Naturally, no summer would be complete without a glossy, action-packed blockbuster or two for the theater goers among us to gasp over, right? Creature feature fans, not to mention people that have been patiently waiting decades for the next Jaws, have been especially excited for the recent premiere of The Meg. But is The Meg really worth your hard-earned cash and limited spare time or is it more likely to leave you feeling all wet?
This film's English title is The Ordeal, which is absolutely right, but the literal translation - Calvary - turns out to be worryingly appropriate too, for reasons I can hardly describe without toppling away from my keyboard in a dead faint. It is a brilliant black comic nightmare about a singer, conceived in the style of Deliverance or The Hills Have Eyes, and Calvaire triumphantly proves that when it comes to subhuman degradation, Belgian hillbillies from the EU can proudly hold their own with throwbacks and knuckleheads from the US.
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
The Dark Knight Death: Heath Ledger Here, Ledger attends the Venice Film Festival in September 2007. Heath Ledger made a name for himself as a quick-witted heartthrob in "10 Things I Hate About You" and "A Knight's Tale" before moving on to more dramatic roles in iconic movies that included "Brokeback Mountain" and the second installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman movie series, "The Dark Knight." While Ledger was filming "The Dark Knight," he said in interviews that the scary role of the Joker contributed to his prescription drug use -- he often became so immersed in the characters he played that... Read More