In a small town in Sicily, during the last years of dictator Mussolini, lives young and beautiful Malena (Monica Bellucci). Since her husband left for the war, she has become the object of desire of most men in that place. The women hate her with the same passion. Her only sin is her attractiveness and … Continue reading Malena
How to make a film about primitive humans without falling into misconceptions or ridiculous assumptions? How to make it engagingly entertaining without turn it into a comedy? What language to use if any, where in the world would be shot? All these challenges, director Jean Jacques Annaud and his team faced successfully (in my opinion) … Continue reading Quest for Fire
This 1970 film, skillfully written and directed by Ken Hughes and starring Richard Harris and Alec Guinness in the principal roles, is a complex historical subject rarely depicted in movies and made clearly detailed for the audience. It's the year 1640. In Cambridge, England, Oliver Cromwell (Richard Harris), a deeply religious Puritan member of Parliament, … Continue reading Cromwell
"A world without string is chaos." That was late Rudolf Smunz"s motto. His sons, Ernie (Nathan Lane) and Lars (Lee Evans) have inherited his ancient string factory and an old house whose prior tenant was found suspiciously locked in a trunk in the attic. They don't pay any attention to that. All they care about … Continue reading Mousehunt
Before I begin with my movie recommendations, I want to use this opportunity to write something about the upcoming Oscar Awards. Although for many years I've enjoyed this celebration of movies, I've also endured Sunday nights of frustration watching how the Best Movie awards are given away to films of no relevance whatsoever. Sure, entertainment … Continue reading My Oscars
Ever since I was a kid, I loved movies. First, I used to watch sword- and- sandal epics like Hercules Unchained, then I began watching more stylized blockbusters like King Kong (1976) and Jaws. Soon I realized that some movies are more than mere entertainment. They are good for intellectual stimulation and provide a channel to … Continue reading Welcome!