Disturbing Rosemary's Baby in southern sauce, "La reliquia" (seen online at the Fantafestival in Rome) is a successful insight into the practices and rituals of southern Italy. The theme is the atmosphere is very interesting and original, but the narrative suffers from the short duration. The cast of actors is exceptional, mostly comedians, but perfectly in part in histrionic (Paolantoni) or slimy (Rizzo) roles. The beautiful and evocative photography creates a dark atmosphere. Effective direction. Note of... Read More
Since watching this modern day vampire movie about a month back I have encountered numerous reviews that seemed not to ‘get’ the film in any way! I think a lot of these so called ‘big film review’ sites have an agenda against Found Footage horror movies. Just to make it clear to the reviewers out there, this is actually a Modern Day Vampire Movie so maybe try including that in your review. Don’t try to put perspective fans off by slating a film you did not enjoy by not including the most important film element within your review!
Now we’ve go that out of the way I should really get into the ‘guts’ of this... Read More
Born in Rome on December 30, 1981, he is the son of composer Manuel De Sica and producer Tilde Corsi. He is the nephew of Vittorio De Sica and his uncle is the actor Christian De Sica. As a boy he collaborated as a volunteer assistant on the set of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers. Later he was assistant director for Ferzan Özpetek's La Finestra di Fronte and Vincenzo Marra's Vento di terra. After studying philosophy at the Roma Tre University, in 2009 he graduated in directing at the Experimental Center of Cinematography. With "I figli della notte", his first feature film, he won the Silver Ribbon for... Read More
From All Movie Guide: A protégé of Dario Argento who matured to develop a unique style of his own while at once carrying the tradition of such Italian horror icons as Mario Bava and Riccardo Freda, Michele Soavi almost single-handedly kept the slumping Italian horror/fantasy tradition afloat in the 1990s with his strikingly original philosophical zombie film Dellamorte, Dellamore (1994). Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Soavi began to develop his artistic flair after forming a close bond with his stepfather following his parents' divorce. Though Soavi wouldn't follow his stepfather's career path to become a painter, it... Read More
William Friedkin, the famous director of The Exorcist, introduced the opening of the Lucca Film Festival with a fantastic speech about cinema, music, Giacomo Puccini and the impact of special effects in cinema. Friedkin came to Lucca with his wonderful wife Sherry Lansing (former manager for Paramount and Fox) and presented his old film "Sorcerer" that was really successful to the audience. Afterwards the director spent several minutes to talk about his love about Giacomo Puccini and his music and how modern it is. William Friedkin was a really original, funny and pleasant guest for the festival. You can see here his... Read More