4 items from 2015
Heart of Glass: Costanzo’s Uncomfortable, Emotional Glance at Madness
Must every cinematic portrait of mental illness be ‘illuminating?’ Your answer to that question may gauge your reaction to Italian director Sergio Costanzo’s New York set domestic horror film, Hungry Hearts, a film best walked into cold. Ambiguity reigns supreme, and for those enjoying a feeling of befuddlement, a rarity in the contemporary cinematic landscape of political correctness, may find Costanzo’s adaptation of Marco Franzoso’s novel a winning concoction. Drawing comparisons to early works by Roman Polanski in how it swiftly throws an unraveling relationship drama into the domestic level of hell, the film instead recalls an era when allowances were made for cinematic representation of strange behaviors and dysfunctional relationships. Surprisingly odd, yet leaving us, roughly, with the feeling of being slapped, perhaps by today’s standards the film can best be understood as the anti-romcom, »
- Nicholas Bell
'Yesterday' movie: Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the planet's 30-35 million AIDS cases. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that more than 20 million Sub-Saharan Africans have died from complications of the disease.* Even today, drug cocktails that are relatively accessible in other parts of the globe are still beyond the means of the vast majority of Africans. Writer-director Darrell Roodt's South African drama Yesterday is set in this catastrophic scenario. The film depicts the effects of AIDS in the life of a young Zulu woman who contracts HIV from her husband. Although Roodt's narrative maintains its focus on the plight of one particular individual, the (for non-Zulus) quirkily named Yesterday represents millions of other women, »
- Andre Soares
At the Italian Sunday Brunch organised elegantly by Sally Fischer for Istituto Luce Cinecittà to honor Paolo Taviani (Wondrous Boccaccio), Cosima Spender (Palio), Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin), Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts), Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli and producer Marta Donzelli at Soho House during the Tribeca Film Festival, Alba and I spoke about working with Adam Driver and getting to know New York.
Saverio Costanzo's Hungry Hearts stars Rohrwacher as Mina and Driver as Jude, with Roberta Maxwell as Jude's mother. Adapted from Marco Franzoso's novel, The Indigo Child, by Costanzo, is many things - a thriller, a deep hard stare into the nature of escape, a comedy of metaphors »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Reviewed By: Chris Wright
Directed By: Peter Medak
Starring: George C. Scott (John Russell), Melvyn Douglas (Senator Joseph Carmichael), Trish Van Devere (Claire), Eric Christmas (Albert Harmon), John Colicos (De Witt), Jean Marsh (Joanna Russell), Roberta Maxwell (Eva Lingstrom), Barry Morse (Doctor Pemberton) Terence Kelly (Sgt. Durban)
A good ghost story is hard to come by today. The various attempts of haunted houses and ghost tales today rely heavily on jump scares and loud sound affects to propel the story along. Thankfully “The Changeling” doesn’t follow the model! I had only heard of this film in passing but never actually made an attempt to watch but now I am glad I did. Plus, don’t we all love a good ghost story?
The story follows John Russell to a new old style home after the tragic loss »
4 items from 2015
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