9 items from 2014
Walking on Sunshine, 2014.
Maddie (Annabel Scholey) and Taylor (Hannah Arterton) are sisters, but they are nothing alike; vivacious and bright Maddie is in love with love, finding herself in the arms of this man and the other, while Taylor is reserved and timid, placing her academic life above romance. After a bad breakup, Maddie follows Taylor’s advice and goes to a small coastal village in Italy, where Taylor had once found romance, in order to find herself. When Taylor arrives a few weeks later, her sister drops a bomb: she’s getting married! Sure, she’s only known the guy for five weeks, but when you know, you know, right? Little does Maddie know that her beau, Raf (Giulio Berruti), is her little sister’s former holiday romance, »
- Kat Kourbeti
Let's get one thing out of the way from the off. Walking on Sunshine, a jukebox musical featuring all your favourite pop hits from the '80s, can in no way be recommended to anyone under the guise of being "a good movie". The story ticks off every rom-com cliché in the book, the characters have all the appeal of third-degree sunburn, the acting frequently hits pantomime levels and the production values on both the recorded tracks and song and dance numbers leave something to be desired.
Yes, Walking on Sunshine really does make Mamma Mia! look like Citizen Kane. And yet, despite all this, you can't take your eyes off it for a second. One thing you can't accuse this film of is lacking in car-crash entertainment value. »
Jukebox 1980s musical that tells the story of Maddie (Annabel Scholey), who is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf (Giulio Berruti), and has invited her sister Taylor (Hannah Arterton, Gemma's sister) to the wedding in Puglia. Unbeknown to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor's ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life... Factor in Greg Wise as Maddie's caddish ex and you have a sun-kissed romp that rolls along with the help of ditties including Don't You Want Me and Girls Just Want To Have Fun. »
In the opening titles to Walking on Sunshine, a trashy musical celebrating the classic hits of the 1980s (as if we need to) – it says “directed by Max and Dania”. It’s somewhat odd not to include their surnames – but when we proceed into this rather insufferable piece of filmmaking, you can see why they were maybe a tad embarrassed to reveal their full names (it’s Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, by the way).
Hannah Arteton (younger sister of Gemma) plays Taylor, who flies over to the beautiful coastal region of Puglia, Italy, where she is greeted by the news that her sister Maddie (Annabel Scholey) is soon to marry. Taylor had found love once here herself, and was hoping to potentially reconnect with the man who she had the intense, Summer romance with. Before she knows it, their paths do cross – but in somewhat unforeseen circumstances, as the very same man, »
- Stefan Pape
To celebrate the release of this year’s musical movie event of the summer, Walking On Sunshine, in cinemas June 27, we’re offering you the chance to win one of 5 summer goody bags, containing flips flops, sunglasses, beach ball and more!
After a whirlwind romance, Maddie, fresh from a long- term relationship, is preparing to marry gorgeous Raf and has invited her sister Taylor to the wedding in Puglia, Italy. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor’s ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life…and that is just one of the set-backs on their road to happy ever after. Starring rising stars Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, and Giulio Berruti alongside one of the UK’s top funny women Katy Brand and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Leona Lewis, this is one musical extravaganza not to miss!
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Two sisters — one newly smitten with a handsome Italian, the other quietly hung up on a past holiday fling — realize they have their hearts set on the same guy in “Walking on Sunshine,” a high-energy jukebox musical from “StreetDance” directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini that’s as shamelessly unoriginal as it is guiltlessly entertaining. But why shouldn’t a pic whose soundtrack consists entirely of ’80s pop hits be allowed to recycle tricks that have worked for everyone from Jane Austen to Abba? Featuring British chantoosie Leona Lewis’ bubble-gum acting debut, “Sunshine” (which opens Friday in the U.K.) should brighten up the Euro box office this summer.
How many times have you heard such catchy ’80s chart-toppers as Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” and the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” but have you ever really listened to the lyrics? As vapid and overproduced as much of the decade’s music undoubtedly was, »
- Peter Debruge
Directed by Lucio Marcaccini
In 1975, Bud Cort, high from his recent success as Harold in Harold & Maude, decided to don a rough goatee and follow a trail of money that ended at a psychedelic passion project from a no-name director. In some ways, Hallucination Strip could remind one of the recent Under the Skin insomuch that Cort’s baby-face and mustachio combo along with his heavy Italian Adr give him the image of a well-blended alien amongst the Roman hippies. Alas, Cort scurries along with them in a battered tale of sex, drugs, and petty theft — sadly human after all. With Kino’s Raro Video division release of Hallucination Strip on Blu-ray, audiences today can experience Eurocrime cinema with Hollywood star flair ending in predictably disastrous results.
Strip sees the Italian 1970s as the final stakes in the coffin of hippiedom. »
- Zach Lewis
Raro Video restores an odd obscurity with Hallucination Strip, the one and only film to be directed by Lucio Marcaccini. As one easily can see several minutes into the feature, his lack of subsequent films is for good reason. A handful of Italian actors in supporting roles are out shadowed by the curious presence of American actor Bud Cort in the lead role in this uneasy stew of police procedural and youth counter culture. Wildly uneven and amounting to what seems like a whole lot of nothing, those mildly curious might be moved to give it a look.
Massimo Monaldi (Cort) is a student involved in political protests, particularly on issues pertaining to the current state of the education system as a means to oppress Italy’s youth. But he’s also a good time guy, running with a pack of rebellious youths whose main interests usually have something to do with sex, »
- Nicholas Bell
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Raro Video/Kino
Italian filmmaker Lucio Marcaccini’s only film, the 1975 movie Hallucination Strip is a psychedelic crime flick with a social commentary.
Bud Cort (Harold & Maude), in his debut performance, plays Massimo Monaldi, a student involved in political protests and juvenile delinquency. When Massimo steals a valuable tobacco box, he quickly becomes tangled in a dangerous web between the police and the mafia.
Culminating in an extended and elaborately choreographed party sequence, underscored with a trippy soundtrack by Albert Verrecchia, Hallucination Strip excels with it’s not-so-subtle mix of sex, drugs, religion, politics and corruption.
Presented in Italian with English subtitles, the Blu-ray and DVD contain the following bonus features:
-New HD transfer form original 35mm negative
-New and improved English subtitle translation
-Fully illustrated booklet by Nocturno Cinema
-Video interview with the editor Giulio Berruti
-Original Italian theatrical trailer »
9 items from 2014
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