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Swept Away

Posted by Web Manager on November 17, 2011

Lina Wertmuller 1974

Much better than CASTAWAY.  The end is right but it stings.

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Love and Anarchy

Posted by Web Manager on May 13, 2011

Lina Wertmuller 1973

This movie kicked the shit out of me I absolutely loved it.

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Harem

Posted by Web Manager on November 28, 2010

Marco Ferreri 1967

Starts out good and then gets better and better, until the end, which is amazing.

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Dillinger is Dead

Posted by Web Manager on April 22, 2010

Marco Ferreri 1969

Marco is the fucking man. Special thanks to *** for suggesting I see more of his films (I’d only seen LE GRANDE BOUFFE, which I loved). This one takes place almost entirely in the protagonist’s apartment, over the course of one night, with precious little dialogue. The man cooks himself a late night dinner and finds an old gun that might have belonged to John Dillinger. What follows, for me at least, is a more fully developed understanding of insanity – by which I mean all that is completely necessary, all that would not be any other way. Chocolate Mousse!

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Bye Bye Monkey

Posted by Web Manager on March 22, 2010

Marco Ferreri 1978

If you’ve been waiting to see a movie where Gerard Depardieu gets raped by a feminist theater troupe, communicates with a police whistle, adopts a monkey, and destroys Imperial Rome, you can stop waiting.  CIAO MASCHIO is pretty spectacular.   The film goes to the quick of what I like to call the masculine question. Imagine what it must have been like on that fucking set! Marcello Mastroianni crying an old man’s tears on a desolate sand hill of the Battery Park construction site – empty acreage everywhere and the twin towers looming above, tits, fire, rats, and monkeys big and small – this movie has everything.

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Il Grido (The Cry)

Posted by Web Manager on July 21, 2009

Michelangelo Antonioni 1957

I don’t know neoclassicism from narcolepsy, but I like this Antonioni fellow. Who knew he was such a democrat? He treats the working man no differently than the disenchanted bourgeois that populate his later films. If we like the later films better, it’s probably because they hit closer to home, at least for those of us who read and write internet blogs. That’s right: we are bourgeois. Own it, bitches – no one wants to see a Wes Anderson movie about people who work for a living.

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Gomorra

Posted by Web Manager on February 12, 2009

Matteo Garrone 2008

Ultra-realistic crime drama following four somewhat connected stories in the outskirts of Napoli, where the mafia runs shit with ruthless efficiency. It’s GOODFELLAS meets CITY OF GOD meets ACCATTONE meets THE SOPRANOS meets TRAFFIC. I loved the whole story of the master haute couture knockoff tailor and the Chinese factory; also the kids driving the dump trucks; and the one-shot of the accountant leaving the bloodbath. The Italian they speak in the film sounds more like a bunch of drunken Hungarians speaking with their mouths full than it does like the Italian I learned in night school at the City College of San Francisco. Speaking of San Francisco, Wildbrew has left Fucky Headquarters and is presently en route over the vast oceans of time and space to Glen Park. We applaud him on his contributions to Fucky (however misguided they tend to be) and welcome him back any time.

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The Red Desert

Posted by Web Manager on August 2, 2008

Michelangelo Antonioni 1964

It sort of depends on which Antonioni films you’ve seen, and what you’ve thought of them. Most people start with BLOW UP, which concerns a fashion photographer in swinging sixties London who may or may not have witnessed a murder. I like BLOW UP, but don’t find it particularly mind bending. His other famous movie, L’AVVENTURA, had a pretty intense impact on me, and remains the example keep coming back to when I think about how composition (and blocking) can be used to tell a story in film. Antonioni made two other films around the same time as L’AVVENTURA – LA NOTTE and L’ECLISSE – that are sometimes regarded as some kind of unofficial trilogy. I like LA NOTTE better than L’ECLISSE, but good minds disagree. I see RED DESERT as a continuation of the trilogy into the world of color. In this sense it is very experimental and connected to the time in which it was being made. There are some wonderful scenes – particularly the one in the fishing shack pictured at left. But overall, as a movie for a movie’s sake, it does not deliver very much besides the conclusion that Monica Vitti is no less beautiful in color.

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