion, and retrospect in a neutral light can allow a clearer and a more honest opinion of a film to come forward.
For a more optimistic ranking approach of Ritchie’s films, it is only appropriate to start with the worst and to make our way to his best.
7 – Swept Away
Is this really the worst film Guy Ritchie ever committed to? Is this where we begin this list? Yes and yes.
This remake »
- Matthew Lee
Attending the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema lunch at Barbetta were filmmakers Francesca Archibugi - An Italian Name (Il Nome Del figlio); Duccio Chiarini - Short Skin; Eleonora Danco - N-Capace / N-Able; Cristina Comencini - Latin Lover; Ivano de Matteo - The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi); Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni) - The Lack and actors Claudio Santamaria in Ermanno Olmi's Greenery Will Bloom Again (Torneranno I Prati); Adriano Giannini in Claudio Noce's The Ice Forest (La Foresta Di Ghiaccio) and Lamberto Sanfelice's Chlorine (Cloro) star, Sara Serraiocco.
The Italian cinema delegation in town was joined by Antonio Monda, the newly appointed Artistic Director of »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
4 items from 2015
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